Budget Gourmet Mom has a sweet twist on an Easter dinner essential with her Orange Bunny Rolls. She even offers a lime option, too!

With Easter right around the corner, we hopped right to it!

 

Please click here to visit Budget Gourmet Mom and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: Easter is just around the corner and these little pastries are so darn cute.  Why not?!

 

Details:

Make sure you read and re-read the directions. It can be a bit overwhelming to look at but not bad once you get started.

  • I decided to go with the Cinnamon and orange route, as I did not have Cardamom on hand.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

When warming the milk concoction, be sure to use softened butter. I made the mistake of using cold butter and I left it on low heat to melt. In reading the directions, this mix should have reached 120 degrees to 130 degrees. Using a candy thermometer is very helpful as my mix reached nearly 145 degrees. Whoops! I waited for this to cool before adding to dry mixture with eggs. Scrambled eggs or curdling is not what I am shooting for. Ha!

As far as measuring the dough to a specific 14×10 inch rectangle and all the jazz. I totally eyeballed it. I am all about making my life easy.

Keep your flour out because the dough can get sticky

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Pros:

Fun idea and the kids liked the end result!

Cons:

No cons really – just that the whole process of waiting for the dough to rise can be time consuming.

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Conclusion:

So my bunnies turned out good, but not great!

They are delicious when first out of the oven with the glaze on top and the orange gave it a really nice flavor.  The next day though, not as great – so be sure that you eat them up right away!

I am not 100% sure I would make them again as there were quite a few steps and my kids tend to get bored after about 15 minutes!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: I thought these rolls were too cute to pass up. I am also a sucker for baked goods of all varieties, especially the themed kind.

 

Details:

  • I chose Allspice over Cardamom simply for the fact that is what I had in my pantry.
  • To make quick work of zesting my fruit I used my handy Microplane Grater similar to this one!
  • Although the recipe suggested using a hand mixer and kneading by hand I busted out my KitchenAid Mixer. It is like having a room full of minions do your work while you sit back and sip mimosas (I imagine that is what you would drink while minions do your work).

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Not sure where things went wrong but my bunnies were not as pretty and perfect as shown in the post.

I found it hard to roll my snakes out without making them look all rough. You definitely want to cut your pieces long enough. I made only the small bunnies and even those seemed mammoth.

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Pros:

These are REALLY delicious and fresh tasting thanks to the fruit juice/zest and the fluffy dough.

My kids loved them!

Cons:

I found the recipe to be a little fussy, plus I failed miserably to achieve the adorable bunnies when all was said and done.

That is no fault of Krista from Budget Gourmet Mom! This epic fail was all me.

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Conclusion:

The end result was really great but I think next time I will stress less about the shape and simply turn these into rolls.

The flavor will be the same minus the fluff. Get it? Like bunny fluff! That’s all folks!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Kristy

Mission: I have been on a big citrus kick lately so combining oranges for these cute bunnies was a no brainer! And a great project to practice for my future kiddos!

 

Details:

  • I made a couple of modifications with Allspice, tangerine peel and orange juice.
  • I got to break out my favorite kitchen appliance, my KitchenAid Mixer, and my new Zester which worked like a charm for the tangerine rind.
  • I goofed on following instructions as usual, I ended up making 2 extra-large bunnies and only 3 small bunnies!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I don’t have a Rolling Pin so a straight-sided glass cylinder vase worked perfectly for the dough!

I also used wax paper for rolling out dough onto flour for super easy clean up.

Cutting the dough was a cinch by using my Pizza Cutter!

I used aluminum foil under my cooling racks to catch the leftover icing from icing the bunnies and for more easy clean-up.  A spoon worked best for drizzling the icing on the hot out of the oven bunnies!

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Pros:

Pretty easy to follow and taste great!  Love the variations you could make!

Cons:

It may take a while to get those cute bunny ears!

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Conclusion:

Perfect for a holiday tradition by allowing kids to cook, too!

My taste testers were my office co-workers and my husband, who all gave a big thumbs up for this recipe.  Simple, yet delicious!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sarah

Mission: To make these darling bunny rolls for our little cuties and their cousins for cousin weekend! I have not made any form of bread in quite awhile, so I knew I’d be rusty going into this one.

Details:

I didn’t have Cardamom, but I found a tip online that noted to substitute equal parts Cinnamon and Nutmeg together. I had both of those on-hand, so that was the route I went and it worked well!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I didn’t realize I was short powdered sugar until I had the bunnies baking and I needed to prep the glaze!

I only had ¼ cup on hand, so I used: ¼ cup powdered sugar, 1 tsp. fresh squeezed lime juice, 1 tsp. lime peel, 1 T. milk. It made just enough glaze to cover the little bunny rolls, which was just what I needed!  Phew!

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Pros:

Was fairly easy to prepare the dough and the rise time was perfect for clean up time.

Overall, I really enjoyed making these and I really loved the lime and cardamom flavor. I just may have to try the orange flavor next!

Cons:

I was surprised to see that some of the bunny rolls did not maintain their shape while baking. But, it sure didn’t change the taste!

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Conclusion:

These bunny rolls are adorable and will be perfect to serve at Easter brunch!

We served them at lunchtime with the rest of the meal for our little kiddos and their cousins. Out of the seven of them, three really loved these and the others thought they were so-so. I had no problem downing a few of the left over ones myself!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Sheri

Mission: Well these little bunnies were just too cute not to try! Look at those little tails, seriously! I really thought my children would get a kick out of them.

 

Details:

  • The original recipe called for either Cardamom or Allspice.  I went with Allspice.
  • Based on my learning experience with the Pull Apart Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Bread, I made sure that the room was nice and warm for the dough to rise.
  • I’m always nervous about screwing up the recipe; adding too much or too little.  While I was concentrating on adding the remaining flour to the dough to get that soft consistency, I was so worked up that I completely forgot to add the orange juice! Fail.
  • I let the kids help with making the bunnies. They thoroughly enjoyed putting the little bunny tails on. Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures because my hands were covered in flour.
  • Into the oven they went and I hoped they would turn out okay. They were a little “plump” so I baked them a little bit longer.
  • For some reason my Confectioners Sugar was a little lumpy, so the glaze didn’t come out so well.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I highly recommend a Microplane Grater to get a nice fine grate.

Also, I would have used my Mixer and dough hook had I thought ahead. Although mixing with a wooden spoon provided a good arm workout.

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Pros:

They were really super cute.

Cons:

My kids weren’t too crazy about the flavor.

The allspice was a little overpowering, which might not have been the case if I had remembered the darn orange juice.

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!

Conclusion:

Overall these are really cute. Of course mine didn’t come out picture perfect like the ones displayed, but then again I’m a novice baker when it comes to dough.

The kids had fun making them, but weren’t too crazy about eating them. I think that would have been different if I had remembered the orange juice! Duh!

I may try making these adorable bunnies with my aunt’s egg biscuit recipe which I know they will enjoy!

 
 

We Tried It - Orange Bunny Rolls!


The darling and very tasty
Orange Bunny Rolls and photo by Budget Gourmet Mom

 


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U Create has a sweet Valentine for crafters of all abilities with the Stitchable Conversation Heart.  They made it even easier by providing a free template for your project!

 

A cute and easy project that will add a little touch of Cupid’s magic to our homes?  Count us in!

 

Please click here to visit U Create and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Sarah

Mission: To make darling “grown-up” Valentine’s Day cards for my favorite people using my favorite fabric, felt!

 

Details:

  • I was in need of felt for this project and also to update my felt rosette wreath, so I picked up several sheets at my local JoAnn.
  • I also picked up some blank greeting cards so that I could adorn them with the felt hearts to make grown-up valentines.
  • I had needles and dental floss at home, so was all set to start once I got back with the materials.

