Mermaid Beach Party Games

Mermaid Beach Party Games and activities
Mermaid beach party games and activities can be fun and easy at the same time.  We kept it easy and somewhat old school with Under water limbo, Pin the tail on the whale, and walking the bridge from island to island or walking the plank plus a Go fish using a stick and sewn fish.
Mermaid Beach Party Games

Materials for Mermaid Beach Party Games and activities:

  • 3-4 foot pole or tube
  • plastic table cloth
  • Oly-Fun fabric in Slate, Snow white, blue, sea green
  • Scissors, coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine or glue
  • Straight pins or glue dots. (your call on the safety)
  • dowel rod
  • String
  • Small Branch
  • Washer and magnets
  • wood plank and crates
 Underwater limbo
Under water limbo
To make the underwater limbo stick we used a large tube from the fabric bolt.  You could use a broom stick or closet rod or even a branch.  The left over plastic table covers and Olyfun from the bolt were cut into strips and tied along the tube.  They were random lengths and widths.  It was really very simple and the kids loved the twist on traditional limbo.
go fish kid game
Go Fish
Draw 6-8 pairs of fish.  Sew fish 3/4th of the way together and  leave an opening to stuff in a magnet or two and then fill with Polyfil stuffing. Sew the hole closed.  You can hand sew or machine sew on the Olyfun.
Mermaid party game - walk the plank
Walk the Plank 
This game is self explanatory.  You can make it with what ever supplies you have on hand.  The milk crates we used might or might not be crates we used to hold up our TV in college.  I honestly have no clue where they came from or how old they are but there were two of them and  they worked perfectly.  
This kids loved walking the plank and it was not to high for their skills.

4 tips for teaching kids to crochet Summer Fun #2

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Glittery Ocean Bottle – My Mom Made That

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Red White and Blue Bark – The Chunky Chef

Pineapple Purse – Hey Let’s Make Stuff

Head over to Nap-Time Creations/Summer Fun to see all the posts in the series.

15 Diy Nautical Inspired Crafts

15 DIY nautical Inspired crafts that you can make.  If you like the lake, beach, river or ocean we have 15 nautical inspired projects you can make for your home and to give as gifts.  There are kids crafts, party themes with free printables, home decor and jewelry.  Plus if you are feeling really adventurous there is even a great boat reading nook tutorial at the bottom.

DIY Nautical Inspired Crafts Collage

Make a sparkling orange and turquoise jewelry set using supplies from Oriental Trading company.  The pieces are both beginner level and can be made with ease even if you have zero crafting experience.  My five-year old made a bracelet using the tutorial for her end of the year teach gift.  I promise you it is that easy.

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The nautical inspired jewelry set supplies and instructions.

Make easy home decor with sea glass style vases, burlap and jute cording and fun beach inspired charms.  All supplies and instructions are available from Oriental Trading.

DIY nautical vases and jewelry

15+ Diy Nautical Inspired Crafts for you to make.

Diy Nautical Inspired Kids Crafts

Driftwood Sailboats

Simple Sailboat with Olyfun

Diy Nautical Inspired Jewelry

Beachy Button Bracelet and earrings

Summer Earrings

Diy Nautical Inspired Home Decor

Driftwood Sailboats

Nautical Anchor String Art 

DIY Nautical Bathroom Decor

An amazing do it yourself reading nook

Olyfun Beach Waves easy sew pillow

Diy Nautical Inspired Party Decorations

Sailboat Centerpiece

Beach Collage

Baby Whale Printable

Nautical inspired sewing Projects

Beach ball bag

Olyfun Beach Waves easy sew pillow

Reading Nook

 

Snack mix in a jar

snack mix in a jar

A Snack mix in a jar is a fun gift to give when you need just a little something.  It can be a “thank you” gift, “I am thinking about you” gift or even “here is a little snack to help you study” gift. This would also make something nice to give classroom aides. Most people like food so you can really give it for almost any occasion.  You can follow the recipe below or create your own favorite snack mix combination to place in the jar.

