Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

Soak Up Summer Fun with 15 Backyard DIY Activities

Yesterday we celebrated my brother-in-law’s 30th birthday with a huge party full of food, family, and fun. His parents rented a venue right next to a local park and we spent the day running around with the kids playing, swinging, and laughing. It was a particularly special day for my in-laws because when my brother-in-law was 2 years old he was diagnosed with cancer and they never knew if this birthday would even come. It is a beautiful reminder to celebrate the time that you have with your loved ones. At the end of the day we were happy, grateful, and exhausted. With that in mind, I wanted to round up 15 backyard DIY activities that let you soak up summer fun with your family.

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

 

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Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

Glow In the Dark Water Balloons (Michelle at The Scrap Shoppe Blog)

What better way to cool off from the summer heat than by pelting each other with water balloons in the dark? Find out how to make them with Michelle.

 

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

Make Your Own Yard Dice (Tylynn at Little Bitti Living)

Get the party started with a game of backyard Yahtzee when you make these DIY yard dice.

 

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

$1 Soda Bottle Sprinkler (Brandy at Glue Sticks Blog)

This one is perfect to have some backyard fun on a budget. One dollar and a drill lets you laugh all day long.

 

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

Make This Super Easy DIY Kids Sit & Spin Toy (Stephanie at Abbotts at Home)

It doesn’t get much cuter than this DIY sit and spin toy. (Although, I must admit that after riding on the merry-go-round at the park with the kiddos yesterday, I am old and do not enjoy spinning anymore.)

 

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

DIY Giant Backyard Glow Pong (DIY Adulation)

Let the kids choose mom or dad’s team to compete for glory with this giant backyard game!

 

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

Fun DIY Sidewalk Chalk Projects (Ang at Juggling Act Mama)

There are so many fun activities that you can do with sidewalk chalk and Ang has some ideas for you right here.

 

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

DIY Outdoor Playhouse (Amanda at Love and Renovations)

Can you believe how easy this playhouse is? This is definitely next on our backyard to-do list!

 

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

Sandbox with Lid: An Inexpensive Alternative (Angie at The Country Chic Cottage)

This is downright genius. Keep the sand clean, put away, and easily accessible with this idea.

 

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

Dinosaur Excavating Activities (Brandy at Glue Sticks Blog)

All of these look like a blast! Let your kids be archaeologists for the day with any or all of these excavation ideas.

 

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

Glow-in-the-Dark Scavenger Hunt (DIY Adulation)

Rock your next family night with an epic glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt!

 

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

Giant Bubble Recipe (Sarah at Must Have Mom)

Bubbles are endless fun. Giant bubbles are the coolest outdoor activity ever! Get the recipe from Sarah.

 

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

Freestanding DIY Hook and Ring Game Tutorial (Wendy at H20 Bungalow)

Looking for an awesome game that doesn’t take up a ton of space? Then this hook and ring game from Wendy is for you.

 

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

Outdoor Movie Screen (Heather at The Heathered Nest)

Slow the fun down and surprise your kids by having the next family movie night outside!

 

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

Sidewalk Paint Rockets (Brandy at Glue Sticks Blog)

Make sidewalk paint even more fun by turning it into rockets. 3… 2… 1… Blastoff!

 

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

DIY Glow Can Toss (DIY Adulation)

This easy outdoor game uses materials you already have at home for a fun and active family competition.

 

Get blissful rest at the end of the night with these 15 backyard DIY activities. Let the kids burn off energy with games that last well into the night.

With these 15 backyard DIY activities there will be some peaceful sleep had in your home this summer. Let the kids burn off energy with hands-on activities and games that last well into the night. Now, it is time for more fun ideas at the Merry Monday link party! Link up your awesome posts below and be inspired by what your friends are creating. Don’t forget to check out the round-ups from the rest of our hosts to see if your posts were featured this week!

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These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

Finger Painted Giant Tiki Men


Summer is the perfect time for outdoor parties and entertaining. Luaus are a popular theme because they are fun, festive, and make you feel like you’re on a mini-vacation. Luaus create an oasis in your own backyard complete with family and friends. This is also an easy theme to DIY. You can line your tables with fringed green plastic tablecloths to represent grass skirts. You can make your own easy invitations and you can paint your own decorations. These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about the mess when you unleash your Clean Squad!

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Prepping for Your Project

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These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

Before you get started painting you need to take the family for a trip to your local Wal-Mart and pick up Clorox Spray and Viva Vantage paper towels. We love how wide the aisles at Wal-Mart are! They are perfect when you have the whole family with you. They also make it easy for kids to get in on the shopping action. Little man could even shop from Papa’s shoulders which made him infinitely happy.

