June 24, 2019

Just Add Mud! Bug-Inspired, Sensory Party Favor for Children +Free Printable Gift Tags

Bug Party Favors Printable

Summer--the season of children running free (maybe even wild)! No doubt many of you may find yourselves hosting a playdate or party for littles, and might be in need of a fun favor for them to take home with them or enjoy during the party/event. This was one of my go-to favorite favors to make for my younger students at the end of the year because it was affordable, non-candy, kept them occupied, developed sensory-motor skills, and got them interested in a nature subject: insects and bugs. Here's how I made them...

Bug Party Favors Printable

Each favor includes the following: floral twigs, a box of pudding mix, a handful of plastic/rubber bugs, and floral stones. Most of these items you can get through your local craft/hobby store or the dollar store at fairly cheap prices, which is great if you're working on a budget or having a large passe of children at your event. Also, can we just agree that children do not need any more overly sugary treats in their diets? Their long-suffering mamma will thank you that you sent them home with an activity to occupy their time rather than another bag of candy that leads to them jumping off her walls. 

Bug Party Favors Printable

Divide up the materials into either glass jars (again, local craft or dollar stores--or buy in bulk online) or small plastic containers:

Bug Party Favors Printable

Here's the cool thing: You're now going to click on this link to download and print the gift tags I've designed and created for your favors!

Bug Party Favors Printable

Adhere them to your jars, stack your jars on top of the pudding mix boxes, tie everything together, and you're good to go!

Bug Party Favors Printable

If you use these in your next party or event, snap a picture and tag me on Instagram: ngrimm07 I love seeing how you use my printable goodies! Keep it creepy and crawly!

June 10, 2019

A Vintage, Baking-Inspired Fairy Garden DIY

Vintage Baking Themed Fairy Garden DIY

In my opinion, the best dates--be they with friends or a loved one--are those that lead to new spots and places to explore unexpectedly. And that is how this first little fairy garden of mine started because even as an adult I need to give in to my inner whimsicality on occasion and I can also be easily manipulated into buying old farmhouse finds--especially when it is a shop going out of business. 

I might have also been talked into purchasing a barn door too. 

Andrew and I were on a date which somehow led to us poking around old thrift stores downtown, where we purchased a couple of tin pie plants and a tin measuring cup. I had been binging on Garden Answer's Fairy Garden videos at the time and decided to give it a shot using our thrift store finds.

Vintage Baking Themed Fairy Garden DIY

To make it two-tiered, I had to use a couple of rocks to set the measuring cup on so it would be flush with the top of the plate. Both had holes in their bottoms, making them natural drainage containers.

Vintage Baking Themed Fairy Garden DIY

In the measuring cup, I planted a creeping fairy moss, hens n' chicks, and some sedum. The sedum gives the arrangement some height, and with the moss spilling over, it provides more texture and variety interest to the overall arrangement for the eye. 

Vintage Baking Themed Fairy Garden DIY

The bottom tray has more hens and chicks (Sempervivum) as they do just as well in shallow depths as they do in deeper containers. Then using sand and rocks I made a trail to frame the measuring cup which I wanted to be the focal point of this miniature garden. 

Vintage Baking Themed Fairy Garden DIY

Little stone pebbles do just fine in lining out the paths.

Vintage Baking Themed Fairy Garden DIY

The final step is adding in all the little tiny treasures to make it look like a "fairy" lives in the garden. I molded these using polymer clay, then baked and painted them.

Vintage Baking Themed Fairy Garden DIY

Using scrap fabric, twine, and sticks I glued together with a little bunting banner for the top tier.

Vintage Baking Themed Fairy Garden DIY

For the bottom tier, using sticks and washi tape I made a tiny sign for one end of the garden; the other end has a little treat table with the clay donuts and cakes. 

Vintage Baking Themed Fairy Garden DIY

Ta-Dah! The finished result--and it was super cute on display on the kitchen counter for that summer.

If you have made a fairy garden recently, share the link below in the comments--I'd love to see it! 

Vintage Baking Themed Fairy Garden DIY

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