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Kindergarten Graduation Snacks ~ Healthy and Fun!

Do you have a kindergartener this year?  I do, and wanted to provide a snack for his graduation party.  I don’t know about your child’s class, but I think most of them get plenty of sugary treats during their parties!  That is fine, but why not have something cute, and at least somewhat healthy too?!

You will need:

Fruit cups or applesauce cups

4×4 inch card stock squares (1 per cup)

googly eyes

glue stick

Sharpie (optional)

bakers twine, thin strips of paper, or ribbon

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Begin by cutting your squares of paper into 4×4 squares.

Then, Turn your fruit cup upside down and glue the square to the bottom of the cup.  The thin plastic to open it should now be on the bottom.  Once that is glued onto the bottom of the cup, glue the googly eyes.  I found they stayed on fine with normal glue stick, but if your fruit cup is textured or more round then mine, a hot glue gun may work better.  Glue the eyes on and draw a face with your sharpie if you desire.

Now, cut three strips (per cup) of bakers twine, ribbon, or even of paper.  Tie them in a small knot at the top and glue them to the top of your graduation cap. (The square you glued on first)

Feel free to write something on the top, or leave it plain!  Would work for any graduate.  Would also make a fun addition to a gift basket of supplies for the high school graduate that is headed to college.  I provided some links above for the products on Amazon, why not order them now and be ready to make them when the time comes?

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Graduation Pops ~ How to make Graduation Pops

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Easter Eggs, how to dye eggs with silk ties or silk shirts, natural ways to dye eggs, they turn out stunning you got to try it

How to dye eggs with old silk ties or shirts!

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Each year we let the kids dye eggs for Easter, but we try and do something unique each year.  Did you know you can dye eggs with silk? It seems kinda fancy, but is actually really easy and gives the eggs a beautiful pattern.  No two will ever be the same. They are so pretty you might want to blow out your eggs first and just dye the shell so you can display them all month.

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You will need 100% silk in order for this to work. Below I talk about the best places to get silk if you don’t have some hanging in your closet.  You can get them for cheap so do not cut up your expensive stuff, Dad might not be to happy if he comes home to find his favorite ties chopped up in the middle of the kitchen. BUT I bet if you ask, there is a good chance he has some old ties that are stained up or getting a little fuzzy and would be perfect for this project.

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For dying eggs with silk you will need:

Eggs medium or small (raw or already blown out and just the shell)

100% silk ties, scarves or shirts

Scissors

Cotton string or rubber bands 

White cotton fabric ( I used an old sheet)

White vinegar

Cooking pot

Start by  taking your tie apart.  You will need to take out the filler fabric and just use the silk. Once you open it up there will be enough silk to wrap about 3 eggs. Small to medium eggs work best for this project since the width of the tie is not very wide.

Easter Eggs, how to dye eggs with silk ties or silk shirts, natural ways to dye eggs, they turn out stunning you got to try itYou want to put the egg on the “right” side of the fabric or the side you see, this will have the less shiny side on the outside. You want to wrap it as tight as possible, the fabric has to make contact with the egg in order to transfer.  You can use cotton string or rubber bands to tie it at the top. I take a few extra rubber bands and wrap the egg too, in an effort to get the fabric as close to the egg as I can.

Easter Eggs, how to dye eggs with silk ties or silk shirts, natural ways to dye eggs, they turn out stunning you got to try itYou will need to then wrap the egg a second time with white cotton fabric. This keeps the color from bleeding from one egg to another. It also helps the silk stay tight and not shift so much. Add eggs gently to a pan of boiling water. Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the water too. This helps the colors transfer! Boil for 20-30 minutes. The longer they boil the brighter the colors tend to be.

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Take them out of the boiling water (careful they will be HOT). You can allow them to cool on their own, or run them under cold water if you are in a hurry.  Take off the rubber bands and fabric and see the beautiful patterns that have transferred to the eggs.  I do recommend only doing a few eggs in each pot, and try and keep darker colors away from lighter colors. Some fabrics will bleed, which will make your colors kind of look “muddy”.

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If you do not have silk ties or silk shirts, head to your local 2nd hand store.  Just look for tags that say 100% silk.  I was able to find a bunch of “ugly ties” for $1 at my local Dessert Industries.   Some of their nicer ties are $3-$4 but if you dig you can find a bunch for $1.  I looked in the men’s shirts and found several island themed 100% silk shirts for $3 which would give me enough fabric to do about 25 eggs. So the shirt was a better investment.

