A Girl Scout Treat

The oldest kiddo is in Brownies and due to a bit of experience making lunches, I was chosen to lead the meeting on healthy eating. It was fun! We set up three stations to make some healthy treats and earn our healthy snacks badge. The girls were very enthusiastic being a part of the fun.

Our first station was to make guacamole from scratch. A very simple recipe of mashed avocado, a lemon, some tomatoes, minced garlic, and salt and viola! Simple guac.

Girl Scout Easy Snack Bentos | OneCraftyThing.com

Girl Scout Easy Snack Bentos | OneCraftyThing.com

We had intentions to make mini pizzas out of naan, but somebody (um, me!) forgot the sauce and cheese, so instead, we cut up the bread for dipping in our guacamole.
Girl Scout Easy Snack Bentos | OneCraftyThing.com

For dessert, we decided to make raspberries stuffed with chocolate chips:

Girl Scout Easy Snack Bentos | OneCraftyThing.com

Girl Scout Easy Snack Bentos | OneCraftyThing.com

The girls were really excited about their bentos, especially since EasyLunchboxes sponsored our little event and gave each girl a set of three EasyLunchboxes for their lunchboxes.

Girl Scout Easy Snack Bentos | OneCraftyThing.com

And a final shot of the bento (with naan pizza!) There were also tortilla chips on the side.

Girl Scout Easy Snack Bentos | OneCraftyThing.com

Our Brownie Troop sends a sincere thanks to Kelly at EasyLunchboxes for her generous donation! Thank you!

In this lunch:

Main Mini-naan with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese (naan pizza)
Sides Guacamole and raspberries filled with chocolate chips
Also added (but not pictured) tortilla chips

That day, we used:

Spiderman Leg Cast

I have three kiddos… I was just waiting for someone to break something. And the little guy complied. He slipped on a blanket running in our living room and fractured his foot :( He did well in the walking boot but ultimately couldn’t put much weight on that boot, so in order to convince him that he was getting the most awesome thing ever (AKA a cast) we told him he was getting a super-boot, like superheroes wear. So when we found out he needed a cast, we knew we would paint it and set off to figure out what superhero.

It was a short search. Spiderman it was. And he wanted him hanging from a web. So I complied with a Mini Marvel Spiderman. Ultimately it only took about 15 minutes and some acrylic paint and being patient through the wiggles of a three year old.

Here it is, the Spidey-cast:

Spiderman Leg Cast | OneCraftyThing.com

Today I used:

Easter Bunny Bento

Easter Bento | OneCraftyThing.com

Ahhh the Easter bunny. I’m practically FORCED to make a bunny lunch for Easter, by the virtue of only using this cutter once a year ūüėČ So here it is, a different take on some frolicking bunnies and Easter eggs.

In today’s lunch:

Main 2 PB&J Sandwiches made with an inexpensive cutter I got from the Dollar Spot at Target
Sides A mandarin with a rabbit head cut out (I used a knife and eyed it although if you are unsure of your rabbit head, score it with the knife first before you cut); protein nut mix with Jelly Belly jelly beans
Also included but not pictured Yogurt, a banana, and water

Today, I used:

Crazy Hair Day Mermaid

Crazy Hair Day at School: The Little Mermaid | OneCraftyThing.com
I’m not sure who made up crazy hair day at school but I’m wondering if that person was thinking that crazy really refers to how it makes parents crazy the night before. The request this time was: “Can I have a mermaid for crazy hair day?” I always try to pick crazy hair themes that are easy to dismantle so that the wearer can get comfortable after wearing it at school so long. So the kindergarten kiddo and I looked on the crafty mom bible, AKA Pinterest, and we found some fishtail braids made into mermaids for crazy hair day. We saw this one and thought about how to make it happen.

