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Chalk Paint Mason Jars- Easy Craft Idea

Have you tried using chalk paint yet? Maybe you haven’t even heard of it? A quick rundown of chalk paint if you are new to the term; Chalk paint is a flat paint that has a matte finish.  There are several brands that make it already mixed and some of them are pretty spendy. Some of the home improvement stores are jumping on the bandwagon now too.  You can also make your own (like I did) by mixing regular paint in the color of your choice with calcium carbonate.  If you get the food grade, it lets it mix up smoother then the stuff made for use in the garden, etc.  It isn’t chalk board paint, don’t get the two confused.  Just has a chalky texture to it.  It is great for furniture, etc also because there is no sanding or priming necessary.  There are also waxes and finishes to go over the top to give it an aged look too.  Look it up,there are so many amazing things you can do with it!

Now to get off my chalk paint bandwagon and on with the project! All you need is chalk paint, a sponge paint brush, a mason jar and sand paper.

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Begin by painting your jar with a thin coat of paint.  Let it dry before applying your 2nd coat.  It takes at least two to look good, so don’t panic if it doesn’t look very impressive at this stage!  Once you have applied the desired number of coats, let it dry.  Once it is dry, you can use your sandpaper to distress the jar in areas that look like they may easily have gotten worn naturally.  You want it to look aged, not just awkward and obvious.  I loved the look of the words being sanded slightly.  It looks very vintage and more authentic to me.

These would make a great vase or jar to go on a desk.  Teachers appreciation, mother’s day, or make some to use around the house!

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They work great to display these coffee filter flowers. A fast and easy DIY craft for kids, perfect for Mother’s Day.

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Coffee Filter Flowers, Great For Mother’s Day

These flowers are great because they don’t die for one, and they are so pretty, and can be any color combo you want to make them!  I really love how pretty they turned out!

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You will need:

Coffee filters

Washable markers

Pipe cleaners

Water bottle that does a mist

Something to put under the coffee filters to protect your table

Begin by coloring your filters in whatever colors you choose.  Some of mine I did 3 colors and some of them I did 2. I used 4 coffee filters per flower to give it a nice, full look.

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If you notice, I wasn’t super worried about my lines looking neat, or being the same direction like you would normally be when you are coloring.  You just want to get the surface of the coffee filter covered more then anything.

Once you have your coffee filters colored, you will line them up on a covered surface (this keeps it from bleeding all over your table top).

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The lines on my paper are from paint.  This is butcher paper that I use over and over for crafty stuff like this. Once you have all of your coffee filters spread out, give them a light spray with your water bottle on a fine mist setting. Don’t drench them, just enough that the whole surface gets wet.  Let them set until dry before trying to do anything with them.

Once they are dry you are ready to attach the pipe cleaner stem. I put my 4 coffee filters together, and bunched them into a point at the bottom.  This is where I wrapped the pipe cleaner.

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Wrap the pipe cleaner around a few times so that it is secure. Once this is done, you can fluff it up to give it a more full, realistic look.  If you don’t like the fullness of the blooms at this size, try adding more filters, or take some away.  Play with it until you love the way they look!

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I really love how they look!  I love the bright, bold colors of them!  I think my favorite is the royal blue and aqua combo.  Which one is your favorite?

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I was looking at some old Mother’s Day cards my kids have given me over the years and I came across this finger print flower poem.  I loved it then, and still love it now.  So my girls made a few of them yesterday for a fun after school project.

The poem reads…

I made you a flower

With my finger and my thumb

So you will have these memories

For all the years to come

Happy Mother’s Day 2012

To make these all you need is a white price of card stock cut into a strip, colored paper to make the card, green marker to draw a stem, paints and some cute little fingers.

Have your child dip their finger in green paint to create the leaves.  Then dip their pointer finger in paint to create the flower petals.  I found it was easier for them to follow a circle drawn with pencil.  Attach the poem and you are done!

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Cinderella Party Ideas, Princess Bark, Have Courage and be Kind, Recipe DIY ideas for Disney Princess themed Birthday Party Cinderella Magical White Chocolate Bark

Princess themed parties are a common occurrence in our house since we have 3 girls. I took my girls to the new Disney film Cinderella. They LOVED it, and I did too. My 7 year old has already informed me that she would like a Cinderella princess themed party for her 8th birthday party. SO it is time to start gathering ideas (easy ideas are my favorite lol) so I will be ready for her birthday in a few months.

