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10 Easy Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

10 ways to decorate easter eggs titleToday I am sharing my first contributor post over on Love the Day blog. I am talking all about my annual Amy’s Eggstravaganza party I host, and giving the details on how you can host your own. It is such a fun party and great for a girls’ night out. To go along with the Easter party I posted over there, I wanted to share 10 easy ways to decorate Easter eggs.

I love finding new ways to decorate Easter eggs. Those little eggs make the perfect blank canvas to try out various techniques and styles. I made a list of 10 easy ways to decorate Easter eggs that have very minimal prep and clean up. Except for the glitter one. Glitter gets everywhere no matter what you do to prevent it, but I don’t care. I love to use glitter anyway.

The plastic eggs that look and feel real are my favorite. They make it so much easier to decorate, especially with young kids. They don’t take any prep and have become more popular over the last few years, so they are much easier to find in stores. I used the plastic eggs in all the samples below.

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The piñata egg is such a fun way to decorate eggs and give them a new spin. Cut a small hole in the egg and stuff with candy. Cut tissue paper into small strips, snipping at the end to create fringe. Glue each strip around the egg placing each layer slightly above the last. Cover the hole on the egg as you wrap it with rows of tissue paper fringe. Hand them out to friends or hide in an Easter egg hunt and let the recipient poke around to find the hole and get their prize.

Glitter

Use Mod Podge to cover the area of the egg you would like to cover in glitter. Try painting on designs with the Mod Podge then dipping in glitter. Your designs will have everyone loving the way they sparkle.

unicorn easter eggTattoo

Wether you buy temporary tattoos at the store, or print your own on tattoo paper, everyone will love how easy it is to decorate their eggs. Tattoos are a great way of adding words or pictures that are too difficult to paint or draw by hand. You could even print someone’s face onto tattoo paper and put that on an egg. Wouldn’t that be a fun place card for a kids Easter dinner?

Paint

I am obsessed with Martha Stewarts gold paint that is shown in these photos. But I have to say, I love her gold liquid gilding even more. It is the most beautiful gold paint you will ever see. I bring it every year to my Easter egg decorating party and it’s always a hit. I talk more about it over here.

butterfly sticker easter eggStickers and/or Vinyl

You can use stickers to decorate eggs by simply placing them on the egg and calling it good, or you can get a little more creative with them like I did here. I used them like I would vinyl to make a stencil. Don’t get too caught up in just the positive images, use the negative shape left behind to create shapes on your egg that way too.

Yarn

Yarn, a hot glue gun and scissors is the only thing you need to make these adorable eggs. Use the hot glue to adhere the yarn to the egg as you wrap it row by row in one continuous spiral until the entire egg is covered. Get crazy and change colors as you go.

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Grab markers in different color and tip sizes and get to work. You can write names, illustrate pictures and create patterns. It’s such a basic tool that can create so many beautiful results.

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I know the look and feel of these don’t flow as nicely with the style of the other eggs, but how stinkin’ cute are these eggs with a little bunny and chick sticking out? I had to include them. Kids would especially love to create these ones. The plastic eggs work the best for these, and I made the hole by poking the egg with my scissors then cutting an opening. The bunny and chick were found in the Easter sections at craft stores. Such an easy craft that will have your little ones busy playing with after it’s made.

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These eggs are probably my favorite. I made them by dripping nail polish in hot water, then dipping my eggs in the water. There are so many tutorials for how to do this on Pinterest. I found one for you to use so you can get more details. It is such a cool process to watch and it dries pretty quick. After I marbled my eggs, I brushed them lightly with that Martha Stewart gold liquid gilding I was telling you about earlier.

Glow in the Dark

Last year I made glow-in-dark eggs and had a glow in the dark egg hunt. My kids had a blast. I used glow-in-the-dark paint as the base for each egg, then added polka dots in various colors on top. We charged them up with flashlights, then I would quickly hide them in the other room. When I was finished we would turn off the lights and the kids would gather the eggs as quick as they could while the eggs were still glowing. We played the game several times before I could convince them to stop because I was sick of hiding eggs. Haha

Don’t forget to head over to Love the Day and get all the details for hosting your own Easter egg decorating party. You’ll be glad you did.

