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VALENTINE’S DAY DESSERT KABOBS

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

I wanted to share this little Valentine’s Day craft I posted on my friend Joanna’s site over at bakedbyjoanna.com. It’s so simple and can pretty much be made the night before to serve your valentine breakfast in bed or as dessert after your special dinner out.

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Joanna used this cute little heart shaped cookie cutter to create a perfect strawberry heart. If you aren’t a fan of strawberries, use bananas or pair fruit with cut pieces of pound cake drizzled with chocolate or a side of nutella. Brownie bites would be amazing too, the options are endless!

Here’s how to get started

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MATERIALS
Wood skewers
Valentine’s Day Dessert Kabob printable
Printer & paper
Red, pink, white felt
Scissors
Hot glue gun & glue

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Print out the Valentine’s Day Dessert Kabob printable.
2. Cut out both heart shapes and tip of arrow with scissors.
3. Using your cutouts as a template, cut out 2 large hearts, 1 small heart and 2 arrow tips from the colored felt of choice.
Do this for each skewer. I like to create an assembly line by first cutting shapes and then gluing everything; it helps me feel more productive.

4. While your glue gun is warming up, cut skewers in half
(approx. 7″ long depending on your skewer length, but you can eyeball it; no need to be exact).

5. Once skewers and felt shapes are cut, you’re ready to start gluing.

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6. Apply a little glue to 1 arrow. Place the end of skewer on top, and lay other arrow directly over it, kind of like making a sandwich.
7. For the hearts, first glue the small heart onto 1 of the large hearts.
8. Do almost the same thing you did for the arrows but glue around the edges only except for the bottom tips of the large heart.
This will create a pocket to insert the skewer, so you can remove it and place the strawberries and cake for guests.

9. Repeat for all skewers.
10. Once your guests are ready to enjoy, simply slide off the heart and enjoy!

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Serve with a cold glass of milk and enjoy!

~ Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours ~

SPIDERMAN MASK

 

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I was so excited when my little man asked to be Spiderman for halloween. Pretty sure any superhero would have made me happy since we love anything related to comic books and Star Wars at our house. So the costume hunt began. After searching online for a while and not really finding what I wanted, I stumbled onto a Spiderman pajama 2-pack at Kohl’s, score! Not only will it make a perfect costume but I know the pajamas will last all winter and then some. All I needed to do was make a mask for this superhero.

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I wanted the mask to be simple to make but most importantly, comfortable to wear while trick-or-treating! Here’s how to make a mask for your little superhero.

SPIDERMAN MASK

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MATERIALS
red, white & black felt
Spiderman Mask template
scissors
push pins
hot glue gun
hot glue sticks
1/4″ wide black elastic (measure childs head to determine length)
black puff paint
sewing machine or needle & thread

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Download the Spiderman Mask template.
2. Print the template. (mask is sized for a toddler face, you may need to measure & scale template before printing)
3. Cut out shapes.
4. Pin face template to red felt, cut out face, nose & holes for eyes.
5. Pin eye template labeled “black eyes” to black felt, cut out and repeat so you have 2 black eyes.
6. Pin eye template labeled “white eyes” to white felt, cut out and repeat so you have 2 white eyes.
7. Once all pieces are cut, align white eye shapes on top of the red mask and hot glue in place.
8. Repeat step 7 for the black eye shapes.
9. Measure your child’s head from one eye, around the back of their head to their other eye to determine the length needed for the elastic band. Cut an additional 2″ so you have wiggle room when sewing.
10. Pin elastic in place, roughly to the side of where the eyes are positioned and sew to secure.
11. Use your black puff paint to draw on the spider webs, let dry.

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Happy Halloween and safe Trick-or-Treating!