monstercupcakes

I’m sorry I haven’t posted in so long! We are all finally getting over being sick so it’s been crazy around here lately.

I decided to make monster cupcakes for my son’s birthday party. I thought the monster faces on the cupcakes turned out cute. If you are interested in making them, read below for the instructions. In all honesty, since there were so many guests at my son’s party, I decided to make it easy on myself by using monster cupcake picks that I found at Oriental Trading Company rather than decorating each cupcake. I used the same icing technique on the cupcakes but just omitted the eyes and mouths of the monster faces. I thought using the picks turned out almost as cute as the monster faces.

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Materials

– Ingredients needed for the Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” chocolate cake recipe/your own recipe

– Baking cups (I used the Mini Monster Baking Cups with Picks from Oriental Trading)

– Ingredients needed for white frosting

– Wilton Icing Colors (red, green, blue, and yellow)

– Wilton decorating tip #233

– Decorating bags

– White melting chips (for eyes)

– Dark chocolate melting chips (for mouth and pupils)

– Standard circular decorating tip

– Mini marshmallows (for teeth)

– Optional: cupcake picks (if you aren’t doing monster faces)

Directions

  1. Bake your cupcakes in your baking cups. I used the Hershey’s “Perfectly Chocolate” chocolate cake recipe for my cupcakes. The recipe for the cake can be found here. Allow your cupcakes to cool completely after baking.
  2. Make or buy white frosting and separate it into four containers for coloring. I made my white frosting by following the recipe found here.
  3. Decide on the colors you want for your frosting (I used red, green, blue, and yellow). Then use the Wilton Icing Colors you picked to dye each container of your frosting.
  4. Use a decorating bag and the #233 decorating tip with your colored frosting to create the “fur” for your monsters on top of the cupcakes.
  5. To make the monster faces on the cupcakes, use a white melting chip for the eye. Then melt the dark chocolate chips and use a decorating bag with a circular decorating tip to create the eye pupils and the mouth lines. You may also be able to use black licorice for the mouth lines. Then press and cut the mini marshmallows so they are shaped like teeth and place them on the mouths. Get as creative as you want with your monster faces!
  6. If you are like me and have a lot of cupcakes to make, instead of decorating the cupcakes with the faces (the eyes and mouths), you could simply use these cute monster picks. I let my 2-year-old place the picks in the cupcakes. I had her match the colors of the picks to the icing color on the cupcakes. It was a fun way for her to help and a way to practice color identification and matching.
  7. You are now ready to eat or serve your cupcakes. Store in an airtight container if you are saving your cupcakes to be enjoyed later.

I made the sleeping monster cake below on my son’s real birthday. I followed the same recipes for the cake and frosting. I used two 9-inch round cake pans and layered the two cakes with frosting in the middle. I dyed the frosting a teal color and frosted using a star tip. I used large marshmallows for the monster teeth. I used half of a donut for each eyelid. I made the donut using leftover cake batter and a donut pan.

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MonsterCards

I wanted to include my son in writing the thank-you cards for his first birthday party, so I thought it would be cute to make a “footprint monster” for the main design on the front of each card. I love footprint and handprint crafts! The cards turned out cute and were simple to make. Even though my son is too young to write his own thank-you notes, at least this was a fun way for him to participate and document how big his feet were at the time!

Materials

– White cardstock (one sheet makes two cards)

– Non-toxic ink pads (in the colors you want for the footprints)

– Black marker

– Cutting board – OR – ruler + scissors

Directions

  1. Cut the sheets of cardstock in half so you have 8.5”x5.5” sheets.
  2. Fold each 8.5”x5.5” sheet in half to make a card that is 4.25” by 5.5”.
  3. Place the bottom of your child’s foot on the ink pad and then press it in the center of the front of a card. Repeat this step for each card you are making.
  4. Use a black marker to draw eyes and a monster mouth onto each footprint. I used the large toe and the smallest toe for the two eyes and drew the mouth on the actual footprint.
  5. Use the black marker to write, “Thank You” on the front of the card.
  6. Write your thank-you note on the inside of the card.
  7. Distribute/mail the cards to their recipients.
  8. You may want to make an extra card to keep as a memento.

 

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When I was trying to come up with some indoor activities for my kids this winter, I thought it would be cool to make them an indoor cornhole game. I decided to incorporate the game into my son’s birthday party by making it a monster-themed cornhole game. I thought diaper boxes would be perfect for the boards and I made the bean bags using felt stuffed with fiberfill. It is definitely not a regulation cornhole set, but the kids have fun with it!

