Halloween Crafting with M&M’s Candies! Candles, and Flowers, and Tiaras…OH MY! #MMsGetCorny #CBias

Have you heard of the new M&M’s Candy Corn White Chocolate Candies available only at Walmart?  Well I have and I was asked to do some Halloween crafting with them but alas, I could not locate their elusive awesomeness!  After 7 separate trips to Walmart (pitiful right? It’s OK, I was there anyway), I realized that they just wouldn’t be here in time to complete my crafts!  And I wanted to craft!  If you’d like, you can view a slide show of our many trips to Walmart HERE.
I hear the new M&M’s taste awesome!  I hear they are beautiful!  And you of course you can probably  hear the jealousy in my tone that others have found them and I cannot!  I’m sure they will make it to my Walmart candy aisle before Halloween, and then I’ll have more excuses for crafting, and eating, and cooking with them!  Oh and I also hear that there will be a contest running from October 7th through the 21st at MMsGetCorny that I will be entered in for my crafts and I’m counting on your votes!  I really want to win!  Plus if you visit, you’ll get an opportunity to see all of the Halloween Candy awesomeness and try some of the crafts and recipes yourself!
So with all of this said (yes, I know I’m extremely wordy, what about it?), I decided to get my Halloween M&M’s craftiness on with or without the new variety.  They have some really cute bags out for the Fall season that I was able to pick up from my local Walmart Halloween section so indeed I did, and we were able to get our craft on!  The babies and I were excited (we really are always excited)!

We decided to complete not ONE, not TWO, but THREE crafts because we couldn’t decide on just one!   Cute huh?  Well I’m here to tell you exactly how we made our Halloween decor with M&M’s Candy!

We chose the Fall editions!  Red in football gear in the “plain” variety, and Yellow in his scarecrow garb in “peanut”.  Got all of our crafting supplies together (some we had, some we purchased on our many trips to Walmart) and we were ready to go!  We actually have more crafty ideas that we plan on completing before Halloween (once we get our hot little hands on the M&M’s Candy Corn White Chocolate Candies of course).  
Craft #1 always includes some sort of candle activity!  I adore candles.  The flame and the fabulous odors just relax me (note mothers of 6 often seek relaxation).  So of course I started here!  
Here’s what you’ll need:
1) Candle holder of your choice (I use this one for everything).
2) M&M’s Fall edition plain candies, we used the whole bag (minus the taste test of course, we had to make sure they were OK).
3) M&M’s Fall edition peanut candies (but only if you want the cute Yellow scarecrow from the bag, I didn’t actually use these candies for this craft)
4) Pillar candle.
5) Glass marbles.
6) Crazy Glue (watch out, this stuff can be hazardous, I actually glued my foot to my flip flop at one point 🙂
7) Something to place the candle on.  We used the top off of a Citronella candle (clever, I know).

We mixed the marbles with the M&M’s candies and tossed them in the bottom of the holder, then placed the top from the citronella candle on top of them as a stand for our candle.  I then glued the cut outs from the cutest M&M’s bags ever on to the candle, and glued M&M’s all over the rest of the candle.  I intentionally did not cover the entire candle because I liked the way the color of the candle that Bubby picked worked with the M&M’s!  Done and it’s cute!  You like?

Craft #2 was Bug’s choice!  She wanted flowers and what Bug wants, Bug gets!

 

Easy peasy!  Here’s what you need:
1) Vase.
2) Faux flowers (they last longer than the real ones you know!).
3) M&M’s Fall edition peanut candies (again the whole bag minus taste testing, they are my favorite).
4) Glass marbles.

That’s it!  You can’t submerge M&M’s in water or they will lose their color but we wanted the effect of the M&M’s floating in water so we put some glass marbles in the bottom of the vase, then the M&M’s, then more marbles, and wiggled the flowers in there.  Bug was pleased!  Again, if Bug is pleased, we are all pleased!  This will be our table center piece for the season!
Craft #3:  The pièce de résistance!  The craft that hits closest to home for me!  The one that rocks my princess socks!  MY favorite!  The tiara and “wand” as the babies call it!  It was easy, it was fun, and I will wear it in style (of course if you know me, you know that I have already done just that)!

What you’ll need to be as sparkly as me:

1) Tiara (you can pick these up anywhere you know!)
2) Wand (again, any old where for a buck).
3) M&M’s plain candies (not many for this craft, but you can figure that out as you go).
4) Crazy glue (I can’t say this enough…watch out, this stuff is POWERFUL).  

