Cracker Cookie Recipe & More FROZEN Fun

Have you ever had cracker cookies? They are a sweet treat that starts with regular old saltine crackers as a base and they are super addicting.

We love these easy 20 minute cookie crackers. Fun recipe to make with the kids

My little guy has been begging for these all week both saying and signing cookie cracker. It’s been a great way to get him to do whatever he’s supposed to ha! I made this batch with some Frozen inspiration, well because Frozen! Make sure you scroll all the way down since after the Cracker Cookie Recipe I’m sharing a bunch of other fun Frozen ideas.

Frozen Fever Continues - Check out these Delicious Frozen Recipes that everyone will love! | The Love Nerds

My cracker cookie recipe is such a fun and tasty treat that’s really easy to customize for any theme or special occasion.

Super easy sweet treat cracker cookies recipe. Frozen inspired. like confetti crisps but lighter

The cookies taste like a rich dessert but actually are diet friendly (if you can get yourself to stop at 1-2). But really these are so good everyone I feed them too has been hooked.

we love these super easy cookie crackers. great recipe to make with the kids. These Frozen inspired ones are extra cute

Cracker Cookie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 40-52 saltine crackers (depending on your pan size. I used this type of pan and it took 52 crackers)
  • 3/4 C butter
  • 3/5 C brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 C candy melts, chopped
  • 1 C yogurt covered pretzels (about a cup BEFORE you chop them)
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 F
  2. Arrange your crackers on a cookie sheet. I like to line it with foil paper to make clean up easier.
  3. Over medium heat melt butter and sugar together. Allow to boil for about 4 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  5. Pour over crackers and spread evenly with a spatula.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Top with chopped candy melts, pretzels, and sprinkles.

20 minute cookie cracker recipe. The perfect salty sweet dessert or snack that both kids and adults love to make and eat

Super easy right? And one of the best things is that we almost always have everything on hand to make a batch of these up and since the recipe is so flexible we can usually make due with whatever we do have in the pantry to create new delicious versions.

A new favorite once you try these 20 minute cookie crackers you won't be able to stop making this dessert recipe so so good

And now for the rest of those yummy Frozen recipes!

Frozen Fever Continues - Check out these Delicious Frozen Recipes that everyone will love! | The Love Nerds

FROZEN Fever continues with 6 delicious recipes inspired by Disney’s Frozen! They are perfect for any party or movie watching! You’ve already seen my yummy cookie crisp make sure you check out the other 5 here!

Frozen Fever Continues - Check out these Delicious Frozen Recipes that everyone will love! | The Love Nerds

FROZEN Hot Chocolate

Frozen Fever Continues - Check out these Delicious Frozen Recipes that everyone will love! | The Love Nerds

FROZEN Blue Velvet Pudding

Frozen Fever Continues - Check out these Delicious Frozen Recipes that everyone will love! | The Love Nerds

FROZEN Fudge

Frozen Fever Continues - Check out these Delicious Frozen Recipes that everyone will love! | The Love Nerds

FROZEN Cupcakes

Frozen Fever Continues - Check out these Delicious Frozen Recipes that everyone will love! | The Love Nerds

FROZEN Cake Pops

Want more FROZEN?

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Check out these fun DIY Anna and Kristoff inspired costumes I made. And see how cute and little Teddy was a a baby Kristoff!

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Dumbledore’s Pensieve Recipe

This is so awesome a yummy recipe for Dumbledore's Pensieve. Great for Harry Potter partiesWhether you’re throwing a Harry Potter party or just feel like something delicious and secretly geeky my Dumbledore’s Pensieve recipe will be a hit. I dreamed it up 5 years ago before one of our Harry Potter themed parties and forced my sister to help me bring it to life. I absolutely adore how it turned out and have made it a few times since.

