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Watercolor Easter Eggs

Hey crafty friends! Easter is less than a month away and today I’m sharing a quick Easter egg decorating idea. These watercolor Easter eggs are easy to make and allow your little artist to create any designs they’re imagination desires in a few simple steps.

Watercolor Easter Eggs

The weather has been amazing here, almost a little too perfect. It’s been between 75-85 …..in March! We’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors soaking up the sun and enjoying every minute of it before it gets too hot. In between our outdoor playtime we’ve been working on a few Easter crafts with the kids. Last week Madi, our 4 year old, asked if we could dye Easter eggs and I thought it would be fun to let them watercolor paint the eggs. Other than playing outside the kids have been into painting..a lot! They ask to paint everyday (thank you giant $5 ikea roll of paper). We quickly went through an entire carton of eggs, working like mad with our paint brushes and watercolor paints. The little guy LOVES, I mean LOVES LOVES painting so he enjoyed this activity the most. I can’t wait to work on a few new Easter egg decorating ideas with them over the next few weeks.

To color our eggs we used a watercolor palette from Michaels.

Watercolor Craft Ideas

Using the watercolor paints we painted random designs onto the eggs. Sometimes we allowed the paint to dry in-between colors other times we mixed the wet paint to allowed them to run together, which creates a marbled look. You could also dip (or brush on) the egg in water then add drops of watercolors onto the egg and let the colors swirl on their own. 

Watercolor eggs

I think I’m having just as much fun as they are coloring eggs. These watercolor eggs inspired some major Easter crafting that I can’t wait to share with you!

For more Easter Ideas …..

Sock Bunnies

Easy sock bunny tutorial

Polka Dot Glitter Easter Eggs

DIY Glitter Polka Dot Easter Eggs

Watercolor Easter Eggs

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Handmade Snowball Ornament

Handmade Snowball Ornament

This post is brought to you by DecoArt.
Now that December is here I’m finally getting into the holiday spirit and breaking out the Christmas crafts. This year I’m working on a mixture of burlap, white, and glitter decor. This has been my style preference for the last two years but I’m nowhere near having my tree completely filled. I’ve been working on handmade ornaments over the weekend, including this glitter snowball ornament.

Handmade Snowball OrnamentI was looking through my craft supplies to see what I could work with instead of running out to the craft store when I came across a container of DecoArt Snow-Tex. I’ve never used it before but I thought the kids would enjoy a few “snowball” ornaments on the tree this year. It doesn’t snow here in Central California so this is the closest they’re going to get to seeing a snowball for awhile. My four year was excited when she saw what I was making and as soon it was dry the little guy reached to grab it and yelled “snowball fight!” I think my oldest had something to do with that but I quickly distracted them from shattering my ornaments by offering cotton balls to throw at each other instead. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen them laugh so hard as they created blanket forts to hide behind and attacked each other with cotton snowballs.

To make the snowball ornaments I used:

DecoArt Snow-Tex

glass ornaments

foam brush

spray adhesive or decoupage

glitter

ribbon

 

snowball ornament

I used a foam brush to foam brush to press the snow-tex onto the ornament. I tried to create a thin even layer by lightly spreading it with the brush. It took about 4 hours for the snow-text to dry completely. Once it was dry I lightly sprayed adhesive over the ornaments then covered the surface with white glitter.  To finish the ornament I hot glued a bow on top. While the dry process took longer than I expected, I was however pleasantly surprised with how easy snow-text is to work with. I definitely want to make a few more Christmas crafts with it this year.

handmade ornament

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Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

This post is brought to you by Crayola.
Hey crafty friends! If you’re looking for some last minute Thanksgiving crafts for kids I have a few to share with you today. I know keeping the kids busy while trying to prepare Thanksgiving dinner can be a challenge. I often try to have several craft projects or activities planned ahead in case they get restless waiting for turkey time. If you’re in the same predicament then here are a few things that will help keep the little ones busy.

Pinecone turkeys – these are the kids favorite Thanksgiving craft. We make them every year after a scavenger hunt around the neighborhood looking for pinecones.

