Adorable, super easy, and less than 15-cents to make...
That's what I love about the "Pet Cloud" project.
A few months back I saw this ingenious little idea on Pinterest and traced the source to the SWAPS-a-lot website -- a great source for readymade Girl Scout swap kits. Fast forward to this week...my final week of student teaching in a first-grade classroom. I wanted to give each student a little something to remember me by. I wanted to do something sweet, inexpensive and with an inspiring message. I thought immediately of the Pet Cloud. The original version is miniaturized to be handed out as a swap at Girl Scout events, but for my clouds, I wanted something a bit bigger.
So I put my personal twist on this delightfully squee project by making up a custom tag and poem (free printable below). My eight-year-old and I whipped up two dozen in less than half and hour and all for around $2.00. The kids' reactions were priceless!
These sweet little chaps make a terrific gift for teachers and youth group leaders to give to their students. They'd make a nice little party favor too! You can count on a Valentine's Day version showing up here in February!
How to Make Pet Clouds
- Jumbo Cotton balls (real cotton, not synthetic)
- Googly Eyes
- Tacky Glue
- Custom Tent Tags, printed on card stock and trimmed, Download for FREE HERE.
- 3'' x 4.75'' Clear Treat Bags (You can get a pack of 200 at Walmart.com for $2.99)
- A stapler
Step 1: Stretch out your cotton balls to create a cloud-like shape.
Step 2: Put a small dab of tacky glue on the back of a googly eye. Press into place. Repeat.
Step 3: Download and print out the tags on card stock. Trim. Place cloud in a bag. Fold the tag in half to create a tent shape. Place over top of bag and staple in place.
If you'd like to get all of your supplies in one place and like the swap-size, be sure to check out the kits available from SWAPS-a-lot.