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Five Kid Tested Egg Decorating Techniques… Pass or Fail?

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Every holiday, we try to make time to do a special craft with the kids.  They love it, we live through it, and we all build great memories together.  Right?  Well, technically.  See… I really do love crafting with my kids.  I used to look forward to when they would get old enough to be calm and patient and create beautiful masterpieces alongside of me.  Well, evidently we are not there yet!  So to save you some pain and headache before Easter, here are Five Kid Tested Egg Decorating Techniques… Pass or Fail?

Five Kid Tested Egg DIY Decorating Techniques by My Paper Craze

We gathered up some supplies that we had laying around the house thinking, “It can’t be that hard, they look so {EASY} online…  and technically they are.  It’s all about capturing the attention of your younger audience.  Here are the five techniques we tried:

  • Creating rubber band lines
  • Traditional egg dying
  • Decorating with tattoos
  • Decorating with glue and glitter
  • Cool Whip dye

So out of the five techniques above, which ones do you vote for to be kid approved?  Let’s find out!

Five Kid Tested Egg DIY Decorating Techniques by My Paper Craze

Traditional egg dying was, surprisingly, a {FAIL}.  We chose to decorate artificial eggs this year, as the kids were sssoooo disappointed that we weren’t going to hide their hard-boiled eggs last year {I sure didn’t want to smell the lost eggs a year later!}.  Unfortunately, artificial eggs, as great as they may sound, don’t hold traditional dye as well.  The information on the package simply states that dying will result in pastel colors… but they mean VERY pastel.  {AND} THEY FLOAT.  I know, I should have seen this coming, but really?  How do you die floating eggs?  The kids were tired of holding them down with spoons, so we fetched glasses out of the cabinet and placed them on top.  Needless to say, after about thirty seconds, the kids were ready to move on to something else.  Dying these eggs were the equivalent of watching the grass grow.  Snooze.

Five Kid Tested Egg DIY Decorating Techniques by My Paper Craze

Another method we have seen is using rubber bands around the eggs to create lines when dyed.  Now, this may have turned out better had the dye not been an extremely light shade of pastel.  Unfortunately, with pastel egg dye, this turned into another {FAIL}.

Five Kid Tested Egg DIY Decorating Techniques by My Paper Craze

Glitter + Glue + Kids = {FAIL}.  Again, this is another great concept if you have older children.  As it turned out, we had glitter and glue all over the table, all over us, and basically everywhere except for the eggs.  We also tried to add some glitter to a bag, drop the egg in and shake it.  The glue on the egg stuck to the side of the bag and resulted in a glitter clump.  {Sigh} The kids might have had a little fun, but our constant “stop” “don’t do that” “give it here” weren’t exactly the ideal feedback.  We ended this lesson and moved on.

Five Kid Tested Egg DIY Decorating Techniques by My Paper Craze

Kids love tattoos.  I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who didn’t love temporary tattoos as a child.  In theory, this is another method that COULD work.  If your kids never touched the eggs again.  Well, that might be exaggerating a little, but the tattoos do rub right off the eggs.  And because the kids love them so much, they just can’t seem to put them down, resulting in little tiny balls of tattoo paper on the table and blank white eggs.  Back to square one.

Five Kid Tested Egg DIY Decorating Techniques by My Paper Craze

Finally!  We found one that is 100% kid tested and APPROVED!  This was a big hit for one main reason… can you guess why?

Five Kid Tested Egg DIY Decorating Techniques by My Paper CrazeThey were obsessed with eating the Cool Whip, {LOL}.  We finally gave in, AFTER we decorated a few eggs.  So what’s the secret to using Cool Whip to dye your Easter eggs?

