10 Unique Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

With the advent of Pinterest, long gone are the days of the Paas Easter Egg dying kit in my house. Can anyone else relate?  Easter egg decorating is actually a craft that I feel comfortable tackling. Some of the ideas below were done by yours truly, so if I can do it, anyone can.  This year, why don’t you think outside the “carton” and try something new!

Can you believe that the eggs below are colored using whipped cream???  That is what gives them their dreamy watercolor look.  Click on the source below for the full tutorial!

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These ombre dyed eggs by yours truly could not be simpler.  You simply increase the level of dye exponentially.  I opted for blue, but you could use the hue of your choice. You can read the full tutorial here.

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These botanical eggs look too good to be true and they are!  The secret?? Temporary tattoos.  No wonder the artwork looks like perfection!

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Waste not want not.  These unique eggs use broken shells to create a mosaic effect.  How cool it that??

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I created these decoupage eggs on a whim.  All you need is paper napkins of your choice and Mod Podge. Paper napkins come in such a variety of patterns and colors, the possibilities are endless.  You can read the full tutorial here.

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These DIY marbled eggs actually use nail polish to achieve this unique look.  I adore the on-trend indigo color as well. For a full tutorial click on the source below.

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Would you believe me if I told you that these eggs were dyed using Kool-Aid?  I love the abstract lines and if you tell your kids that Kool-Aid is involved, they might just want to try something different this year.

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Gold is so on trend right now, why not incorporate it into your Easter theme.  These gold foil eggs are gorgeous with their bold colors and gold highlights.

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I love the idea of cameo eggs.  These silhouette based eggs look a little daunting, however the precise lines can be created by using contact paper.  Why not have your little cuties on your eggs this year?

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These moss-covered eggs are simple but so adorable.  You could customize them any way you like.  I have so much moss lying around my house from various craft projects,  I could do soo many of these!

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All of these ideas sound totally doable, right?  I am tempted to try more than one.  Well, I guess we will see how much dye, whipped cream, or Kool-Aid gets spilled in the process!

Do you have a favorite method for dying Easter eggs?  Do tell.  I would love to hear your tips and tricks.

xo,

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DIY Hopscotch Mat

Today, I wanted to pop in and share with you a fun and simple DIY.  The weather is heating up around here and we are spending tons of time outdoors.  We had a pool party a few weeks ago and I wanted to add some creative games for the kids to play.

DIY Hopscotch matt with watermark

My kids spend hours playing hopscotch at the park and at school, so I thought it would be fun to make a portable hopscotch mat.

Here is what you will need:

  • Plain black runner
  • White Chalk
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • White craft paint
  • Small paint brush

I really think the hardest part of this project was finding a black runner.  You would think they would be everywhere.  I spent hours scouring the internet and could not find a plain black one in the dimensions I wanted.  Finally, I found one on sale at Homegoods.

Here is what you do:

First, using a level, measure the boxes that the numbers will go in and outline them lightly in chalk.

Second, freehand or use a stencil to add numbers to the boxes and trace the numbers in chalk.

Third, go over the entire template with white craft paint.

Finally, spend hours watching your children have fun playing hopscotch wherever their hearts desire- even indoors!

Here is a final picture of Audrey trying to be like her big sister.  Don’t quite think she gets how to play yet!

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This is one of the many DIY project I did for the Home Depot Patio Style Challenge.  You can read about it here or on The Home Depot’s blog The Apron.

What do you think?  Have you ever done a DIY specifically for kids?  I hope this one provides endless hours of entertainment!

Hope you are having a great week!

xoxo

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Valentine’s Day Ideas for Kids

Hi friends!  Well, it is officially February and that means I am wracking my brain for cute ideas for Valentine’s Day for my little girls to bring to school.  I really try not to be a “I don’t know how she does it” mom, but gone are the days of easy, basic valentines that I remember so well growing up.

Here are some of the best (and easiest) ideas I saw during my search.

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Valentine's Day Ideas for Kids Apple Sauce Squeezers

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I am really liking the “I dig you” one with the shovel, although the apple sauce squeezer one is tempting, since I have everything on hand.

What do you do for  your kids on Valentine’s Day?  Do you go all out or try to keep it simple?

I hope these ideas gave you some inspiration.  I guarantee that with little effort on these, someone will be wondering, “how does she do it?”

