Minecraft Inspired Egg Carton Squids

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Minecraft-Inspired Egg Carton Squids

My kids love Minecraft. They not only play the game every spare moment they can get, but they also try to collect as many Minecraft-themed toys, games, cards, and anything else they can find. If you haven’t noticed, Minecraft merchandise can be expensive. But you don’t have to buy everything when you can make some of it! We had a blast making these Minecraft-inspired squids from recycled egg cartons.

Minecraft-Inspired Egg Carton Squids

  • Make these squids with your Minecraft-loving kids!
  • What you’ll need to make the Minecraft Squids:
  • Egg cartons
  • Navy, white, and black acrylic paints
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrushes

Each egg carton cup will become the body of one squid. We know that true Minecraft squids are square, but with the right paint job, your squids will look a little more squarish. Cut out the cups and trim any excess carton. We found that the outside edge cups had more cup to work with and looked the most squid-like.

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Cut six legs for each squid from the top of the egg carton.

Glue three legs to the front of the squid and three legs to the back.

When the glue is dry, paint the entire squid, legs and all, navy.

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When the paint dries, mix a small amount of navy and white paint together to make a slightly lighter navy. Paint a square on the front of the egg carton squid. This will become its face. Paint another small square of the lighter blue on the top of the egg carton.

Add a couple of extra drops of white paint to your lighter blue. Paint little lighter squares in the top left corner and bottom right corner of each of your darker squares.

Paint two white squares in the center of your squid’s face to make eyes. Paint one tiny corner of that square black to give your squid some pupils.

Wait for the paint to dry and display your new egg carton Minecraft squids with pride!

Minecraft Inspired Creeper Ornament

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If you have been to our booth at any of the homeschool conferences we attended this year, then you probably saw the perler bead setup we have added this year.  SuperMic and SuperGirl767 are the main proprietors of that part of our booth, and they are having so much fun with it.  They sell perler bead jewelry as well as custom perler bead creations.  With that said, we thought it would be super fun to share a plan to make your own perler bead ornament just in time to put it onto the Christmas Tree.

I know Minecraft isn’t usually thought of as a festive or particularly Christmas-y game, but once you see these cute creepers with their festive Santa hats, you’ll want to transform all your favorite Minecraft blocks into Christmas blocks. These melty bead Minecraft ornaments are so easy to make, even young kids will have a blast making them. Create fun memories that capture your children’s interest and provide holiday memories at the same time!  Here’s how to do it:

Minecraft-Inspired Creeper Ornaments

Make these melty bead creepers with your Minecraft-loving kids!

What you’ll need to make the Minecraft creeper ornaments:

Our Minecraft creeper is built on an 8X8 square. This is large enough to include all of the necessary elements of a creeper face without overwhelming your Christmas tree. This size makes an ornament with a total height of about 3 inches.

Use the following pattern to make your creeper. When the pattern says “G” that can stand for any color of green. Creepers are a mix of greens, so don’t worry about getting the pattern exactly right. It is easiest if you make the face then add the hat on top of the face.

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Bead Pattern Key

  • G= Green
  • B= Black
  • R= Red
  • W=White
  • X= No beads

Creeper Face Pattern

  • GGGGGGGG
  • GGGGGGGG
  • GBBGGBBG
  • GBBGGBBG
  • GGGBBGGG
  • GGBBBBGG
  • GGBGGBGG
  • GGGGGGGG

Hat Pattern

  • XXXXRRXXXX
  • XXXRRRRWW
  • XXRRRRRRW
  • XRRRRRRX
  • WWWWWWWW

Place the beads on the tray according to the pattern (use the picture for guidance if you need help). After arranging all the beads, heat your iron to medium heat.

Place the paper over the beads and apply pressure with the heated iron for about 20 seconds. If the beads have fused together but not started to fold over, you’ve heated it long enough.

Remove the beads from the tray and flip the creeper over.

Place the paper on the exposed side of the creeper and iron for another 20 seconds to seal the second side.

Cut a string about 3 inches long. Glue to the back of the creeper with hot glue.

