Category Archives: Holidays & Seasonal

Sparkley Pipe Cleaner Snowflake Craft

Add some sparkle to your holiday table with these beautiful (and super easy) snowflakes.

Supplies: Gold, silver or white spakley pipe cleaners and scissors.

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Step 1: Cut 12 pieces of pipe cleaner the same length. We did large medium and small snowflakes.BPFK_Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes 2Step 2: Bundle 11 pipe cleaners and twist one around them.

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Step 3: Pull the ends apart to form a 3D star shape.

Box Play for Kids Pink House Sparkle

Once you have all of your snowflakes completed you can incorporate them into a table centerpiece design. We used our Pink House stickers that repurpose milk cartons as the focal point and surrounded it with mini pine trees, pink and green ornaments and, of course, added some bling with our snowflakes.

Happy Holidays from our home to yours!

 

Festive DIY Luminarias

Looking to illuminate your home with a little extra sparkle this season? These fun and festive DIY luminarias will add the perfect pizzaz inside or out. We’ll show you how to take some basic brown paper bags {the ones you’re not using for school lunches this holiday} and transform them into some mind-blowing little holiday lanterns.

Supplies: scissors, writing utensil, glue stick, ruler, x-acto knife, brown paper bags, wax paper, scrap cardboard (to use as a cutting board), tea lights (we used LED ones from Michael’s for safety).

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Step 1: Using a ruler and a pen/pencil, measure out a medium sized window on one side of the bag. Our window is approximately 3.5″ x 4″ and sits slightly below center. Hint: Draw the window on the side without the seam.

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Step 2: Cut down the scrap cardboard if necessary and slip inside the bag. Use a ruler and an x-acto knife to carefully cut out the window. (Only adults should handle x-acto knife.)

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Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 for as many bags as you like. Then cut out wax paper rectangles slightly larger than the size of your windows. These can be rough.  lumina_4

Step 4: Run a glue stick around the edges of your wax paper cut-out. Then carefully tuck inside the window and use your fingers to secure around the edges. This step can be a bit tricky but you’ll get the hang of it once you do a couple of bags. lumina_5

Step 5: Grab the kids because you made it to the fun part…no more knifes involved. Take the brown paper rectangles you carefully cut out earlier and sketch your favorite winter/holiday shapes. Keep them simple so you can easily cut them out with scissors. You can even fold up the rectangles to cut out snowflakes.

lumina_6 Step 6: Glue your seasonal cut-outs to the wax paper window using the glue stick. In daylight, these lanterns might be easy to miss, BUT when the sun goes down and the tea lights turn on…lumina_7…prepare to be amazed at yourself. {Note: if you live in Arizona, it’s totally okay to include a cactus in your winter menagerie. Clearly a cactus symbolizes all four seasons here}.

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Repurposed Stocking

Who says a holiday stocking needs to look like a giant sock? Here at BPFK we like to think out of the “box” (<–haha), so here’s an eco-friendly, cardboard twist on tradition. With just a few supplies from around the house, we’ll show you how we repurposed an empty oatmeal container into the perfect “stocking” for those little holiday surprises.

Repurposed Stocking

Supplies: large empty oatmeal container, washable glue, scissors, construction paper, holiday ribbon (1-2 varieties).

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Step 1: Cut construction paper to size and glue around your oatmeal container. We enlisted the help of our favorite little crafter for this step.

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Step 2: Glue your favorite holiday ribbon around the top and bottom rim of the container

BPFK_step 3_ribbonStep 3: Using scissors (or an x-acto knife), poke 4 holes, equidistant, at the top and bottom of the container face. Make two sets of  X’s using four pieces of ribbon. Thread ribbon through diagonally opposite holes and knot from inside the container to secure (see image below).

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Enjoy filling this fun little drum stocking with Christmas treats and fun surprises!

Jazzy DIY Horn Wreath

Are you constantly cleaning up messes going though paper towel rolls? Don’t toss them! We have the perfect holiday craft that transforms your cardboard trash into the coolest holiday ”anytime” wreath. Using some basic supplies, one of our favorite BPFK stickers, and your “sticker-application experts” (a.k.a. the kiddos),  we’ll show you how you can construct this jazzy door ornament.

