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10 Minute DIY Easter Egg Wreath - A craft so EASY anyone can make it!

The Easiest DIY Easter Egg Wreath

I think I’ve mentioned before that I’m not a craft whiz.  However, while on a walk this morning with Annabelle, I found inspiration!  One of our neighbors had a festive Easter wreath on their front door.  I hang wreaths (store-bought usually…again, I’ve never been confident in my DIY abilities) for every occasion– Christmas, Halloween, etc., but I didn’t have one for Easter!

Then I remembered a bunch of extra plastic eggs my mother-in-law had brought over last year and I had stuffed in the hall closet.  And for some reason we had a couple metal wreath frames in the closet too.  I started getting more and more excited as I thought about it– I had extra pastel pipe cleaners…and a hot glue gun…surely I could put something together!

I laid out my supplies:

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These are all things I had on hand: plastic Easter eggs, pipe cleaners, a 10″ wreath frame (figured I would start small for my first attempt), and a hot glue gun — but you could buy this stuff for probably $15 or less.

I simply glued the eggs to the frame.  (Before I did this I arranged the eggs in a pattern so I wouldn’t accidentally end up with two of the same color next to each other– I had a limited number of eggs since I was only using what I found in storage.)

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Once all the eggs were attached, I decided to jazz up the wreath with some pipe cleaners.  I played around with it until I had created some faux bows.  Here’s how:

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Slide one pipe cleaner under the wreath.

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Cross the ends of pipe cleaner and twist twice to keep in place.

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Slide a second pipe cleaner under the wreath and fasten the same way by twisting.

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Fold the ends of the second pipe cleaner in to form a “bow.”

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Twist the first pipe cleaner over the ends of the bow to secure.

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Last, I trimmed the ends of the pipe cleaners so they didn’t stick out quite so far and tied on a ribbon bow for a finishing touch.

I’m so happy with how my first DIY Easter wreath turned out!  Especially since it was easy and free!    I think I could get the hang of this crafting thing. 🙂

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clothespin kitchen hack

Pinterest Project #3 — The Amazing Kitchen Hack I Wish I’d Found Years Ago

I wish I could claim to be the genius who thought of this brilliant idea.  It has changed my life– or at least it has stopped one of my biggest pet peeves from tormenting me on a daily basis.

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Hubby goes through an unbelievable amount of dishes while cooking.  However, as I am quite appreciative of the fruits of his labor, I am careful not to complain while washing the resulting mountains of pots, bans, bowls, and the like.

If I didn’t wear gloves while doing so, my hands would be destroyed.  I used to leave my gloves draped over the edge of the sink to dry when I finished.  But somehow, when I would go to use my gloves the next time, I would more often than not find them submerged at the bottom of the sink, or crammed behind the faucet, the insides full of water.  Besides feeling absolutely gross, it defeated the purpose of wearing gloves in the first place!

One day while browsing through home organization pins (one of my favorite things to look at…seriously), I came across a pin which would solve all of my problems.  I had the necessary supplies laying around (and you might very well too) and immediately installed my new glove hangers.

All it takes is a strip of double-sided tape and a clothespin. (Mine are glittery pink–they were part of the decorations at my baby shower and I knew they would come in handy someday!)

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Simply stick the clothespin to the inside of the cabinet door under the kitchen sink.  Now gloves can dry in a safe place and are at arms reach whenever needed.  How did I live without this for so long?!

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kid's room decorating ideas for the not-so-crafty mom

Kid’s Room Decorating Ideas for the Not-So-Crafty Mom

As much as I would love to be amazingly handy, I have accepted that I am not a DIY prodigy.  Though I was a dedicated art student in high school, those creative talents did not translate into crafting abilities.

However, there are times when I have little bursts of inspiration, or ideas that somehow just work.  I know that there are other craft-challenged mamas out there, so I wanted to share a couple that are fun touches for a child’s bedroom and most importantly, are easy.