I can’t wait to get these mailed out to my friends and family – snail mail is one of my favorite ways to let people know you love them.

Share the love – xoxo!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I first cut out the felt heart shapes using the method of folding the felt in half-length wise and then cutting a heart shape. Each of my hearts is unique in shape and I love that aspect!

I tried marking the stencil pattern onto my felt, but it wasn’t working well with my pencil, so I decided to go the free hand route using just my needle and floss thread. Though my stitched lines don’t look perfect and aren’t nearly as cute as the free stitch-able print, but I feel it adds to the handmade cuteness of these Valentine’s Day cards!

If you did want to use a stencil, a chalk pencil would come in handy!

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Pros:

Easy to do and pretty quick when it came down to prep and finish time.

Plus there are so many options on how to create these and you can personalize them for your valentines.

Cons:

I don’t see any – such a great way to spread love. 

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Conclusion:

They are so darling and I am excited to have created homemade Valentine’s for my loved ones.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: Whip up a little Valentine’s decor for my home and my honey.

 

Details:

  • I used some left over felt from our Felt Rosette Wreath project.
  • My plain white cloth came right out of my scrap bin.
  • I grabbed my frame from the clearance aisle at Target a few months back!
  • I chose white embroidery thread, which I also had on hand!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!The hardest part about this project for me, was cutting out a normal looking heart.  I don’t recall failing this part of kindergarten, but I must have.

I chose “XOXO” as my convo and used a basic back-stitch as Kari from U Create did.  I thought I would be safe free-handing my writing, however sort of wish I would have stenciled it due to my anal retentive tendencies.

Embroidery thread is made up of 6 tiny strands.  I used 3 strands for the outline of my heart, and the full thread for my “XOXO”.

To finish my piece, I simply taped my fabric over the glass part of my picture frame and put it back together!  Wah-lah!

If I did it again, I would have ironed the fabric before putting it into the frame.

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Pros:

A super easy and speedy project that adds a little V-day flare to your home!

Cons:

When making this project I accidentally thought about Cupid and got the damn “Cupid Shuffle” stuck in my head for the next 4 days.

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Conclusion:

I liked this project!  There are so many ways to make it your own, and it’s easy enough for all skill levels.

I love that I didn’t need to spend a dime, and I also like the idea of having an easy project on hand to create cute holiday decor for any season!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #3 – Alicia

Mission: The magic word for me is “felt“. I just love everything about it and have tons of it. I would be wearing felt underwear if I could, but alas – that is another conversation. I am all about creating a Valentine-themed project out of felt!

Details:

In the original post Kari used the cutest picture frames for her hearts. I have a lot of random frames but nothing that really sparked my interest for this project.

  • I decided to use 2 embroidery hoops that were collecting dust.
  • I also had a large amount of linen from some previous projects that I thought would tie in nicely.
  • I used white and red embroidery floss and used a basic stitch.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I would strongly suggest finding  several sizes of  hearts and sayings on the internet to use as a guide. The original post included a link to both, but I could not [for the life of me] get the darn images to enlarge.

I decided to free-hand everything and it turned out okay but using a guide would have been a lot easier.

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Pros:

So easy and looks so lovely – Felt is so inexpensive!

Cons:

None – unless you suck at using a needle and thread or cutting.

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!

Conclusion:

This project is one of my all-time favorites. I just love the end result; it was so easy to make and there are so many ways to make them.

I seriously have felt coming out of my ears, so I am super excited to make a few more of these to display around the house. This would also be a great gift for a grandparent or a child’s teacher.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Spread some love!

 
 

We Made Them!  Stitchable Conversation Hearts!
The darling Stitchable Conversation Heart and it’s photo by U Create

 


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Happy Hour Projects has a recipe for Cinnamon Dough Ornaments that will bring back nostalgia of Christmas as a kid, as well as fill your home with the spicy smell of the season.

 

Cute on the tree and cheaper than candles, we couldn’t wait to give this project a try!

 

Please click here to visit Happy Hour Projects and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Kristy

Mission: A great piece for the holidays, to bring the smell and décor of Christmas!

 

Details:

  • I used about ¾ cup Mott’s Unsweetened Applesauce.
  • I don’t have a rolling pin. I used a drinking glass to roll out the dough.
  • I used champagne flutes to cut my ornament pieces!  Easy peasy!
  • Instead of waiting for them to dry, I baked them as Adrianne had suggested.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I ended up using less than the 1 cup of apple sauce since I was worried that it maybe a little more liquid, which was a good idea.

I used champagne flutes for cutters, but you can definitely use your favorite cookie cutters!

I placed mine on a string after seeing Sarah’s finished project to make a festive garland piece!  I love it!

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab

Pros:

Only 2 ingredients, can’t beat that! Easy, and I bet fun for the kids!

Cons:

Wish it smelled up my home a bit more of cinnamon, but not to worry that is why we have candles!

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab

Conclusion:

Super cute!! Easy to make! A fun festive craft to make with the kids and cheap!

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab

 

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: I don’t remember making cinnamon dough as a child, so I thought I better make up for lost time!

 

Details:

I wasn’t too careful about how I mixed my ingredients.  I halved the recipe so I just dumped each of my products in the bowl and mixed; no measuring!

  • One 2 oz bottle of Cinnamon
  • One 4 oz single serving container of Apple Sauce
  • I decorated my little gingerbread people with white, puffy fabric paint and scraps of ribbon, yarn and sequins that I had in my stash!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollabI had planned to lightly flour my work surface until I remembered Adrianne’s trick to using wax paper.  I have never rolled out dough in between wax paper, but holy moly did it work great!  I learned a new trick that’s a keeper!

I used a very thin spatula to lift the cut-outs from the wax paper and then picked off the outlying dough.

I baked them at 150 degrees for an hour on each side as instructed; however instead of drying on a rack, I just turned the oven off and left them in there overnight to fully dry out.

The edges of my little gingies were a little rough.  I just rubbed off the little crispy rough edges with my finger and they smoothed right out!

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab

Pros:

Ridiculously easy.  Mixing bowl to oven in 5 minutes.

Cons:

The cinnamon smell was almost overpowering at times, however left my entire home smelling cozy and festive, so no biggie!

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab

Conclusion:

Even though I’m not a kid, I did enjoy whipping up a small batch of these cuties.  They smell great and are a cute and cozy addition to my tree!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission: To try my hand at a tried and true childhood holiday craft.

 

Details:

  • Again, I live at Target more than I care to admit, but this was where I picked up the two ingredients needed in the dough recipe. I picked out a Market Pantry brand homestyle applesauce and ground cinnamon. I bought two of the 2.37 oz. cinnamon jars.  Once I set up shop, I mixed the ¾ cup of applesauce with both jars of the cinnamon and began mixing with a spoon. It didn’t take long before it started to firm up to the stiffness as mentioned in the directions.
  • I love bakers twine, so that was what we used for the string on the Christmas tree ornaments as well as on the stars. I used all of the stars for a garland that now adorns our fireplace mantle this holiday season. Super cute and I can always catch a scent of cinnamon as I walk by.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollabYou may want to pick up an extra bottle of cinnamon so if your dough doesn’t seem stiff enough, just add a bit more cinnamon to the mix. Plus, you can always use this spice in your baking!

I then rolled it out between two sheets of wax paper until it was about a ¼” thick as Adrianne did. I opted to use both a Christmas tree and star shape cookie cutter for the ornaments. The trickiest part of this whole process was transferring the cutouts from the wax paper to the parchment lined cookie sheets! I didn’t loose any in the process, but it sure was close.

