6/16/22

Patriotic Pinwheels

How to Make Patriotic Pinwheels



How to Make Patriotic Pinwheels

Create the perfect party element for your holiday gathering!

An ideal and fun craft to get your kids excited for the Fourth of July! This craft makes a great photo prop, bring them along with to a local parade and get-togethers this summer. Start by selecting patriotic card stock, paper or stickers. Use red, white, blue, and glitter to give your pinwheels variety. Get creative with this simple, summertime craft project you can make with household materials.

Below is the list of all the materials you can find on our site! 
*Items listed may vary from the project.

Skill level: Easy

Material Suggestions! 

Glitter Cardstock
Solid Cardstock
Americana Cardstock
Thumb Tacks:
Skewers
Pliers
Beads
Sewing Pins
Hot Glue
Glue Stick
Scissors
Brayer 
Pencil
Ruler





Step One: Cut your paper down to 6x6 squares. I selected glitter and solid card stock color(s) that I'll be gluing back-to-back—effectively creating a solid color side and a glitter side. Once you glue them together, set a few books on top while they dry. When you pull them up, check the sides and cut off any extra white that may not have lined up. 


Use a ruler and draw a line from corner to corner, use a pencil to create the "X" onto the paper lightly. Poke the holes and cut the paper according to the paper below. The dots are where you'll need to poke the holes, and the "cut here" lines are where you'll need to cut.  

You can use a thumbtack or a sewing pin would work as well. With caution, go ahead and poke the holes (use paper for backing if needed.) Make cuts towards the center keeping all four cuts equal in length. 


Step Two: Use needle nose pliers to bend the pin. Ensure that you have enough space to fit the paper, the bead, and the skewer. Poke the pin through a hole in one of the corners. Then poke it through the second, third, and fourth corners. 



Step Three: Now we'll create the spin portion. Slide a bead onto the pin: Use the thumbtack to poke a hole through the skewer about 1/4" from the end. More than likely the wood will split the skewer, which is okay as long as there's an opening for the pin to go through. Poke the pin through the hole in the skewer. Then rotate the pin so that it's laying flat against the skewer. 




Step Four:
 Gluing the pinwheel together. Use hot glue to cover the top part of the pin and fill in the crack where the skewer has split. Caution: Use your thumb to hold the bottom part of the pin, the glue will be hot! Be sure to completely cover the pin and apply a generous amount of hot glue on the sharp part of the pin. You'll want the pin to be completely secure so it won't pop off.



Step Five: Have fun with your pinwheel! By applying a generous amount of hot glue the pinwheels will become secure. These patriotic pinwheels are great to give out at a party, barbecue, parade or craft time with the kiddos! 




Enjoy your Patriotic Pinwheel! 

Use these products and ideas for Memorial Day, Independence Day, and Labor Day!


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6/2/22

Festive Dipped Cones for the Fourth!

Summer is here! Or, at least, nearly here. With the summer sunshine comes family gatherings, pool parties, and backyard barbecues! Whether you're looking to make something star spangled for Independence day, or maybe a special treat for a birthday, baby shower, Pride or pool party, these dipped ice cream cones are always a hit on a hot summer day! They're a super quick way to bring something a little extra to the party.


Ingredients:

Wilton Candy Melts and tools: https://bit.ly/3zdUylp 
Sugar Sprinkles: https://bit.ly/3Q0igHF
More Sprinkles for extra pizzazz: https://bit.ly/3xamOnD
Ice Cream Cones of choice
Ice Cream (Pick a favorite!)

Step One: Prepare your workstation!



Get your sprinkles on an easy to roll plate, prepare your candy melts for melting, and a piece of wax paper to put your cones on when they're done!

Step 2: Melt your Candy Melts

You can melt your chips a few different ways, either with a double boiler, a glass bowl in the microwave, or in a candy melter like this one from Wilton. I just did it in the microwave. Follow the instructions on the package for your preferred method. Remember: slow and steady is best when melting candy or chocolate, so you don't burn it!

Step 3: Dip your cones.

Dip your cone in the chocolate/candy and immediately move on to step 4 before it hardens! Tip: Roll your cone, don't dip straight in. Use a silicone spatula to smooth out the chocolate to a more even layer.

Step 4: Sprinkles!



Roll your freshly dipped cone in those sprinkles and get it nicely covered. We're using rainbow, red and blue, but you can make your own mix of sprinkles or press in some more decorative ones if you wish! When sufficiently covered, place upside down on the wax paper to cool and harden.


Step 5: I scream, you scream, for ice cream!

Put a healthy scoop of ice cream on those cones and enjoy!
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5/27/22

Independence Day Party Garland

Independence Day Party Garland

Create the perfect party element for your fourth of July gathering! Ideal for backyards, indoors, and camping! Keep it at the cottage all year round, you'll have a blast making it with family and friends.

This party garland makes for a great photo backdrop!


Materials:
  • (12) Fabric, Ribbon, Textured, Trim Pieces.
  • (1) Yard or (3) Feet of fabric.
  • (1) Craft rope

Material Suggestions:
  • Richlin Liberty Poly/Cotton Broadcloth
  • Choice Fabrics Cotton 
  • Simplicity Pom Pom Fringe 3/4"X4'
  • Simplicity Ball Fringe
  • Simplicity Single Sequin
  • Jute Craft Rope
  • Dritz Home Decorative Nails 7/16"

Instructions:

We used two-inch strips to create a "fuller" effect.



We chose six different fabrics/patterns/solids and three different types of trim

Step One: Determine the finished size of your garland and cut your jute rope to length. Give yourself a little extra to make the loops for hanging. Cut your fabric into strips, we went with 2" strips pieces, and make sure the fabric is double the length that you want your garland to hang. Perfection isn't important with this shabby-chic garland!

