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Princess & Me: Ariel’s Paper Bowl Jellyfish

Princess Ariel loves living in her castle by the sea. Beautiful sunsets, sparkling waves and golden seashells can all be seen from the large domed windows in every room. But there is one part of the ocean that can’t be seen from above, and that is the world of creatures living underneath the sea. Some of Ariel’s best friends were the jellyfish that glided alongside her and Flounder on their many adventures. Luckily, she created the perfect solution with odds and ends she found around the palace – Paper Bowl Jellyfish!

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Whether or not your kingdom is by the ocean, these colorful and imaginative jellyfish will bring the magical world of the sea into your home. Follow Ariel’s step-by-step instructions to create your own whimsical creatures.

Step One: Gather your materials.

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You will need:

  • 2 paper bowls

  • Scissors

  • Glue stick

  • Assorted ribbons of various lengths

  • Stapeler

  • Watercolors

  • 2 small white circles of paper 

  • Black marker 

Step Two: Using watercolors, paint the bottom of one bowl in any design you would like! This will be the “head” of your jellyfish. 

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Step Three: While the paint dries, draw two black circles inside the white circles of paper to create eyes for your jellyfish. Turning the painted bowl upside-down, glue these eyes onto the slope of the bowl.

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Step Four: Have a prince or parent stab several holes in the bottom of the unpainted bowl. Take ribbons and loop through the holes, knotting on one end when necessary.

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Step Five: Stack the two bowls so the unpainted one is on bottom, ribbons dangling down. Staple the edges of the bowls together.

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Your jellyfish is ready to be hung indoors wherever you wish! Ariel has jellyfish all over the castle – she has even given each one a special name. Though they may not be quite as wonderful as the real thing, these spirited replicas remind Ariel of her second home. They bring a smile to her face whenever she sees them, just as they are sure to bring a smile to yours!

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Princess & Me: Ariel’s Under the Sea Jello

Living on land is everything Princess Ariel dreamed of, but sometimes she can’t help but miss the seas she grew up in. Feeling homesick is perfectly normal for any princess, and every now and then Ariel swims home for a visit. After one such trip, she returned to the castle feeling bluer than ever to have said goodbye to her family. Prince Eric enlisted the help of Sebastian and the two planned a special surprise for her dessert that night – Under the Sea Jello! With its crystal blue waters, friendly fish and even a boat that looks like Prince Eric’s, Ariel couldn’t help but squeal when she saw the surprise at dinner!

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Now, whenever she feels a little homesick, Ariel hurries down to the kitchen and prepares a cup of her favorite sea-worthy dessert. Follow along with Ariel’s tutorial and make a scrumptious batch of your own Under the Sea Jello! 

Step One: Gather your ingredients.

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You will need:

  • 1 box berry blue jello mix

  • 2 cups of water (1 cup boiled, 1 cup cold)

  • 1 bag swedish fish

  • 1 clementine orange, peeled and separated

  • Large bowl

  • Large spoon

  • Glasses or cups of your choosing

  • Colored construction paper

  • Scissors

  • Toothpicks

Step Two: Prepare jello according to instructions on box using the necessary materials listed above.

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Step Three: Once your jello has been mixed and stirred, pour it into the glasses you would like it to be served in. Transfer to the fridge to let sit for half the time listed on the box.

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Step Four: While the jello sets, work on making your boat! Cut a triangle out using scissors and paper, then spear onto the toothpick to create a flag. Pierce the other end of the toothpick into one orange slice. Make as many boats as you would like to fill your glasses of jello.

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Step Five: When your jello has sat for half the amount of time listed on the box, remove it from the fridge. Take as many swedish fish as you would like and push them into the jello. Then place the jello back in the fridge to set for the remaining time.

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Step Six: When your jello is through setting, remove it from the fridge and top each glass with your orange slice boat.

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Your Under the Sea Jello is completed and ready to enjoy for dessert, or even an after school snack! Invite some of your princess friends to come and share a glass with you – delightful sweets are even better when enjoyed with the ones you love.

