A is for Apple

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Kids have the jitters before meeting a new teacher or as they’re heading back to school? Sweeten the deal with this adorable homemade lollipop.

I used Yum Earth’s vegan hard candies to replicate a recipe that originally called for Jolly Ranchers. Yum Earth colors won’t quite be apple red or leafy green, but I came close with colors from their Citrus Grove variety pack, a pink-ish red for the apple and a pale yellow-green for the leaf.

First came the excitement when I announced to Travis that we were going to make homemade lollipops!

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Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and place 4 of the red candies in a square.

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Bake at 275 degrees F for 4 minutes – they should be just slightly soft. Let cool for 1 minute, then push into the shape of an apple. Push a lollipop stick down into the center of the apple.

Place a green candy at the top for the leaf. Return to the oven and bake an additional 4 minutes. Shape the “leaf” at the top of the apple, once out of the oven, then insert a piece of pretzel stick as the stem.

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Yup, Travis thought this was the neatest lollipop ever!

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Music Sheet Banner

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As we continue to decorate Travis’s room in our new home, this upcycled craft was the perfect idea for a kid who loves music. The banner would also make a fantastic party decoration, if you cut out enough triangles to spell a larger message like HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

I have lots of piano sheet music at home, which made ripping up a few old songs a simple matter. Otherwise, look for second-hand sheet music at a garage sale or music store – no matter what song you pick, musical notes and clefs will be a pretty backdrop!

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Travis loved helping cut the music sheets into triangles…

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As well as ripping the scraps into ever smaller pieces for quite some time afterwards.

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He can’t write his name on his own yet, but he and I did hold a marker together to form T-R-A-V-I-S. He was so proud!

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For final assembly, I simply attached the triangles to a piece of twine with a little bit of scotch tape, and that was it!

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A new banner over his new big boy bed.

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