  1. Grab a plate and spread a layer of Cool Whip
  2. Using GEL food coloring, mix in each color in a small area (we used tooth picks)
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  3. Once you have several colors (or just one, if you prefer), intertwine your colors togetherFive Kid Tested Egg DIY Decorating Techniques by My Paper Craze
  4. DO NOT MIX YOUR COOL WHIP – it will blend the colors into oneFive Kid Tested Egg DIY Decorating Techniques by My Paper Craze
  5. ROLL your egg {DO NOT SLIDE OR SCOOT} – we used a spoonFive Kid Tested Egg DIY Decorating Techniques by My Paper CrazeFive Kid Tested Egg DIY Decorating Techniques by My Paper Craze
  6. Here is your finished product.  You can dab off the excess Cool Whip with a paper towelFive Kid Tested Egg DIY Decorating Techniques by My Paper Craze

So what’s on your agenda for egg decorating?  Do you have any tips to share on tried-and-true decorating methods?  I’d like to say all of this experimenting was a lot of fun, but I truly think next year we are going with the store-bought kits that have stickers and all.  {GASP}  I know.  But after all this “excitement”, I just needed a nap {LOL}!

 

DIY Tutu Easter Basket + Pinspiration Friday

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Hello there and welcome back to another Pinspiration Friday!  As we inch closer to Easter, we’re loving all these awesome Easter crafts we’re finding and can’t wait to share the fun with you!  Last week we visited our {PEEPS} with our cute Hanging With My Peeps T-shirt.  This week, we’ll make a matching accessory… a DIY TUTU EASTER BASKET!  Whoo-hoo!

DIY Tutu Easter Basket by My Paper Craze

As you might have guessed, we love tutus and they are so easy to make!  This Easter basket makes for an extra special accessory to give to your little hunny-bunny on Easter… a wearable tutu!

Start off by grabbing some supplies at your local craft store.  We like Hobby Lobby, they had an amazing sale for us to pick up this adorable polka-dot basket and dress it up with our tulle.  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 basket – you can choose on from the Easter aisle or re-purpose one from home
  • 2 rolls of color coordinated tulle – depending on your basket and how full you want your tutu
  • Ribbon, elastic band or elastic headband spool

DIY Tutu Easter Basket by My Paper Craze

After you grab your supplies, do you remember how to make a quick and easy tutu?  Jump on over to our tutu post Pretty In Pink.  We had a great time making tutus for Breast Cancer Awareness month back in October!  This post has the link for a full video tutorial from Just Add A Bow that makes it so easy to follow along.  We love our tutorials, but for this piece, a video is the safest bet.  We’ll wait while you give it a glimpse…

Got the hang of it?  So what you’ll do is grab your elastic or ribbon and measure around the TOP of your basket.  I would recommend a wooden basket over plastic, only because the elastic tends to slide off plastic surfaces.  Give it a try and see what works best for you.  Once you’ve measured and cut your desired length, go ahead and loop it around your thigh like we saw in the video.  This really is the best method from my experience.

One difference for my tutus is that I do not bunch two strips of tullle at a time.  I knew I would be doing two layers for this tutu, so I only threaded one strip of tulle through each loop, all the way around.  Once finished, I started on the second layer.  After all your layers are done (in my case, two was enough), it’s time to slip your tutu on the basket.

DIY Tutu Easter Basket by My Paper Craze

I chose to flip my basket over rather than stretch it around the top.  In truth, you can do it however is easiest for you.  Once you have it around, go ahead and flip your basket right-side up, if applicable, and pull the edge of your tutu up to the top.

DIY Tutu Easter Basket by My Paper Craze

Since I purchased a regular storage-type basket, it did not include a handle.  Don’t despair, you can just add a handle using your existing materials.  I chose to weave my tulle through the holes in my elastic headband material.  I think it turned out rather cute.  If you do have a handle attached to your basket, feel free to wrap some tulle around it to dress it up a little.

DIY Tutu Easter Basket by My Paper Craze

One of the important things about this craft, in my opinion, is to make sure that your tutu is detachable for your little princess to wear.  I don’t know about you, but I buy a NEW Easter basket each year for my daughter, so it seems that I have a ton of them laying around!  Re-dress some of those older baskets and give them a face-life with a little tulle and a whole lot of {LOVE}!

