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DIY Marbled Easter Eggs

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nickelodeon for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

I love how colorful Easter eggs are these days. Back in my day it seems that all we had was pastels with the color kit that came at the grocery store. There are so many fun ways to decorate Easter eggs now, with paper Mache, different color food dyes, foam and paper, glitter, gold leaf and even nail polish… it really is a fun interactive craft to do with your kiddos! My friends at Bounty and Nickelodeon invited me to come up with a fun craft to do in the kitchen with your kids to celebrate the 2015 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards. These Easter eggs would be a great project to do while you watch! There is a ton of other inspiring ideas out that will put your kids in the party mood. Search up #slimeon on your favorite social channel and be sure to tag @NickBreaks to show them what you have created!Head to @NickBreaks and enter #SlimeOnSweeps for a chance to win prizes thanks to @Bounty

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You will just need a few household items to create these one of a kind eggs. I would caution: these are just for display….to create these bright marbled eggs we used nail polish. Even though it is just on the shell….I wouldn’t recommend eating these eggs. You could blow out the eggs first….we just hard boiled a dozen.

Gather your supplies:

green and orange nail polish

shallow plastic container

bounty paper towels

news paper or wax paper

toothpicks

rubber gloves

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How to:

fill container 1/4 of the way with room temp water

drop in a few dots of each nail polish

roll the egg until the sides are covered

place on wax paper to dry

you can use a toothpick to swirl the colors a bit but it dries quick…so you’ll need to be quick

for every egg you will need to re-drop nail polish in the water

Play with the colors and have fun with it! Rubber gloves and Bounty paper towels will make quick clean up too…so go ahead and get slimy!Get more slime content and tweet your own with #SlimeOn

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Have a great time rooting on your favorite stars at this year’s Kids Choice Awards!

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Easy Handmade Valentine with free printable

Thanks for all your excitement about our possible adventure…. (see Wednesdays post). All we know at this hour is that we are still “in contention”…fingers crossed:) Till then….here is a sweet craft to do this weekend:)

Even though my kiddos are 15 now I still like to come up with a corny little Valentine to give them. We used to spend hours by the table making handmade Valentines when they were little and for some reason I love all the little corny sayings. There’s so many to choose from. But I thought I would give you 5 really easy fun ideas in case you’re looking for a craft to do this weekend. You can knock these out and have Valentines all finished and ready to go.

 

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The one that I made I basically just wrapped a pack of gum. It’s really nothing new…it’s all over Pinterest I’m sure. I created the printable that you can print out and cut out and all you have to do is tape it on a pack of gum and you’re finished. Some of the others that I picked to show you don’t call for any kind of candy which is also nice. It’s fun to give a little treat or something special that doesn’t cost a lot of money. And like always you can search up Pinterest homemade valentines and you will have a huge array of ideas. All you’re going to need for my valentine is some paper or cardstock some scotch tape and scissors. The size of the printable is about 3 x 5.5 so it should wrap around most packs of gum.

Click on HERE to download the printable (I put 3 on one sheet of paper:) (obviously for personal use only….don’t go selling these and telling people you made the printable mkay:)

 

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I thought these were adorable too….I mean who doesn’t love a truck full of donut goodness??

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Donut Truck Printable

 

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You’re the BALM printable

 

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Fruit Valentine Printable

 

 

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Balloon Valentine

Happy weekend my loves:)

xo

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DIY snack tray for the car

Fall travel is right around the corner….here is a great tool to keep the cars neat:)

Our cars often times are like our home on wheels…we are constantly going somewhere….and making that space “work” as efficiently and as neat as possible is always a plus. I think the back envelope area of your car seat is thee best way to help keep your car tidy. Every member of my family have benefited from these snack trays. They are an inexpensive way to keep food on laps….easy to make…a snitch to clean…AND they fit in the seatback…win win!