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If you are really feeling homesick for the sea, top off your evening with a hot bubble bath after dessert! Ariel loves any excuse to be under the water again, and baths are just perfect for flipping your fins like a mermaid!

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Princess & Me: Ariel’s Heart Fish Valentines

It is one week before Valentine’s Day, and Princess Ariel’s palace is buzzing with excitement as everyone prepares for the Valentine’s Day Ball that will be taking place that evening! There will be a grand feast, followed by dancing and of course the traditional exchanging of valentine cards. Ariel has come up with the perfect notes to give to her handsome prince and friends! Follow along with Princess Ariel and create some fishy valentines for the special prince or princesses in your kingdom!

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Step One: Gather your materials.

For each valentine, you will need (in whatever colors you would like):

  • 2 medium paper hearts of the same size

  • 1 large paper teardrop

  • 1 large googly eye

  • Marker

  • 1 small, skinny paper heart

  • Glue stick

  • Glitter glue

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Step Two: Glue one medium heart on the front of the teardrop for the fish’s face, and one on the back for the tail.

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Step Three: Glue the small heart on the front of the face to create lips for your fish!

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Step Four: Glue a googly eye onto the face of the fish.

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Step Five: Using glitter glue, draw scales onto the body of your fish. Fish scales can look like zig zags, ocean waves, or even stripes – use your imagination!

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Step Six: Using markers, write a special note for your valentine on the fish’s tail. Here are some suggestions if you need ideas:

  • Will you oFISHially be mine?
  • I’m so glad we swim in the same school!
  • I’m hooked on you!
  • You’re a great catch!

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Your colorful valentine fish is ready to swim its way into the heart of your prince and friends! Ariel made an entire school of unique fish to hand out on Valentine’s Day! She is planning to give hers to Prince Eric right before the ball next week along with a brand new pair of polished shoes (needless to say, feet are very important to Ariel).

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Sometimes, telling someone how much you care is enough to turn their whole day around!  Even the simplest gesture of kindness and love makes all the difference. Write a list of the people in your life whom you treasure, and then let your fish friends tell them how much you care. Valentine’s Day is all about putting the people you love first, and chances are there is someone special planning to put you first as well!

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Princess & Me: Rapunzel’s Flower Headband

Like most princesses, Rapunzel loves nature. In fact, while trapped in her tower, she would pick beautiful flowers off the vines outside and braid them into her hair. Unfortunately, during the wintertime the beautiful forest is replaced by a snowy wonderland without a flower to be found. It is during those frosty seasons that a flower headband is the next best thing!

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Using only three simple materials and three easy steps, you can create a colorful headband just like Rapunzel’s to last all season long! Let’s get started.

Step One: Gather your materials.

You will need:

  • Fabric glue

  • Artificial flower buds (in assorted colors and sizes)

  • 1 headband (headbands with a smooth surface work best)

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Step Two: One by one, use fabric glue to attach the flower buds onto the surface of the headband. It is best to slightly layer different sizes and colors of flowers so there are overlaps. Lightly hold each flower for several seconds after gluing to ensure it will stick.

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Step Three: Sing the magic incantation to ensure your flowers will stay beautiful and vibrant all season long! After you finish the following incantation, let your headband dry for several hours.

“Flower gleam and glow. Let your powers shine. Make the clock reverse. Bring back what once was mine. Heal what has been hurt. Change the fate’s design. Save what has been lost. Bring back what once was mine, what once was mine…”

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Once the glue has dried, your whimsical headband is ready to wear and filled will Rapunzel’s best magic! Flower headbands are the perfect addition to any ball gown.

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Your new hair accessory’s bright colors are sure to put a smile on your face, and to the faces of everyone around you! Now all you need is your adorable Pipe Cleaner Pascal sitting on your shoulder and you are ready for a wonderful day!

