Salt Dough Napkin Holders

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It’s almost Thanksgiving here in the States so that means it’s time to fill your calendars with family, food and crafts :) These adorable Salt Dough Napkin Holders are not only a pretty way to set the table but also super fun to make! My boys are only 3 and 5 and they did almost everything here. I found the salt dough “recipe” at Imperial Sugar. They have a whole section of their site dedicated to holiday crafting and baking with your kids, not to mention a million great recipes. They also have free coloring and activity sheets for your kids to do over the break!

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups salt
  • 1 cup water, divided
  • 1 cup cornstarch
  • Tin foil covered baking sheet
  • Red, yellow and orange food coloring
  • Leaf shaped cookie cutter

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Directions:

Stir salt into 1/2 cup of water in a medium saucepan. The boys LOVE measuring so this craft is right up their alley! Cook over medium-low heat until hot then remove from heat.PicMonkey Collage1

In a bowl, mix the remaining 1/2 cup of water with the cornstarch until smooth.

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Add the cornstarch mixture to the salt mixture. Return the saucepan to the stove and cook, stirring constantly over medium-low heat until the mixture thickens into the consistency of stiff mashed potatoes.

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Turn mixture out onto a glass plate and cover with a damp towel.

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Allow to cool, then divide dough into 3 equal parts. Add red food coloring to one, yellow to the second and orange (often a combination of red and yellow) to the third batch.

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PicMonkey Collage4Flatten the dough with a rolling pin or with your hands.  Use the leaf cookie cutter to cut out multiple shapes.

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Bake the leaves on a tin foil lined baking sheet at 250 degrees for 2-3 hours until completely hard.

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Let cool, then attach to cloth napkins with ribbon, twine, or tulle.

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The boys and I had so much fun making these!! They even helped me set the table for our Friendsgiving that we are having this week. It will be a cute little favor to take home too! Hope you all have a fun and safe Thanksgiving!

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This post was sponsored by Imperial Sugar, all thought and opinion are my own.

Wicked Good Witch Hat Cookies

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October is here.. my favorite month of the year and the kick-off to all things festive :)

Along with pumpkin patching, trick-or-treating and quilting; fall means it’s time to bake. My boys love helping me in the kitchen… especially my youngest son! We call him the future chef because he is always asking about ingredients and wants to taste every single spice that goes into every dish. When I came across the Wicked Good Witch Hat Cookies from Imperial Sugar I knew the boys would love making them. Imperial has a ton of spooky new recipes and crafts you can do with your kids. So many great ideas that would be great for Halloween parties, favors, neighbor or teacher gifts, etc. They also have free printables, coloring pages and activities for kids!

Ingredients:

  • Oreo cookies
  • Green fondant
  • 1  cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 cups Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar

Directions: 

  1. To make edible playdough: use your hands to mix peanut butter, honey and powdered sugar in large bowl. The dough should be soft enough to be pliable and not sticky.
  2. Shape dough into cone shape for top of witch hat.
  3. In ziplock bag, crush several Oreo cookies (without the creamy filling) into small pieces.
  4. Empty crushed cookies onto a plate and roll each “playdough” witch hat in the Oreos until coated
  5. Place coated hat on top of Oreo cookies. If the hat doesn’t want to stay, you can use a dollup of canned icing to hold it in place.
  6. Cut thin strip of green fondant to make a band for the hat. Attach to cookie at base of cone-shaped top.

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The recipe starts out with edible play dough! How fun is that? I could just stop there and the boys would be happy :) I really wanted them to try as much of this recipe themselves… brace yourselves moms, this gets kind of messy but they will love it! They mixed Imperial powdered sugar, peanut butter and honey with their HANDS!

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Can you believe this turns into play dough?!

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So fun!

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After we made the play dough (and played with it a little :) I let the boys form the dough into little cones.

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Then we made cookie crumbs in the food processor. The boys also loved this part!

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We rolled the cones in the cookie crumbs and placed them on an oreo. The last step is to add a green fondant ribbon to finish the witch hat!

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Now… ours aren’t as pretty as the ones on the Imperial Sugar page, but the boys were so proud! And besides a little measuring, they pretty much made them with no help! I love how they turned out!

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How cute would these be for a Halloween Party or a Playgroup craft project!? Be sure to check out the Imperial Sugar page for more fun Halloween Ideas!

http://www.imperialsugar.com/halloween

This post was sponsored by Imperial Sugar, all thought and opinion are my own.

I Wheelie Like You Valentine

Last week Jamie from C.R.A.F.T. asked me to share a cheesy valentine craft for her series “Share the Love”. In case you missed it over there, here it is again! (fun fact, Jamie and I are going to be roomies at Blissdom Conference in a few weeks, yay!) When she asked us to choose a saying naturally I picked a boy friendly one :) My boys are obsessed with cars/trucks/boats/planes/trains… the usual boys stuff. So, I knew they would love a Car Valentine to give to their friends!
All you need:
cardstock
dollar store cars/trucks
washi tape
printer and scissors
I found these neon trucks at the dollar store, 12 for $1 – score!
Link to the Free Printable. Just print at 100% for 6 Valentines!
I used a small piece of washi tape and cut it in half lengthwise. 
Super easy…
…and Boy Approved :) 

Valentine Mantle

Happy February 
happy garland (tutorial at MADE)


heart banner (tutorial HERE)


birdcage with a fresh coat




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