Just added some really unique ring pillow alternatives to my Little Wee Shop. These little darlings are a wonderful way to carry your rings down the isle and make a great ring box after your wedding for your dresser or night table.
This is an adorable craft that what be perfect for an outdoor garden themed tea party birthday party. This will keep the kids busy for just the right amount of time and you can use items you likely already have around your home!
Items for decorating (ribbon, sparkles, mini pom poms, stickers etc...)
Scissors (Parents can help with this step)
Some super over excited little girls and/or boys
You could complete steps 1 to 3 before your party depending on the age of your guests and their skills with scissors. STEP 1 The Tea Cup shape. Start by cutting one of the egg cups from the egg carton. Trim off the top rough edges just a little if you prefer a scalloped edge cup or cut all the bumps off to make a smooth top edge of the cup.
STEP 2 To make cup cake shapes using the same method in step 1 but trim off the bumps of each section so when the cup is turned upside down on a table it sits relatively flat on the table.
STEP 3 To make the bottom of the tea cups to give them a fancy look use another egg cup but this time trim right down to the bottom so you end up with a tiny disc shape.
STEP 3 Time to DECORATE! Time to get out the paints and brushes. Be sure the kids don't use too much water as this can make the cups get soggy and not hold their shape. Glue on sparkles, buttons, stickers or whatever they like.
Her Completed Tea Cup
Step 4 Attaching the base of the tea cup. Glue the tea cup bottoms to the based of your cups with a dab of crafters white glue.
Step 5 Attaching the tea cup handles. Punch a small hole in one side of your tea cup with a pencil. Then cut a small section of pipe cleaner approximately 5 to 6 inches in length. Twist both ends of the pipe cleaner together to make a small handle. Next insert the pipe cleaner into the tea cup hole. Here you can bend over a small piece of the pipe cleaner inside the cup to keep it secure or push it in further and twist it back up at the top of the cup to make it more secure (see photo below)
Step 6 Time for your party! Kids can use their baby dolls, stuffed animals and play high chairs to have a great time with friends.
Your Child is sure to love their Camp experience! Great letters can help make the experience a wonderful one and make great mementos once they return.
We sent our son to sleep away camp this past year and he adored receiving letters from home. He continues to talk about his stay at camp and keeps his little letters in his room in a little scrap book we made. Here are a few of my tips for writing a great Camp letter:
Write letters from stuffed animals, siblings, their skate board, their bike, the family pet....
I took pictures of our son's favorite stuffed animals and composed three letters written from each of them from their perspective.
Write in funny fonts, if you're the creative type each animal could have it's own style of writing too, there are plenty of free fonts for personal use on the web (http://www.dafont.com for example) if you're composing it on your computer or if your writing by hand consider writing the whole letter in an interesting shape; a heart or a tree etc...
If your kids writing skills have not yet been mastered ask them to draw you some pictures. Or send them a simple drawing like a picture frame or cloud and ask them to send it back to you with a drawing of their favorite foods or sport they've tried.
I even sent a post card from his scooter...Your sister almost hit me with your bike the other day.. say have you rode in a boat yet? I always wanted to know what the waves felt like.. speaking of wet, your sister left me out in the rain but the thunder was really cool.
Write letters from your family pets.
I wrote notes from our dog as well. I mentioned how she has been sleeping on his bed at night and that the letter might be a bit damp from her licking it with her kisses.
Ask simple questions
Letters can be short and simple so don't put too much pressure on writing the perfect letter. They just want a piece of mail of any sort.
If your child is younger ask some simple questions about their stay that will help trigger some of the memories they've had so far and so they have something to write back to you about. This will eliminate any pressure from them when they are attempting to write back. Suggestions:
What is your favorite thing for breakfast?
Have you tried any new foods?
What has been your favorite activity?
What's your favorite Camp song?
Is your stuffed animal having fun?
What kind of animals have you seen?
Have you seen any big bugs?
Have you learned any funny jokes?
Include a small gift / Care Package
I started making little camp necklaces in my Little Wee Shop so of course I had to send one along.