Pull out your planting pots and fill them up with soil and new greenery! It’s that time to start bringing life back to your garden and porches. Spring is one of my favorite seasons and gardening has become a favorite pastime since my vegetable garden days while living in Connecticut. Now it’s just flowers for me until we make space for a garden.
Lacquer Abstract Easter Eggs— We are celebrating our family Easter traditions a week early this year, since our spring break falls right on Easter Sunday. We are planning to do our feast this Sunday and my kids decorated their eggs. We love decorating Easter eggs and trying out new techniques. Below are links to Easter egg decorating techniques that we have done in the past. This year we decided to use lacquer to make the eggs look like glass and acrylic paint to give it a strong color. This is a fun project for kids to explore mixing colors with adult supervision.
Pretty, bright rich colors. Let your kids paint and get creative with a palate of paint!
You might have noticed I’m a little obsessed with live plant terrariums and holiday centerpiece terrarium/glass cloches. You can see my spring floral terrarium how to that I did last year, and I still remember it lasting quite a few weeks. Since St. Patricks day is around the corner, I am sharing an Irish terrarium, using succulents and clay to create an Irish village. My kids have declared that this is the best leprechaun trap and we are for sure going to catch him this year because leprechauns are really the size of fairies and they are going to be so fooled! HA! I’ll take it. This is a really fun project to make with kids. My kids did all the clay work and it makes it look woodland and whimsical.
For supplies gather:
soil, tiny rocks, moss and sand–most you can get at a craft store.
oven-baked polymer clay
Rubiks Cube Valentines— Rubik’s cubes are so cool right now in 3rd grade. Every kid wants one. Every kid tries to solve one. And if you know how to solve the puzzle, you are totally on the popular list. So, we know these are going to be a huge hit at the Valentine’s exchange party. I bought mini Rubik’s cube at Party City (or you can buy with the link).
I did two printables for the Valentine: “Our friendship is like a Rubik’s cube. You don’t want to mess it up!” and the other is “All my problems are solved when I’m with you!” We just used tape to attach the cube to the print out.
Download is below.
Download Rubik’s Cube Valentine’s Printables
Attach a mini rubik’s cube to the valentines with a small glue dot.
Check out these other Valentines:
Ripped Jeans are so the trend…again. I’m kind of a closet clothing hoarder and recently found a couple of 10-year-old ripped jeans that I’ve held onto. But they aren’t the cute skinny ones so I’ve been needing to update my wardrobe. If you’re like me though, I can’t splurge on a pair of ripped, torn jeans that will only last a season or two. This DIY will cost you around $20 and takes about 10 mins.
Here’s what you need:
Cheap jeans from Target, H&M or Forever 21. I got mine from Target for $20
Some kind of cardboard or wooden board that is small enough to slide in the leg of jean
Sandpaper or pumice
1. First thing you will do it is put on your jeans and and mark with the chalk where you want to make your cuts.
2. Pull out your sandpaper or pumice and rub on the seams and where you plan to cut. This will distress the jeans and take off some of the jean color. I also rubbed the sandpaper around the zipper area and the waist seams.
Remember doing crystal-growing science projects as a kid? Well, this DIY uses the same technique but is better! For Christmas this year, I took my handmade gifting serious and grew crystals using Borax. The results are these darling faux-geode jewelry boxes that I gave away as gifts along with one of my jewelry pieces. Everyone who received one loved it, and I am eager to make more!
This crafting project is really easy, but it did take me about 2 days to grow the crystals so it does take some time. You could probably get away with 24 hours if you want the crystals to be a little smaller. The crystals are sturdy, and I glued them on with my E6000 glue and they are solid.
For a complete tutorial on this project, head over and check out Amanda Kingloff’s step-by-step tutorial and supply list.
Don’t Want to Make Crystals? Here are some options
Need some Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas? I crafted simple mini wreaths over at Or So She Says that I’ll be using for our Thanksgiving table. Head over there to see the tutorial using flowers and greenery from the market. UPDATE: I have now updated this post with the full tutorial below:
Decorating with glass cloches are my current fave. Remember the floral terrarium? They are so easy to make in minutes, and gives an expensive decorating look for less. Glass cloches are perfect for mantles, tablescape or even bookends. This DIY Halloween decoration can be used year after year.
Here are your supplies:
I forgot to post over here on my blog about the post I did for How Does She last month about repurposing vintage jewelry. This was such a fun post for me because work with jewelry almost every day for my business, but never with vintage jewelry. And then taking made jewelry and re-creating it into a style that is current. Check out my DIY post. Pst…I’ve been actually wearing these restyled pieces quite a bit!