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Spring Garland {15 minute craft}

Good Afternoon Friends!

As promised, I am going to share with you how I made the simple garland from my Spring Mantel.

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What you’ll need:

Heavier paper, like cardstock

patterned paper or an accent paper

adhesive, a glue stick will work fine

fine point marker, I used a Sharpie

ribbon or twine

clothespins or a hole punch

How I did it…

Cut out rectangles to use as the background.  (If a paper cutter is not available, trace kids flashcards.)  Cut out the letters to spell the word.  I used a different pattern of paper for each letter.  This is a great way to use up scraps!  Glue letters to rectangles.  If desired, draw little lines resembling stitching around each letter and ink edges of paper with a chocolate brown ink pad.  Then, either punch holes in the tops of each rectangle or simply clip each one with a clothespin.

Easy peasy,  cute and Springy…I love the mismatched letters because it reminds me of an old quilt.

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I made the “Happy” banner above the Art Buffet exactly the same, but hung it from pom-pom fringe.

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I would love to see your Spring banners…Please share!  Happy Crafting!

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Spring Mantel

I know, I know…I have not shared any of my Spring decor with you all!   It’s just that Spring has taken sooo long to get here and I could not get motivated to decorate for Spring when there was still snow on the ground.  Lately, we have been blessed with nicer weather and I might have been bitten with the Spring decorating bug last weekend.

First up…Of course, my Spring Mantle

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I know what you are thinking…It’s so neutral.  Honestly, I’m not sure how that happened.  Whenever I decide to makeover the mantel decor, I scrounge through all my decor items and choose what strikes me…I guess this year, I was feeling a little neutral.  Don’t worry…I have bright plans for Summer!

Surprisingly, I am really enjoying it.  It feels fresh and clean and have I ever told you I love decorating with birds?  The standing birds were a Tuesday Morning find and my jumping off point for the decor.

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Here’s how I made my Spring Garland…Happy Springy Days!

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Sharing with these Fun blogs…Head over and check out the other ideas!

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Birds Nests {kids in the kitchen}

Happy Friday Friends!  This week has gone by so quickly, but I have really enjoyed sharing some of our favorite family treats and activities.  Ready for the last one before Easter?

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Birds Nests are one of the treats I remember most from my childhood.  I cannot remember who made them, but I do remember eating sooo many that my tummy hurt.  I would even sneak them off the table after I was told I had eaten too many.

Birds Nests are super easy to make and are a good recipe to make with a little helper.  Bonus: They are no-bake!  You could make them for an easy Easter dessert or enjoy them anytime during the Spring.

Here we go…

What you’ll need:

1 bag butterscotch chips

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 bag chow mien noodles

candy to use for eggs

How to make them:

Heat the butterscotch chips and peanut butter in a microwave until melted. ( Stir periodically. Chips may look solid even after melting.) Stir in bag of chow mien noodles.  Working quickly, use a spoon to drop nests onto wax paper or other non-stick surface.  They will look like uneven nests.  Quickly set three eggs on top of each nest.  Allow to set and enjoy!

Note: We used jelly beans because that is what the boys chose, but I really prefer chocolate eggs combined with the butterscotch.  M&M’s have some really cute speckled eggs out right now that would be perfect.

Hope you didn’t miss out on my other fun Easter ideas…

Bunny Cinnamon RollsKid Friendly Stained GlassBunny PizzasEaster Egg Lunch Hunt

Happy Easter!

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Easter Kids Craft and a Pinterest FAIL

Happy Wednesday!  Hope you are enjoying this week as much as I am…Today I am sharing an easy craft and a Pinterest FAIL.

First up…

Kid Friendly Stained Glass 

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This is a winner at my house for one main reason…It involves quite a bit of glue.  Not as much as my Pinterest FAIL, but we’ll get to that in a bit.  My boys love using glue and a dot of glue to me is much different than a dot of glue to them.  Anyway…

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What you will need:

Paper plates (or heavy paper)

wax paper

tissue paper (various colors)


Start by drawing and cutting out your desired shape onto a paper plate, then cut out.  Tear or cut tissue paper into smaller pieces.  Here comes the glue…Glue the pieces of tissue paper onto a sheet of wax paper.  Allow to dry.

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Glue wax paper with tissue collage onto the paper plate so that the part you see is the smooth wax paper side.  Trim edges.

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Now, just…Punch a hole, tie a ribbon and hang in your window.  These can be made for any season using different shapes and colors of tissue paper.

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Don’t miss out on my other fun Easter ideas…Bunny PizzasEaster Egg Lunch Hunt, and Bunny Cinnamon Rolls!

And Now For A Pinterest Fail…Ugh!

So, I saw this idea multiple times on Pinterest and thought we should give it a try.  Why?  Because it uses glue as a main ingredient…Lots of glue.  Did I mention, we like glue at our house?

Window Clings {made with glue}

I admit, I usually DO NOT follow directions.  I typically look at the picture and recreate what I see.  BUT this time I actually read and followed the directions. (I learned my lesson!)

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What I was supposed to do was make a template or use a cookie cutter.

Pinterest fail stencil {}Set it on a piece of wax paper.  Fill the template with glue.  Let it dry.  Note:  I added glitter…Window clings NEED glitter, right!?

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I let it dry and dry and dry for a couple days.

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The glue ran and the shapes we created morphed into their own shapes.

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Then, they wouldn’t peel off the wax paper.  They curled. They made a glittery mess on my floor.

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They looked nothing like they were supposed to.  Ugh!  What a waste of glue!

So…DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME (unless you want a fun excuse for your kiddos to use glue)!

If you made these at home and they worked…What did I do wrong?

What Pinterest FAILS have you experienced?

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What’s New This Week…

Hey Friends!

Just wanted to start the week off on a creative note.

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Happy Crafting this week!


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