I’ve made it two different ways. The original way (the swirl) requires two people. Don’t mind my misspelled food label, sheesh armatures! And the new way has a slightly different look but can be accomplished without a sous chef ;)

awesome swirl dumbledore pensieve recipe from harry potter great party idea

Dumbledore’s Pensive Recipe Swirl Method

Ingredients

  • 1 pack blue jello divided (we used an 8 serving size pack)
  • whipped topping like cool whip
  1. Make up 2/3 of the pack of jello according to the directions (of course use only 2/3 of the water ) and let that set.
  2.  Mix the remaining 1/3 pack jello mix with hot water add some ice cubes and cool whip. Put into a pastry bag with a tip. (we used the 8 serving pack so 1/3 of that with 1/3 C hot water a few ice cubes and 1 C cool whip)
  3. You’ll need two people for this step. Cut a swirl into the jello have one person  open the cut with two spoons and have the other person pipe the creamy mixture into the set jello. And then chill

quick cheater version of dumbledore's pensieve from Harry potter. easy recipe

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Dumbledore’s Pensive Recipe Lazy Girl Method

  • Blue Jello (for a party I usually use 2 large packs but you can use as much or as little as you want)
  • Canned Cream like Ready Whip
  1. Prepare the jello according to the directions on the box.
  2. Allow to chill fully.
  3. Cut a swirl into the top of your jello.
  4. Use the canned cream and make a swirl on top of your cut. Note: you wont be able to fill your cut unless you have a helper but that won’t work any ways since the cream will melt some and won’t hold it’s shape once on the serving table so if you want the swirl you’ll have to use the instructions above.
  5. The cream will melt down some and get swirly and awesome in a different way. You can help it along or chunk up the swirls some by pushing it around with a spoon.

great Harry potter party food ideas including dumbledore's pensieveWhichever method you decide to go with, both are delicious and both will get your Harry Potter heart a fluttering and impress your Harry Potter loving friends!

A whole series full of Harry Potter themed recipes, diys crafts

Have you checked out the amazing giveaway and all the other great projects that have been shared as a part of the Happy Harry Potter series? There are TONS of amazing DIY, delicious, and bookish Potter posts here.

Dumbledore's Pensieve what a fun idea and this recipe is so easy and yummy. We've made it a few times. Harry Potter lovers unite.

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Movie Night Popcorn Pudding Cups

snack pack disclosure5 Minute popcorn dessert cups perfect for movie nights or parties

The best part of about movie night are the snacks am I right? Of course popcorn is an absolute must when having a movie night but sometimes you want something a little sweet to throw in there too. So today I’m sharing how to make some quick, easy, and tasty Movie Night Popcorn Pudding Cups. #SnackPackMixins #CollectiveBias

Quick and easy popcorn inspired pudding cup treats for movie night

These are so cute that it makes me tempted to have a whole movie themed party. It could have fake tickets a little concessions stand oh yes that would be SO cute!

Easy pudding popcorn inspired movie night treat

What You Need

  • Pudding Snack Packs (I used chocolate)
  • Crunch n’ Munch Popcorn
  • Red and White Striped Fabric (or scrapbook paper)
  • Tape
  • Black Ribbon

How to make Movie Night treat cups in less than 5 minutes.

What to Do

  • Cut the fabric/paper to 2X8 inches and the ribbon to 11 inches long.
  • While the pudding cup is still sealed wrap the fabric/paper around the pudding cup. Take the back in place.
  • Tie a the ribbon into a bow around the pudding cup.
  • Remove the easy to open lid off of the yummy pudding and top with a pile of Crunch n’ Munch Popcorn (I used the Toffee flavor).

fast and adorable popcorn pudding treat cups. The perfect dessert for movie night.

So quick and easy. I love how the little snack pack cups look like little popcorn containers! Now all you have to do is pop up some Orville popcorn and find a great movie to watch.

snack pack pudding in store picture

I found all the supplies, pudding, popcorn, and even the fabric and ribbon at Walmart. All I had to do was grab a redbox movie on the way out and I was good to go for a quick, cute, and delicious movie night!

Love this idea. Cute and easy popcorn dessert idea great for movie night.