Christmas Advent Calendar

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Yesterday was a busy and exciting day for us. The kids put on their new Christmas pajamas and we went and did our annual Santa pictures. Each of the boys asked for a BB gun, which they have been asking for all month long so there was no surprise there. When Santa asked Reese what she wanted, she confidently exclaimed “A SHOTGUN!”. A what??? I didn’t even know she knew the word “shotgun”. Like any good mother would, I quickly shot the idea down and told her she wasn’t getting one and to try again. She then asked for a shelf. A shelf? Haha! This girl kills me. All of them were so good the entire time and I just wanted to cover them in kisses. I really lucked out with these kiddos.

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When we got home everyone got to color their own Santa advent calendar. I even let them use glitter, so they were definitely loving life. While they were coloring,  Jax said with a smile, “I love this day!” The rest of the kids agreed and started talking about how much fun they had had doing Christmas activities all day. It’s those kind of moments that just make my heart so happy!santa-beard-countdown-2

Don’t forget to blow off the extra glitter!

santa-beard-countdown-kidsWe set up a card making station in their playroom to leave up during the holidays. I’ll share more about that later, but it made the perfect spot for today’s fun. There are two versions of this calendar. One that is colored and ready to be hung, and a black and white coloring page.

santa-beard-countdown-hatAlthough the file says “print and cut”, you don’t need to cut anything out. You can simply print the page and you’re done. The Silhouette designing software is FREE. So even if you don’t have a Silhouette Cameo, you can still use it to design cards and other projects, then print. Or in this case, you can just download the Santa advent calendar and print it out. Add a cotton ball each day of the month, and when Christmas arrives, Santa will have a nice fluffy beard to keep him warm while he delivers presents.

santa-beard-countdown-tableIt’s never too late to make an advent calendar. In fact, the further into the month you make it, the more days you get to fill in right away. It’s like making a to-do list and checking off half of it instantly. So satisfying.

You can find both versions of this advent calendar, by clicking on the images below.

Favorite Things Valentine Party

Homemade Valentine Stamps and Crafts

I hosted a Favorite Things Valentine party for my high school friends and their kids last week. We have a party every year and I must admit, it’s taking more and more thought to come up with a new theme every time.

You can see the past two parties here: Valentine Party | Valentine Detective Party

Favorite Things Invitation

Invitation

There were plenty of brown paper packages tied up with string at this party, but we also had our share of pink and red hearts, glitter and more. It was a great combination. I mailed the invitations in brown paper bag envelopes and sewed some hearts along the bottom to pretty them up. :) The invitation asked each kid to bring a small gift under $5 of their favorite thing for a little gift exchange at the party. That part was a lot of fun.

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Party Prep

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Before the party I prepped a banner kit for every kid. Each bag was filled with their own supplies including washy tape, stickers, glitter, banner and glue stick. Even though I filled the table with more supplies, I think it’s always fun to give each guest something of their very own. It makes it a little more special.

I used my Silhouette Mint to make some stamps for the kids to use on their banners. This little machine is amazing and you can create stamps so fast! I scanned in some images I drew and printed them out at stamps. Then I added some ink and they were ready to go. Once you fill the stamps with a little ink, you can easily get 50+ stamped images from it. When it starts to run out, just add more ink. These are great for small children too, because they were a lot cleaner than having them mess with a stamp pad that would get ink all over their hands.
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I wanted to share some of my favorite things with the kids at the party. When I was little my mom had her stash of craft supplies, and us kids had our own separate stuff. I remember feeling like I won the lottery any time my mom would let me use her ribbons, paints, stamps or anything that was normally off limits. I let loose for this party and put out glitter, paper, stamps, ribbon, and more. I expected my house to be a mess with all this crafty goodness open to little hands, but that’s what made it more fun.DSC_3220

I covered each table with white butcher paper. I bought a roll of this a year ago and LOVE it. It’s the best tablecloth for craft projects and kids parties. (I also pull it out sometimes for the kids to color huge pictures on. They think it’s awesome.) I glued hearts along the center of the paper to make a table runner. The best part of it all, when the party was over, I just gathered it all up and threw it in the trash. Heaven sent with all that glitter, confetti and glue the kids were using. DSC_3228 DSC_3259

