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Cheese Ball Carrots! April 13, 2012

I’d planned to make a bunch of these to hand out at a party, but I couldn’t find the cone shaped bags anywhere!  I ended up using some Wilton icing bags instead and only made two of these, one for each of my girls’ Easter baskets!  Both of my girls LOVE LOVE LOVE cheese balls, so I knew they would enjoy this treat.  I HATE HATE HATE them because they are sooo messy and not so healthy.  I’ve hidden the jumbo size cheese ball bucket I purchased and plan to send the rest to work with my husband!  This was an easy and fun snack and could make these with other ingredients.  I know there are bunny shaped “goldfish” that would be cute!

 

I could also see substituting these “carrots” for the lollipops that grew from jelly beans!

 

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878202122/

Project Linkhttp://bethybrat-bloomingwhereimplanted.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2010-04-01T08%3A00%3A00-04%3A00&max-results=20

Substitutions:  None

Time:  5 Minutes for both!

 

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Handprint Easter Lamb with Cotton Balls

This is one of the very first holiday themed projects I ever pinned.  This project was cute, simple, and fun for the kids.  My 1 year old kept saying “more”.  She wanted me to paint her hand over and over again!

 

Supplies

1.) Construction paper

2.) Cotton Balls

3.) Glue

4.) Black Acrylic Paint

5.) Paint Brush

6.) Googly Eyes

7.) Ribbon – I used another pin to make my own small sized ribbons.

 

Steps

1.) Pull out all the supplies.

2.) Paint your child’s hand with the black paint.

3.)  Press hand down on paper.

4.)  Wait for paint to dry.

5.)  Glue cotton balls to form a sheep.

6.)  Add googly eye to thumb.

7.)  Glue bow ribbon to cotton ball.

 

We made one for me and another for Grandma and Papa!

 

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878202068/

Project Linkhttp://craftsbyamanda.com/2011/03/handprint-easter-lamb.html

Substitutions:  None

Time:  30 minutes

 

 

Yarn Balloon Eggs April 7, 2012

I saw this pin long ago and it sparked my interest in having a rainbow / Candy Land themed 5th birthday party.  I thought these yarn balloons would be a perfect decoration for her party.  Since then, I learned that I can use this technique to make Easter egg shaped yarn balloons.  So, I made enough to fill a bowl to use as a centerpiece for Easter.  I’ll do more for my daughter’s birthday, but it’s not until September!

 

I first tried mixing tacky glue and water and this is was the result …  as my daughter would say waah-waah-waaah.

 

 

I knew from the moment I started putting on the yarn that it wouldn’t work. The yarn wasn’t sticking, my fingers were very sticky, etc, etc.  Also, I tried to do this outside and that was a BAD idea.  The wind blew the balloon around too easily.

 

I was determined to make this work, so I searched Pinterest for a new concoction.  I read of many ways to make the paste used to affix the yarn to the balloons.  I headed to the store with a long list of ingredients.

 

The first mixture I tried was to mix 1 cup of liquid starch (I used STA-FLO) with 1/2 cup of flour.  To my delight, it worked great.  I was relieved that I wouldn’t have to try any of the other recipes.  Although this project is messy, I loved that the mixture was easy to clean off my hands and my counter top.

 

Supplies:

 

1) Liquid starch (STA-FLO)

2) Water balloons

3) Bowl

4) Yarn

5) Paper Towel or toilet paper rolls

6) Newspaper

7) Scissors

 

 

Steps:

 

1)  Cover table or counter top with newspaper.

 

2) Prepare paste.  I combined 1/2 cup of STA-FLO with 1/4 cup of flour.  This amount made three balloons.  I would have made more, but it was all that would fit in my bowl.

 

3) Blow up water balloon (I had to use a hand pump because it was impossible to blow up with your mouth).

 

4) Shape balloons by squeezing them into an egg shape.

 

5) Prepare yarn.  I did not cut the yarn ahead of time.  I just unraveled part of the ball and dropped the ball over the edge of my counter top.  This made it easy for me to pull more yarn as I needed it!  NOTE:  Use any kind of yarn.  I liked the look of the really thin crochet yarn that I had on hand.  You can also use embroidery floss.


 

6) Place some yarn in the bowl.  I probably placed 3 feet of yarn in at a time.  Be careful not to knot up your yarn.

