Kid's Craft

Quick & Easy Easter Hat Ideas

Well it’s that time of year again YAY! Easter time :D. If your school participates in having you make your own hat for the Easter hat parade, then you may be looking for some inspiration. If you don’t have much time or lets face it, just can’t be bothered lol, I have collected some hat ideas for you that should be quite easy, cheap, and quick to make.

1.Check out this cute carrot hat!

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Created by Ali Wright you can find her instructions to make this cute carrot hat HERE with a few other hat ideas too!

 

 

 

 

 

2. Super easy and cheap bunny masks.

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Get the kids to make their own cute bunny masks. See how BABYCCINO made this with her boys HERE

 

 

 

 

3. Eggy jester hat

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This hat is so simple, it’s great! Quick, easy, cheap, fun and effective. Another one the kids can help you with. This hat along with another eggy hat idea is made by Brenda Ponnay and can be found HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Stars & eggs glitter hat

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Make use ofย  those $2 shop party glitter hats in this cute creation of foam stars and hand painted Styrofoam eggs, and glue. No credit link found for this one but I’m sure you can see how it was made? You could replace the foam stars with paper ones or even stickers and the eggs you should be able to find at most craft stores or $2 shops.

 

 

 

 

 

I hope they were helpful. Below are a few of the hats my girls and I have made through the years :).

 

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This one we made using a straw had we found at a second hand store, a bunny in a basket, chocolate eggs, bunnies, chickens, flowers, ribbons, coloured paper, and my daughter drew some flowers to stick on pipe cleaners.

 

 

17506242_10154692835379620_423936977_nWell this year we got a bit crazy and I let the girls design their own. This is created directly from a drawing of my darling crazy daughter who was 6 then. We had just moved house so had boxes lying around. We painted this one gold, cut some holes with a Stanley knife, added alfoil to the lips, black cut paper for lashes, green crepe paper straw for the “hair”, made a big bow from purple card and then made a alfoil nest for the chicken and some eggs to sit in. Oh and some slots on the side were cut out for her to hold it. It was out there but she definitely got a good reaction from it.

 

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That same year, this is what my other daughter (8) designed for herself. A giant top hat made from card with more paper straw, chickens and eggs around the brim and top. She also drew around it a crown of thorns.

 

I have let my kids design their own hats this year too. We have two done and one to go! I will do a post for these and also instructions on how to make a top hat and how we made a mad hatter inspired one.

 

 

I wish you all the best in your Easter hat making. Have fun!

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ย Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Peter 1:3

Cakes

How To Make A Shooting Star Cake Topper

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Topper made by me, cake made by Kirrili – nice job! Thank you for the photo ๐Ÿ™‚

Hello!

I want to share with you today a step by step guide on how I made this shooting star cake topper out of fondant. It’s not perfect but it did the job for my friend who was in need, and now hopefully you can make your own too!

I was sent this image for something to work from for it……

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This one can be bought from a number of online stores ranging from about $15 – $30 I found (Google “shooting star cake topper” and it should come up). From what I can see it is made from paper. You may like to create your star with the traditional rainbow colours.

You should make your topper at least 3 – 4 days before you need to use it to ensure it is completely dry and hard.

What will you need?

First: Clean your hands and the surface you are working on! ๐Ÿ˜›

Here is what I used:

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  • Gel food colouring (yellow, green, teal, pink, purple, blue)
  • Edible gold shimmer dust
  • Star cookie cutter
  • Fondant
  • Tylose powder (a powder used to mix with fondant to be able to work with the fondant thinner and it will dry harder and faster)
  • White sugar and a small zip lock bag
  • Baking paper
  • Rolling pin
  • 2 x Wooden skewers – long
  • Cling wrap
  • Paint brush only used for food
  • Napkins, paper towel, or tissues
  • A sharp knife or fondant cutter
  • Computer paper, pencil, and scissors.

(Any of these you don’t have, you can pick up from your local or online cake decorating supply store).

