Mommy on a Shoestring: A midsummer night’s celebration

Celebrate the mid-summer with a nod to Shakespeare, fairies and magic.

Fairy Bread Sandwiches

This recipe comes courtesy of Jackie Alpers, author of the fairy-approved cookbook, “Sprinkles,” (Quirk Books, 2014). If your kids like sprinkles, you’re going to love this cookbook.

You need:

Unsalted butter* (room temperature)

Bread

Sprinkles (nonpareils, jimmies, confetti, or sparkling sugar)

*Note: Butter is typically used, but Alpers also suggests using cream cheese, jam, Nutella, or try Alpers’ Gingersnap Cookie Butter recipe.

Directions:

Spread a thin layer of butter on one side of each slice of bread.

Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes from half of the buttered slices.

Place the uncut slices, buttered side up, on a plate or over a bowl to catch excess sprinkles. Cover bread with sprinkles. Top with the cutout slices (buttered side down).

Thank you to Quirk Books and Jackie Alpers for sharing this recipe. For more information about Alpers and her book “Sprinkles” visit http://www.jackiealpers.com.

Tea Cup Fairy Garden

Let your children’s imaginations soar as they create magical worlds to fit inside a teacup.

You need:

Tea cup (check out garage sales and thrift shops)

Small stones

Moss (available at most garden stores)

Sticks, thimbles, decorative paper, shells and other miniature treasures

Directions:

Place stones in teacup (these will act as drainage to ensure your moss doesn’t flood when watered.)

Cut moss to size and place in teacup. If roots are too long, trim them with sharp scissors.

Add decorative pieces to your garden such as a plant potted in a thimble, paper bunting or a twig chair made with sticks and glue. Encourage your children to look around the yard and neighborhood to find tiny treasures such as shells, acorns and flower petals. You can also add miniature garden tools, which are available at most craft stores.

Thank you to Donna at www.theMagicOnions.com for sharing this charming craft.

Paper Bag Woodland Tiara

Upcycle grocery bags into beautiful tiara’s fit for a queen. Even Titania would approve.

You need:

Paper Grocery Bag

Artificial flowers

Glue gun (low-temp for young children)

Raffia, ribbon or yarn

Directions:

Cut off the bottom of the paper bag. Carefully roll the edge of the bag until it forms one large roll. Glue the ends together with a hot glue gun. Set aside to dry.

Use the glue gun to add flowers all around the boarder of the tiara and then gently wind raffia or ribbon around the flowers.

Thank you to Jackie at (http://happyhooligans.ca) for sharing this lovely idea.

Fairy Dust Poppers

Spread the fairy magic with this ingenious craft inspired by the creative folks at Family Fun Magazine.

You need:

Plastic bottles

Duct tape

Balloons

Colorful construction paper (cut into tiny pieces)

Directions:

Cut the top 3 inches from a clean plastic bottle and discard the rest. Cover the edge with duct tape.

Stretch the mouth of a balloon over the bottle’s opening. Work the neck of the balloon over the threads of the bottleneck.

Pour paper fairy dust into the popper.

To Play – Hold onto the bottleneck with one hand, and pull down on the bottom of the balloon with the other. Let the balloon snap to launch a shower of magical fairy dust.

Thank you to “Family Fun Magazine” for sharing this idea. For more creative crafts visit http://www.parents.com/familyfun-magazine/

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