Artsy-Fartsy Link Party #176

Happy Thursday and welcome to Artsy-Fartsy Link Party! So glad you're here and I hope you've had a fantastic week. Are you ready to party? Here's just a few creative recipes and projects that were shared at last week's party:

Artsy-Fartsy Link Party Features at artsyfartsymama.com
Easy Bead Hair Jewelry Tutorial by Sew Can Do
Chicken Bacon Cheddar Ranch Stuffed Potatoes by The Kittchen
Cupcake Wrapper Flowers by Simple Joys
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Roll-Ups by Living on Cloud Nine
Paleo Strawberry Chia Seed Pudding by Homemade Lovely
Olympics Inspired Party Ideas & Printables by Bird's Party
Tortilla Crusted Tilapia by Looney for Food
DIY Wallets for Kids by Life Sew Savory

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Taco Valentine Card Box

Taco 'bout awesome! Collect your Valentines in this adorable Taco Valentine Card Box!

Taco 'bout awesome! Collect your Valentines in this adorable Taco Valentine Card Box!

When it comes to Valentine's Day, it has become a fun family tradition to come up with creative ideas for my daughter's Valentine card box. The past few years we have made a Puppy Dog Valentine Card Box, a Panda Valentine Card Box, and and the infamous Unicorn Valentine Card Box. This year my daughter and I laughed and laughed when we decided on making the this awesome Taco Valentine Card Box to hold all those sweet notes from classmates from her Valentine's Day party!

What you'll need:
Cardboard box
Poster board
Box cutter or large craft blade
Duct tape - yellow
Glue gun & glue sticks
Scissors
Colored paper/cardstock - black, white, green, yellow, orange
Tissue paper - red, green, white
2" circle punch (optional)

Step 1: Decide how large you want the taco box to be. Trace a half circle on the cardboard box. Our box measured 18"x10", so we used the box size as our guide and used the bottom edge of the box as the bottom and drew a half circle shape up to the top edge of the box. If you want to make your taco box smaller, you could freehand the shape, or trace a plate to get the size you want.

Step 2: Use a box cutter or craft blade and carefully cut out the half circle. Turn the box over, and use the piece you just cut as a template. Trace it and cut out the other side of the box.

Step 3: Decide on the depth of the box. We decided on about 6 inches. Cut a strip to go along the bottom of the taco box. For example, we cut a piece that is 18" x 6". You'll also need to cut out a long strip of poster board that is also 6 inches wide. Keep a few other 6" wide scrap strips and set those and the poster board aside.

Step 4: Lay the half circle/taco pieces face down with the bottom strip in between. Use the duct tape to attach the three pieces together. Stand the sides up, and use duct tape along the seam on the outside to hold the pieces in place.

Taco 'bout awesome! Collect your Valentines in this adorable Taco Valentine Card Box!

Step 5: Fold three 6" wide scrap pieces in half and stand them up inside the box. Secure them down with duct tape to the bottom of the box. This will help to keep the taco box sturdy and keep its shape. The image above is looking down into the partially Valentine-filled box so you can see what I mean.

Step 6: Cut the poster board strip into two pieces. Duct tape the ends of the poster board to the ends of the bottom cardboard strip. Carefully bring the poster board up toward the top of the box and tape the edges together as you go. Repeat for the other side. At the top, cut away the excess poster board and leave an opening large enough for an arm to get in.

Step 7: Cut strips of duct tape and cover the entire box so that it's now all yellow. The duct tape will also make the box sturdier. If you don't want to use duct tape you could use paint, or decoupage some yellow paper on it instead.

Taco 'bout awesome! Collect your Valentines in this adorable Taco Valentine Card Box!

Step 8: Give this little taco a face! For the eyes, I cut out two 2" circles of black paper and two 1/2" circles of white paper and glued them together. For the mouth, I cut a 3" semi-circle and then trimmed it down to make a line for a smile. Attach both eyes and the mouth to the front of the taco with hot glue.

