Spring


White Chocolate Blossoms – these darling sweet treats are made with white chocolate candy melts and an M&M center.  Perfect for Easter, spring, birthdays, showers, and more.

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

Hello there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  Spring is in the air and today I am so excited to share these White Chocolate Blossoms with you.  They are made with just two ingredients and a super cute flower ice cube tray that I bought at IKEA for $0.99.  These blossoms are so easy to make and are just the most adorable sweet treat ever.  They are perfect for Easter and Spring!

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

For these White Chocolate Blossoms, you will need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bag of White Chocolate Candy Melts
  • M&M Candy

Tools:

  • 1 Flower Ice Cube Tray
  • Lollipop Stick *optional

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

Start by melting the white chocolate candy melts by following the instructions on the package.  I used the microwave method.  I placed the entire bag of melts into a 2 cup glass Prex measuring cup.  Microwave at 50% for 1 minute.  Stir the candy melts and place back in the microwave.  Heat at 50% for an additional 30 seconds or until the candy melts are completely melted and runny.

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

Once the white chocolate candy melts are completely melted, pour into the flower ice cube tray filling each mold to the top.  If you make a mess like I did, just wipe off any excess with a towel.  No big deal.  Place the ice cube tray in the freezer for 15 minutes.  You will have left over chocolate which is what you need for the next step.

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

After the white chocolate blossoms have been in the freezer for 15 minutes, remove from the freezer and pop them out of the ice cube tray.  Use the extra melted white chocolate to “glue” one M&M to the center of each blossom.  I had lollipop sticks on hand that I used but you can just use a butter knife.  Just place a little of the melted white chocolate on the M&M side with the M on it and place in on the center of blossom.  Pop the blossoms into the refrigerated until firm.

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

I seriously can not get over how cute these white chocolate blossoms are.  They would be perfect for a garden party, birthday party, wedding shower, baby shower or just a cute treat to make on the weekends.  I love how easy this recipe is.  You just need two ingredients and they take no time to make.  Plus, you can never go wrong with two kinds of chocolate!

Easy White Chocolate Blossoms - perfect for Spring and Easter!

Thank you for letting me share my White Chocolate Blossoms with you today!  I love when a recipe and craft come together like this one.  I hope you enjoy these sweet treats as much as my family and I did.  Happy Spring!


Springtime Printable Pack

Who doesn’t love Springtime?!? We love it around here. New blooming flowers, colorful eggs, and adorable baby animals. So much fun to be had. We wanted to get in on the celebration of all things spring so we designed this Springtime Printable Pack.

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This pack includes 11 printable games and activities that are sure to provide you with everything you need to enjoy springtime as a  family!

You could use this pack for a Springtime themed party at your home, a joy school or home school group, or just for fun around the house. Or turn it into an Easter party and the kids will loving using it after all the eggs have been dyed.  Kids at all three of ours homes have been busy using this kit to its fullest.

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Each Springtime Printable Pack contains:

  • Don’t Catch the Bunny–This is our spin on “Don’t Eat Pete,” using a Bunny.
  • Bunny Headbands– Kids will love to make these cute Bunny headbands.
  • Springtime Memory Game–Kids will want to play this game over and over. It’s a crowd favorite at our house.
  • Roll A Bunny Tail– This game is a hoot to watch and see who can fill up their bunny tail the quickest.
  • Color by Number Eggs–Kids will love to color their eggs and using the coloring guide on each page.
  • Do A Dot Springtime activities–Do A Dot Markers are used to add color to these sheets. Kids will have so much fun using these.
  • Easter Egg Coupons–Instead of candy use these coupons to give your children the best treat they could ask for–time together as a family.
  • Springtime I-Spy–This game is a fun for everyone. Race to see who can count the correct number of images in the quickest amount of time.
  • Bunny Hop: Get out some fun music about love and watch the kids jump from Bunny to Bunny and do the action of the Bunny they land on.
  • Springtime Coloring Pages–Let the kids color up some eggs and springtime themes on paper while you are hiding eggs, or just as a fun activity after school. They’ll love these fun coloring pages.
  • Egg-cellent Activity Eggs–These coupons can also be used in Easter eggs instead of candy. Or a fun springtime way to reward kids for a job well done.