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You can use the same piece of silk to dye different eggs over and over. Each time it will get a little lighter, but we have used the same piece up to 5 times.  Some silk works better than others, but you can almost always get at least 2 dyes out of one piece.

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Since we do not know what kind of dye was used to dye the fabric these eggs are more for decoration instead of eating.

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DIY Ring Holder ~ Thrifty Mother’s Day Gift Idea

Looking for a thrifty Mother’s day gift that is guaranteed to be loved and used for a very long time?  This is a great idea!  And even better, the supplies are inexpensive and mom doesn’t have to know!

You will need

A small photo frame (Mine is from the dollar section at Michael’s)

Small scrap of scrapbook paper

Thumbtack

Hot glue

Sticky jewel for the front of thumb tack

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Begin by taking out the piece of paper that comes inside your frame.  Also remove the clear plastic or glass inside.  Now, use the paper from the inside to trace the shape on the back of your scrapbook paper and cut it out.

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Add that paper into your frame.  Take your thumbtack and put the sticky gem (also from the dollar section at Michael’s) to the front of it.  Poke the thumbtack through the cardboard backing of the frame.  If desired you can secure it on the back with a little super glue or hot glue.  Just to make sure it isn’t going to fall apart on Mom!  This is perfect to keep by the kitchen sink to use while washing dishes, the bathroom for shower time, or even next to the bed so she can hang her rings while she sleeps.

That is it, a complete Mother’s day for your Mom!  If you want to earn a few extra brownie points, you could always add a ring too!

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DIY Wreath Made From Fabric Squares~Valentine’s Day Wreath

I love wreaths.  A lot.  Like, probably too much.  This obsession has only begun in the last couple of years, but now I want one for every season.  I have seen cute rag style wreaths all over the blog world and decided it was time to try to make my own.

What you will need:

A wreath form (I used a wicker style from the dollar store)

Fabric

Pinking shears

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Piece of cardboard cut into a 3×3 inch square

For your fabric, pick a few fat quarters up at your local fabric store if you don’t have scraps on hand.  I already had what I needed in my stash.  Use as many or as few colors as you want, but try to keep them coordinated.  Since mine is for Valentine’s day, I used pinks and reds in various shades.  Now lay out your fabric and begin tracing squares with a light pencil or a fabric pencil.  Do it very lightly so it doesn’t show too much.  Now either using pinking shears or a rotary cutter with a pinking blade cut out your squares.  The benefit of using the pinking shears as opposed to scissors is that it will not fray.  What a bummer to spend all that time making it to have it be destroyed because it frayed too much!  Pinking shears have a jagged edge to them making it harder for the fabric to fray when cut.  They come in handy when cutting fabric for many different projects.

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this picture above is a close up of what your fabric will look like once cut with pinking shears.

Once your fabric is cut it is time to attach the squares to your wreath form.  Do yourself a favor and buy a glue gun that has dual temp control.  Sometimes you don’t need it to be as hot and when you are going to be using your fingers a lot it really does help.  I forgot to take a picture of the wreath form before I glued the fabric on, so I turned it over so you could see what I used.  I just got this at the Dollar Tree near me.  You can use any type of wreath form you want.

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To help attach the squares, I used an ink pen WITHOUT the pen part out.  You don’t want to leave ink marks on your fabric.  It probably wouldn’t show, but just use a retractable ink pen or a pencil that has been sharpened, but is very dull now.  Grab your square and wrap it around the tip of your ink pen with the patterned side out.  Add a drop of hot glue to the tip and place it on the wreath where you want to put it.  Another benefit of using the pointed object is that you can place the squares in the holes of the wreath so they lay better.  Hold it there for about 30 seconds or until you think it is set.  Continue to do this until you have the wreath as full as you would like it to be.  The more full it is, the fluffier it will look.  As you go, the pieces will help support each other so that they don’t just flop open as well.  When you first start, you may think it will not turn out pretty because the pieces don’t set just right, but trust me, as the wreath fills up, it looks better.  These wreaths are perfect for holidays as you can change the colors.  Red, white and blue for 4th of July, Greens for St Patrick’s day.  Pastels for Spring.  You get the picture.  Would also be great to add a special touch to any room in your home, so easy to find fabric to match any decor!

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