These magnets are super easy to make. Use scraps of thick art paper or magazine paper, cut to the size of glass stones or pebbles. Use Scotch scrapbooking glue to glue the paper to the pebble (place the glue on the side of the paper that you want to show up and through the glass pebble). Watch the HOW-TO VIDEO.READ MORE…
These wood blocks are fun and easy to make. All you need are some scrap pieces of wood. If you don’t have any lying around then you can buy some at the hardware store. They can even cut them to the size you want there. In this post you’ll see some blocks my friend, Darcey, and I made to decorate our rooms. And, don’t forget to check out the How-To-Video.
All photos except the one of us together taken by Darcey and myself. READ MORE…
The rosemary & wood block make great party favors.
In my family, I’m the one in charge of making name cards (some people call them “name plates”) for dinner parties. This year, I went with some super easy, quick ideas. These are great for Thanksgiving, winter holidays or even New Year’s Eve parties.
If you have not realized this already, I am a big fan of all things French and I am especially fond of French desserts. This Pear Clafouti is one of my favorite non-chocolate desserts and I love to make it for holidays. Today, my friend Tahlia came over to help me and she ended up loving it, too. The recipe is a classic one from Ina Garten, also known as The Barefoot Contessa. I just happen to change up a few things in the recipe: I reduce the amount of sugar she uses; sprinkle a pinch or two of crushed up cardamom in the batter because that flavor goes so well with pear; and I put an extra teaspoon of vanilla extract instead of the pear brandy she recommends because we don’t usually have pear brandy on hand!
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, at room temperature 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 3 extra-large eggs, at room temperature 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour (substitute Pamela’s gluten-free flour if you like) 1 1/2 cups heavy organic cream 3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest (1 to 2 lemons) (remember that is just the rind of the lemon) 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 2 to 3 firm but ripe Bartlett pears Confectioners’ (that means “powdered”) sugar
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Butter a 10 x 3 x 1 1/2-inch round baking dish and sprinkle the bottom and sides with 1 tablespoon of the granulated sugar. We have also made this in a cast iron pan and it comes out just as well.
Beat the eggs and the 1/4 cup of granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. On low speed, mix in the flour, cream, vanilla extract, lemon zest, salt. Set aside for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel, quarter, core, and slice the pears. Arrange the slices in a single layer, slightly fanned out, in the baking dish.
Pour the batter over the pears and bake until the top is golden brown and the custard is firm, 35 to 40 minutes. Garnish with berries or edible flowers.
Serve warm or at room temperature, sprinkled with confectioners’ sugar.
Dunkable Tea Bag Cookies. What better cookies to serve with tea? I made these with my mom to prepare for a tea with my friend, Cari. Challenge level? This project is definitely more challenging than most of our recipes. You’ll want some help and it takes some patience.
We used Trader Joe’s Sugar Cookie Workshop Mix. Make the cookie dough batter according to the box directions. If you do not have a Trader Joe’s you can use any sugar cookie dough recipe.
We were inspired to make these confetti push-pops after seeing Thimble Press’s version on DesignLoveFest.com. They’re actually super easy and simple to make and customize and, as you can see from the video they are super fun to use. For this craft, friends and 5th graders, Airis & Francesca, came over to help and Parker (4th grade) directed the episode.
Hope you love these as much as we do.
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The host of Wondermint shows kids how to reuse all those iphone boxes received over the holidays, using leftover washi tape and recycled paper. 1.8 billion smart phones were sold last year—that’s up to 1 BILLION square feet of landfill space getting used up. But, not if you reuse your boxes.
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Challenge Level: Easy
Did you know that smart phone boxes can waste up to 1 billion square feet of landfill (landfill is a section of earth that has been reserved for trash) every year? But they don’t have to. If everyone reused their boxes, they could help avoid taking up landfill and reduce waste. Here’s how I reused a few iPhone boxes I collected from family and friends. When I take something ordinary and recycle it into something cooler, I call it “upcycling”. Make sure you check out my how-to video, too. And, please share this post or video to encourage others to reuse boxes and packaging.
I made these with my friend, Parker (who you’ve seen a lot on Wondermint) and my friend Fiona (this is her first time on Wondermint). I’ve been friends with Fiona since we were 18 months old when we took a drumming class with our dads and an art class with our moms. Now, Fiona and I go to the same school and are in the same class. She is really amazing at soccer and she just co-founded a club at our school with our friend, Isabel. The club is called CAMAC (Club Against Marine Animal Cruelty) and I am the Public Relations Officer/Journalist. One day I’ll write a post about CAMAC. Anyways,for this craft, we decided to create OWLS using recycled paper. Hope you enjoy it!