But last night, I was without Cricut to cut out the mermaid and without time to freehand one. So after a few more crazy hair day searches, I saw someone had used a cut-out of the Little Mermaid as the body. So off I went with an obviously easier solution. The pin above uses a fishtail braid, but I am not great with braids, so I went with a simple, plain braid, tied with a simple green hair tie. I put some hair wax on the ends to make the fins and some lime green hair chalk to “dye” it green. I printed Ariel on some photo paper (which was nice and heavy-ish and stood up well) and taped it to a long bobby pin which I then stuck in the braid. I then sprayed it with hairspray and sprinkled it with glitter. Yay for a successful crazy hair day and a happy kindergarten kiddo.

Today I used:

Simple and Fast Valentine


Valentine’s day is a “required” day for bentos at my house… hearts and love is always appreciated at lunch. However, pressed for time, I was having a bit of a hard time getting a lunch together this morning. Finally, a very quick, quite simple Valentine lunch was the answer and this all took 7 minutes. We even got to school on time.

In today’s lunch:

Main PB&J triple stacked heart sandwich. I used a heart-inside-a-heart cookie cutter to shape it. Since it produced a small sandwich, I made it triple stacked. Also, because I had some extra bread left, I cut another set of sandwiches (half of the heart) and made it look like there were two hearts with one in front of the other. Inside the box, craisins with yogurt covered raisins.
Sides A mandarin with a heart and large globe grapes
Also included but not pictured Yogurt and water

Today, I used:

Football Bento

Football Bento | OneCraftyThing.com

One Crafty Thing… if you’ve ever wondered what the name was about, it’s about doing one thing, just one crafty thing whenever you get the time. I’ve been out of time lately, so the bentos have been few and far between (the lunches are being prepared, just “plain” lunches though — sandwiches that look like… well, sandwiches). But lately I’ve been getting more inspired. It’s Superbowl season and it’s here in my hometown this year, so it’s been EVERYWHERE! So after being bombarded with football everything for weeks, I suddenly had the bright idea to make a football bento (admittedly, it’s like thinking up a Mickey Mouse lunch in Disneyland, so sue me!) Anyhow, I made this for my youngest kiddo (preschool kiddo!) and he loved it.

In today’s lunch:

Main  PB&J football cut with a simple circle cutter and using crust for laces
Sides Almonds painted to look like footballs and mandarins with football post food picks
Also included but not pictured Cheese stick and water

Today, I used:

A Charlie Brown Lunch

A Charlie Brown Bento Lunch

First day of back to school after the winter break makes just *needs* a cheering up back to school lunch. After two weeks of vacation where we were really sick, we spent the last day of winter break watching the Peanuts movie, so I figured a simple Charlie Brown lunch was a good bet for some smiles. I’ll be honest, I’m going on my almost fifth year of making bentos and although it’s lots of fun for both me and the kiddos, the mornings are increasingly chaotic to be making bentos. So simple is the way to go!

In today’s lunch:

Main  PB&J cut with a cutter (then trimmed to look bald) and drawn on with black food coloring
Sides Green grapes and homemade oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
Also included but not pictured Yogurt and water

Today, I used:

Peace on Earth Bento Lunch

Peace on Earth Bento Lunch | OneCraftyThing.com

After a bit of a bento hiatus, I was ready to get back (right before vacation!) and I was trying to decide what cute cartoon character I was going to do… maybe the Good Dinosaur, maybe a Peanuts theme, or something else. After being uninspired by any cartoon character, I thought about what I wanted for my kiddo for Christmas. And what I really ¬†wanted was peace on earth. No more mass shootings. No more violence toward any religious group. No more more hating refugees because they want a safe place to live. I just wanted peace. And so, today my wish is peace for everyone, anyone.

In today’s lunch:

Main  PB&J triple stack with a heart cut out and a dove flying in the middle. The leaf is a sprinkle.
Sides Green and red grapes with the word “PEACE” cut out in bread. Also, strawberries.
Also included but not pictured Yogurt and water

Today, I used:

Pride and Prejudice Snowflakes (and Templates!)