They loved having free rein on spoonfuls of confetti and glitter, using all the sparkly ribbon and pretty tape they wanted. They glued on hearts all over and let their creative juices flow freely. I love giving kids an open ended project without them having to make a craft that looks just like a sample shown. It is so fun to see how their minds work and the things they come up with.DSC_3274

With 18 kids at the party, I planned on glitter spilling. I think my kids were the only ones that did spill it. Figures. Haha! I love this shot of my little girl’s feet covered in glitter. I’m telling you, that sparkly stuff was everywhere. Good thing I gave each kid a tiny container of it and didn’t put out bowls full of it like originally planned. I think that would be really pretty on the tables with older kids, but with some one and two-year-olds, I tried to play it safe.

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I love this shot of the table during the party with those little hands creating. This is just what I pictured when I planned the party, and I’m so happy with how it turned out. I hope you feel inspired to get a little messy with some Valentine crafts this year.

You can find all the cut and stamp files used at the party in the links below.

My Favorite Paper Crafting Tools

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You know those tools you grab for every paper project? Well, I’m sharing a few of my favorites over on Craftsy’s blog today. I’ll be reviewing my paper trimmer, punches and adhesives. If you’re new to paper crafting or just want to see which tools I prefer, go take a look. I especially love the Tombow Mono Liquid Glue and use it for all my boxes and other 3D projects.

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What are your go-to tools when you craft? I’m always on the lookout for new products to try. I’ll be sharing more of my favorites soon.

Memory Calendar

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INSPIRATION

I started a new memory calendar at our house a few months ago as a way to document the fun things we do as a family, and also to start building a foundation for the concept of time with my kids. I was inspired by all those planner girls out there. I never really understood the whole planner thing until I went to Silhouette Summit in May and met, Cori, The Reset Girl. She showed me her planners and told me about the wonderful planner community and all about her business adventures. She was so kind and patient and had this amazing energy about her as she shared her passion for planning. I left wanting to have a million planners to decorate and a million things to schedule in them.

Reality is, I don’t have a lot of things to plan. The kids and I pretty much fly by the seat of our pants at home. We have play dates scheduled with other friends, but that’s about the extent of it. And hauling around a planner along with everything else for kids (diapers, wipes, snacks) just wasn’t going to happen for me. There are a lot of moms that love their planners, but I just didn’t see it working out for me at this point in my life.

With the itch to somehow keep a planner I came up with our memory calendar. It has grown over the past three months and evolved to be more fun than I had imagined. I love creating little embellishments to go along with our simple adventures of the day. I plan to have the kids help create little embellishments to put on the calendar to mark their memories of fun they had that day too. For now, I’m having too much fun creating to share it with them. Ha!

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EMBELLISHMENTS
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Embellishments are the funnest part of the whole calendar to me. I love drawing up designs to go along with our activities and cutting them out with my Silhouette CAMEO. My embellishments are very literal of the things we have done that day. This is for my kids. They can’t read yet, but when they see an image of their bikes by the mountains, they know that was the day they rode their bikes in the mountains. Pretty straight forward. My kids LOVE this calendar. They look at it all the time, point to a picture and then tell me all about the fun things they did that day. You can embellish your calendar any way you would like, but this is what works for us and is what my kids love.

In addition to embellishing with die cuts and other paper crafts, I also use mini Instax prints from my Instax Share Printer. I can’t even tell you how much I love this little printer and the tiny photos it pops out. When I first bought it, I was a little skeptical about how much I would actually use it. I’m happy to say, I use it all the time and can’t get enough of the tiny, adorable photos. It really is the funnest little tool. I have increased the amount of photos I use on the calendar each month, as you can see by looking at the month of July. It brings the calendar and memories to life that much more. My kids love seeing pictures of themselves, but they love it even more when their friends or cousins are in the pictures with them.