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These are wooden letters you can purchase for a couple bucks at any decor or art supply store.  I used a hot glue gun to adhere colorful pipe cleaners.  It’s a very simple process, though slightly time intensive.  I do have to admit that it was my mom who suggested this project, but what a great idea–I love how these turned out!

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Here is a look at the back side– it doesn’t have to be pretty– just make sure there is plenty of glue to keep the pipe cleaners attached.  Also, look for a pre-cut nail slot on the letters you purchase for easier wall hanging.

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This wall decor idea was even easier!  Lilu’s Grandma loves to buy her little purses, but she had accumulated so many that I started to get frustrated.  What could we even do with all of these?  One day I was drawn to a bare corner of her bedroom and decided to hang a few of the prettiest ones of the bunch.  Four little tacks, five minutes of “work” and voila!  Now this corner sparkles with Grandma’s gifts.

So don’t despair if you aren’t a Pinterest idol!  A kid’s bedroom doesn’t have to be fit for a home decor magazine– it just has to be fun and unique.  Repurposing some of your child’s prized possessions and creating eye-catching name art will make a regular room into their own special space.

DIY Love Coat Rack

DIY: “LOVE” Coat Rack

I was feeling crafty around Christmas time (rare for me, as I’ve already stated, I don’t often have the time or energy for such things) and saw a cute idea on a mommy message board.  One mom had painted the letters “L” and “E” on the left and right sides of a piece of wood, and used her baby’s hand print to make the “O” and foot prints to make the “V.”  When you looked at it all together, it appeared to spell “LOVE.”  Super cute!

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I was shopping for supplies at Hobby Lobby when I found this pre-made coat rack (about $15) and thought I could do the painting on it.  Not only would it be art, but it would be functional too!  I grabbed a couple other styles (which were given as gifts so I don’t have photos) and some paints and headed home to get to work before I lost my motivation.

I recommend buying a small foam roller (about 4″ wide) to apply the paint to your kid’s hands and feet– it will make the whole process a lot easier and slightly less messy (no dripping).  Have a damp towel on hand to immediately wipe off excess paint so there are no accidents.  I used acrylic paint for this project– it cleans right off skin and dries quickly on the wood.  The whole project cost about $25 and took only 30 minutes or so.  Lilu was a pro– her handprint looks stellar!  Annabelle, of course, was a little wiggly, so her feet are slightly smeared– but I was still happy with the result.  Especially for my first DIY project in a long time!

I actually hung it myself as well with two drywall anchors and a screwdriver.  Not the most fun part, but I was able to get it done in about 5 minutes.  The anchors say they can support up to 50 pounds and the coat rack itself is very sturdy, so it can hold plenty of items.  I’ve got multiple jackets and even the Ergo carrier ready to go by our door now.

Happy Crafting!

Mixed Media Photo Art

Stuff I Love: Photo Art

My house is covered in photographs– for a busy mom it was the easiest way to decorate.  I envy friends and family with their actual art, fancy Blenko glassware, and crafty furniture that they created from Pinterest ideas.  Unfortunately with two young children there is not much time to get crafty (aside from putting pictures in frames), and displaying expensive and breakable antiques is a recipe for disaster.

My brother is a professional photographer, so I asked if he could pretty please take a picture of the girls together in their matching Christmas coats.  He seemed to be dragging his feet getting the finished product back to me, but turns out that he had done something even better than simply editing and printing.

He took the photo and made it into a work of art using paint and pen.  Our backyard was kind of a lame backdrop, and the girls were originally sitting in a lawn chair.  Now they are sitting in a throne with a bright, almost kid-like grass and sky background– so fun and so cool!

I have no idea his exact technique, but wanted to share in case there are any mamas like me who love their photos, but might like an idea for how to jazz them up.  Or you can check out his website if you want a pro to do the work for you: http://www.dannygarska.com

Happy decorating!