Taco 'bout awesome! Collect your Valentines in this adorable Taco Valentine Card Box!

Step 9: For the "meat" of the taco, I ripped some kraft paper into pieces of all different sizes. Roll them into balls by crumpling the paper and rolling it between your hands. Start gluing the balls down at the bottom edge of the box and work about 1/3 of the way up.

Taco 'bout awesome! Collect your Valentines in this adorable Taco Valentine Card Box!

Step 10: For the lettuce, I folded up a sheet of green paper accordion-style and cut strips from 1/4-3/4" wide. I also cut some 1/4-1/2" strips of lighter green tissue paper. Unfold the paper just a little bit and glue the pieces down in different directions. Add the tissue paper in randomly.

Taco 'bout awesome! Collect your Valentines in this adorable Taco Valentine Card Box!

Step 11: Toward the top of the lettuce section, I crumpled up some red tissue paper and added in a few pieces to represent tomatoes. You can add as many or as little as you want.

Step 12: For the cheese, I cut 1/4" strips of yellow and orange paper. Then I cut those strips into smaller pieces. Fold them in half and glue them in randomly and in different directions.

Taco 'bout awesome! Collect your Valentines in this adorable Taco Valentine Card Box!

Step 13: Top that taco with a few dollops of sour cream! Cut one piece of white tissue paper into 6 pieces. Lightly crumple the pieces into balls and glue three on each side of the box opening. Fluff up if necessary.

Taco 'bout awesome! Collect your Valentines in this adorable Taco Valentine Card Box!

Now that taco box is complete and ready to be filled with love notes!! If you'd rather use this as a piƱata, you can fill the taco box with candy and attach something to the top/opening to hang it up.

Taco 'bout awesome! Collect your Valentines in this adorable Taco Valentine Card Box!

My daughter loved showing off her Taco Valentine Box at her class Valentine party and it was definitely a hit! Sorry we are posting a little too late for this year - but feel free to save this tutorial for next year!!

I'd love to see pictures of your kid's Valentine box ideas, too! Feel free to share your pictures on my Facebook page or tag us on Instagram!

What are your must-have taco toppings?

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3-Ingredient Monster High Slime

Have some "Fang"-tastic fun with 3-Ingredient Monster High Slime!

Have some "Fang"-tastic fun with 3-Ingredient Monster High Slime!

This 3-Ingredient Monster High Slime is easy enough for anyone to mix up. The best part is that it can keep kids entertained for hours using their imaginations and making up new adventures. For you homeschoolers, this also makes for a great science project!

Have some "Fang"-tastic fun with 3-Ingredient Monster High Slime!

Kids everywhere are obsessed with making slime, and for good reason! It's simple, fun, and a great science experiment. To make this sparkly Monster High-inspired Slime, you'll only need these 3 ingredients:

4 oz Elmer's Glue (Clear or Gel)
4 oz Warm Water (makes a stretchier slime)
½ Tablespoon Baking Soda
1½ Tablespoons Contact Lens Solution (HAS to have boric acid ingredient or it won't work)

You can also make slime using Borax. Check out this tutorial to see how!

*While it looks pretty and is a lot of fun, slime is NOT edible. Because of that, I don't recommend letting small children play with it if there's a chance they will try to eat it. Be sure to also wash your hands and play space well after playing.

Have some "Fang"-tastic fun with 3-Ingredient Monster High Slime!

To add some sparkle and shine to the slime, you'll need some glitter. Packages like this mega pack of Glitter Shakers gives you 12 color options to work with at a price you can definitely afford for projects with kids. 

Have some "Fang"-tastic fun with 3-Ingredient Monster High Slime!

To turn our slime into something that screams Monster High, I found this package of freaky-fab Monster High Confetti! In this pack there are 3 packs of foil confetti in different shapes: hearts, bats, smoochy lips, stars, Skullettes, and Monster High badges in the Monster High signature colors (blue, pink, silver, and black).

Have some "Fang"-tastic fun with 3-Ingredient Monster High Slime!