Supplies: hot glue gun (be careful around the kids), wooden craft ring (or any circular base you can find at your local craft store), holiday ribbon, BPFK horn stickers (enough to cover all the paper towel rolls), 12-16 paper towel rolls (depending on the size of your ring base).

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Step 1: Plan out how many paper towel rolls you will need to fit around the circular base. Enlist the help of your sticker-application professionals to cover all the rolls. Hint: Secure stickers with some washable glue for a more permanent application.   wreat_2

Step 2: Using a hot glue gun, evenly arrange and apply rolls around the ring base.

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Step 3: Add a pretty bow and your wreath is ready for display. 

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Check out our other paper towel roll stickers for more unique wreath ideas. Throwing a kiddie sports party? How about a baseball wreath?

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Featured in EcoParent Holiday Issue: Top Toys

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Thank you EcoParent for including us in your 2013 Holiday Top Toys List! Our eco-friendly, recycling craft Piano sticker was included on their “Create” list. EcoParent is based in Canada – a national print magazine for parents who want to make better, greener choices for their families.

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Ghoulish Girly-Girl Party

Pink and black is the new orange and black! This year, we put together a unique take on your typical Halloween party theme – we combined scary and pretty. And boy girl, is it ever memorable.

BPFK Halloween Pink HousesWe started by creating a centerpiece for our table from a row of pretty Pink Haunted Houses made with our eco-friendly, recycling craft stickers. All you need are three empty milk cartons and our Pink House stickers to begin building your party table. We repurposed shimmery fabric to give the illusion of a foggy night. We purchased wooden black trees to create a creepy, yet idyllic tree-lined street. From our central theme, we pulled together other elements to make this an unforgettable Halloween.BPFK Halloween Party Place SettingEach guest is greeted with a personalized place setting. BPFK Pumpkin SandwichesWe made pumpkin-shaped PBJ sandwiches with celery tops. I bet even my little one would be open to trying celery now.

Halloween Pink Houses CakeIt wouldn’t be a celebration without a yummy cake. We picked up this beauty at Tammie Coe Cakes – a bakery up the street from our house.

BPFK Halloween CarrotsWe served up healthy orange snacks. (Sorry, no Cheetos at this party.)

BPFK Mummies Utensil HoldersAs always, at Box Play for Kids, we like to repurpose recyclables whenever possible. These adorable mummy napkin rings can be made with empty toilet paper rolls, wiggly eyes, some gauze and a dab of glue.

BPFK Pink Spider StrawsWe found pink and white polka dot paper straws and embellished them with miniature spiders. We also found a pretty pink and silver ribbon to trim the tops of the black paper cups. It’s all in the details!

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Here’s a quick recap of all the fun. Happy Halloween!

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Halloween Milk Ghost

Boo! It’s scary how fast you and the kids can recycle milk cartons into fun Halloween
decorations. These milk ghosts are dimensional and seem to float in the air. I like to
hang them in groups of 3 or 5.

What You Need (and probably already have)

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1. Milk cartons (empty, rinsed and dried)
2. Sand paper (any grade)
3. Utility knife
4. Regular scissor
5. White paint
6. Black marker
7. Fishing string

6 Simple Steps – Done in less than 60 minutes

Sanding Milk Carton
1. Sand the milk cartons to remove the wax. The rough texture adds to the fabric look.

 

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2. Cut off the bottom of the carton. This gives them a hollow, dimensional look.
ALWAYS cut away from your hands. PARENTS, you should do the cutting because the
carton’s bottom is pretty thick.

 

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3. Create a wavy pattern across the bottom to give the illusion of moving fabric. I find it
easier to cut the carton sides with a pair of scissors than a utility knife.

4. Paint. What a great way to use up any extra white paint you have. I used old primer.
Spray paint works too. It doesn’t have to be perfect. I like drips and blotchy spots.

 

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5. Draw and color in the face with black marker.string
6. Add the fish line for hanging.

