Oreo Penguin

Oreo Penguin

When planning parties for my daughter’s second grade class, I try to think of something different that they haven’t done at every other party. This is the fun penguin I came up with for the treat station.

class party penguin

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own.

  • Regular size Oreo’s
  • Mini Oreo’s
  • Candy orange slices
  • White candy melts
  • Candy eyes or mini chocolate chips
  • Royal icing
  • Butter knives
  • Small paper plates

class party penguin

Give each child the following on a paper plate-

  • 1 large Oreo
  • 1 mini Oreo
  • 1 orange slice
  • 1 candy melt
  • 2 eyes

Use your icing to attach the candy melt belly close to the bottom and the eyes at the top. Using your butter knife, cut one small corner off and then two larger slices from the center. Eat the left over half (the kids loved that part). The cut orange slices are sticky enough that you won’t need the icing to attach them. Use the smaller cut for the beak and the larger two for the feet. To finish him off, twist your mini Oreo in half and break one side down the middle. Attach with icing to the sides for the wings. Eat the other half of the Oreo. Then let the kids eat their penguin or take them home.

I only took two piping bags of royal icing and we ended up with seven kids at each station. I’d suggest taking more than that. The kids wanted to assemble their whole penguin before handing the icing to their class mate. They all finished in time but were frustrated by having to wait.

Oreo Penguin

I love to see the kids all make their penguins different. I had a couple of boys make one-eyed penguins and another little girl that used the rest of her orange to make wings. I never know if taking a camera into the classroom is a good idea or not so I didn’t. Not sure all the parents want their kids faces posted on the net.

Snowman Joy

Snowman Joy wooden block project

I have some awesome friends. Friends that know how to do all sorts of things I don’t know how to. Like cut out shapes with wood, write attractively on chalkboards, and do floral arrangements. Thankfully they are willing to share these skills. This fun snowman joy set was this week’s craft day project.

Snowman Joy wooden block Christmas craft

I think he turned out fabulously. I’d even go as far as saying he’s my favorite. We painted the letters and then used glue dots and glitters for the polka dots and tape and glitter to do the stripes. The snowman’s nose is felt and I added some chalk for the cheeks.

Snowman joy wooden Christmas craft

A couple additional embellishments and he’s finished.

Christmas decor

There’s that floral arragment and chalk writing coming into play. Looks way better than my Give Thanks. Haha!

The giveaway closes tonight and I’ll be posting the winner tomorrow. If you haven’t entered there is still time!

Holiday Gift Blog Hop & Giveaway: Day 5

blog hop
Hi all! I’m participating in a blog hop going on this week at Sew in Love {With Fabric} and today is my turn.

bow banner tutorial

I’m sharing how to make this fun bow banner using fabric from the Benartex Zoey line. Aren’t they fabulous fabrics? So much shabby chic cuteness.

Quinn's first birthday

Here are a few more ideas you can use the bows for. Using seven bows I made a birthday highchair banner for my daughter’s first birthday. I also made a matching bow headband. I’m planning on making a few to put on top of Christmas gifts this year as well. I also used one for my Thanksgiving decor posted here.

bow banner tuturial

For a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Zoey, make sure you’re signed up to follow the Benartex blog either by email or through a blog reader (see both options in the right hand sidebar at Sew in Love with Fabric). Leave a comment letting me know you are, and leave a second comment if you follow Benartex on Facebook. The giveaway will remain open through Friday, December 12th at 11:59 pm EST.

Square Baby Quilt

handmade baby quilt

I am proud of this quilt and horrified by it all wrapped up in one big quilty package. This is the first quilt I’ve done everything (without cheating) from beginning to end. I pieced it, machine quilted it, and did actually for real binding. I usually cheat by rounding the corners and using bias tape or sewing, turning, and top stitching.

I made the quilt top a while ago with some friends at a crafting party. I know me, I knew I wouldn’t have any fun visiting and such if I did my regular perfectionist type quilting. So I promised myself there would be no picking on this quilt. Zero. And I stuck to it, too. That’s the horrifying part. Most of the corners match up but there are a few that are so not pretty. I must admit I enjoyed it though.

This is the first time I’ve done actual binding. I didn’t have time to hand stitch the back and knew if I tried to do the usual stitch in the ditch method I’d miss catching that back at some point and have to break my new picking rule so I followed this tutorial on zigzag binding.

baby quilt

Anyway, that’s it for today. Back to Christmas gift making. I can’t wait to share them with you. :)

Acorns and Snowmen

Stuffed acorn decoration

I like to make a new decoration for each season or holiday that comes along. I’ve never made an acorn and they are just so darn tiny and cute so I set out to sew one up.

stuffed acorn decoration

To make it I printed this acorn shape at 175%. I then cut out two of them from my main fabric. I took a coordinating fabric and cut 1.5-inch strips using pinking sheers. I used my ruffle foot to ruffle them up and then sewed them along the top one inch apart. Then I made a stem, put it in place at the top, sandwiched between the two acorn shapes and sewed around the perimeter leaving a small opening for turning. Turn, stuff, and hand stitch the opening closed. I added a few small embellishments and that’s it.

Kids craft- snowmen Christmas cards

For a kids craft, because my kids just love them, we made these fun snowmen and snow women cards. We just folded a 8×11-inch white piece of card stock in half, cut off triangles at each corner and a couple in the middle to make the sections and then decorated them. The kids loved it.