Your Minecraft ornament is ready to hang on your tree!

 

 

 

FREE Minecraft Ultimate Christmas Printables

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If you are here then chances are your kiddo LOVES Minecraft like we do!  I wanted to give you all a little something fun to use during this Christmas season.  There are 4 Different awesome printables here that you can use for your kiddos.  Following is what you’ll find in this FREE Set.

Click the link below to get it.  Once you sign up for our mailing list you will receive an email with a link to download your freebie!

Free Minecraft Christmas Printables

Shamrock Eggs Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

Shamrock Eggs St. Patrick's Day

Did you know that St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon?  I’m certain that we’ll be busy packing and preparing for the SKrafty meetup at the Teach Them Diligently Convention that week, but we’ll still try and have some St. Patrick’s Day Fun!

You can surprise the whole family with this festively green, and healthy breakfast on St. Patrick’s day morning. The green bell pepper makes an adorable bed for the egg and flavors it deliciously. Serve with milk that has been tinted green or a green smoothie. If you prefer, you could also scramble your eggs in a small bowl and then pour it into the pepper for a yummy scrambled dish.

Shamrock Eggs Recipe for St. Patrick’s Day

Ingredients

  • Green Bell Peppers
  • Large eggs
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Canola oil or butter for the pan

Directions:

  • Slice peppers to about ¼ “ thickness, cut as evenly across as you can, this will help your peppers lay nicely.
  • Place pan over medium-high heat.
  • Spray skillet with non-stick spray or use a little canola oil.
  • Lay peppers in pan and cook for 1 minute, flip and cook for another minute.
  • Crack 1 egg into each pepper, pop the yolk if your prefer.
  • The eggs may seep out of green pepper a bit, that is ok, don’t move the pepper or they will run more, as they cook it will seal them in and you can clean off the excess before plating.
  • Salt and pepper to taste.
  • You can leave your egg sunny side up if you desire, and cook until edges begin to pull in a bit and white solidifies.
  • Otherwise, once white solidifies, carefully slide your spatula under egg and pepper and flip gently.
  • Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and plate, cutting off a small piece of your remaining pepper for the stem.

Easy & Frugal Mod Podge Mosaic Candleholders

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I saw this really cute idea in the latest Taste Of Home, and decided to try it myself. They used jars for theirs, but I decided to try it with some tealight holders from the Dollar Tree.  My kids had a blast making these, and they were super frugal!

What you’ll need:

  • Glass Candle Holders from the Dollar Tree($2.00)
  • Ribbon – You can use 2 different kinds like I did or just one.  I got these when Hobby Lobby had a half off sale so total cost for all 4 was $4.00.
  • Mod Podge – This was the biggest expense at $6.99.  I didn’t have a coupon with me, but this would be a good thing to use the frequent 40% off coupons from Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Etc.  There was PLENTY left for other projects though!
  • Tissue Paper & Streamers- The red & yellow came in a multi colored pack from The Dollar Tree, but I also wanted orange & black which they didn’t have tissue papers in.  I ended up getting streamers for those colors which worked beautifully!  Total cost $3.00
  • Paintbrush(free, already had one at home

The only thing I used up was the candleholders.  There was plenty of supplies left to make many more.

Instructions

  • Cut up the tissue paper and/or streamers into smaller pieces.  We kinda ripped the paper for the Autumn one to make it look more like leaves, but used scissors & cut squares for the Black & Orange one for a different effect.

  • Spread Mod Podge with the paint brush all over the outside of the candleholder.

For some reason I didn’t have any photos of the rest of the steps, but it’s really easy:)

  • Stick the paper onto the glue.  Just stick it all over & make sure to distribute the colors evenly & fill in all the clear spots.
  • Paint another layer of Mod Podge over the paper.  Cover it Completely!
  • Cut the ribbon to fit & place it around the holder.  I used 2 different kinds, but you can just use 1 or none — be creative:)
  • Paint another layer of Mod Podge over the ribbon
  • Let it dry.
  • Enjoy!