Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Easter Wreath - Plastic Eggs


Plastic Egg Easter Wreath!


This wreath is very easy to make. It comes together in about 10 minutes, and is not very expensive!


It's adorable and playful and would brighten up any door step!

You will need:
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14 Plastic White Eggs - I got mine from Hobby Lobby
14" Wire Hoop - I got mine from Hobby Lobby
Chicks on Twig - I got mine from Hobby Lobby
Various Ribbon - I got mine from Hobby Lobby. The ones I linked, could be glued to a twig from the yard, but I recommend the ready made light weight ones from Hobby Lobby.
Small Pieces of Wire for attaching the chicks - Dollar Store


First, cut the tire hoop apart at the place where the wires meet. I did this by squeezing and twisting my hand held wire cutters around the hoop, until it felt weak. I then bent ti back and forth until it snapped!


Separate your eggs, and drill a hole the size of the wire, in the top of each one. Be sure and put something underneath the eggs so you don't ruin any surfaces.


Next, snap the eggs together, and thread them on the hoop, You will put 7 on each side, with the top of the eggs pointing towards the center. I made sure to spin my eggs so the other little holes on them were not visible.


Once the eggs are all threaded, close the hoop by wrapping duck tape around the opening while the ends are pressed together.


Use two pieces of wire to secure the chicks on a branch in place.



You are almost finished! Cut and attach ribbon in any colors you choose to the bottom, attaching a small piece to the top between the top two eggs, for hanging.


This wreath is darling, fast and easy to make! I hope you love yours.


Thanks for stopping by. 

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa









Easter Wreath - Styrofoam Eggs


This Easter Wreath is quick, easy and so pretty! 


I was inspired to make this wreath by the lovely and talented ladies at Lolly Jane.

YOU WILL NEED:
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Smooth Styrofoam Eggs - 16 total 
I got mine at Hobby Lobby. I got 2 bags of 12. They were 40% off of $6 each.
19" Wire Hoop I also purchased from Hobby Lobby.
Fake Flowers, similar to these. I got mine from Hobby Lobby.
A piece of foam board (dollar store) or cardboard
Hot Glue


Cut the hoop where it's hooked together. You will be able to find the line. I used regular hand held wire cutters. I just spun them around the line as I squeezed, and wiggled the hoop until it broke apart.


Poke a short hole in the styrofoam egg with a large needle or some sort of other sharp object. Follow up by twisting a drill bit that is just a bit larger than the width of the wire, by hand into the egg. If you do it with a drill, you may destroy the egg and make the styrofoam come apart. I did not take a picture of this.

Thread the eggs on the wire form. Put eight on each side. Thread each side with the top of the egg pointing towards the top of the wreath. After you have threaded your eggs, close the gap by wrapping a small piece of duck tape around the ends while they are pressed together.


Hot glue the bottom egg on each side. This just helps everything stay in place while you attach the flowers.


Next, cut a small piece of foam core of cardboard to fit between the eggs. Tape it to the hoop with duck tape. You can also hot glue.


Tape and glue your flowers in place. I taped the first few, and glued the rest. I thought I would need more flowers than I did, and actually ended up editing and taking a lot out until a had a good balance of flower to wreath.


When you are finished, your cardboard might tip downward because it's heavy. Mine did. I remedied this by stacking and gluing foam core under the bottom of the styrofoam square holding the flowers. That pushes the base away from the wall and makes it lay nicely. 


I hung my wreath by tying a small piece of ribbon between the top two eggs.


Thanks for stoping by!

Have a Happy and Creative Day!

Risa


Thursday, October 3, 2019

DIY Halloween Bats, made from Christmas Ornaments!

These little bats are the cutest thing, and so easy to make!


You need:

Small Black Christmas ornaments.
Black Lace
Black Felt
Jewels for Eyes

and

scissors and a hot glue gun


Cut a 1"x1" and a 1"x2ish" shape out of the felt. Fold each piece in half and cut the small one into the shape of the head, and the large one into the shape of the feet. 

Glue the feet to the top of the ornament. The bat will hang upside down. 

Glue the head to the bottom. 

Glue the eyes on. 

Glue the wings, either wrapped around the bat, or squeeze together to make open wings, and glue to the sides. 

Hang them up! I found a branch from my yard for hanging them. They were so fast and easy, I made a whole bunch! 

Halloween Golf Game


This Halloween golf game is AWESOME! You can set it up anywhere from a hallway, to a driveway, to a class room! Simply print the pages as 12"x18", and cut out the clearly marked holes in the bottom of the paper. 


Fold on the lines, and set up for play. I got a golf club and eyeballs from the dollar store. My kids also like to bowl with the eyeballs.