 

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Once you get home, you want to clear a large space for your painting project. We moved the table and chairs from the dining room for our project. That gave us plenty of space to work with.

 

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These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

Unfortunately, when we moved the furniture I found some stains from goodness knows how long ago on the floor. (Note to self, kids are messy!) Thankfully, I already had my Clorox Cleaning Spray and Viva Vantage paper towels. I didn’t even have to let the Clorox soak on the stains. The stains wiped right up. Score! Once I finished, we had a clean, disinfected surface (thanks to Clorox Cleaner’s 99.9% germ killing strength) and were ready to get started.

 

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These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

 

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Giant Tiki Men Materials

  • Roll of Children’s Craft Paper
  • Washable Paints
  • Permanent Marker
  • Scissors
  • Tape

 

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Step 1

Tape the edge of your paper roll to the floor.

Step 2

Roll out the paper 3-4 feet and cut it.

 

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Step 3

Next, tape the cut edge to the floor as well.

 

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Step 4

Repeat steps 1-3 for each tiki man that you want to create.

 

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Step 5

Begin drawing your tiki man by adding the bottom detail to the first sheet of taped paper.

 

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Step 6

Next, outline the mouth as pictured above.

 

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Step 7

Add a second line inside of the mouth to form lips.

 

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Step 8

Then draw teeth inside of the lips of your tiki man.

 

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Step 9

Next, draw a semi-circle above the center of your mouth.

 

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Step 10

Finish drawing the nose as pictured.

 

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Step 11

Add eyes on either side of your nose.

 

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Step 12

Draw the triangle details under each eye.

 

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Step 13

Next, add an eyebrow above the eyes.

 

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Step 14

Lastly, draw the headdress above the eyebrow.

 

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Step 15

Continue onto drawing tiki men on your papers until each one has a design.

 

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These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

Step 16

Give kids paint and a Viva Vantage paper towel to wipe their fingers on between colors.

 

These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

Step 17

Let the kids go nuts painting their tikis.

 

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These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

Step 18

After the kids have finished painting, let the tikis sit to dry.

 

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Step 19

Remove the paintings from the floor carefully to avoid ripping and hang them on the wall where you want them displayed.

 

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These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

 

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These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

Once you have finished your finger painted tiki men it is time for clean-up. With Clorox cleaner this took us no time at all. Seriously, you guys, we spent less than 5 minutes getting everything cleaned up, including squirmy kids. The craft took longer than the clean-up and that’s how it should be. The fun should always last the longest. The Viva Vantage paper towels last, too. We used one on the floor and it was strong enough to finish the entire job!

 

These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

These finger painted giant tiki men are a fun and messy luau craft that lets kids get their hands dirty. Clean-up is a breeze, too, with your Clean Squad! #ad

They are also soft enough to clean up the kiddos with. Now we have clean floors, happy little ones, and fun finger painted giant tiki men for our luau. Don’t forget to check out Walmart to save on your summer cleaning with Clorox Cleaning Spray and Viva Vantage Paper Towels. You’ll never dread another kids’ craft again with this Cleaning Squad in your arsenal!

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Celebrate your Princess Diaries 2 love with a delicious new pear recipe! These whipped frozen cinnamon pear pies are a cool summer treat fit for a queen!

Whipped Frozen Cinnamon Pear Pies

June the month of weddings and we are paying homage to that at this month’s Movie Monday. We were given the freedom to choose any wedding movie that we wanted. I chose the Princess Diaries 2 as my wedding movie inspiration. There are so many traits of this movie to love although not traditionally thought of as a wedding movie. One theme throughout the Princess Diaries movies is that Genovia is known for their pears. In the second one there is even a scene when Lilly, the princess’s best friend, asks if the popcorn that they are munching on tastes like pears. What better way to celebrate this awesome movie than with a delicious new pear recipe? These whipped frozen cinnamon pear pies are a cool summer treat fit for a queen!

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Celebrate your Princess Diaries 2 love with a delicious new pear recipe! These whipped frozen cinnamon pear pies are a cool summer treat fit for a queen!

 

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Ingredients for the Crust

  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 2 Sleeves of Graham Crackers

Step 1

In a microwave safe bowl, melt your butter by zapping it in 30 second increments until completely melted.

Step 2

Crush your graham crackers in a large re-sealable bag by smashing them with a rolling pin or your hands.

Step 3

Next, mix your graham crackers and melted butter until combined.

Step 4

Add 12 liners to your cupcake pans and flatten equal amounts of crust mixture into each one.