Step 1. Knead in the Tylose powder into the fondant, then make up the colours you will be using, remember to keep some white.

Step 2. Wrap each colour ball in cling wrap so it doesn’t dry out.

I also put mine in an extra zip lock bag to ensure it doesn’t dry.

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HOT TIP: If your fondant goes hard you can microwave it for a few seconds and it will soften, but not too long otherwise you’ll have a big hot mess ;). Any bits that stay dried out, break them off and throw them out otherwise you’ll have lumpy fondant.

 

 

 

Step 3. Make a template.

We wanted the topper to be as long as my hand so laying down the star cutter and using my hand as a guide, I marked out length lines to work within.

The cutter I have wasn’t quite right for this topper so I traced around the cutter I had and then used it as a guide to draw a fatter star around it. Then draw the the tail of the star with the colour stripes you want. On this design, the stripes are rough on purpose so that makes drawing them easy! ๐Ÿ˜€ Then label which stripe is which colour and cut around the whole outside of it.

Step 4. Cut out the white backing of the topper using the template.

Roll out your white fondant on baking paper. Use icing sugar or corn flour if needed to stop your pin sticking to the fondant. I rolled this out to roughly 2 – 3mm thick.

Lay the cut out template on top of the fondant. While holding it in place (making sure not to push down too much and dent the fondant, yet firm enough so it doesn’t move), cut around the template with a sharp knife. If your knife is pulling the fondant out of shape, coat it with some icing sugar or corn flour to reduce the grabbing or cut through gently with more then one stroke.

Put the cut piece aside on a flat surface on top of a napkin or tissue to start drying.

At this stage I would recommend taking a photo of your template with your colour order on it to refer back to later.

Step 5. Make the stick supports.

As magical as we would like this to look, it’s not going to hover up there on it’s own :P.

Roll two little snakes (see size in the pic of my finger), then flatten them a little so they are like rectangles.

Lightly wet the blunt end of your skewers and carefully thread on the rectangle snakes (approx. 6/8 the way up the snake), ensuring they are both even and do not push right through to the top of your snake. If it does this, then start again.

Sit to dry on a flat surface on your napkin or tissue as well.

Step 6. Cut the colour sections from your template.

So here you can see I have cut up my template, separating all of the colours.

One by one, roll out each colour as thin as you can, then cut out each colour with it’s template shape/s. I recommend cutting the star first so it can dry a bit before handling it. Make sure any extra fondant gets rolled back up and stored in the cling wrap again for another creation or in case of a mistake is made and you need to redo a stripe.

Here you have two options:

  1. Place each stripe down on a flat surface ensuring they still match their shape template and cover in cling wrap.There is a risk of drying out here and if they’re not in the right shape they will not fit together and just crack when forced to fit.
  2. Apply each stripe now in order to your white background using a little bit of brushed on water. If you’re doing this, do not apply the star yet.

We are basically creating puzzle pieces here. This same method can be used to create 2D shape character cakes such as these ones I made a few years ago:

 

Step 7. Make edible gold glitter!

This method can be used to create any colour edible glitter.

In a small zip lock bag, add white sugar (or any kind of sugar except brown), yellow food colouring gel, edible gold shimmer dust.

Close the bag and SHAKE! This is a great job to give to the kids ;).

Open the bag and viola, sweet gold glitter!

Step 8. Cover the star with glitter.

At this stage you may want to paint the star with the gold as well but that’s up to you.

Fondant sticks with water, so for “glue” we are going to brush the fondant with a bit of water and shake over the gold glitter just like you would if you were using normal glitter with glue on paper or something.

Let it sit there for a bit and then shake off the glitter. As you can see in image 3, my star had some clumps and a corner missing glitter. So if this happens to you too, just wet the area missing glitter and apply it again. As for the clumps, just lightly rub over them to smooth it out. Try not to get too much glitter on the back of your star as you will want this to be as clean and flat as possible to stick to your white backing. Set your star aside to dry.

Step 9. Assemble your shooting star.

