Links We Love: Glitter Shakers, Rainbow Footprints and Goody Gumdrops

Looking for fun ways to make this weekend even more festive? Check out these fresh ideas from some of our favorite blogs and websites...

Mark summer’s end in brilliant technicolor. Colorful glitter is always a great finishing touch on kids’ artwork, but to keep it out of carpets and crevices Oh Dee Doh shows this brilliant idea to store it in clear salt and pepper shakers – it keeps the sparkly supplies in view and makes it even easier to shake a bit of bling on a drawing or card.

For an outdoor project with just the right touch of messy fun kids love, Good + Happy Day suggests letting little ones paint their feet with colorful stripes – stomp around on paper, and the result is a cool rainbow footprint (you could also try this with handprints). Do it every summer to mark how much your kids grow from year to year.

What to do with all those leftover popsicle sticks? Present & Correct has a bright idea to make graphic memo-pops using Post-it Notes  --  the perfect transition from summer to back-to-school season. Stencil cool shapes like hexagons and triangles, then arrange them atop a wooden stick – it’s an artful way to display notes and lists.

If candy is more your thing, Bakerella walks you through gorgeous gumdrops in brilliant red, yellow and purple. With just gelatin, sugar, flavored extract and food coloring, your kids can help create this festive treat that’s impressive enough for Willy Wonka.

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