Brighten your basket with these cute and easy eggs

Brighten your basket with these cute and easy eggs

These cute and easy eggs will cheer up any basket! A quick win!

These cute and easy eggs will cheer up any basket! A quick win!

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Supplies

Eggs

Egg dye – THIS KIND works great for strong colors

1/4″ white circle stickers like THESE

Create your eggs

  1. Mix up the dye according to the package directions.
  2. Dye the eggs. For stronger color, let them sit in the dye longer.
  3. Let the eggs dry completely.
  4. Stick the circle stickers wherever you want them.

Enjoy your easy eggs!

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How to create a geoboard with your kids

How to create a geoboard with your kids

Creating a geoboard is a fun STEAM activity you can do with your kids. They’ll quickly be designing geometric shapes and patterns while having a blast!

This activity is courtesy of Science Tots, a nonprofit organization with a mission to connect families and educators with the instruction, tools, and resources to power early S.T.E.A.M. learning.

Creating a geoboard is a fun STEAM activity you can do with your kids. They’ll quickly be designing geometric shapes and patterns while having a blast!

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Supplies

Creating a geoboard is a fun STEAM activity you can do with your kids. They’ll quickly be designing geometric shapes and patterns while having a blast!

Piece of styrofoam – ours was 1” thick (this would work well)

Short dowels – If I’d thought ahead, I would have ordered THESE. It would’ve been easier!

Rubber bands – I used a multi-pack like THIS

 

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Make an easy paper pom pom bouquet

Make an easy paper pom pom bouquet

Brighten up your space with an easy paper pom pom bouquet! It’s an inexpensive project and comes together quickly!

Brighten up your space with an easy paper pom pom bouquet! It's an inexpensive project and comes together quickly! DIY, spring, party, gift, fast, craft to make, kids

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Make Cinnamon Spice Ornaments to Spruce Up Your Holidays

Make Cinnamon Spice Ornaments to Spruce Up Your Holidays

It’s easy to get in the holiday spirit by making Cinnamon Spice Ornaments.  They’re a fun project and leave your house smelling divine!

Mix It

First, mix the dry ingredients in a big bowl.

1 3/4 Cups Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Ginger
2 Tbsp Ground Cloves
1/2 Tbsp Allspice

Add the moist ingredients and stir until well mixed.

1 Cup Applesauce
1/2 tsp Vanilla
3 Tbsp Titebond-3 Ultimate Wood Glue   *Note- I used this glue and I LOVED how well it worked.  These ornaments are not edible but if you’re super worried about someone taking a bite out of one, you could use Elmer’s Glue instead- it’s non-toxic and safe for kids to handle.

You may need to add a little more cinnamon or applesauce to get a good dough.  It should feel similar to rolling out sugar cookies- firm while moist and flexible.

Roll, Cut and Place

Sprinkle a little cinnamon on your rolling surface then plop down the dough.  Using a rolling pin, flatten the dough until 1/4″ to 1/3″ thick.  Grab your cookie cutters and cut out your favorite shapes.  Put them on a cookie rack sitting on another pan for drying or on a piece of aluminum foil.  Don’t worry if the edges aren’t perfect- you can sand them later.  If you want a hole for a hanging string, take a toothpick or straw and poke a hole where you want it.  You can do this step before you transfer them to the tray, I just think it’s easier this way.  The holes won’t get squashed when they move.

Dry

Cinnamon Spice Ornaments Dry

Warm in the oven at 160 degrees Farenheit 3-5 hours, give or take, OR place them in a warmer spot in your house and let them sit for four to six days (or more- or less, depending on humidity, temperature, etc.).   I made mine in the evening and let them sit with the oven on for a couple hours until bedtime.  Then I turned off the oven and just left them in there.  They were dry by morning and my house smelled fabulous!

Sand

Cinnamon Spice Ornaments- Sand

Maybe I’m having an OCD moment here, but at this point I like to gently sand the edges of the ornaments so they look pretty and polished instead of rough and ragged.  If the edges don’t bother you, go ahead and skip this step.  😉

Decorate

Cinnamon Spice Ornaments- Decorate

You might choose keep it simple or to knock yourself out.  Either way, round up any craft supplies you want to use- ricrack, string, glitter, paint, ribbon- use your imagination- and decorate to your heart’s content.

Add hangers

If you poked holes for a string, thread them on now.  Using a needle makes it easier!  You could also use hot glue and attach a loop of ribbon, jute or even a metal hanger to the back.

Enjoy your beautiful ornaments!

Get FREE printable directions HERE

Cinnamon Spice Ornaments Directions

 

What are you thankful for?  Create Your Gratitude Tree

What are you thankful for? Create Your Gratitude Tree

Help your family see what they’re thankful for by using my FREE printables to create a Gratitude Tree.

You only need a few supplies to create your own Gratitude Tree.

First, get some brown packing paper. (I’ve gotten some in packages from various companies.  I just ordered some bubble wrap from Amazon- SEE IT HERE– and it came with LOTS of packing paper)

Gratitude Tree- 1- paper

Next, get some tape.  I like the tape from the US Post Office because I can use it on my kitchen cupboards- it sticks and doesn’t damage it.  Your cupboards may be different so test it somewhere or use what you know works for you.

Gratitude Tree- 9

This step is optional but I HIGHLY recommend it.  Get a food box (cereal, frozen pizza, etc) and cut a thin strip to stabilize the trunk.  You can hot glue a few pieces together if you need to.  Mine looked like this.

Gratitude Tree- 2

Now, scrunch up some of the brown paper by in the middle of a piece.  I tried to get long wrinkles to look more like a trunk.  Once you’ve got the paper all wrinkled, put some hot glue on the cardboard and stick the middle wrinkled part of the paper to it.  Keep moving up until you have a strip about 2/3 to 3/4 as tall as you want your tree.  It should look something like this.

Gratitude Tree- 3

Add paper to cover the cardboard with extras on all sides to shape into the base and branches.

Gratitude Tree- 4

Put pieces of rolled up tape on the back- only on the cardboard.  Get quite a few so it will hold the weight.  When it looks about right, stick it to the wall/pantry door/etc. you want to display it on.

If you didn’t use cardboard, scrunch up the paper and put it directly on your wall/door/cupboard etc.  I have done this way and it worked but I ended up adding more and more tape because it had trouble staying up.

Form the branchless section of the trunk by crunching the edges of the paper in (or tearing some off if it’s too big) and taping down.

Start separating pieces out for the base.  You can twist, squeeze, or just scrunch them then use tape to stick them where you want them.
Gratitude Tree- 5

Work your way up the tree creating branches as you go.  Tear off extra paper and use to add branches if needed.   There’s no right or wrong way.

Gratitude Tree- 7    Gratitude Tree- 6

Once you have the branches made, take a look and see if it needs more/less of anything until you love it!

Gratitude Tree- 8

Now it’s time for the leaves.  You can make your own or use my FREE printable.  For access to all my printables, join our email list!

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Click below for the leaves:

Gratitude Leaves

Write things you’re thankful for on the leaves and tape them on the tree.  Enjoy!