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Spring Bunny Canvas Art ~ Easy DIY Craft

Looking for some inexpensive, cute ways to brighten your home and bring spring indoors?  This adorable little canvas is great for Easter and all spring long!

You will need

A Canvas (Mine was 8×10)

Mod podge (I use matte)

2 sponge paint brushes (this is a great deal on Amazon!)

Bakers twine

A fork (yes a fork)

Vinyl or paper for the bunnies

Paint

Hot glue gun

Begin by painting your canvas.  I went with a turquoise shade.  I like the springy colors, but wanted to do them a little more bold then  the usual pastel.

While that is drying, you can cut a shape that looks like the backend of a bunny.  I created one on my Silhouette.  If you have one and would like the file, I can send it to you.  Unfortunately the Silhouette program only lets you save things in their format.  You could search for bunny clip art and cut these out of paper too.

Once your paint is good and dry, you can apply your bunnies.  Once you have them where you want them, cover with a layer of mod podge.  I always use the matte.  I think it is more forgiving then the gloss is.  When I use gloss I can see all of my brush strokes and that isn’t always a good thing!

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Now you are going to make your pompom tails.  Grab your fork and some bakers twine.  Yarn also works, but they will be bushier tails.  Wrap the bakers twine around your fork several times.  (for this project I did it about 25 times.)  Once you have it wrapped take a piece of twine and tie it around the middle, making a sort of bow tie.  Now, slide it off the fork and cut with scissors the 2 sides that were on the outside of your fork.  Fluff it up with your fingers and that will give you your pompom.  Hot glue those on to your bunny bums and you are done!  Now you have a great craft to bring spring into your home!

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Cents of Style shoesThe crocus are peeking out and these shoes are screaming SPRING and Easter at me, do they say something to you?

Todays Cents of Style Fashion Friday deal are old (aka vintage) and new shoe styles.

Find shoes for $14.95 & $19.95 shipped, no coupon code required.

All of the shoes in the Fashion Friday collection are included in the sale- boots, flats, and heels.

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Shop early as some items are limited in stock and sizing, specifically the $14.95 styles.

However, they have over 40 styles/colors to choose from, so there will be something for everyone.

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Interchangable Rainbow Wreath ~ Spring and St Patrick's Day, #Spring, #Wreath, #DIY, #Rainbow what a fun idea love thisInterchangeable Rainbow Wreath ~ Spring and St Patrick’s Day

This fun wreath is easy to make and a fun change from a normal wreath.  The best part, with some string, bakers twine or fishing line, you can add a cute shape in the middle and use it through spring when St Patrick’s day is over!

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You will need:

Felt in rainbow colors.  I used one piece of each color

Wreath form (Get a wicker one from the dollar store to save some money)

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

A spice container, or something to use as a template for cutting circles that are around 2 inches in diameter

Fabric scissors

pen

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You will want to start by tracing circles.  If you use anything bigger than a couple of inches, you will need more flannel.  Once you have your circles traced you are going to cut them out with some fabric scissors.  This isn’t hard, but a little time consuming.  Do yourself a favor and do it while you watch television or something to entertain yourself.  Really, you will never want to see another circle in your life. ;)

Once you have all of your circles cut, you are going to glue them on to your wreath form.  This also takes forever but the ruffles look so pretty that it is worth it! Begin with red or purple, since those are your end colors and work your way to the other end.  Put a small dot of hot glue in the middle of the felt circle and pinch it together.  This will help keep it from just falling into a flat circle.

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Once you have glued the circle in the middle, put a dot on your wreath form and place the circle on.  Pinch it for a few seconds so that it will stay attached.  Continue to do this for each circle.  Place them close together to prevent gaps.  They should cover fairly well.

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Once I did my colors, I still had a good size gap left of wreath showing.  I covered it in strips of light blue felt for the sky.  I wanted my clouds to be different from the rainbow, so they wouldn’t look like part of the rainbow.  I cut  them flat, to look like clouds, and just cut 3 different sizes to give it more depth.

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Now, for the shape in the middle.  Using card stock or thick paper, cut your desired shape.  I went with a shamrock out of some sparkly green scrapbook paper I had.  If you want to make it thicker, do two of the same shape and glue them together so that it is double sided. Punch a small hole in the top and hang using string, bakers twine or fishing line.  If you are using a wicker wreath, tie the other end of the string around the pieces of wicker in the back.  Or just hot glue it where you want it.  I also made raindrops that I plan on hanging after St Patrick’s day is over so that I can keep my fun, bright wreath up through spring!

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Top Five Must Haves To Help Kids Make it Through School Till Summer

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Face it we all have been there. Our younger years in school and all we could think about was how many days till summer. When the last part of school there are test, projects, and exams that we all need to get higher final grades! Help your students, of any age, focus on school. We all know the organization breeds good grades with a clear mind to focus. These are my top five must haves to help kids stay organized and focused to make it through school till summer.

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1stOur home is trying to cut out sugar and eat more natural foods.
I found these and have done a bit of tweaking to make them our own.

2nd ingred

Ingredients:
2 ripe bananas
2 cups of old-fashioned rolled oats
½ cup of frozen blue berries (thawed- I run them under warm water, so that they are not super plump)
½ cup of any kind of dried fruit. (I use dried strawberries, raisins, and mixed fruit- I buy in the bulk section at Winco)
½ cup of non-sweetened apple juice
4 tablespoons of finely chopped dates
2 tablespoons of chopped pecans (you can add walnuts-yet pecans are less expensive for us)
2 tablespoons of raw sunflower seeds
4 tablespoons of chia seeds. (if you do not use chia seeds-cut apple juice to ¼ cup- chia likes liquid- you can use flax seeds too)

Heat oven to 350°F.  Mash peeled bananas in a mixing bowl.  Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Spray 9 x 12 pan with pam.  Spread mixture in the pan. Bake for 25-35 minutes.  Cool and cut into rectangles.

Hint:  You can use any combination of seeds, nuts, or berries.  Mixture stores well in a sealed container.
3 bananasBlend ripe bananas well.
4 mixtureAdd the rest of the ingredients and blend well.
5 in the panPress mixture into the lightly greased 9 x 13 pan.
They store well in a sealed container.  We like to make a double batch and have them super thick!
Healthy Eating!

 

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1st photo

What child does not like marshmallows-even more- cupcakes!  
Add a movie and you have a fun night with the whole family,
while eating these adorable popcorn cupcakes!

2ndSupplies:
Cake mix
White Frosting
Cupcake holders
Marshmallows
Paper
Red Marker
Tape
3rdInstructions:
Bake Cup cakes and let cool.
Frost cupcakes once they are cooled.
Apply the marshmallows on the top.
My 7 year old put them on the top-there is no specific way to make them look.
4thNext:
Make the striped muffin cups.
I drew out a pattern like this.
They have them online for free, but I decided to free hand mine.
5thI cut out the pattern and added stripes.  The stripes are 3 lines thick.
Meaning when I ran the marker across to make a stripe, I did so 3 different times to make a wider stripe.
I connected the two sides together with tape, which then formed a cup.
I dropped the cupcake into the cup.
6thALL DONE!

DO NOT PUT IN OVEN TO TOAST THE TOP OF THE MARSHMALLOWS!
Frosting will melt.  I tried this to see what would happen and I had   marshmallows and melted frosting everywhere. ha ha!
You can use a longer lighter and lightly toast the marshmallows, or a blow torch.  I chose to leave them plane.

They made my heart giggle when I saw them the first time.  My daughter and I had so much fun putting them together.
Perfect for a Circus Theme party too!
 

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