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DIY Photo Mat and Free Easter Printable

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I love a good holiday printable…who doesn’t? It’s such an easy way to add holiday decor into your home. This super easy DIY photo mat and Easter printable was perfect for my entryway. Here’s what I did…

First, I needed a frame. I found a simple black one at the dollar store and spray painted it gold.

To make the mat I used a piece of regular cardboard. You’ll want to make sure that whatever you use won’t be too thick to fit back into your frame when it’s all done. You might need to use something that’s not quite so thick, like a gift box, cereal box, or even a piece of cardstock. I used a plain photo mat that I already had as a stencil.  I traced it onto the cardboard and cut it out using a razor knife.

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I used scrapbook paper to cover mine. Wrapping paper would work great, too!

I would have used Mod Podge to glue my paper to the cardboard, but I’m fresh out. I know, I was just as surprised as you. I used rubber cement instead. It’s paper, so really, any glue will do.

After I glued my cardboard to the back side of my scrapbook paper, I cut the corners off. I also cut an X in the middle of the mat like so…

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Then, I folded and glued each side, trimming the paper as needed as not to have any hanging over.

And, that’s it.

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I put it in my shiny new frame with my Easter printable and…

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I love it! It’s perfect next to my “chocolate” bunny!

Pick a color and download your own free Easter printable below:
[Green]
[Pink]
[Purple]
[Brown]
[Black]

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Homemade Chocolate Easter Candy Baskets

Homemade Easter Candy Basket So when I was younger, my Oma and I would always make these fun Easter basket candies to pass out to our neighbors and friends. I remember her making these when I was around 5 and then I was so excited when she came into town and I was able to make them with her when I was around 9. My mom always encouraged me to keep up my creativity and so I think that it always was something that was taught when I was young and praised so I encourage you also to get your little’s into the kitchen as soon as their able to and help out with fun gifts like these.

Make these delicious and homemade Easter chocolate baskets for the upcoming holiday! Such a fun tradition to start and so easy that little hands can can help in the process.

Homemade Chocolate Easter Baskets
Ingredients
  • Mini Cupcake Liners
  • Red Pull-Apart Twizzlers
  • Easter M&M's
  • Sweetened Coconut
  • White Chocolate or White CandyMelts
  • Green Food Coloring
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and spread your coconut onto a non-stick baking sheet. Place it into the oven for 7 minutes, stir, cook for a remaining 2 minutes until most of the coconut has browned.
  2. Set up all your mini cupcake liners, M&M's and Twizzlers so that your baskets will be ready to assemble. Cut your Twizzlers into 3" pieces and separate them into individual strands.
  3. Next, temper your chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals until all the chocolate is mostly melted. Add the coconut and 2 drops of green food coloring and stir until it is combined.
  4. Pour the chocolate mixture into each liner and then you'll drop your 'eggs' into the basket.
  5. Next take your Twizzlers and bend it around so that it creates the handle. Hold it until it is set.
Notes
I have found it's easier to use a mini muffin tin when forming these. It gives stability to the liners and won't cause the handles to fall over. For more tips on tempering your chocolate, visit http://frenchiewraps.com/matchstick-valentines-free-printable
So these are super easy and not hard at all, it just takes a few tricks to know. First, when coloring your chocolate, you want to use gel coloring and you want to make it a bit brighter than you think that you’ll need. These will dry a bit light so I recommend 2 drops rather than one for about a cup of the white chocolate. Also, use a mini muffin tin if you have one, if not, try and find something that will help hold up the sides of your ‘baskets’ because the Twizzlers can be a little tricky to get to stand straight while you’re waiting for the chocolate to dry. And last but definitely not least, watch the coconut. It burns very easy and very fast so if you’re nervous, just take it out before you think.

