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DIY Burlap Easter Bunny Bag Tutorial

March 31, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Spring Crafts

Burlap Easter Bunny Bag DIY Burlap Easter Bunny Bag Tutorial
With spring right around the corner it is time to start working on some Easter crafts. This DIY is particularly great because you can re-purpose this burlap Easter bag each year. Simply erase the chalk lettering on the bunny chalkboard tag and add a new word or name.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time required: This project will require various drying times throughout, allow 2 days to complete this project (though actual work time will be around 10-15 minutes for painting and gluing).
Age range: Any age, please just allow adults to handle E6000 glue.

Things you’ll need:
Natural Jute Burlap Bag
Unfinished Wooden Lying Rabbit Cutout
Black Chalkboard Paint
Chalk or chalk ink marker
Small white Craft Pom Poms
Small Foam Brush
White E6000 Glue

Things to do:
1. Shake chalkboard paint well, then apply a thin layer to the wood cutout with a small foam brush. Make sure to paint outer edges as well. Do not paint the back of the wood cut outs.

Craft Tip Time Saver: To avoid cleaning brushes between painting intervals, place the small foam brush in a Ziplock or plastic bag. This will keep the brush from drying out.
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2. Follow directions on the chalkboard paint, wait one hour before applying a second coat. Let secondary coat cure for 24 hours before starting step 3.

3. Insert newspaper inside the burlap bag to protect it from any extra glue that might squeeze through the woven fabric. White 3600 glue can have strong odors. I highly recommend doing your gluing in a well ventilated area with gloves on. Have a few paper towels handy in case of spills.
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Apply glue to the back of the painted wood cut out and apply with pressure to the front center of the burlap bag. Attach a small white pom pom to the bunny to create a fluffy bunny tail. Place a heavy object such as a book on top of the glued wood cut out. Allow 2-3 hours for the bag to completely dry.

4. To personalize your Easter bag, write directly on painted chalkboard wood cut out with a chalk stick or chalk ink marker.
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DIY Globe Inspired Easter Eggs

DIY Globe Inspired Easter Eggs DIY Globe Inspired Easter Eggs
You really can have the whole world in your hands with this Easter craft. It looks difficult, but you will find it’s pretty simple and requires only a few materials to create this wood egg Easter globe. I have given many as gifts and have even personalized them further by adding a heart to specific locations (such as on a favorite city, vacation spot, or home town).

Difficulty level: Intermediate
Time required: 1 hr
Age range: 10 and up, depending on painting skills

Things you’ll need:
Pencil
Small paint brushes
Flat Bottom Unfinished Wooden Eggs
Caribbean Blue Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Leaf Green Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint
Folk Art Matte Acrylic Sealer (glossy works also if you prefer a shiny look

Things to do:
1. Trace world map on to the wood egg. I had a world map handy as reference while drawing. You can make this map as general or precise as you desire. The egg globe will look great either way.
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2. Use a very small paintbrush to paint the countries green. Allow 20 minutes to dry.
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3. Use a slightly larger paint brush to fill in the water areas with blue, including the bottom of the egg. Allow 20 minutes to completely dry.
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4. Touch up any areas that might need a second coat of paint. Let dry overnight.
5. In a well ventilated area, place your egg on newspaper and spray acrylic sealer to the egg. This will protect and seal your paint.
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DIY Easter Chick Treat Bag

DIY Easter Chick Treat Bag DIY Easter Chick Treat Bag
This spring chick is easy to make and simply adorable! Children will love receiving this themed treat bag. Make several of them and display them at your next party or put them in your children’s Easter baskets to add a personal touch.

Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Difficulty level: Beginner
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Clear treat bag
Yellow craft foam sheet
2″ Yellow Pompoms
Hot Glue Gun
Tape
Candy
Orange Felt
Googly eyes
Ribbon
Scissors

Things to do:
1. The first step is making a pattern for the base of the project. This heart shape is sturdy enough to hold up your treat bag, and it looks adorable! I’ve found that the easiest way to make this pattern is to cut a square that is 2 ¾ inches, fold it in half and cut a half heart shape out. For the wings, cut a 2″ by ¾” half circle.
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2. Trace your patterns onto a piece of yellow foam and cut them out.
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3. Fill a plastic bag with an assortment of candy. Fill the bag until it reaches your desired height. Fold the top of the bag over and tape it down so the zipper doesn’t show on the sides.
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4. Use a hot glue gun to attach the candy-filled bag to the heart base.
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5. The next step is creating the head of the chick. Put a little hot glue at the tip of the beak and attach it to the pompom. Hot glue wiggly eyes to the pompom. Once you’ve added the facial features, simply attach the head to the treat bag using hot glue.
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6. Hot glue the wings to the side of the chick.
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7. To finish the project, tie a bow out of ribbon and hot glue it the front of the chick and enjoy!
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DIY Decoupage Easter Eggs

DIY Decoupage Easter Eggs DIY Decoupage Easter Eggs
These decorative eggs are so easy to make and look adorable on display. Have fun experimenting with a variety of patterned paper, creating a collection of festive decor.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Paper
Mod Podge
Wax Paper
Scissors
Styrofoam eggs
Hemp twine or rick rack ribbon
Paintbrush

Things to do:
1. Cut strips of paper to decorate the egg with. For this tutorial, I’ve chosen to use music paper. Measure the size of the egg to determine how long to cut the strips of paper. My foam eggs are 3 ½”.
2. Use a paintbrush and cover the surface of the egg with Mod Podge.
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3. Lay the strip of paper onto the Mod Podge covered egg and apply a second layer of Mod Podge over the top to secure it.
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4. Continue this process until the entire surface of the egg is covered.
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5. Allow the egg to dry and then apply a second layer of Mod Podge over the surface of the egg. This will add shine and secure the paper.
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6. Once you’re happy with the look, tie a piece of hemp cord or ribbon around the outside of the egg and display it in an Easter basket.
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DIY Statement Knot Necklace

March 25, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Statement Knot Necklace DIY Statement Knot Necklace
Statement jewelry is really the thing now a day and statement necklaces is especially hot! This project makes a quick and beautiful statement necklace in a snap that will make quite a splash with any outfit. Look for pre-made loops of beads or string eight loops of beads yourself with about 12 inches of total length per loop.

Time required: 10 minutes
Difficulty level: Easy to moderate

Things you’ll need:
8 loops of beads of about 12 inches in total length per loop
12-inch chain necklace
Needle nose or jewelry pliers

Things to do:
1. Lay four loops of beads out in two loops, with them just overlapping.
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2. Pull one set of loops over the top of the other and then under through the other side, pulling gently on both sets of loops to tighten the knot.
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3. Find the center point of the chain and open the center two loops of the chain with the pliers.
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4. Find the halfway point on one set of the loops and hook the strings of each loop into one of the open links on the chain. Once all the strings are on the loop, close it using your pliers. Repeat on the other side of the necklace to finish.
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DIY Gold and Silver Dusted Candles

March 24, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under For the Home

Gold Silver Dusted Candles DIY Gold and Silver Dusted Candles
Candlelight is key to my happiness in the depths of winter. It’s flickering glow helps chase the doldrums away when the sky is grey and cheerless. And adding a little sparkle and shine to those candles makes them even more happy inducing! These gold and silver dusted candles make a beautiful addition to your winter decor and also make a lovely (and oh so simple to whip up) hostess gift.