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Recipes: The Best Cherry Coke, Cheese Stuffed Bread Sticks, and Pizza Bites

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Whether your munching in front of The Big Game, Game Night, or Date Night I have some quick and tasty treats so #PreparetoParty. Today I’m sharing how to make cheater cheese stuffed bread sticks perfect for dipping, fun shape pizza bites, my newest obsession, cherry ice cubes perfect for flavoring coke, and more.
Quick and easy football food ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

I love these ideas because they are perfect for dressing down or up. All together they make a great party spread but in different combos with various sides and veggies they can also be easy dinners. #CollectiveBias

The Best Homemade Cherry Coke

The secret to restaurant style cherry coke at home - Rae Gun Ramblings

  • Cherry Syrup
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Coke
  • Ice Cube Tray
  1. Place a cherry in each ice cube slot.
  2. Add one pump of cherry syrup to each cube spot.
  3. Top with water.
  4. Freeze until solid.

When you are ready to serve pop a couple into a glass of Coke and enjoy. I only had a heart ice cube tray which I thought made it extra cute. How fun would these be for Valentine’s Day!

The secret to getting the perfect soda shop tasting cherry coke at home - Rae Gun Ramblings

You guys already know I’m a diet coke addict. I usually buy cherry coke zero but for fun (and let’s be honest for cuteness) I decided to make these fun cherry flavoring ice cubes and I have to say they are AH-mazing. Like I’m in love. If you like real cherry cokes like from restaurants with real flavorings this is as good. I’ve tried just the syryp and it doesn’t do the trick something about the cherries make the flavoring just right! They are so so easy to make too!

Easy Cheesy Bread Sticks and Fun Shaped Pizza Bites

Why didn't I think of t his before. Cheese filled bread sticks. Rae Gun Ramblings One of my nieces doesn’t like pizza but she’s happy to each cheese bread. So to make everyone happy I bought a DiGiorno Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Pizza then I just chopped off the crust called it cheese sticks and served it with some dipping sauce. While I was cutting up the pizza I figured it would be fun to make the pizza into fun shaped bites. Turn a regular frozen pizza into darling pizza bites with cookie cutters - Rae Gun Ramblings

  • Stuffed Crust Pizza (I like DiGiorno)
  • Cookie Cutters

To make the bread sticks just cut off the crust straighten the cut edge and and cut into stick sized pieces. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce (we like ranch). With the rest of the pizza use cookie cutters to make cute shapes. For game night you can easy make football bites. I found a “Easter egg” shaped cookie cutter works perfectly to get a good football shape.

Easy Valentine's Day idea. Cut a frozen pizza into heart shaped bites - Rae Gun Ramblings

And how fun would a whole heart themed meal be with little pizza bites as one of the components? In addition to these fun ideas I like to have Ritz crackers out with my favorite sliced cheeses and sausage or if I have some more time I’ll whip up a batch of my 20 minute crab cakes. These ideas were so quick and easy plus I was able to find the pizza, Ritz crackers, and coca-cola on sale at Walmart so that’s even more of a bonus!

Ritz Crackers and Coke

Appetizers and finger foods are my absolute favorite. I hope you like these quick easy ideas. My sister and I are already busy planning the menu for our big game feast. What are some of your favorite party foods?

 

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Mermaid Totoro Party and Dress

How to make a Totoro mermaid dress - Rae Gun Ramblings

Every year my niece L has a birthday and the party is darling I make her an outfit for her party and usually a present too but I immediately dash into costume making mode so sadly her parties and dresses tend not to get blogged. Luckily her dress this year fit perfectly into the pattern mash up theme so I shared her awesome rainbow princess dress tutorial but this fun Mermaid Totoro party and dress has sat on computer for well over a year.

totoro mermaid applique - Rae Gun Ramblings

Thankfully the cute girls of Sew Geeky are doing a Geek Spectacular basically a free for all. So even though last month I share how to make a Totoro costume I figured a mermain and Totoro mash up was definitely geeky enough for the spectacular.

Super easy Tororo mermaid dress - Rae Gun Ramblings

I made the dress very much like how I made T’s rainbow dress. Yes I’ve made a few rainbow dresses. I shirred the fabric (sewed it with elastic thread) then made it a tube, added some straps and lace and then made a little iron on mermaid Totoro out of some fabric scraps and heat n bond. Pretty easy.

Tororo birthday party decorations - Rae Gun Ramblings

And since my mom did the cutest stuff for the party I have to show off all the darlingness. She hung these cute paper Totoros with grass skirts all over.

Totoro birthday party food ideas - Rae Gun Ramblings

As always the food was delicious and to go with the theme it all kind of had a Hawaiian feel. So some yummy noodle salad in the shape of Totoro.

