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Easter Egg Place Setting
How to make confetti eggs
Pan Roasted Chicken Recipe
Lavender Eggshell Candles
blueberry coffee cake

Watercolor Egg Place Settings

Easter Egg Place Setting

Brighten your Easter table decor with these quick and easy watercolor Easter egg place settings.

Easter Egg Place Setting

Happy Friday, my friends! Are you ready for the Easter holiday? The kids and I are enjoying the first few days of Spring break lounging around the house. Everyone slept in this morning, which was a nice break not having a busy morning running around trying to get everyone dressed, fed, and out the door. As the kids slept in I sat in my favorite lounge chair with my kindle and a cup of coffee with International Delight Caramel Macchiato creamer. It was pure bliss! Have you tried it? It’s my absolute favorite, with the Hershey’s Chocolate Caramel a close second. Sunday morning everyone is coming over for brunch after church and I already know a cup or two with my favorite creamer will be in my hands to prepare for the day. I’m also making a batch of Blueberry Streusel Coffee Cake to kick-off our feast.

Blueberry Crumb Coffee Cake

After making our Watercolor Easter Eggs I couldn’t get enough of these beauties. I decided to make egg place settings using American Crafts Thickers in white and watercolor paints. I placed the sticker on the egg then brush water over the egg and sticker. I then add drops of watercolor paint on top and let the colors run together. This is such a simple way to add color to your table decor and DIY a budget-friendly name place setting.

Watercolor Place Settings

Watercolor Eggs

Gold Leaf Eggs

Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

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Watercolor Easter Egg Place Settings

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How To Make Confetti Eggs

How to make confetti eggs

How to make confetti eggs for Easter and Cinco de Mayo. 

How to make confetti eggs

Hey crafty friends! The kids are officially on Spring break and they couldn’t be more excited. Since I’m headed to Utah next week, missing part of their break, I’m going to squeeze in as many fun activities for us to do until then. Homemade play dough, flying kites, and picnics at the park are definitely in order. I’m also surprising them with a day trip to the ocean in a few days, I can’t wait to see their faces when we arrive. The little guy is going to be excited to play in the sand and collect seashells., while the big kids will more than likely spend hours on the boardwalk rides.

Before we can start planning all of those things I’m still focused on getting things ready for our Easter celebration. Every year, for as long as I can remember, growing up my mother would make confetti eggs for Easter. We have some pretty funny pictures of surprising family members with confetti eggs getting cracked over their heads. My sister seems to get me every year when I least expect it. It’s always a great way to enjoy a few laughs and who doesn’t love colorful confetti?

Supplies:

Eggs

Food coloring, vinegar, water

Confetti

tissue paper in various colors

glue stick

Step one: carefully puncture the top of the egg with a sharp object. You will need about a 1/2 inch hole to fill the eggs. I used a kabob skewer to crack the eggs and gently mixed the egg yolk to help release it from the shell. Wash hallowed eggs thoroughly with soap.

Step two: dye eggs with kit or 1 cup water, 1 tbsp vinegar, and food coloring. Allow eggs to dry.

Step three: fill eggs with confetti.

Step four: cut a 3/4 inch square of tissue paper and glue to cover the hole.

Confetti Eggs tutorial

These DIY confetti eggs are fun for the whole family to enjoy and guaranteed to bring a few laughs. They’re also great for a Cinco de Mayo celebration.

How To Make Confetti Eggs Tutorial

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Lavender Eggshell Candles

Lavender Eggshell Candles

Decorate your Easter table with these lavender scented eggshell candles. 

Lavender Eggshell Candles

I feel like time has been slipping away these last few weeks. I thought Easter was still further away along with my trip back to Utah. Little did I realize that it’s shortly arriving and I am in no way ready for either events. This year we’ve decided to host our Easter celebration in our home instead of my mothers. This sudden change in plans has me a little frazzled since I have a trip to plan immediately after. I also still have a few more Easter kits to put together for the pre-egg hunting craft day. It seems my to-do list is growing by the day but I’m working on it..constant Starbucks trips seem to help keep calm. But of course when doesn’t Starbucks make everything better?

