Last week I introduced you to our new printable section with some really cute stock show cards. This week I wanted to share with you these beautiful little stock show birthday packages we have been working on. These are a download, print and cut product, but they are incredibly easy to use. I made it so you can customize the invites with all your party information including personalizing with your child's name. All the packages have an option of steer, goat, hog and sheep.
I worked with my awesome sisters to set up the pink and green birthday package for my daughter. But we also have a champion coloured themed package and a red, white and blue package. Check out the website to see what the full packages include! I will let the pictures do the talking, hope you enjoy, my daughter loved the look of the western purse inspired birthday invite.
With Easter just around the corner I thought it would be super fun to have a pinata with all my kids, nieces and nephews. I went to purchase one and just couldn't bring myself to spend that amount of money on something that was ultimately going to be getting trashed. So I decided to make my own.
I was worried that what I made up in money I would lose in time. I am happy to say that this took only an hour and the kids had so much fun doing it with me. My daughter has decided that she needs to craft constantly so this was the perfect project to do during her spring break. This cost me $10 including the candy all the materials were purchased at our local Dollar Store.
- Packing Tape
-Printed animal outline, make sure it is the size you want to make the pinata.
-Hot glue gun
2. Cut The Shape
Using the shape trace onto your cardboard twice and cut out. You could use a knife also but to be honest after a winter of feeding cows ours are hard to come by.
3. Cut Strips
Now cut 2-3 inch strips of cardboard. This will be what attaches your two sides together. Tape these strips end to end.
4. Make The Structure
Using the strips you cut start to tape it to the edges of your animal. This was the part that was the most intimidating to me. I thought it was going to be horribly hard. It wasn't! It was actually super easy and came together in no time! Remember to crease the edges of the cardboard on a corner, this will help you keep things nice and crisp.
After the first side is taped put your candy in and tape the second side.
This is where I got the kids to help me out. Here is a blog showing you an easy way to cut the tissue paper.
Once the strips are cut fold them in half and start to glue onto your pinata. I made lines with a ruler on mine to ensure that the lines were straight. You can also do any design you would like. Start gluing your strips from the bottom up so that you are layering the tissue paper.
I have to start off by saying thank you, thank you! It has been an amazing 6 months. We have been so fortunate to have so many wonderful customers who continue to show their support and also give so many wonderful suggestions. It is thanks to all these suggestions that we will be adding several new products in the coming months.
Before I announce the new one I would like to share with all of you today. I have to first tell you what is happening with all our current products. We have ramped up production on our steers, increasing the numbers we are producing will allow us to open up wholesale order. This is really exciting to us and all a little new but we think it will help to serve all of you just a little better. We also do have more toys in production, currently the next one to be released will be show pigs, thanks to all your inputs on what you wanted next. We hope to have the first ready to sell by this fall.
We will be having two new product announcements in the next few months also, I am so excited to share them with you all as they have a little something for everybody. So all you pig, sheep, goat and Brahman producers will have something coming your way in the near future. I really hope you all love what’s to come.
But for now I would like to introduce you to a new product line that is really close to my heart. I have three kids and bedtime is always my favorite time to sit and listen to them. I get updates on all the days events, who bugged who, what marks they got on their spelling test - you name it and I hear it! These are some of my favorite moments. So I knew that when I started Stock Show Toys I would work with some of my very talented family members to create a book that I could read to my little stock show kids as I cuddled them before bedtime. This Christmas I set out to fulfill this, the first book in many more to come is based on my youngest daughter and her first show heifer. This book has so many nostalgic moments every show kid can identify with, from the first tie to those special little scratches we are all accustomed to with our favorite show animal. I hope you all enjoy it as much as she does!
If you are interested in purchasing for your little one you can check it out here.
I have to admit my crafting ability is virtually nil. So when my kids came to me with the idea that they would like to use their toy steers as Christmas tree ornaments I was second guessing whether I wanted to head into the deep dark depths of ribbons, paint and glue...oh my. The good news is that my husband assured me it would not be that hard and it honestly wasn't.
I did the bare minimum on this tree, but if you are way craftier than me the possibilities are endless. I can imagine little champion show ribbons that would look adorable on this tree. If any of you out there have already fashioned your own stock show tree, please post some images to our Facebook page, I would love to get more ideas to add for next year. For those of you who are like me, here is a really simple tutorial on how I made these, if you can run a drill you are capable!
Drill Bit- one size smaller than the screw
Flat Black Spray Paint
Take the eyelets that you bought and place them on the cardboard. Next take the flat black spray paint and paint both sides.
While the eyelets are drying drill a hole in the top of the animal, try to get it centered. I drilled the hole a little closer to the head of the animal so that that the animal hung straight.
Screw the dry eyelets into the top of the animal with your hands. Pull a ribbon through the eyelet and tie it into a pretty bow.
Hang them on your beautiful tree and sit back reminding yourself that we all have a little craftiness in us :).
I know, I know. This is so simple that it doesn't even need a step by step approach, but trust me from personal experience when people come over and see all your handy work the compliments will be flying! Hope you and all your families have a wonderful Christmas season.