Okay, I admit, I love chocolate. And, I love when my friends love chocolate. For this episode and post of Wondermint Kids, my friend Lou came over today to make petite chocolate yogurt cups. They are great mini desserts to make for parties or for after school treats. I hope you enjoy the recipe and the video (and our goofy dramatic blooper at the end). Oh, and the video was directed by the fabulous Parker M., (my 9 year old friend) AND Lou explains some of the directions in French!
Are you looking for a yummy treat to serve on July 4th? Well, I made one that is red, white & blue and includes some of my favorite snacks! I call this recipe Fourth of July Trifle. Make sure you watch the HOW-TO VIDEO to see how easy it is to make this. Below are some instructions.
Start with a nice clear glass mason jar, bowl, or drinking glass. Place crumbled graham crackers, angel food cake or cookies at the bottom of your container. If you want to stick to the red, white & blue theme, the angel food cake or coconut shavings work great.
Place a layer of yogurt on top of the first layer. We used unsweetened plain greek yogurt.
Layer the red fruit (raspberries or strawberries) on top of the yogurt.
Add another layer of white coconut or yogurt.
Add the blueberries on top. Depending on how tall your glass is you can keep repeating layers! A strawberry, cherry, or mint sprig makes a nice topping.
We think owls are adorable and fascinating animals to look at. They were even depicted in cave paintings in France 15,000 to 20,000 years ago and appeared in Egyptian hieroglyphics. We are not cave-painting today but we are rock painting! I first made this craft with my aunt Frances and friends Elizabeth and Mason for our friend Markala’s baby shower. All you need are some smooth rocks. Black or white RIVER ROCKS seem to work best and if you don’t have any in your garden you can usually find them on Amazon, at Home Depot or at Michaels. SEE VIDEO HOW TO.
I think owls are adorable and fascinating animals to look at. I first made this rock painting craft with my aunt Frances for her friend’s baby shower. All you need are some smooth rocks. Black or white RIVER ROCKS seem to work best and if you don’t have any in your garden, you can usually find them on Amazon or at Home Depot. Be sure to check out my blog post to see the written directions, resources, fascinating owl facts and some beautiful photos of this project.
In this short video, I made Floral Fruit Kabobs with my very good friend, Flora. These are not only fun to make, they’re a super healthy craft that you can eat, too! You can use strawberries, bananas, melon, or any kind of your favorite fruit to make a flower fruit kabob! This makes a great party favor for birthdays & baby showers!
Be sure to check out my blog post to see the written directions and some beautiful photos of this project. And, if you’re looking for another way to do fruit kabobs, check out our red, white and blue fruit kabobs post & video.
LEVEL: EASY WARNING: Parents or an adult must supervise edible flower choices.
Today on Wondermint Kids, my friend Asha and I made adorable edible flowers pots inspired by some we saw when we had tea at American Girl. You’re probably wondering how you can eat these flower pots…well, you can’t eat the pot, but we found some *edible flowers and added crumbled brownies and chocolate cake to create “dirt”. Herbs like mint and wheat grass can make for some really neat-looking pots, too. See the instructions and photos below.
Usually on Wondermint, kids teach you how to create, cook, & explore. But this week, a dad (a really big kid at heart) shares tips on how to make really awesome sandwich bag art. Inspired by his two sons, David Laferriere (the sandwich bag artist) draws the greatest cartoons, from worms to robots to even burping blue jays on his kids’ sandwich bags every day. He’s been doing it since 2008 and will keep doing it until they finish high school. Enjoy my interview with David below for some interesting facts & helpful tips for drawing fun Ziploc art!
These paper mache hearts make a great party favor, birthday craft or Valentine’s Day decoration or gift. Today I made them with my friend Asha. They are a super easy and quick craft to make. If you know a teacher send them this idea. They’ll love it.
LEVEL: Easy (does require scissors)
Every now and then we like to highlight other crafters out there making amazing things for kids. We are especially fond of the PAPER CITIES that MADE BY JOEL makes for free for kids. If you like to use your imagination and you like to travel around the world (I love it!), then you will like these. Just print the artwork, cut it out, fold, color if you want, and let your imagination take off. I’ve also used these paper cities to make 3-D gift wrap for friends.
This fun video shows kids how to make unique place card settings for special dinners and events. Great for family gatherings or holiday dinners! Don’t forget to check out the photos and read the instructions on my post How To Make Cool Place Cards.
Resources: Reused Spega Yogurt Jars; herbs from Whole Foods and our garden; We used scrap burlap for this craft, but in the past we have bought colored burlap ribbon at Paper Source. Other ribbons, gold pens & glue sticks purchased at Target. Cute name flags from WeddingChicks.com