Eggshell Candles

While thinking about our Easter celebration I’ve been compiling a list of what I’d like our tablescape to look like. So far I’ve gathered a moss table runner and plan to add bright flowers down the center. I also plan to make more of these lavender eggshell candles to display in ceramic eggcups. Have you seen the eggshell candles you can buy in stores? I’ve always wanted to make my own at home. They seemed relatively easy and luckily they were. These candles are made with soy candle wax, dyed with food coloring, and scented with lavender essential oil.

Lavender Eggshell Candles DIYSupplies (yields 5 eggshell candles)

eggs

small knife or spoon

purple food coloring, water, and vinegar

1 cup soy candle wax flakes

candle wicks + adhesive

lavender essential oil

Step one: use a small knife or spoon to lightly tap the top of the egg. Gently peel off the broken eggshell, wash eggs thoroughly, dry upside down.

Step two: dye eggs by mixing 1 cup of water, 1 tbsp vinegar, and 3-5 drops of food coloring. Allow eggs to dry upside down.

Step three: place candle wicks in the center of the eggshell with an adhesive (I used glue dots).

Step four: melt soy candle wax in microwave or in double boiler. Once wax is completely melted stir in 2-4 drops of lavender essential oil.

Step five: use egg carton to hold eggs in place. Carefully pour wax into the eggs, make sure wick is centered as much as possible. Allow 2-3 hours for wax to harden. Trim wick to 1/4 inch.

How to make eggshell candles

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Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

Easter egg decorating ideas – how to gold leaf Easter eggs.

DIY Gold Leaf Eggs

Happy Friday, my crafty friends! Are you excited about the weekend? We’re going to reach 90 degrees here..yikes! I see water balloon fights in our near future. The kids recently picked out super soakers at Target and have been anxious to use them. It’s hard to believe how quickly this year is going by already. Easter will be here soon and I’m still having fun coming up with Easter egg decorating ideas with the kids. On the days Madi doesn’t have preschool we’ve been decorating eggs and putting together Easter craft kits for our Easter celebration with family. Every year we head to my mother’s house and have the kids engage in various games and Easter crafts before the big egg hunt. The kids look forward to this every year. I’m always in charge of the games, which I happily enjoy doing.

Gold Leaf Easter Eggs

Like I mentioned in my Gold Leaf Succulent Planter post I’m a tab bit obsessed with gold leaf right now (visit post for a thorough picture tutorial on how to gold leaf). I’ve been using gold leaf sheets on anything I can think of. This gold leaf egg idea is great for eggs you don’t plan on consuming or have been  hallowed out. You can also find white wooden eggs to paint and gold leaf at the craft store. 

Supplies:

Gold leaf sheets

gold leaf adhesive

brush

gloves

dye kit

Gilded Easter Eggs

 Step one: dye eggs to desire color or paint eggs with watercolors.

Step two: with a small brush lightly apply a thin layer of adhesive onto the eggs. I only applied small sections of glue instead of covering the eggs completely. Allow glue to dry for 10 minutes or until it becomes tacky.

Step three: place a gold leaf sheet onto the eggs and gently rub the gold leaf on. Use a gilding brush to press the gold leaf on and brush away any excess.

The great thing about gold leaf is that the mistakes are easily fixable and the imperfections make it all the more unique. These gold leaf beauties are currently adorning my entry way with a few other Spring accessories that help brighten up the room.

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Watercolor Easter Eggs

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Easy sock bunny tutorial

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Gold Leaf Eggs

Gold Leaf Succulent Planter

Gold Leaf Succulent Planter

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Gold leaf succulent planter with Americana chalky finish paint. 

Gold Leaf Succulent Planter

Have you notice how succulents are everywhere these days? I jumped on the succulent bandwagon last Summer with my ikea box turned Succulent Planter and I’m still loving these pretty little plants.