‘Tis the season for busy days! So not as much time to really put time into involved crafts but one day we took a few minutes to sit down and do some paper crafts. I did some intricate snowflakes while the kids colored.

After getting warmed up with a Disney-themed snowflake (no template, unfortunately, it was free-hand and a warm up), I remembered that it is around this time of the year that I re-read my most favorite book of all time: Pride and Prejudice. I absolutely adore Jane Austen and read everything she’s written and especially Elizabeth Bennet and (who doesn’t?) love Darcy as well, so I decided to do some fun experiments and came up with these Pride and Prejudice themed snowflakes. I loved them so much that I thought that it would be a little Christmas gift to all the equally Austen enraptured enthusiasts out there :) So for your enjoyment, some fun snowflakes to be had!

Elizabeth Bennet | OneCraftyThing.com
Elizabeth Bennet is one of my most favorite heroines of literature. And though she is not a great reader, I was inspired by the scene at Netherfield Park where her reading becomes scrutinized by the sisters of the house. (Don’t get the reference, you should really read the book, it’s amazing!) Download the Elizabeth Bennet snowflake here.

Mr Darcy Snowflake | OneCraftyThing.com
Fitzwilliam Darcy, despite being aristocratic and “of breeding” is a complete and utter jerk at the beginning of the novel but works at his jerkiness throughout the novel. I won’t say more but it’s not the typical love story, let’s say. Anyhow, download Fitzwilliam Darcy’s snowflake here.

Hope you like it!

Today I used the best book in literature:

A (Quick, Inexpensive, Adorable) Winter Wreath

$12 and a Half Hour to make a (Quick, Inexpensive, Adorable)  Winter Wreath | OneCraftyThing.com

Every once in a while, I take a little bento hiatus. I take a break so that I can come up with new and fresh ideas. However, I still have to craft… one crafty thing! So this week, I checked out some wreaths on Pinterest and I made a new wreath for my door. Something simple, something that took less than a half hour and less that $12! Can you say instant (and cheap) gratification?

For this wreath, I used:

  • A ready-made grapevine wreath. $4 at Trader Joe’s
  • Basil-colored Spanish¬†moss. $4.50 (40% off at my local craft store, or buy it online).
  • 7 white “snow” flocked trees in a pack. $2.99 (40% off at my local craft store)
  • (Optional) Green acrylic paint in case your moss isn’t as green as you would like. (99 cents)

$12 and a Half Hour to make a (Quick, Inexpensive, Adorable)  Winter Wreath | OneCraftyThing.com

15 minutes: I originally had the idea to hot glue the moss onto the wreath, but instead, I ended up tucking it into the branches. It held pretty well without the glue. I especially tried to tuck it under the largest branches.

$12 and a Half Hour to make a (Quick, Inexpensive, Adorable)  Winter Wreath | OneCraftyThing.com

Lots of mess, but easily swept away. It might not seem that way but this moss held pretty well like this.

$12 and a Half Hour to make a (Quick, Inexpensive, Adorable)  Winter Wreath | OneCraftyThing.com

10 minutes: I took my time hot gluing the trees into the wreath (partially because I was watching TV, but partially because I was trying to lay them out before I glued for sure). They each have a little wood base so I hot glued the base to where I wanted and then flexed the tree “trunks” (made of wire) to make them straight, even though gluing them on a curve meant that the bases didn’t go in straight. I tried to not line them up but instead have some in front, some in back so that I could create a bit of depth.

$12 and a Half Hour to make a (Quick, Inexpensive, Adorable)  Winter Wreath | OneCraftyThing.com

2 minutes: I had a bit of trouble figuring out how to hang this up but then thought of using a split key ring on the back and then hung it up.

And that was it :) It took 3 extra minutes to clean up. It was fun and cute and looks good on my door. I didn’t end up using the paint as I liked the color of the moss, but using a sponge brush to lightly add green might give the moss more depth.

Today I used (Following cost may not reflect the discounts that I found for my materials):