Mission complete (for now, remember we are still on the hunt for the M&M’s Candy Corn White Chocolate Candies at Walmart)!  We have crafted!  We have had fun!  We have sampled way too many M&M’s, and we are happy with the results! 

What are your crafting ideas?  Have you started decorating or crafting for Halloween yet?  I would love to hear your ideas, and better yet, I’d LOVE to see them!

 
And since I’ve done so much “work” on my crafts, and trying to find the elusive M&M’s Candy Corn White Chocolate Candies, I have decided to appoint myself Queen of All Things M&M!  What?  I deserve it!  I will find them and I will reign as queen!  Don’t hate! 
Disclosure:  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective BiasAll opinions, ideas, crafts, and photos are entirely my own! 

Bubby’s Color Racer Board Game Using Elmer’s Tri-Fold Board! You Too Can Get Your #GlueNGlitter On!

Happy baby faces, giggles, and fun are some of my favorites!  I do as much as I can, as often as I can, to make these things happen!  
This week, we decided to get our #GlueNGlitter on by using an Elmer’s Tri-Fold Display Board and whatever other supplies we could find to make a board game for Bubby!  I had to come up with something fun and educational for a 2-year-old (both to make and play with) and I began formulating my plan!  How exciting!  It was agreed!  We would make Bubby’s Color Racer and this would be fun! 
As soon as I had it all planned out B, Bubby, and I headed to our local Walmart.  I loved having my two favorite men in the whole wide world with me, but was a little concerned that I wouldn’t stick to the list (at all as a matter of fact because I am a sucker for the both of them).
I was right (of course I was, I always am)!  We went in with a small list, and came out with a buggy full!
At one point, I found “us” looking at fishing poles.  Not even remotely on the list!  We didn’t get one (that night) but why we were even looking, I have no clue!

 You can see the entire shopping experience here so you can see first-hand the torture insanity joy I get to experience on a daily basis.

Enough of that, let’s get on to the fun stuff!  Let me show you exactly how we got our #GlueNGlitter on making Bubby’s Color Racer.  I bet your little man would love one too (heck Bug loves it, I think she’s played more than he has)
What you’ll need:
The Dice
  • On a paper plate, draw out a 4″ x 3″ cross (as shown to the left) making sure to block each 1″ square in pen or pencil
  • Cut out pattern
  • Fold into cube (don’t worry if it’s not precise, ours sure wasn’t, the tape hides that fabulously)
  • Tape completely with black electrical tape
  • Place different colored dots on each side
 The Board

  • Apply the Elmer’s X-TREME to the entire board
  • Roll the wrapping paper out and press it flatly to the board/glue
  • Let dry then cut off hangover
  • Cover all 4 sides with electrical tape and tape the folds on the papered side of the board
  • Board ready to decorate (insert your own cute kid here)
  • Draw your lane lines with the silver marker
  • Place your dots in the lanes
  • Decorate the sides as you wish (we’re clever but not artistic, so I cut up an Apple Jacks box and a Fruit Snack box…all kinds of cool Cars 2 stuff all over both) and we glued them on with the Elmer’s X-TREME

 Ta-Dah

  • Add Cars
  • Roll the dice
  • Play and HAVE FUN!
**This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #GlueNGlitter and #CollectiveBias.  All opinions, ideas, and photos are entirely my own!  Rock on with your creative selves!
  

Bling Bug’s Bike with Elmer’s X-Treme #GlueNGlitter

Bug’s Barbie bike is not “pretty” anymore.  Mind you, it’s only 8 months old, but we live on an island (ummm have I mentioned that before?  Like a ga-zillion times?) and the salty, humid climate has not been kind to her little bike.  It is most certainly in need of a major *BLING* intervention and thanks to Walmart, Elmer’s X-TREME School Glue Stick, and a very excitable 4-year-old, we were able to BLING BUG’S BIKE for $11.75, and managed to have a lot of fun doing it!  We like fun, it’s our favorite! Hey, let’s get our #GlueNGlitter on!  We can fix this for sure!
Even though we all know I can’t stick to a list, I made one anyway as a guide.  I need this!  It keeps me somewhat on track.  Time to head to Walmart!  (Of course it’s time to head to Walmart, isn’t it always?)
We all know my Walmart is pretty cool!  I speak of it often.  I frequent it often.  When I walk in the door, the door greeters don’t say “Welcome to Walmart”, they say “Hey Christy”.  We have some pretty interesting characters island tourists in and out, we have FREE island transit (bet you don’t have that), and a really cool looking area to wait for said transit!  Yes, my Walmart is better than your Walmart!  It really is!
Every time I enter my Walmart, I thank them for providing me with sanitizing wipes and letting me take as many as I want.  Have to rid the buggy of all the germs!  This night, I was almost thankful that the kids were napping and couldn’t join me on my mission.  We wouldn’t have made it past the entrance with this M&M display or this sand bucket display.  I notice the produce section which is always so enticing and realize that Pip needs a honeydew melon.  Not on the list, but they are his favorite!