For more ideas be sure and follow our Cinderella Party Ideas  board on Pinterest.  You might also like our Frozen Party Ideas post if you have Disney Frozen fans in your house.

cinderella barkSupplies Needed:
• Light Blue Candy Wafers
• Bright Blue Candy Wafers
• Bright White Candy Wafers
Blue Sixlets
Silver Pearlized Sugar Sprinkles

Other Supplies Needed:
Wax Paper
Microwave Safe Cup or Bowl
• Mixing Spoons
A Cookie Sheet

Cinderella Party Ideas, Princess Bark, Have Courage and be Kind, Recipe DIY ideas for Disney Princess themed Birthday Party treat ideasDirections:

1. This step not necessary but makes clean up SO much easier. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper with the wax side facing up.
2. Get 3 bowls to melt your chocolate in, you will want to melt them in different bowls. I guess you could wash the same bowl 3 times… it is up to you.
3. Choose which color will be your “base” and melt that one first in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir and repeat until the chocolate is melted.
4. Pour your melted chocolate onto your wax paper and spread evenly across the wax paper using a spoon to make a nice thick base layer that is even thickness across.
5. Melt your next color using the same method in step number three. BUT instead of spreading it you will now drizzle this color on top of your base color so the base color can still be seen.
6. Repeat step number five using your final color of candy wafers. HURRY on to the next step as you chocolate still needs to be warm in order for the balls and sprinkles to stick.
7. Place your blue sixlets on top of the melted chocolate. If your chocolate hardens, the sixlets will not stick.
8. Sprinkle your silver sugar sprinkles over the top again ensuring they stick to the chocolate.
9. Place the cookie sheet into the refrigerator for 1-2 hours until the chocolate has completely hardened.
10. Once it is cool, take the edge and snap a piece off.  OR you can use the backend of a spoon to break the chocolate bark into smaller pieces.

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Maracas Made From Plastic Eggs, Recycle Those Easter Eggs!

If you have kids and do any sort of Easter egg hunt you probably have an abundance of these little guys around the house right after Easter, am I right?  They seem to multiply! Last year I was so excited because I thought we used the last of ours at a family egg hunt.  I didn’t consider that my kids were also participating and we brought home just as many as we took!  Oh well, you might be glad you have extra because now you can make these!

You will need:

plastic eggs

plastic spoons

washi or duck tape

beans,rice, gravel, something to place in your eggs

These are great because they don’t require a trip to the store.  Use what you have and they will be perfect! You will need 2 spoons for every 1 plastic egg.

Begin by putting some of your filler inside your egg.  I used beans because I had them already and they are super inexpensive.  I didn’t fill them very full, you want the beans to be able to move around.  So i filled one half of an egg about half way.  Feel free to experiment and see if different fillings change the sound of the maraca!

Make sure your egg is shut all the way.  You want to be sure you are using an egg that will close all the way, sometimes these eggs like to come apart on their own, don’t use one of those.

Once you have filled it and shut it, place it between two plastic spoons and wrap a few times in your washi tape.

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That is it!  Wasn’t that easy?  I thought this would be great for a preschool group or a church nursery.  As long as you keep an eye to make sure they are not opening them.

Enjoy your new instruments!

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April Fools Dessert Burgers, Quick and easy dessert for APRIL FOOLS DAY #Recipe #AprilFools #Dessert #KidsRecipeApril Fools Dessert Burgers ~ April Fools Day Recipe

My kids think April Fools is such a fun day, Normally I dye the milk green or feed them something silly.  This year I have decided to make them BURGERS for dessert.  Perfect for their little fingers and sure to make them smile.   I thought I would share the idea with you so you can make them too.

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To make your very own April Fools Burgers, You will need:

 

  • Jif Hazelnut Salted Caramel (or Nutella will work)
  • Nilla Wafers
  • Powdered sugar
  • Green, Red and Yellow Frosting

April Fools Dessert Burgers, Quick and easy dessert for APRIL FOOLS DAY #Recipe #AprilFools #Dessert #KidsRecipeFirst off if you have not tried Jif’s Hazelnut Salted Caramel, then go buy and jar and bring along a spoon.  Why a spoon… because this stuff is AMAZING it is like eating liquid Feria Rocher chocolate. It is seriously amazing!  Put equal parts Jif and powdered sugar into a bowl and mix together, the powdered sugar will make the Jif not so sticky and you will be able to make a “dough” out of it. Use your fingers to kneed into a dough and then shape into a patty.

April Fools Dessert Burgers, Quick and easy dessert for APRIL FOOLS DAY #Recipe #AprilFools #Dessert #KidsRecipeYou will need 2 Nilla wafers for each burger. On the bottom bun put green frosting to look like lettuce.  Next put your “beef patty” and on top of that put drops of yellow and red frosting. The yellow and the red are suppose to look like mustard and ketchup.  Add your bun on top and easy as that you have a cute April Fools Treat.

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