Tip: Putting the string through the existing spout allows the cartoon to hang at an angle,
giving the appearance of flying. Also, the cartoon catches more wind this way – like a
windsock.

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And BOO…you’re done!

Summer Reading – Top 5

IMG_0713With school out for summer, I thought I would pick up some new books to read with my 4-year-old. Great for bedtime, perfect for a lazy summer afternoon, and, of course, the best way to gear up for kindergarten – here are Chloe’s (and Mommy’s) new favorite books.

 

The Snail and the Whale
A sweet story about an unlikely pair of friends – a snail that wants to see the world and a whale that is sure glad he met a snail. With its roll-off-the-tongue rhymes, this book is sure to lull your little one to sleep.

My Granny Went to the Market
Work on counting skills while following Granny’s adventures around the world. And this is another fun rhyming book, complete with bright and colorful illustrations.

Flora and the Flamingo
Although this book is wordless, it’s beautifully illustrated and has some fun interactive flaps. This is a great book if you have an imaginative child who doesn’t quite know how to read yet. My little one had so much fun looking at the pictures and telling me all about Flora and her friend, the flamingo.

The Pout-Pout Fish
A light-hearted book that is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. The sing-songy, rhyming words and repetitive verses will have your little one reciting this story with you in no time.

Enemy Pie
While this story initially seems to suggest an icky recipe for warding off enemies, stick with it and you and your little one will be in for a super sweet lesson about friendship.

 

Father’s Day Gift Guide Curated by Our Favorite Dad

Father’s Day is sneaking up on us so we thought it was time to get an idea of Dad’s “wish list.” We went straight to the source and asked our favorite Dad to put together his top 5 picks. One thing is for certain – ties are so last year.

1. Coleman® Roadtrip™ LXE Grill
Perfect for tailgating and camping. It folds down and rolls away for easy storage.

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 2. ipico™ Hand-held Projector for iPhone or iPod Touch
Old school meets new cool. A great way to share family photos and movies on the go without making your friends crowd around a tiny phone screen.

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3. STAG Saturdays Surf NYC Grand Board Short (Blue)
The PERFECT swim shorts – great color, fabric and perfect length (not too long, not too short…just right).

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4. QuietComfort® 15 Acoustic Noise Cancelling® Headphones
Great for zoning out on an airplane or concentrating at work.

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5. Timex Classic Dress
Keep it simple. Keep it classic. Be fashionably on time.

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It’s a Burger. It’s a Cookie. It’s a Burger Cookie!

Memorial Day is right around the corner which means it’s time for summer pool parties and backyard grilling. We’ve whipped up the perfect summer treat for your holiday weekend festivities. It’s a burger. It’s a cookie. It’s a burger cookie. Be prepared – these adorable, no bake, no grill, baby burger cookies are sure to be the talk of your next party! Not to mention – this is a great recipe to make with the kiddos.

Ingredients: white icing (store bought or your favorite recipe), vanilla wafers, peppermint patties, shredded coconut, food coloring (red, yellow, and green), and some plastic baggies.

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Step 1: Start by making some lettuce for the burgers. Pour your coconut into a plastic bag with a few drops of green food coloring. Zip the bag closed and hand over to the kids to shake-shake-shake. You’re done when the coconut starts to look like iceberg or romaine. hamburger_cookies_2

 

 

Step 2: What’s a burger without ketchup and mustard? Divide the icing into two smaller plastic bags. Add several drops of red food coloring to one bag and yellow to the other. Zip the bags closed and hand over to the kids for some serious smushing action. You’re done when icing starts to look like some classic condiments. Press your ketchup and mustard icing to one corner of the bag. hamburger_cookies_3

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Step 3: Ready to build the burger? Cut the tips of your condiment bags and start piping onto your vanilla wafer buns. hamburger_cookies_5 hamburger_cookies_6

 

 

Step 4: Sprinkle on some lettuce.

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Step 5: Place the patties.

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Step 6: Stack on the buns.

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Step 7: Enjoy!hamburger_cookies_10

 

 

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