Have a great Monday!!

xoxo

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My Christmas Fails and a Giveaway

Hi everyone!  I wanted to pop in today and show you some of my Christmas fails this year. I posted my holiday home tour here and you may be thinking that all of my projects and decor ideas turned out splendidly.  Most of them did, but I also want to show you some of the things I did that did not turn out so well : )

Case Example #1, are these beautiful candles I bought at World Market and this Nate Berkus candle holder.  I adored the Nate Berkus candle holder when I bought it last year.  It was gold and modern- what could go wrong, right?  Well, despite being a candle holder, it does not hold candles very well.  Every candle I put in was wobbly, or leaned, or looked crooked.  I even tried to wrap some tissue paper around the bottom end to stabilize the candles, but no such luck.

The striped candles from World Market are gorgeous, but they did not photograph well at all in the light I was dealing with. Hence, this photo did not make it into my tour!

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Case Example # 2, is this gold nail head Christmas tree.  I had seen beautiful DIY versions of gold nail head wreaths and I figured this would be way less labor intensive.  Wrong! I used a styrofoam mold and bought 200 nail heads.  I thought that would be enough, but about 300 nail heads later, I had completed ONE.  I planned to make three, but my project stopped there.  It looked more like an ear of corn than the chic gold tree I was envisioning.  Epic fail.

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Did you have any holiday or Pinterest fails this year?  If so, misery loves company, so please share in the comments!

I also ran across this post about a woman who spent an entire day creating abstract dots in her bathroom using a sharpie pen, only to later realize that with the moisture in the bathroom, they bleed.

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On a more positive note, I am going to have an amazing GIVEAWAY for you guys early next week.  You won’t want to miss this one.  You will get the chance to win a sweet treat that will help you get over all the gifts you bought for others over the holidays!  You deserve it!!  So don’t forget to check back in early next week for the chance to win!

xoxo

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DIY Reindeer Moss Wreath

Hi everyone!  I am over my leaning Christmas tree I wrote about here, and am plugging away on lots of fun projects.  I posted here all about tips for decorating with moss. In particular, I love reindeer moss, as it is light and airy, and I adore the chartreuse color.  I really wanted to make a wreath this year, but was a bit bored with boxwood and pine.  In addition, my colors for holiday decorating this year are pink and bright green, so I opted for a reindeer moss wreath.

It could not be simpler to make.  All you need is:

  •  A 12″ foam wreath mold.  I found mine here.
  • Two bags of reindeer moss. I found mine here.
  • A glue gun and glue sticks.

Simply crank up the heat on your glue gun, and slowly add small bunches of the moss to the foam mold.  Fill in any holes after. Try and avoid the cursing and yelling that occurred as I proceeded to burn myself AGAIN and AGAIN with the hot glue gun.

Here is how it turned out.

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It is so full and lush, I want to constantly touch it.  I have heard, however, that it can dry out, so I am trying to preserve it by misting it every few days.  So far, so good.

Do you decorate with wreaths for the holidays?  Do you do store-bought or DIY? Please share in the comments.  I am always looking for creative wreath ideas!

Linking up at the DIY Showoff and Tutorials and Tips.

xoxo

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DIY Candy Presents

DIY Candy Present Pink Christmas wrapping

This year I am “Dreaming of a Pink Christmas.”  My theme this year for Christmas decorating is pink and gold with a little bit of green throw into the mix.  Having two little girls definitely lets me play with my girly side and decorating their room for Christmas is no exception!  I saw something similar to these on Pinterest last year and I could not wait to recreate them.  Here is what you will need:

  • Florist crepe paper.  I found mine at World Market, but you can also find it online here.
  • Glitter ribbon.  I found mine here.
  • Ball shaped object of choice.  I used ornaments, but you could also wrap up oranges or anything that is circular.

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I simply wrapped the ornaments up, tied the sides up with ribbon and then clipped the ends.  It could not have been simpler. They are going to be part of the decorations this year in my daughter’s room.  More to come soon, so stay tuned!

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DIY Candy Present Pink Christmas Wrapping

My grandmother recently gave me this beautiful antique compote dish that looks like the perfect candy dish.  So, I made some smaller candy presents to look like they are candy filing the dish.

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DIY Candy Present Pink Christmas Wrapping

I think this is such a fun and different way to wrap gifts!  What do you think?  What color are you dreaming of Christmas in this year?  Are you a classic red and green lover, or do you like less traditional decor?