Make these delicious and homemade Easter chocolate baskets for the upcoming holiday! Such a fun tradition to start and so easy that little hands can can help in the process. I hope that you love this recipe and have a chance to make memories with your children or grandchildren like I was able to make memories with my grandma. I hope that you’ll stop by my blog and check out some of my other recipes as well. I really love this Lemon Dill Aioli that I made a few weeks ago and one of my favorite drinks ever, this Creamy Coco-Cola! XOXO,                                   Lemon-Dill-Aioli   Creamy Coco-Cola

 

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20 Spring Decor Ideas

 Spring is almost here!  Are you ready for it?  Oh I am!  Well, my house isn’t … but I am!  To help get you ready for Spring, we’ve gathered 20 of the best Spring Decor projects from the web.  Add any of these to your home and you’ll be feeling the sunshine!

20 ideas for your Spring Décor – I love these!  So many easy DIY projects!

20 Spring Decor Ideas

Chalkboard Herb Garden from The Crafting Chicks

20 ideas for your Spring Décor – I love these!  So many easy DIY projects!

Pallet Planter from Southern House Restoration

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Rustic Succulent Pots from Meatloaf and Melodrama

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Boxwood Wreath from Reasons to Skip the Housework

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Colorful Burlap Wreath from Ginger Snap Crafts

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Faux Flowering Branches from My Soulful Home

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Tulips in a Vase from Life Fad

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Tint Mason Jars Blue from Setting for Four

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Spring Sign from Creations by Kara

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How to make a Moss Wreath from Entirely Eventful Day

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Hello Spring sign from Create Craft Love

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Spring Baby Grass Wreath from P.S. It’s in the Details

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He Has Risen printable from 36th Avenue

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Paper Spider Mums from Live Laugh Rowe

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Egg Topiaries from Lolly Jane

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Spring Floral Canvas from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

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Spring Door Basket from FrugElegance

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Moss Topiary from All Things Heart & Home

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Moss Pots from Project Wedding

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Indoor Tabletop Garden from One Krieger Chick

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Free Printable Easter Masks

Hi everyone! Kiki from Kiki and Company here to share a fun printable with you to help your kiddos get excited for all those Easter Egg Hunts coming up.  I don’t know about your kids, but mine LOVE everything Easter Bunny when March and April roll around, so today I thought I’d whip them up some fun Printable Easter Masks and give them to you too!

Free Easter Masks from kiki and company at the crafting chicks. LOVE these!

These Easter masks come in 2 sizes (Big for bigger kids and Small for your littles).  There is an Easter Bunny, a chick and a bird.

Free Easter Masks at the crafting chicks. CUTE!

The masks are super simple to put together.

Free Easter Masks at the crafting chicks. LOVE THESE!

Supplies

Free printables at end of post

Scissors

Ribbon

Hot glue

Cute kids  *not optional* 😉

Instructions

1- Download and print out masks on a heavy cardstock paper.

2-Cut out the masks and eye holes.

3-Cut two pieces of ribbon about 12″ long.

4- Glue ribbon to the x’s on the sides of the mask.

5- Find that cute kiddo and let them be an Easter bunny, chick or bird and take lots of pictures!

Free Easter Masks at the crafting chicks. LOVE ALL OF THESE!

I also added the masks with eyes on them so your littles can wear them as a hat (in case they don’t want them over their eyes).

Free Easter Masks at the crafting chicks. SO CUTE!

To download the free Easter masks, click on the link below:

MASKS

Bunny Mask- Big

Chick Mask- Big

Bird Mask- Big

Easter Masks- Small

WITH EYES

Bunny Mask with eyes- BIG

Chick Mask with eyes- BIG

Bird Mask with eyes- BIG

Easter Masks with eyes- Small

Have a Happy Easter!

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DIY Floral Crowns

Hi there Crafting Chicks followers! This is Ali from Dream Crafter back again to share another artsy fartsy idea. :) I’m sure you have seen these DIY floral crowns floating around Pinterest and I can’t get enough of them! (Sigh…if only I had  girl.) But I do love them for adults too. Not only are these floral crowns really cute, they are also REALLY easy to make (my favorite aspect of any craft.)

