Make Your own Mermaid Party Popcorn!

When you combine an easy to make recipe and cheap ingredients you have yourself a real party hit! Check out our simple mermaid-inspired party popcorn mix that will be perfect for your next soiree!

One of my favourite frugal investments has been our air popcorn popper. Not only is it easy to use, but it makes for a cheaper, healthier alternative to microwave popcorn. It’s also a great base for sweet party treats.

All you need for the mermaid popcorn:

  • 2 cups popcorn kernels

  • 2 cups white melting chocolate wafers

  • 1tbsp of coconut oil

  • Food colouring*

  • Edible pearls*

  • Sprinkles*

  • Edible glitter*

  • Gummy fish*

*All of these add-ons are optional but delicious!

Pop the kernels in batches to avoid burning. Fill up to your machine’s fill line and make sure to remove any unpopped kernels from each batch.

Melt the chocolate wafers over a double boiler with coconut oil. Divide into two equal parts once melted. Add one colour of food colouring in each bowl and mix.

Put prepared popcorn into two separate bowls.

Add melted chocolate into each bowl. Cover completely. Add sprinkles, pearls and glitter if desired. Once the chocolate has hardened, combine the two colours together.

Are you planning a mermaid-themed party? Check out our super simple shell cookie how-to!

Enjoy!

Super Simple Shell Cookies

Do you have a little mermaid at home that you are planning to celebrate? These shell sugar cookies are an easy and fun DIY for your next birthday party.

When it comes to decorating my own cakes, I often choose to forgo the fancy decorations in favour of placing on-theme toys. Check out my LOL birthday party cake here. For my daughter’s eighth birthday party, a sale on sugar cookie mix inspired me to make these under the sea themed treats!

Let’s Bake!

I followed the box recipe (doubled) for the sugar cookies and then divided into three equal parts. I used food colouring to tint them to my desired colours (two parts blue and one part green for teal) and mixed well.

 

I made three equal balls and then combined the dough loosely to make a tied dyed look.

I had found these cookie cutters that reminded me of the top of a shell. I used the cookie cutter to make a perforated edge and then shaped the bottom of the cookie into a shell with a knife. I then followed the edges of the top to create shell-like ridges with the knife.

I added a pearl decoration and some dusting powder to add a little bit of flare. If your pearl melts during the baking process, just add a new one. The old one will work as glue to keep it in place.

Under the sea

Bake according to package directions and let cool. If you plan on making the cookies as a stand-alone, try combining two cookies with icing and add a pearl in the middle. Instant hit for any under the sea themed party! Or add to our mermaid-style cupcakes for a delicious duo.

 

Do you rock your baking or do you tend to ‘nail it’? Let me know in the comments!

Easy DIY Otter Magnet

Crafting with kids is a great way to pass the time and exercise your creative muscles. Being a crafty mom, I enjoy spending time with my kids this way, and I enjoy it, even more, when I get the chance to create along with them. So here is an easy DIY that you can do along with your kids with nothing more than a little bit of oven baked clay, a toothpick, a hot glue gun and a magnet.

To make this project I used brown, black, white and blue clay.

First I took some brown clay and divided it into two portions. In the larger portion, I added some black clay to darken it and in the smaller portion, I lightened it with white.

I rolled it together so that it was combined but you could still see the different colours in the clay. I like the realistic effect.

The larger portion is divided into a tear-shaped body, two very small balls for ears and a long snake shape.

The smaller portion is divided into a smaller tear shaped belly, two cheeks, and a head.

Use a toothpick to create a fur texture on the head and body of the otter.

Divide the snake shape into five equal lengths. Shape them into rounded ends and attach as the limbs and tail.

Add two small black eyes and a larger nose.

Now grab some blue clay with a small amount of black and white. Combine but don’t overmix. Flatten into a circle and attach your otter.

Bake according to the directions for your clay. Allow to cool and attach a magnet with a hot glue gun.

 

 

Turn a lamp from basic to beautiful

When it comes to decor, I am obsessed with lighting. I love a great lamp or chandelier, but the best is when you can find a great project to upcycle and turn into something great.

I saw this pink lamp in my favourite second-hand store while I was planning to redo my daughter’s bedroom. While I am not particularly into the sequin look, I thought it was a good opportunity to try a new project to fit into her Parisian floral theme.

