Mosaic Corn Art with Kids!

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Today I have a super fun Thanksgiving craft to share with you guys. I can hardy believe that I am typing the word “Thanksgiving”! It’s still back-to-school time in my head. I guess I need to catch up… and this craft will help :) I found this kids craft for Mosaic Corn Art on the Imperial Sugar website and fell in love! I remember doing something similar when I was little… it’s a little old school and a little modern. If you had everything ready ahead of time this could be something fun to have on the kids table on Thanksgiving Day. Imperial Sugar has a ton of kid crafts and recipes on their site and the best part is they are organized by holiday (look at how many Thanksgiving crafts they have!). We made the Salt Dough Leaves a few years ago and I’m thinking about trying the Glitter Leaf Votive Holders next!

For this craft you need:

  • -gel food coloring
  • -popcorn kernels
  • -white vinegar
  • -sugar
  • -flour
  • -water
  • -cardstock

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My kids loved this project because it was almost three different mini projects in one. First, you make the sugar paste (that will be your glue for the final project).

Mix the following ingredients together in a mixing bowl:

1 cup flour, 3 tablespoons Imperial Granulated Sugar, 1 cup cold water and 1 cup boiling water.

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Mix until smooth, bring to room temp, then store in an air-tight container.

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Second… time to dye the popcorn kernels, which also happens to be our personal favorite. My kids LOVED doing this for some reason. Actually I did too haha. We used clear plastic cups for this step which I think made it even more fun. Add 1/2 cup water and 1 tbsp white vinegar to some small cups. My two year old measured all the water and my 5 year old got to do the vinegar :)

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Next add a few drops of gel food coloring to each cup.  They gel is really fun to watch… we had clapping and shrieking! Then add 1/2 cup of popcorn kernels to the cups. Let them sit for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

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The next morning I took the kernels out and placed them on a pan to dry, that also takes a few hours.

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After they were completely dry I got some cardstock and the kids started planning. I showed them the original Mosaic design that I saw on the Imperial Sugar website but they went rogue haha. I put some sugar paste in a baggie and trimmed the end to make it easier to handle. You could also use a paintbrush to apply the sugar paste.

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We had a sun, dots, stripes and an abstract scene. After we finished we had some colorful kernels left over and now I’m thinking about placards for the Thanksgiving Day Table??

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Imperial is having a Holiday Baking kit contest so check that out HERE! And be sure to also visit them for so many more Thanksgiving crafts, recipes and even printables! Check them out HERE.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

It’s finally fall! My favorite season full of pumpkins and parties and costumes and crafting! Today I have the pleasure of sharing a tutorial from Imperial Sugar, Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins! It’s fun, kid friendly and delicious. Imperial Sugar has a ton of fun edible Halloween crafts to make with your kids so check them out HERE. As usual, my boys did most of this project alone, I just was the supervisor ;)

We made the homemade Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn together in the kitchen then we decorated pumpkin faces and stitched them up. These would make a fun gift but we just kept them for ourselves!

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (or canola)
  • 2/3 cup popcorn kernels
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 Tablespoons Imperial Sugar Cinnamon Sugar Shaker (this wasn’t available at my grocery store yet so I mixed my own but I’m excited to find the shaker!)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Directions for the Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn:

1. Add the coconut oil and three popcorn kernels to a large pot with a tight fitting lid. Cover and cook over medium-high heat until all kernels pop. Take the three kernels out of the pot.
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2. Add the rest of the popcorn kernels. Cover and take the pot off of the heat. Wait 30 seconds. Put the pot back on the heat.
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3. Cook, shaking the pot occasionally until the popping slows down. After about 2 minutes, take the lid off of the pot. This lets the steam out and keeps the popcorn crisp.

4. While the popcorn is popping, melt the butter.

5. Pour over the popcorn and sprinkle with salt and cinnamon sugar. Toss until completely coated. You could also do this in a large paper bag. Let cinnamon popcorn cool completely.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

 

 

Supplies for Treat Bags: 

  • Colored yarn or string
  • Hole punch
  • Heavier weight brown craft paper, colored paper or white paper (we used orange cardstock)
  • Scissors
  • Colors, markers or colored pencils (optional)

Directions for Treat Bags: 

  1. Print out the Pumpkin and Apple Stuffed Paper Bag Patterns. You can print directly onto brown craft paper or you could use colored paper,  or white paper that you hand color. Choose a heavier weight paper if your printer will allow it, as super thin paper will tear when stitching up the sides. We used orange cardstock then decorated them like jack-o-lanterns.
  2. Cut out the pattern. Use a hole punch to punch holes where indicated.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Remaining Directions: 
While popcorn is cooling, begin stitching up your paper patterns. Using colored yarn, stitch the front and back pieces together. Tie a knot in both ends of the yarn to keep it from coming loose. We started from one side (at the bottom) then went around to the other side across the top then stopped.

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Leave the bottom part of the pattern open. Before sewing it entirely closed, fill with Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn.

Using colored yarn, stitch the front and back pieces together. Tie a knot in both ends of the yarn to keep it from coming loose.

Once it is full, stitch up the bottom of the stuffed paper bag and tie off ends of yarn. Cut off any excess yarn. Now you have a fun treat to take to your party, give to a friend or eat! 

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

When ready to eat, just tear the stuffed paper bag open and enjoy.

Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn in Stuffed Paper Pumpkins

This post was sponsored by Imperial Sugar but all thoughts and opinions are my own. 

DIY Ombre Curtains

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When I envisioned my dream craft room I knew I wanted everything very white so I could decorate with my bright (and loud) craft supplies and fabric. I searched for some fun curtains for months but couldn’t find any (that I could afford ha!). So I decided to make my own DIY ombre curtains! I went with pink but the color possibilities are endless. This project was so simple but I took a few pictures of my steps, I also did this in the middle of the day and the garage lighting is terrible.

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Materials:

- White Curtains ( I found mine at World Market)

- Liquid dye (I used Rit Liquid Dye in Fuchsia)

- A large bucket

Instructions:

Fill your dye bucket with the hottest water from your sink and add a little salt. The salt helps the color stay vibrant! Then add your dye, I used two bottles because I had four panels and I wanted the color really bright.

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Hang the curtains up somewhere that you can adjust the height, I used  two hangers and my overhead garage door.  My curtains were super long so I had to fold the fabric over on the top.

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Then, start dipping the bottoms of the curtains in and out of the dye bath.

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Pull them out a little then hang them and leave them in that spot for about 8-10 minutes or so.

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Repeat this same thing a few more times. Every 8-10 minutes, pull the curtains in and out of the dye bath a few times then hang them a few inches higher than you did the last time and leave them for another 8-10 minutes. I did this about 4-5 times total until I was at the bottom of the curtains.

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Then, ring the remaining dye out and rinse them in cool water. I sprayed mine out with the hose and let them drip dry in a tree because I like to make my neighbors think I’m crazy ;)

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I let mine dry over night then I ironed them. I didn’t want to wash and dry them because I was afraid of them shrinking and mine are just the right length but washing and drying after dying would be just fine!

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I really love how they turned out! They are a fun pop of color but still mostly white just how I like it :) Stay tuned later this week for some updated craft room shots!

Cider Beetles: A Teacher Gift

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Before staying home with my kiddos I used to be a teacher. I was always very spoiled every holiday by my student’s parents and received so many gifts, too many to remember. But I will always remember one year when a student made me a Cider Beetle attached to Apple Cider. It was so stinking cute that I told everyone about it. I decided this year I would re-create this adorable little gift.

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I was so happy to find the recipe on the Imperial Sugar website. Imperial has a great Christmas page full of recipes and craft ideas you can do with your kids! They are also running a Kids Cookbook Giveaway that runs through Dec. 19th.

The boys did almost all the work here and LOVED it! I love boys who love to cook :)

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How to made your own Cider Beetles:

Supplies:

  • 12 oranges
  • 5 cups Imperial Sugar Light Brown Sugar, firmly packed
  • 24 (1 1/2-inch) stick cinnamon
  • 24 small whole nutmegs
  • 48 large whole allspices
  • 192 whole cloves (8 legs on each beetle)

Directions:

  1. Slice oranges in half crosswise; scoop out the pulp, and reserve for other uses.
  2. Place orange half shells, cut side up, on a wire rack on a baking sheet. Bake at 250°F for about 2 hours or until dry and hard. Let these cool completely before assembling the beetles.
  3. Pack brown sugar firmly into each orange shell, mounding it slightly. Arrange spices in brown sugar to resemble a beetle, pressing slightly into the sugar. Use cinnamon sticks for bodies, nutmegs for heads, allspices for eyes, and cloves for legs. If not using immediately, cover tightly with plastic wrap secured with a ribbon. Store in the refrigerator.
  4. To use, unwrap beetle and drop into 1 1/2 quarts apple cider or straight apple juice, simmer 30 minutes. Remove rind and spices to serve. Store the unused cider in the refrigerator.

We started with our oranges.

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Remove all the “insides” of the orange.

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Then place them on a baking sheet and bake at 250 degrees for about 2 hours.cider beetles

Then for the fun part… making the beetles! Pack the orange full of Imperial Brown Sugar.

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Then you arrange all of the beetle parts.

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I wrapped them in plastic wrap as soon as we finished and tied them up with a rubber band.

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Then I just attached some ribbon around the apple cider and attached the beetle to the top for a perfect little teacher gift! I also attached some directions on how to brew it but I forgot to attach that before I took this picture. Brewing them is the best part because of the smell :) I hope you guys love making these as much as we did!

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