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Maracas Made From Plastic Eggs, Recycle Those Easter Eggs!

If you have kids and do any sort of Easter egg hunt you probably have an abundance of these little guys around the house right after Easter, am I right?  They seem to multiply! Last year I was so excited because I thought we used the last of ours at a family egg hunt.  I didn’t consider that my kids were also participating and we brought home just as many as we took!  Oh well, you might be glad you have extra because now you can make these!

You will need:

plastic eggs

plastic spoons

washi or duck tape

beans,rice, gravel, something to place in your eggs

These are great because they don’t require a trip to the store.  Use what you have and they will be perfect! You will need 2 spoons for every 1 plastic egg.

Begin by putting some of your filler inside your egg.  I used beans because I had them already and they are super inexpensive.  I didn’t fill them very full, you want the beans to be able to move around.  So i filled one half of an egg about half way.  Feel free to experiment and see if different fillings change the sound of the maraca!

Make sure your egg is shut all the way.  You want to be sure you are using an egg that will close all the way, sometimes these eggs like to come apart on their own, don’t use one of those.

Once you have filled it and shut it, place it between two plastic spoons and wrap a few times in your washi tape.

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That is it!  Wasn’t that easy?  I thought this would be great for a preschool group or a church nursery.  As long as you keep an eye to make sure they are not opening them.

Enjoy your new instruments!

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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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Easy, Quick, Father’s Day Card

Father’s day is just around the corner, and you don’t want to be caught without a card for the Dads in your life!  This card is super simple so the kids can do it, and is versatile.  Use white paper for a dress shirt, plaid for an ever day shirt, or maybe even a Hawaiian print for the dad who likes the islands!

You will need:

2 of the same papers of your choice (Just standard sized)

If doing a dress shirt pick a coordinating piece of paper for the tie

Scissors

Glue stick

Buttons if doing a casual shirt, your tie will cover if you are doing a dress shirt

Begin by folding one of your sheets of paper in half.  Now, cut a strip off of the other paper for the collar.  It doesn’t need to be super wide.  If you are doing a printed paper that is not printed on both sides, you will want to cut your strip twice as wide as you want it and fold it in half, print side out.  This way the inside of the collar matches the rest of the shirt.  Fold it so it looks like this.

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Now glue your collar on to the front of your shirt by placing the back against the top of the card, and gluing the collar pieces down to the front of the card.  It should stay that way.

If you are doing a dress shirt, cut the tie out of your paper you have for that.  If you are doing a casual shirt, glue your buttons to the front.  Now you will want to cut a pocket out (again for the casual shirt).  Make it shaped like this:

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Now you are ready to add a sentiment to the inside of your card, and you are done!  Now you have a cute shirt card for the Dad you love!

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LDS Temple bracelet, great Super Saturday craft idea

Some of you may know that I am LDS. I love my religion and love going to visit the temple. They are the most beautiful, peaceful buildings I have ever been in. Here is a link to a video that explains the blessings of the temple if you area curious. This is not meant as a preachy post, I simply wanted to lay out where this post is coming from.

When you go to the temple and do what we call a session (where you go through as proxy for someone who has already passed on) you are a given a card with a name of the person you are going through for on it. I always end up sticking it in my pocket and not being able to find it. Frustrating! I love having it where I can get to it easily if needed. That is where this bracelet comes from.

This post is a little photo heavy, but they are important to see the steps.

You will need:

*These are not the exact supplies I used, but are similar

jewelry wire

(not sure what gauge I had because I already had it and the label was gone)

jump rings

toggle clasp

crimping beads

bulldog clip

white or clear beads

needle nose pliers

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Begin by cutting a length of wire. Cut it longer than you need to give yourself plenty of room to work with. Also get your beads out and set them in the pattern you think you want. Play with it until it looks the way you like. Than you will be ready to string them on your wire. I suggest using some smaller beads on the ends. It helps blend the crimping beads in.

Once you have your wire cut get one end of your toggle clasp out. Also grab 2 of your crimping beads (if they are short. Some are longer, if so get one) and slip them on the wire followed by the toggle clasp. Leave a couple inches of wire at the end. Once the toggle clasp is on, string the end of the wire through the crimping beads. Put the crimping beads right up next to the toggle clasp. Now use your pliers and crimp the crimping beads so the wire is trapped. Do not trim the end of that wire. Now you can start stringing your beads. Simply take your wire and string the beads on the long wire as well as the small, leftover piece. It won’t even show. I did clip a little bit off after those 3 small beads below.

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Now string on your beads, but stop half way. It is time to add your bulldog clip. Put the clip on a jump ring and slide the jump ring on the wire.

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Continue stringing your beads on until you are to the end.

Once you are at the end it is time to secure the other end of the toggle clasp to your wire. But before you do that,make sure that the bracelet is neither too small or too large. Everyone’s preferences are different so measure it to the length you want. Don’t clip the wire to that exact length, leave some so you can string it just as you did the other side.

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Now that you have it strung through and crimped put it through a couple of the beads and trim off the rest.

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I love the way they turned out and that now I don’t have to feel like a grade schooler when I pull my card out of my pocket all wrinkled up haha!

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