March 8, 2014

St Patty's Day Poppers

We all know that the 'traditional' ways to celebrate St Patty's day are, well, not really kid appropriate. In fact, at my last trip to Walmart (rare occurrence here in the Twin Cities, but that's a different story) I saw a shirt that said "Beer + Beer = Shenanigans".

But I wanted something fun for my daughter (other than just wearing green)- last year we made Leprechaun cookies. This year, with the poppers (aka crackers... still sounds like an afternoon snack with cheese to me) all the rage, I pulled out my handy dandy MDS and got to work on a festive hybrid version.

I'm pretty happy with how they turned out!

I used a wide array of DSP to make the rainbow sides, and the middle is the grey chalkboard paper from the Convention 2012 download. Also, I didn't have any rainbow embellishments, so I made my own using the freeform tool. There are so many cool things you can do with that if you give it a try!

I sized these at 4" x 5.25" so that I was able to print 4 of these to a page (my printer does a 1/4" border). I removed the border from the short side, but kept the one on the long side to use as the tab to hold the popper together (Note: this is very important- and I learned the hard way to NOT cut it off :P ). Then I scored the ends in at 1/2", 1", and 1 1/2"; and then the long way it is scored every 1" (leaving the 1/4" tab on the end).

I used the envelope punch board to make the holes. It really is the perfect size for this project, and I love that you don't have to try to line up a 'partial punch' with one of the circles or ovals. I measured in 1" from each side using the punch board (so that the center of the notch lined up with the orange/yellow border and the green/blue border if you are a more visual person).

I'm planning to fill with skittles for my daughter and her friends. I hope they like their little handful of the rainbow!

Flutterby again soon :)

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