I went a bit back to front putting the sticks on first so don’t do what I did haha!

If you didn’t stick your stripes on before, you can go ahead and brush on a little bit of water to your white backing and put your puzzle together, referring back to that photo of your initial template layout if you need to.

You may of noticed in the photos that I have a few areas where this didn’t quite match up to the backing. Don’t panic! gently using your sharp clean knife, trim these areas away to match up to each other. No one will ever know ;).

Now you can flip over the shooting star to a flat surface covered in your napkin or tissue paper and stick on your skewers by using a little water and ensuring they are even and straight. Hint: Make sure no water is sitting on the front side of your star otherwise it will create divots and stick to your paper.

Step 10. Leave it to dry.

I left this one to dry in a closed cardboard box sitting flat in my pantry. Note: Your topper will dry faster away from humid air and steam etc. If you have your air conditioning on you will find it will dry quite fast.

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When your topper is dry and strong you can carefully lift it out and put your wonderful creation onto your cake! Cutting the skewers carefully if you need to. Congratulations on making your shooting star cake topper!!

 

 

 

 

What now?

Well you can eat it if you really want to haha, or if you want to store it you can.

To store your topper DO NOT put it in the freezer! If you do the fondant will melt when you defrost it and you’ll just have a big sloppy mess.

You CAN store it back in the cardboard box, sealing it up away from bugs and mice (this is my preferred option as it can breath). Alternatively you can keep it in a takeaway container with tissue or in a air tight container with tissue and some rice to absorb any condensation that may occur.

I hope this has been helpful to you and if you have any questions or requests please let me know :). I wish you all the best.

Thank you! xx

 

 

Life

2 Parties, 1 Day, on a Budget!

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Hi all! So recently, my eldest daughter turned 9! I still can’t believe it “whaa!” They make you feel old don’t they? I’ve wanted to do a little princess high tea party for her for a long time and now that we have moved into a small house which can’t fit many people and she’s a little older I thought it would be a great time. She was excited about the idea too so YEY! ๐Ÿ˜€

One thing that is always on my mind with parties is the budget. Parties can get expensive without noticing can’t they? Most of our birthday parties I budget to spend no more than $200 on everything including the birthday gifts. Well this time it was going to be interesting as I had to have this budget for 2 parties to be held on the same day! So my budget went up to $300 for both. My youngest has his birthday on the same day as his sister :D. He was turning 5. I brain stormed for a bit and chatted to a few friends about it and decided to hold the tea party for lunch and have a play date style party for my son in the back yard for afternoon tea with the sprinkler out to get wet.

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I was on a mission to bargain hunt and take advantage of sale items. My first trip was to visit the 2nd hand stores in my local area for anything tea party as I sure wasn’t about to let these sweet girls use my antique tea set! The great thing is, nothing needs to be a set, it can all be random and that adds to the fun. The first store wanted way too much for a few cups and they weren’t even nice, but I found everything with the vintage tea party look I needed at the second store I went to.

I got:

  • 2 tablecloths
  • 2 crystal looking bowls
  • 8 teacups and saucers
  • A sugar bowl and milk jug set

This cost me a total of $14.

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My next trip was to the “$2 shop”, we all know what one of those are I hope.

From this shop I bought:

  • Fake flowers
  • Plastic cups and plates for the boys party
  • A happy birthday chain for the boys party
  • Soft jube sugar cube looking lollies to have in the sugar bowl (and yes the girls did end up putting a lump or two in their tea / apple juice) haha crazy kids.
  • Candles for both cakes
  • Paper doilies
  • A pass the parcel prize toy
  • Red balloons and pink balloons
  • Wrapping paper x 2
  • Crown party hats
  • A sticker book for loot bags

All of this cost me $36.