Having crayons around is always a great idea. Especially for those coloring placemats you can buy at the Target dollar spot or for Thanksgiving printables found online. Last year I made these Pilgrim crayon holders and they were a hit!Thanksgiving Ideas For Kids

Turkey treat boxes

Mason jar turkey

Free Printable Bingo Cards

This video from Crayola is also filled with adorable crafty ideas for kids.

 You can follow more of Crayola’s ideas by using the hashtag #ColorfulThanks on Facebook, twitter, and instagram.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Homemade Peppermint Sugar Scrub

DIY Peppermint Sugar Scrub

A  handmade gift idea under $5 – homemade peppermint sugar scrub mason jar gifts.

DIY Peppermint Sugar ScrubIf you’ve been a reader for awhile you know that I LOVE homemade sugar scrubs. Seriously, I’m borderline obsessed with them. Especially during the cold winter months. They’re perfect for moisturizing dry hands and cost next to nothing. I also enjoy giving them to friends and family for Christmas since they’re easy to make and look great in a mason jar with ribbon. We all love mason jar gifts right?

Speaking of mason jars, today I’m participating in a mason jar blog hop with a fabulous group of bloggers! Visit the links below for creative holiday mason jar ideas and free printables.

Holiday gift ideas

1. Free Pretty Things For You 2. The Cottage Market 3. The Shabby Creek Cottage 4. The Country Chic Cottage 5. The Gunny Sack 6. The New York Melrose Family 7. Cupcakes and Crinoline 8. It All Started with Paint 9. Mason Jar Crafts Love 10. Yesterday on Tuesday 11. Two Shades of Pink 12. A Pumpkin and a Princess 13. Crafts with Jars 14. Lolly Jane

This peppermint sugar scrub recipe smells delightful! The peppermint is perfect for the holiday season and it does wonders to relieve dry hands from the cold. I keep a jar in the kitchen and bathroom at all times, often switching them out by seasonal scents. The peppermint has really put me in the holiday mood! I have my mom and friends hooked on them too, so I can’t wait to give these as Christmas gifts next month.

For this sugar scrub recipe I used coconut oil but you can also use Almond oil or grapeseed oil in place of the coconut. They have great moisturizing properties that will replenish moisture and remove dry skin cells. I’ve also added vitamin e oil, which also helps nourish dry skin.

Homemade Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Serving Size: 2 cups

Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2-2 cups sugar
  2. 1/2-1 cup coconut oil
  3. 4-6 drops peppermint essential oil
  4. 1 tsp vitamin e oil
  5. 1-3 drops red food coloring or soap colorant

Instructions

  1. Melt coconut oil in microwave for 30 seconds or until it becomes liquid.
  2. Mix in essential oil and vitamin e.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  4. Divide scrub in half and use food coloring in one batch.
  5. Fill mason jar by alternating red and white scrub.
  6. Store in airtight container.

Notes

When making sugar scrub I recommend starting with 1 1/2 cups of sugar and adding 1/2 cup until you reach the consistency you enjoy the best. I prefer a coarser scrub with not as much oil so 2 1/2 cups of sugar is perfect for me.

Add drops of the peppermint essential oil until desired scent is achieved. I use about 5 drops but you can use a few more if you prefer a stronger scent.

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A few of my favorite handmade Christmas gift ideas ….

Lemon Sugar scrub

homemade lemon sugar scrub

Hot cocoa mason jar gift

Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Gift

Homemade lemon soap

Mother's Day gift ideas and homemade soap tutorial

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Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Gift

Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Gift

This post is brought to you by Martha Stewart Crafts.
Hey friends, today I’m sharing an easy handmade Christmas gift. This hot cocoa mason jar gift with a silver doily and die cut snowflakes makes a great last minute neighbor or teacher gift.  Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Gift

I feel like I’m stuck between pulling out all the holly jolly Christmas decorations and get to craftin’ or enjoying this last part of the most beautiful season. Thanksgiving also happens to be my favorite holiday, which doesn’t get nearly as much attention in the crafting world as others do. So while I’m sharing a Christmas craft with you today know that I still have a few things in the works for Thanksgiving. But seriously, It’s getting harder to resist entering Christmas mode with every store filled with holiday decor. I’m this close to putting Elf on while enjoying a hot cup of cocoa filled to the brim with marshmallows.

