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Thanks to Passionate Penny Pincher for passing along this thrifty and creative idea to use Chalkboard Contact Paper to make the inside of your cabinet doors a chalk board.  First off I had no idea Chalkboard Contact Paper or Gowrite Dry Erase Paper  even existed… But my mind is swirling with all the creative ideas I could make this it!  Love this idea and hope you enjoy it as well.

Chalkboard Contact Paper, 18? x 6? $7.84

Gowrite Dry Erase Rolls, 18? X 6 Feet, White, ( if you want to do dry erase instead) $13.80

Here’s what you’ll need ~

  • Chalkboard Contact Paper
  • Scissors to cut contact paper to size
  • A plastic card to smooth down any bumps
  • Chalk

And here’s how to do it . . .

  • Cut contact paper to fit board.
  • Smooth down with credit card (I actually used the card to smooth it down with, and then creased it very tightly in the corners. The card did the cutting too!)
  • “Cure” the contact paper by using the flat side of the chalk and completely covering the contact paper
  • You’re all done! You could also add vinyl letters to write “menu” and “grocery list”

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Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow cakes on poka dot paper, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcake
Easter is a fun time of year to celebrate with food and family
One cake mix makes 2 bunny cakes.
I made one out of coconut and the other out of marshmallow,
since not everyone likes coconut as much as I do.
This was super easy and fun to make!
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Supplies
One cake mix -Any flavor
Coconut
Marshmallows
Frosting in a tub (I made mine with powder sugar-
this way my little fingers in the house do not eat the frosting. lol)
Jelly beans
Green Food coloring
Pink construction paper
Red licorice (if you desire whiskers)
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow cake mix, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcakeMaking the Cake
1st…Make the cake mixes following the direction on the back of the box (I usually substitute apple sauce for oil)
2nd…Grease and flour 2 pans (either 8 or 9 inch pan) and bake using the instructions on the box.
3rd…Take cakes out of the pan and put on a cooling rack.  Put in the freezer.
I made these cakes in the morning while I was cooking breakfast, and I finished the cake after dinner that same day. This way I can frost and decorate on my time!
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow dying coconut, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcake, #dyingcoconutWhen the cake was baking, I made the green grass for the bunny to lay in.
How to make Green Grass Coconut
1st… Put 1 cup of coconut in a container with a lid.
2nd… Put 5-8 drops of green food coloring on top of the coconut.
3rd…  Put lid on the container and shake.
4th…Wow! Coloring coconut was that simple, and no mess!
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow instructions, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcakeAssembling the Bunny Cakes
1st… Place the cake down and cut in half.
2nd…Frost both sides of the halves.
3rd…Put the halves together and place on the platter you will be using to display the cake
4th…Cut a piece out of the front and frost the piece.  Put the frosted piece on the back for the tail.
Since the cake is cold, it frosts easily.
Easter bunny coconut or mashmallow cake with coconut, jelly beans, cake mix, #easterbunnycoconutcake, #easterbunnymashmallowcakeFrost the Cake
Frost the outside of the cake, since the cake is cold; it frost easily.
Once you have frosted the outside and the frosting is drying, apply the coconut or the marshmallows.  Don’t let the frosting dry or the coconut or marshmallows will not stick.  Place the coconut or marshmallows in the palm of your hand and press on the cake.
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The Ears
1st…Cut out the ears.
2nd… Pinch the ears at the bottom.
3rd…Cut a slit in the top of the cake were you cut a piece of cake out.
Slice from back to front.  Slide the ear bottom in the slit area.
All done…Now it is beginning to look more like a bunny and less like a car.  (As my kids say)
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Now add the jelly beans for a nose and two eyes.  You can use shoe string licorice for whiskers too.
Sprinkle green grass coconut on both sides of the bunny.  Add a few jelly to the grass coconut along side the bunny.

To Make the Bunny Fatter
To make the bunny fatter, you can use all 4- halves side by side to make him wider.

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Hostess twinkie bunnies, Hostess snowball bunnies together, twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesHAPPY EASTER!
Who doesn’t love HOSTESS Twinkies and Snowballs!
As a child my mother made these yummy treats for us to eat for Easter.
They are a great DIY ~since they are so easy to make!

