DIY Push Up “Glue” Pops

DIY Push Up “Glue” Pops


My son just started kindergarten which means he had to say “goodbye” to his Pre-K classes and incredible teachers.

I found this how-to on School “Glue” stick push up pops. It was cute but I wanted to make some changes. That’s my answer to everything, by the way. I never take anything at face value. My project is what you see in the pictures.



  • Push up pops (Michaels)
  • Candy (white)
  • Ribbon (orange in two different sizes)
  • Cardstock
  • Glue dots
  • A Lifetime movie playing in the background
  • Your favorite drink
  • Time to yourself


This is the easiest freaking project on the face of this planet. Here’s how:

  1. Click HERE for the “glue” tag printables. Print on cardstock and cut out.
  2. Stuff the Push up Pops with white candy (just like glue – get it?)
  3. Wrap the thick ribbon around the top and adhere with glue dots. Do the same at the bottom with the thinner ribbon
  4. Stick the rectangle label on the front.
  5. Call it good.
  6. Appear amazing and pretend like this was really hard. When people compliment you, don’t blow it off like it was nothing. Be enthusiastic as if this took the better part of a week.

tawsha connell

DIY Monsters University Party

DIY Monsters University Party


My son is obsessing over Monsters University. He hasn’t seen Monsters Inc. OR Monsters University. So…um.

We don’t have a ton of time before August 3rd when my one and only turns 5. FIVE? Oy. Don’t get me started on the emotional rollercoaster of starting kindergarten. Focusing on one thing at a time.

The party.

You can spend a fortune or you can get your crafty on and get to DIY-ing this sucka.

I broke this party up into parts and have listed simple, very do-able projects, ideas and printables for your little Monster to enjoy when they turn a year older. Let’s call it an inspiration blog.

“We scare because we care.”


Balloons are inexpensive. Plain and simple. Find ways to decorate so it looks intentional and not like you’re cutting corners.

Add Mike’s eyes to green balloons

Source: Dukes and Duchesses

Source: Dukes and Duchesses

Create a photo booth backdrop.

Source: Momtog

Source: Momtog

Even make a balloon garland (the how-to is on our Pinterest page)

Source: Hostess with the Mostess

Source: Hostess with the Mostess


Pin the eye on Mike

Source: Catch My Party

Source: Catch My Party

DIY Pinata. Once you know what shape you want, just start cutting that cardboard.

Source: The Sweetest Occasion Click for tutorial

Source: The Sweetest Occasion
Click for tutorial

I hate/love when I see such simple projects. Hate that I didn’t think of it or realize it was so easy.

Love that someone figured it out and is willing to share.


I saw these Jello molds and thought about making crayons.

I don’t know if they are durable enough but it at least led me in that direction.

monsters U jello molds

If you’re the crafty type but haven’t ever made crayons, HERE’S HOW.

If you’re not, Krazee Krayons sells Monsters University crayons (below)

Source: Krazee Krayons on Etsy

Source: Krazee Krayons on Etsy

All kids love PEZ. These come in bulk. Geez, I miss PEZ.

Source: Candy Warehouse

Source: Candy Warehouse



The kids can decorate their own cake! Instructions on our Pinterest page.

Source: Polkapics

Source: Polkapics

Being smart about things (and planning ahead)

Source: Recipe Tips

Source: Recipe Tips

How about the easiest thing possible? JELL-O! Super cute pops you can make ahead. I mean, I can make ahead. Gah. I really need (want) an assistant…and an in-house cook, massage therapist…

Source: JELL-O Click for recipe

Source: JELL-O
Click for recipe


Going the easy route, I should do the Sully pops (above) and the Mike W. Oreo pops (below). Yesss…Now we’re getting somewhere.

Source: Petite Party Studio Click for instructions

Source: Petite Party Studio
Click for instructions



Because this movie is school/university related, I’d like to make “packed lunches” for the food.

It can be in a cute little bag like below. Simple and inexpensive.

Source: Magical Boutique on Etsy

Source: Magical Boutique on Etsy

In the bags, I’d like to include something like cookie cutter sandwiches, little pigs in a blanket, macaroni and cheese cups, chip boxes, grapes (for the eyeballs) and juice boxes. Inspiration from the below images. Not all, just some of them.

I’ll wrap lil’ smokies in crescent rolls…

Tiny pigs in a blanket

Fill some cupcake cups or small container with macaroni and cheese…

Source: Catch My Party

Source: Catch My Party

Add in chips…maybe…

Source: All the Frills

Source: All the Frills


Holy crapola! How cute are these cups? You could do mason jars…er…wait, not glass. How about clear plastic cups, toss an eyeball on it, throw in a straw and bam. A cute cup.

Source: Catch My Party

Source: Catch My Party

And these can go in the lunchboxes. Or not. Who knows? Just weighing options.

juice boxes


This can be for the kids…or you!

Source: A Little Tipsy Click for tutorial

Source: A Little Tipsy
Click for tutorial

And for the kids…for real this time.

These could even go in the take-home bags. Go to Walmart and get inexpensive shirts. It wouldn’t cost much at all.