I like a quick end result, so I opted to bake these at 170 degrees for two hours total – flipping them at the one-hour mark. 170 degrees is the lowest temperature my oven will bake at, but it worked great. After removing them from the oven, I dried them on a rack for a full day to be sure they were well cured.

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab

Pros:

Affordable and relatively easy to make gifts for teachers and friends!

Cons:

The dough got a bit sticky and hard to roll after a little bit.

We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab

Conclusion:

These were pretty easy to whip up, they smell great and bought back memories of my childhood.  I didn’t love making these, but when my kids are older, I’m sure we will do them again!

 

 We Tried It!  Cinnamon Dough!  #thecraftycollab


The lovely
Cinnamon Dough Ornaments and photo by Happy Hour Projects

 


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It’s Just Laine has just the way to bring some holiday cheer to your home with her  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars.  

 
These little jars are easy to make and promise to leave plenty of jingle in your wallet for presents!

 

Please click here to visit It’s Just Laine and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: To create a beautiful Christmas decoration out of jars and salt- I am in!

 

Details:

  • I had a few random Mason Jar and a glass dish/bowl that worked perfectly for this project.
  • I also found mini trees and figurines at the Dollar Store.
  • Epsom Salt can be found anywhere.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Grab your jars, use a small funnel and fill them with salt.

Use a fork or long spoon to place your trees/decorations in the jars.

We Tried It!  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars #thecraftycollab

Pros:

I just love this! So easy and cheap to create.

Cons:

None!

We Tried It!  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars #thecraftycollab

Conclusion:

I am sooooo in love with these damn jars. What a brilliant idea!

I have a few of them on my kitchen table and have gotten so many compliments. I wish I used or had more vintage looking jars, but I am happy with how it turned out.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: I set out to spread some holiday cheer using just a handful of supplies and a creative eye. Oh and a little salt!

 

Details:

  • I ended up using Coarse Kosher Salt instead of Epsom Salt because that is what I had on hand. I imagine Epsom Salt would have been a little finer and maybe looked a bit more fluffy but the Kosher Salt worked fine.
  • I had a hard time finding really tiny trees so I feel like even the small one I found felt big and took up most of the jar. I found the trees and boy pulling the sled at the local Jo-Ann.
  • I scrounged up a jar which was not as “old” and vintage as I would have liked but it did the trick.
  • I also decided to venture out a little and use a cake stand for an additional mini display for my collectible angels.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Playdough or clay comes in handy with this little project. The inside of my jar and the bottom of my cake stand were not level so I used a little squashed up playdough on the bottom of my figures and trees to help them stay put and level them out a bit too.

We Tried It!  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars #thecraftycollab

We Tried It!  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars #thecraftycollab

Pros:

QUICK! It was crazy easy and silly fast putting these cute little holiday decorations together and really the possibilities are endless.

Cons:

Finding tiny little figurines was harder than I thought. I did discover ornaments could make a great substitute too however!

We Tried It!  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars #thecraftycollab

Conclusion:

I will definitely use this idea in my holiday decor for years to come!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Maren

Mission: I was excited about this project for months beforehand.  I couldn’t wait to create some tiny chilly scenes with that retro look for our holiday decor!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t pre-assemble your little scene, unless you know it will fit!  I made this mistake not once, but twice.

Speaking of… for the taller jars, I think that a wider mouth works best, unless you happen to build tiny ships in bottles in your spare time.

I used a Needle Nose Pliers to place the tiny items into the jar.

We Tried It!  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars #thecraftycollab

Pros:

Super easy to make and ridiculously adorable!

Cons:

None, except for the self-inflicted glue gun burns that I give myself  every damn time…

We Tried It!  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars #thecraftycollab

Conclusion:

I am not sure that I could love these little jars more; I love having them around our home.  They will make great hostess gifts for holiday parties as well as presents for friends and family!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sarah

Mission: To mimic the Anthropologie Christmas tree jars for far less than the cost of buying it through them!

 

Details:

  • I had one vintage blue quart size Mason Jar at home and acquired a second one from my good friend Amanda of Be Crafty Workshops, as she has a plethora of vintage craft finds! I also had another cool clear glass Atlas quart size jar that we ended up using too.
  • With some direction in my back pocket, I headed to our local Michaels crafts store to pick up the mini Christmas trees, miniature deer and other cute finds. I was super excited to search for the items needed for this project as I am obsessed with anything miniature. I have decided that anything is adorable in a tiny form! The kids and I found the last bag of the miniature deer in the store (score!) and also found some cute miniature sleighs to put in our jars.
  • We then walked next door to the grocery store as we were unable to find Epsom salt at Michaels crafts – who knew?!? Well, we came up short at the grocery store for any unscented Epsom Salt…I was feeling dizzy just smelling the lavender scented version, so that was a no-go! I ended up picking up Coarse Sea Salt for our jars and it worked perfect! It still has the snow look and the extra will come in handy while cooking.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If you have young children, use their little silverware to help guide your miniature items in place – I used a child’s spoon.

Know that you can always substitute items within a project – the Coarse Sea Salt worked perfect instead of Epsom Salt.

We Tried It!  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars #thecraftycollab

Pros:

I spent about $20 total to finish all three jars vs. the $40/large jar that Anthropologie was charging.

Cons:

A little hard to find all of the necessary items for the project, but it was just a matter of making our rounds!

It’s a little putzy to get these together – just do them when you have patience at hand. I would not recommend having your kids help with the actual creation of the project though – it was just too much.

We Tried It!  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars #thecraftycollab

Conclusion:

An easy to create Christmas decoration project! They look adorable on our shelf and add some vintage cuteness!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Sheri

Mission: These jars are absolutely adorable but I would never pay $40 for them. Making them myself? Why not?

 

Details:

I couldn’t get over how easy these were to do.

  • My only mistake was taking my 4-year old with me to the craft store to pick out some trees. He wanted every little animal there. We ended up getting a few deer, although I truly wanted the squirrels. Luckily all the figures were 40% off at my local Michaels craft store.
  • I already had Mason Jars on hand, so this was inexpensive project compared to those jars offered from Anthropologie.
  • I poured in my Epsom Salt first. Make sure you put a good ¾” to 1” in there so you can bed your figures in there well.

Place your figures, top the jar, and it’s done. It’s really that simple.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I used a pencil to reach down to the bottom and place my tree and deer just so.

We Tried It!  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars #thecraftycollab

Pros:

Adorable and inexpensive.

Cons:

None, except cleaning up some spilled Epsom Salt.

We Tried It!  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars #thecraftycollab

Conclusion:

I’ve already gotten wonderful compliments on my little tree jars. They’re wonderful. My kids are already asking to make more. They fit my décor perfectly.

 

We Tried It!  DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars #thecraftycollab


The darling
DIY Anthropologie Inspired Christmas Tree Jars and it’s photo by It’s Just Laine

 


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CraftStylish has a project that will not only dress up your Thanksgiving table, but will have you embracing the piles of leaves in your yard as well!  
The darling Leaf Print Napkins use real leaves as a stamp in this clever DIY.

 

Since our yards were full and we can always use some pretty holiday decor, we thought we had better give this one a go!

 
 

Please click here to visit CraftStylish and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission: What a super cute way to jazz up the table during the holidays. I normally don’t host Thanksgiving dinner so I decided to jazz up my kitchen and use this method to make some leaf dishtowels.

 

Details:

The instructions for this project were done really well. I personally didn’t have a brayer so I just used my fingers and it worked just fine.

  • I decided on maple and oak leaves. I love the margin for variety. You can do as much as you want, and any colors you want.