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So here is how you go about making a couple of cute snack trays for your car:) You will need:

2 dollar store cookie sheets

1 large plastic shopping bag (mine is from TJ Maxx)

tacky glue

some heavy books

scissors

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This is how we do it: (are you singing now? like MC Hammer? just me? carry on…..)

cut the bag so that you have 2 pieces of plastic

trace the cookie sheet on the wrong side of the plastic

cut it out

place glue along inside edge of cookie sheet

place one plastic sheet on and press firmly

set heavy books on top till dry

 

 

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Isn’t it cute how is matches my Puffs tissues:) Some days I just feel like I could rule the world;) Puffs sent me some fabulous travel tissues to place back in the seat too. I love that the container is “squishable” and water resistant. Very user friendly packaging…and not bad to look at either:) I’m so fancy like that…:) Be sure to look up Puffs on Facebook and share how SoftPack’s could fit into your life:)

 

 

 

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DIY Wood Coasters

So….sometimes I’m in a craft store…for a specific purpose….and I get this crazy idea in my head…and then start shopping for the crazy idea….this was one of those moments. I was in the wood burning tool aisle….you know with all the wood…and tools. Too specific? Anywho, I started to gather an idea in my head for some coasters that we were in desperate need of….side point: why are most coasters ugly? why are most set of coasters expensive? why do birds sing so gay? why do fools fall in love? why do the raisenets in my drawer keep popping in my mouth? Sidenote #2: my husband is a coaster freak….if he sees a glass on a table without a coaster…it kind of drives him nuts….now you know:)

Sorry, I’m back…. So I set out to make some really hip, cool, unique, rad, awesomesauce coasters…on a dime.

Here is how it all went down…(btw, if you don’t want to make your own…I have these for sale in my etsy shop. A perfect gift for guys and gals:) ANNNNND….a sweet little local gift shop in Norton Commons called 7 Southern Giraffes is going to be carrying them very soon (as soon as I fill their orders:) Whoot!!!

 

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I found these Walnut Hollow tools at my local Michaels. Here is a link for the Amazon store too…I have the burning tool and the letters.

 

 

state coasters

To make these coasters…..you will need:

Woodburning tool

woodburning letters

needle nose pliers

blank wood (found these in Michaels wood aisle)

sanding block

wipe on poly by Minwax (or brush on)

state stencil (I printed mine off the web)

pencil

 

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I obviously had my hands a bit tied up while making these….so pictures are thin on this post:) Basically, you trace the state gently onto the wood. I followed the lines of my stencil, then I knew where to burn. Screw in the tool that looks like a pen tip and plug in your burner. Allow it to heat for about 5 minutes. Test and practice on a scrap piece of wood. Helps to get the feel for it….obviously the slow the pace the more wood burns….

To change out the tip, I use a needlenose pliers, switching out the letters as I go. Like anything else, it takes practice and you get better the more you do… (insert your own joke here…moving on…)

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I may or may not be addicted to burning wood….it is very relaxing:)

Like I said before, I am selling them through my etsy shop….through the holiday season….so check out the link to find more….I did some ornaments and frames too:)

Have fun with it! Go learn something new and make some for gifts this year:)

xo

Paper bag vase: Patriotic decor

Let’s just call this your magazine to summer time fun. I am teaming up with not one, not two….but 110 other bloggers to bring you a slew of summer time ideas that all center around red, white and blue! The web will be lit up today with patriotic goodness so be sure to pass this link along and spread around the summer cheer! Search the hashtag #ultimateredwhiteandblue on instagram and pinterest….you will not be short on inspiration for the season:)

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I thought it would be fun to use up some of my trimmings…I paired them up with an inexpensive brown paper bag…and voila instant party décor! I think if you made up a couple of these for a summertime cookout…they would look so cute lined up on a table. Buy one for each guest and you have a party favor too!

 

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Here is what you will need:
pinking shears

hot glue

trimmings (I got sparkle trim at the dollar store, I had the other trims on hand)

brown paper bags

flowers of your choice

drinking glass to hold water & flowers in the bag

 

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Cut about 4 inches off the top of the bag.

