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Leprechaun Houses

leprechaun house and shamrock banner title

We had the funnest party yesterday with some of my friends I worked with years ago and all their cute kiddos. I do an annual St. Patrick’s Day party with them and thought it would be fun to change things up a bit. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know I love to decorate gingerbread houses. We did haunted houses at Halloween, the classic gingerbread houses at Christmas, and then love shacks at Valentine’s. I wanted to do leprechaun houses, but was a little sugared out. I’m so glad I decided to do wood houses for these. They turned out absolutely adorable! Now we have a place to keep our leprechauns if we get lucky enough to catch one.

small leprechaun wooded houseThe whole project started with these adorable house boxes I found while looking for stuff for a completely different party. The size and shape is perfect, and I love that the roof comes off so you can take a peek inside and even decorate it for the little guy.

leprechaun house suppliesHere is a list of where I purchased everything to help you find things a little easier. Everything I bought at craft stores was 40% off when I purchased it. Watch for sales, craft stores always have great ones.

Michaels – black rocks, white rocks, moss rocks, moss rocks with succulents,
Oriental Trading – paper mache house boxes, gold coins, large wood slice, wood spools
Walmart – moss ribbon, bag of moss
Hobby Lobby – small wood slices, moss ribbon, small popsicle sticks

leprechaun house wood stairsMy boys have been so anxious to make a bug garden (like a fairy garden, but for bugs) that I thought we could use these houses in the bug gardens after St. Patrick’s Day. I’m sure the paper mache houses won’t hold up very well outside, but that will just give us an excuse to do this fun activity again. If you are going to make fairy gardens, I think little wood bird house kits would make such cute houses that you could decorate. That’s what we’ll replace these with after they have endured the weather a bit. Luckily, all the cute steps, wagons, tables and chairs, etc. are all wood and will be just fine.

leprechaun housesMy oldest boys are 5 years old and couldn’t get enough of this. They’re still making houses and other accessories out of all the wood slices and moss as we speak. They woke up first thing this morning, and got to work. 12 hours and about 5 pounds of glue later, they’re still creating. I think the excitement of working on their bug gardens mixed with getting to use the hot glue guns by themselves, is what has kept them busy all day. They have done so well with them and can’t put them down.

side of wood leprechaun houseAt the party I had three cordless hot glue guns to split between the 12 kids. First of all, that wasn’t nearly enough. Second, the cordless hot glue guns didn’t heat the glue fast enough for how much they were being used. They took forever. I grabbed my cheap, mini glue guns that plug into the wall and we were able to crank out the houses much faster. If you decide to do wireless glue guns for this project, I recommend having one per person.

natural leprechaun houseAnd you can’t have a leprechaun house without a few gold coins. We places them around the houses to help lure the leprechauns to us. I hope it works.

leprechaun fairy garden housesSend your kids outside to gather some sticks and other treasures from nature and get to work making some leprechaun houses. Or, you can just go buy everything at the store like I did. Haha! Works either way.

I hope you have felt inspired to make leprechaun houses or maybe it gave you motivation for a fairy/bug garden this summer. Whatever you choose, enjoy the process of making them. That’s the best part.

Barbecue Party

BBQ printables

With all the summer barbecues going on, I wanted to create a party kit that was simple, fast and could be done by anyone. A great party can still be made on limited time and expense.

BBQ printables

I was inspired by Heather Bailey’s Nicey Jane – Porch Swing collection and went from there. The pinwheels were made by adhering fabric to coordinating cardstock with Silhouette’s Fabric Interfacing. I wanted to use the fabric anywhere I could and thought they were perfect for pinwheels.  I used sticker paper to print and cut labels for the drinks and it was done.

The dessert was delicious and was so simple. I layered a cookie, hot fudge and ice cream in cupcake wrappers. Every body loved them and they were so easy to make.

Enjoy hosting your own party for any occasion and celebration with these fun decorations.

Barbecue Drink Labels | Barbecue Fruit Labels | Barbecue Invitation and Pinwheel

Garden Markers Tutorial + Silhouette Discount Code

I’m so anxious to share some fun projects I have been working on using Silhouette Premium Vinyl. Silhouette has a great promotion for their Premium Vinyl going on this week and I have all the details and a promotional discount code for you. Each day during the promotion I’ll be featuring a new project using the Silhouette Vinyl. All the projects I’ll be featuring are made from one single roll of 9 in x 10 ft Premium Vinyl. You’ll be amazed at how much you can create with just one roll. This was my first time using vinyl and let me tell you, it is so EASY!

garden marker tutorial

We’ve all seen vinyl used on projects for inside our home, but did you know it works well for those outdoor projects too? Let’s start out the week of vinyl projects with these garden markers. I’ll be planting my first garden this year and I’m so excited. I hope I can actually grow something. If nothing else, at least I’ll have cute markers at the head of each row.

Supplies:

  • Paint Stir Sticks
  • Silhouette Cutting Machine
  • Silhouette Premium Vinyl
  • Fruit and Vegetable Icons
  • Paint

Instructions:

  1. Paint each stir stick the color of your fruit or vegetable. To save paint, I only painted the top half of the stick that would be seen above the dirt.
  2. Using your Silhouette machine, cut fruit and vegetable icons out of Silhouette Premium Vinyl.
  3. Peel off each icon and apply it to the stick with coordinating color.
  4. Place it in the ground to mark your crops.

Let’s get on to the promotion!

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If any of you have been thinking of buying a Silhouette or trying their vinyl this is a great offer. The Silhouette Premium Vinyl comes in 9 in x 10 ft rolls so it works well with both the Silhouette Portrait and Cameo. Silhouette recently cut the price of their Premium Vinyl from $14.99 down to $9.99. This promotion is 25% off the already low price of $9.99.

I love the black and white vinyl rolls because you can use them on any color of project. They also have great colored vinyl too. The transfer paper makes adhering phrases to surfaces a breeze. I’ll have a tutorial on that with an upcoming project in the week.

*** You can only access the promotion by clicking HEREEnter promotional code ROBISON to receive your discount. ***

Click on the link above to take advantage of this offer. See you tomorrow with another new vinyl project.