Sunday, September 25, 2016

Fall Mum Wreath Made from Tissues

Here's a pretty craft project to hang on your wall this autumn.  This wreath is simple to make using tissues (Kleenex or other brand) and an old cereal box.

Fall Mum Wreath


  • Empty cereal box
  • Facial tissues (about 12)*
  • Pen or Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 2 Plates (one about 2" small than the other) to use as circle templates
  • Craft glue or a hot glue gun
  • Liquid food color in yellow and red
  • Small empty spray bottle
  • Acrylic paints optional
* Note: The brand of facial tissues I used was Puffs Plus Lotion

Cut open the cereal box and lay flat.  Trace the larger plate on the box.  Trace the smaller plate inside the first circle to make a wreath shape about 1-1/2 to 2 inches thick.  Cut out the wreath.  Mine is 9" in diameter.  I painted it with a dark acrylic paint but it really wasn't necessary.

Now it's time to make some tissue flowers.  Here's a video on how to make the flowers.  If you prefer you can secure the centers using a bit of string/yarn instead of a staple.

Make enough flowers to go all the way around your wreath and then make 4 or 5 more.  They will shrink a little during the next step.

This is the fun part.  Fill the spray bottle about half full of water and add some yellow food coloring.  The more food color you add the brighter the color.  Place the flowers on a protected surface and lightly spray.

Then rinse out the bottle and fill with water and red food coloring.  Spray the red dye randomly on the flowers to get a tie-dye effect.

Let the flowers dry overnight - or if you are impatient like me, use a hair dryer.  Then glue them to the cereal box circle.  I hot glued a paper clip to the back side so I could hang the wreath on a nail.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

May I Please Have a Cookie? - Kindle edition

I was confused when I saw May I Please Have a Cookie?  under hot new releases on Amazon but then realized this is for a new Kindle edition of the book. The Kindle edition will be available Aug 30th.

Monday, August 08, 2016

Lemonade Hurricane in Korean!

It's always neat to see one of my book babies translated into another language.  I just received a new copy of Lemonade Hurricane in Korean!

In the past the words have been translated and the pictures have stayed the same.  But there are a couple of scenes in Lemonade Hurricane where I showed Emma and Henry taking Taekwondo lessons.  I didn't put official patches on their uniforms (I'm always worried about the copyright police coming after me!)  But it was cool to see the Korean publisher changed the patches on Henry's dobok to look like the official Korean Taekwondo Association patches.

Phew, so glad that I drew the Korean flag correctly!

Friday, July 01, 2016

Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip Sunday in Plainville MA

Beep! Beep! Here comes the summer reading bus!

Come see your favorite costumed characters and children's book authors Mary Newell DePalma, Tommy Greenwald, Spencer Quinn and me at An Unlikely Story in Plainville MA this Sunday from noon to 2pm.

There will be games and activities, book signing and more!

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Summer Reading Log - Ice Cream Theme

Summer Reading Log

Want a sweet way to keep track of your summer reading?  Here's an ice cream themed reading log - based on the Scholastic Reader - The Ice Cream Shop.  Download the free reading log PDF today.

Color a scoop every time you read a book and maybe when you get to the top you can reward yourself with a cold treat!

Want a great book to read, check out the Level 1 Scholastic Reader, The Ice Cream Shop.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

ALA Midwinter Meeting

I'm really looking forward to signing books at the ALA Midwinter Meeting this Sunday at the Boston Convention Center.  If you are attending the conference, please stop by and say hi. :)  We will be at booth 1917 - Publisher Spotlight.