Noodles in the shape of Totoro! Rae Gun Ramblings

There was a Totoro cake. Do you see the dust moots? So cute right?

Totoro Birthday Cake - Rae Gun Ramblings

Any way there it is Totoro plus mermaid equals a 5 year olds amazing mind creation and wonderful geekiness.

totoro mermaid party dress - Rae Gun Ramblings

And yes this was the birthday that I made her awesome Totoro cape. I’m hoping that all made sense and if you got to and are reading the end of this post congrats! I’m officially Halloween order and non-sleeping baby burnt out so I’m going to bed :) Check back next week because I have some SUPER exciting stuff to share :)

Totoro mermaid dress and birthday party - Rae Gun Ramblings

And don’t forget to check out all the other geeky awesomeness over at Sew Geeky blog!

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Gender Reveal Party and My First Outfit for My BABY BOY

 Baby boy outfit and how to make shoulder loops - Rae GUn Ramblings

So yup the creature wiggling and and wacking me from the inside is a BOY! Holy moley I know nothing about boys this is definitely going to be an adventure! We did a little gender reveal party with our family and friends that have been with us through all the infertility stuff and for part of it I wanted to make the little guy a couple outfits. More about the party below.

Cute boy mustache outfit from https://www.etsy.com/shop/RaeGun

I have a few boy outfits in my shop like this little mustache outfit. But for the most part I’m lost when it comes to boy clothes so if you have any favorite patterns, blogs, or suggestions please send them my way. I would love to make this little guy some cute stuff and so much that I see in the stores for boys is just boring.

How To Make The Jumper

Cute outfit for a boy and shoulder detail tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

For the reveal I made this little jumper based on a style that I used to sell in my shop. There are plenty of simple baby patterns that you could use to get the same shape but I really love the shoulder detail which is SO easy to do. Basically you make a little strap. I cut my fabric 2 inches by about an inch longer than my shoulder space and then folded the piece in half like you’re making a little strap. Sew one short side and one long side. Right side out it and press. And repeat for the other side. Then when it’s time to attached the sleeve just sew in the “strap” positioning it so it just is a little longer than the finished edge of the collar if you want it to poof like mine or if you want it to be flat you can make it the same distance or a bit shorter. Sew on a button and you’ve got a cute little should detail.

The Gender Reveal Party

gender reveal party - Rae Gun Ramblings

Now I know that not everyone will “get this” which is fine. I’ve heard some down right nasty things said about gender reveal parties in general. In fact I’ve already gotten kind of mean/insensitive comments. But I just figure they are either jerks or don’t know my story. We worked and tried and tried and were so close to giving up on a baby. It’s been a long road and so many people have helped us a long the way. But the unfortunate thing about having  bad news for SO long was that when I finally had good news I was paranoid. I didn’t believe it would last so instead of telling friends and family and being excited, most of them were informed and then banned from talking to me about it. I just wasn’t ready to be excited. I didn’t do anything cute or creative to tell anyone I was pregnant. So I wanted to do something to say thanks for dealing with my nonsense and yay let’s be excited. I mentioned that I was thinking of doing a gender reveal party and so many people got excited. Then I was feeling like that was a silly self-centered thing to do so I mentioned that I might not do it and those friends adamantly insisted that I still do one.

Yesterday as we were getting ready for this party that both my husband and I felt totally silly about I had no idea what to expect. I sent the invitations with all kinds of disclaimers “this is a silly thing”, “don’t feel like you have to come”, “no presents”, and so on. But then we opened the door in the morning to find my MIL had totally bombed our house with baby excitement. So I thought even if this party is just for our parents that was fine they definitely deserved it.

Gender reveal party - Rae Gun Ramblings

I wrapped up the little jumper, a mustache onesie set, a few copies of our ultrasound pictures, some personalized candy that my mom sent me a gift certificate for, and a couple helium filled balloons with “boy” written all over them. But then we had friends and family show up and show up and show up. It was overwhelming. It was touching. We definitely felt loved that so many people cared about our silly little news. We had people write their guesses and when it was time I had the nieces open up the present with all the goodies in it and we just enjoyed a great time with good friends, family, and food. We are so blessed to have many people excited for this little guy and who love us so much.