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CREATE YOUR OWN CALENDAR

I originally created this calendar last year to be made into a little planner for kids. I loved it so much, I enlarged it for our wall calendar. The reason I love this one is because it has 6 rows of weeks. I didn’t want to have to share any squares when room runs out on the calendar, and the last day or two of the month have to share a square with the days from the previous week. All the extra space from having 6 rows gives me room to right goals, a bucket list and other fun things for the month. During birthday months, I plan to highlight the person in this area with a photo and some fun things about them. Okay, let’s get down to business and make a calendar…

  1. Download and print out the calendar: You can download the calendar in my store. I printed mine at Cosco photo center. It’s a 20×30″ print and is about $8. To make it reusable for each month, I put mine in a frame. You can also laminate it.
  2. Fill in the month and days: I used my Silhouette CAMEO to cut the letters for the month out of cardstock. I taped them on using scotch tape so I can take them off and reuse the letters for other months. The days of the month are filled in with a black dry erase marker. Nothing fancy here. :)
  3. Plan and embellish: The first thing I do when I have the month and days filled out, is go through and mark holidays and special events. I use these calendar cards for the majority of that process. Then I document the fun things we do each day with a memento, photo or paper embellishment. I use washi tape, scotch tape and sometimes a glue stick to adhere the embellishments to the calendar.
  4. Document: When the month is over, I snap a photo of the whole calendar along with some close-ups of special events that happened. I put them in an album along with all the photos I used on the calendar that month. Then I use some glass cleaner to clean the glue and marker off the calendar for the next month.

This calendar is so simple to make and you can embellish to your own taste. My family loves it and I know yours will too. Any questions or fun ideas for this calendar, please post below. I’m always looking for new ways to make this even better.

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Paper Easter Basket

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There is something so simple and soothing about the color white. I love how it softens everything up and adds so much light. I did a lot of white on white with this paper Easter basket and love how it makes the peach flower pop even more. Just think how beautifully it would show off a basket full of colored Easter eggs. Wouldn’t it make the perfect gift bag for a friend this spring?easter flower basket detail crop Easter flower basket side crop

All of these die cuts are available in the Silhouette design store and you can find a tutorial to make the flower here.

Easter Basket | 3D Flower + Tutorial | Tiny Blossoms | Spring Leaves | Spring Twigs

Weaving Instruction Booklets

For those of you that couldn’t make it to my recent workshops, I put together a weaving instruction booklet for each project you can download. It’s filled with step-by-step images and written instruction. Enjoy some time weaving with your kids, or a fun craft night with friends learning a new skill.

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Download your booklet today and get started creating your new hobby.

Weaving Workshop

Kids Weaving Workshop

I had so much fun at both weaving workshops I hosted on Saturday. During the kids workshop, we learned to make a loom from a piece of cardboard and weave a drawstring bag. We had yummy snacks and everyone got to pick a few treasures to put in their bag before they left. All the kids were so cute and fun to have there. They were so polite and kind. I couldn’t have asked for a better group on my first kids workshop. Thank you all for coming!

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This sweet, little girl was so excited that she got to bring her grandma to the workshop.

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I heard several times from this sweet boy that he was having so much fun and loved weaving. This is the exact reason I love teaching.

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Pushing the yarn down was the favorite part for everyone. Who wouldn’t love to do it?

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I love the focus and determination on all their cute faces.

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I forgot to take a group picture, as always, but I did catch a few of these cuties with their bags before the end.

Adult Weaving Workshop

In the adult weaving workshop we learned how to make a loom from a frame. We learned several different stitches and some even created shapes in their weaving. Wow! We chatted, snacked and enjoyed each others company. Such a fun night and a great way to relax with friends.

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Easy Christmas Ornaments and Tags

I have been dying to show you all these easy Christmas ornaments and tags I made this year. They are a great way to personalize your tree and gifts this holiday season. I used the adorable Felicity Jane | Fa La La kit and whipped these babies up in minutes. Head over to the Craftsy Blog for more detailed pictures and instructions to make your own.

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Advent Workshop Photos

The Advent Calendar Workshop a few weeks ago was so much fun. It has made me even more excited for my next workshop in January. I was surrounded by family and friends, both old and new. We all had a great time creating our Advent Calendars while mingling and eating some yummy treats. Take a look at all the fun that was had crafting with new tools and winning some pretty awesome prizes.

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Photo Credit: Just Izzy Photo

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Christmas Advent Calendar Workshop

My Christmas Advent Calendar Workshop is just over a week away. I’m so excited to teach you all fun, new techniques and introduce you to tools that will make crafting a breeze. Today I wanted to give you a little overview of the workshop and what we’ll be doing. You do NOT need to be crafty to come to this workshop. Hopefully as you read through this, you’ll see just how easy this advent calendar is. The easier the craft, the more time you have for chatting. My favorite part. :)

The advent calendar has five different styles of paper ornaments that hang from the pine bough or elk antler. You will make five of each kind, totally 25. The gift card envelopes will be made using a tool called an envelope punch from We R Memory Keepers. It is so simple and easy to use, it’s genius.

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These 3D ornaments will all be cut and scored ahead of time thanks to my trusty Silhouette machine. All you need to do is fold, fill and glue together. Easy right? Silhouette will have two machines there for you to try out and watch it cut like magic. These diamonds are cut from the most beautiful woodgrain textured cardstock from American Crafts. You’ll love it! I promise.

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This tag is something I’m dying to teach you. It is gold foiled and takes under a minute to make. It’s amazing and my only regret is that I haven’t shared this sooner. Once again, the tags will already be cut out, so you get to spend your time doing the enjoyable part.

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How cute are these gold polka-dot bags from Whisker Graphics?! I will provide a few tags you can gold foil and stuff inside before stapling shut with gold staples. You can also bring your own goodies to fill inside.

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Thanks to the Silhouette again, the reindeer is already cut out for you. You will get to use the Silhouette to cut out your numbers from sticker paper. Then just tie on a bell and you’re finished!

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When you finish all the ornaments, you simply tie them on your pine bough or elk antler with the amazing twine from Whisker Graphics, and it’s ready to hang in your home for the holidays. Sign up for the workshop today and join me for an evening of fun.

The workshop will be held:
Friday, November 21, 2014
6-9pm
Lehi, Utah (The address will be emailed to those attending.)

Purchase your ticket HERE.

Friday Fav | Honeycomb Paper Pads

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I tried these out a month or two ago when I was trying to find tiny 1″ honeycomb balls to hang on pineapples for a party favor. They were hard to find online and when I did find some they were $1 a piece. That was too pricey in my book, so I kept looking and stumbled on honeycomb paper pads. It’s a blank canvas of honeycomb paper where you can cut out your own designs. I was hesitant to try it because I thought it would be hard to cut and get a nice edge that wasn’t chewed up from my scissors trying to cut through so many layers. I was pleasantly surprised at the results and that my scissors were able to cut through it.

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The honeycomb paper pads come in various sizes and glue widths (the spacing between each glue line.) I needed to make 1″ balls so I chose the pad with the smallest glue width, 1/4″. For small shapes use a pad with a small glue line width. For larger pads, use a pad with a large glue line width.

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3D Honecomb shapes are really simple to make, but all shapes must be symmetrical. Draw half of your shape onto the pad. Make sure the center of your shape runs perpendicular to the glue lines. For example: The straight edge of my half circle (center of full circle) runs vertically on my paper, while all the glue lines are horizontal.

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Once you have drawn your half shapes filling your paper, cut them out.

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Fan out your cut shapes and glue the front and back together to make your 3D shape. If you’re going to hang them, glue a string in between your front and back layer.

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I hope you enjoy working with honeycomb paper pads as much as I have.

 

 

Carrot Easter Eggs and Treasure Hunt

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My last Easter craft is turning these little plastic eggs into carrots. I painted the eggs using acrylic craft paint and then used a sharp knife to cut a hole in the top. You can fill the eggs with confetti or candy. To plug the hole, I used some green fringed tissue paper.

Another fun way to use the carrot eggs would be as a treasure hunt from the Easter Bunny. Your children can follow the carrot clues around the house left by the Easter Bunny to their baskets. Simple and the kids will love the added holiday fun. Just use your fringe scissors to cut the grass cards, write a clue and stick them in the eggs.

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Have a wonderful Easter!

Click on the links below to see the other Easter Egg crafts.
Easter Eggs
Easter Egg Kit

Easter Egg Kit

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Have you decorated your Easter eggs yet? Here’s a little kit you can put together for the occasion. Fill small egg cartons with different art media to decorate your eggs and a little treat to munch on. I included a mini paint set, glitter, glitter glue, rhinestones and washi tape along with the best Easter candy ever, Cadbury Mini Eggs.

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You could also include markers, crayons, temporary tattoos and more. What would you put in your egg decorating kit?