Spring break packing guide from Sunglass Warehouse / Waverly Cocoon Tunic from Anthropologie / Homemade sparkly play dough from Pretty and Delectable / 12 TV free spring break ideas from She Knows / Tips for watering your plants while on vacation from WonderHowTo
3:00pm (or technically 2:38pm for me) is the official start to spring break! I couldn’t be more excited, really. With the basement done and me finally having time to focus on the blog and house projects, spring break couldn’t have come at a better time. Aside from a mini trip to the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver at the end of my two week break, we aren’t going anywhere this year (though I wish we were going back to Portland!).
So for any of you also about to enjoy spring break, above are travelling tips, crafts to keep the kids busy at home, or fantastic fashion finds no matter where you are or what you’re doing.
What are your spring break plans?
That fun, green, gold, and rainbow filled holiday is just a few weeks away now! So how about a little St Patrick’s Day craft for the kids?
This festive wand with its Shamrock top, gold streamers and rainbow coloured base will provide loads of crafting fun for your little leprechauns. Mind you, the hot glueing parts should be done by adults. Hot glue gun burns are no good.
An unexpected use for the shamrock wand? Well instead of a pinch, unsuspected passerbys not wearing green can get a little bop on the head! Plus, waving around a wand is just plain fun no matter what your age is, don’t you agree?
- Shamrock template (plus printer)
- Gold glitter cardstock
- Dowel stick
- Gold sequin trim or ribbon
- Hot glue gun
2 Take your dowel and measure out the spacing for the 7 colours of the rainbow, leaving about at least an inch margin for the top. My 12 inch long dowel worked out to each colour being 1.5 inches.
Print off the shamrock template
(or use any shamrock outline, including your own) either directly onto the back of your glitter cardstock, or onto plain cardstock to cut out and use as a template. Cut out two shamrocks from your gold glitter cardstock.
3 Use tape to mark off each section when colouring it in. Remember the colours of the rainbow are ROYGBIV – Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.
4 Place a bead of hot glue on the top of the dowel then firmly press the end of your sequin trim or ribbon to adhere. Continue this all the way around.
6 Hot glue the backside of one shamrock onto the top of the dowel, making sure its centred.
If you’re using sequin trim, trim each strand a little longer than you need then pull off a few sequins. Tie the remaining thread into a knot to ensure the sequins don’t fall off.
7 Hot glue the other shamrock onto the other side. You’ll also want to apply glue on each leaf to have the two shamrocks sealed together.
8 Trim the shamrocks so they’re both the same shape.
Now give your wand a good swish and run off to have some leprechaun-worthy fun!
Don’t forget to download the free shamrock template
And for other St Patrick’s Craft fun, check out this free printable St Patty’s Day Garland from last year!
The green, gold, rainbow colours, or an excuse to eat Lucky Charms.
What’s your favourite thing about St. Patrick’s Day?
Last week I was perusing through Target’s gift wrapping aisle in search for a gift bag. They were all either the wrong style, the wrong size or incredibly boring. Reluctantly, I grabbed the green bag and resigned to an incredibly boring gift wrapping job. But then I walked down the party decor aisle and spotted the water balloons. Bingo.
Blowing up mini water balloons, tying a bit of twine and adding them to a plain gift bag is a fast and easy way to instantly spruce up any plain bag. With just a few materials, about 5 minutes of your time, and a whole lot of lung power, you can do the same.
- Plain gift bag
- Water balloons
- Double sided tape
- Powerful lungs
1 Stretch three water balloons before blowing them up. Because they’re so tiny they’re tricky to blow up, so take your time, take breaks, and don’t blow up any brain cells.
2 Cut a piece of twine to about 15 inches and tie it around the balloons knot. Add a piece of double sided tape to one side of the balloon.
3 Do this for all three balloons, then tie all three pieces of twine together at the bottom, leaving about 3-4 inches for the ‘tail’.
4 Add a small piece of double sided tape to the backside of the knot.
5 Remove the backing on the small piece of double sided tape, then stick the knot anywhere along the bottom half of the bag.
6 One at a time, remove the tape backing from each balloon and adhere it onto the gift bag anywhere you like. Voila! Resume gift giving.