Step 5

Bake your crusts at 350º F for 10 minutes.

Step 6

Pull your crusts out of the oven and allow them to cool.

Celebrate your Princess Diaries 2 love with a delicious new pear recipe! These whipped frozen cinnamon pear pies are a cool summer treat fit for a queen!

Ingredients for Filling

  • 3 Cups Jarred Pears (I used ones from my mom’s garden)
  • 8 oz. Whipped Topping
  • ½ Tbsp. Cinnamon

Step 1

First, strain your pears.

Step 2

Next, chop your pears in your food processor (I love my mini one for this).

Step 3

Mix your chopped pears with the cinnamon and whipped topping in a mixing bowl.

Step 4

Next, top each cooled crust with ¼ to ½ cup of filling.

Step 5

Place your cupcake pans in the freezer until your pies are solid.

Whipped Frozen Cinnamon Pear Pies

Yield: 12

Whipped Frozen Cinnamon Pear Pies

Ingredients


  • Ingredients for the Crust

  • 1 Stick of Butter

  • 2 Sleeves of Graham Crackers

  • Ingredients for Filling

  • 3 Cups Jarred Pears

  • 8 oz. Whipped Topping

  • ½ Tbsp. Cinnamon

Instructions


  1. In a microwave safe bowl, melt your butter by zapping it in 30 second increments until completely melted.

  2. Crush your graham crackers in a large re-sealable bag by smashing them with a rolling pin or your hands.

  3. Next, mix your graham crackers and melted butter until combined.

  4. Add 12 liners to your cupcake pans and flatten equal amounts of crust mixture into each one.

  5. Bake your crusts at 350º F for 10 minutes.

  6. Pull your crusts out of the oven and allow them to cool.

  7. First, strain your pears.

  8. Next, chop your pears in your food processor.

  9. Mix your chopped pears with the cinnamon and whipped topping in a mixing bowl.

  10. Next, top each cooled crust with ¼ to ½ cup of filling.

  11. Place your cupcake pans in the freezer until your pies are solid.
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Celebrate your Princess Diaries 2 love with a delicious new pear recipe! These whipped frozen cinnamon pear pies are a cool summer treat fit for a queen!

Celebrate your Princess Diaries 2 love with a delicious new pear recipe! These whipped frozen cinnamon pear pies are a cool summer treat fit for a queen!

Celebrate your Princess Diaries 2 love with a delicious new pear recipe! These whipped frozen cinnamon pear pies are a cool summer treat fit for a queen!

Celebrate your Princess Diaries 2 love with a delicious new pear recipe! These whipped frozen cinnamon pear pies are a cool summer treat fit for a queen!

These whipped frozen cinnamon pear pies are a delicious summer treat to cool off with. They are great for a party but they are also easy enough to whip up for a movie night. You can totally use movie night as a reminder to your daughters to always follow their hearts. Princess Mia stands up for what she believes in and works hard for it. She proves you can conquer antiquated rules that are restrictive of women. She also reminds us of the importance of putting yourself first sometimes such as when she encourages the queen to finally marry the man she loves. Romantic films are always better when they’re empowering. Now, check out the awesome wedding movie ideas from my friends below!

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Get ready for the most versatile glow game yet with this glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt! It is perfect for indoors, outdoors, vacations, and more.

Glow-in-the-Dark Scavenger Hunt

It’s Wednesday and that means it is time for another awesome glow game! Unfortunately storms have been ripping through our area so we aren’t getting much outdoor time this week. Hopefully we will have sunshine for Sunday but until then let’s teach you how to make and play glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt. This is my favorite glow game so far because it is so versatile. You can adapt it for indoors, parties, vacations, and a ton of other destinations. All you have to do to change it up is make a new key and clues.

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Get ready for the most versatile glow game yet with this glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt! It is perfect for indoors, outdoors, vacations, and more.

Materials

 

Get ready for the most versatile glow game yet with this glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt! It is perfect for indoors, outdoors, vacations, and more.

Step 1

First, take the connectors out of each pack of glow sticks and open them up.

 

Get ready for the most versatile glow game yet with this glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt! It is perfect for indoors, outdoors, vacations, and more.

Step 2

Next, choose a tape to wrap around one connector.

 

Get ready for the most versatile glow game yet with this glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt! It is perfect for indoors, outdoors, vacations, and more.

Step 3

Continue wrapping your connectors with each different tape.

Step 4

Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you have a set of connectors for each player.

 

Get ready for the most versatile glow game yet with this glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt! It is perfect for indoors, outdoors, vacations, and more.

