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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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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.

craft letters

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.

girl purses

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.

Stuff I Love: Boxes & Baskets

I have a strange love of boxes and baskets– you might say I have a slight addiction.  I get WAY too excited when Target puts out a fresh crop in the home department or marks down last season’s offerings.

Taming clutter is an ongoing struggle in my house, and I’ve found that one of the easiest things to do is put stuff in boxes.  Pretty boxes.  Well, there’s actually more to it than just tossing crap I can’t find a “home” for in a box.  I’m actually forced to sort and inventory specifically what I want to go in each box, effectively clearing out forgotten and useless items.

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I found these yesterday at Target– there were two sizes, but only a few left, so there must have been quite a few other people who couldn’t pass them up!  I love that they are made of wood and sturdy, plus the chalkboard on front is both practical and fun.  The one on the left is the large size and fits perfectly on our bookshelf– before there was just a stack of old school work and it drove me crazy!  Lilu actually does look back through her papers, so I’ve been searching for an attractive way to store them within her reach.  The one on the right is smaller and keeps Annabelle’s snacks handy but out of the way.

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These soft woven baskets are one of my favorite purchases–ever.  I originally just bought one, but loved it so much that I sent Mateo back to Target (hey I was pregnant at the time) to buy the rest.  Alas, when he returned there was only one left.  So I have two.  These baskets are large enough to store a variety of different things, but have a casual lived-in look that is totally my style.  An unanticipated plus is that Annabelle can pull the sides of her toy basket down and easily get out whatever she wants to play with– crawling baby approved!

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Hubby is not organized– at all.  I guess having toiletries just tossed on the counter doesn’t bother everyone.  This is our guest bathroom however, so I would prefer it to have the appearance of being neat and clean.  I found these small Rubbermaid (yes, the brand) boxes to be an easy, cheap ($6 each) solution.  They have snap-out dividers inside, which in this case was just what I needed to hold hair products, toothpaste, etc.  Hopefully hubby can handle actually putting his stuff inside the box. 🙂

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Keeping the kids’ rooms tidy can be one of the biggest challenges of all!  I found these bins at Ikea, so they were super cheap.  There are rollers on the bottom, so they are easy to move and for kids to access.  They can even stack if space is tight.  Lilu is like me in that she craves order, but as a six year old she needs a little help to get it done.  It makes her so happy to know where her art supplies are without having to look and she is surprisingly consistent with putting things back when she is finished using them.

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The bane of my existence is kitchen clutter.  I’ve (somewhat) accepted that there is always going to be stuff out on the counter, but I still try to keep the junk from taking over.  I found a large tray to be the “intake” box: new mail, magazines, things that still need opened or to which I need quick access go here.  I also bought a larger Rubbermaid box to corral all of the various bottles that we use on a daily basis: vitamins, ibuprofen, and the like.  A plastic basket (I believe it once contained a gift assortment) displays hand towels (one of my mom’s addictions– I get the overstock so she can justify buying new ones) so they are within arms reach while cooking.  A vintage metal Coca-Cola six-pack bottle holder is now a pen caddy.  A Le Creuset bowl in a cheerful shade of aqua keeps keys, coins, and other random small bits from being scattered across the counter.  It’s getting better, but the kitchen will always be a work in progress!

What is your favorite household storage/organization solution?

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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!