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Pumpkin Surprise Balls!

Once I heard of surprise balls, I knew I wanted to make one for Roxie! Plus, I thought pumpkins would be perfect for the Fall Inspire(d) – thus, Pumpkin Surprise Balls were born. You start with a bunch of tiny presents, and wrap and wrap them into a ball filled with fun! It would be a cute Halloween present, or table settings at Thanksgiving, or just because! Here’s the how-to:

Orange & green streamers
Small bit of pipe cleaner
Tiny presents
Paper (if adding a note)

1. Find the best present to create the base of the ball (we went with Flarp).

2. Start wrapping the orange streamers around it. Make sure it’s wrapped all the way around before you add in the next tiny present. Don’t rip the streamers – keep it in tact to make for more fun unwrapping!

3. Try to plan out the way you add in the tiny presents so the pumpkin shape begins to take form.

4. Keep adding presents…

5. …until you’ve got them all added to the pumpkin.

6. I happened to have this stamper that looked like it would make a great pumpkin stem! You don’t have to add this, though – you could make the stem with just a bit of pipe cleaner and green streamer.

7. Attach a bit of green streamer to the green pipe cleaner on one side. Trim it up to look like a pumpkin leaf.

8. I stuck the pipe cleaner into the stamper.

9. Then wrapped the stamper to be part of the pumpkin.

10. Continue to wrap the ball until it seems like the streamers are on tight and the pumpkin will hold together.

11. Then add a bit of glue to the end of the streamer and tuck it under the bottom.

12. Add a piece of tape to keep it all secure.

13. Wrap some green streamer around the stamper to look more like a stem.

14. Then glue the end and hold until it stays in place on the stem.

15. I added a note for Roxie (that’s supposed to look like a pumpkin leaf) and attached it to the second side of pipe cleaner, then wrapped the extra bit of green streamer to also look like a leaf. And it’s done! All that’s left is watching someone unwrap, and unwrap, and unwrap all the tiny surprises inside! I know Roxie had fun! Enjoy!

Make Paper Butterflies!

These little paper butterflies are super cute and super easy! Roxie had a blast putting this together with me (Aryn) one rainy day. You could make a bunch of them and hang them from strings to make a little mobile, or tack them up on a wall in a group, or just make one to brighten your desk. Whatever you decide, have fun crafting! Isn’t paper the best?!


• Pretty paper (we found slightly thicker paper – like printer paper – is better than origami paper for this, but the origami paper is nice because it’s already perfectly square!) We got our lovely paper from Cardboard Robot in Decorah! The patterned paper is wrapping paper, and the solid paper is origami paper.

• Scissors

• Glue (optional)

Cut your paper into a rough square (if it’s not already in squares)

Fold one corner up to form a triangle and trim the excess paper off the edges.

Open it up and fold the opposite corner up to form another triangle. Trim excess paper.

Open it up again, and turn it so you can see the X. Fold one side up into a rectangle.

Open it up and turn it 90 degrees, then fold up into a rectangle again.

Flip it so the point faces up. You’re going to be folding IN (inverting) these two corners I’m pointing to.

Invert the fold on one side, and the other.

So it looks like this!

Now keep that point on the left, and fold the bottom point up to make a smaller triangle.

It’ll look like this! Keep that point on the left, and round off the top point.

Open it back up one fold. It’ll look like this!

Take these two corners – just the front pieces, not the back – and fold them down into the center.

Like this!

Now grab that bottom tip and roll it backward.

Until just the tip is sticking out above the top.

Fold that tip down over the front. Make a strong crease. This is the butterfly’s head!

Then fold the whole thing in half, starting the crease at the butterfly’s head.

Give it a squeeze! This will help keep the folds all together. (It will open up back again after the squeeze – it’s almost done!)

If you want to give your butterfly antennae, grab a couple of those trimmed paper scraps.

Tuck them in next to the head (a little drop of glue or swipe of glue stick before you tuck it in wouldn’t hurt to help keep it in place), and trim to your desired length.

And you’re done! Isn’t it cute? Please let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!


Mother’s Day Mini Magazine

Looking for a gift for mom for Mother’s Day?

Or dad for Father’s Day? Or anyone special for any special day? We’ve got the perfect thing: Make your own mini-magazine – it’s such a sweet gift!


• Front page
• Back page
• Scissors
• Piece of yarn or string about 6-8 inches long
• Hole puncher
• Markers/Crayons/Pens/Pencils/Etc
• Kid(s) – you know, for filling out these cute little things

Print the mini magazine templates – first the front, then load the page back in your printer so it will print the back side as well.

Cut on the dotted line to separate the pages.

Fold one page with the heart on the outside (this is the cover) and fold the other page with the “you and me’ frame on the outside.

Place the You and me page into the other page (so the “You make me laugh when you..” page is facing the You and me frame).

Open both pages up and punch two holes in the “spine” (which is just the fold).

Thread the yarn or string through the pages like so. And tie on the outside.

Now it’s time for your kiddos to get creative!

If you’re making this for mom, of course, it’s generally best for a different grown-up or helper to work on this with the kid (you know, so it’s a surprise)!

Fill out each page and have your kids color pictures within. Encourage them to get as creative as they want!

Gift your sweet Mini Magazine to your special person – they will love it!

Happy Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthday, you day – You are the best!

Aryn (and Roxie too)