Step 5

Add a sample of each tape to your scavenger hunt key sheet.

 

Get ready for the most versatile glow game yet with this glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt! It is perfect for indoors, outdoors, vacations, and more.

Step 6

Next, write the clues on all of the player sheets.

Tip:

  • Also add the answers to your key next to the corresponding pieces of tape.

 

Get ready for the most versatile glow game yet with this glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt! It is perfect for indoors, outdoors, vacations, and more.

Get ready for the most versatile glow game yet with this glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt! It is perfect for indoors, outdoors, vacations, and more.

Get ready for the most versatile glow game yet with this glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt! It is perfect for indoors, outdoors, vacations, and more.

Step 7

After your sheets are filled out, break your glow sticks and add your connectors.

Tip:

  • Try to keep like connectors grouped together to make them easier to hide for the game.

Step 8

Now, hide your glow sticks in the places that correspond with your hints.

Step 9

Last, give each player a scavenger hunt sheet and let the game begin.

Some Last Tips:

  • Keep your connectors because you can totally re-use them in the future. That’s why we put the tape on the connectors instead of the glow sticks. Store them in a bag along with extra printables.
  • You can use the same key for multiple games but updating with the new locations. There are multiple lines available but you can also use white-out if it fills up.
  • Save time and money by playing the scavenger hunt with teams instead of individual players. This allows you to cover fewer connectors and use fewer glow sticks for each game.

 

Get ready for the most versatile glow game yet with this glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt! It is perfect for indoors, outdoors, vacations, and more.

So what is your take? Does this glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt rocket to the top of your favorite glow games too? Don’t forget to print out extra sheets to take with you on vacation. It’s a great game to pull out if you get stuck in the hotel room. You can also turn it into an adventure and use it on a camping trip. Take a night hike full of glowy fun one night and then celebrate with some delicious s’mores. That’s definitely a camping win-win. Before you go, be sure to check out the other glow games in the series by clicking on any of the photos below!

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This is the perfect game for those frustrating mom days! DIY glow can toss lets you whip a Frisbee at cans for the explicit purpose of knocking them down.   It’s time for another awesome outdoor glow game! This glow balloon tennis is a blast to play during the day or at night with friends and family.

    Summer is right around the corner. I’m starting a new summer series devoted to fun glow-in-the-dark activities. Let's start with this easy DIY glow Frisbee.

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Get ready for the most versatile glow game yet with this glow-in-the-dark scavenger hunt! It is perfect for indoors, outdoors, vacations, and more.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
This super fun DIY giant backyard glow pong game is the perfect break for busy families to get outside and have some fun together! Find out how to play now!

DIY Giant Backyard Glow Pong Game

Ugh… we missed last week’s glow post so this week we are picking it back up. Is this month kicking your butt like it’s kicking mine? We are getting ready for a birthday party, wrapping up the school year, and prepping for hubby’s annual training. That’s all on top of the normal birthdays, holidays, and day-to-day life obligations. It has been chaotic to say the least. That is why I’m super stoked to have fun stuff to do like test out this super fun DIY giant backyard glow pong game. It is the perfect break for busy families to get outside and have some fun!

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Materials

Make Your Glow-in-the-Dark Wiffle Balls

 

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Step 1

Open your pack of wiffle balls.

 

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Step 2

Place each ball on a plastic shot glass.

 

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Step 3

Paint the top half of each wiffle ball with glow paint.

Step 4

Allow your paint to dry and then turn your wiffle balls over on the shot glasses.

 

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Step 5

Next, paint the remainder of each wiffle ball with glow paint and allow it to dry.

 

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Step 6

Lastly, spray each wiffle ball with acrylic sealant. This will keep the glow paint from coming off due to game play.

Game Set Up

Charge Balls

Set your painted wiffle balls in the sun or under a light for an hour or more before playing. The better charged that they are, the longer your glow game can last.

 

This super fun DIY giant backyard glow pong game is the perfect break for busy families to get outside and have some fun together! Find out how to play now!

This super fun DIY giant backyard glow pong game is the perfect break for busy families to get outside and have some fun together! Find out how to play now!

This super fun DIY giant backyard glow pong game is the perfect break for busy families to get outside and have some fun together! Find out how to play now!

This super fun DIY giant backyard glow pong game is the perfect break for busy families to get outside and have some fun together! Find out how to play now!

This super fun DIY giant backyard glow pong game is the perfect break for busy families to get outside and have some fun together! Find out how to play now!

Arrange Buckets

The way that you arrange your buckets will depend on how many you are using. The buckets should be divided into 2 equal groups and arranged as outlined below. Place your groups 10-20 feet apart, the prior for small children and the latter for groups of adults.