Speaking of hot cocoa doesn’t it make a great handmade Christmas gift? Hot cocoa mason jar gifts are some of my favorite to give. This mason jar is embellished with a silver Martha Stewart doily and multi-surface decoupage. I then added die cut snowflakes and twine. The mason jar is filled with hot cocoa, marshmallows and mint M&M’s. Have you tried them? They’re delish!

Supplies:
Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage
Martha Stewart Crafts Silver doily
Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage brush
mason jar

Martha Stewart Decoupage doilies

To make the jar applied a thin layer of decoupage to the front and placed my doily centered. I then applied another layer of decoupage to help seal it in place.  You could technically be done here and tied a red bow around the center of the jar. I had some snowflakes already die cut from last year so I glued those to the center of the doily.

Doily mason jarThis new decoupage formula is dishwasher safe and available at Michaels Stores or on Plaid’s online store. Plaid sent me a box full of Martha Stewart products to try and I have plenty of ideas using their new decoupage glues. There’s even a glitter decoupage that the kids can’t wait to try. I sense handmade Christmas ornaments in our future!

For inspiring ideas connect with Plaid on Facebook and Pinterest. Also be sure to sign up for their newsletter to hear the latest details on products and project ideas.

Hot Cocoa Mason Jar Gift

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Halloween Treats: Witch Broomstick Lollipops

Witch Broom treats

Hey crafty friends! I have another Halloween treat to share with you. These witch broomstick lollipops are easy to make and perfect for a classroom Halloween party.

Witch Broom treats

Can you believe Halloween is in about two weeks? This year we’re taking a mini vacation the last week of October so I’m getting a head start on the kids classroom treats. This lollipop craft is great for getting the kids involved. My kids helped cut fringe from the streamers then I helped them roll it around the double sided tape. I’m going to share two ways to make these, with and without glitter.

Supplies:

black streamers

Martha Stewart fringe scissors

Martha Stewart Glitter in Florentine Gold

double sided tape

dum dum lollipops

Halloween Crafts

To make them use double sided tape to wrap the streamer around the lollipop. Once the lollipop is covered (about 2-3 inches) fringe your streamers, leaving a half inch piece at the top.

Witch broom lollipop

I usually cover the lollipop with 8-10 inches of fringe streamers. Once you reach the end use a piece of double sided paper to keep the streamers from unraveling.

witch broom 1

If you’d like to glitter your tips use a decoupage brush and glittering glue to apply the gold glitter.

glitter streamers

Halloween Treats - Broomstick Lollipops

 That’s it! Tie a cute ribbon or add a printable tag for your child to sign & you have an easy Halloween treat!

Witch Broom treats

For more Halloween ideas visit…

Glow in the Dark Slime

Glow in the dark slimeBlack & White Glam Pumpkin

Black and White Halloween Decor

Halloween Apothecary Jars

Halloween Apothecary Jars with Glow in the dark slime recipe

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Halloween Treats for Kids

Halloween Party Food - Mummy Cupcakes

Halloween Party Food - Mummy Cupcakes

This post is brought to you by Wilton and Jo-Ann stores.
Are you hosting a Halloween party this year? If so I have a few easy Halloween treats for kids to share with you today! Wilton and Jo-Ann stores recently sent us a box filled with Wilton baking supplies to play with. I have always enjoyed making shaped cakes, cookies, and candy using Wilton products so I was excited when they sent us a few baking pans, candy melts, edible eyes, and more! This is all part of their 13 days of Halloween series, you’ll find all participating blogs at the bottom of this post. Be sure to hop over and see what they created for this fabulous blog hop.

Halloween Mummy Cupcakes

First I want to share with you this was mummy cupcake tutorial made with Wilton candy and edible eyes. To make the mummy cupcake I frosted a cupcake then used kitchen scissors to trim the sugared candy roll. I placed the eyes on the cupcake first then began “wrapping” the cupcake. It’s that easy and they’re SO cute! My kids loved the mummy cupcakes the best!