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As promised, we have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to Easter crafts, including more Tutu Easter Baskets!  Check out our {Easter Crafts} board for more {PINSPIRATION} than you can stand!  Put your crafty self to work, then come back and share your projects with us!  We’d sure love to hear from you!

If you enjoyed this post, check out these other similar projects:

DIY Easter Peeps Shirt + Pinspiration Friday with My Paper Craze Batman or Batgirl themed Halloween Costume with matching tutu and heat transfer iron on by My Paper Craze

 

Easy April Fool’s Day Prank

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Good Afternoon, fellow crafters!  Just popping in today to remind you that {April Fool’s Day} is right around the corner, so don’t be caught unawares!  Introducing our Easy April Fool’s Day Prank!  Of course, Pinterest has zillions of ideas if you’re still looking for inspiration  Check out our Fun April Fool’s Day Pranks board.  I tried one out today to demonstrate how simple the prank can be and still be loads of fun!

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How did we create this fun little project?  All you need is a little J-E-L-L-O!  Just mix it up according to the instructions, pour it in a clear mug or cup of your choice, then pop in a straw.  Once it’s chilled and the jello is set, serve it up to the kids for laughs all around!

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DIY Easter Peeps T- Shirt + Pinspiration Friday!

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Hello to all my {PEEPS}!  Thanks for joining us on our journey today!  We hope to bring you not only a {FABULOUS} project but introduce you to Pinspiration Friday!  Each Friday we will showcase our favorite Pinterest finds for the week and, if all works out, choose a project to complete each week from our Pinterest board.  Today’s topic is all about {PEEPS}!

Peep T-Shirt + Pinspiration Friday by My Paper Craze

Now that you’ve seen the big project reveal for our Hanging With My Peeps T-Shirt, let us give you the low-down on where to go to find the full tutorial.  This week we received our inspiration from A Glimpse Inside‘s post “Hanging with my Peeps” Vinyl Shirt Tutorial + GIVEAWAY.  They have great posts and we love following them on Pinterest.

If you’ve worked with Heat Transfer Vinyl before, this project will be a cinch to put together!  I’ll warn you, though, that grass is a real pain to weed {LOL}.  Here is a list of supplies you’ll need:

Hanging With My Peeps Heat Transfer Vinyl HTV T-Shirt by My Paper Craze

For the Heat Transfter Vinyl, we took Allison’s (A Glimpse Inside) advice and ordered Siser Stripflock from Expressions Vinyl. They have a great selection and their prices are very competitive. Here’s the colors we chose: Pink, Pale Blue, Purple and Lemon Yellow for the {PEEPS}, then Green for the grass.  For the wording, we ordered Siser Easyweed in Black and used KG Luck of the Irish from Dafont.com.  The {PEEPS} and grass are available for purchase in the Silhouette Online Store.

There are only a few differences between our project and A Glimpse Inside.  Mainly, she ironed on her {PEEPS} individually, using a ruler to line each one up exactly.  We tend to have a more relaxed approach… and a lot less patience {LOL}.  So I slapped all my {PEEPS} on there at the same time and gave it a good ironing.  It helps me to see all the {PEEPS} on at the same time to measure my spacing.

Hanging With My Peeps Heat Transfer Vinyl HTV T-Shirt by My Paper Craze
Next, I layered both the grass and the phrase, followed by another hug from the iron.

Hanging With My Peeps Heat Transfer Vinyl HTV T-Shirt by My Paper Craze
If this is your first experience with HTV, I strongly suggest testing a small area BEFORE you attempt the full project.  Pull out an old shirt and experiment a little as it can take a few tries to get the technique down.  For example, I prefer to iron on my tile floor OR on a stool.  This allows me to apply the most pressure when ironing.  A countertop will work just as well, but it is a matter of comfort and preference.  HTV is not a forgiving medium, so better safe than sorry.  I ruined three brand new t-shirts and a whole roll of HTV before I got the hang of it!