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The next place I went was K-Mart, I love that place ๐Ÿ˜€ From here I bought:

  • Monster truck toys for my boy’s cake
  • A pirate pinata for the boys party
  • Pinata and blindfold stick pack
  • Pink hanging pom pom set
  • A doll for the girls cake
  • Loot bags x 2
  • Loot bag and pinanta prize toys x 9 packs of different kinds
  • Pink flag bunting
  • Freddo Frogs
  • Presents for both children (limited to $100 for both)
  • Assorted lollie bag for pinata and boys loot bags
  • Chocolate coins for the boys loot bags

All of this cost me $140

So far this has cost $190. For everything else like the outdoor toys, slip ‘n’ slide, napkins, cupcake holders, party banner etc I already had on hand at home from previous parties.

Place Names and Invitations.

These were made using scrapbooking supplies I had in my craft box. If you don’t have these supplies you can visit your local $2 shop and I’m sure you can pic them up at a small cost. I have used card stock, paper flowers, sticker diamontes, glitter glue, ribbon, double sided tape, printed computer paper for the text in the invitation, and a fine tip marker. If you’d like to see instructions on how these were made let me know and I’ll post it up. Cost to me at the time: $0

JZKQ1254Names have been distorted sorry for privacy reasons.

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The cakes!

Well the boys cake was so quick and simple. Remember before I got the monster trucks and a candle? Well my son wanted a dirty track with monster trucks jumping around so that’s what he got:

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Not the prettiest thing in the world and not a good photo sorry haha but he loved it. I used a 7 inch chocolate cake then carved away at it to make a track and jumps, added the carved sections to the outside for more track. I covered the cake with chocolate cookie crunch icing then sprinkled with Milo. Added the candles and trucks (one truck that’s jumping has skewers underneath to hold it up). Simple, yummy, and my boy got the keep the trucks.

Now for something a bit prettier and a bit more work lol, my girls princess doll cake:

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This cake didn’t need to serve many so I used 2 x 6 inch round white chocolate mud cakes with white chocolate and almond icing. I searched Youtube on how to make a doll cake then just did my own design with the colours my daughter wanted. We were going to use a barbie crown for her but seeing as my girl’s bedroom is such a mess we couldn’t find it in time haha, sad but true.

I estimate both cakes cost about $20 not including the toys as I covered that price earlier.

Party Food

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For the tea party we had:

  • Mini chocolate cupcakes (using let over batter from the boys cake)
  • Mini pancakes with a bowl of jam
  • Jube cube lollies
  • Party mix lollies and chocolates
  • Sugar cookies
  • Chocolate marshmellow slice
  • Fruit skewers (watermelon & rockmelon cut into heart and flower shapes pushed onto skewers with grapes between them)
  • Triangle sandwiches cut into quarters (we used one loaf of bread and made a plate of ham and cheese, and the other plate cucumber and mayonnaise)
  • For the “tea” we had apple juice.

For the boys party we used anything left over from the girls party plus a fresh fruit platter. We still finished with food left over!

I estimate the food for both parties cost roughly $42

Loot Bags

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To me save money = make it yourself. Though I did buy some of the loot bag toys, the price of those can add up. I try to make my party bags whistle free (you’re welcome), only a few lollies, and a bit unique. So for the girls as a little gift each we made them beaded bracelets, hair clips and sugar cookie butterflies ( I ran out of time to decorate these). As there was a limit of 6 guests for the girls, it wasn’t too much trouble to do this for all of them.

The costs of everything in these I covered before and also things we made for them were using things I already have in my craft box ๐Ÿ˜‰ and cookie batter left over from the party food. Any extra lollies, the boys would be getting from the pinanta to fill their loot bags with. The only extra cost not covered here is the cello bags for the cookies which I got from Ebay and cost $5.

Total Cost of both parties including gifts= $257

That’s $43 under budget woohoo!!

So what did we do……

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Went and got Miss 9 her ears pierced and Master 5 another gift ๐Ÿ™‚

I would like to give a special mention to my good friend Christine as if I didn’t have her help with preparations and cleaning up, both parties wouldn’t haveย  gone as smoothly as it did, so thank you!

I hope this in some way has helped you in doing your own party on a budget. I will be doing more posts of other parties we have had in the past, looking at what we hand made for them.