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sm easter pack dont catch the bunny

sm easter pack do a dot egg

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You can purchase this pack for only $5.99 right now.

Springtime and Easter Printable Pack

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DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign – create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.  This easy to make sign can be hung inside the home or on a front door and is guaranteed to spread some cheer.

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

Hello there!  It’s Katie from The Casual Craftlete blog.  Today I am going to show you how to create a DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign that is perfect for displaying this holiday.  I can’t believe how early Easter is this year.  It’s on March 27 which will be here before you know.  So, it’s time to start thinking about DIY craft projects now.  I love how bright and cheery this sign is.  Plus, there are just a few steps in making this sign.  Let’s get to it!

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

Supplies:

  • Premade Wood Sign
  • Chalky Finish Paints
  • Paint Brushes
  • HAPPY EASTER Cut file or you can use a stencil
  • Decorative Flower

Instructions:

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

I started by painting the wood sign using Americana Decor chalky finish paint in the color Heritage.  This is a orangish yellow color and I think it is perfect for Spring.  Since this is raw wood, I needed two coats of paint.  This color will be the color of my HAPPY EASTER text.  While the paint was drying, I made a vinyl stencil.

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

I created a vinyl stencil with my electronic cutting machine.  If you don’t have a machine, you can always print and cut out the letters yourself.  I picked a font that I like, then placed the white vinyl HAPPY EASTER letters on the wood sign using transfer paper.

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

If you like how the vinyl letters look, you can leave the sign like that.  I painted a thin coat over the letters using a white chalky finish paint.  When painting over vinyl, make sure it is well sealed to your working surface.  This will prevent paint from leaking underneath.  Let the paint dry then remove the vinyl letters.

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

I used a fine grit piece of sandpaper and distressed around the edges and the front of the sign.  Then I hot glued a blue metal decorative flower to the sign.  The flower was actually in the same aisle as the wood sign in my local craft store.

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

I am really happy how this DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign turned out!  It’s very simple and is slightly distressed making it look rustic.

DIY Happy Easter Wood Sign - create a custom sign to decorate for Easter.

Thank you for letting me share today.  Hope you have a HAPPY EASTER and Spring!

 


Hello Crafting Chicks Readers!

We are so excited to be here today sharing a super simple “Rainbow Ric Rac Skirt” Tutorial.   Recently my little girls are into anything with rainbows so, with St. Patrick’s Day coming I thought it was a great excuse to make them a rainbow skirt.

Rainbow Ric Rac Skirt Tutorial

Plus it will be fun to wear through out the spring and then again for Cinco de Mayo!  And it’s sooooooo easy to  make.

Let’s get started.

All you need to make this skirt is an adult size white t-shirt, some 1″ elastic, a variety of ric rac colors, and matching thread.

Rainbow Ric Rac Skirt Step 1

Then to make the actual skirt just follow this simple T-shirt to Skirt tutorial.

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BUT….before you add the elastic into the waistband STOP and complete the following steps first!

Starting at the bottom hem of your skirt add your first row of ric rac.  Fold under your ric rac at the beginning and ending of the row so that the raw edges will be tucked away.  Also over lap the ending of your ric rac row over the beginning.  (When you do this it will look like the photograph below.  I usually start and end my rows on the back or side of my skirt rather than the front.)

Rainbow Ric Rac Skirt Step 2

With this skirt I used the skirts bottom hem stitching as my guide for placing the bottom row of ric rac.  Sewing it directly on top of that hem.

Next I pinned my next row up in place and stitched it to the skirt.

Rainbow Ric Rac Skirt Step 3

I continued sewing on one row at a time from the bottom to the top (making sure to match my thread to my ric rac) until my rainbow was complete.

Then I returned to the steps in the T-shirt to Skirt tutorial, added my elastic to the waistband and was finished!