I won’t lie to you. I made a bit of a mess, but overall it was easy. Just paint the leaves and transfer them to the material.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Use fresh green leaves if you can. You don’t want to use leaves that are brittle in any way.

Have a placement plan before you start putting paint on the leaves. You don’t want it to start to dry.

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Pros:

Add your own personality and flare to your dinner table and they’re super cute.

Cons:

I could just go buy a fall inspired napkins, placemats, or dishtowels….for less mess.

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Conclusion:

This little fall project was fun. The instructions were very easy to follow and I really loved the results. It has me thinking, “what else can I put leaves on?”

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sarah

Mission: To create a functional piece of fall décor for our home.

 

Details:

  • I chose oyster colored burlap from Joann. It is such a beautiful fabric – so simple with a natural feel.
  • I opted to do the leaf prints on a table runner vs. napkins. We rarely use cloth napkins in this house, so it just didn’t seem functional for us.  Before beginning with the project, I determined what size I wanted to make my table runner and opted to do a 3.5’ x 1.5’. It isn’t huge, but works with our table.  I was stressed out by the thought of working with burlap and sewing it, so that started this project off on the wrong foot for me. I was definitely overwhelmed but it turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be! I added a little ribbon/lace detail onto the burlap before sewing a 5/8” border to keep it from coming completely unraveled.
  • After sewing, I put my two paint colors, orange and brown, into bowls and began covering the back of my oak leaves and placing them where I wanted. I ended up only doing a few of the actual leaf prints – I’m such a minimalist with design. I do like how they turned out but know that if I had used linen or cotton that the leaf details would have been more defined.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If the leaf doesn’t imprint as well as you intend, you can apply paint a second time and line it up again for a clearer print.

Keep calm and keep moving ahead!

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Pros:

Overall, pretty darn easy to complete and a cute idea. The leaf prints would also be a fun project with kids on paper.

Cons:

Burlap is super messy! I don’t recommend using it for this project – unless you want burlap fibers everywhere!

I don’t love the end result – it’s just a little too elementary looking for my liking.

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Conclusion:

Using this on our table this fall! We will see how it fares with my littles! It is a darling backdrop to our little pumpkins and gourds.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Maren

Mission: Whip up some cute linens adorned with fallen leaves for our Thanksgiving table!  We’re hosting for our first time this year!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Press your leaves… sort of.  I collected my {green} leaves early in the week and put them directly into a magazine and under a book.  The following weekend was when I did my printing.  The leaves were still fresh and pliable, but they were flat as a pancake, which made them really easy to work with.

Cover your work surface really well!  I covered my table with Kraft Paper and Painter’s Tape.

I placed a clean paper towel over each leaf to keep paint off of the brayer and also off of the runner.  This worked really well!

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Pros:

Totally easy with darling results!

Cons:

Holy hell.  Burlap is the messiest thing on Earth.

This was my first experience with it and I think it may be even sneakier than glitter; I am still finding little fibers all over my house!

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Conclusion:

Great project!  I am really excited about how easy this was to do and how crisp the leaves transferred.  I am already thinking of other items to embellish!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Kristy

Mission: Super cute fall design, but instead of napkins I wanted a reusable bag for groceries.

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Iron fabric beforehand as it was difficult for me to roll over the wrinkles. I was just lazy.

I would recommend painting on a hard solid surface and purchase the brayer as it may give you a more even leaf imprint.

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Pros:

Simple, quick and cute!  Keep your leaves as they look adorable in fall decorations.

Cons:

The paint roller goofed me up, I had to push heavily down and sometimes it didn’t want to cooperate!

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Conclusion:

Cute, fall project!  Must admit it wasn’t my favorite to do but it came out great!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #5 – Alicia

Mission: Fall is my favorite time of year. To create a beautiful leaf print anything, I am in!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I decided that I wanted to make a runner for my table. I found this giant leaf at the park down the street and thought that I would stamp/transfer 3 of these to the center of my runner. HUGE FAIL!

First – be sure to practice on paper. Second – cover your surface. Paint ran through my linen onto the table. Lastly – get more than one leaf.

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Pros:

My napkins (yes napkins) turned out okay. Had to totally scrap the runner.

Cons:

Waste of material if you don’t know what you are doing.

Leaf Printing - We Tried It!

Conclusion:

This project was a total bust for me. Looks nothing like the original, beautiful post.  I had high hopes and was really excited for this to turn out. I took the time to sew a nice runner and the image did not transfer or turn out at all – so I scrapped it and made napkins out of my remaining linen. Bummer!

 

 Leaf Printing - We Tried It!


The lovely
Leaf Print Napkins and photo by CraftStylish


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If you have been searching for a gourd-free way to give your porch a festive punch, Bullfrogs & Bulldogs has your ticket!

 

The DIY Jack O’ Lantern Planter looks like just the way to get your Fall flowers into a holiday frock!

 

We couldn’t wait to give this surprisingly simple project a try!

 

Please click here to visit Bullfrogs & Bulldogs and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: To create a Halloween themed flower pot is right up my alley.

 

Details:

I used the same items that were used over at Bullfrogs & Bulldogs, except for the orange or rust-colored spray paint.  I skipped that step.

  • I had Terra Cotta Pots in my garage – although you could use a plastic pot
  • I picked out some Mums to plant in my pot.

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I free-handed a pumpkin image and then drew this on my pot in pencil.

Next, I painted right over the image with the black paint.  It dried very quickly and I felt that 1 coat of paint was perfect. You could certainly download an image from the web or I have also found stickers at Michael’s or Joann that could be applied directly to the pot in place of paint.

 

Pros:

This was so easy and cheap. I had most of the items on hand and clay pots coming out of my ears

Cons:

None!

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Conclusion:

Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday! I just love it. Pumpkins, spiders, bats, witches – you name it, I am in heaven.  The more rustic decorations are what I gravitate towards and this project had that rustic feel. I think it turned out great. My painting skills are not the best but it totally adds to the charm.

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: Add some festive charm to my front stoop that won’t be begging to get tossed in the street!

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

It might work better to use a non-gloss finish.  I noticed that the glossy paint got a funky texture on the pots that didn’t entirely resolve after drying completely.  Next time, I would either go for a less vibrant color that could just be dusted on, or use a paint that could be brushed on and then sealed (also with a brush). Patience really is a virtue.  My pots have a few fingerprints on them because I just couldn’t wait to touch them.  This seems to be a recurring trend for me.

I was a little worried that the fresh paint might transfer from the bottoms of the pots to my steps, so I put a cork trivet from IKEA under each one.  Problem solved!

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Pros:

I love them!

I like the way that they brighten up our front steps while being perfectly suited for a family sans kiddos.

Cons:

It took a lot of paint to cover those pots!  I went through one whole can on two pots and two dishes.

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Conclusion:

I really like these little pots even more than I thought I would!  They look so cute on our steps.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sheri

Mission:  When I first saw this pin I thought it was a really cute way to spook up the front porch. I was hoping I could get out of carving a pumpkin this year.

 

Details:

Although I found this to be a really cute idea, I didn’t think the instructions were very well laid out. Just paint it?

First I wanted to know what kind of paint. My kids have painted terracotta pots before and when left outside they didn’t last. For a person that is not the craftiest, you need to do some research and find the right products. I went forth and found my own instructions, which of course I’ll share with you.

  • The first thing I did was sand the pot down a little bit. Scuff it up. I then wiped it down with a damp rag and let it dry.
  • Next, for those of you who plan on planting something in the pot, I applied a clear coat of spray paint. This will help prevent the pot from absorbing moisture from the soil.
  • Then the fun part, paint as you see fit. I used an Americana Gloss Enamel Paint in Black which is good on ceramics. A Valspar or Rustoleum spray paint will also work. I thought of painting the pot green and making a Frankenstein but I stuck with the traditional Jack-o-lantern.
  • Lastly, a clear coat. I sprayed the entire pot with a clear coat. After drying, I added a nice fall mum.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Sand and clear coat your pot.