Supplies
Pink construction paper
Scissor
Twinkies
Hostess pink snowballs
Shoestring licorice
Mini M&M’s
Mini Marshmallows
White Frosting
Hostess twinkie bunnies, Hostess snowball bunnies paper ear instructions , twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesCut out the ears.
Hostess twinkie bunnies, Hostess snowball bunnies ears instructions, twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesOnce the ears are cut-out, then follow the steps in the photos.
1st- Fold the ears together at the bottom of the ears.
2nd – Cut slits in the top of the Twinkies going from the front to the back (look at photo above)
Slide the folded ears into the slits.
3rd – Twinkies are ready for the faces to be added.
Hostess twinkie bunny, Hostess snowball bunnies, twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesTo make the faces
Cut mini marshmallows in half-apply a small amount of frosting and stick on the Twinkie.
Find the color of mini M&M’s you like, and put frosting on the back and put on top of the marshmallows.
Cut shoe string licorice about 3 inches long and pull apart.
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This is what it looks like~ push in the center.  Put frosting on the back of the licorice.
Place on the Twinkie below the eyes.
Cut another marshmallow in half. Put frosting on the back and put on top of the center of the licorice.
Hostess twinkie bunnies, Hostess snowball bunnies ear instructions, twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesInstructions for the Hostess Snowballs
Once the ears are cut-out, then follow the steps in the photos.
1st- Fold the ears together at the bottom of the ears.
2nd – Cut slits in the top of the Hostess Snowballs from side to side(look at photo above).
3rd -Slide the folded ears into the slits.
4th – Hostess Snowballs are ready for the faces to be added.
Follow the same for the whiskers on the Hostess Snowballs as you did for the Twinkies.
Hostess twinkie bunnies, Hostess snowball bunnies, twizzlers, marshmallows, #hostesstwinkiebunnies, #hostesssnowballbunniesDecorate the face  
Cut mini marshmallows in half-apply a small amount of frosting and stick on the Hostess Snowballs.
Find the color of mini M&M’s you like, and put frosting on the back and put on top of the marshmallows.
Cut shoe string licorice about 3 inches long and pull apart.
Put frosting on the back of the licorice.
Place on the Hostess Snowball below the eyes.
Cut another marshmallow in half. Put frosting on the back and put on top of the center of the licorice.

Have fun making these adorable treats with your loved ones! 

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Carrot Garland ~ Easy, DIY, Spring Craft

Why would you want to make a garland of carrots for spring, you may ask?  Well, for one, brownie points with the Easter Bunny, right?! Not to mention, that it is fun, bright, happy and just “springy”!

You will need

1 sheet of orange printer paper

1 sheet of green printer paper

stapler

hot glue

hot glue gun

hole punch

ribbon,twine or yarn to string garland

paper trimmer or scissors

Begin by cutting your orange paper into 1 inch strips lengthwise.  And your green into 1/2 inch strips on the shorter width of the paper.  Now take your orange strip and staple it together on the bottom.

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Now take your green strip and fan fold it. Large folds, you should make the folds big enough that you get about 3-4 “leaves” out of it.  Staple it together on the bottom as well.  Now put a dot of hot glue on the top of the carrot and gently press the green onto the orange.  Now fan them out a little bit so they aren’t so flat.

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Almost done!  Use your hole punch and push a hole through both sides at the same time, then you are sure they are in the same spot.  This is just a matter of personal taste on how high up you punch your hole.  String a piece of ribbon, twine or yarn through the carrots so they are all connected.

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That is it!  It isn’t the normal, pastel Easter decor and I think that is why I love it so much!  It is unusual and fun!

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Floppy Disk Pen Holder ~ Easy, DIY, Recycled Craft

Earth day is April 22nd this year.  Why not celebrate by making something new out of some old items that would just end up in the trash?  I came across these gems a few days ago, who remembers floppy disks?  My computer won’t take them, but they are so fun and “retro”  I couldn’t resist making something out of them!

You will need:

Hot glue gun/ sticks

floppy disks

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This is so easy and would make a great gift for any “nerd” in your life!

Begin by warming up your hot glue gun.  Start by putting a thin line on one edge of a disk and attaching another disk to it.  Some of mine still had labels on them,but I just put the label side on the inside where it wouldn’t be seen as easily.  Continue to glue the sides together.  Once you have your sides glued together, take your floppy disk that will be on the bottom and put a line of hot glue around the whole outside of it.  Set your 4 “walls” on top and press firmly to set it.

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That’s it!  Add some pens, markers or pencils and you have a cute, new pencil holder!  I am thinking these would be cute for a school computer teacher, an IT professional, or just to use on your desk at home.

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