Linking up at Made by You Monday.

xoxo

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DIY Faux Fur Wine Collar

Faux Mink Wine Collar 4 Happy Monday everyone!  I hope you had a great weekend.  I was surprisingly productive despite my family being under the weather.  I was flipping through holiday catalogs over the weekend, and was inspired by this cute faux mink wine collar from Grandinroad. I thought it would make a fun bar cart accessory or hostess gift.  However, at $19.00 I could live without it. Mink Wine Collar I started to think about purchasing some faux mink fabric to do a knockoff, but it was upwards of $20 per yard everywhere I looked.  That is when I realized I had this old toddler coat my girls had outgrown (sorry for the lame iphone pic.) Perfect, right?  I also ended up using the rest of the coat as a tree skirt on a mini tree I am decorating for Christmas.  Stay tuned!! photo I used a seam ripper to detach the collar and then just pinned it and sewed a few stitches with my sewing machine to close up the frayed edges.  I also had an old brooch my grandmother had given me a few years back.  I think it adds just the right amount of sparkle and has special meaning to me. This is how it turned out.  Not bad for free!! Faux Mink Wine Collar 2 . If you are not in a DIY mood you can get a very affordable version at World Market for only $6.99.  It even comes with a hat topper! *_478067_WINE_BOTTLE_FUR_HAT-SHAWL Did you tackle any fun projects this weekend?  Stay tuned in the following weeks as  I have a ton of easy holiday DIY’s coming your way.  In the meantime, you can check out my DIY faux fur tree skirt from last year!

 

Linking up over at the DIY Showoff, Thrifty Thursday and the Creative Collection!

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Halloween Dinner Party

Hello Friends!  I have to admit I have not been one to decorate much for Halloween.  But, now that I have kids who love it, I have wanted to throw a Halloween themed party.  They love Halloween and light up at the decorations and spooky fun!

To start, my ideal Halloween party would feature chic decor from ZGallerie !  How fun is this spooky and edgy black and gold tableware?

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You can’t have a Halloween party without some Pinterest worthy food, right?

My party would start out by digging into some Monster Brain!

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I would then follow it up with a main course of spooky spaghetti!

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Finally, I would end this feast with spider cupcakes!  How cute are these??

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As for party “guests,” my ideal line up would include some Disney villians (for my kids of course). We would be decked out like the Evil Queen, Malificent, and Cruella Deville.  My kids are actually trying to get me to dress as Cruella this year!  I don’t think I could pull of the black and white hair!!

Do you entertain at Halloween?  What would your ideal Halloween party entail?  What are your plans for Halloween this year??

I am taking part in Atlantic Shopping’s Halloween Dinner Party Competition.  Head over here to check out all of the fun and creative entries.

xoxo,

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Decorating With Moss

I know it is only October, but I have Christmas decorating on my mind.  I am on a committee for a Holiday Home Tour for my daughter’s school. I was lucky enough to visit an amazing local home that was already decorated for the holidays.  The colors were a combination of mixed metallics and Chartreuse green.  There were the most elegant vignettes of white birch logs covered in moss hanging from the ceiling.  It was modern and rustic woodland all at the same time! After leaving the tour, I was determined to use moss in some of my Christmas decorating this year. I am particularly fond of the wreaths covered in reindeer moss as they look like such an easy DIY. While I am considering using it for the holidays, it also transitions very well into spring.

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I think moss, particularly reindeer moss, is a nice alternative to boxwood or magnolia for the holidays, what do you think? Hopefully, I will have time to put together a DIY with some moss this holiday season! Have a great weekend! xoxo signature

DIY Placemat Pillow

Today, I am sharing one of my favorite tips for affordable pillows.   I love to use table linens such as placemats and napkins to make pillows.  Many companies such as Pottery Barn have the same patterns and prints they feature on their expensive pillow covers also available on their table linens.

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This technique could not be simpler, and it is a great idea to use for seasonal decor.  I have a hard time spending $40 on Christmas pillows that I will use only for a few weeks.  This is a much more affordable alternative.

I wanted to add some rustic fall elements to our home and I found these simple placemats for a steal at Homegoods.

Here is what you will need:

Placemats

Poly-Fil (Polyester Fiber)-I got mine at Joann here.

Seam Ripper- I got mine at Joann here for about $2.00.

Needle and thread

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Step 1– Take your seam ripper and gently start removing the stitches from one corner of the placemat.  I only remove enough of the seam to allow my hand to fit in to stuff the stuffing (about 3-4 inches).

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Step 2– Start stuffing the placemat with the Poly-Fil.  For best results, I recommend using small portions at a time and then massaging it around in your hands before stuffing it in the mat. Most brands of Poly-Fil also come with a stick that you can use to press the stuffing into the corners.

Step 3 – Use a needle and thread to hand stitch the opening closed and voila you have a new pillow.  Here is how mine turned out and I love it.  It only cost me about $5.00 for one!

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Do you have any tips or tricks for inexpensive pillows?  I would love to hear in the comments!

xoxo

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