Also, if you are ironing on more than one item at a time, there a just a few things to keep in mind:

  • Are you overlapping?  If so, iron these on separately (such as with the {PEEPS} and the grass.
  • Is my HTV making full contact with the fabric?  This should be YES.

So what other Pinspiration do we have for you today?  Jump on over to our Where My Peeps At? Pinterest board and give it a stroll.  As you can see, it is very {PEEP-TASTIC}.  Centerpieces, t-shirts, banners, cards, scrapbook pages… there’s tons of inspiration to be found!  Once you choose your project, give us a shout and let us know how it goes!  We’d love to share your Pinterest project with all our readers and possibly even feature you on next week’s Pinspiration Friday post!  How exciting!  Ready… Set… PIN!

Don’t have an electronic cutting machine?  Not a problem!  Check out these similar projects for making t-shirts with fabric paint!

Pinch Proof! St. Patrick's Day T-Shirts with Fabric Paint by My Paper Craze
Pinch Proof! St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirts

Veteran's Day Fun with Fabirc Paint T-Shirts by My Paper Craze

Veteran’s Day Fun!

Pinch Proof! T-Shirts

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Good Afternoon and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  I have another quick and easy project for you today… Pinch Proof St. Patrick’s Day T-Shirts with fabric paint!Header

Remember post a few weeks ago for our Top 17 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts!  I was so inspired that I decided we absolutely must have {PINCH PROOF} t-shirts!  This past Veteran’s Day, we experimented with fabric paint as a kid’s craft and had so much fun… so we decided to do it again!

I picked up everything I needed from my local Hobby Lobby: plain t-shirt, fabric paint, sponges and adhesive vinyl. The design is available for purchase in the Silhouette Store (did you know all designs are 50% off right now?!?).  I measured the width of my shirt and enlarged the image to my desired size.

Once you weed and transfer your vinyl design onto your t-shirt, it’s a simple task of filling in the design with fabric paint.  TIP: don’t forget to insert a barrier on the inside of your shirt to keep the paint from bleeding through to the back.

2DSC_01052DSC_01072DSC_01062DSC_01082DSC_01132DSC_01102DSC_01152DSC_0114As you can see, we perform our paint crafts on the tile floor {LOL}.  I’m just not brave enough to try out the dining room table yet, but you can always cover it with a table cloth first.  I decided to wait until the shirts dried overnight before peeling off the vinyl.  And here is our final project…

2DSC_01162DSC_0118 2DSC_0117Thanks for joining us today!  We hope you found your very own way to be PINCH PROOF!  If you enjoyed this project, we have a few others you might enjoy, too.

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Top 17 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts!

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Top ‘o the mornin’ to ya!

Welcome back to another fabulous day of our crafting journey!  Today we bring you one of our favorite round-up posts… Top 17 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts!  We loved so many of the projects, we decided on an even 17 {LOL}.  Hope you enjoy them as much as we have!

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Feeling Lucky? Lotto Gift for St. Patrick’s Dayshaken together

I don’t know about you, but I love me some lotto tickets!  Birthday cards, stocking stuffers, you name it, we love ’em.  Now add that to crafting and you have me addicted for life!  Look at these awesome matchbook-style cards to add that extra flair to your lotto tickets.  Who knows, you might get lucky!

eighteen25 subway-art-lucky[SUBWAY ART] LUCKY ~ eighteen25

Not only is this a super awesome [and super easy!] project, a free printable is available!  But check out what else they have for you…

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 [SILHOUETTE PROJECT] ST. PATRICK’S T-SHIRTS ~ eighteen25

What’s better than looking at a super cute t-shirt for St. Patrick’s Day?  How about making one for yourself or the kiddos!  eighteen25 gives you a full step-by-step tutorial on making these shirts – from cutting to ironing, you can’t go wrong!