Ikea Hack - Succulent Planter

Ok so I kinda, sort of killed my last set of succulents after forgetting to water them…for a very long time. I’m starting over with a new planter that I made using Americana chalky finish paint and gold leaf sheets. You guys I am SO excited about this new paint line from DecoArt. It goes on smooth and a little goes a long way. I can not wait to try it on a few furniture pieces that need a major face lift. The line is now available at Home Depot and will soon be available at Michael’s as well.

Americana Chalky Finish Paint

Another thing I’m currently crushing on is gold leaf…I love love love it! Especially paired with white.

Supplies:

Americana chalky finish paint in Everlasting

Gold leaf sheets

Gold leaf adhesive

brush

gloves

acrylic sealant

How to gold leafAfter applying two coats of paint paint onto the terra cotta planter I used a brush to apply the gold leaf adhesive. You can use painters tape to create a straight line or shapes with the gold leaf. I wanted a random application and to do so I applied the adhesive in various heights. Note: a little goes a long way with the adhesive, you want a thin application that will dry easily.

DIY gold planter

Allow the adhesive to dry for 10-20 minutes or until it becomes tacky. Apply a sheet of gold leaf and gently rub it onto the planter. Use a gold leaf brush to press the gold leaf down and brush away any excess.

How to gildingApply an acrylic sealant to ensure the gold leaf doesn’t peel. Easy, right? I love the white and gold paired with the succulents. Now let’s hope these make it longer than my last succulents. :)

Succulent Gold Leaf Planter

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Duck Tape® Easter Basket

This post brought to you by Duck Brand. All opinions are 100% mine.

Create a mini Easter basket made from a box using Duck Tape®, lace trim, and ribbon. 

Duck Tape Easter Basket I think I’ve mentioned a time or two about our endless rolls of Duck Tape® around the house. The kids enjoy using them for all sorts of crafts and activities. We’ve made wallets, flowers, wrapped gifts with it, and used it for a few games. Have you tried the glow-in-the-dark Duck Tape®? My kids love that stuff! Using these bright and colorful rolls of tape I whipped up a few Spring crafts that are easy to make with kids just in time for Easter. Duct Tape Crafts for kids Can we talk about this floral and gingham hexagon print? Swoon! This has to be my favorite Duck Tape® print EVER! I think the pastels are perfect for Spring crafts and I immediately thought of making an Easter basket with it.

Duck Tape box After covering the box with tape I glued lace trim around the edge and a bow to the center. 

Hexagon floral print

For the handle I folded a 12 inch strip of tape in half (top and bottom to the center) then glued it to the inside of the box. Note: use a small amount of low temp hot glue to avoid burning through tape.

Spring Crafts - Duck Tape I also made flowers using the white and mini green and black Duck Tape® rolls.

Duct Tape Flower Tutorial To make the flowers I layered two 12inch strips of tape, slightly overlapping. Tucking one of the exposed edges down I then used scissors to create a fringe on the tape. I stopped about a quarter of an inch away from the bottom. I then wrapped the tape around a striped paper straw to create the flower. (Note: I covered the tip of the straw and created a smaller fringe with the mini Duck Tape® first). Duck Tape Flowers The last craft I made were these mini Duck Tape® bows that are perfect for embellishing party favors and treat boxes. To make them I folded the mini tape in half, then pinched the center and placed a thin piece of tape to hold it together. I used the same method of the handle above..folding from top to center and bottom to center to avoid having exposed edges. Mini Duct Tape Bow

What are some of your favorite Duck Tape® crafts to make with your kids?

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Handmade Easter Basket

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Watercolor Bookmarks

DIY Watercolor Bookmarks

This post is brought to you by We R Memory Keepers. – Watercolor Bookmarks 

DIY Watercolor Bookmarks

I’m hardcore crushing on all things watercolor right now. I’ve been playing with watercolors nonstop the last few weeks, thinking of anything and everything to used them on. These watercolor bookmarks are great as teacher gifts or for a fellow bookworm.