Use a paint that adheres well to ceramics.

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Pros:

This is super cute and I’m hoping is lasts for next fall season as well.

Cons:

No instructions.

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

Conclusion:

Overall I really love how this project turned out. It really added a little more character to the front porch. We’re ready for some trick or treating!

 

We Tried It!  DIY Jack O' Lantern Planters

 

The darling Jack O’ Lantern Planter and photo by Bullfrogs & Bulldogs


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Eat at Allie’s has created a sweet treat with a disappearing act that is a perfect pairing for the story of the Easter Holiday.  Her Resurrection Rolls are as easy to make as they are fitting for the big day!

 

Stories aside, we love marshmallows and bread.  Period.  Let’s do this!

 

Please click here to visit Eat at Allie’s and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #1 – Alicia

Mission: To create yummy pastries while teaching the kiddos the resurrection of Jesus. My Sons says “Jesus is a nice guy you know”- I couldn’t agree more

 

Details:

This recipe is very easy to follow and the items are all usually on hand in my kitchen!

  • I used both crescent rolls and biscuits. I found that the biscuits were easier to stretch and fit a large marshmallow with breaking or tearing the dough.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Make sure you seal or crimp your ends tightly. Some of my seals broke open and created a huge sticky mess on the bottom of my oven.

Alicia - Rolls 1

Pros:

Very easy recipe to follow and super tasty. Cinnamon and sugar is a plus in my book.

Cons:

The mess in the bottom of my oven!

Alicia - Rolls 2

Conclusion:

Jesus has risen indeed! What a fun recipe and a great way to incorporate a Bible lesson at home with the kids – and did I mention it was a delicious treat!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: Bake up some gooey, doughy goodness while entertaining the kiddos.Happy Kids

 

 

Details:

  • I used all the same ingredients and methods suggested in the original post minus the parchment paper. Clearly I was not paying attention there.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

The parchment paper would have made a huge difference in serving and how well the little balls stayed intact since they would not have been baked onto the sheet so firmly…. which would have improved cleanup time as well.

Amanda - Rolls 1

Pros:

We all had fun making these. The kids were excited and so was I! Such a simple idea and very kid friendly.

Cons:

They didn’t turn out as lovely as Allie’s. In fact my kids kind of picked at the gooey center (mine did not turn into magical syrup like hers’ either) and then asked if they HAD to eat them.

Amanda - Rolls 2

Conclusion:

Not a winner in the taste category but they really were fun to bake. I don’t know that I would make these again in this method but might consider adding a bit of chocolate and mini marshmallows for a s’mores-like knock off. Pretty sure I could get everyone on board with that idea!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission: To make a yummy treat for the kids…oh and me!

 

Details:

I had all of these ingredients on-hand, which made this recipe even easier from the get-go – I love when that happens!

  • I melted the butter in a glass dish, got the cinnamon sugar mix ready, put the marshmallows in a bowl and started prepping these. I have a silly phobia of things that “pop”, such as balloons, fireworks, guns AND crescent roll tubes…so I secretly hate using these. My husband has a good time making fun of me for this fear of mine. But, I power through opening the tube and forge ahead.
  • Anyway, once I was all set up, the process of making the resurrection rolls was very quick and easy. Outside of getting my hands coated in butter and sugar, it was a smooth process.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Make sure to tightly secure the crescent roll around the marshmallow to avoid having it spilling out the sides as mine did. It ended up being messy and not as cute as they should have been once baked.

Sarah - Rolls 1

Pros:

Minimal ingredients and delicious!

Cons:

A bit messy to create, and if you didn’t secure them tightly enough, messy to get them off the cookie sheet.

Sarah - Rolls 2

Conclusion:

A yummy treat to nosh on for this Easter!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Janet

Mission:  I was hesitant with this project at first. It was definitely something I personally wouldn’t have picked out to try.

 

Details:

  • I got the marshmallows and crescent rolls at the grocery store and had everything else on had.
  • It was really easy to put together!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Definitely put some effort into pinching the dough closed, I didn’t do this very well and as you can see, melted marshmallow all over the pan!

These are tastiest right out of the oven, don’t let them cool before eating because they get hard and very sticky.

Janet - Rolls 1

Pros:

These tasted really good!

Cons:

Sticky melted marshmallows all over the cooking pan. Made it difficult to get the rolls off the pan without pulling them apart!

Janet - Rolls 2

Conclusion:

These turned out okay, but I don’t know if it is something that I would make again. The story on the blog is really sweet and would be fun to tell to kids while making the rolls.

 

 Rolls Conclusion

 

The lovely Resurrection Rolls and their photo by Eat at Allie’s


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Sick of the pastel pile on that is the current Bunny repertoire?

 

Oh Joy! has given the Easter egg-dying tradition a makeover with her {EVERYDAY PARTY} NEON DIP-DYED EGGS…

 

Please click here to visit Oh Joy! and see the instructions that we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Sheri

Mission:  Make some fun, vibrant neon eggs…with going to the drugstore to get a PAAS kit.

 

 

Details:

I have to admit, I didn’t include my kids in making these. I didn’t have the patience.
I ended up using gel food coloring, instead of regular food coloring. 1 tsp of gel food coloring did the job. Just make sure you whisk it well.

  • ½ cup of hot tap water
  • 1 tsp of white vinegar
  • 1 tsp of gel food coloring

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t rush; make sure the eggs are dry and cool.

Definitely wear rubber gloves!

Clear Plastic 9-Ounce Party Cupswould be perfect for this project.

Sheri - Eggs 1

Pros:

Very, very easy to do and inexpensive.

Cons:

Feeling guilty for not including my kids.

In order to get a vibrant half-colored egg, you have to stand there and hold the egg straight up for quite a while.

Sheri - Eggs 2

Conclusion:

I will definitely be doing this again with my kids…when I don’t want my eggs looking picture perfect.

It was easy and inexpensive. Yes, it can be messy, but any kind of dyeing of Easter eggs is!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Kristy

Mission: Have some fun on an activity I haven’t done since I was a kid!

 

Details:

  • Bought a package of liquid Neon Food Color and the old school egg dying kit
  • Used a cake rack for drying
  • I didn’t have regular vinegar on hand so I used Apple Cider Vinegar

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Have patience…I failed at this!

Wear gloves, my hands looked a mess after! Be careful on anything you touched…the dye may stain (although then you could try out the Homemade Shout Stain Remover)!

Kristy - Eggs 1

Pros:

Fun and easy project! Can’t wait to do this once I have kids.

Loved the vibrant, neon colors and the vinegar is supposed to make it even brighter!

Cons:

If you are looking for perfection you must have patience!  I didn’t have patience to wait for a deep color or to let the eggs dry 15 minutes between dipping.

 Kristy - Eggs 2

Conclusion:

Definitely had fun with this project!  Mike joined me and was getting into the different colors!

Great project for kids…just be careful with the dyes!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission: To create some adorable Easter eggs with the kids.

 

Details:

First off, my son was beyond excited to try this – he had been asking to open the dye for days! So, once my youngest went down for her nap, we set up shop and got going.