 

 

7) Squeeze out the paste mixture over the top of your bowl (so it drips back in).

 

8) Wrap yarn all around your balloon.

 

9) Keep wrapping.  Wrap until you have as much yarn as you like.

 

10)  I cut up some toilet paper rolls and placed my balloons on them to dry.  In the morning, I flipped the balloon over to dry the other side.

 

 

11) Once the balloon is completely dry, hold onto the tied part of the balloon and pop it!  MAKE SURE TO HOLD ONTO THE TIED PART OR IT WILL BE REALLY HARD TO GET ALL THE REMNANTS OUT OF THE BALLOON!!!

 

12) Now admire your balloon.  You will notice there is extra glue on the balloon.  Go ahead and use a pin or paper clip or something to scrape out the existing glue.  I didn’t do this, but you could to have a more finished product!

 

I’ve read that these can last years and years.  I plan to save mine for next year.  Another fun alternative is to fill the water balloon with a treat or something.  Then, when you pop the balloon, there is a treat inside the balloon.  Then, your kids get to cut open the balloon on Easter for the treat.

 

And here is a picture of my centerpiece!

 

 

Pinterest Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878174891/

Project Linkhttp://www.craftyendeavor.com/2012/03/08/easter-egg-garland/

Time:  It took me about 25 minutes to do three balloons.  To do 6, it would probably take 40 minutes.  It took a bit of time to get it all setup and cleaned up.

Substitutions:  I did not make these into a garland because I already made the paint chip garland!  Also, I used yarn instead of embroidery floss.  I bet the embroidery floss would work really well, too!

 

Plant Jelly Bean “Seeds” and a Lollipop will Grow Easter Morning April 5, 2012

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Although I haven’t done this yet (waiting for Easter), I wanted to post this cute idea BEFORE Easter so you guys can do this with your kids, too!

 

Supplies

1.) Jelly Beans

2.) Lollipop – As the link says, you can get these large lollipops at Walgreens for $1

3.) Baggie

4.) Ribbon

 

Just package up some jelly beans.  Present these to your children as “magical” jelly beans that only work the night before Easter.  Plant them in the yard the night before Easter.  In the morning, your kids will find a lollipop has grown overnight!  This will become a tradition for my family!

 

Pictures from See Jane Blog:

 

Project Linkhttp://cjaneblog.blogspot.com/2010/03/cutest-easter-tradition.html

 

I wish I could think up something this clever.  I will post my pictures after Easter!

 

UPDATE:  I went to Walgreen’s to get the same lollipops as shown above, but they were sold out.  Boo!  I ended up getting a bunny and frog lollipop instead.  I wrote out a little card that read “Dear Sophie and Molly, Plant these magical jelly beans and see what grows Easter Morning.  Love, The Easter Bunny”.  The girls planted the jelly beans the afternoon before Easter.  On Easter morning, my 4-year old was much more excited to see what grew in place of the jelly beans than looking at her Easter basket.  We will most definitely continue this tradition.

 

And here are my pictures …

Happy Easter!

 

Duck Pretzel – Easter Treat March 30, 2012

I’m taking my daughter to a “Spring Tea” party hosted by one of her classmates.  I wanted to bring a cute treat to fit the theme that a bunch of 4 year old’s would love.  I saw this pin for these duck pretzels.  It looked like a cute and simple project and I had most of the ingredients already.  They turned out really cute!

 

What You’ll Need

1.)  Nonstick Mat – my Silpat worked great

2.) Twist Pretzels

3.) Candy Coating – I used white Wilton candy coats and used my oil based Wilton food coloring to color it yellow.

4.) Spoon

5.) Tick Tacs

6.) Something for the eyes – black icing OR edible marker OR black nonparelis

 

Steps

1.) Place pretzels out on a nonstick mat.

 

2.) Melt candy coating according to package directions.

 

3.) Color the candy coating (if you use white candy).  If you purchase yellow candy coats, you can save yourself a step.

 

4.) Spoon candy coating inside pretzels.

 

5.)  Before the candy sets, place tick tacs where the beak will go.

 

6.)  Let ducks set for 15-20 minutes.

 

7.) Use marker to dot an eye on the duck.  I tried my Wilton FoodWriter, but it didn’t work.  I ended up using the marker to make indentation where the eyes should be and piped in some black icing to make the eyes.  I decided I didn’t like that, so I used green sprinkles.  If I make these again, I will use some larger black ball nonparelis.

