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April Fools: Paper “Brownies”

1 Apr

With Easter so early this year, it’s easy to forget about April Fools Day. If you’ve completely forgotten, but you still want to “get” someone today with a harmless and easy April Fools prank, I’ve got the perfect idea: bake someone paper brownies.


All you need for this is some brown paper, scissors, an opaque cooking pan, and aluminum foil. Cut your paper into upper and lower case letter E’s.


Who knew making brownies (“brown e’s”) was so easy! Just stash your letters in the pan and cover them up. You might want to put something with a little weight on the bottom of the pan, like a dishtowel, just to give the plate some weight.


Now you just need to offer someone some delicious, homemade brown “E”s. It’s not your fault if they thought you said brownies.

Enjoy! Happy April Fooling.


Ombré Easter Eggs: Two Ways

25 Mar


With Easter a week away, I decided it was time to dye some eggs. It’s a tradition that I absolutely love. Every year I try to create new designs on the eggs. This year I tackled ombré. I love the dip-dye color gradation look, and Easter eggs were the perfect place to try out my skills. I attempted two different styles.


For dyeing eggs, I used food coloring, with a tablespoon or so of vinegar and some hot water. Channeling my mother, I put down some newspaper to catch the drips off the hard-boiled eggs.


The first ombre set involved dyeing each egg a slightly lighter hue. I used a blue with a tiny bit of green in it. My first egg was in the water for over 10 minutes, the next for roughly 5 minutes, then less and less. The last egg got just a splash to add a tiny bit of color.


When assembled together, this ombre egg set looks beautiful.


For my other set of eggs, I wanted each egg to have stripes of color. I had to rig up the glasses to get the eggs to sit somewhat upright. I used a spoon in the glass, flipped so the bottom of the spoon rested against the egg.


I started with the dye water reaching only partway up the egg. I let it sit for 5 or more minutes, and then added more water. I continued this 3-4 times until the egg was completely covered.


These eggs are less consistent, but they are still a lot of fun.


Both batches came out nicely, and are the perfect Easter eggs for current trends.


Boyfriend Easter Basket Alternative

22 Mar


I remember the joy that I had every Easter morning when there was an overflowing basket of candy and toys waiting for me. Because of this, I always want to pass on special treats and candies for Easter. Instead of spending lots on candy to fill an Easter basket for my boyfriend, I decided to make a more meaningful gift. For George’s Easter present, I created  the perfect mix of candy and love notes.


I purchased Easter colored mini Reese’s Cups and small circular labels.


On each candy, I put on a sticker with a thing I love about my boyfriend, George. They ranged from his sense of humor to his love for his family. These labels fit perfectly on the bottom of each candy.


I used a Ball Jar to hold all the candies. Before I started writing out my notes, I dropped candies in to see how many would fit. For my jar, I could get about 25.


After each candy was labeled with a thing I love, I put them all back in the jar. I cut out a circle of paper to display through the top of the jar, and made a cute little label to go along with it. Tied with a ribbon, my Easter gift is all ready to go!


This “25 Things I Love About You” jar is the perfect present for a husband or boyfriend on Easter or any other occasion. It’s especially nice for guys with a sweet tooth, like George!

Clothespin “Mail”

20 Mar


Today’s quick craft creates a hiding spot for a short message on a clothespin. It’s a perfect way to send some love to your friends or hunny.

For materials, you’ll need a clothespin with a spring mechanism that opens and closes, as well as some paper, glue, and a fine-pointed pen.


I measured out the front “pincher” part of my clothespin. That’s where your miniature envelope will be. For me, I needed to cut pieces of paper that were .5 inches tall by .75 inches long. On the front piece I drew the mock-up of a letter addressed to my boyfriend George. On the other piece, which became the back of the envelope, I drew fake fold marks.


The idea is that when you open the clothespin, you’ll reveal the hidden note. Therefore, you need to cut the front piece in half. You will glue the pieces to the top and the bottom of the “pincher” part of the clothespin. On the other piece of your envelope, which looks like the back, you’ll flip it over and write your hidden message there. Since I wanted to glue my back to the bottom “pincher” part of the clothespin, I wrote my message on the top of the piece of paper.

I used simple Elmer’s glue to attach the envelope cutouts to the clothespin.


It’s just that easy! I’m going to mail my clothespin letter to George. I know it’s going to make him smile.

Easter Bunny Garland

15 Mar


Easter is quite early this year, and I have begun to get into the spirit. I started with a strand of bunny garland made out of paint chips.


First, I had to select my shape. Online, I’ve seen similar bunny garlands that look like peeps. I originally had this idea, but want to make my own design. Here’s what I came up with for my bunny outline. You’re free to use it in your Easter crafting.


For my paper, I used solid colored paint chips in pastel colors that I grabbed from Walmart ages ago. I also used white pom poms for the bunny tail. If you don’t have pom poms, you can use cotton balls, white paper, or maybe make the front of the bunny instead!


I traced and cut out all my shapes, and hot glued on the tails. I used silver cord from a past project and hot glued each bunny to the string.


Hung by my “fireplace,” the garland looks so fun! The colors go great with my diy proverb art.


I also added a terracotta flowerpot with plastic Easter eggs to my mantel to makes things a little more festive.


Now I just have to wait for the Easter Bunny to arrive!

Clover Stamp DIY

27 Feb

DIY four leafed clover stampThe other day I was looking through my desk drawer, and I realized how many note cards I have. That’s when it dawned on me that I need to send out more letters or else I’ll lose the battle against my cards and have multiple drawers overflowing.

pencil eraser stamp craft diy

The next holiday I can think of is St. Patrick Day, so I got going on using blank stationary. I even already had green envelopes! I decided to make a simple heart stamp to use as leaves on a four-leafed clover.

how to carve eraser stamp

I found a pencil that had an unused, level eraser. I drew a heart design on the top, and then used an X-ACTO knife (I always thought it was “exacto knife”) to cut around the heart. It’s fairly simple to cut since there’s two straight edges to the heart, but just be careful!

st patricks day card diy craft

Fortunately, I already had a number of green inkpads. I used my new heart shaped stamp on those to make a clover design. I wanted the 4-leafed clovers to be lucky, so I just stamped four heart designs.

four leaf clover card

This was very simple, but looks so cute! I guess I’m ready for March!

Transforming White Sneakers

18 Feb

transforming white sneakers shoes

I have been on the lookout for new shoes and sneakers recently since many of my pairs are wearing thin. A couple weeks ago I spotted plain white tennis shoes in Target for less than $4, and decided that was a good enough deal. I planned on transforming them with fabric markers, and this weekend I was able to go through with my project.

coloring oxford pattern onto white tennis shoes

My design is based upon an image that I saw online to make the sneakers look like oxford shoes. Really, you could do any design you wanted. I used a gray fabric marker from Michaels for coloring, although it turned out quite blue. Before coloring with the fabric marker, I traced the pattern on each shoe with a marking pencil. Then I just went to town filling in the pattern.

oxford tennis shoes diy craft

I’m not sure these will become a new weekly staple, but they’re certainly going to be a welcome addition to my shoe rotation, especially in the summer.

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