Supplies:

watercolor paints

brush

watercolor paper

Lifestyle Crafts Pocket Die

Watercolor Crafts - bookmarks

To make the ombre bookmarks I created a “wash” along the paper then ran horizontal brush strokes along the paper. It’s a little difficult to see the color in pictures but the ombre bookmarks are pink, orange, and yellow and blue, turquoise, and mint. The tie-dye bookmark, as my daughter called it, was made by dabbing the brush with various colors onto the paper and letting the colors run together. I love this marbled look with the bright colors like pink, purple, turquoise, and yellow.

Lifestyle Crafts - watercolor bookmark

Once the watercolors were dry I used my pocket die to cut out the bookmarks.

I then tied bakers twine through the top and placed them in the sleeves. The pocket die comes with the bookmark die, the sleeve with optional die cut front, and several tags that you can attach. Once I glued the pocket together I added gold glitter tape and bakers twine bows to the front.

These are great for gifting with books or you could slip a Barnes & Noble gift card inside with a note behind the bookmark. I plan to make a few more of these for Mother’s Day to give some of my fellow bookworm friends.

DIY Watercolor Bookmarks tutorial

 

Some of my favorites….

Birthday Pillow Boxes with printable gift tags

Birthday Pillow Boxes - Printable Gift Tags

DIY Envelopes

How to make an envelope

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Coconut Tangerine Sugar Scrub + Printable Tags

Coconut Tangerine Sugar Scrub

Nourish dry skin with this tropical coconut tangerine sugar. Printable chalkboard tags included below.

Coconut Tangerine Sugar ScrubWhile perusing the aisles of Whole Foods a few weeks ago I came across a bottle of tangerine essential oil. I can spend hours in whole foods, especially in their beauty/health section. I enjoy smelling the essential oil tester bottles and trying to create combinations in my head. The tangerine scent immediately reminded me of summertime. I knew that mixing it with coconut oil to create a sugar scrub would smell delectable. This scrub reminds me of the tropical warmths and scents, it makes me crave sunshine and a fruit smoothie.

My mother and father-in-law are having a pool built starting this week in hopes that it will be complete by mid May. By then we’ll more than likely be in the mid 90s here. Did I mention we purchased our home on the same street as them? Brilliant thinking on our part. :) Ahhh …I’m pretty sure we’ll be living poolside all summer trying to beat the heat. It’s not even April yet and I’m already thinking of summertime with this tangerine scrub. The little miss and I even painted our toes a bright and colorful orange after using the sugar scrub. Bring on the flip flops and Summer dresses!

Homemade Tangerine sugar scrub

Note: You can create a basic scrub using only coconut oil, sugar, and essential oil. It’s optional to use the grind of a tangerine and a soap colorant to dye the sugar scrub. I don’t always use soap colorants but this time around I preferred to have the orange hue in the scrub. Again, this is for appearance only and could be left out.

Download Printable Chalkboard Tags here

The tags are available as a square so that you could choose the shape of the tag. I used a 2 inch circle punch and adhesive runner to adhere the tag to the jar. 

Coconut Tangerine Sugar Scrub

Yield: 2 cups

Ingredients

  1. 1 cup coconut oil
  2. 1-2 cups granulated sugar
  3. 6-8 drops tangerine essential oil
  4. 1 tangerine (optional)
  5. a few drops of orange soap colorant (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine coconut oil, essential oil, and soap colorant together. Add 1-2 cups of sugar until you find the consistency you prefer. The more sugar used the coarser the scrub will become. Grate tangerine peel into sugar scrub and mix well.
  2. Store in airtight container.
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More of my favorites ….

Lemon Sugar Scrub

homemade lemon sugar scrub

Homemade Lemon Soap 

Mother's Day gift ideas and homemade soap tutorial

Tangerine Sugar Scrub

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Tropical Sugar Scrub Recipe