 

8.)  Eat and enjoy!

 

Recipehttp://www.thesugarbuzzpantry.com/BuzzoftheMonth/AprilBuzzoftheMonthBunnyandDuckPretzels.aspx

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878136803/

Substitutions:  I used black icing AND green sprinkles for the eyes instead of an edible marker.  Also, I used tic tacs instead of orange coated sunflower seeds.  I couldn’t find the sunflower seeds at the store.

Time: 30 minutes

NOTE:  One bag of Wilton Candy Melts made 50 duck pretzels.

 

Paint Chip Easter Egg Garland March 29, 2012

I’ve seen this idea posted a few times and I thought it was a cute project for Easter.  The best part is, it’s free!  I did feel a little sneaky snatching paint chips at Home Depot the other day.  I was relieved to read that someone actually called Behr and asked if it was considered “stealing” when taking paint chips for crafts.  Behr said that it as NOT stealing!  Phew!

 

Supplies:

– Paint Chips

– Stencil of Egg

– Pencil

– Scissors

– Tiny Hole Punch

– Crochet Thread

– Tape

 

Steps:

1.)  I collected paint chips from Home Depot.  I grabbed the Behr paint chips that have four colors.

 

2.)  I cut my paint chips in half.

 

3.)  I found a picture of an egg by searching in google for “easter egg template”.  I copied the picture from the internet and pasted it into Word.  Then, I re-sized the image a few times until I got it just the right size.  TipMake sure to get your template just the right size.  If you make it too big, you will cut off some white on to the tips of the eggs.  A few of mine have white tips! 

 

4.)  I cut out the egg and traced it onto my first paint chip.

 

5.)  I used my first paint chip as a stencil and traced the egg shape onto all my paint chips.

 

6.)  I cut out the eggs.

 

7.)  I punched two holes at the top of each egg (about 1/4″ apart).

 

8.)  I placed my paint chips in order.  My daughter had fun matching the colors in rainbow order.

 

9.)  I threaded the eggs onto the crochet thread.  NOTEI did not pre-cut the thread.  I cut the thread after I threaded all the eggs and after I hung it on my mirror.

 

10.)  I taped my garland to my dining room mirror and spaced the eggs out evenly.

 

Time:  1.5 hour total.  It took one hour to cut the paint chip, trace the eggs, and cut them out.  It took another half hour to punch the holes and string the eggs.

Pinterest Pinhttp://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878131804/

Link to Projecthttp://blog.amyatlas.com/2011/04/paint-chip-easter-garland-easter-giveawaypantone-egg-contest/

Substitions:  None

 

I’m excited about all the fun projects I can create out of paint chips.  I plan to use the paint chips to make a similar garland (but with circles) for my daughter’s Candy Land/Rainbow themed birthday party (it’s not until September, but I’m getting started early.)  I’m also going to make my daughter a paint chip necklace!

 

Also, take a look at my yarn ball eggs (in a white bowl under the mirror).  I’ll be posting about this, too.  I just want to make more of them first!

 

Happy Easter!

 

Easter Peeps S’mores March 26, 2012

One of my family’s favorite pastimes is sitting by the fire in our backyard fire pit.  Part of our fire ritual is making s’mores.  I saw a pin that used Peeps instead of marshmallows in the s’more.  Brilliant!  I knew my girls would love this idea.  I’m not a peep fan, myself, so I was a bit skeptical.  It turns out that they were really good cooked up and the s’more tasted just the same.  I have a Tupperware full of s’more ingredients on hand at all times since we make them a lot, especially in the summer.  The only ingredient I was missing was the peeps, so I picked some blue bunny Peeps up at the store.

 

The entire family loved this activity.  My 4-year-old enjoyed roasting the Peep (and eating them).  My 19 month old got a taste of her first Peep and she came back for seconds.  My husband (not a big sweet person) loved it, too!  Overall, I’d say these were a hit, and easy too.

 

Pinterest Pin:  http://pinterest.com/pin/40391727878112967/

Link:  http://eclecticrecipes.com/peeps-smores-for-easter

Substitutions:  The link shows duck peeps, but I used bunny peeps.  I wish I would have gotten more than one color … maybe next time!

Time:  It only takes a few minutes to roast a marshmallow!