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Saint Patrick’s Day Printables {color by number} ~ U Create

More awesome {and free} printables, this time it’s fun for the kiddos {and relaxation for us mommas!}

IMG_4718eTaste the Rainbow… Jello! ~ Glorious Treats

There are few things in this world that are better than Jello and Glorious Treats sure blows my regular ole jello mold out of the water!  Look at all those beautiful layers!  Definitely a must try, so head on over for the recipe!

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St. Patrick’s Day Rainbow Yarn Wreath ~ Crafts ‘n Coffee

Wow, what a uniquely colorful wreath!  I love using different mediums for my wreaths and it doesn’t get any cuter than all this colorful yarn!

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St. Pat’s Magic Vases ~ Yesterday on Tuesday

Oh, I just love how amazingly simple this idea is!  You can use it for St. Patrick’s day or {ANY} holiday of the year!  I know of more than a few crafts that I can use this nifty technique to make a truly unique statement!

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Apothecary Jars for St. Patrick’s Day ~ Uncommon Designs

I have to admit, I wasn’t always a fan of apothecary jars… UNTIL {NOW}!  Such bright colors and cute design, plus the big green bow that just sets it all off!  One more project to add to my craft list…

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Kids Rainbow Art ~ The NY Melrose Family

Contributor post via Ariean @ One Krieger Chick

My kids love paint… because it is messy, of course!  Ariean at One Krieger Chick definitely shows us how awesome all this messy-fun can be turned into a messy-chic décor item!

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St. {Paddy’s} Wreath ~ She’s Kinda Crafty

Calling all ribbon hoarders, you know who you are!  This is the perfect project for you, check out all this loopy-goodness, beautiful patters and green glory!  What better chance to put that ribbon stash of yours to work {or an excuse to go buy more LOL}!

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Free Lucky Brew Printable St. Patrick’s Day Beer Labels ~ Benign Objects

Now I know what you’re thinking… no drinking on the job!  But trust me, these cute labels are cute for beer and ROOT beer alike!  Grab a bottle of A&W for a kid-friendly St. Patty’s Day brew!

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Free St. Patrick’s Day “No Pinching” Sign ~ Catch My Party

Always forget to wear green?  With one of these disclaimers, you’re good to go!  I’m proudly displaying mine in my office to ward off any potential pinchers!  {Green does nothing for my eyes LOL}.

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Lucky Me… FREE St. Patrick’s Day Printables ~ Mimi’s Dollhouse

Need a reason to throw a fabulous party?  Look no further, these adorable printables from Mimi’s Dollhouse are the perfect reason to plan a green-themed get-together and celebrate!

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How to Lure a Leprechaun ~ Meaningful Mama

I almost giggled myself silly at how awesomely cute this project is!  My boys will just wig-out finding this in their bathroom the morning of the 17th!  Oh, I can’t wait!

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St. Patrick’s Day Gifts ~ The Idea Room

Looking for a cute gift for St. Patrick’s Day?  Look no further as these are the cutest of them all!  You know what this means?  You finally get to upcycle those Starbuck’s drink containers!  Amy at the Idea Room even gives us the printables for the awesome tags!  What more do you need?

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DIY St. Patrick’s Day Décor ~ Green Owl Crafts

I love the look of this St. Patrick’s Day mantel décor.  It adds just the right touch of green without exploding it all over your house {LOL}.  Be sure to head on over for the full details!

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St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas ~ Snapden Photo Booth Blog

Talk about a super cute idea for fun with the kids {or ADULTS}, you have to hop on over to the Snapden Photo Booth Blog and check out their super fun ideas for photo booth props!  Grab your camera and snap some memories!

{ELEGANT} Princess Night Light

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Good Afternoon!  We have another wonderful guest post for you today over at Creative Ramblings!  I’ll give you a quick sneak peek, but then you have to hop on over and visit Sarah for the full tutorial!

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Thanks, Sarah, for having me as a guest blogger and a big thank you to all my fabulous readers for your continued support of my crafting addiction!