Difficulty level: Easy
Time required: 5 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Taper candles
Gold and/or silver spray paint
Box or well covered work surface

Things to do:
1. In a well ventilated work area, set your candle, bottom end down, on the box bottom at about a 45 degree angle.
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2. Lightly spray the candle in short bursts, running from the bottom of the candle up toward the middle, but only spraying about 1/3 of the way up. You want the spray to be lighter toward the top of the painted area and heavier at the base.
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3. Turn and repeat until you have painted all the way around.
4. Stand the candles on end, paint end down, and allow them to dry before using.
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DIY Burlap Easter Eggs

DIY Burlap Easter Eggs DIY Burlap Easter Eggs
These burlap eggs make the perfect addition to any Easter basket. Place them in a bowl on your counter as decoration or hang them from a piece of string as garland. You’re sure to love these burlap eggs, no matter how you display them.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Burlap fabric
Styrofoam Eggs
Ruler
Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
Paintbrush
Scissors

Things to do:
1. Count three strands over form the edge of your piece of burlap. Grab a hold of the fourth strand and pull. This step will open up the burlap, allowing you to cut it without it unraveling. Cut the piece of burlap.
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2. Measure the egg to determine how long your strip of burlap needs to be. The egg I am using is 3 1/2″. Cut the strips to fit.
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3. Cover the surface of the foam egg with craft glue. Once the entire surface has a thick coat of glue on it, start covering the surface with strips of burlap. The strips of burlap should overlap slightly. Continue applying strips of burlap until the entire egg is covered.
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4. Allow time for the glue to dry before displaying.

DIY Blooming Tree Branches

DIY Blooming Tree Branches DIY Blooming Tree Branches
The sun is starting to peek through the clouds and the birds are singing. Yes, it’s almost springtime! In preparation for this sweet season, we’re experimenting with blooming branches. This DIY will bring nature indoors, making your house a spring haven.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 30 Minutes
Age range: 10 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Branches
Assorted paper
Jute
Scissors
Pen
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Things to do:
1. The first step is making a heart pattern. The easiest way to do this is to fold a piece of paper in half and cut half of a heart shape. Unfold it, and you’ll be left with a perfect pattern!
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2. Once you’ve cut out your pattern, you’ll want to trace it onto several different kinds of paper. Cut the same number of hearts out of each different piece of paper.
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3. Fold the heart shapes in half, using the handle of your scissors to make a sharp crease.
4. Run a line of hot glue down the crease.
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5. Attach the heart to the branch.
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6. Repeat these steps until the entire branch is covered in blooming hearts.
7. Use jute to tie a decorative bow on the branch.
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DIY Sparkling Easter Eggs

DIY Sparkling Easter Eggs DIY Sparkling Easter Eggs
These sparkling Easter eggs will have everyone wondering how you made them! This craft is so easy and creates a wonderful finished product, making it a great DIY to try with your kids.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 10 Minutes
Age range: 5 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Wax Paper
Cake Cooling Rack
Epsom Salts
Plastic Eggs
Mod Podge
Paint Brush

Things to do:
1. Cover a plastic egg with a layer of Mod Podge. Be sure to cover the entire surface.
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2. Once you have a thick layer of Mod Podge, cover the egg with Epsom salts. I’ve found that the best way is to pour a pile of Epsom salts onto a piece of wax paper and roll the egg around in it.
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3. Allow the egg to dry completely before displaying it. Place is on a cooling rack for a few hours to ensure it’s totally dried. Make several sparkle eggs in different colors to create a beautiful and festive display.

DIY Zen Doodle Bowl

March 18, 2015 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under General Crafts

DIY Zen Doodle Bowl DIY Zen Doodle Bowl
I’m not an artist, at all! I struggle to draw anything but I find so much satisfaction in Zendoodling! Even imperfect lines look impressive in this medium and it’s the perfect art form to jazz up plain dishes like this simple white bowl! Wow your friends and give them a wild zendoodle bowl as a gift! They’ll be amazed and probably tempted to try a little zendoodling of their own!

Difficulty level: Moderate
Time required: 20 minutes plus dry time

Things you’ll need:
Porcelain pens
Flat bottomed bowl

Things to do:
1. Clean and dry your bowl. Draw a circle around the inside of the bowl and divide the circle into 4 sections with a bold, zig-zag line.
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2. Fill each section of the circle with a repetitive pattern, making sure each section has a very different pattern.
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3. When you have filled in the space, bake the bowl according to the directions on the pen.

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