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Dresden Template Project – Kids Apron

The perfect way to dress up any simple project is to add a dresden flower.  Dresden flowers look fancy and difficult, but with the right tools, it’s easy!  I made this simple apron for my cute niece today, but it needed something to dress it up.  Adding the dresden flowers to the pockets was the perfect finishing touch.

To start make (or buy!) a simple apron.  Here are a few tutorials that might help.  Little Chef Apron, Kitchen Buddy Apron, and Child’s Apron.

Now the fun part — making it cute!  I cut my pockets 6.5 inches square, serged all 4 edges, and pressed the edges under.  Top stitch along the top of the pocket.  I used this awesome dresden template from Nancy’s Notions to make the flowers.  The best part about this ruler is that you can make so many different sizes of flowers, with only one ruler.  I cut my pedals 2 inches.  It’s a big template, but it still works great for small pieces!

It took 12 pedals to complete my flower.  The book that comes with the template gives a lot of great tips on how to make your dresden perfect.  Here is how the back looks all pressed and ready to go.

I top stitched around my edges and added my center circle.  Now my pocket is ready to be sewn onto the apron.

Now you are ready for fun time in the kitchen.  Don’t forget to lick the spoon!

It’s your lucky day!  This dresden template is on sale!  You can buy the template from Nancy’s Notions for 44% off now! (expires July 30, 2017)  

 

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Boys Birthday Cake Idea

Here is a fun Boy’s Birthday Cake idea that I would like to share with you today!

My son loved the new Disney Planes Fire and Rescue movie, so for his birthday this year we made him a Planes Birthday Cake!

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To make this cake, I made on cake mix in a 9×13 pan, and one cake mix in two circular dishes and one small loaf pan.  After they had baked and cooled, I frosted them with a chocolate cream cheese frosting, all except for the mini loaf which I frosted white.

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We knew we wanted to get our son a few Planes toys so we planned the cake accordingly.

For THE FIRE, we printed it out on white cardstock in color ink. Then we cut out the flames, taped them to tooth picks and stuck them in.

For THE TREES, we printed out several pages on different shades of green cardstock.  Then we cut two little slits into each tree and inserted a pretzel stick and stuck them into the cake.  Then we placed extra pretzel sticks around to look like logs.

For the building, we frosted the mini loaf with white frosting and then we stuck pretzel sticks on it.

For the river, we used Twizlers pull apart licorice.  Then we placed mini unwrapped Snickers in the river to look like rocks.

Then we used a skewer stick to go through all the layers of cake in order to support the weight of the plane on top of it.

 

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Our five-year-old LOVED this birthday cake, and I’m sure your child will too!

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Halloween Games for Kids

Today I’m so excited to be a part of Cupcake Diaries 30 Days of Halloween!  She has all sorts of fun ideas being posted.  Be sure to check them all out!

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It’s getting to be that time of year again… time to start thinking about the Holidays coming up.  Halloween is right around the corner!  Do you need some simple Halloween games for kids?  I know I will be helping in my son’s Halloween party at school and I love simple games to play with them.  This Halloween memory game is easy…. Print, Cut, Play.  Let’s do it!

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I’ve made two different files for you to choose from.  Plain black and white pumpkins are perfect for printing on orange card stock.  The cute colored pumpkins would be perfect for printing on white card stock.

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Pumpkin Memory Game (to Print on Orange Card Stock)

Pumpkin Memory Game (to Print on White Card Stock)

Be sure to print the file two times so that you have two of every pumpkin, creating 12 matches.  Trim off your margins first, then cut the pumpkins apart.  If you print on thin paper, you might need to attach the pumpkins to a thicker paper so that you can’t see the pumpkins through the paper.

To play – Mix all your cards up.  Place all your cards face down.  Take turns trying to find a match.

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Other Halloween activities you might enjoy:

Pumpkin Craft —  Spooky Halloween TreatsHalloween Bingo by Artsy Fartsy Mama — Felt Pumpkins by Vixen Made — Roll a Pumpkin Game by Happy Home Fairy

Check out all these great Halloween ideas!

 

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