  • 8 Buckets: Arrange 4 buckets in a diamond for each group. From the bottom: 1 Bucket, 2 Buckets, 1 Bucket
  • 10 Buckets: Arrange 5 buckets in a plus sign pattern in each group. From the bottom: 1 Bucket, 3 Buckets, 1 Bucket
  • 12 Buckets: Arrange 6 buckets in each group in a triangle pattern. From the bottom: 3 Buckets, 2 Buckets, 1 Bucket

 

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Fill Buckets

Fill each bucket half-way with water. Next, break a glow stick for each one and toss them in the buckets.

 

This super fun DIY giant backyard glow pong game is the perfect break for busy families to get outside and have some fun together! Find out how to play now!

This super fun DIY giant backyard glow pong game is the perfect break for busy families to get outside and have some fun together! Find out how to play now!

This super fun DIY giant backyard glow pong game is the perfect break for busy families to get outside and have some fun together! Find out how to play now!

This super fun DIY giant backyard glow pong game is the perfect break for busy families to get outside and have some fun together! Find out how to play now!

Game Play

Divide into teams and take turns trying to toss the wiffle balls into the buckets. Each time a ball lands in a bucket, that bucket is removed from play. Balls can be blocked by the defending team but team members cannot move in front of the buckets to do so. Also, if a bucket is knocked over during a block, it is still removed from play. The first team to eliminate all of their opponents’ buckets wins.

This super fun DIY giant backyard glow pong game is the perfect break for busy families to get outside and have some fun together! Find out how to play now!

This super fun DIY giant backyard glow pong game is the perfect break for busy families to get outside and have some fun together! Find out how to play now!

This DIY giant backyard glow pong game is guaranteed to bring laughs and fun. This was the exact break our family needed. Whip this game out any time this summer that you need to relax and have fun. It’s also a great game to play at parties and BBQ’s. You can totally play it during the day without the glow sticks and have a blast. End the game with a water gun fight (fill them up from the buckets) or dump the buckets on the winning team to cool off. You can also make this awesome DIY game night medal if you want a reward for the winning team. Don’t forget to check out these other fun and easy glow games before you go:

Looking for a quick and easy game for your next party or family night? Find out how to play glow stick tag and snag a free printable of the rules!

Summer is right around the corner. I’m starting a new summer series devoted to fun glow-in-the-dark activities. Let's start with this easy DIY glow Frisbee.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Easy DIY Iron Man Birthday Invitations

Have you ever tried throwing an Iron Man party? He is my youngest son’s favorite Avenger and, of course, the theme he chose for his birthday party. In case you haven’t tried this theme, let me tell you: finding Iron Man only invitations is hard. It’s like companies don’t want to split up the Avengers because you cannot find them on their own. To solve the problem, I made my own. If your little one decides he wants an Iron Man birthday party then these will save you time and money. These easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations come together quickly and your kid will love them.

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Materials

 

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Step 1

Open your pack of cards and fold in half along the pre-formed crease.

 

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Step 2

Next, cut out pictures of Iron Man from your Avengers book.

 

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Step 3

Measure your pictures to ensure that they fit on the card. Trim any pictures as needed.

 

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Step 4

After trimming all of your pictures, attach them to the fronts of your cards with the glue runner.

 

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Step 5

Next, line up your party stamp and 2 star stamps on your acrylic block.

 

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Step 6

Ink your stamps with black ink and stamp onto the fronts of your cards.

Step 7

Now cut your yellow/red cardstock into 8 rectangles.

 

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Step 8

Next, stamp each rectangle with your R.S.V.P. stamp in black ink.

Step 9

After your ink has dried, stamp the top right corner of each rectangle with the star banner stamp.

 

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Step 10

Again, allow the ink to dry and then stamp “Birthday” next to the stamped banner.

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Note:

  • If you use the same birthday stamp set that I did, the “Birthday” is attached to the word “Happy” but I cut them apart.

 

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Step 11

Fill the stamped stars on the banners with red stickles and set aside to dry.

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Note:

  • If you are using red cardstock, fill in the stars with gold stickles instead.

 

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Step 12

After your stickles have dried, attach your rectangles to the inside of your cards with your tape runner.

 

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

Are you throwing an Iron Man party? Finding Iron Man only invitations is hard but these easy DIY Iron Man birthday invitations are the perfect solution!