 

Materials

– 2 diaper boxes (the wider the top of the box, the better)

– Spray paint (your choice of colors)

– Utility scissors/X-ACTO knife

– Duct tape

– Felt in your choice of colors (one piece of felt makes two bean bags)

– Tapestry needle

– Yarn to match felt color

– Hot glue gun/hot glue (if you are adding faces to your bean bags)

 

Directions

  1. Cut the bottom* of both diaper boxes off at a slight angle (if you make it too steep, the bean bags will slide down the board). They should now resemble cornhole boards. *I made the bottom the side of the box that was already opened.
  2. Trace a circle at the top of each cornhole board (I traced my roll of Duct tape). Cut out each circle to make a hole in each board. You may want to use Duct tape around the hole if it is rough around the edges after you cut it.
  3. Spray paint the diaper boxes and allow them to dry.monstercornhole2
  4. Cut two 4.5-inch squares from felt for each bean bag you are making. In the standard cornhole game, both players/teams have four bean bags. Thus, you should have eight of the 4.5-inch squares in one color and eight of the 4.5-inch squares in the opposing color in order for both players/teams to have four bean bags.monstercornhole4
  5. If you are adding monster faces (or any other decorations) to your bean bags, hot glue them to one side of one of the 4.5-inch squares for each bean bag. I made my monster faces using black and white felt.  monstercornhole5
  6. Use a tapestry needle and matching yarn color to stitch the bean bags together. Place the two 4.5-inch squares on top of each other so their edges match before you begin stitching. Make sure to keep your monster faces/decorative designs on the outside as you stitch around the bean bags. Make sure to stuff the bean bags with fiberfill before you finish stitching entirely around the squares. Secure your yarn once you have stuffed the bean bag and stitched around it completely.monstercornhole6monstercornhole
  7. Once your diaper box cornhole boards have dried and you have stitched your bean bags, you are now ready to play! Watch as your kids have fun trying to toss the bean bags into the holes. They may not play by the traditional cornhole rules, but they will have fun nonetheless. You could even turn it into a math activity by having them add up their points. If you are not familiar with the rules of cornhole or how to keep score here is a link to the official rules as stated by the American Cornhole Association.

 

 

My one-year-old has the idea down! He knows to get the bean bag into the hole but just doesn’t have the concept of tossing it in from a distance yet 😉monstercornhole7

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monster party hat

Here is a fun and simple way to make plain party hats into monster hats.  This would be great for a birthday party with a monster theme or even a Halloween party.  It would also be a neat activity for kids to do for fun.

Materials

– Plain party hats in assorted colors

– Cardstock/construction paper in black and white

– Hot glue gun/hot glue

Directions

1. Cut out monster eyes and mouths with teeth from the black and white cardstock.  I simply cut circles for the eyes and triangles for the teeth.  Make as many (or as few) eyes and teeth as you want and get creative with the mouth expressions.  I think making the eyes different sizes makes the monster faces look even more silly.

2. Use a hot glue gun to glue the eyes and mouths on the hats to create the monster faces.  If young children are doing this project, it may be easier and safer for them to use double-sided tape or glue sticks/Elmer’s glue to stick the faces on the hats.

3. Wear the hats or hand them out at your next monster party!

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shamrock

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I crocheted this cute little 4-leaf-clover today and decided to place it on a paperclip. If you are interested in my pattern, please read below and use your lucky shamrock to embellish just about anything!

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LUCKY SHAMROCK PATTERN

SIZE

The shamrock is approximately 1.25” wide by 1.75” long.

MATERIALS

– Worsted weight yarn in green (I used

– 3.25mm (D) hook

– Tapestry needle

– Scissors

ABBREVIATIONS

– ch = chain

– sc = single crochet

– dc = double crochet

– tc = triple crochet

– sl st = slip stitch

PATTERN

Rnd 1: Magic circle, 5 sc in magic circle, join to first sc with sl st. (5 sc)

Rnd 2: *Ch 2, [in same st as ch 2: dc, tc, dc, sc], sl st in next st (you have completed one leaf) and repeat from * three more times to form the next three leaves. After your last st in the final st from the first round, ch 7, sl st into 2nd ch from hook and across the ch, then sl st into the same st from the first round, fasten off, leaving a tail for sewing (if needed).

ASSEMBLY (PAPERCLIP)

You can either tie, glue, or use your tapestry needle to sew your shamrock to the top of a paperclip. That’s it! Of course, you can always use your shamrock for something other than a paperclip as well. I would love to hear how you used yours!

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