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Princess & Me: Rapunzel’s Braided Pull-Apart Bread

After years of keeping her unruly locks tamed every morning, Princess Rapunzel is an expert when it comes to braiding. She braids the mane of Maximus the horse, and if her chameleon friend Pascal had any hair she would surely braid his too! Today is Flynn Rider’s birthday, and tonight Rapunzel is making him a special dinner of his favorite foods, butternut squash soup and bread. Of course, being the spirited princess she is, Rapunzel has to put her own “twist” on the meal by creating Braided Pull-Apart Bread!

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Make your own Braided Pull-Apart Bread with Rapunzel and pair it with your favorite soup, salad, or pasta!

Step One: Gather your ingredients.

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You will need:

  • 1 ungreased baking sheet

  • 1-2 small jars of jam

  • 1 package of sliced almonds

  • 1 knife/spoon (to spread the jam)

  • 1 cutting board

  • Oven mitts

  • 1 package Pillsbury Grands Crescent Rolls

Step Two: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Pop open the can of rolls and spread out on cutting board. Separate the dough into three strips so that there are two roll triangles per strip (there should be two rolls left over).

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Step Three: Roll each of the three squares of dough tightly. You should now have three long rolls of dough.

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Step Four: Pinch the three rolls together securely and prepare to braid.

Step Five: Braid the strands of dough tightly from top to bottom. When you reach the end of the dough, pinch the three rolls together again. 

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Step Six: Transfer the braided roll onto the ungreased baking sheet and place in oven. Bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.  

Step Seven: Remove braid from oven and let cool on baking sheet. When bread is warm to the touch, transfer onto a plate and tuck sliced almonds into the dough to create flowers.

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Step Eight: Drop a small dollop of jam into the center of each flower.

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Your scrumptious Braided Pull-Apart Bread is finished! This bread’s golden, buttery crust and colorful flowers resemble Rapunzel’s own braided locks – and better yet, this version also tastes delicious!

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Whether or not it is a person’s birthday, making them a home-cooked meal is a wonderful way to show that you care! Do you have a special friend, prince, or family member who you would like to invite to dinner? If so, the sight of this delicious bread will have their mouths watering sooner than you can say Tangled!

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Princess & Me: Rapunzel’s Pipe Cleaner Pascal

It is no surprise that Rapunzel’s best friend is her chameleon, Pascal. It takes a very special chameleon to stick with a princess for the 18 years she is trapped in a tower, and sometimes a good friend is all you need to get through a bad day. Between countless games of hide and seek and even posing for Rapunzel’s many paintings, Pascal is the kind of friend any princess would be lucky to have.

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You may not have a special chameleon like Pascal to keep you company when the going gets tough, but luckily Rapunzel has come up with the perfect alternative. Make your own Pipe Cleaner Chameleon with the help of Princess Rapunzel!

Step One: Gather your ingredients.

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You will need:

  • 2 plastic google eyes

  • Scissors

  • 1 pencil

  • Elmer’s liquid glue

  • 1 short red or pink pipe cleaner (3 in.)

  • 2 short green pipe cleaners (3 in. each) 

  • 2 full length green pipe cleaners

Step Two: Loop one of the full length pipe cleaners in half, creating a circle in the middle. This circle will be the chameleon’s head, so make sure it is the size you want!

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Step Three: Wrap one of the halves of that same pipe cleaner around the circle you have created until it is fully covered. Your chameleon now has a head!

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Step Four: Coil the second full length pipe cleaner around a pencil so that it forms a tight spring. Slide this spring onto the other pipe cleaner so the body is attached to the head. Loosely curl the extra end of the pipe cleaner to make a tail.

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Step Five: Take the two shorter green pipe cleaners and bend them over the front and back of the spring to form legs.

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Step Six: Attach the red or pink pipe cleaner to the front of the chameleon’s head and curl to create a tongue. 

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Step Seven: Using elmer’s glue, attach the two plastic eyes to either side of the chameleon’s head.

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Your new pipe cleaner friend is finished and ready for a game of hide and seek! Pascal likes to sit on Rapunzel’s shoulder so he doesn’t get left behind during her many adventures. Whatever you do, make sure to keep an eye on your friend – chameleons are known to blend in well with their surroundings!

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