These DIY Iron Man birthday invitations turned out fantastically. They also got the ultimate seal of approval from my little man which is the highest praise this crafty momma can get. Now it’s time to get these off to the mail. If you’re looking for more Iron Man party ideas, they are coming. Next week we are going into full birthday party mode. I’ll share all of the DIY fun with you soon! Until then, you can get an early start on the thank you notes with this easy tutorial.

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

How to Throw a Cupcake Wars Monster Party + Money Saving Tips

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

One of our family’s favorite shows to watch together is Cupcake Wars. My oldest has even decided that when he grows up, he and I are going to go on it and win. Of course, he clearly doesn’t realize that all of those cupcakes I bake come from a box but that’s okay. We’ll let him dream. To give him a little taste of the competition, I surprised him with a Cupcake Wars surprise party. After the raging success, I can teach you how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100 with Oriental Trading. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget!

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Party Supplies

 

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Cupcakes

It’s not practical to have the kids create their own cupcakes from scratch in the time-span of a birthday party. Instead, bring cupcakes that are already baked and iced with white frosting. Make the competition about the decorations. Encourage kids to create the most outrageous and awesome monster cupcake ever!

$ Saving Tip: Make your own cupcakes and only add enough frosting to seal them. There is going to be plenty of candy added to them at the party.

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Goodie Bag Creation

Fill each of your monster gift bags with the following:

  • Fan
  • Glasses
  • Sucker
  • 3+ Temporary Tattoos
  • 4+ Pixie Stix

$ Saving Tip: Buy the goodie bag items in bulk from Oriental Trading to have plenty to fill the bags without spending a lot of cash.

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Party Set-Up

  • Place your tablecloths on each the tables.
  • Add a monster centerpiece to each one.
  • Place a blank chef’s hat at each seat.
  • Provide markers throughout the table.
  • Have everything else set off to the side but easily accessible.

$ Saving Tip: Don’t feel the need for a ton of party décor. There are so many monster items for decorating that it looks like there is a ton of décor.

Party Outline

 

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  • Have the kids decorate their chef’s hats with markers.

 

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  • When they have finished, fit the hats to each child’s head.
  • Next, provide each kid with a frosted cupcake on a monster plate.

 

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  • Fill a paint tray with various sprinkles for each child.

 

  • Then let everyone pick a cupcake wrapper, monster eyes, and cotton candy for monster fur.

Note:

  • They may need help with the cupcake wrappers.

 

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  • As the kids finish decorating their cupcakes, set them off to the side for judging.
  • Once all of the cupcakes are finished, hold up each cupcake creation one at a time and have kids and parents vote by a show of hands.

Tips:

  • We let everyone vote as many times as they wanted and still had a clear winner.
  • Keep track of votes for each cupcake in some form.
  • You can have a specified prize for the winner if you would like. We did not and the kids were still happy.

 

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  • Let the kids devour their cupcakes.
  • Hand out the goody bags for them to play with while they wait for everyone to finish eating.

 

  • Once everyone has finished eating, end the party with presents and play.

 

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Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

Find out how to throw a Cupcake Wars monster party for less than $100. Surprise your aspiring young baker with a party he’ll never forget! #ad

This party is a big crowd pleaser! Even kids who aren’t into crafts and art will love creating crazy candy cupcake monsters. Remember to always have a backup in case the party activities move along faster than expected. For this party we had mini notebooks for each of the kids to color on and take home. We have also had tissue paper fights in the past which are always exciting for kids. Lastly, if you’re looking to save even more on your party, don’t forget that Oriental Trading has a coupon page, too!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

10 Delicious DIY Drink Recipes + Merry Monday Link Party 143

Parties take a lot of effort. Even the simplest parties have you stressing over the cleanliness of your home, accommodating food tastes, and more. Admit it. After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on. After you’ve imbibed or caffeinated, stick around and check out the Merry Monday Link Party below!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

 

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After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Delicious Shamrock Float (Kendra at Simply Darrling)

This amazing little drink couldn’t be easier to make. With only 3 ingredients you can spend less time mixing and more time with your friends!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

S’mores Mocktail (Kelli at 3 Boys and a Dog)

You can’t beat a drink with that delicious s’mores flavor! These decadent mocktails are perfect for a family-friendly party!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Irish Cream and Mint Iced Mocha (Carrie at Frugal Foodie Mama)

Oh. My. Gosh! Talk about a dessert in a cup! This Irish cream and mint iced mocha gives you a jolt of sugar and caffeine to keep you going all night!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Almond Tequila Sangria (Kendra at Simply Darrling)

Did you know that almond tequila was a thing? You are definitely going to want to get some to make this delicious sangria!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Ginger Pomegranate Martini (April at April Golightly)

A good martini is always the perfect party accessory. They don’t get much better than this ginger pomegranate martini.

