Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving

Written by Selena of How About Cookie

Kid-Friendly ThanksgivingBetween the big feast, luscious desserts, and tons of time with friends and family, Thanksgiving has kid-friendly written all over it. Here’s a way to make it a kid-friendly Thanksgiving; invite your littles into the kitchen and make some easy, fun food art together.

Turkey Plate

This turkey plate is a great way to get them snacking on veggies. I used this adorable Thanksgiving Cupcake Kit to bake muffins, the centerpiece of this food art. You’ll need 4-5 rainbow carrots, white chocolate chips and mini chocolate chips (or store-bought candy eyes), and your favorite muffin or cupcake recipe. I used this Best Ever Pumpkin Muffin recipe—hard to beat a name like that.

Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving - 1Start by peeling your carrots and slicing them in half, lengthwise. Trim them all to the same length, then slice the sides so they taper to a pointy tip. Arrange alternating colors on a plate as turkey feathers—this is when even the smallest of hands can help.

Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving - 2Now for the eyes: Warm a small saucepan over high heat for a few seconds, then turn off the heat. Hold a mini chocolate chip, point down, just enough to melt the tip; stick it on your white chocolate chip and let cool. Repeat to make a second eye. Gently push these into your muffin. Cut a small triangle from a carrot scrap to make the beak, and if you’re feeling extra crafty, use kitchen scissors on an apple peel to cut a wattle, i.e. that red hanging thing. (Thanks, Google!) Balance the muffin on top of the carrots.

Turkey Leg

Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving - 3This turkey leg plate is inspired by the clever Pull Apart Poultry toy. All you need is a red pear and string cheese. Cut your pear in half; set aside. Cut a piece of string cheese about 1/3 the length, then cut two more short pieces—each the height of your first. Have your child use a round measuring spoon (1/2 teaspoon-sized or smaller works best) to carve away the bottom corners of your long string cheese. Ask them to assemble the “turkey meat” and “bone”. Done!Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving - 5

Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving - 6Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving - 7Happy Turkey Day, and have fun playing with your food!

Selena Kohng is a mother of three and gets way too excited about kids’ products and good design. She posts fun food art, bento meal ideas, and general crafty things on her Instagram account and on her blog, How About Cookie.

DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs

Written by Kacia of Coconut Robot

DIY Glitter Holiday MugsI don’t know about you, but the time from Halloween to Christmas seems to just fly by.  I find myself thinking that I have plenty of time for DIY gifts and decor projects….only to blink and have December holidays upon us!

I wanted to make gifts for Harlow’s preschool teachers this year, but I knew that if I kept saying “Oh, I’ll do it when we are closer to Christmas break” would leave me running out to buy a gift card the last morning of school before break.

Can I get an amen?

So one chilly morning, Harlow and I got our crafting on and made these DIY glitter holiday mugs for her teachers!  We will be filling them with chocolates and gift cards and some artwork from Harlow as well!  I’m seriously ecstatic about how they turned out!

DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 2If you’ve followed any of my DIY projects and tutorials, you know that I like to push the boundaries of how materials are traditionally used.  Enter iron-on glitter vinyl and ceramic mugs!  I did some tests and found that ironing the vinyl right on to a ceramic mug….works!  And it stays!  I haven’t had the guts to put mine through the dishwasher, but after hand-washing and air-drying, they are still looking amazing!

How did we make them?  Let me show you!

DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 3DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 4I purchased these mugs from Amazon — they are both microwave and oven safe.*  I then had some glitter iron-on vinyl scraps left over from another project. (similar)

I have an at home vinyl cutting machine that I used to cut out the vinyl for my mugs, but if you don’t have one? Don’t fret!  I have a bunch of options and ideas for you!

I love iron-on vinyl, because it’s easy to use and apply.  Unlike adhesive vinyl, you don’t need an additional transfer sheet to apply the vinyl.  Just cut, iron and peel away the clear backing.

  • Free hand cut with a scissor.  If you choose this option, you will cut through both the vinyl and the plastic backing.  The matte side will be the side adhering to your mug and the plastic side will peel away. Keep this in mind as you are cutting letters and shapes, so that they don’t end up backwards!  :)
  • Free hand with a craft knife.  Lightly draw a design on the matte side of your vinyl.  Using a small craft, cut through the vinyl.  You won’t have to press very hard — don’t try to cut through the plastic backing as well, it’s best if that is kept in contact.  Weed away the excess vinyl, leaving only your design on the backing.
  • Use a paper punch.  Select holiday paper punches and cut out your designs.  If your plastic backing is too thick to cut, be sure to put the vinyl side closest to the blade — as long as you cut through the vinyl, don’t worry about cutting through the backing too!

There are so many ways to use iron-on vinyl for these mugs!  You could do something as simple as polka dots or stripes — both would be easy with a pair of scissors or a paper punch!

*I’m not entirely sure that it’s necessary that they are, but areas of the mug did get pretty hot as I was ironing!

DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 5After you’ve cut out your designs, you are ready to begin ironing!  If you were able to keep the plastic backing in place, your design will look like my “JOY JOY JOY” pieces.  Remember to cut them out mirrored if cutting from the vinyl side! :)

If you are cutting through both the backing and your vinyl, your shapes will look like the snowflake pictured above.

DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 6 DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 7 IDIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 8Assemble your vinyl and mugs and a small iron.  I love this mini iron, but any iron will work — just be careful!  The mug can get pretty hot as you work!

Harlow worked on her drawings, giving me direction on where to place each of the snowflakes and words for both of the mugs.

DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 9DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 10DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 12DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 13Follow the instructions found on your iron-on vinyl.  I held my iron in place for at least 30 seconds on each letter.  I love using a craft iron, because I don’t worry as much about it getting gunk on it from these projects — if you are using a nice iron, I would use a thin piece of fabric between your iron and the backing.

I iron and let it cool before peeling back the transfer plastic.  When the edges are secured enough to remove, I remove the plastic and lightly iron on the vinyl to get it to stick really well. After it cools I check the edges to make sure I got every bit of the surface to adhere well to the mug!

DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 14DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 15DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 17DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 18DIY Glitter Holiday Mugs 19And that’s it!  Continue this process until you achieve your desired look!  Fill with candy or coffee or hot cider or soup or … well, you get the idea!

IMG_1582IMG_1593IMG_1607IMG_1602IMG_1610Kacia is a natural blonde, type-A and an artist: proof that God has a sense of humor.  Kacia writes Coconut Robot about her city-living family, motherhood, fashion, DIYs and really anything else that makes her smile.  She is a published quilt designer and loves dreaming up new projects and tutorials to share with her readers.  Addicted to coffee and Instagram. (@CoconutRobot)

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes

Written by Corri McFadden of Glitter & Bubbles

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving CupcakesIt’s time to gather up the family and embrace the season and spirit of Thanksgiving! I’m capturing the essence of the season by creating these charming Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes. You’ll need cake mix in your favorite flavor (and the ingredients listed on the box), white frosting , orange and yellow sprinkles, mini Reese’s peanut butter cups, and fudge stripes.

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes SuppliesFirst, prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box. Line the cupcake tins with liners of your choice, festive or simple! Fill each liner about 2/3 full and bake according to the directions on your cake mix box. After the cupcakes have finished baking, let them cool for 10-15 minutes.

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes 2While the cupcakes cool, use frosting to “glue” a mini Reese’s peanut butter cup to the center of the bottom of a fudge stripe. Create your own frosting bag by using a plastic baggie and scooping a small amount of the white frosting into the bag, then snip small section off of the corner. Squeeze the frosting out of the hole and pipe around the base of the mini Reese’s cup to add the finishing touch on the hat.

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes 3After the cupcakes have completely cooled, frost each and add sprinkles to the tops. Place the pilgrim hat on the cupcake to your liking (we angled ours on the side!) With a season meant for being thankful, your friends and family will definitely be thankful for these delicious and festive treats!

Pilgrim Hat Thanksgiving Cupcakes 4Corri McFadden is the owner and founder of eDrop-Off Luxury Consignment.  As a Style Expert and successful blogger, she hosts a weekly fashion segment on Chicago’s “You and Me This Morning”, and features “Style Recipes”, videos and Fashion “Must Haves” on her self-titled lifestyle website Corri McFadden.  Most recently, she launched Glitter and Bubbles, a modern day moms guide for those looking for inspiration through fashion, food and décor.

Create A Kids Hanukkah Table

Post Written by Rebecca of Not-So-SAHM

A Hannukkah CelebrationWe celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas in our home, so it’s very easy to quickly get holiday decor overload. But it’s important to our family to have all the basics of each, so I try to do that in a simple and kid-accessible way. Next to playing dreidel, lighting the menorah is by far our kids’ favorite part of Hanukkah. We have a family menorah and the kids always help out with that, but I thought it would be fun to set up a special kids Hanukkah table by a window just for them this year.

The Land of Nod’s Whale Menorah was perfect! It’s such a fun shape and the the design also happens to catch all those little drips of wax as the candles burn. The kids were super excited to get a jump start on the holiday as we pretended to light the candles as if it was the last night of the holiday. I think the rainbow-colored candles also help balance the Hanukkah decorations with the Christmas ones that will go up soon. The plush oversized Drediel kept it super fun and Nod’s Festive Felt Garland is the perfect addition of texture. I also hung a block letter garland (one of my favorite party go-to decorations), which you can download for free over at Not-So-SAHM! And I’m a firm believer that confetti makes everything better, so we sprinkled some holiday colors on the table as well.

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Rebecca is a mom to two young kiddos and, in her spare time (ha!), likes to pretend she’s a back-up dancer, craft cocktails, and run long distances. A relatively recent SAHM, she blogs family-friendly activities, DIYs and celebration fun at Not-So-SAHM