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Free Printable St. Patrick's Day Word Search

Looking for a fun St. Patrick's Day activity to keep your kids busy? Try having them work on this fun St. Patrick's Day word search! My daughter loves word searches, and it's been a fun way to teach her new vocabulary words and to practice spelling and letter recognition. This word search is fun for kids of all ages, and best of all - it's free!!

Free Printable St. Patrick's Day Word Search at artsyfartsymama.com #freeprintable


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St. Patrick's Day Bottle Cap Necklace and Hair Bow

This post is sponsored by Fizzy Pops. All opinions are my own.

Wearing green on St. Patrick's Day is a must, but you don't have to wear a boring old t-shirt or a little pin. Fizzy Pops is one of my new favorite places to shop for jewelry supplies. With just a few beads, some ribbon, and a couple adorable bottle caps, I created a one-of-a-kind necklace and hair bow that my daughter can wear on St. Patrick's Day to ensure that she won't get pinched!

St. Patrick's Day Bottle Cap Necklace and Hair Bow Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

I've been wanting to create with bottle caps for a while now, and they are so simple that I wish I had done it sooner!! Fizzy Pops has all the supplies you need (bottle caps and epoxy stickers), and My Computer is My Canvas creates the cutest printable bottle cap designs!! It was hard to choose which design to use on my hair bow and necklace.

St. Patrick's Day Bottle Cap Necklace Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

If you haven't made a bottle cap pendant before, don't be intimidated. It's really easy! Print out the design and cut it out with a 1" circle cutter. Carefully place an epoxy sticker over the design. (Be careful not to touch the back of the epoxy sticker, or you'll be able to see your fingerprint on your design!!)

Use a popsicle stick or something with an edge to rub the back to help get the air bubbles out. Then, add a drop of E6000 or super glue in the center of the bottle cap, and press the epoxy image into the bottle cap. Let it dry for a few hours. Once dry, you can put your necklace together. Simple as that!

St. Patrick's Day Bottle Cap Necklace Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Creating chunky necklaces is so much fun, and every one you create is unique!! We used rainbow faux pearl beads, clear ice cube beads, and white/clear striped beads for our necklace. I decided on a St. Patrick's Day rainbow design since it works great to wear on the holiday, and it's also something my daughter can wear every day afterward.

When I'm deciding on my jewelry designs, I like to lay my beads out on a piece of felt fabric to keep them from rolling all over and to be able to see how it will look when it's strung together. 

St. Patrick's Day Bottle Cap Necklace Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Once you have your design how you want it, you can string your beads. I got all my supplies from Fizzy Pops, and they have a great chunky bead necklace tutorial on their site if you aren't sure how to put a necklace together.

St. Patrick's Day Bottle Cap Necklace Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

I am beyond excited with how the necklace turned out, and my daughter hasn't wanted to take it off!! It will be so fun for her to wear on St. Patrick's Day. The fun thing about bottle cap necklaces is that you could create lots of different bottle cap pendants and switch them out on your necklace if you don't always want to wear the same design!

St. Patrick's Day Bottle Cap Hair Bow Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Even though this bow tutorial looks a little intimidating, the St. Patrick's Day bow is really easy to make. This is one of the first bows I ever made, and I think it turned out great! Just use some scrap ribbon to create your first one, and you'll get the hang of it.

To make this bow, you'll need some 1 1/2" grosgrain ribbon. I went with a polka dot design, but any design looks cute. Cut the ribbon to 18" long and seal the edges with a lighter to keep it from fraying. Fold it in half and mark the center with a pen or marker. You won't see the mark when you're done, so it doesn't matter what color.

St. Patrick's Day Bottle Cap Hair Bow Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

 Lay the ribbon right side down. Hold the end of the right side of the ribbon, turn it and place the end face down over the center mark of the ribbon (top image). You can hold the ribbon in place if you want, but I'm not that great at it. So to keep it in place, I used a small dot of hot glue.

Next, hold the left end of the ribbon, and turn it and place it the opposite way of the top loop. Glue it in the center, on top of the right end that you just glued down. Now your bow should look like a figure 8 (2nd image).

Turn the "figure 8" sideways so it's more of an infinity symbol. Take the centers of the loops, and overlap them in the center (3rd image). You should be able to hold these in place without glue.

Hold the loops and flip the bow over. Don't worry that it doesn't really look like a bow yet. Get a needle and thread, and fold the center of the bow accordion style. Tie the end of the thread and push the needle through the ribbon (4th image). Pull it tight, and the bow will gather in the middle and will resemble a bow. After you pull the thread tight, wrap it around the center of the bow a few times, and tie it off in the back.

Now the top part of your bow is complete!!

