Cardboard Heart Stamps

How cute are these HEART STAMPS L and I made last week? Nobody would know by looking at the girls’ outfits that the hearts were made with a cardboard tube, but they were! This is such a simple craft, little hands can do the stamping all by themselves. Any imperfections make the final product even sweeter…that’s the sign that they were made with love. : ) After making Valentine’s outfits for the girls, we went on to stamp a pillowcase for L’s bed and some tea towel-dishcloths to give away as gifts. As I often say, the possibilities are endless!




Materials needed:

  • cardboard tubes
  • acrylic paints
  • old lids or plates
  • rubberband
  • placemats or thin cardboard (to protect surfaces)
  • shirts, leggings, tea towels, pillowcase, tablecloth, etc



To make your heart stamps, simply squash a cardboard tube in half gently. Then, push one crease inwards to create a heart shape. You can roll a rubber band over the tube to help hold the shape.


Next, test your stamp out and have your little one practice a bit on paper. Just put the tube end into a little paint, and then, press down on a flat surface.




Make sure whatever you are stamping is nice and flat. Run an iron over any clothes or towels. When stamping shirts or pillowcases, it’s a good idea to put a thin piece of cardboard in-between the clothing’s layers too. That way the paint won’t seep through the cloth and onto the other side.

Finally, stamp away!




We used red paint, glitter paint, and some white paint to make our hearts. Really though, you could use any colors and they’d be just as precious!



I love the little sideways, topsy-turvy hearts…simply “falling” in love.

Happy Valentine’s crafting!!!

Spice Jar Stencils

So maybe I’m a bit obsessed with using everything I find for crafting purposes…but L loves her SPICE JAR STENCILS so much, I just had to share! I usually turn our old spice jars into terrariums, but toss the little plastic lids with holes. Lately I’ve been saving them though, giving the lids to L to use as stencils!

We’ve found that markers work best for this craft. If you color the dots, then rotate the stencils carefully and color more dots, you can make all kinds of flower or sunshine patterns!


You’ll be amazed how quickly your children will perfect the stenciling technique. At first, L had trouble holding the stencil in place while coloring in all the dots, but within 5 minutes of playing with it she had no problem!


I was happy just making flowers, but her 3 year old creativity expanded our flowers into sunshines and even fireworks! I love watching little minds at work!

Really this is a super simple activity, but your little ones will love it nonetheless! Enjoy!

No-Bake Acorn Treats

I’ve been making these ACORN TREATS for Thanksgiving for a few years now. I wish I remembered the source where I originally saw them to give the right person credit…somewhere on this big internet universe! I usually pack my ACORN TREATS into little jars and give them away to family and friends on Thanksgiving day. They are so simple to make and everyone always gobbles them up immediately…I think I’d be in trouble if I came to Thanksgiving dinner without them anymore!



  • Hershey Kisses (dark and original)
  • Nutter Butter Bites
  • mini-chocolate chips
  • chocolate frosting (in a pouch or in a can)



First, to make things go quicker, prepare your work station by taking the Kisses out of their wrappers, putting the mini-chocolate chips in a lil bowl and spreading out some Nutter Butter Bites nearby.

Put a little dab of chocolate frosting on one side of the Nutter Butter Bites and push a Hershey Kiss into place. (This is the perfect time for little hands to help!)


Put a teeny, tiny dab of chocolate frosting on the opposite side and push a mini-chocolate chip in place.


Presto! Too easy, right?

Place them in a little mason jar, tie a string or ribbon around the top and you have a sweet little gift to share! Enjoy!