Cheese Markers – Make your own from polymer clay

DIY cheese markers from polymer clay. DIY cheese markers from polymer clay are easy to make.  These clever cheese markers will be the talk of your party.  You can wow your guests with your craftiness when they learn you made them yourself.  Make a list of your favorite cheese varieties and make a marker for each one.  You can create as many as you would like.  I think they would make great gifts too.  You could give it as a hostess gift or as a welcome to your new house gift.

custom cheese markers for a wine a cheese party

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Instructions for DIY Cheese Markers:

Step 1:

Per the Sculpey website: Getting Started Polymer clay may stain. CLAY MAY DAMAGE UNPROTECTED FURNITURE OR FINISHED SURFACES. DO NOT USE polymer clay on unprotected surfaces. We recommend working on the Sculpey clay mat, wax paper, metal baking sheet, or disposable foil. Start with clean hands and work surface area.

Knead clay until soft and smooth. For best results, clean your hands in between colors. Shape clay, pressing pieces together firmly. Bake on oven-proof glass or metal surface at 275°F (130 °C) for 30 minutes per ¼” (6 mm) thickness. For best baking results, use an oven thermometer. DO NOT USE MICROWAVE OVEN. DO NOT EXCEED THE ABOVE TEMPERATURE OR RECOMMENDED BAKING TIME. Wash hands after use. Baking should be completed by an adult. Begin by preheating oven to 275 °F (130 °C). Test temperature with oven thermometer for perfectly cured clay. For best results, condition all clay by working small amounts in your hand until smooth and soft.

Step 2:

After conditioning your clay roll it out at the 2nd thickest setting of your Clay Conditioning Machine. Divide it in two sheets that are large enough to accommodate multiple oval cut outs.

Step 3:

Gather the following supplies: largest oval cutter and word stamps. Cut out an even number of tops and bottoms. Stamp the words into the lower half of the top piece. Bake according to directions above. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Step 4:

Make a molded embellishment for each of your markers. Condition the clay and press into the mold. Remove the excess clay and then remove from mold. Bake according to thickness. Allow to cool before handling.

Step 5:

Apply a thin line of Liquid Sculpey to the back of the stamped piece and place on top of the back piece. Gently press together. Place a toothpick in-between the layers. Wiggle it around a tiny bit so it can be removed and can be replaced after each use. Smooth our any rough edges.

Step 6:

Apply a thin line of Liquid Sculpey to the back of the molded embellishment and gently press onto the top right corner of the piece. Smooth our any rough edges. Gently place stamped and embellished side up on the baking sheet.

Step 7:

Bake according to directions above and with the toothpick in place Remove from oven and allow to cool.

Step 8:

Remove tooth pick. Brush paint over the entire piece. Use a paper towel to remove the excess. Allow to dry.

DIY Oktoberfest Party Decorations

My husbands family is German and we love to celebrate with an Oktoberfest Party.  We invited a few friends over to enjoy the good food, great drinks and have some wonderful conversations.  The party was a hit with decorations provided by Oriental Trading Company.   The food and the recipes were all mine.  Well almost mine,  I managed to get the Raspberry Beer Punch out of my husbands Great-Aunt Catherine a few years into our marriage.  You can find beer punch recipe here.  I also served his dad’s potato salad and you can get that recipe here.  The Beer Cheese Recipe is really all mine.

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We had a hot dog and sausage toppings bar with almost anything you could think to put on a bun with meat. I made curry wurst too.  Gary picked out a bunch of seasonal Oktoberfest beers.

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Our German Beer Girl was a hit.  Especially since she served shots of Apple Schnapps.  We decided to name her Hilde.

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Supplies for DIY Oktoberfest Party Decorations:

To make the DIY Oktoberfest Party Decorations:

  1. Trim off the edges of the pretzels as shown
  2. Cut a piece of ribbon to go around the throat of the bottle.
  3. Glue got the ribbon into place.
  4. Add a Glue Dot to the top and the bottom of the pretzel on the back side.
  5. Adhere to the front of the bottle covering the spot where the ribbon connects.

I chose to use Glue Dots because the hold firmly in place yet are easy to remove when you need it to come off.  The glue dots are easily removed from the glass bottle.  The bottles were used during the party for the lemonade served to the kids.  I wanted them to feel like the party was for them too. There were also fun little Duckies in Lederhosen hanging around the table.  I can almost guarantee that the duckies were in a bathtub floating around when they went home.