Mummy Cupcakes Tutorial

For the marshmallow pop display I used a galvanized metal tin with floral foam inside. I found the printed Halloween ribbon at Jo-Ann’s and hot glued it on the tin, then added paper basket filler to cover the floral foam. The Frankenstein marshmallow pops were a big hit with the kids! To make them I used the Wilton mold, candy melts, and paper straws. I used a toothpick to dab the eyes, his stitching, bolts, and hair on the mold. Once that was set I poured the green candy melts and placed the marshmallow on top. Whenever I make candy with the Wilton candy molds I placed them in the freezer for 5 minutes and they set immediately. This makes it easier to make large batches at once.

Frankenstein Marshmallow Pops

One more fun party treat I want to share are these Wilton jack-o-lantern lollipops. These are too cute! The package came with 12 lollipops and stickers to create jack-o-lantern faces. So easy and fun for the kids!

Jack-O-Lantern Lollipops

One of the great things I like about Wilton products is that they’re very easy to work with. They make things so easy with their decorative eyes, sprinkles, candy molds, and decorative straws.
Here are a few things that I used to make these treats. Ignore the eyeballs and sparkle gel, those will be used for another Halloween treat.

Wilton Candy Melts

Are you getting crafty this weekend? Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores is offering our readers a 50% off coupon from now until October 31st! Just click on the image and print the coupon at home.

Jo-ann coupon

Also, be sure to visit the other participating bloggers to see what they made with their Wilton supplies!

Oct 1: Amy – positivelysplendid.com
Oct 2: Danielle – blissfulanddomestic.com
Oct 3: Cindy – skiptomylou.org
Oct 4: Katie – thecraftyblogstalker.com
Oct 5: Stef – thegirlinspired.com
Oct 6: Marilyn – 4you-withlove.blogspot.com
Oct 7: Cheryl – thatswhatchesaid.net
Oct 8: Rach – familyeverafterblog.com
Oct 9: Emilie – babylovingmama.com
Oct 10: Courtney – sweetcsdesigns.com
Oct 11: Crystal – apumpkinandaprincess.com
Oct 12: Melissa – polkadotchair.com
Oct 13: Gloribell – knowhowshedoesit.com

Halloween Party Food Ideas

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Halloween Decorations

Creative Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

This post is brought to you by American Crafts.
With the first week of October behind us I took this opportunity to motivate myself to finally finish decorating for Halloween. I have a few Halloween vignettes around the house, surprisingly overshadowing my Fall decor. Today I’m sharing my console table Halloween decorations made with a few American Crafts kits available at Target.

Table Halloween Decorations

The first part of my decor was the Black & White Glam Pumpkin which sits on a piece of wood from the craft store. I couldn’t decide whether to make this the centerpiece or keep it on the side, I must have changed the display at least 4-5 times!

Creative Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Halloween Decorating Ideas

I also placed our Trick or Treat printable Halloween countdown next to some potion bottles. I made these using American Crafts stickers found in the scrapbook aisle at Target. They have a great assortment of Halloween craft kits, including a wreath, place cards, and a banner kit. There’s also two packs of Halloween washi tape, epoxy stickers, and a paper pad. You can only find these exclusively at Target!

Happy Halloween Banner

The banner was SO easy to put together! Everything you need is inside, including the string, all you do is peel and stick the letters onto the pennant flags. Seriously, so cute and easy!

I wish I could say I made this adorable subway art sign but I bought it for around $12. It was the perfect height as the centerpiece for the table.

Halloween Subway Art

When I first began thinking of my Halloween decor this year I envisioned a glitz and glam look, but as time went on I found myself using more rustic elements. It became an eclectic mix of rustic, glam, and glitter decor. To finish the table I added rustic twig and white pumpkins along the center. I also used a burlap table runner, black netting, and spiders scattered throughout the table.

Pumpkin Decorations

You can see how I used the sticker labels to create an apothecary jar display in our post from a few weeks ago. I still have the display, minus the two bottles I moved to the table and I added a few creepy plastic bugs as a filler.

Halloween Apothecary Jars with Glow in the dark slime recipe

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