  • fingerstainingI was able to find the PAAS Color Cupsand the neon food coloring easier than I expected and of course found them both at my second home, good ol’ Super Target. Seriously, I live at this place and sometimes more than I am at home. It is one of the few places I can take all three children and keep them contained as I shop.
  • After placing a paper bag on the table and taping it down with masking tape, I prepped the colors as specified. The neon food coloring I found was a four pack of purple, pink, teal and orange. The kids dunked their eggs all the way under for an all over color result while I tried unsuccessfully at making mine more mod with white space and such.
  • I hadn’t expected the neon dyes to stain – but should have read the label on the food coloring a bit further. My son put almost his entire hand into the teal dye and will have Smurf fingers for a few days.
  • When we were pleased with our dying job, we then set the eggs on a cookie rack over a muffin pan to dry.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Follow her directions and use rubber gloves if you want to avoid any staining of your hands. If I haven’t mentioned before, I am sometimes horrible at following directions to a “T”, and I grazed over this mention somehow! Oops!

Sarah - Eggs 1

Pros:

Beautiful and intense colors when finished – just gorgeous!

These bright colors make me so excited for spring and the Easter holiday.

Cons:

The food coloring will stain your fingers and clothes, so be prepared for that if you are working with wee ones.

I tried using the egg dipper at first, but it just wasn’t working well for me so I resorted to my hands…hence more staining.

Sarah - Eggs 2

Conclusion:

These don’t look like my momma’s Easter eggs! This project was such a fun spin on a tried and true tradition for this holiday. You must give this one a try! Plus, having fun colored hard-boiled eggs helps to get your kiddos to eat them up!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #4 – Alicia

Mission: To create beautiful vibrant Easter Eggs with a few household ingredients.

 

Details:

This was very easy to follow!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I happened to run into Easter egg dipping cups for $.99 at Menards. These cups were great for holding the vinegar, water and dyes and can be reused!

The original directions called for t-pins, foam and brown paper bags. I do not use any of these items. I covered my work surface with wax paper and used my cake drying rack. This worked perfectly!

Also, the longer you leave the egg in the dye mixture, the more vibrant your color will be. I left my eggs in the mixture for about 10 minutes max.

Alicia - Neon Eggs 1

Pros:

Very east to follow the directions. The eggs turned out vibrant and colorful.

Cons:

The dye mixture stains! Be sure to wear gloves and cover your work area. The tips of my fingers were purple for days.

Alicia - Neon Eggs 2

Conclusion:

I couldn’t be more pleased with how my eggs turned out. I love bright colors. It reminds me that Spring is on its way!

Although, my kids were desperate to get involved and help, I decided that this project was best left to the adults because of the staining factor.

Happy Easter!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Katie

Mission: Create Easter eggs in Spring’s hottest hues: NEON!!

 

 

Details:

  • Gather supplies, most of which I had at home: white vinegar, eggs, Neon Food Coloring, containers to place eggs in for dying, a drying rack, newspaper, and gloves to protect your fingers from becoming neon, too!
  • Boil the eggs, let cool and then get to dipping!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Follow suggested amount of dye…I used probably half as many drops as suggested and my neon colors were muted…but still pretty!

Martini glasses used to hold each dye color worked really well for this project!

Katie - Eggs 1

Pros:

Who doesn’t love dying eggs for Easter?

Cons:

NONE!

Katie - Eggs 2

Conclusion:

This childhood favorite is still fun! The possibilities are endless…let your creative juices flow!

 

 Neon Eggs Conclusion

 

The lovely NEON DIP-DYED EGGS and their photo by Oh Joy!


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Your Homebased Mom has cracked the code on Micky D’s ode to the Irish, the Shamrock Shake!  It looks just like the real thing and uses only a handful of ingredients that may already be in your fridge!

 

We needed to see if this milkshake brought the boys to the yard…

 

Please click here to visit Your Homebased Mom and see the instructions that  we followed!

 

 

Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission: Shamrock Shakes?  Love those things!  Although after being “displaced” for 7 months I am on a sabbatical from fast food joints, so if I want some Shamrock Shake action, I’m going to have to make it myself!

Details:

  • I popped for the Monin Green Mint Syrup after the customer reviews convinced me that I would be noshing on fancy desserts and sipping pinky-up French beverages if I did.  I’ll let you know how that goes.
  • I halved the recipe only because I accidentally saw the Nutritional Information on the side of my container as I was shoveling it into the pitcher.
  • Whipped this sucker up in less than a minute with my beloved, Cuisinart Smart Stick Hand Blender. If you don’t have one, you need one.
  • I was too lazy to get the sprinkles out.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I just love my Cuisinart Smart Stick.  It is the best kitchen gadget ever.  I have a little pitcher from IKEA that is always the perfect size for blending smoothies and now milkshakes!  Just dump everything in and blend with hardly any cleanup!

Pros:

Tastes just like the real thing but with an even better texture – like from a malt shop!

Cons:

I halved the recipe.  I wanted more.

Maren - Shake

Conclusion:

I loved this thing, it was even better than the real deal!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #2 – Alicia

Mission: Recreate the infamous McDonald’s Shamrock Shake.

 

Details:

  • Taste TesterI had all the ingredients on hand and had some eager taste-testers.
  • Although I did not have mint syrup, I used mint extract and Crème De Menthe.  Close enough, right?

Tips & Tricks Learned:

This recipe is pretty straightforward. Add ingredients to blender and blend away.  I used a bit more milk than the recipes calls for.

Pros:

Very easy to make and most kitchens will have the items on hand.

Cons:

Not a huge mint fan, but the kids loved it!

Alicia - Shake

Conclusion:

I have never had or tasted a Shamrock Shake before, as I am not a huge fan of mint. I was pleasantly surprise how good this tasted. This will be a great project to make for St. Patrick’s Day!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Janet

Mission: I’ve never tried the original McDonald’s Shamrock Shake, but have always wanted to. I was excited to try a homemade version!

 

Details:

  • I picked up the vanilla ice cream and mint extract from the grocery store. I had the food coloring & milk on hand.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I had put a little too much mint extract in my first version, it was slightly overwhelming. Other than that, this was delicious!

Pros:

So easy and tasty, a perfect dessert after a long day!

Cons:

None!  I loved it!

Janet - Shake

Conclusion:

This would be fun to make for kiddos (or yourself) to celebrate St. Patty’s day! Trust me, you should try it!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Sheri

Mission: I love mint. Mint chocolate chip is my absolute favorite ice cream. However, I have never before had a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake. I figured this would be a great time to give it a try.mint shake4

 

Details:

  • The great thing about a milk-shake…it’s very simple to make, add ice cream and milk.
  • I had to go to three stores in search of mint extract or mint syrup. Peppermint was easy to find, but the recipe requires “mint.” I finally found mint extract and stopped at my local McDonald’s on my way home for my Shamrock Shake comparison.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t forget to put the top on the blender! I learned that lesson when I was 8 years old.

Pros:

A quick and easy treat, and definitely festive for St. Patrick’s Day!

Cons:

Finding mint extract. (Oh and a small Shamrock Shake has 530 calories)

Sheri - Shake

Conclusion:

I have to be honest; I wasn’t really crazy about it. However, the recipe holds true and is well comparable to the McDonald’s shake. I ended up making green vanilla shakes for my crew and they were thrilled! So if you are a fan of the McDonald’s Shamrock Shake then try this recipe, it won’t disappoint!

 

 Shake Conclusion

 

The lovely Shamrock Shake and it’s photo by Your Homebased Mom


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Move over Pottery BarnThe Crafting Chicks have made the most adorable Felt Valentine Envelopes to fill with sweets for their sweeties this Valentine’s Day.

 

Since we a.) love felt b.) love holidays and c.) love our sweeties, this project was right up our alley!

 

Please click here to visit The Crafting Chicks and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Amanda

Mission: Get my hot glue gun out and make something purdy that my kids will love year after year.

