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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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Are you looking for a fun summer project to do with the kids.  Or maybe a craft idea for girls camp, family reunions or maybe even birthday party idea?  My Mother in law made these sharpie tie die shirts with my kids during our family vacation.  They were simple to make and my kids LOVED them!  Perfect for kids of all ages, heck I loved them so much I wanted to make one. To make these you will need

  1. White T-shirt or  White Pillow Case
  2. Sharpie Makers
  3. Cups, we used red solo cups 
  4. Rubber Bands 
  5. Rubbing alcohol
  6. Eye dropper 
  7. Optional ~ Soda Ash  if you want your shirts to stay bright and not fade you can pre treat the fabric with soda ash. Use – 1 cup (8 oz.) of Soda Ash Fixer per gallon of warm water. A gallon will soak 10-12 adult XL tees – so way more kids tees, fewer dresses, etc. Let shirts dry before you start to draw on them.

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Start by placing the cup inside the shirt and putting the rubber bands around the top of the cup on the outside of the shirt.  Make sure your rubber bands are tight this will help the colors fabric stay tight so you can draw a nice image.  You can add as many as you want, just a few or “FILL ‘ER UP”.

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Once you have your cups and rubber bands in place let the kids draw on the circles.  If you want you can have the kids draw one image a day to make a story board if your on a trip.  But we made ours in an afternoon while at the beach, so the kids drew things that made them think of the beach.

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You do not have to be an artist to make these look great, remember they will be “tie died” and change at the end.  SO you can scribble if you want or draw a fancy picture both will work.  1tiedie shirt3Just try and remember the colors are going to blend so keep that in mind when your drawing your images. It is better to stick with lighter colors.

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Once you are done drawing your images with sharpie markers…. now comes the fun part. Take the eye dropper, and start to drop rubbing alcohol on your images. Go slowly if you add to much the ink will blend too much.

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And like magic your images transform info stunning works of art!  The colors really pop, and as the ink blends the look amazing.

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Once you are done dropping the alcohol and the shirts is blended, let it dry.

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 Once they are dry you can take the rubber bands off.  But it is best to wait 24 hours before you wash the shirt.

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 Colors will fade some, but if you use the soda ash that I mentioned above the colors will stay better.

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If you want the colors to reach further you will need to add more alcohol drops on the very edge of the cup.  Or put your cups closer together to allow the colors to blend together from cup to cup. 1tiedie shirt10

It was a really fun project, my kids loved it.  Thanks Granny for the fun idea! I think we will do pillow cases next year! 1tiedie shirt111

More activities, projects and fun things to do with your kids this summer.

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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.

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

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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If you like this idea, you might also like this idea for Edible Painted Bread... a fun idea for April Fools. painted bread for april fools day, April Fools day idea #AprilFoolsDay, #AprilFools

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DIY Bird feeder

DIY Bird Feeder by Tiffany – When I was little and in school we made these easy DIY bird feeders. I thought my kiddos ages 3 and 6 were old enough to make them, so we gave it a go. They did a fantastic job and had so much fun making them. After we hung our bird feeders, we sat patiently and watched to see if the birdies would come, and they did! My three year old daughter thought this was the best project EVER! She was even nice enough to bring more empty rolls of toilet paper, wasn’t that sweet?! Yes, she unrolled several rolls before I knew what she was doing. Little stinker! :)

Easy DIY Bird feeder

Supplies Needed:

  • Bird Seed
  • Creamy Peanut Butter (challenge yourself with the crunchy :) ..)
  • Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
  • String, Ribbon or Twine
  • Scissors, for cutting ribbon
How to make a peanut butter bird feeder
1. Put the ribbon through the toilet paper tube and make a knot at the top. (This can be done before or after rolling in peanut butter & bird seed. We’ve done it both ways.)
DIY peanu butter bird feeder
2. Spread peanut butter all over toilet paper tube.How to make a bird feeder

3. Roll peanut butter covered tube in bird seed.
4. Hang in your favorite tree & watch the birdies come. :)

How to make a bird feeder

Thanks Tiffany – hope your lil cutie pie has fun hanging those!

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Recipe and Photo Credit McCormick

Irish Cream Swirl Brownies
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

  • 1 package (18 to 20 ounces) fudge brownie mix
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup Irish cream liqueur
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Green Food Color

1. Prepare brownie mix as directed on package, adding vanilla. Reserve 1 cup batter. Spread
remaining batter in greased 9-inch square baking pan.
2. Beat cream cheese, flour and sugar in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed
until smooth. Add Irish cream liqueur, egg and food color; beat until well blended. Pour over
brownie layer in pan. Drop reserved 1 cup batter by spoonfuls over cream cheese layer. Cut
through batter with knife several times for marble effect.
3. Bake as directed on package for 9-inch square baking pan. Cool in pan on wire rack. Cut into
squares. Serve with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream, if desired.
Makes 16 servings.
Test Kitchen Tips:
For easy clean-up, line pan with foil with ends of foil extending over sides of pan. Use foil
handles to remove brownie from pan. Place on cutting board and cut into squares.
If desired, 1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract may be used in place of the Irish
cream liqueur. Omit flour.

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1 pintrestMy kids love to paint! 
Why not make a craft project with your kids using food coloring and milk ? 
My kids range from 7-17 years of age,
and they all loved making their own piece of art out of bread.
2 ingredientsSupplies:
White Bread
Milk
Clean paint brush
Food Coloring
3 foodcoloringGather 4 cups and 4 spoons-
Pour 1/8 cup of milk in each cup with 3-5 drops of food coloring; stir.
4 painted breadPaint a fun design.  DO NOT apply too much milk so that the bread is soaked. 
Apply a small amount of milk on the brush and lightly paint onto the bread. 
If too much milk is added, it is okay, it will not completely dry when toasted. 
Yet, it taste just the same.
5toasted breadToast the bread.  The toasted area will turn brown where the color is not at. 
My daughter cut out some butterflies with a cookie-cutter and painted them too.
6 butterfly

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