Materials for Snack mix in a jar:

  • Ball Quart Jar (Jarden Home Brands)
  • Americana Acrylic Paint (DecoArt): Warm White; Espresso
  • Patterned papers: brown/white Swiss dot; red/white polka dot
  • White cardstock
  • White wool felt scrap
  • Wool roving: brown; white
  • Pink Tiny Alphas Alphabet Stickers (Making Memories)
  • Crystal acrylic gems, two
  • Long pearl straight pins, two
  • White miniature silk flower
  • Black pebble bead
  • Acrylic crystal
  • scissors
  • Duraclear Varnish (DecoArt)
  • Scallop-edge scissors
  • Tiny hole punch
  • Adhesives (Beacon Adhesives): Fabri-Tac; Zip Dry Paper Glue
  • Needle felting tool and pad

Directions for Snack mix in a jar:

1.Paint jar lid. Let dry. Apply varnish.

2. Cut 4″x12″ rectangle from paper to fit around jar. Adhere to jar. (Note: Wrap rubber bands around paper to secure while glue dries.) Use scallop-edge scissors to cut two 1″x12″ strips from cardstock. Glue to top and bottom edge of rectangle.

3. Print and cut out pattern. Punch holes in each scallop of cardstock edges.

4. Paint toothpicks Espresso. Set aside.

5. Needle felt bird white. Draw wing with marker. Needle felt wing and beak brown. Glue crystal (eye) to face and bird to jar. For legs, cut ends of toothpicks and glue to jar.

6. For label, cut 3/4″x4″ strip from patterned paper. Fold in half, adhere ends and cut fork at end with scissors. Adhere stickers to spell “bird seed”. Stick straight pin through label and bird. Stick remaining pin through silk flower and bird. Glue gem to bird.

7. Follow instructions on recipe and fill jar.
bird seed snack mix

by Melony Bradley 

Wine cork necklace

wine cork necklace
Show off the cork from your favorite adult beverage.  Use a recycled wine cork or two, and craft supplies you might have on hand to create this charming, vintage-inspired necklace. Not only are you using recycled materials to make this fun necklace you can personalize it to your taste by adding different color crystals. Handmade jewelry is fun to wear because it is unique.

Materials and tools for wine cork necklace:

  • Flat wooden circle, 1-1/2”
  • Recycled wine corks, two
  • Reclaimed jewelry chain with three clasps at center
  • Silver jump rings, 10mm, four
  • Beadalon Stainless Steel Memory Wire, 32-gauge
  • Flat-backed crystals: 4mm, one package; 6mm, two
  • Vintage book page
  • Stamps: script background, small butterfly
  • Circle punch, 3/8”
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers: chain-nose, round-nose
  • Hand saw and cutting surface
  • Hand drill
  • Jacquard Products Paints: Neopaque Brown, White; Lumiere Pearlescent Blue
  • Ink pads: black pigment, green chalk
  • Beacon Adhesives Adhesives: Liquid Laminate, Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesives
  • foam brush, paintbrush, sponge dauber, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Directions to make a wine cork necklace:

  1. Working on protected surface, use hand saw to cut three 1/4”-thick discs from one cork. Cut remaining cork in half lengthwise; set aside one half for future project.
  2. Paint one disc Pearlescent Blue and wooden circle Brown; let dry.
  3. Use black pigment ink and script stamp to stamp two remaining cork discs. Ink edges of all cork discs and cork half with green chalk ink. Stamp butterfly in center of blue disc. Let all pieces dry.
  4. Use hand drill to drill holes in two script discs and at top and bottom of wooden circle. Drill hole in top of cork half.
  5. Punch circle from vintage book page. Use Liquid Laminate and foam brush to découpage paper to center of wooden circle; let dry. Use Gem-Tac Adhesive to adhere blue disc to center of wooden circle.
  6. Use Gem-Tac Adhesive to adhere crystals to edge of blue disc, to centers of script discs, and to cork half in curving pattern as shown. Let dry.
  7. Cut 2” length from Memory Wire coil. Bend wire in half, dot ends with Gem-Tac Adhesive, and insert into hole in top of cork half. Let dry.
  8. Use chain-nose pliers to open four jump rings. Insert open ends through four drilled holes in cork discs and wooden circle.
  9. Join discs and wooden circle to chain as shown; close jump rings using round-nose pliers. Join cork half to bottom of wooden circle; close jump ring.
    wine cork necklace

 

decoupage flower pot tutorial

decoupage flower pot
Decoupage flower pots are a great gift for graduation, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.  Use black and white or tinted copies of photographs to create a personalized pot. Use baby photos and snapshots from important life events to make this visual keepsake extra meaningful.