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Beauty and the Beast Punch (Olfa at Our Family World)

Celebrate your love of Disney with a delicious (and easy-to-make) Beauty and the Beast punch.

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

St. Patrick’s Day Green Sangria (Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom)

Adding mint to sangria is absolutely inspired. This green sangria is a must-try for any occasion.

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Irish Coffee Recipe (Nicole at Tikkido)

Follow up your green sangria with a delicious Irish coffee. It is the perfect pick-me-up after all of that party prep.

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Power Rangers Fruit Punch (Olfa at Our Family World)

Is anyone else incredibly excited for the release of this movie? Make the wait seem a little less long with this delicious fruit punch!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

How to Make a Latte at Home (Shirley at Intelligent Domestications)

Sipping coffee after dinner is a tradition in our family (for the adults, I should say). Find out how to make delicious lattes at home with these easy steps!

 

After all of the hard work you put into your parties, you deserve to visit with your guests over a delicious drink. Weather it’s a big family dinner or a small holiday party, here are 10 delicious DIY drink recipes perfect to sip on.

Your next party will be a hit with any of these recipes! How delicious do all of these drinks look? You have my permission to try a few or all of them. Now that you’re hydrated, sort of, let’s get on to the Merry Monday Link Party! Feel free to link up or simply be inspired by all of the amazing ideas being shared.


Merry Monday Link Party #143

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Round-up themes for party #144

Each host will be choosing 8-10 posts from this week’s party for a themed feature round-up on next week’s Merry Monday party. What we’re looking for this week:

  • Storage & organization ideas/solutions – focus on nursery room/kids room
  • Cleaning tips – focus on kitchen cleaning
  • DIY projects – furniture makeovers, upcycled projects
  • Spring Ideas – crafts/recipes/home decor
  • St. Patrick’s Day – recipes, crafts, printables, and more
  • Recipes – focus on peanuts, sauces, crab dishes, Ranch dressing dishes, and noodle
  • March Madness Ideas

Now, show us your latest recipes, crafts, DIY projects, home decor ideas, home tips, and anything you created!


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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.
The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is the craft book of every muggle’s wizarding dreams! Throw a HP-filled party with these ideas!

The Craft Book of Every Muggle’s Wizarding Dreams

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Have you ever put on your house robe and yelled, “10 points to Gryffindor”? Do you sip your morning coffee and pretend it is Polyjuice potion? Could you tell someone without hesitation what your patronus is? If you answered yes to any of these questions then you need to know about The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter. This is the craft book of every muggle’s wizarding dreams!

 

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is the craft book of every muggle’s wizarding dreams! Throw a HP-filled party with these ideas!

 

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The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is the craft book of every muggle’s wizarding dreams! Throw a HP-filled party with these ideas!

This book is full of fun and nerdy crafts to bring the wizarding world into your own home. Jamie Harrington, the author, is one of the coolest nerds you’ll ever know and is raising mini-nerds to be as awesome as she is. Inside the covers of her book you will find crafts to infuse Harry Potter into every part of your life. Create golden snitch jewelry, a Slitherin wreath for your door, and a Monster Book of Monsters tablet cover.

 

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is the craft book of every muggle’s wizarding dreams! Throw a HP-filled party with these ideas!

Don’t limit yourself to crafting these awesome creations alone in your craft room. Projects that are this fun are screaming to be shared. Get creative with friends and family. Throw the birthday bash of the century or take some much needed mom time with a girl’s night in. If you need some ideas, I’ve got you covered, just keep reading.

 

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is the craft book of every muggle’s wizarding dreams! Throw a HP-filled party with these ideas!

Kids Birthday Party

A lot of the crafts in this book are the perfect activity for birthday parties. Throw an entire Harry Potter themed soiree. Provide scarves in house colors as favors, set up your project area, and let kids munch on some Bertie Bots Every Flavor Beans! The kids will have a blast and get a fun keepsake to take home. Here are some crafts from the book that would work best for this idea:

  • Spellbook Journal
  • Pencil Wand
  • Marauder’s Map Mug
  • Potions Ornaments
  • Floating Candle Night Lights
  • Mad-Eye Moody Photo Frame

 

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is the craft book of every muggle’s wizarding dreams! Throw a HP-filled party with these ideas!

