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We were recently invited to a fun night at the brand new As You Wish Pottery Studio in Westgate. We love visiting As You Wish studio but haven’t been in a while so the kids of course were excited to go! As You Wish invited a few bloggers and their families to check out the new studio. If you haven’t been to As You Wish, it is a local pottery studio where people of all ages can go and paint a creation! All of the items are already made, all you have to do is work your magic with the paint brush! Of course, if you are not very artistic they have classes. If “creative master” is your middle name, don’t worry the possibilities of creations are endless!

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101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

 

 80+ blog buddies got together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including the 5 Minute Pirate Costume. I’m teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring y’all tons of easy ideas to craft up DIY Halloween costumes for everyone including your pets, family costumes, and even a trunk or treat idea!

5 Minute Pirate Costume

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Kid's Craft: Treasure Stones ~ A fun activity where kids can hide their treasure into a stone!

Today’s Clever Guy post is all about hiding your treasures. We made these for the Pirate Birthday party we had and of course, a good pirate has got to hide his booty!

These stones are made with a wet sand mixture then the secret treasures are buried within. We hid things like gold coins and jewels but we also got a little clever and hid plastic animals inside!

These stones are easy for kids to create and they harden in about 24 hours.

Kid’s Craft: Treasure Stones

What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 cup of coffee grounds
  • 1/2 cup of coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup of sand
  • 1 cup of flour
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • Treasure

To create the stones:

  • Blend all ingredients together. Go ahead and get your hands in it to mix it really good!
  • Take your mixture and form a ball.
  • Place the treasure in the middle of the ball and form the stone around it.
  • Set to dry on a paper plate for ate least 24 hours.
  • You can also write on the stone while wet, just like concrete.

When you want to retrieve your treasure, you can just throw the rock down on cement and you have your treasure!

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Hey parents, this would also be good for hiding keys in case of an emergency!

9 Peanut Butter Sandwich Variations for School Lunches (or for work)!

I’m always looking for fun sandwich ideas for the kids lunches beyond just boring PB&J. Especially since Clever Teen refuses to take a lunch box and just puts her sandwich in her backpack, it makes it hard to do any sandwich that would require an ice pack or refrigeration. So I did some searching to see how I could get creative with the classic peanut butter sandwich for school lunches!

DIY Stenciled Lunch Bags for Boys

Of course these lunches would fit perfectly in a stenciled lunch bag. See the tutorial here: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2014/08/27/stenciled-lunch-bags-kids/

9 Peanut Butter Sandwich Variations for School Lunches

Fluffernutter Sandwich: I’m not normally a fan of marshmallow but I do sort of like marshmallow cream. Fromaway.com shares how to make homemade marshmallow fluff for your fluffernutter sandwiches! Combine it with peanut butter and maybe even some sliced bananas or apples and you have an irresistible sandwich.
http://www.fromaway.com/cooking/homemade-marshmallow-fluff

Cinnamon Raisin Peanut Butter Sandwich: This actually sounds like heaven, sweet and rich is my kind of sandwich and I am sure the kids would love it.
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Cinnamon-Raisin-Peanut-Butter-Sandwich

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Sandwich: This looks FUN! A twist on the PB & Banana sandwich.
http://afewshortcuts.com/2011/08/lunch-box-idea-peanut-butter-and-banana-dogs/

Peanut Butter &  Pickle Sandwich: My kids love PB and pickles, so I am pretty sure they would love this one especially with the extra surprise inside!
http://wonderlandkitchen.com/2013/04/national-peanut-butter-and-jelly-day-peanut-butter-pickle-variation/

Peanut Butter Banana & Honey Sandwich: With the cinnamon raisin bread, this sounds like the perfect combo.
http://www.creative-culinary.com/peanut-butter-banana-and-honey-sandwich-on-cinnamon-bread/

Peanut Butter Apple Oatmeal Sandwich: If the kids are getting tired of bread, this would be a great alternative to the traditional PB sammy!
http://www.wheelndealmama.com/peanut-butter-granola-apple-sandwiches-perfect-snack-for-the-kids/

Grilled Peanut Butter & Apple Sandwiches: Here is another peanut butter and apple sandwich except this one is grilled!
http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Grilled-Peanut-Butter-Apple-Sandwiches/

Peanut Butter & Basil Sandwich: OKay so this may be more of an adult Peanut Butter sandwich but it could be a tasty sandwich for kids too!
http://minimalistbaker.com/peanut-butter-and-basil-sandwich/

Homemade Uncrustables Sandwich: Do your kids hate their crusts? Mine too. This tool is awesome for cutting the crust off and you can even freeze these! Check out how easy these are here:
http://crazyadventuresinparenting.com/2011/11/diy-homemade-uncrustables-sandwiches.html

If you are looking for more fun ideas for school lunches, check out my School Lunches board on Pinterest! It has recipes, fun themes and even some printables for your kids lunchboxes!

Follow Clever PinkPirate’s board School lunches that aren’t boring! on Pinterest.

DIY Stenciled Lunch Bags

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!

DIY Stenciled Lunch Bags for Boys

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!

Stenciled Lunch Bags for Kids

What you’ll need:


Cricut Stencils with Freezer Paper ~ How to cut and stencil on paper with freezer paper

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

How to:

Cricut Stencils with Freezer Paper ~ How to cut and stencil on paper with freezer paper

  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:

 

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