You can pick it up from MY ETSY SHOP, and print off as many as you like, or you can pick up a copy from Print & Main, in Layton Utah. If you get it from them, they will crease it, and you'll just have to cut out the holes. If you download and print it, you'll need to cut out the holes, and fold on the lines. 

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

DIY Acrylic Sign with a Marker


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These acrylic signs are super easy to make and inexpensive! You need a piece of acrylic from Home Depot, a water based marker like this and a base. You can make your own, or buy bases like these.


You print out a sign, and put it under the acrylic, then simply trace over it with a marker, and you're finished! I created bunch of adorable printable signs, and they are in my Etsy shop. You can visit my Etsy shop here. The signs are cute enough to print and display on their own, or you can print one and use it to trace for this project. 


When choosing a marker, only use water based markers, not oil based markers, and be sure and use the finest tip you can get. A fine tip is the key to getting the fonts to really stand out be distinct. Outline each letter, then fill it in. I used this marker:

Using only water based markers will insure you can clean it up and wipe it off if you make a mistake.   It cleans up by wiping with your finger when it's wet, or using window cleaner when it's dry. You might just need to let the window cleaner sit for a minute, before wiping off. Oil based paint will not come off the acrylic. It will come off glass with a razor blade, but a razor blade will scratch the acrylic.


My son had homecoming last weekend, and we hosted the dinner in our home. I decided to make each guest a place card, using the glass from dollar store frames. The kids were amazed when they walked in, and just loved having their own name at their place. They each got to take it home at the end of the night. 


So, it can be done on glass as well, but I would only recommend using glass for decor that is not going to be around children, wind, or in a place where it can be knocked over easily.








Acrylic Signs that Stand Up


I'm all about acrylic signs this Halloween!


DIY acrylic signs are my new favorite thing! They are easy to make, inexpensive, and fast. You can make them with vinyl, like I did with this big sign that I have sitting on my mantle this October. All you need is a piece of acrylic, from Home Depot, and a wooden base. My dad made mine on his table saw, by cutting a slit in a 2x4. You can also order them online 


When placing your vinyl on the board, just remember it's sticky! It's stickier than a wall, and will stick the second it touches. So, you'll want to make sure it's in the right place before letting the surfaces touch each other. 


Apply the vinyl, place in the base, and put it where you want it. It's as easy as that!















Monday, March 11, 2019

Afternoon Tea at Home

We had afternoon Tea in England, and loved it so much, that we were so excited to do it here at home. There were a few things that are different about Tea in England, compared to the US. 


 A Tea is actually a meal. Actual tea that you drink, is only part of it. In a traditional English Tea, each person gets their own tea stand, that houses their entire meal. It’s all about the presentation, and sitting with good company, having a memorable time.


The meal is composed of three S’s. Bottom - Savory, Middle - Scones, Top - Sweets. 



Savory on the bottom - tea sandwiches. We did cucumber with cream cheese and freshly cut dill. These are always served open face. We also did ham, cheese and butter.  Other traditional tea sandwiches are smoked salmon and egg salad sandwiches. Don’t forget to cut off the crust! 


Scones in the middle. Every true English tea will have English scones, clotted cream, and strawberry jam. The scones are like biscuits, but better. You can find recipes online. My friend brought these for me from England. You can’t get clotted cream in America, because they don’t sell what you need to make it here. We made this knock off version, which is pretty close. It’s made of 1/2 cup heavy whipped cream, 8oz mascarpone cheese, and a table spoon of powdered sugar, whipped together. It’s slightly sweet, with an amazing texture. It’s like a cross between butter and cream, and slightly sweet and light. Put the clotted cream and jam in their own small containers. Do this the day before. 


Sweets on top. The sweets are anything small. This level will always have a macaroon, and mini pastries or tarts. These small cakes are called Petits Fours, pronounced like, “petifours.” My friend brought these straight from England. You can find the exact same thing on Amazon or anything mini in the bakery will do. I also saw on Pinterest that you can cut a cake that is short down, and cover with melted white chocolate or icing. 


Afternoon Tea is all about presentation!

When we were in England, they brought each of us our own teapot of water. Here, we used a teapot that we got from Walmart. It heats the water in 4 minutes. Much easier, and less to store. My awesome friend also brought us the teacup sets from England. What would I do without her? If you don’t have a friend who lives in England ;) I have seen beautiful sets at Homegoods. You can find them in many stores, including second hand.

We did strictly herbal tea for this party,  no caffeine. We used loose tea and teabags. I got beautiful strainers online. 

The favor bag was really sweet. It was a package of a tea bag, a teaspoon, honey sticks and mini honey dipper.  

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Happy & Creative Day!

Risa

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