Girl’s Night In

There are fantastic crafts that lend themselves to a super sweet girl’s nights. Make up some of the awesome bath crafts and pamper yourselves all night long. Complete the night with a couple of the movies and some adult “potions”. Before the night starts, make up:

  • House Colors Sugar Scrub
  • Potion Lotion
  • Pygmy Puff Bath Fizzies

All of these crafts are the perfect match for a mani-pedi night with your mom friends. Soak your toes in water with the bath fizzies. Make your feet smooth and soft with the sugar scrub and the lotion. Finish them off by painting your toes in your house colors.

 

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is the craft book of every muggle’s wizarding dreams! Throw a HP-filled party with these ideas!

Family Night

Regular family nights are important to strengthen your bonds, de-stress, and enjoy each other’s company. Being creative together is an excellent family night idea. A great way to incorporate creativity into family night is with this book. Make some nerdy décor for your home and create it as a family. This is also a great way to make your home an environment that your entire family is investing in (including keeping it clean). The best projects for this are:

  • House Banners Doormat
  • Nargles for the Yard
  • Lumos/Nox Light Switch Cover

 

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is the craft book of every muggle’s wizarding dreams! Throw a HP-filled party with these ideas!

Teenage Sleepover

What teenage girl doesn’t love a good sleepover with her friends? Make the night one that all of the girls will remember fondly by making some of the awesome jewelry Jamie has in the book. You can also paint faces with the Dragon Scale face paint if you really want to take the party to the next level! Warning for parents: Be prepared for all night giggles and lots of thank-you hugs in the morning.

  • Sugar Quill Headband
  • Remembral Ring
  • Golden Snitch Necklace

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is the craft book of every muggle’s wizarding dreams! Throw a HP-filled party with these ideas!

The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter is the craft book of every muggle’s wizarding dreams! Throw a HP-filled party with these ideas!

Now that you have some incredible ideas for fun festivities to go along with this awesome book (as well as a snippet of some of the amazing crafts inside), I have one more surprise for you! How would you like to get your hands on a copy of The Unofficial Guide to Crafting the World of Harry Potter for free?! I am so excited to have the opportunity to give away a copy to 2 lucky readers! Enter below for your chance to win! (Psst… Can’t wait that long to start crafting? Order the book online here.)

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Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Patriotic Firecracker Wands

Let’s face it: wands are cool. Whether you are a fairy princess or off to Hogwarts, there is nothing better than twirling that pretty little stick in the air and adding a bit of magic to life. I will be 30 years old this year and I still get giddy when I see a sweet new wand to play with. You may not share my childlike joy of these toys but your kids certainly do. Keep them entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally shiny) patriotic firecracker wands.

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Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

 

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Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Materials

Step 1

Remove packaging and stickers from everything. This makes it much easier when you are cutting ribbon and garland later.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Step 2

Cut a strip of silver garland the length of your straw.

Step 3

Next, cut three strips each of the red and blue gift ribbon. These should also be cut the length of your straw.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Step 4

Wrap the end of your garland around the end of all 6 strands of ribbon.

Tip:

  • Only wrap the garland once or twice around the ribbon and securely tighten. Next, bed the excess wire (the shorter piece) away from the wrap and towards the shorter end of your ribbon.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Step 5

Slide the end of the strands into the straws up to where they are wrapped (including your garland strand). Add hot glue on the tip of the straw where the strands are inserted.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Step 6

Next, rotate your straw and apply more glue. When you have finished, the entire tip of the straw where the ribbon and garland are inserted should be covered with hot glue.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Step 7

Using the blade edge of your scissors, curl your gift ribbon.

Tip:

  • If you don’t know how to do this, place the blade of your scissors at the base of a strand of ribbon. Pull the ribbon taut then drag the blade to the end of the ribbon keeping it taut against the blade the entire time.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Step 8

Wrap the piece of garland loosely around your finger to create a corkscrew.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Step 9

Repeat steps 2 through 8 until you have created the desired number of wands wanted for your party.

 

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

Let's face it: wands are cool. Keep your kids entertained before the fireworks show with these awesome (and totally easy) patriotic firecracker wands.

 

How colorful and festive are these little cuties? They are super easy to make and so much fun to play with. Even though it isn’t the fourth yet, I’ve already been twirling them around the house with the kiddos. They are also responsible for the awesome Harry Potter marathon we had last weekend (worth every minute). Make sure that you make enough wands that you can get in on the action. It is such an easy way to connect with your kids. Don’t miss our 4th of July page if you want even more fun patriotic crafts or need some festive food for your celebration!

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I’m a nerdy, crafty mom of three adorable little kids. I love writing and creating, but in my non-existent free time I also love karaoke, taking my kids to the zoo, and reading. I got my degree in Science (no idea how that happened) but I took every English class I could get my hands on because, yeah, I’m that girl.