St. Patrick's Day Bottle Cap Hair Bow Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

For the underside of the bow, you'll need a couple of different kinds of ribbon. I chose a 7/8" gold ribbon, and a 5/8" glittered green ribbon. Any colors or patterns you like will work great. Different sizes also make it look fun. Get creative!!

Cut two of each ribbon to about 5" long. Cut a "V" at the ends of each ribbon by folding the ends horizontally and cutting at an angle toward the fold. Seal the edges with a lighter to keep them from fraying.

Lay out the ribbons the way you want them to look when you're done (2nd image).

Then, get your needle and thread and push the needle up through the back of all the ribbon pieces so they are stacked on top of each other. Once the thread is pulled all the way through, turn your ribbons the way you want them again.

Weave the needle through the center of the ribbons starting at the bottom. Come up near the bottom, down right below the center, back up right above the center, and back down near the top (3rd image). Pull tight, and they should create an accordion fold in your ribbons. Wrap the thread around the ribbons and tie off in the back (4th image).

Now you have the bottom part of your bow complete!!

St. Patrick's Day Bottle Cap Hair Bow Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

To put your bows together, you'll need your needle and thread. Carefully push the needle up through the back of the small ribbon bow. Then, push up the back of the front ribbon.

Hold the bows together in the center, and wrap the thread around both bows and tie the thread off in the back. Fluff out your bow and straighten the smaller ribbons until it looks just how you want it.

Now your bow is put together!!

St. Patrick's Day Bottle Cap Hair Bow Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

To put a bow in your hair, you'll need an alligator clip (you can also get these from Fizzy Pops). Use some smaller ribbon (mine was about 1/4") and hot glue it to the underside of the top part and over the top of the alligator clip.

Then, add a line of hot glue to the top of the alligator clip and attach it to the back center of the bow. To keep the clip secure and to finish off the bow, open the alligator clip and add a small dot of hot glue. Stick the end of some ribbon to the glue and let it dry. Then, wrap the ribbon around the front of the bow, then back over the end of the ribbon inside the alligator clip. Wrap it one more time, then glue the end of the ribbon inside the alligator clip. The image above show what the front and the back of the bow look like when it's done.

The bow is now complete and ready to wear.

St. Patrick's Day Bottle Cap Hair Bow Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

To make the bow a little more festive for St. Patrick's Day, I added a cute bottle cap. Just like the pendant, you'll need to print out the design and cut it out with a 1" circle cutter. Carefully place an epoxy sticker over the design. (Be careful not to touch the back of the epoxy sticker, or you'll be able to see your fingerprint on your design!!)

Use a popsicle stick or something with an edge to rub the back to help get the air bubbles out. Then, add a drop of E6000 or super glue in the center of the bottle cap, and press the epoxy image into the bottle cap. Let it dry for a few hours.

St. Patrick's Day Bottle Cap Hair Bow Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

Hot glue the bottle cap in the center of the bow and let dry. Now the "lucky girl" will be pinch-proof on St. Patrick's Day!!

St. Patrick's Day Bottle Cap Necklace and Hair Bow Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

St. Patrick's Day is coming up quick, and I'd love to be able to create some fun jewelry and hair bows of your own! Right now you can get 17% off your purchase at Fizzy Pops with their St. Patrick's Day promo and I'm excited to share a fun giveaway with you all from Fizzy Pops and The Computer is My Canvas!!

St. Patrick's Day Bottle Cap Necklace and Hair Bow Tutorial at artsyfartsymama.com

One lucky winner will be able to win all of the supplies from Fizzy Pops for one chunky bottle cap pendant necklace, 5 alligator clips, 5 flat bottle caps & epoxy stickers for hair bows, and one free download of the St. Patrick's Day bottle cap images from The Computer is My Canvas!!

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Easy Chocolate Chip Pancakes

Who loves pancakes?! My daughter would eat pancakes and/or waffles for every meal if she had her way. Her favorite kind of pancakes are chocolate chip pancakes, topped with some peanut butter. Since they are requested so much at our house, I decided to share our easy and quick basic pancake recipe so that you can make some, too! Eat them plain, or add in whatever mix-ins you like (chocolate chips, blueberries, etc) to fit your tastes.

Easy Chocolate Chip Pancakes at artsyfartsymama.com

Ingredients:
1 cup flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 beaten egg
1 cup milk
2 Tablespoons oil
1/2 cup (or small handful) semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips

Directions:
1. In a bowl, mix together flour, sugar baking powder, and salt.
2. In a small bowl, combine beaten egg, milk, and oil.
3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the egg/milk mixture.
4. Stir until just combined. The batter will be lumpy.
5. Add in chocolate chips and stir until just combined.
6. Pour about 1/4 cup for each pancake and cook until golden brown. Top with peanut butter and maple syrup (sounds weird, but it's totally delicious!!).

Makes about 7-8 pancakes.


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