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Here’s what you’ll need to make these festive little beauties:

1. A whole bunch of fake flowers. (I would suggest getting some quality ones like at Michaels or Hobby Lobby.) I had an entire box full of fake flowers in my grandma’s basement just waiting to be used. Score!

flower supplies 2. Fabric Scissors 3. Neutral colored felt 4. Floral wire 5. Needle nose pliers 6. Wire cutters 7. Regular craft scissors 8. Hot glue gun and glue 9. Headbands or something stiff you can make a crown with. (Like thick cording or anything that has some bend to it).

Supplies

The first crown I made was this one:

Carnation Floral Crown

I actually started with a stretchy headband (and I have to say…it was a pain in the neck) but I’m glad it can fit a baby up to a five year old.  Then I just got my floral wire and wrapped it through the flowers and around the head band. Then on the backside I covered the wire with some felt (using my hot glue) so that it wouldn’t snag in some little gals long luscious locks. I love how this one turned out but I wish I had done more flowers around the sides.

Just in case you were wondering, I DID try these on my toddler boys (which they were not too happy about) just to see if they would fit and how they would look. And they looked amazing (for being on a boy) if I do say so myself. 😉

The second one I made I wanted to do more of a crown so I went all the way around the headband this time with some neutral colored daisies.

Daisy floral crown

I also loved this one, and it looks even cuter on. The only downside to this one is that because I hot glued the felt all the way around the inside, the headband doesn’t stretch as well and so it only fits a baby to a 2 year old. (My 3 year olds giant head was not very accommodating to this dainty piece.) Seriously, his head is huge. Its like an orange on a toothpick.

And lastly I decided to try using something else besides my stretchy headbands. I started by fashioning a fitted crown from my floral wire by tying a loop at one end and then braiding three pieces together. Then I just laced small flowers in between the spaces. Turns out, I like this one the best. And it took me the least amount of time…go figure.

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In the end, I think they all turned out pretty great (for me not having ANY experience making girly things) and I can’t wait to give them away as gifts. I have been thinking about making me one like this third one (but larger…obviously) for all of those summer solstice parties I go to. (That was a joke…I have never been to one but it looks like fun.)

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I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial and now you can start making your own floral crowns! Ready, Set, Go! Don’t forget to check out all the other fun shenanigans I have been up to over at Dream Crafter!

-Ali

 

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Potted Grass from Pink Parlor Designs {Spring Fever Series}

YES, it’s our friend Amy from Pink Parlor Designs.  You may recognize the name from the popular tents she sells.  She is awesome.  Welcome Amy!

Let’s admit it, Spring is the best! The anticipation of spring blooms, summer picnics, and flip flops!  In our home we basically live outdoors beginning in the spring and don’t want to come inside until the new school year starts up again.  While being outside we love to do our fair share of gardening.

The first signs of spring however start with our family tradition of planting our own Easter grass.  It’s a quick, easy, fun, project that your little ones can help with. Yes it makes a mess for about 12 minutes, yes you will want to sweep up immediately and think you could have done this in about 4 minutes by yourself but that’s not the point.  The fun in this is watching them learn and test their patience over the next few weeks of watching their grass grow.  You can do this……together.

First step is getting your supplies. You need your favorite soil, grass seed (I prefer Kentucky Blue Grass) pots or vases, water, and sun! For this years grass I decided I wanted to use different types of glass, metals, etc. I went to the local Deseret Industries and found a old cake pan that I thought would be prefect!

 

 

 

It’s pretty simple and fun and that’s why it’s perfect to have little ones help out.  Fill your pots with soil leaving about 1 1/2 inches from the top. Put a thick layer of seeds on top of the soil, covering all the soil. Add about 1/2 inch of soil to the top, covering the seeds!  Immediately water and you will water 2 times a day until your grass has come in fully.  Then you can cut back watering once a day. (Another job the little hands can do) Put them to  work, they love it!  They love the responsibility of a task, they love feeling like they are contributing, they love the fun in watching something they helped with grow!

