Wilton’s Candy Melts are one of my favorite gems to use for fun holiday treats. Last year I used them to make a batch of yummy Valentine Marshmallow Pops. This year I picked up three bags from Michael’s in red, pink, and white to use for Valentine’s Day, and got to work creating these fun and festive swirly heart cake toppers for our family Valentine Cake. I love how they turned out, and my family (kids especially) loved eating the oversized candy hearts! Check out my simple tutorial to learn how to make these cuties using cookie cutters as templates. I’m excited to try them for other holidays too. Imagine green 4 Leaf Clovers for St. Patrick’s Day, pastel eggs for Easter, patriotic colored stars for the 4th of July. The possibilities are endless! You can use them to top a cake like I did, make smaller ones for cupcakes and cookies, or even top a cup of fruit with whipped cream for a healthier version.
For more Valentine Fun, check out these other links:
Valentine Words of Affirmation for Kids
Valentine Craft: Cookie Cutters & Paint
Valentine Paper Garlands
If you are planning on making some St. Patrick’s Day treats, here are 3 simple options for you… Pretzel Shamrocks, Shamrock Oreo Cookie Pops, and Shamrock Marshmallow Pops. All of these treats use Wilton’s Candy Melts, which you can find at crafts stores like Michael’s and JoAnn Fabrics. Watch my tutorial to learn how to make these tasty treats!
Click on these links for more St. Patrick’s Day fun…
St. Patrick’s Day Treasure Hunt
Make a Rainbow of Color: Skittles Science Experiment
Rainbow Fruit Kabobs
I have had this huge stack of cork tiles in my son’s room for several years… just sitting there… taking up space! So this week, I finally decided to do something fun with them! I created a geometric bulletin board for my 10 year old son’s bedroom wall and I am so happy with the way it turned out. It was a bit tricky getting the right cut to create the octagons, but with a little help from my husband, (who measured and cut the template for me) I was on my way. A couple of coats of paint and some command strips later, and these cork tiles became a really cool memo board for my son to pin up a “few of his favorite things.”
Watch my tutorial on how to create your own Octagon Memo Board. This would be perfect in a bedroom, a dorm room, or an office.
Here are a couple of tips:
Use different textures of paint for contrast
Paint at least 2 coats on each octagon
Leave some octagons unpainted
Lay out your tiles on the ground and play around with different configurations before hanging them up
Use command strips to hang each tile on the wall
Also featured in this video is a collection of my son’s amazing origami creations, strung up across the top of the Octagon Bulletin Board. He has spent hours making these incredible creations, one intricate fold after another. I love seeing them all on display in his bedroom. For those of you who love origami, check out MicahsToyReviews to learn how to make some origami creations of your own.
My daughter loves art! She will sit for hours drawing, writing stories, and coloring pictures. I have several areas set up around our house with art supplies, but I recently decided to put together a more intentional art space for her.
Michael’s was having a huge sale one day, so I headed over (with my coupons of course) and picked up these metal A R T letters, the chalkboard box for crayons, and the off white tray for paper. The rest, I already had around my house.
These adorable chairs were made for me by my brother when I was a child. They were in my childhood room, painted light pink, with dark pink carpet covering the seats. My mom gave them to me several years ago and I repainted and recovered them for my daughter. The wicker table belonged to my mom, who passed away a year and a half ago, so it means a lot for my daughter to have something so special to remind her of her sweet Grandma.
I bought the metal bucket years ago at the dollar store and it has held colored pencils in various locations around our house. Now it has a permanent home. I had used the mini white shutters last year for my Christmas mantle, but realized they were the perfect addition to this little art corner. The finishing touch was this bright and cheerful pennant banner. I had already cut the triangles for another project, so it only took me a few minutes to thread them through a piece of twine.
I absolutely love when I can use what I already have to create an inviting space for my children to enjoy. This little art corner has already gotten a lot of use in our home and is the perfect setting for inspiration to take place!