Rainbow Ric Rac Skirt Finished

This really is such an easy afternoon project and my girls love it.

*NoTe:  I know, this isn’t a true rainbow…my 4 year old wanted “a big pink stripe” instead of a purple one…and then I wanted to add a silver lining to the bottom. 🙂

*NoTe AgAiN:  Don’t have ric rac?  Use grosgrain ribbon!  (You can usually find the entire rainbow of colors at the Dollar Store!)


Hi! My name is Emily and I blog all the things (but mostly food…and mostly desserts) over at Is This Really My Life. I absolutely love when Crafting Chicks put together an awesome series like this summer’s Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guide. And then I love it even more when they ask if I’d like to participate.

Heck to the yes!

Don’t tell, but I pretend the Crafting Chicks have adopted me. All the time.

I was super excited to come up with a recipe to go with a garden theme. I was pretty sure it would be cupcakes because my daughter’s birthday is in August and she’s all about the cupcakes. But what kind of garden-y cupcakes would an 8-year-old love? Butterfly cupcakes, of course!

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Butterfly Cupcakes - unbelievably easy to make and so much fun to eat!
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You know what I love most about these butterfly cupcakes? They’re crazy easy even if you make the cupcakes and frosting from scratch. For this batch I used a boxed mix because my homemade cupcakes tend to sink (I have yet to get them right) and no one was the wiser. I paired them with my favorite homemade vanilla frosting, which I colored a light blue for the sky.

The pretzel wings (white fudge Flipz + colored sugar) took only a couple minutes to make and are seriously tasty— I highly recommend making a few extra so you can snack on them while assembling the cupcakes. Or you can take the extras and dip them in the leftover frosting. I won’t judge.

To make the wings, simply lay out your sets of pretzels and lightly mist with water. Gently sprinkle colored sugar over the pretzels covering them as best you can. Let dry before placing on cupcakes.

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Butterfly Cupcakes - how to easily make glittery wings.
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For the butterfly body, I found these super cute colored pearls at my local grocery store. They are Celebration by SweetWorks and were packaged individually. But you can use any pearls or mini candy or fancy frosting tip if you’d like.

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Butterfly Cupcakes - unbelievably easy to make and so much fun to eat!
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I was hoping I could prop up the wings a bit but the pretzels were too heavy and the frosting too fluffy, but I think they still turned out adorable. Livi was super happy with them, and that’s all that really matters.

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Butterfly Cupcakes - unbelievably easy to make and so much fun to eat!
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Butterfly Cupcakes
Makes approx. 2 dozen.

Ingredients

  • 1 box rainbow chip (aka funfetti) cake mix plus ingredients to make cupcakes OR your favorite homemade recipe
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 T milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 3 to 4 drops blue food coloring
  • 48 white chocolate-dipped pretzels (I used white fudge Flipz)
  • Colored sugar
  • Colored pearls
  • Black or brown frosting for the antennae

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Directions

  1. For cupcakes, mix and bake cake mix according to package directions. Cool cupcakes completely before frosting.
  2. While cupcakes are baking and cooling, prepare your sparkly wings. Lay the pretzels flat side down on paper towels (see photo above) and lightly mist with water. Sprinkle colored sugar on the pretzels covering them as best you can. Let dry before placing on cupcakes.
  3. For frosting, beat the butter on medium speed for about 2 minutes until creamy. Add powdered sugar, milk, vanilla, salt and food coloring and beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Add more sugar if frosting is too thin, more milk if too thick. Frost cooled cupcakes.
  4. To assemble butterflies, place colored pearls in a line down center of cupcakes. Attach a set of wings as shown and finish them off by piping antennae on the top.