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Mermaid Cookie Pop Tutorial

How to make cute Mermaid cookie pops - Rae Gun Ramblings

As part of the Sink or Swin giveaway all of us girls are blogging about our favorite Sink or Swim related party ideas, recipes, and crafts. I thought that was the perfect time to share how I make those mermaid cookie pops for T’s Mermaid birthday party a few months ago.

I’m no cookie pro like my cute friends Elizabeth and Jen but I thought these turned out pretty cute and they weren’t too tricky. I used my favorite sugar cookie recipe. I’ve posted about it before but here it is below and royal icing for the decorating and as the “glue” to hold on the lollipop sticks.

Mermaid cookie pops tutorial perfect for any little mermaid or under the sea party too cute - Rae Gun Ramblings

The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe Ever

  •  1 1/2 cups powdered shugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar

Mix flour, baking soda and cream of tartar in a small mixing bow. Cream sugar, butter, egg, vanilla, almond extract together. Add dry ingredients and mix well. Divide dough into two balls; refigerate at least 2-3 hours. Roll out dough and cut in desired shapes. Bake at 375 F for 7-8 minutes.

Royal Icing Recipe

  • 1 lbs powdered sugar
  • 5 TBS meringue powder or 2 egg whites
  • water

Mix on low speed with 1/2 C water. For thicker mix well to thin it out add more water. I like mine so that it will hold a shape but spread and not show firm lines. You can practice with the consistency on some wax paper. After you “get it” the first time you’ll be able to recognize it next time you want to use the Icing

Mermaid Cookie Pop Tutorial

Step by step instructions on how to make darling Mermaid Cookie Pops #recipe #tutorial #mermaid - Rae Gun Ramblings

  1. To make the mermaid pops start by adding the lollipop sticks to the cookies. To do this take some royal icing and pipe it onto the back of the cookie and press the stick in. I like to use a knife under the free end of the stick so it lays flat against the cookie. Allow to dry completely.
  2.  I like to break the design up by section and do all of one color at a time. I like to start with white when using it. I have used both liquid food coloring and gel food coloring without issue. Start by separating a small bit of icing and adding a small amount of coloring and tweak until you get your desired color.
  3. I put it in a pastry bag with a small decorating tip and start by outlining the area for that color and then I fill in the outline.
  4. If you want to add sprinkles like I did wait for the other colors to dry and then add the sprinkles while the icing is still wet.
  5. I used edible glitter stars as hair accents to do that just place them carefully on the icing while it’s still wet. Allow to dry completely before moving or storing.

Super cute mermaid cookie pop recipe and tutorial perfect party idea - Rae Gun Ramblings

All the guests really liked our mermaid, sea gull, and sand castle cookie pops. They were a fun dessert and I’ll definitely see more cookie pops in my future. And just since you’re curious I totally did these at like midnight the night before the party cause that’s how I roll ;) Yeah I’m crazy.

If you haven’t already entered the Sink or Swim giveaway you can read all about it here. And if you missed the Mermaid birthday party and the Mermaid Pants tutorial the first time around be sure to check them out!

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Mermaid Party and Oyster Cookie Tutorial

We celebrated my eldest niece T’s 6th birthday this past weekend with a mermaid party. My mom, sister and I divided and conquered. We had so many fun decorations, delicious (and adorable) food, games and of course a mermaid outfit (more pics and tutorial to come). On the menu were shells and cheese, pigs in a blanket which for the day we called pigs in shells, fruit galore, veggies and hummus, sushi, vegan cupcakes, and an awesome mermaid cake which my mom made (yes that is fruit roll up wrapped around the barbie).

I spent WAY TOO LONG making cookie pops that doubled as decor. The weird ones were supposed be sand castles (they tasted yummy). And I also did some fun mermaids and seagulls which I thought turned out pretty cute.

One of my mom’s contributions were these super awesome and easy oyster cookies. We got the idea from Rook 17 who, by the way has so many amazing creations.

All you do is buy pre-made madeleines (we found ours at Costco) cut off a little of the cookie’s center (where the “pearl” will go) and then “glue” the pearl (we used candy coated chocolate balls) with royal icing to one shell and then with more royal icing glue on a top shell. After they dry completely run another bit of royal icing along the front edge of each shell and top with sprinkles. Easy and so cute.

My sister and I went crazy decorating. She did a fun streamer wall and I did “seaweed” from each of the lights. The nieces and I cut seahorses and starfish out on my Cricut and then we hung them all over. The girls were in charge of putting shells everywhere. So inexpensive and easy but it really made the house look festive.

My husband drew a mermaid for pin the tail on the mermaid and we had the kids each color in their tails and before dizzying them up. We also had a little felt squid making craft in which I totally lugged my sewing machine downstairs and sewed them while they waited (seriously so much easier and cleaner than trying to glue them!). We did presents (at one point T opened socks and yelled an exclamation of joy, haha what a goofy kid). And of course a lot of good old fashion hanging out.

It was a lot of work but I loved it. I think it was my favorite kiddo party we’ve had so far. And as a bonus the kids are all old enough that they don’t need full attention so we just let them go crazy in the play room. And they did go crazy it was like a screaming crazy wild zone in there. But it was so so much fun!

I’m pretty proud of T’s little mermaid outfit. I can’t wait to share more pics and a tutorial for that soon.

Mini Cake Bunting Tutorial and Transportation

I have a thing for buntings and pennants and banners. I think they are fantastic. And tiny ones are even better. I made this easy mini paper bunting for a friend’s birthday cake and thought I’d share the easy technique and my tip for transporting it without getting it all tangled and knotted.

First to make the bunting figure out if you want a patter for your letters/colors and print out your letters. Next I like to draw a top line. This will be the top edge of each flag. I’ve said many times before I am not a perfectionist so from here I just cut points. I liked that each flag was a little different but if that will bug you by all means measure away.

After you arrange the flags in order (and triple check it) pull a long take on your sewing machine.  You can always cut it shorter. Then just start sewing. You don’t need to change your presser foot, needle or anything but if you sew a lot on paper it may dull your needle so you might want to change it when you go back to sewing fabric (I did not). Just sew and add the next flag being mindful of spacing. At the end leave a long tail.

If you are not going to use the bunting right away I find it super helpful to wrap it around a piece of cardboard and attach a few pieces of tape. So much better than dealing with a tangled mess and trying not to rip paper when you’re dealing with other last minute party details. To put it on the cake just stab the cake with some skewers and tape or tie the string on. Super fast and easy but adds a really cute detail.

Beatles Yellow Submarine Photo Prop Tutorial

If you’ve been around here for a while you know my sister and I like to go all out for the nieces’ birthday parties (ahem ahem). This year proves to be no exception. After some convincing and bribery we talked L into having what we’ve been calling an “Octopus’s Garden” Birthday Party. But really it’s more of a Beatles Bash/underwater fun extravaganza.

We knew we wanted a yellow submarine for the kiddos to take silly pictures with and then of course I had to make my obligatory birthday picture outfit. I went with this magnificently mod number. Fun fact – L was totally against having the ruffles in the front and after much reasoning and pleading I finally offered  her one solitary m&m if she’d agree she’d wear it for the picture. She said “Fine!” like it was some crazy arm twisting and after I had it sewn up she was in love and didn’t want to take it off. Which of course I knew she’d like it silly girl why won’t she just trust me to begin with!

To make your own yellow submarine photo prop pull up the original to have for a frame of reference. We used this one.

Then we used a cardboard we had saved from our last Ikea purchase and freehanded the basic shapes.

We decided we would make it more simple and just use a few colors: yellow, white, blue, red and pink which was a mix of red and white. And then I decided to outline it in black which I think added a lot. I highly recommend marking the color areas. I may have painted the white part yellow first oops.

After letting it dry we cut it out with the junkiest scissors I have since cardboard is great for wreaking scissors. We held it up for pictures but we’re planning on taping a few yard sticks to the back for the actual party to set up a photo station.

We’ll probably use this shot that my sister got on her phone (and of course I had TWO cameras out including my DSLR but of course this is the ONLY one where everyone is looking the right direction). And yes that’s the Egg Mad, Walrus and the octopus who owns the garden ;)