 

Details:

This little project was fun because I recently finished another felt project (mermaid tails for my kiddos) and it inspired me to go wild and pick up some embellishments like sequins,  ric rac, felt hearts and felt heart stickers.

  • I purchased all of my supplies at Joann and since some of them were purchased previously I could only estimate that I spent roughly $15.00.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

HelpersA toothpick will save your life. Okay maybe not your life but for sure your fingertips! I decided after the first few lines of rick-rac that my fingers were not going to make it through this project so I busted out one of my fancy appetizer toothpicks (they are thicker and more sturdy). It worked beautifully and allowed me to really push the embellishments into the felt without severe burns.

I also advise that if you have not worked with felt and a hot glue gun before beware of the amount of glue you use. Less is more! You will find that if you have too much glue when putting your envelope together it will show through and you will then be forced to cover it with some kind of decorative embellishment.

I used my handy Rotary Cutter whenever possible and it worked SO WELL! I am really anal about this and found that it created the easiest straight line with little effort and zero frustration. After the first round of measuring and cutting I had it down pat but since I had two helpers my concentration was limited. Good thing this was pretty easy to fudge if I measured incorrectly in some areas. I ended up cutting one of the envelopes down just a little to get everything to line up and it was just fine!

Amanda - Valentine 1

Pros:

Cheap, cheerful and really just a sweet tradition to fill every year for Valentine’s Day.

I am considering making one for each of my kids teachers too, since I still have felt and embellishments left over.

Cons:

The only con I can come up with is just the hot glue gun being a little messy but I think if I upgraded to a proper crafting glue gun, things would be so much easier!

Amanda - Valentine 2

Conclusion:

Loved this project and the idea behind it. I think it would have been nice to have had stiffer felt but using some that I already had was just so handy.

I recommend this to anyone with a loved one that they like to give goodies to on Valentine’s or any holiday really. You could change up the colors and embellishments. It would be fun to do a birthday envelope too!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sheri

Mission: I always find wonderful and fun things for the kids when I am skimming through the Pottery Barn Kids catalog. They always have the best holiday gifts. I always tell the boys that the best gift ever is love. Not toys…just love. We like to have a little valentine celebration each year to remember that. These envelopes are perfect for our party. Much like Christmas stockings and Easter baskets, I can fill these envelopes with notes of love, and remind them how special they are. I might even sneak in a couple of chocolates.

Details:

While embarking on this project I really wanted to make my envelopes a little more masculine. I found this great red felt that had an alligator skin texture. The boys loved it!

The instructions provided by The Crafting Chicks were easy to follow. A bit tedious having to measure everything seeing I was making 3 envelopes, but it went by faster than I presumed.

Once the envelopes were put together (thank you hot glue!), we got to be creative. I let the kids pick out their own decorations.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t try gluing the entire envelop at once… one half at a time so the glue stays hot.

Sheri - Valentine 1

Pros:

Now need to sew! Thank you hot glue gun.

Cons:

Pulling all the little spare hot glue strands off everything! Darn you hot glue gun.

Sheri - Valentine 2Conclusion:

I actually really enjoyed making these and the kids love them! They can’t wait for our Valentine’s Day party. The project actually got me missing cross-stitching. I haven’t done that since I was kid. I can’t wait to hang them and fill them with little notes and some Hershey Kisses. They are now requesting I get more alligator felt to make stuffed animals…I’m frightened, that requires sewing.

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission: To create a darling Valentine envelope for my kiddos’ sweet valentines.

 

Details:

inprocessI LOVE felt! So, this project was one I was pumped about from the beginning! And, I LOVE using my glue gun, so again, a great project!

  • I picked up all of my felt supplies and adornments at Joann. I grabbed the traditional Valentine colors for the felt and I found some great gold sequins, felt sticker embellishments and ric rac.
  • I began the process by cutting out my felt to the correct shapes according to the directions. I was unable to find the larger sheets of felt, so our envelopes were made of three 9 x 12” felt sheets, which worked great!
  • After prepping the envelope forms, I let the kids go to town with the felt stickers – they would place them and then I would adhere them with the hot glue gun. The kids then picked out what ric-rack and sequin details they wanted and I helped by gluing them on as well.
  • These were done in no time, though the kids wanted to continue to add stickers to theirs which is why some of them turned out a bit chaotic. After we were finished, I added lace to the back so they could be hung in our home.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Felt is very forgiving, so don’t stress if things are cutting perfectly.

If you want to do this with your children, pick up some of the felt stickers – this allowed the kids to have a big part in the creation.

Sarah's Sweeties

Pros:

You can use your hot glue gun – I have an addiction to mine!!

And, these turn out adorable and are a great parent & kid craft project!

The kids had a BLAST with this project and have been toting them around the house since we made them. Though my kids won’t receive many Valentines this year since they aren’t school age, it was a great project!

Cons:

I honestly can’t think of any. If I were more skilled in hand sewing, I would have tried the hand-stitch for another cute finished look.

Sarah Valentine 2

Conclusion:

I absolutely LOVE the end result and even made an extra one to send to my niece for Valentine’s Day!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #4 – Alicia

Mission: Felt project again? My lucky day!

 

envelope openDetails:

This project came together very quickly and very inexpensive.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

This project is pretty straightforward. You could certainly use your sewing machine to create smooth edges, but not necessary.

Pros:

Quick and easy and the different possibilities are endless!

Cons:

None! Although I am not great at making a straight line with hot glue.

Alicia Valentine 2

Conclusion:

What a great project! Who doesn’t love getting mail, especially in a cute envelope! I have decided to make one of these envelopes for each of my kids, 4 Nieces and 2 Nephews. 8 total! Well, maybe that might be a lot of work.

 

Valentine Conclusion

 

The lovely Felt Valentine Envelopes and it’s photo by The Crafting Chicks


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Domestifluff has the recipe for perfectly modern Valentine decor with her Felt Rosette Wreath.  Faux rosettes of felt create a simple and chic way to celebrate Cupid’s big day!

 

Please click here to visit Domestifluff and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission: I’ve only ever done one other project with felt.  True story!  Saw this bugger and wanted to dive right in.  Wait.  How many felt circles?

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Pour yourself a glass of wine and pull up a chair, it’s going to be a while!  I was certain that I had cut at the very least, my first 30 circles.  Nope.  It was 12.  I was feeling very dramatic.  Cut two at a time, and break it up into little chunks, like every time you go in the kitchen, cut 30 circles.  This was my plan of attack and it was a piece of cake!

I was so afraid to cute all of these circles, that I went and bought the Martha Stewart Circle Cutter praying that it could cut my circles for me.  Nope.  Not going to happen.

I used about 330 circles.  I also packed them in a little too tight.  I ended up pulling them randomly from around the wreath to fill in the last couple of inches.

Oh!  Almost forgot!  After reading the bit in Domestifluff’s post about not covering the backside, I decided to cover the back with felt, adhering with my hot glue gun.  This way I can hang it on a window and it won’t look strange from the back.

Lastly, I used Upholstery Twist Pins to attach the ribbon to the back of the wreath!  I don’t think that this project took more than a combined total of 3-4 hours.  Tah Dah!

Maren Wreath 1

Pros:

SO incredibly easy I can hardly handle it.  I love this wreath – it’s so cute!

Cons:

Just cutting a lot of circles, which really, was no biggie once I got going.

Maren Wreath 2

Conclusion:

I absolutely love this wreath!  It is so pretty and festive without being over the top or too girly.  I might even try for another one sometime!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Sarah

Mission: To use one of my favorite craft materials, felt, to create a darling wreath for my front door.