 

 

 

You should start to see your grass pop up within about a week and a half.  Don’t get frustrated, be patient!  Because trust me once it comes in your going to have grass everywhere!!!  This also is a fun craft if you’ve ever had the desire to be a hair stylist because you will get to put your trimming skills to the test when you can cut the grass and give it a fresh trim.  As it gets closer to Easter I love to add Easter eggs to the grass as décor.  Have fun and get planting!

 

ENJOY!!
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Giant Easter Printables from the Caravan Shoppe {Spring Fever Series}

We are so thrilled to have the CARAVAN SHOPPE here on our site today.  You will DIE over their darling printables.  They are unlike any other.  I used their Thanksgiving set and everyone had so much fun with it.  WELCOME!

Happy Spring everyone! We are Caravan Shoppe, and are so happy to be sharing a printable Easter craft today!

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After spending hours cooking a ham, potatoes, and countless pies, decorating is the last thing on your mind. We have the easiest solution for you (seriously). Your guests will actually do the decorating for you! Kids and adults alike will love being able to color their tablecloth, placemat, or wall art and you won’t have to stress about cleanup.

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Use the tablecloth to distract the kids with coloring while the Easter Bunny is hiding their eggs for the hunt. And use the “dipping station” and “drying station” placemats to protect your table from the dyes and help your little ones learn the process!

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Our Draw Together Easter Set costs $8 to download, and you’ll have all the files for the activities you choose. You can print the large prints like the table covering at copy shops that have large format black and white printers—we recommend Staples, which will print up to 3-foot by 4-foot for about $7 (call ahead and ask your print shop if they have an engineering/blueprint printer, just to be sure!). Placemats print in black and white on 11 x 17 paper (also at your local print shop!). Since everything is in black and white, then printing is very affordable!

Once you have your prints at home, simply lay out all the markers, crayons, or paint, and let your guests’ creativity flow!

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To buy this craft, and to see the rest of our products, come visit us at Caravan Shoppe! Happy Easter Everyone!

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20 Simple Spring & Easter Ideas
Easter Art & Free Printable

Easter Printable

If you’ve been looking for a great Easter Printable, you don’t need to look any further!  I made this Easter printable for a blogger craft night at Poppyseed Projects.  We will share about that fun night soon!

I wanted to make sure that none of you missed out on this printable as well.  It adds a little spring and color to my coffee table.  I used a 5×7 bracket frame from Poppyseed Projects.  Since the print’s background is white, it looks great in a colored frame.

 

I love having this frame out year round and just switch out the print for each holiday or season.  It’s a great  and easy way to add a special touch a this coffee table in my home.

Easter Printable

All you need is a fun frame, this printable, and you’ve got a piece of art in your home.  This would also make a great gift idea for this Easter season.

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Wheatgrass


Although we still have a foot of snow on the ground, the recent appearance of the sun has given me spring fever. A really easy way to bring spring inside is to plant some wheatgrass. It only takes a few days to appear and every time I walk into the kitchen I see a little piece of spring sitting on my counter.

The only thing you really need are wheat berries (whole wheat). You can find them in most grocery stores (look for whole wheat) or beg some off your neighbor with a wheat grinder. A cute container with potting soil, or even a plate with wet paper towels will work, although the grass will last longer in the potting soil.

Sprinkle the soil or paper towels with the wheat seeds and keep them moist, I usually cover the container with Saran Wrap until the seeds have germinated. Now sit back watch your grass grow and don’t forget to water it. If the grass gets too long you can “mow” it with a pair of scissors.

Martha’s wheatgrass centerpiece

Wheatgrass Easter Basket

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