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Snowman Pudding Cups, Snowman Pudding

Snowman Pudding Cups

This post is sponsored by Snack Pack®. All opinions are 100% my own.

At back-to-school time, I shared some cute back-to-school pudding cups and then zombie pudding cups, at Halloween. Now that we are past the holidays and into the winter, I’m sharing how you can make some cute snowmen. If you have a winter birthday party coming up or just want a fun surprise for your little one, these are easy to make and they’re sure to make everyone smile.

Snowman Pudding Cups, Snowman Pudding

Snowman Pudding Cups

What you will need:

  • Vanilla Snack Pack® Pudding
  • Red felt
  • Orange felt
  • Black buttons (medium and small)
  • Hot glue gun

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How to make:

STEP ONE: Cut out strips of red felt to become the snowman’s scarf.

STEP TWO: Turn the pudding cup upside down, and wrap the felt around the bottom of the pudding cup. Hot glue it in place.

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STEP THREE: Using the orange felt, cut out a triangle carrot nose. Hot glue the nose onto the middle of the pudding cup’s front.

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STEP FOUR: Hot glue four small, black buttons onto the cup to make a mouth.

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STEP FIVE: Finally, glue on two large, black buttons for the eyes.

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Let it dry and the snowman is complete! Repeat all the steps for as many snowmen as you want to make.

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This winter, take a moment to slow down and enjoy a tasty and fun treat with the kids. Snack Pack® comes in a variety of flavors and offers endless mix-in opportunities the kids can help prepare. Each serving of Snack Pack® is fortified with as much calcium as an 8-ounce glass of milk,* so you can feel good about serving your kids Snack Pack®. For mix-in inspiration, visit Snack Pack® on Pinterest and Facebook.

*All Snack Pack products contain 30% DV calcium, with the exception of Bakery Shop Lemon Meringue Pie, Lemon Pudding, and Snack Pack® Gels.

Foolproof Do-it-Yourself Photo Coasters

As a member of the HP Smart Mom Panel for 2015 and a participate in the latest #StickaPic party campaign, I have been having lots of fun using the new HP Social Media Snapshots product. I had planned on having a party with our neighbors before moving, but if you know me in real life, you’ll know that we have had a lot of unplanned changes and stress from selling our house and buying a new house. Things are finally calming down so it was time to test this product out!

Photo from HP.com

If you are unfamiliar with this new product, the HP Social Media Snapshots are just that – a way to print out your social media photos directly from your smartphone or tablet. The photo paper has a sticky backing and they print out in the style of Polaroids (4×5 inches). Pin them up, stick them up or use them in a craft – there are so many projects you can use this photo paper for. 

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Now that we are currently settled into a rental house for a month (oi!) – I’m trying to have lots of fun with Lennox. This weekend we had a craft morning and started working on some Christmas presents featuring HP Social Media Snapshots.

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This Christmas will be full of personalized goodies for our family and the first item we tested out was making Photo Coasters. I’ve always seen tutorials on how to make them, but they required mod podge or nail polish remover, and lots of other materials that were messy. But I have now solved that problem and made making photo coasters pretty much foolproof! Here is what you need to do.

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Foolproof DIY Photo Coasters

Materials:

  • HP Social Media Snapshots Paper (Available at Staples)
  • Printer (I recommend the HP Envy 5660)
  • White Tiles (13 Cents at Home Depot!)
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic Glossy Finisher
  • Felt Circles

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How to make easy DIY Photo Coasters:

STEP ONE: Using the HP Snapshots mobile app and HP Social Media Snapshots paper, print out your favorite photos from either your camera roll, Facebook, Twitter or Flickr. The HP Snapshots app is available for free in the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store.

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STEP TWO: If using a tile that is 4×4, you will find that the photo is just the right size! Cut out the photos for each coaster.

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STEP THREE: Taking your first photo, peel the back off the photo paper to reveal the sticky backing. This is perfect for this project as there is no glue required! 

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STEP FOUR: Stick the photo onto your tile. Once you stick it down, since the backing is so sticky – it will stay put. Try to make sure you have no air bubbles.

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STEP FIVE: Once you are ready to seal your photo coaster, bring outside and spray with an acrylic gloss finisher. You can find this at Michaels. This spray will protect the photo as well as give the tile a glossy look. You will need to spray the tiles 3-4 times, drying for 20-30 minutes between layers. Let dry completely.

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STEP SIX: Once completely dry, turn over and adhere felt dots to each corner to help protect the surface the coasters will set on.

photo-coaster-how-to-05That’s it! Let them dry fully and set for a day before giving them as a gift – just in case!photo-coastersAlso, let your kids have fun and decorate their own. Color on the with sharpies, add glitter, glue, gems, etc. The possibilities are endless and its a great project to do with any age group – young and old.photo-coaster-how-to-04

Disclaimer: As an HP Smart Mom Panel member, I received free products in order in return for this #StickaPic post. All opinions are 100% my own.

Hello Kitty Paper Birthday Banner

Besides the Hello Kitty Paper Lanterns that I made, this Hello Kitty Birthday Banner is my second favorite decoration – and one of my most favorite party decorations I’ve ever made! It really was quite simple – it just takes some time and patience. 

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How to Make a Birthday Banner

Materials Needed:

  • Cardstock (Various Pinks, Purple, Black, White)
  • Thin Pink and White Ribbon
  • Craft Bond Glue Stick
  • Silhouette Paper Cutter

How to Make:

  1. Create your layout before you get started. Figure out what you want it to say, where you want the Hello Kitty’s and your color pattern. Once I figured all of that out, I knew how many banner pennants that had to be cut out in each color, how many Hello Kitty’s, etc. 
  2. Now that you know your layout, it’s time to cut out the banners. Using this silhouette .svg pennant banner template, you can print out all the pennants you need for your design.
  3. Now pick your font for the letters you want to cut out and create the cut outs using your Silhouette. I used Bubble Gum font and printed it out in black.
  4. Now it’s time to cut out the Hello Kitty’s. This part is the most time consuming – as there are many small cut outs and assembly. You can find the full package, along with the assigned colors in this Hello Kitty Silhouette .SVG package.
  5. Now you have everything you need and can assemble your banner pennants. I laid it all out on the ground prior to glueing anything on, to help eliminate mistakes. 
  6. Once ready, start glueing everything on. I used an Elmer’s Craft Bond Extra Strength Glue Sticks as that was a more instant stick and I didn’t have to wait as long for the glue to dry. 
  7. Once everything is dry, using thin white ribbon, i tied bows between each pennant. This gives the banner some flexibility and if you accidentally put something in the wrong spot – it’s no big deal to untie and move. 
  8. Once everything is tied together, figure out where you are going to hang the banner and then add  on long pieces of pink thin ribbon to tie it to the wall/mantle or wherever it is being hung.

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That’s it! It’s a little bit of a time consuming process but really it isn’t too difficult. If you get stuck and have any questions, just let me know – I would be happy to help.