Materials and tools for decoupage flower pot:

  • Terra cotta pot, 6”
  • Wooden heart tag, 2-1/2”
  • Inkjet photo paper or copy paper
  • Acrylic flat-backed crystals
  • Ribbon or fabric of choice, 1” wide, 14” length
  • Jute twine, 3” length
  • Computer, photo-editing software, scanner, inkjet printer or copier
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Lamp Black, Snow White, Boysenberry Pink, Olive Green
  • Tiny alphabet stamps and black pigment ink
  • Adhesives: DecoArtAmericana Decou-page, Beacon Adhesives Gem-Tac Permanent Adhesive
  • scissors, paintbrushes, foam brush, wax candle, sanding block, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Instructions for decoupage flower-pot:

Use scanner to scan photographs and save. Use photo-editing software to convert photos to black and white and to tint photographs if desired. Resize photographs into various sizes ranging from 1” to 4”. Print photographs on inkjet paper (or copy photos onto copy paper). Use scissors to trim photographs as needed.

On covered work surface, paint pot rim and inside of pot Boysenberry Pink or Olive Green. Paint wooden heart black. Let dry. Use wax candle to lightly rub surface on heart randomly to create wax resist. Paint heart Snow White. When dry, sand surface lightly to reveal distressed finish.

Use alphabet stamps and pigment ink to stamp sentiment such as “we grow through a mother’s love” or “we love you Mom” on heart. Adhere crystals on heart using Gem-Tac. Set aside.

Use découpage medium and foam brush to adhere photos to bottom of pot. Overlap photos slightly and vary position. Use fingers to smooth out air bubbles. Let dry.

Tie ribbon into bow around top of pot. Use jute or string to tie heart tag around knot in bow.

Handmade gifts for guys-leather keychain

leather keychain gifts for guysEasy Handmade gifts for guys – Make a leather key chain in less than 15 minutes with this DIY tutorial.  Not only is this a fast and easy project it is environmentally friendly.  The leather I am using is from samples at a furniture store.  They change the discontinued samples out once a year and usually pitch them unless someone asks for them.  I have a good rapport with the store near me and they save the leather and fabric swatches for me.  The first time they gave them to me was for a boy scout craft about 5 years ago and have saved them for me ever since.  This is a great craft to make with older kids. It is super quick and easy.  Honestly it took me longer to write the directions than it did to make the piece from start to finish.

Materials to make gifts for guys – a leather Key chain:

  • Scrap leather
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife
  • sewing machine and thread or needle and thread
  • key fob and key ring

Instructions to make gifts for guys – a leather Key chain:

  1. Cut the leather into a one inch strip as long as your leather is.  This piece is 1×11. I used a craft knife and ruler.  You can use a rotary cutter or even scissors.  Make sure the scissors are heavy-duty.sewing on leather keychain
  2. Fold the piece of leather in half.  Place the key fob and key ring on the strip and move to the back-end. Carefully and slowly run through the sewing machine.  Use a heavy-duty needle and thread too.  If you do not have a sewing machine you can do it by hand.  If you are doing it by hand you might want to use an awl to poke holes in the leather.  A hand needle will be difficult to push through the leather.leather keychain diy

For illustration purposes I used white thread.  I would recommend using a thread that coordinates with the color of the leather.

If you want more quick and easy handmade Father’s Day gift ideas, and gifts for guys in general be sure to check out our partners for Craft Lightning:

Pink cupcake gift set

pink spa gift set

Give a sweet treat to your favorite person with a cupcake gift set.  Use your favorite recipe to make the cupcakes and icing and give them the ingredients to make them too.  The cupcakes are perfect for any occasion.

Supplies for Cup Gift Set:

  • Recycled glass jars in various sizes
  • Light turquoise blue fabric, 1/4 yd.
  • Americana Acrylic Paints (DecoArt): Olive Green; Bubblegum Pink, Glamour Dust, Duraclear Varnish
  • Cardstock: turquoise; white
  • Black 6-strand Embroidery Floss (DMC)
  • Small plastic bag
  • Bubble Stripes Baking Cups (Wilton)
  • Multi colored beads: 6/0 pebble; bugle
  • Birthday Cupcakes stamp set (Inkadinkado)
  • Black pigment ink pad
  • Scallop-edge scissors
  • Circle punches: 1/2”; 1”
  • Toothpicks
  • Batting and Stick Fusible Webbing by Fairfield
  • Sewing needle and matching thread
  • Glue (Beacon Adhesives): Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive; Zip Dry Paper Glue
  • Iron and pressing board