Using the hot glue…attach the trim.

Fill glass with water and flowers….done and done:)

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I think the eyelet is so sweet too….a bunch lined up on a picnic table…adorbs am I right?!?!

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It is a great way to use up some left over trim too:)

 

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Be sure to search #ultimateredwhiteandblue throughout the day to see some fabulous inspiration for summer!
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DIY Boxwood Wreath

I am sorry I am a woman of few words lately! The end of the school year always seems like Christmas time….so much to get done in a little amount of time. Plus…with moving…it seems there is not enough hours in the day! But I have stuff to share with you…it is just hard finding the time to write about it! Hoping it calms down soon…and lazy summer days are ahead of me:)

Boxwood wreaths are expensive. Why are they so much more than any other kind of wreath?? #thingsIponder  Anywho, I set out to make one that was pleasing but on a dime:) Using grapevine wreaths that I already had on hand….I was able to create a couple of wreaths for not a lot of cash.

These will keep nice all year long…

 

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Really….these wreaths couldn’t be easier! Here are the supplies you will need:

2 grapevine wreaths (24 inches)

2 6 foot length of boxwood garland (found mine at Michael’s)

green floral wire

wire cutter

 

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Place the garland on top of the wreath and arrange it so it covers the wreath nicely.

Using pieces of wire….secure the garland to the wreath about every 10 inches or so.

(I secured mine by wrapping it around the front and twisting it on the back)

Hang your wreath! (a little trick to hanging a wreath on a glass door is to use wire and on the inside of the door hand a command hook upside down…loop the wire on to hold the wreath)

 

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That’s it! Easy right?!?!

 

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Go make some for your doors this weekend:)

xo

Tracie

No sew Pillow cover from a Sweater

I’ll be back next week some some #clevermoving updates…today…a fun craft! Hope you had a beautiful weekend!

 

I can promise you ….I am not the first person to think of this project. If you search out new use for an old sweater…you are sure to come up with a ton of inspiration. But when I stumbled across these sweet “beachy” sweaters at Old Navy…that happened to be on clearance…we are talkin $4.99 clearance people….I thought that they would make a really sweet addition to our couches. So I was off to figure out the easiest way to make that happen…here is how it went down;)

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So when I say “no sew”….I mean no sewing machine;) You do need to know how to use a needle and thread…but I think you should know that anyway:) File this under “Things to teach your kids this summer” ;) But other than a needle and thread…that is about all your going to need to create these pillow covers.

Upholstery extra strong thread (in color that matches sweater)

Old sweater, clearance sweater, dads old sweater…you get the point. (Mine was a size small sweater for a 18inch square pillow)

Pillow form (I used a couple of worn out pillows from my couch)

needle

 

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How to:

Dress your pillow;) Smooth out and arrange the pillow in the center of the sweater.

Tie the arms behind the back (try not to think to much about how horrible it would be to be stuck in a straight jacket…and then how do magicians get out of those??…and then I could use a hershey kiss…and then my butt hurts…I should have sat in a chair… #randombloggerthoughts)

Ok, moving on…Place the neck flaps over each other

Thread your needle and sew a basic long straight stitch to incase your pillow.

Do the same thing on the bottom of the sweater.

 

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Flip the sweater over and place a little knot on the tied arms to secure them from unknotting (hope that makes sense;)

 

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Ahoy mates! So stinkin cute….for $5!!!

 

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Go find yourself some pillows and go for it!

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xo

DIY ereader holder (Handmade Father’s Day gift)

This little handy ereader holder makes really good use of those inexpensive wooden craft store frames. They can be customized for pennies…and your recipient will be delighted at the time the kiddos took in making them one of a kind. This handy DIY ereader holder is perfect for Dad’s smartphone or ereader. Kids can put this together in just a few minutes (although it is best to allow the glue to dry over night.) All the supplies can be found at your local craft store and for very little money too. You may want to go ahead and make one for a favorite Uncle and Grandpa while you’re at it! Here we go….

