DIY Spring Round-Up

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Looking for some great ways to bring spring into your home?  These are especially great for those of you who may still be dealing with cold temperatures and snow.  Here’s to hoping spring makes its arrival sooner than later!

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Rustic Peeps Bunny Garland By Country Chic Cottage

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Daffodil Flower Cups by Martha Stewart

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Easter Bunny Bags from The Idea Room

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Easter Candy Bracelets from Uncommon Designs

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Jelly Bean Bracelets from The Idea Room

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Love You to Pieces by Lil Luna

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DIY Spring Wreath from Blooming Homestead

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Egg Crate Garden from Building 25 blog

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Spring Grass Wreath from Capture the Details

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Easter Pallet Art from Design, Dining and Diapers

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Butterfly Wall Art from The Idea Room



Easter Candy Bark

Easter is right around the corner and I have a quick and easy Easter treat that you can make in minutes and makes a great addition to your festive Easter food.  Chocolate Bark is so easy to make and tastes so good.  I have shared a few other Chocolate Bark candy ideas over the years.  If you have been following along for a while you might remember some of them: Peppermint Bark, Candy Corn Bark, and Oreo Bark.

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The thing I love about Bark Candy is that is looks a lot fancier than it really is to make.  And they make a great and easy gift that most people might enjoy receiving.  I simply melted some white chocolate.  I love to use Ghiradelli white chocolate.  Just melt it in a microwaveable bowl on 20 second intervals so you do not burn it, and stir between each cycle.

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Then simply pour your melted chocolate onto a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan covered with wax or parchment paper.   Sprinkle your Easter candy over the melted chocolate and let it cool and harden.  Break into small pieces and then package up and give it away!

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Or serve it as part of your Easter Dessert table.  Either way…you will love how festive, fun and easy this Easter food is to make.  Have you ever made a bark candy?

Easter Bunny Cotton Tails

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I have a fantastic giveaway that was planned for today…but we had some technical issues so I will be sharing that one later this week when we get them resolved.  So…I am sharing this fun and simple Easter Printable that I had planned on sharing with you Friday.

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Are you a cotton candy fan?  I am not a huge fan of it…but when the kids get some at the Amusement Park I always tend to grab a small bite for old times sake.  As it reminds me of my childhood.

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When I spied a little package of Cotton Candy in the Easter Candy Aisle I realized they would be perfect as Easter Bunny Tails.  And with my new found printable obsession…I wanted to make them for a simple Easter gift idea.

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The particular Cotton Candy I used was in a Hello-Kitty pink package.  But I have seen Cotton Candy in various forms in a lot of other stores like Wal-Mart and Fresh Market Stores.

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Simply print out the Easter Bunny Cotton Tail Bag Toppers and attach them to your bagged Cotton Candy and you are good to go.  I used the larger gift bags that are about 4 inches in width.  So these tags will fit those bags perfectly.  If you can’t find that size of bag, you can print these at a smaller size to fit your needs.

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Please read directions here before trying to get access to the printable.  I have a lot of people asking me how to get them.

You will need to go through my FB page to gain access to them.  If you are not a fan of The Idea Room, you will need to like the page first and then click on {Previous Downloads} to gain access to the printables.

*click here for printable download:

Easter Bunny Cotton Tail Bag Toppers

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Are you a Cotton Candy fan?

Easter Cookie Envelope

Yesterday I shared with you this Easter Cookie Gift Bag that I made as part of the CRE8TIME Creativity Movement.  We are encouraged to be creative for an hour a day for 8 days in a row.  If you missed that you can read more about that in yesterday’s post: CRE8TIME Easter Gift Idea.  Today I sharing how I made it and offering you some free Easter printables.

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Today I am sharing with you how to make some of these for yourself so that you can use them to be creative and to share your creativity with others.  They are really simple to make.  I love to give gifts that come in pretty packages.

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Sometimes the easiest way to get exactly what you want is to make it.  I found all the supplies I needed to make this project at Michael’s, who I partnered with in this project.

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I took a  photo of the paper I used just in case some of you are interested in the names and Brands.  I also purchased some Vellum so that you could see the cookie inside of the cookie envelope.  I came up with a pattern for the cookie bag and then cut out the paper using two different coordinating patterns for the front and back of the envelope.

I glued the cookie envelope together with a glue stick and put the flaps on the inside of the envelope.  And I glued the square of Vellum on the inside of the front of the envelope.

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I have provided the pattern for your use if you would like.  Simply click on the image of the pattern and you will be taken to the free pdf download to print.  It also comes with the pattern for you to make this Easter Bunny head that I attached to the top of the bag with a mini clothes pin.  The bunny nose is a black brad that you can find in the scrapbook supply aisle.

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Then I cut out a simple banner and added some black letter stickers to spell out the words Hoppy (or Happy) Easter.  I attached them to a string and then attached that to the insides of the envelope through a tiny hole.

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For the “hoppy” I simply cut out a 1.5 inch circle and then a 2 inch scalloped circle with some paper punches, which I then attached to the envelope.

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You can fold the top of the envelope over the top or tuck it in like I did.

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Then simply slip in your favorite cookie.  I made my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe and added in some crushed Cadbury Mini Eggs…I know!

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My family raved about how great the cookies were.  And I would have to say that I am sure they were amazing…but unfortunately I am unable to eat them any more due to my food allergies (womp womp).

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Give them away to your favorite people if you are able to stop yourself from eating all the cookies.  At any rate…get your creativity on and join the CRE8TIME Movement.

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Click here for the envelope patterns: Easter Cookie Envelope Patterns

CRE8TIME Movement–Easter Craft

Back in August I had the opportunity to head out to Dallas, TX and spent some time with some of the amazing people that work with Michaels.  They are so creative and so much fun and we had a good time creating together.  While there we were able to participate in the Michaels Leadership Conference and Holiday Show.  We also met the CEO of the Craft & Hobby Association, Andrej Suskavcevic, who shared with us an amazing campaign called CRE8TIME.

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CRE8TIME is a movement, a movement supported by a group of people who want to make a positive social change. As our lives become increasingly crowded with “responsibilities,” we tend to ignore ourselves and find it difficult to justify creative pursuits; they seem “selfish” and are often the first things we discard.  It’s time to reclaim our creativity!  CRE8TIME is a movement, a movement supported by a group of people who want to make a positive social change.  It is designed to help people recover eight hours a month and devote it to their particular craft, and to create a place for them to share their experiences – the joys, lessons, and results – with the creative community at large.  Learn more about CRE8TIME in this video.

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Now, I tend to spend a lot of my time creating, so finding myself creating for an hour a day is not unusual.  It helps that I am a creative blogger by trade.  But what about you? Do you find time to create in your lives?  I know that most of you LOVE to create, which is why you may find yourself here…on my site.  How does being creative make you feel?  For me, creativity is a way to unwind and relax.  A way for me to connect with who I am outside of all of the other roles I find myself in.

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As part of the CRE8TIME project and my partnership with Michael’s, I came up with a project that I would like to be able to share with you.  And, if you are interested, hopefully this project will help you to be able to find some time to add some creativity to your life if you are not already doing so.  Tomorrow I will share with you the printable pattern, photo tutorial, and the cookie recipe I used so that you can make some too.


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What is your favorite way to spend some time creating?  How does being creative make you feel or enrich your life?  I would love to know!

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