Source: A Little Tipsy

Source: A Little Tipsy


A cootie catcher for the favor bag!

Source: The Country Chic Cottage Click for printable and tutorial

Source: The Country Chic Cottage
Click for printable and tutorial


Instead of buying expensive decor, printables can be used as your party “flair” and add some fun character. Also included is a Monsters School ID card. Um…cute!

Source: Mom Endeavors Click to download

Source: Mom Endeavors
Click to download

Alright, it’s a “go”. I’m totally doing this party. All the pieces are here and are free or inexpensive. I’ll get some color-coordinated wrapping paper and use as table runners.

Let’s throw a Monsters University party, shall we?!?!

tawsha connell


Make Your Own Suckers

Make Your Own Suckers

The Botched Bakery is open sporadically. Sorry, we are unable to post our hours because we have no idea when we’re going to open our doors to another botched baking project. You just never know what’s going to happen. What shall we attempt this week? DIY Suckers!

The ingredients are simple, the instructions are simple and the taste should be great because I’m adding Jell-O. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Shopping List:

  • Parchment Paper
  • Candy Thermometer
  • Cooking Spray
  • Lollipop Sticks
  • 1/4c. Butter
  • 1c. Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3c. Corn Syrup
  • Jell-O (any flavor)
  • Lollipop Molds (of any kind)

Simple Instructions:

  • Lay two flat cookie sheets on your kitchen counter. Place a sheet of parchment paper on each pan and spray it with non-stick cooking spray. Lay the lollipop sticks in two rows on the cookie sheets, 1 ½ inches apart.
  • Melt the butter and granulated sugar in a heavy saucepan on medium heat. Add the corn syrup and stir until the sugar mixture comes to a boil.
  • Stick the candy thermometer in the pan, but don’t let it touch the bottom. The mixture is finished cooking when the candy thermometer reaches 275 degrees F.
  • Remove the pan from the stove. Pour a large box of Jell-O into the pan of cooked butter and sugar. Stir until the Jell-O is completely mixed in.
  • Pour the hot Jell-O mix over the lollipop sticks until each of the lollipops are as big or small as you want. You can also use small, disposable cups as molds for your lollipops. Fill ¼ inch of each cup with liquid candy, place a sucker stick in the middle and wait for the candy to harden.
  • Let the Jell-O pops harden and cool completely before you eat or store them.

I try to follow the instructions exactly because I just don’t do well when I go out on my own. I’m super-excited about these because I can make them and look like Martha Stewart when people come over.

I’ve got everything ready and in order.


Bring it all to a boil.

Suckers boiling 1

Everything smells like butter. I’m sure this is fine. I put in the candy thermometer and it hasn’t reached the correct temp. Keep boiling.

sucker browning 1

Oh dear. We’re losing control. The thermometer isn’t reaching the right temperature and my butter is now browning! I’ve run into this problem with Rice Krispy treats once. Yes, you read that right “Problem with Rice Krispy treats.” I swear I’ve got a piece of my brain missing. It’s the one that connects logic with cooking.

I’m taking this off the stove and adding my Jell-O because I don’t want it to turn to coal.


Ahhhh yeahhhh! Note to self (and you): Jello makes everything look better.

Tips: use a saucepan and let the Jell-O warm until it’s completely smooth. I thought I was close to burning the house down but perhaps if I would have been using another pan, it would have been different. Who am I kidding? I have no clue what I’m doing. It looks good so far, right?

On to the next, I have all my lollipop molds prepped and ready for the candy.


I’m going to have the cutest little fruit suckers! I added the sticks before pouring. This has been something I’ll do again. It’s quite simple.

Now pour into the molds. The candy mixture is really thick. You can always go back and flatten or scrape the top.


Okay, what in the eff just happened? Don’t give me a butter knife because mutilation immediately follows. Hopefully the backs can be fixed but the fronts look good.

Now that I’ve poured into one tray, I have a bit more I can pour into the second tray.


PLOP! This came out of the pan in one piece that weighs about 20 pounds. See the sticks on the left? They about made a run for it. Timberrrrrrrrrr! What is going on?

Waiting for the fruits to cool…



Pulling them out of the mold.

And there you have it:


What a gorgeous collection of fruit. We’ve got a pear, a banana, an apple, a strawberry and a pineapple. Perfection!

Anyone want a taste?


Bless my heart.

tawsha connell

LEGO Themed Birthday Party

LEGO Themed Birthday Party

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I can NOT wait to share this LEGO themed party with you. It’s completely DIY, inexpensive to put together and so freaking awesome!

My friend Sarah, mom to two adorable little boys (Reagan and Campbell), put this party together for Reagan’s 5th birthday. I was completely Facebook stalking her because she kept posting progress pictures. I asked if she would be willing to share what she crafted up for this day and provide any tips, instructions and templates so others could follow her lead.

Duh, I have amazing friends and she said yes.

There are quite a few quick-projects that can be worked on while watching TV, during bathtime or whenever you find that you aren’t doing a ton of other things. This may appear overwhelming but just know that you literally have an ENTIRE party planned in this one post.

