"We Grow Little Thinkers" Grass Heads Kid's Project Tutorial + A Horse Cake!

Hello everyone! I will be back in October with cards projects to share with you. But for today I would like to share a very fun kid's craft project tutorial that we did last Friday at our kids' school annual Fall Palooza event. 

Not only is this project great to do together as a family, it also helps beautify your landscape as well. Oh yes! I also made a chocolate horse cake for the event!

Tutorial on how to make grass head craft project and a horse cake

You might heard of them by the name Grass Heads because that's exactly what they are. Grass growing out of something that shaped like a head. But the PTO committee calls them the "Little Thinkers" to go with this year school theme "We Grow Thinkers." 

I'm not on the PTO committee. But they needed parents volunteers to help run all the different stations. Oh course I picked the craft station and I get to help made these for the first time! Now I'm bringing the tutorial to you so you too can make them!

[A 3rd Grader and another mom volunteered to be my demonstrators so I could take photos of the steps process. All supplies can be easily found at your local grocery, craft as well hardware store.]



[refer to the numbers in the photos below as guide]
  1. Cut each hosiery leg in half and tie a knot to one end. Using the toilet tube as a funnel, scope 2 teaspoons of grass seeds into the hosiery. 
  2. Fill with 2 cups full of sand & dirt mixure. 
  3. Knot the end. Now you got the head with 2 ears. 
  4. Grab the middle (between the ear) into a small circle to form the nose. Tie the nose with fishing line. 
  5. Decorate with googly eyes and other stickers (glasses, ribbon for hair, etc). You're Done! 

How to take care of your "Little Thinkers"...

  1. Keep it in a bowl to catch any water or moisture. 
  2. Put it in a sunny place. 
  3. Water with a spray bottle or a little bit of water every other day. 
  4. Your little thinker should sprout "hair" in 7-10 days. 
  5. Use scissor to give your little thinker a trim whenever its needed :) 

My chocolate horse cake

that I made and donated for the famous Cake Walk activity station. You can read more about what a Cake Walk HERE. Last time I used this horse molding pan was 2 years ago for Catherine's birthday. I originally wanted to made it a white horse with brown hair. But when I got home I realized I bought all chocolate frosting. So I added sprinkles for the bridle to highlight the head better. I used the star tip to pipped the face. It went super fast. For the eye, I used a jumbo size eye candy. Afterward I found out that the winner of my cake was an old classmate of my son. Yay!

More photos from the Palooza evening event...

I'm rarely in photos since I don't like having my picture taken. But I am very grateful to my friend who took these. She had really captured the excitement of the evening and allow me to add these to my scrapbook to cherish.

I hope you will give the "Little Thinkers" grass heads project a try. Thanks for sharing your day with me. Take care.

Craft-room Organization Series: Embossing Powder Storage

Hello!  First, a mid-month reminder.  Catherine's fun New Coloring Medium Challenge will ends on the last day of this month.  There will be a sweet surprise for all who participate.  So I hope you'll come along and join in the fun.  If this is your first time hearing about the challenge, you can go here for the original post.

embossing powder storage

[All supplies were purchased at my local grocery store. But for your information, I've provided links in the thumbnails at the end of the post to amazon.com, where you can find these similar products.]

I have been wanting to do a Craft-room Organization Series post. So I thought I'll start with a quick tip tutorial on how to store your embossing powders. This method works great for your loose glitters too! Oh yes, it's a video tutorial! My first. I sound a bit tired. It has been a long week. But I do hope you'll enjoy it. And please stay tune for more Craft-room Organization Series post coming soon.

Thanks so much for joining me today.  May you have a lovely weekend.

Studio Time with Catherine + A Challenge

Hello and good afternoon!  I'm a bite late sharing today's project.  I meant to share it earlier in the week but I came down with a nasty cold on Monday.  Joining me this late afternoon is my daughter Catherine (now a 3rd Grader) with her latest artwork and with a challenge for you!  I promise it is a very easy one and very fun too (winking).

Catherine simply love drawing animals and now has added the extinct creatures to her list. This is a Parasaurolophus dinosaur. She also enjoy working with pencils and doesn't like to add colors to her artwork. But over the weekend she surprised me by asking for a water-coloring set. You can imagine the dumbstruck look on my face. So I got her (and her siblings) a simple, inexpensive kid watercoloring set from the supplies section at the grocery store as a starter kit and shared my Canson XL Watercolor Paper 9x12 Pad with her. Truly made her day when she allows to touch my craft supplies. Haha.

So here is her very first water-coloring artwork.  She has been practicing drawing the full body view from a school's How To Draw dinosaurs library book and has originally wanted to color that one up.   But then she realized she drew it too small.   So she started over, drawing out just the head and that what she ended up coloring with.  She accidentally splattered her brush over the painting at the end.  But thought it looked so neat having the random splash of colors there that she decided to splattered on some more.  Haha.  Luckily she was doing it outside.  I think she has discovered a new favorite medium and a new art style!

Catherine's Tip of the Day: 
Instead of starting over, just make it work with your mistakes :D

Now for Catherine's challenge...

Here's the guidelines:
  • pick a coloring medium that you have never tried before (crayon, copic, water-coloring, distress inks, etc)
  • create something with it - anything.  It does not have to turn into a finish project.   The key is to get out of your comfort zone and try working with a new coloring medium while having FUN along the way. 
  • take a photo of it and...
  • share your creation with us here by uploading into the Inlinkz below. 
  • you have until end of this month (September 30th) to upload your creation before the Inlinkz closes.
  • Incentive: 1 surprise gift for all participants - will reveal in October :D
Need some more inspiration? Here is Catherine's 3 years old sister (our very own Princess Sofia the First) with her own take on this new medium coloring challenge :D

We hope you will join us on this Try A New Medium Coloring Challenge. It truly will make our day seeing your beautiful work! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your day with us. May you have a lovely weekend ahead.

Please link up your artwork below

If you run into any trouble with the inlinkz, please let me know in the comment and a way for me to reach you (if you did not enable e-mail reply on your profile) once the issue is fixed.