We tied the strips in a repetitive order.

Step Two: Fold your strips in half and tie them in a knot around the rope. Make sure you tie them in the same direction to keep this more uniform. Keep adding strips until your garland reaches the fullness you would like. 


After tying the strips of fabric, we tied in the fun pieces of trim. 

Step Three: Add the trim bits sporadically to give your garland some shimmer!

A small nail and craft rope will hold the garland in place.


Step Four:
Make the loops for hanging at the end of your rope. 

Independence Day Party Garland - The perfect party element that will gain attention! 

Add letters to the garland for extra effect! 



Step Five: Hang your fabulous garland on the decorative nails!


Shop Fireworks & Freedom here:

Americana and Military Fabrics: https://bit.ly/3M059UC
Americana Soft Crafts Kits and Notions: https://bit.ly/3927aky
Patriotic Paper Crafts: https://bit.ly/38e91m8
Patriotic Crafts Ideas: https://bit.ly/3sne62D
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5/5/22

Mother's Day Apron with Cookie Cutter Painting

Create a Mother's Day Apron with Cookie Cutters! Perfect for young children.

A simple way to get creative for Mother’s day, especially great for young children, is with a cookie cutter painting activity! 

Using cookie cutters is such a fun and creative way to make art. Plus! It’s a way for the child to work on math, color theory, and fine motor skills. We used Sweet Sugarbelle shape shifter cookie cutters (80/Pkg) and Tulip Brush-On Fabric Paint 12/Pkg for our apron design. Using cookie cutters and fabric paint is a great versatile way to create a unique gift for any holiday all year around. In this case, we enjoyed going through all the shapes and selecting which ones would be perfect for Mom. 

When we took the aprons out of the package they were creased, so prepare the material before painting with a steamer or iron to eliminate the creases. After that, we used clamps to prevent the apron from being blown away. We used a variety of colors with an emphasis of purple because it’s our mom's favorite color, of course! Depending on your child's age, pour the paint into a shallow pan or in this case small cups. When applying the cookie cutters to the material (apron) try out different techniques like stamping the cookie cutters or using a foam brush to paint and trace the inside. 

This where your child's imagination will come to life! They can also express their ideas and emotions through art and discover their own sense of creativity. 

Mother's Day Cookie Cutter Apron

Skill level: Young Children

Materials:
Apron: Adult Apron Value Pack
Sponge Brush: Poly-Sponge Brush
Cookie Cutters: Sweet Sugarbelle Shape Shifter Cookie Cutters 80/Pkg
Fabric Paint: Whichever kind you like, but try Tulip Brush-On Fabric Paint 12/Pkg
Clamps: Craft Clamps 6/Pkg

Step One: Set up your workstation.
We did this activity outdoors and it can easily be done indoors. When setting up consider the amount of brushes, cookie cutters, water, towels and supplies so you can create with little interruption. 

Step Two: Prepare the paint.
Depending on your child's age we recommend that you adjust this part of the process. Below we have a seven year old using paint cups and foam brushes. If your child is younger try using a shallow pan and fill it with one color of paint. This will be easier for the child to dab the cookie cutter into the paint.  

Step Three: Start Painting!
This was our favorite part! We picked out all things that our mom would love which included: ice cream, cake, coffee, hearts and an engagement ring. Extra purple for her favorite color. 

Step Four: Let it dry!
We love this project because it's unique, personalized and made with love!

Enjoy this project? Check out more products here: Mothers Day
We would LOVE to see your aprons and Mothers Day crafts!

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4/21/22

Earth Day 2022

It’s finally springtime, which means it’s time to start planting your flowers!
Help out the monarch butterflies and other local pollinators a boost with these seed bombs!

Notions Marketing contacted the Live Monarch organization in honor of Earth Day 2022. With the Monarch butterfly on the brink of extinction (that could occur in our lifetime) we put together take home packets for our employees. Each packet included all the materials it takes to generate milkweed plants (crucial to monarchs survival) and an easy/fun way to ensure they flourish. 

By creating these garden seed bombs you'll be part of an amazing experience in the form of living caterpillars and butterflies when your milkweed plants start to grow. Join our staff in creating a butterfly sanctuary and community resource right at home! 

Click below to receive your own supply of milkweed seeds. Lets collectively make an effort to save Monarch butterflies!
MILKWEED SEEDS

Garden Seed Bombs

Materials:
6 pieces of Construction Paper, assort. colors
3-5 pkg. Flower Seeds (we added some wildflower seeds and fertilizer to the mix as well)
Food Processor (or tear up with your hands / scissors)
Scissors
Water

Directions:


1. Cut each piece of paper into about 1-inch squares and put them into a small dish. Keep each paper color in its own dish.

2. Fill each dish with water just until the paper is covered. Soak the paper for about 20 minutes.

3. Take one of the bowls of paper and wring it out about halfway. Put it in the food processor and pulse the paper into a pulp. Repeat this with all the paper colors and put the pulp back into each of their            bowls.

4. Sprinkle some seeds into each bowl of paper, mix them in a little, and press the pulp and seeds into balls. If the pulp is a little dry, put a few sprinkles of water on the pulp. (It will help it to hold its            shape better.)

5. Set the seed balls on a sheet pan or egg carton to dry overnight.


Notes:
If you do plant milkweed seeds always plan ahead and grow more than you think you may need.
One caterpillar will eat up to twenty or more large leaves! We hope that you'll create various colorful seed bombs of your own and join us in effort to save the Monarch Butterfly population. 

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