Instructions for cupcake gift set:

1. Paint jar lids Olive Green and Bubblegum Pink. Let dry and apply varnish. While varnish is still wet, sprinkle with Glamour Dust.
2. Trace 4” and 3-1/2” oval, and 2-1/2” circle on batting; cut out with scallop-edge scissors. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to fuse light turquoise fabric to fusible webbing. Trace and cut out 3-3/4” oval, 3-1/4” oval and 2-1/4” circle from fused fabric. Layer ovals and circles together and fuse so batting ovals and circles are matted.
3. Use pigment ink to stamp sentiments and images on fabric. Heat set with iron on warm setting.
4. Use three strands embroidery floss to blanket stitch edge of turquoise ovals and circles. Sew multi colored seed and bugle beads for sprinkles on cupcake image. Use fabric glue to adhere sewn ovals and circle to jars. Carefully fill jars with contents (cake mix, frosting and store-bought chocolate sprinkles).
5. For cupcake picks, punch several 1” circles from turquoise card stock and several 1/2” circles from white cardstock. Stamp small cupcake images from set and glue circles together. Glue toothpics to back center of larger circle. Cut small rectangular turquoise piece to fit opening of small plastic bag and mat with white cardstock. Stamp sentiment on white cardstock. Place picks in bag and stamp ends to rectangles to secure.
by Melony Bradley

Make a family name pallet sign with Image transfer

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Personalize your home with a family name pallet sign. This rustic sign shows off your surname in style with a budget-friendly image transfer technique.  Use a sophisticated fancy font or a basic font to create different looks.  If you are not comfortable with power tools you can ask the person at the lumber counter to cut it for you or a friend.  Take proper precautions when working with power tools.  If you are unsure ask for help.  If you want use a different base color stick to light or pastel colors.

Supplies for pallet sign:

  • Wooden pallet or plaque, 18”x7-1/2”, two
  • White computer paper
  • Hanger of choice
  • Computer, photo editing software, inkjet printer
  • Saw
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paints: Snow White, Lamp Black, Dura Clear Exterior or Interior Poly Varnish, DecoPage
  • Glue gun and glue sticks, ruler, pencil, black marker, paintbrush, sanding block, soft cloth, wax candle, scissors, foam brush, hand towel, newspaper (to cover work surface)

Instructions for pallet sign:

  1. Use ruler and pencil to mark off six 2-1/2”x7-1/2” pieces on one wooden pallet. Use saw to cut pieces apart. Sand wooden pieces thoroughly and wipe with soft cloth.
  2. Paint large plaque and small plaque pieces Lamp Black. Let dry. Randomly rub candle across surface of small plaque pieces. Paint small plaque pieces Snow White. Lightly sand surface to reveal distressed areas.
  3. Arrange small plaque pieces on top of larger plaque. Adhere pieces in place using hot glue. Let cool.
  4. Use computer and photo editing software to type letters for surname. Make sure letters are flipped horizontally and sized appropriately before printing in font of choice. (Note: Designer used Microsoft Paint to type letters and inserted as image into Word document in “Stencil” font.) Repeat process for “EST” and year in desired font and size. Print name, year, and “EST” on computer paper using inkjet printer.
  5. Cut out printed words and year with scissors; position right side down on surface of smaller plaque pieces. Use foam brush and découpage medium to coat pieces thoroughly. Let dry overnight if possible.
  6. Wet small portion of hand towel with water. Starting at one corner of plaque, gently rub away paper, taking care not to rub off transferred images. Wipe off any excess paper.
  7. Attach hangar of choice onto back of plaque. Apply sealer if the piece will be exposed to the elements.

 

Fabric Scrap Bookmarks Tutorial

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Make Fabric Scrap Bookmarks to use up your fabric stash and give a gift any reader would love.  Make the bookmarks to have as a go-to in your gift closet for last-minute gifts.  They are the perfect small thank you gift and they can be combined with a book or a book bag to create a larger gift. Best part is you get to use up every single scrap you have in your stash.