Start by pouring out the entire bottle glitter glue into a mixing bowl. If you want a stretchier slime, fill the empty glue container with some hot or warm water and put the lid back on. Shake well the bottle well. This will get all of the excess glue out of the bottle and is an easy way to measure the water you need! Pour the water into the mixing bowl and stir until combined.

Pour in any colors of glitter you want to use and some of the confetti. I didn't use any of the Skullettes or the Monster High badges because I felt that they were a little too large. Use a spoon to distribute the glitter and confetti.

Have some "Fang"-tastic fun with 3-Ingredient Monster High Slime!

Add the baking soda and mix it in thoroughly. Slowly stir in contact lens solution a Tablespoon at a time. As you stir with a spoon, you'll see that it almost immediately becomes thick and clumps together.

Have some "Fang"-tastic fun with 3-Ingredient Monster High Slime!

Once the slime thickens up, remove it from the bowl and use your hands to mix it all together. Add a little more solution if it's too sticky. Keep squishing the slime with your hands and kneading it like a dough until it's smooth and no longer sticky.

Keep kneading the slime for a minute or two before adding any more solution. If you add too much, the slime will be too stiff and isn't much fun to play with.

Have some "Fang"-tastic fun with 3-Ingredient Monster High Slime!

Stretch it, squish it, and have fun! This glittery slime is moldable, but won't hold it's shape for long. Squish your hands into it and leave a hand print, or create a shape and watch it melt into a blob. Your kids will be entertained for quite a while.

Store the slime in an airtight container or Ziploc bag. It will stay good for quite a while as long as you keep it sealed. I've also heard that keeping it in the fridge will help it stay useable longer (but I've never tried it).

Have some "Fang"-tastic fun with 3-Ingredient Monster High Slime!

My daughter loves playing with her Monster High Minis in the slime. You can press them in, cover them, and play and the slime shouldn't stick to them. It's so much fun!

Have some "Fang"-tastic fun with 3-Ingredient Monster High Slime!

Want to know the science behind slime? Here's our favorite scientist, Frankie Stein to tell you all about it:

Slime is a fang-tastic learning tool that is fun to make, play with, and personalize. It's gooey, yet it doesn't stick to your skin. You can shape it into a solid shape and then it almost immediately melts like a liquid. Why does this happen?

First, let me tell you a secret: while there are multiple slime recipes out there, did you know that they are all made the same way?! All you need to form a basic slime is 2 important ingredients: polyvinyl alcohol (a main ingredient in washable school glue) and borate ion (which is found in borax/sodium tetraborate, or boric acid). Isn't that CLAW-some?!

In case you're wondering, borax and boric acid are slightly different molecules, but both change to borate ion when mixed with with water! That's why you need to dilute Borax detergent in water, or use detergents/solutions that already have water mixed in to make a successful slime.

How it works: when the polyvinyl alcohol (glue) is mixed together with borate ion (contact solution/Borax/etc), the two molecules form long chains. When you have a bunch of those chains, it creates the slime we all know and love!

Experiment: next time you make slime, try using different ratios of polyvinyl alcohol and borate ion. Not enough borate ion creates a looser slime that is more sticky and gooey. Too much borate ion, and you've got a stiff ball of slime that doesn't "melt" as fast or as well!

Have some "Fang"-tastic fun with 3-Ingredient Monster High Slime!

For my daughter's Monster High Birthday Party, we mixed up some of this Monster High Slime and put them into heart-shaped containers to give to her guests as party favors. The kids loved it and it was a fun project for my daughter to do for her friends. With the recipe above, we were able to fill about twelve 2" containers.

Have some "Fang"-tastic fun with 3-Ingredient Monster High Slime!

We have been having so much fun with this Monster High Slime. My daughter has been entertained for hours recreating scenes from Monster High and making up new adventures of her own.

For more Monster High fun, check out this Free Printable Monster High Bingo:

Free Printable Monster High Bingo

I would love to hear if you decide to make some Monster High Slime with your kids!

Do your kids love slime, too?

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