 

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An inexpensive frame from the craft store becomes a really useful stand that will fit most tablets and ereaders. (The one shown above is the Kindle Fire) This would be great to place next to the bed where it could be easily found and charged too.

 

The supplies you will need to make your DIY ereader:

  • craft store wooden frame
  • wood glue or super glue
  • spray paint
  • small wood blocks (1/2 inch)
  • hobby wood (1/4 inch thick, 1 1/4 inch wide, cut to the width of frame)
  • hand saw
  • pencil
  • stickers and decorations
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Steps:

  1. Measure the hobby wood. This will be what the ereader sits on. Mark with the pencil the width of the frame so you know where to cut.
  2. Cut your wood.
  3. Glue 2 blocks onto the top of the wood. This will “hold” the ereader and prevent it from falling off.
  4. Glue the hobby wood onto the edge of the frame and lay flat. Allow to dry overnight if possible.
  5. When dry…spray paint or stain the ereader holder.
  6. Decorate and place a picture in the frame.
  7. It’s ready to use!

 

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This would be great to use bedside…or in an office. Very useful:) Plus every time he looks at it he will smile and think about his little munchkins;)

You can get a jump start on these now for Father’s day and actually be ahead of the game!

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Bunny Wall Decal DIY (easy Easter Decor with DuckTape®)

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Duck Brand for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Funny thing about this post….I had this idea in my head for awhile now…but hadn’t really had the time to put it together. I haven’t crafted in awhile and I needed to get out some creative energy. I grabbed some DuckTape® that I had on hand and started playing around. Then I got an email from my friends at DuckTape® and they wanted me to come up with an Easter craft to share…weird huh…so that is the story of how this little DuckTape® bunny was born;) These sweet little rabbit would be great for kids to whip up this weekend….make up a bunch and stick them everywhere (bunnies do multiply quickly you know;). I just made one….but I think several on a mantle would be so sweet. Here is how you make one…   DuckTape® Easter Craft @cleverlyinspired (1)     A few items you will need:

rotary cutter

white DuckTape®

clear contact paper

bunny stencil

a mat to cut on makes it go super fast scissors

DuckTape® Easter Craft @cleverlyinspired (2)   Here is how we make our bunny:

Place bunny template on flat surface and tape a piece of contact paper on top. You will be able to follow the lines to fill the bunny in

Cut 1.5-2 inch slices of white DuckTape® (cutting on the mat is easy because the tape won’t stick to it.

On each piece of tape, fold in the bottom leaving the top of the tape still sticky

Place tape on the bottom of the bunny (on top of your contact paper).

Start at the bottom and work up until you have the bunny covered.

When you are finished filling the bunny in, turn the paper over and cut out the bunny shape. Peel away the contact paper and stick your bunny to the wall of your choice!

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Be sure to look for them on on Pintereston Facebookon Twitter for lots of inspiring ideas!

 

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Make a Newspaper Flower

Just popping in to share this sweet little craft for spring break week:)

With the winter that we have had….these may be the only flowers in bloom this spring. I shared this a long time ago on another blog…but I haven’t shared it here yet. This would be great spring break craft to whip up with the kids…and the cost is almost free! Instead of newspaper…you could use some pretty scrapbook paper and mix it up a bit for a little punch of color—bonus…it doesn’t require any watering;) Which means it is impossible for me to kill this flowering plant!

 

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How to:

Create a stem by cutting one piece of newspaper in half. Roll it up tightly and tape.

 

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Then you are ready to make your flower. Cut a 4 inch strip of newspaper and then fold in half lengthwise (should be 2 inches wide)

On the folded side, cut a large slit every 1/4 inch of so, creating a fringe effect.

Roll up the uncut side of newspaper and staple at the end.

Gently pull the fridges apart to poof out the flower.

Tape on your stem

 

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Make a whole bouquet and deliver them to friends!

 

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Easy enough right?!?!

 

xo

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