Since back to school time is officially here, I wanted to get a little crafty with the lunch bags I was sending the kids to school with. They do have traditional lunch boxes but sometimes it’s fun to get something new!

These bags are actually stenciled on with acrylic paint and freezer paper. I especially love that it only took about 5 minutes to make!

I did make the stencils on the Cricut Explore and it was very easy. I made a dinosaur, a hot air balloon, an airplane and of course, a creeper.

This was actually my very first freezer paper stencil and I will tell you, it was SUPER easy! The freezer paper is found here: Freezer Paper on Amazon or in the baggie area at Walmart. I bought the Reynolds brand it comes in a HUGE roll that will last a while. This process was a little tricky on my first round so be sure to read my tips below!

What you’ll need:

  • Freezer Paper
  • Cricut or other die cut machine
  • Acrylic paint and brushes (I used the foam brushes)
  • Iron (set to low heat)

How to:

  1. Cut a 12X12 square of the freezer paper, put it waxy side down on the mat.
  2. Find your favorite shapes and arrange to cut them on the cutting machine.
  3. Cut them out then carefully remove the middle of the cut. Don’t throw them away though, they’ll make a great future project or the kids can color them!
  4. Cut each shape out so that it is a stencil.
  5. Line them up on the bag, I did the side without the seam. Be sure to leave room for the fold!
  6. Once it is lined up, carefully press the stencil down with the iron but only for a second! Do it lightly or it will adhere to the bag fully and you will have paper traces when you remove it. If you lightly press it down, it will stick down just enough so the paint does not bleed.
  7. Carefully dab/stroke the paint onto the bag. Be mindful of your edges and don’t paint outside of the stencil and do not be forceful or the stencil will move.
  8. Allow to dry for about an hour, carefully remove the freezer paper then you’re done!

Curious about what else you can do with your Cricut? Check out my posts:

DIY Minecraft Creeper Shirt ~ Less than $5 to make!

 Okay, where are the Minecraft fans at (or Minecraft Moms if you will)? Clever Guy loves it so I am taking over Clever Guy Friday with a fun shirt moms can make! Bonus, it’s super easy.

How To Make a Minecraft Creeper Shirt

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So it’s official, I have fallen in love with this Cricut Explore machine. I’ve already started so many projects with it and it’s only been out of the box for a week!

Here are the biggest things I am lovin about the Cricut:

  • Easy to use software and I can import any image to make a cut!
  • Cuts perfectly!
  • Has multiple settings for everything from paper to fabric.
  • It has a quiet purr, if you have any other cutting machine you know how nice this is.

So let’s get down to business and talk about how to make this shirt!

DIY Minecraft Creeper Shirt

How To Make a Minecraft Creeper Shirt

 What you’ll need:

  • Black T Shirt (if you are starting with a brand new one, be sure to wash it first. Just a tip, this was around $3 at Walmart in the craft section)
  • Green Fabric
  • Black Fabric
  • Cricut Explore
  • Heat’n Bond Adhesive

How To:

  • Take the shirt and measure out where the base should sit. I would do it about 4 inches from each side seam.
  • Cut out the base (green fabric) to a perfect square. Iron on the Heat n’ Bond to the back of the square. Do not remove the back paper just yet.
  • Take the black fabric and measure out how big you want the face to be. Cut it into a rectangle then iron on the Heat n Bond. Remove the back paper.
  • Create the Creeper face in the Cricut Design Space software. I can tell you that I was able to import an image to use as a tracer to create the face. It was super easy!
  • Place the fabric adhesive side down on the mat and cut out the face.
  • Remove the pieces and assemble the face on the green fabric. Carefully iron them down.
  • Remove the paper from the green adhesive then iron it on to the shirt.

This took me less than an hour to create and less than $5! Perfect for a party or for everyday wear! You can cut this all out by hand if you would like but the Cricut makes this project so much faster.

If you are wondering what Heat n’ Bond is, don’t worry I was there a couple weeks ago. Basically it’s an iron on adhesive that you iron to apply to both the front and back of fabric. It’s super easy to use and the roll will last you a long time!

Have a question? Please ask in the comments or email me, I am happy to help!

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Pirate Treasure Cupcakes AKA Pinata Cupcakes ~ An Easy How to!

We recently had a Pirate Birthday Party for the Clever Guy. Nothing too fancy, I didn’t have a lot of time but I tried to do some clever things like these Pirate Treasure Cupcakes AKA Pinata Cupcakes. These are actually extremely easy to make. When I share how easy, you are going to wonder why you never made them before!

Pirate Treasure Cupcakes

What you’ll need:

  • Your favorite white cupcakes, plain (not frosted)
  • Candy ~ I used Zours, Skittles and Nerds. I will say, the Nerds kept the best and the others sorta melted inside.
  • Frosting

Pirate Treasure Cupcakes AKA Pinata Cupcakes ~ An Easy How to!

How to:

Cut a circle about 1 inch wide in diameter and about 3/4 inch deep into the cupcake. Carefully pull the center out of the cupcake but put to the side to assemble.

  • Pour candies in, then put the center back on the cupcake. It will be raised a bit and that’s okay!
  • Frost as normal and have them sit out. It’s best to do this right before the party and not refrigerate so it doesn’t melt inside.


Pirate Treasure Cupcakes AKA Pinata Cupcakes ~ An Easy How to!

Done! That is really how easy it is, the kids were surprised and they ended up being a big hit! Kids could even help with this recipe!

I made blue frosting to represent water and topped with some gold colored sprinkles along with pirate flags and mustaches. Because a good pirate loves a good mustache.

 

 





Scratch 'n Sniff Paint

Clever Guy is back today with a fun outdoor activity. Growing up I remember going to camp and having a lot of fun. While the kids have never been away on an overnight camp, we have created some fun camp like activities. One of them is scratch ‘n sniff paint using Kool-Aid.

This paint is really easy to create and gives a fun result!

Scratch 'n Sniff Paint

Scratch n Sniff Paint Recipe

Scratch 'n Sniff Paint w/ Koolaid

What you’ll need:

  • Water
  • Kool-Aid

How To:

Mix together 1/3 packet of Kool aid with approximately 1/3 cup of water. Mix together, then paint! You’ll want to let them dry for about an hour. After that, you can scratch and sniff the flavors!

Scratch 'n Sniff Paint

We created some fun nature aras well as some funny faces.  Clever Guy did a polka dot one so you could scratch and sniff them to identify the flavors which makes for a fun game!

Scratch 'n Sniff Paint

Strawberries!

 


Peanut Butter & Fruit Pizza

Summer time is just about halfway over and we’ve been trying to get creative in our lunch routine. Typically it’s a PB&J lunch day so the Clever Guy and I came up with a Peanut Butter & Fruit Pizza for a little change. Of course whats nice about this recipe is kids can help and even older kids can make it themselves. I’m trying to think of clever ways for him to take this to lunch during the school year, maybe rolled up or a “DIY” kit.


Peanut Butter & Fruit Pizza

Kids Can Cook Peanut Butter & Fruit Pizza

Ingredients:

  • Tortillas
  • Peanut Butter
  • Fruits: Bananas, apples etc

Spread the peanut butter on the tortilla, then cut into 4ths. Decorate with fruit and you are done!

 

 

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