I went to my local dollar tree to find some nice blooms to fill the lampshade. I was able to get a large number of blooms for a really great price.

I prepared the stems by trimming them so they lay flat. In some instances, you need to glue a few layers of flower together to keep it together.

Start gluing your flowers to the lampshade. Try not to group the same types of flowers together too closely and make it look random.

Once you have filled in your lampshade, there is nothing to do but enjoy your creation!

Like this project? Why not check out the rest of our DIYs?

Free Unicorn Pattern

When it comes to staying on trend and making those obsessed with unicorns happy, this pattern is a perfect fit. Worked in the round, this easy pattern can easily be personalized with the yarn you have on hand to make a truly unique creation. Love the flowers pictured above? Why not check out our coffee filter flower tutorial?

 

For this pattern:

  • U.S. 5.0 mm hook
  • U.S. 3.o mm hook
  • Cream or White sport weight yarn (I used this) 
  • Gold yarn fine weight (I used this)
  • Rainbow or multi-coloured yarn for mane and tail
  • Googly or safety eyes
  • polyfill
  • yarn needle (optional but recommended)

Terms

  • MC -magic circle (check out this how-to)
  • SC single crochet
  • DEC Decrease
  • INC increase

Head using cream yarn 5.0 mm hook

MC, 6 SC into MC (6)

row 1: 2 SC in each stitch (12)

row 2: 1 Sc, INC (18)

row 3: 2SC, INC (24)

row 4: 3 SC, INC (30)

row 5: 4 SC, INC (36)

row 6: 5 SC, INC (42)

row 7 to 21 SC in each SC (42)

Leave a long tail for sewing if you are going to use safety eyes insert them now and stuff with polyfill.

Body using cream yarn 5.0 mm hook

MC, 6 SC into MC (6)

row 1: 2 SC in each stitch (12)

row 2: 1 Sc, INC (18)

row 3: 2SC, INC (24)

row 4: 3 SC, INC (30)

row 5: 4 SC, INC (36)

row 6: 5 SC, INC (42)

row 7 6 SC, INC (48)

row 8, 7 SC, INC (56)

row 9 to 24 SC in each SC (56)

row 25 SC 7 DEC (48)

row 26 SC 6 DEC (42)

row 27 SC 5 DEC (36)

row 28 SC 4 DEC (30)

row 29 SC 3 DEC (24)

Stuff and leave a long tail for sewing

Legs (x4) start in gold with 5.0 mm hook

row 1: MC 6 SC into MC (6)

row 2: 2 SC into each SC (12)

row 3-6 1 SC in each SC (12)

Switch to cream

row 7: DEC, SC in each SC (11)

row 8: DEC. DC in each SC (10)

row 9-19: SC in each SC (10)

Stuff and sew closed with a long tail for sewing to the body

Ears (x2) in cream

row 1: Chain 10

row 2: SC, HDC, 2 HDC, DC, 2 DC, DC, 2 HDC, HDC, SC

row 3: on the other side of the chain-SC, HDC, 2 HDC, DC, 2 DC, DC, 2 HDC, HDC, SC

Leave a long tail for sewing

Horn-in gold 3mm hook

row 1: MC 6 sc in MC

row 2: 2 SC in each SC (12)

row 3 1 SC INC (18)

row 4: 2 SC INC (24)

row 5-6 1 SC in each SC (24)

row 7  3 SC DEC (18)

row 8 1 SC in each SC (18)

row 9 2 SC DEC (12)

row 10-11 1 SC in each SC (12)

Stuff horn

row 12 1 SC DEC (6)

row 13 DEC (3)

row 14 DEC (1)

Now you are ready to assemble your unicorn! Use your yarn needle to sew the legs, head, horn, and ears in place.

For the mane and tail-You can choose to either use a nice multicoloured yarn or several different colours of yarn. Wrap the yarn around a small object to create small lengths. I choose to use a ruler.

Once you have wrapped the yarn several times cut the lengths across. Now you are going to take one length in your hook.  Push the hook through a stitch to make a small loop. First, make sure that the two sides are even and then pull them through the loop to make a knot. Repeat the process until you have reached the desired mane. For the tail, repeat the process but use a larger object to make your lengths longer.

Add googly eyes with a hot glue gun.