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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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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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How to dye eggs with Nail Polish and water, Finger Nail Polish SWIRL eggs, Easter Eggs, #Easter, How to make swirled easter eggs, Tie Dye Eggs, #Easter #HacksEach year we try and think of a fun new way to dye Easter eggs with our kids. Last year we showed you how to dye Easter Eggs with shaving cream, if you missed that post be sure and check it out because it was pretty awesome.  This year we wanted something BOLD and BRIGHT and fun again.  I keep seeing this video on social media showing people how to get your nail polish to look like tie dye with water. I tried it and it was a total FAIL, I just ended up with polish all over my hand and a spoon I was using and none on my fingernails….. BUT that did give me the idea to try the same concept on an egg. The result,  it is easy to do and the eggs turned out simply AMAZING!

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How to dye eggs with Nail Polish and water, Finger Nail Polish SWIRL eggs, Easter Eggs, #Easter, How to make swirled easter eggs, #Easter #HacksTo make your very own Nail Polish Tie Dye Swirl Eggs you will need:

  • Nail polish (the cheap stuff from the dollar store works great)
  • ROOM temperature water, if it is too hot or too cold it will not work right
  • Plastic cup or bowl
  • Tooth pick or skewer to blend polish on top of water
  • Plastic Glove to protect your hand from polish
  • Eggs (hard boiled, fresh, plastic or blown out, will all work)
  • News papers or drop cloth to cover your work space
  • Nail polish remover (just in case)
    How to dye eggs with Nail Polish and water, Finger Nail Polish SWIRL eggs, Easter Eggs, #Easter, How to make swirled easter eggs, #Easter #HacksStart by filling your plastic cup with room temperate water. The temperature of your water is very important. If you struggle with getting the polish to float or spread the water temp is most likely the issue.  Start to drop dots of polish into the water. The first few drops should spread all the way across the surface of the water, the ones you drop on t0p of that will not spread as fast or as easily but this give you a fun layer look.  You can squeeze the sides of the cup to make the polish spread and blend faster. You can also take a tooth pick and drag the polish and make fun designs. How to dye eggs with Nail Polish and water, Finger Nail Polish SWIRL eggs, Easter Eggs, #Easter, How to make swirled easter eggs, #Easter #HacksPut on your rubber glove (unless you want tie dye swirl hands). Start on one edge of the cup and ROLL the egg across the top of the water the same time you are dunking it into the water. All the polish will stick to the egg.How to dye eggs with Nail Polish and water, Finger Nail Polish SWIRL eggs, Easter Eggs, #Easter, How to make swirled easter eggs, #Easter #HacksI should have used a bigger cup I would have been able to cover the whole surface of the egg, instead my cup only covered about 3/4 of the surface of the egg.  To cover the whole egg I just added more polish to my water and then dipped the other side for  full coverage. You can use the same water over and over no need to dump it between eggs.How to dye eggs with Nail Polish and water, Finger Nail Polish SWIRL eggs, Easter Eggs, #Easter, How to make swirled easter eggs, #Easter #HacksSet to dry, I used an old cloth that I did not care if got stained, this also helped the egg from rolling around. I hope your kids have as much fun doing these as ours did.  This can get kind of smelly, so you might want to do it outside or with a window open. How to dye eggs with Nail Polish and water, Finger Nail Polish SWIRL eggs, Easter Eggs, #Easter, How to make swirled easter eggs, Tie Dye Eggs, #Easter #Hacks Also I know there are going to be mixed feelings on if you can or should eat an egg that has polish on the shell, if you are worried about that you can always blow out the egg before you dye it or just choose to NOT eat the egg and use it for decorations. Remember that eggs have two barriers, the shell and the membrane inside. How to dye eggs with Nail Polish and water, Finger Nail Polish SWIRL eggs, Easter Eggs, #Easter, How to make swirled easter eggs, Tie Dye Eggs, #Easter #HacksMORE TIPS and IDEAS you might enjoy……
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Santa Belly Pillow, Made from Bandannas!

This is such a great project that uses very little effort and is thrifty!  There is no need to go to the fabric store and stand in line forever cutting fabric, because all you need is some bandannas from the craft store, some black ribbon, a regular pillow and a sewing machine!

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Begin by cutting your black ribbon and the length of your bandannas and pin it half way, in the middle of one side of one bandanna.

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Now turn the bandannas with the “nice side” together and pin around.  Now sew all except for one long side.

Once you have it sewn, you will be ready to stick in your pillow, you need to turn it right side out. These red bandannas that I got from Hobby Lobby were so big that I was able to stick a standard size pillow in.  It is so big, and cooshy!

Once it is stuffed, you can sew that bottom edge shut.  You will want to fold down the edge so that it is flat.

Now you will need to sew on the belt buckle.  I used some jingle bells that I had, but that will be hard to lay on if you are going to use this pillow for more then decoration.  I am sure you could find something else pretty or an actual belt buckle for a great look!  You will most likely have to sew this on by hand.

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There you have it!  A quick way to add some Christmas cheer to any room!

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