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If you love cupcakes as much as I do, I’ve shared quite a few cupcake recipes on my site including these seasonal peach cobbler cupcakes. Mmm…

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Peach cobbler cupcakes - a hint of peach flavor in the cupcakes and peach preserves in the center.
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Hi! I’m Kimbo from a girl and a glue gun and I’m super excited to be here! I’ve got a super fun craft for you today–Kid painted garden markers…made from paint sticks! Kid Painted Garden Markers squash I did not steal these. I’m just a hoarder….(and it’s not limited to paint sticks.) So slowly and surely I’ve saved these….but I’m sure Home Depot would let you have some. Our store has the nicest workers! paint stick

I gave each a coat of spray paint to cover up the designs. (kids could do this with regular paint!) painted paint sticks

Then it was time for them to decorate! Here’s the things with letting your kids paint. They love it…and they start out decorating and making designs and then it slowly becomes covered with all the paint mixed together.

And that’s fine. I don’t like to micro manage–I want the kids to be able to create without me over their shoulder!

But I do have a little secret.–I don’t let them use any dark colors. One drop of brown or black and no matter what colors you have it’s going to look like poop (the color)

I try to use bright fun colors. And white is a great color! You could use any color and white and get many different shades!

Here is the color palette we used: paint colors

I have three kids so each one got to decorate 2 sticks. kid painting

After they get them all decorated…and those clumps of paint dried…I added some Expressions vinyl! Cut it out of Permanent outdoor vinyl with my Silhouette — supplies Added some transfer tape-

garden vegetable vinyl

Cut eat vegetable apart and peel up transfer tape with vinyl attached. peel up transfer tape Lay on project and rub to get a great stick.

rub vinyl with applicator tool

Then peel up the transfer tape and your vinyl will be on your paint sticks!

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(you can also have your kids write it with a sharpie!)
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They turned out so fun and colorful! I want to have them paint big canvas’s now! fun kids craft idea with paint fun fact: I had to ask on facebook if any of my neighbors had a garden that I could take pictures in…cause I don’t have one! ha! Thanks to my friend Jillian for letting me tromp through her yard! tomato garden maker corn plant marker diy

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In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

To kick off our In the Garden with Kids Themed Week, we’ve got a great round up for you!  Printables, activities, games and more!

In the Garden with Kids

 

5 cool plants for kids from The Typical Mom

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Bean Teepee from Joyful Toddlers

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Seeds Mini-Book from Spell Out Loud

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Garden Hobbit House from Imagine Childhood

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Quick and colorful kids’ garden from K.I.S.S.

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Fairy garden from See Jamie Blog

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Soda bottle watering can from Mess for Less

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Easy plants to grow with children from Nurture Store

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Imaginative play garden from Frugal Fun for Boys

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Checklists and Printables from Lemon Lime Adventures

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Growing sunflowers from The Golden Gleam

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

DIY Watering Can from One Creative Mommy

In the Garden with Kids - Activities and Printables - So many ideas!  Perfect for keeping the kids busy this summer!

Don’t miss the rest of our Mother Hen’s Summer Survival Guides!  Please join us for this summer of fun & learning!  We will give you all of the ideas, supply lists, book ideas and more to make this a smooth summer program to enjoy at home.  Sign up for our newsletter HERE.  Each Friday we will be sending links to the weekly theme and posts so that you can get started!

Mondays: We will be sharing the best learning ideas, crafts and more from our favorite sites that tie into our weekly theme.

Tuesday:  We will be sharing the best Children’s Books!  And a literature activity that coincides with both the Chicks’ Pick book and weekly theme.

Wednesday, Thursday & Friday:  We will be sharing posts from our favorite bloggers!  They have the best ideas and are excited to be a part of this series!  All of these posts will tie into the theme:)

Fridays: Make sure you join each Friday to see what activities, supplies & other things you will need to plan your themed week at home.  We also will be having really cool giveaways each and every Friday of this series.


Hi crafting friends! I’m delighted to share a fun WEATHER snack today about rainbows and clouds! It’s a fun treat that kids can assemble themselves in under 2 minutes!

Rainbow Kids Snack

But first, let me introduce myself…I’m Kristen Duke, and I share the ideas in my head over at Capturing Joy. If you need photo tips, want to see my favorite family recipes, travel adventures, or check out our home tour, I’d love to have you! I live in Austin Texas and have 4 fabulous children and a handy husband that helps me with the projects in my head.
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Now, back to the rainbow snack. I altered an idea I saw from a kindergarten site, and got my girls involved in the process.