If you would like to see more of the party you can visit the Oriental Trading Company blog. If you are looking for another authentic dish to serve try the German Style Potato Salad or Beer Cheese Dip and for party decoration ideas try the Oktoberfest Party and for fun Party Favors

mermaid beach party game ideas

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 TUTU)

If you would like to see other parts of the party :
Mermaid Beach Party Games

Materials for mermaid beach party activities:

 Underwater limbo
Mermaid party 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 and 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 and 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 too high for their skills or comfort level.

We also made sand art necklaces. Naturally this was an outdoor activity.

 sand art necklace stationCraft, games, food, activities for a mermaid beach party.

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Sand art necklaces for kids

Sand art necklace

Sand art necklaces make a great activity for a beach themed birthday party. My daughter turned 5 and we had a mermaid party. Mermaids sit on beaches so I sort of combined the two. As the mom of the party girl, I took the liberty to make  it beach and mermaid. While looking through the Oriental Trading online store for party supplies I saw the necklaces and decided that would be the crafty activity because it was fun, easy and something the kids could take with them.

I ordered an 8 pack of sand, a dozen necklaces and two dozen little aqua buckets. The aqua buckets served two purposes. One to hold the sand so the children could scoop it out easier and also as their party favor. My mom wrote their name on a bucket with an Elmer’s pen. (also from Oriental Trading) The little party favor buckets I will show in another post because they were filled with fantastic candy from the candy bar. Oriental Trading supplied me with the candy, buckets, shell necklaces and colored sand. I ordered the other supplies used for the party.
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sand art necklace station

Supplies for sand art necklaces:

Instructions for sand art necklaces

To create the sand art activity station I poured sand from the large jars into the buckets and place them on a wood tray. I placed two spoons for each color in the buckets. Tiny funnels are needed to get the sand into the shell necklace.
We placed the tray on a card table in the middle of the yard so that the kids were able to make a mess and so I would not worry about cleaning afterwards. We simply dumped the excess into the yard.
My biggest tip would be to make sure they fill sand to the top of the container. If it is packed full the pattern they create will stay in place when they shake it. (Trust me when I say YES they shake it.) You might need to tap it once or twice before the cap is placed on. Once they filled the shells, I wanted them to be a bit more secure. To seal the shell containers, I placed a drop of permanent glue on the cap to prevent them from opening. This step is up to you but I would recommend it highly.

The kids had a blast making them. Some pictures of this part of the party.

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gigi the wild child mermaid party sand art  IMG_7595

Diy starfish headband

Diy starfish headband tutorial

Make a starfish headband for a mermaid party or a beach themed event or to wear because they are pretty cool.  My daughter just celebrated her 5th birthday and the theme was mermaid and every little mermaid needs a cool hair accessory right?  For her party we made a couple dozen polymer clay starfish using a mold of a real one we found on the beach.

Check back for tutorials on how to make the cupcake tower, a mermaid tutu and various other mermaid themed party decorations.  Tutorial for Mermaid Tutu Dress

Tools and materials for a starfish headband:

Instructions for a starfish headband:

  1. For best results, condition all clay by running it through the clay dedicated pasta machine several passes on the widest setting. Fold the clay in half after each pass and insert the fold side into the rollers first.
  2. Pinch of a Large piece of Mold Maker and roll into a ball. Flatten ball creating a piece of  large Mold Maker enough to accept starfish.
sculpey mold maker

3.  Dust starfish with cornstarch. Press starfish into mold and then remove. Bake the mold according to the directions above. Allow the piece to cool before handling.

4.  Condition the White clay according to the directions above. Dust the mold with cornstarch. Press the conditioned clay into the mold and remove. Trim off any excess clay with craft knife. Dust the mold and repeat again to make an additional piece. Repeat process to create as many starfish as you’d like. Bake according to directions above.

5.  After the starfish has cooled, paint the piece with the Buttermilk acrylic paint, while the paint is wet, wipe excess.

buttermilk paint on starfish
6.  Paint the piece with the Raw Umber acrylic paint, while the paint is wet, wipe off. This will create a distressed finish. Brush on a light coat of Glimmer dust if you would like a little bit of sparkle. Allow paint to dry
raw umber painted over butternilk
7.  Cut 8 three-inch strips of tulle and hot glue to headband.  Then add a dollop of glue to center and press starfish into center and hold in place until dry.   ALWAYS use caution when using a hot glue gun.