Thank you for reading xx

Cakes

We all start somewhere.

Welcome to my first post! I would like to give a special mention to Alicia on my cake fan page for starting me on this whole venture to create a blog site :). Thank you! Seeing as this originated from my cake fans I thought it fitting to do my first post about cake! YUM YUM ๐Ÿ˜€

I’m going to show you something that now lies deep within my computer files, rarely viewed again…….. My first ever fondant cake lol. It was February 2010 and my eldest daughter’s 2nd birthday. Me being me and never wanting to spend money, I thought, “yeah I can do this, how hard can it be right?”. Well yes it wasn’t as easy as they make it look in the Youtube videos but I gave it a good go. And yes, on top are little royal icing fairies from the food store because I cheated haha. Here it is…….

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I really had no idea what I was doing! I had no cake boards, incorrect methods, no proper tools, or support inside of this poor cake. Maybe this sounds like you? I’ve heard it before and I know some of you might be think now that this cake is awesome, I did at that time too haha. Now I know different. I wanted to show you this to help inspire you to just give it a go because you might surprise yourself (and you know what, your child will love it anyway… especially if they are 2 and just see this magical thing that smells like sugar).

So what did I use to make this cake?

  • pre-made store bought royal icing fairies.
  • 100’s & 1000’s.
  • 8″ square cake tin.
  • 7″ round cake tin.
  • vanilla buttercake .
  • vanilla buttercream.
  • I covered my lazy susan with wrapping paper and there is cling wrap underneath the cake.
  • ready to roll white icing (fondant).
  • gross-grain ribbon.
  • a wooden skewer to make dots and marks in the letters and leaves.
  • a rolling pin.
  • water to use as glue because fondant sticks with a little bit of water.
  • food colouring (gell colours or powders are best to use).
  • clean playdough cutters for the letters.
  • a candle.
  • kitchen knife to cut and trim the fondant.
  • my hands!

So armed with all of that from my kitchen draws and being pretty much the first time baking a cake, I was set to make it look like I knew what I was doing haha.

Fast forward 3 years and a whole lot of practice………

and I get to create this for little Daisy.

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So, yes this is what I imagined to create in my mind when I did that first cake for my daughter. In no way it turned out like this one, but I got there. So since then, I’ve obviously been to the cake supply store a lot and got myself some proper tools. There has also been had a lot more researching and practicing done.

What has changed with the tools I used?

  • This cake uses a cake board, a support card in the middle and top (toadstool) layers, and dowels through it for support to hold it up as cakes are heavy and can crush themselves or topple / tilt! (I’ll show you in a later blog how to do this)
  • My Lazy Susan is now used to sit the cakes on while decorating so I can spin them.
  • Gone are the playdough cutter letters and I now have proper lettering cutters.
  • The fairies’ dresses are made using a leaf cutter and embossing set.
  • The fairies are shaped using flower modelling tools, Tylose powder to help them dry quickly and hold their shape better, butterfly cutter and embossing set, and a scouple
  • A better buttercream recipe so my fondant didn’t try to slide off the sides of the cake.
  • A cutting wheel to cut the grass and trim the fondant.
  • Lastly a fondant smoother.

I thought I would add below some photos of when I started and others of now to see my progression of my cake decorating skills and you may see some you would like to create yourself. If you think you can make some of these or your own design I would love for you to have a go and show us!

Then (2010) Lots of cakes were made, my skills grew quickly.

(2011) Things got busy and lots of 3D and wedding cakes!

(2012)

(2013) I feel this was my best year with cakes

(2014) I had a break this year and stopped making cakes so often

(2015)

(2016) We moved house and cakes got very casual

Now (2017) the year is young

 

I hope you found some inspiration from my post. Sorry it was a bit longer than expected. In my next cake post I will be giving you my recipe for a vanilla buttercake and vanilla buttercream. I’ll also be showing you photos of the tools I have and recommend if you’re wanting to start cake decorating as a hobby.

Thank you for reading!