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Easy, Thrifty Lego Storage

It started out innocently enough, kids love legos, so a bucket of them seemed like the perfect gift idea.  Then they requested sets for other holidays and birthdays.  Before I knew it we had a small tote full.  So full that rummaging through them was next to impossible and playing with them was a chore instead of a creative, fun time!

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I researched different ways to store them, and while I loved some of them, they weren’t practical or thrifty!  I decided on plan b; get some empty plastic shoe boxes and let each color have it’s own box.  So far it has worked great!  All 3 of my kids have spent a couple of hours on the floor creating various masterpieces.  So much better than asking to watch tv or play a video game!

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I started with 10 boxes to be safe.  I had one for each color.  As I finished organizing them, I discovered that there weren’t enough of some of the colors to need their own box.  I ended up mixing the blue and purple and the yellow, red and orange.  Apparently we have an over abundance of grey and we may have to divide it in half (thanks to the obsession for the Star Wars sets).

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I admit that I enjoyed it at first, I have a thing for organizing and with a family haven’t been able to keep things the way I would’ve in the past.  So this gave me a chance to rekindle that obsession, hobby.  If you don’t enjoy that type of thing, or even if you do, what a great way to spend some time with your kids while you let them help divide the colors into their boxes!  Finish up by labeling your boxes so that they are easy to see which one you need.  I cut labels out of vinyl in a Lego brix font I believe I got from dafont.com.  You could easily do it in different colors of vinyl to match the color in the box, or even in the coordinating color of permanent marker.

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Easter egg craft ~ great kids activity, #craft,,#kids, #Easter, #easteregg, #thrifty, #egg,#paper, #recycle

 

Easter Egg Craft ~ Great Kids Craft

Looking for a quick craft that the kids can do when they are stuck inside on a rainy spring day?  Maybe you have a lot of paper scraps laying around that you are looking for a creative way to use up.  This is perfect for both of those!

You will need

2 copies of an egg print out (find a coloring sheet of an egg and that will work perfect.  Its ok if it isn’t plain, you will be cutting one out and gluing over the other one anyway)

patterned paper scraps

scissors

glue

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Begin by cutting your scraps of paper into thin strips.  They don’t have to be straight or even the same size.  If you don’t have any scraps of paper around, you should be able to find some cheap paper even at the dollar store.

Now, take one of your egg printouts and cut it out.  DO NOT CUT THE OUTSIDE OF THE PAPER.  Only cut the egg out of the middle.  Leaving a sort of egg shaped frame.  Lay that one aside, you are done with it for now.

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Now take your scraps and glue them to the top of the other coloring sheet that you didn’t cut out.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, they can even overlap.

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Doesn’t look like much at this point, but it will!  Once you are done gluing the strips down, take your egg frame you made and glue it on top.

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There you have it!  A great craft that is perfect for Easter or for a rainy day!  Doesn’t it look lovely?

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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!
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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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Melted Crayon Easter Eggs, when the eggs are still hot draw on them with a crayon the BOLD BRIGHT COLORS pop and make the most beautiful eggs ever #CrayonEggs, #MeltedCrayonEggs, #Easter, #easterEggs, #KidCraftMelted Crayon Easter Eggs ~ How to dye your eggs with melted crayons

If you are looking for a fun new way to dye your Easter eggs this year, then give this a try. The BOLD, Bright colors will have your little ones giggling. Perfect for kids who like to draw or do craft projects.

Melted Crayon Easter Eggs, when the eggs are still hot draw on them with a crayon the BOLD BRIGHT COLORS pop and make the most beautiful eggs ever #CrayonEggs, #MeltedCrayonEggs, #Easter, #easterEggs, #KidCraftAll you need to make these bright colored eggs is:

Melted Crayon Easter Eggs, when the eggs are still hot draw on them with a crayon the BOLD BRIGHT COLORS pop and make the most beautiful eggs ever #CrayonEggs, #MeltedCrayonEggs, #Easter, #easterEggs, #KidCraftCook your eggs.  Cover with water, bring to a boil.  Boil with the lid on for 3 minutes. Take off heat, keep the lid on and let stand in the hot water for 10 minutes.  Drain off the hot water. Use a towel to put the eggs into every other spot in an egg carton.  I found it was best to space them so you do not bump them while coloring the eggs.  I also put them on their side so it was easier to color them.

Melted Crayon Easter Eggs, when the eggs are still hot draw on them with a crayon the BOLD BRIGHT COLORS pop and make the most beautiful eggs ever #CrayonEggs, #MeltedCrayonEggs, #Easter, #easterEggs, #KidCraftThe eggs are HOT to be careful when doing this project with little children. All you have to do is touch the crayon to the hot egg and it melts on contact. It is more like painting the egg with wax.  The melted max makes a BOLD beautiful color.

Melted Crayon Easter Eggs, when the eggs are still hot draw on them with a crayon the BOLD BRIGHT COLORS pop and make the most beautiful eggs ever #CrayonEggs, #MeltedCrayonEggs, #Easter, #easterEggs, #KidCraftThe hardest part is picking up the egg and turning it over so you can color on the other side.  Best to have an adult do this, as the eggs are still hot. You can color designs on them, or just draw scribbles all over the egg…. they all turn out so fun!

Melted Crayon Easter Eggs, when the eggs are still hot draw on them with a crayon the BOLD BRIGHT COLORS pop and make the most beautiful eggs ever #CrayonEggs, #MeltedCrayonEggs, #Easter, #easterEggs, #KidCraftLet the eggs set, once cooled the wax will harden and stay the same bright colors. Such a fun way to color or dye your easter eggs.

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