I have a mission to complete.  Must buy stuff to Bling Bug’s Bike.  So I head to the craft section!  I know this area pretty well.  I spend a lot of time here.  I figure I can find this Elmer’s X-TREME somewhere between the Learning Center and the Children’s Activities!
I really found Elmer’s Glue everywhere.  They have so many products, it’s amazing.  If you want it to stick, Elmer’s has a product for it! 
But I was looking for Elmer’s X-TREME Glue Stick and I found it in the Learning Center.  I was surprised that it was so low and hidden on the display.  Being a newer product, you would think it would be placed more prominently so that it popped out at me.  Either way, I found it and I got it.  This stuff claims to be much stronger than your average glue stick.  Bug and I will put it to the test!
Time to pick the bling!  I stayed in the craft section and found flower glitter stickers, acrylic jewels (sure to be Bug’s favorite), ribbon, and buttons (to replace the pitiful handle bar tassels).  Oh this is fun!  I was skipping and singing a ♪♫Happy Little Shopping Song♫♪.
Shopping was complete and I was ready to go home.  I didn’t stick to my list (surprise) but I had gotten everything on my list, and lots of bling for a bike in desperate need of a make over.  Yes, this had been a good shop indeed!
So we got up in the morning ready to put our #GlueNGlitter bling on.  How fabulous was this?  Fabulous indeed!
I was most excited about the tassels for the handle bars so we started there.  Bug picked the purple ribbon (although I was partial to the pink, it is her bike after all).  As you can see, Bug has been plagued with a bout of fever blisters.  She has had cabin fever!  This project is just what the doctor ordered to put a smile back on her face!  She picked the pink buttons so I was pleased!  We threaded the ribbon, two pieces at a time, through the button holes, then put the X-TREME on the ends of the ribbons to be sure they didn’t fray.  They turned out awesome, don’t you think?  
Then we headed outside.  Holy craft, it’s hot out there (102 to be exact).  First, put the pre-made tassels on the handle bars.  Next decorate the Barbie bag with fabric flowers, fastened by X-TREME of course.  Then a little glitter sticker fun, followed by the bling of all bling, acrylic jewels, stuck on with X-TREME (as I’d predicted, Bug’s favorite).
She was having a blast and I was happy watching her.  You see, this was a struggle for me.  My OCD tendencies and her stick it where it lands philosophy were in direct contrast of one another, but it was her bike, so I let her do it her own way. 
It really was hot out there and her fever blisters were hurting her.  Time to head in!  She wasn’t done blinging…NO, not at all!  So I thought, what can we do inside?  Hey, I know!  What’s a new and improved sparkly Barbie bike without a new and improved sparkly Barbie helmet?  NOTHING!  
So I convinced her to head inside to decorate her helmet.  It’s a rule, you can’t have a sparkly bike without a sparkly helmet right?  Right!  She most assuredly agreed and headed inside to bling the helmet!  Sparkly, isn’t it?

Done!  Couldn’t be more proud of my baby!  She did an awesome job and she was oh, so proud of herself and her “new” sparkly bike!  And I was extremely impressed with TREME as well.  It really did hold to both medal and plastic in this extreme heat!  Guess that’s why they call it X-TREME, huh? 

Bug is so proud of her “new” bike that she announced (oh gosh another official proclamation) that when we go on this weekend’s bike rides, she will not be riding with her Bubby in the cart.  NO, she will be riding her own sparkly bike on the seawall instead!  Of course she is, who wouldn’t want to ride this?  Don’t you just LOVE it?  It’s fabulously sparkly!  Next project?  MY bike!
 Remember to always keep a smile on your face and a sparkle in your heart people!  Smiles are contagious and sparkles are infectious!  Love y’all, sparkle on!

*This project has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Elmer’s #GlueNGlitter #CollectiveBias. All opinions, ideas, and photos are 100% my own.