Materials for Fabric Scrap Bookmarks:

Instructions for Fabric Scrap Bookmarks:

  1. Start sewing the fabric scraps together patchwork style, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Use an iron and pressing surface to steam the seams open on the wrong side. I chose to patchwork my fabric scraps together at an angle.fabric scraps 2
  2. Keep going until you have a piece of fabric that is large enough to cut several 2 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ bookmarks from. I cut four fabric scrap bookmarks from a piece of 14″ x 12″ patchworked fabrics.fabric scraps 3
  3. Use the rotary cutter and mat to cut strips of Smooth and white wool felt into 2 1/4″ x 7 1/2″ strips. fabric scraps 4
  4. Now it’s time to make the heart “charm.” To make the stuffed heart, trace a heart shape on the wrong side of the fabric. Double the fabric over and cut two shapes out at once. Sew the shapes together with the sewing machine and thread leaving a 1/2″ open for stuffing. Lightly stuff the heart with Polyfil and sew the heart shape closed. fabric scraps 5
  5.  Use a needle and thread to sew a 5″ piece of black cord to the center. Use the fabric glue to adhere an embellishment to the center “front” of the heart.  fabric scraps 6
  6. Fuse a 5″ square of muslin to the Stick fusible webbing. Cut out into 2″ squares.  Use the alphabet stamps and ink to stamp sentiments to each square.  Use the iron and pressing surface to adhere the square to the bookmark. This will also heat set the ink. Now it’s time to assemble the bookmark. First, sew the edges of the stamped square to the bookmark to secure.  Sandwich the Smooth the fabric strip and wool felt. Sew the edges together.  Then, sew the end of the cord to the bookmark as shown with several stitches.  fabric scraps 7
  7. These fabric scrap bookmarks can be used a great small gifts for neighbors, friends. co-workers, teachers. Use them for quilt guild swaps or anytime you need a great creative gift!

19 Delicious Sriracha Recipes

Sriracha is a great way to add a little spice to any dish. Even in just a small amount, it adds a ton of flavor and is perfect for amping up the heat in a dish. I’ve collected 19 delicious recipes that use sriracha.

19 Delicious Sriracha Recipes

From snacks to main meals, this collection has a little something of everything. The one thing you will definitely need is a big bottle of Sriracha so you can work your way through them all.

01 - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom - Sriracha Egg Salad
Sriracha Egg Salad from Scattered Thoughts of a Craft Mom

02 - Just Us Four - Sriracha Chex Mix
Sriracha Chex Mix from Just Us Four

03 - Copykat - Sriracha Guacamole
Sriracha Guacamole from Copykat

04 - Farm Fresh Feasts - Sriracha Butternut Squash Portobello Pizza
Sriracha Butternut Squash Portobello Pizza from Farm Fresh Feasts

05 - Peas and Crayons - Oven Roasted Potatoes with Sriracha Pumpkin Aioli
Oven Roasted Potatoes with Sriracha Pumpkin Aioli from Peas and Crayons

06 - Copykat - Sriracha Honey Glazed Leg Quarters
Sriracha Honey Glazed Leg Quarters from Copykat

07 - Raising Whasians - Crockpot Pineapple Sriracha Chicken
Crockpot Pineapple Sriracha Chicken from Raising Whasians

08 - Copykat - Parmesan Cheese Spread
Parmesan Cheese Spread from Copykat

09 - 3 Boys and a Dog - Coffee Honey BBQ Steak
Coffee Honey BBQ Steak from 3 Boys and a Dog

10 - Farm Fresh Feasts - Soy Sriracha Roasted Mushrooms
Soy Sriracha Roasted Mushrooms from Farm Fresh Feasts

11 - Kalyns Kitchen - Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl
Sriracha Beef Cabbage Bowl from Kalyn’s Kitchen

12 - 3 Boys and a Dog - Grilled Salmon Sandwiches
Grilled Salmon Sandwiches from 3 Boys and a Dog

13 - Sidewalk Shoes - Sriracha Honey Popcorn
Sriracha Honey Popcorn from Sidewalk Shoes

14 - Just Us Four - Thai Sweet Potato Nachos
Thai Sweet Potato Nachos from Just Us Four

15 - 3 Boys and a Dog - Sriracha Slaw Burgers
Sriracha Slaw Burgers from 3 Boys and a Dog

16 - Kalyns Kitchen - Sriracha Glazed Grilled Chicken Kabobs
Sriracha Glazed Grilled Chicken Kabobs from Kalyn’s Kitchen

17 - Peas and Crayons - Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing
Honey Sriracha Lime Dressing from Peas and Crayons

18 - Just Us Four - Roasted Onion Sriracha Dip
Roasted Onion Sriracha Dip from Just Us Four

19 - Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom - Tex Max Eggs Benedict
Tex Max Eggs Benedict from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom