Babysitters and parental units, meet your new secret snack weapon.
Snack time doesn’t have to be boring. You can make it more interesting by taking the snack and turning it in to an animal. Children love animals, and they are sure to laugh when they see your creation. You can then help them make these animal snacks for their friends. This is also an excellent project to perform with a preschool or kindergarten class.
1. Turn a banana into a pretzel-legged caterpillar.
Use peanut butter to stick banana slices together, then add pretzel stick legs. Hello, friend!
2. Cauliflower + olives = sheep.
Just hangin’ on on the ranch. Get it!?
3. Apple + grapes cut in half = octopus.
Or, if you run out of grapes, septopus. In other news: Don’t you sometimes wish your teeth were actually chocolate chips?
5. Hot dogs also make excellent octopi.
6. Eggs make great chicks.
Use carrots for the beak and sprinkles for the eyes.
7. Clementines were basically born to be snails.
8. A banana and a peanut butter sandwich will get the job done, too.
9. All a strawberry needs to be a mouse is a string cheese tail and almond ears.
A little Triscuit bed doesn’t hurt, either. Deets here.
I refuse to open this fridge until it’s covered in polka dots.
1. Paint wooden spoon handles in different shades to make an ombré set.
2. Sew an oven mitt out of fabric scraps.
This project requires a little sewing knowhow, but you’ll never want to take off the mitt when it’s done.
3. Crochet your own cozy potholders.
They don’t take long to make, and are great gifts if you suddenly find yourself producing millions of them. Get the instructions here.
4. Or embroider these pretty quilted ones:
“Sashiko” is the Japanese stitch used to make these cool quilted patterns. Get the instructions here.
5. Build a vintagey breakfast tray out of plywood.
6. Make a one-of-a-kind teapot with porcelain paint.
This blogger used a toothpick dipped in paint to make the dots. Patience required.
7. Washi tape can add a little pizzazz to your cabinet shelves.
Washi isn’t just a tape. Washi is a lifestyle.
8. Use a glass paint marker to draw dishwasher-safe designs on dishes.
9. Add some excitement to your cutting boards’ lives by painting the edges.
Just because they’re pieces of wood doesn’t mean they don’t want to live life to the fullest. Get the instructions here.
10. Use iron-on transfers to DIY a terribly whimsical tea towel.
This butterfly pattern is based on a towel from Anthropologie, but you can cut out printed fabric in any shapes you want.
11. Even easier: Paint stripes onto white linen towels.
12. Make functional fridge magnets out of cute containers.
If you stick a magnet inside a metal container, the whole thing will become magnetic; for other materials, you can glue the magnet on the outside.
13. Give your fridge a polka-dot makeover with contact paper dots.
Is this silly? Yes. Is it also delightful? Uh huh. Get the instructions here.
14. Or heck, put temporary wallpaper on the whole shebang.
Gotta admit, it’s tempting. Instructions here.
16. Mason jars can be repurposed as cute-patootie soap dispensers.
17. Hang spice jars on the wall with wire for easy access.
They could all be white if you’re of the Calvin Klein school of decorating, but you do you. Instructions here.
18. Turn a closet door into an organizer by adding hooks.
Great for when you’re renting and not supposed to be putting lots of holes in the wall. Get the instructions here.
19. Spray-paint the lids of random leftover jars to make a matching set.
They’ll be so happy.
20. Chalkboard paint makes neat jars you can re-label any time.
Listen, chalkboard paint is a ubiquitous scourge upon the craft world for a reason: It’s cool. Get instructions here.
21. Finally, the nuclear option: Paint your entire fridgewith chalkboard paint.
Just keep that artwork clean, people. Instructions here.