Here is what you need:

  1. graham crackers
  2. blue frosting
  3. marshmallows
  4. rainbow airhead

graham crackers and marshmallows for rainbow snack

I made them first, to make sure it all went as I thought it would in my head. I used 2 sizes of marshmallows for fun, you can just use one if you’d like.

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In order for the rainbow airhead to stand up, it helps to have a thicker layer of frosting, and putting the marshmallow clouds down first to “book end” the rainbow and hold it in place. I also trimmed down the rainbow just a touch so it wasn’t too long.

Rainbow Snacks

My 6 year old daughter was able to whip hers together, easy, and she thought it was so fun!

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She loved the 2 sizes of marshmallows

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She also really loved eating her creation!

rainbow graham snack

If you’re talking about weather, or just want to make a fun snack with your kids, try out the Graham Cracker Rainbow Snack!

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Thanks for having me, Crafting Chicks!

I’d love you all to come on over and visit Capturing Joy, or find me on your favorite social media, I love Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook!

Here are a few posts that I’ve shared that you may also like:

Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

Kids Lunch Jokes and Brain Teasers // Blueberry Yogurt Protein Bites // Say NO to Auto Beginner Photography // What to Wear in family pictures by COLOR

 


Hey! It’s liZ, one of the two Elizabeth’s, from over at Simple Simon and Company and we are happy to be here at the Crafting Chicks today!!!
Today we get to share a project that I’ve done about 2.8 billion times with students in my art classes and with my kids at home. It’s a favorite because it’s fun, they always turn out interesting, and this project lends it self nicely to so many different teaching topics….from the weather, to types of clouds, to color resist, to mixing colors, to making water color washes, etc. etc. Plus it’s easy enough for a preschooler but is still interesting enough for a junior high student to work on….I’ve done it with students of all ages and have consistently gotten terrific results.
This is a project that you can do inside or outside. All you need is access to see the clouds in the sky. (Since this after all is going to be a painting of the clouds.)
So, once you’ve found your cloud viewing location gather your supplies:
Now look at the clouds very carefully. Are they long and thin or fat and fluffy? Are there many clouds or just a few?
Next start to draw what you can see. Use a white crayon to draw the clouds on your white paper.
(It might be a little tricky—and silly if you’re 4—not to see the crayon on the paper but you can do it!)
When drawing press hard…and remember not to just draw the outline of the clouds, color them in all white to!
After you have your clouds just the way you want them paint over the top of the entire page with the blue sky color of your choice.
(Just use regular, plain, old water colors…the kind you can get at the store for like $2.)
As you paint you will see something magic start to happen. The blue paint will cover you paper but won’t stick to your clouds…and within minutes all the clouds that you drew with your white crayon will magically appear!
And if you are 11, like my son is, you will be more interested in why the wax of the crayon will repel the water and that will lead to further experimentation. (Which will be fun to.)
And, of course, you will be more interested in drawing all the different types of clouds (see the cumulus cloud below drawn by my 7 year old) instead of what you actually observe in the sky. (Which is ok to—there is no “right way” in art…especially if you are a “scientist” and not an “artist”.)
However, if you are 4 you won’t care about any of that.
You will do your best to draw the clouds how you see them and then just be amazed when you paint the sky on top of them.
It’s fun. It’s easy. It’s entertaining. And it’s almost educational!
Who could ask for anything more?
(And…in a few months when the snow is falling you can do it all over again…just change the clouds to be snowflakes or snowmen and you’ve got a brand new project to keep everyone happy on a stormy day!)
Thanks for inviting us over to play today ladies! We just love stuff like this!
(And if you want to see a few simple science projects that kids love just head over to Simple Simon and Company to see what we’ve got going on today.)
***Or if you need another really easy art project you can find one here: Tape Trees, A Tutorial ***
Thanks again!
-liZ



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