Sarah has broken down each part of the party into sections and included instructions, a list of materials and printables (if applicable). I’m telling you, this will be the easiest party you’ll plan.

Friends, meet Sarah. Sarah…friends.

Without further ado, I give you…Reagan’s 5th Birthday party.

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First off, I use my Cricut machine for almost everything crafty that I do.  Also one of the best tools I’ve found is this…it’s a large circular hole punch.  The handy thing about it is that you can see exactly what you are punching out.  I also have a ridiculous amount of card stock and other papers that I use.


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INSTRUCTIONS: So much fun, but a bit messy and ridiculous!  I found the Lego brick and men forms on Amazon.  I bought all new crayons because I wanted the crayons to all be the perfect color.  As I went along, not so important!  So this is the hard part.  First you have to strip all the paper off the crayons.  Seems easy?  Not so much.  I ended up enlisting my husband to help me. We used an Xacto knife to slice the paper open and then peeled the paper off.  Sometimes it came right off.  Other times, not so much.  My fingers were definitely in need of repair after this project.  These are the directions I used, and it worked!

  1.  Preheat your oven to 225 degrees F.
  2. Peel the labels off of 16 crayons and cut the crayons into smaller chunks approximately an eighth-inch in size. Cutting the chunks into a uniform shape will help the crayons melt evenly.
  3. Fill all of the individual ice cube molds with the crayon chunks until they are even with the top of the mold.
  4. Place the ice cube tray onto a cookie sheet and place it in the oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until the crayon pieces are completely melted. Since the ice cube tray is made out of silicone, it can easily withstand the oven temperature.
  5. Remove the ice cube tray from the oven and set aside to cool for approximately an hour.
  6. Carefully remove each crayon from the mold by pushing them out from the front with your fingers. If the crayons aren’t able to be removed easily, it is likely because they haven’t completely cooled. In that case, set them aside and try again later.

***Note***Line baking sheet with foil unless you want waxy crayon residue all over your baking sheet.


  • Crayola Crayons
  • Patience
  • Mold

*supplies can be purchased HERE.


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Download the coloring book here. Print and staple it together.

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  • Cardstock for the cover
  • Copying paper

*supplies can be purchased HERE.


diy lego party gift bags

INSTRUCTIONS: I got a pack of assorted gift bags and simply cut out circles using my gigantic hole punch and glued them to the front of the goodie bags to look like Lego pieces.


  • Gift Bags
  • Assorted cardstock
  • Large Hole Punch
  • Glue

*supplies can be purchased HERE.


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INSTRUCTIONS: I traced the Lego silhouette (download available below) onto different colored paper, cut out letters from my Cricut Machine and strung together a banner that read “Happy Birthday” with alternating Lego pieces and Lego silhouettes.  For the Lego pieces I used a rectangle and cut out circles using my handy dandy hole punch.

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  • Cricut – or a steady hand for cutting out letters
  • Multicolor cardstock or scrapbook paper
  • Large hole punch
  • Small hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Lego Silhouette pattern

*supplies can be purchased HERE.


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I created a document with digital scrapbook paper, printed it, cut it out and made fun cupcake toppers (download printable below).  I glued two circles back to back with a lollipop stick in the middle.


  • Multicolor cardstock or scrapbook paper
  • Large hole punch
  • Glue
  • Lego Cupcake Topper Printable
  • Lollipop Sticks

*supplies (including cupcake stands) can be purchased HERE.

Editor note: Just Google “scrapbook paper” and look through the images. Once you find what you need, copy and paste it to a document and hit print. You’ll now have a scrapbook paper-looking printed document that you can cut into circles by using your big punch.

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diy lego party cups

I used a sheet of label paper to print off the Lego heads and used my hole punch to cut them out.  Viola…cute cups.  Oh and I always get my cups and things at the Dollar Store.


  • Dollar store cups in color of your choice
  • Full sheet labels
  • Lego Cup Printable

*supplies can be purchased HERE.


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Sugar cookies – I’m mildly obsessed with making sugar cookies to fit a theme for pretty much any birthday party.  I used a rectangular cookie cutter to make LEGO pieces and then used a circular cookie cutter to make the Lego faces.  I used royal icing to draw on the Lego faces.


  • Circular Cookie Cutter
  • Rectangular Cookie Cutter
  • Royal Icing
  • Food Coloring
  • My awesome cookie recipe
  • Goodie bags
  • Ribbon

*supplies can be purchased HERE.

Want to make the cookies?

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Throw back of “Pin the Tail on the Donkey

I traced the Lego Silhouette onto butcher paper.  I cheated and used a projector at school…not sure how I would have done this at home?  Cut it out and glued it to poster board.  I cut out a bunch of “5’s” with my Cricut to pin onto the Lego man   The child that came the closest to the “5” on the Lego man won.


  • Lego Silhouette pattern (below)
  • Steady hand and/or projector
  • Poster Board
  • Multi-colored cardstock or scrapbook paper
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Cricut for cutting numbers

*supplies can be purchased HERE.

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Even Sarah can’t believe she prepped so much for this party. I, for one, am grateful that she did because that means I don’t have to. Yes, I’m lazy at times…many times.

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