 

Details:

I know many of you have heard me say this before, but seriously, I LOVE felt! It is such a fun material to work with and it is so forgiving for those of us that seek perfection in our craft projects.

  • I decided to go with oatmeal colored felt and picked it up at my local JoAnn store. I wanted to make this project a little festive for the month of love – February – so I also planned to use any left over pink and red felt I had from another Crafty Collaborative project.
  • I began the process by marking my 3” circles onto my felt using a coffee mug and a pencil. I decided to cut long strips of my felt, doubled up, to allow for three circles across in a row and approximately ten columns. This allowed me to cut approximately 60 circles each time. I ended up using a grand total of 290 circles, 250 in the oatmeal felt and 40 in the red and pink felts. This process took much less time than I had anticipated, so I was able to start the wreath in no time.
  • I decided to put my felt rosettes pretty tight together on my wreath form, I just really like the look! Also, I love when designs have something offset, so I decided to add my pop of red and pinks on the lower right hand-side. I really like how it turned out.
  • After I felt I was finished adding rosettes, I placed some gold ribbon on the back for hanging – I secured it with about 6 pins just to make sure it would stay in place.

This darling wreath is now adorning our front door!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Felt is very forgiving, so don’t stress if things are cutting perfectly.  Double up your felt so that you are cutting more than one circle at a time – this was a great time saver for me!

Sarah Wreath 1

Pros:

Super easy project once you get set-up and it was a lot of fun to do.

Cons:

Slightly time consuming, but so worth it! My fingertips are slightly sore from pushing all those pins in the wreath form.

 Sarah Wreath 2

Conclusion:

I love this wreath project and really enjoy the simplicity of the final look. Because I went with a relatively neutral color, I may even try swapping out the colored section for other holidays. Maybe I’ll add shades of green in for the month of March!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Janet

Mission: First thoughts, “This looks so cool!” Reading the blog post made me think this project would take ages.

 

Details:

  • Bought navy blue felt, foam wreath and straight pins at JoAnn.
  • Also picked up a white ink pad to use for my stencil. I found a cup at home that had a 3″ diameter, which worked perfectly as my stencil.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Fold the fabric in half when stenciling and cutting. This project is very forgiving, the circles do not need to be perfect.

I used about 190 circles…but cut about 300. What to do with all of those extra circles still boggles my mind. Start with about 200 circles and go from there.

For the 300 circles cut, I only used about 1 yard of fabric. Honestly, I didn’t need the extra 1/2 yard.

Buy the white/colored ink, it will save your sanity.

Janet Wreath 1

Pros:

Thankfully, it really didn’t take as long as she alluded to on the blog, it really only took me about 3 hours, plus I was doing laundry and watching a football game at the same time. I love to multi-task! It turned out really cute, I love it!

Cons:

I have a ton of extra navy blue felt…what to do, what to do.

Janet Wreath 2

Conclusion:

This is a perfect year-round decoration, or can be made specifically for a holiday. Very modern and very inexpensive. I loved this project!

 

 

Alicia - TCCReviewer #4 – Alicia

Mission: Felt is the magic word for me. I will always jump at the chance to work with it.

 

Details:

  • Alicia Wreath MaterialsThis project took 224 cut felt circles, styrofoam wreath and straight pins.
  • For the life of me, I could not find a white wreath so I settled for green. I was a bit worried that you would see it between the felt, but it turned out great. You could also spray paint the wreath white if needed.
  • I also used white and hot pink felt because I love the contrast and dimension.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Instead of tracing and cutting a million 3” circles on felt, I used a spool of ribbon that exactly measured 3” and used it as my cutting guide. I would then use my spool and cut 2 circles at a time. This saved a bunch of time and patience, which I ran out of. Ha!

Pros:

The completed project is so rewarding and beautiful.

Cons:

You need a lot of felt and time for this project.

Alicia Wreath

Conclusion:

This was a fun weekend project for me. After taking a few trips to Michael’s for felt, and purchasing things I did not need,  I feel that my wreath is beautiful additional to my Valentine decor. Or the perfect gift!

 

 

Reviewer #5 – Amanda

Mission: Create a festive wreath out of some leftover felt I had from other projects.

 

 

Details:

  • Once again I am going to coin myself as the lazy thrifty one. I used leftover felt from previous projects so I honestly haven’t a clue just how much I used in total but can tell you that I used 236 circles. I cut out 250 to be safe.
  • My wreath form was the exact same one used in the original post and is the perfect size as far as I am concerned! I can’t imagine it being any bigger. I think I would have given up.
  • For my circles, I used a good ole plastic IKEA children’s cup (it may be discontinued as I had zero luck when trying to locate it online to show ya’ll). It was the perfect size. I also stole my kid’s giant stamp pad and busted 250 circles in no time!
  • In total I would say that once all the circles were cut out it took about 1.5 hours to put the wreath together. I am sure I could have been quicker but my kids were still awake. Enough said.
  • You definitely need a small and very sharp scissor to make cutting out 250 circles slightly less painful.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t worry about perfection! This craft is very forgiving. I definitely didn’t have perfectly round circles and it still looked great. I also ended up being just slightly short on my grey circles (about 4 inches remaining on my wreath form) so I ended up pulling some of the circles I had already pinned from random areas on the wreath and placing them in my gap. You can’t even tell! I just fluffed and tugged at the remaining pinned circles and it filled in the gaps left by where I pulled some. No biggie!

Amanda Wreath 1

Pros:

Pretty, could be fairly cheap (I guess my supplies ended up costing roughly $15-$20) and after the prep work is done you could practically assemble it in your sleep.

Cons:

Oh just the occasional finger jab is about all I could complain about. It was otherwise a craft dream!

Amanda Wreath 2

Conclusion:

I will definitely make this again or at least use this method. I am considering using it for other tasks like on a tree form or even a ball for holiday décor. It could be really cool used in a shadow box too!

 

 

Felt Wreath Conclusion

 

The lovely Felt Rosette Wreath and it’s photo by Domestifluff


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It’s a Christmas miracle!  Pearls, Handcuffs and Happy Hour has shared the trick to making your very own sparkling Ornament Wreath at home!

So gather up a whole lot of ornaments, a wire hanger and your hot glue gun and get ready for some Holiday fun!

 

Please click here to visit Pearls, Handcuffs and Happy Hour and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Sarah

Mission: To make a darling holiday décor piece and use everything I already had on-hand!

 

Details:

  • I was on a mission to find everything I needed for this project in my holiday supply storage – and boy did I find it! I have more ornaments than necessary in my basement storage! Then it was to my closet to find a wire hanger – mind you, I don’t have many of these on-hand as I really hate using them for their purpose of hanging clothes.
  • Once I got everything out of storage, I set up shop in my kitchen. I placed all of the ornaments in bowls and got my glue gun fired up. I love any project in which I get to use my glue gun!!
  • I started by unwrapping the wire hanger and put my best effort into shaping it into a circle. This was the hardest part of the project for me and I still don’t think it is circular when looking at the finished product. Oh well!
  • I then glued each of the ornament tops on to tightly secure them and started the process of stringing them onto the wire. This was an interesting process, but fun to see it begin to take shape.
  • When I was all done with the ornaments, I hooked the two ends of the hanger together and added some ribbon to finish it off. It is now adorning our home for the holidays!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Pinch the end of the wire hanger so that you have a finished edge so your ornaments do not fall off as you are stringing them on.

When you are finished, you can then pinch the other end and hook them together. I did this and then put my finishing ribbon over that area so that it was hidden.

Pros:

Beautiful end product and very reasonable to pull-off. Looks like an expensive piece when finished!

Cons:

Hard to do this one on your own, so if you think you may have issues, have a friend handy! And, my wreath got pretty fat due to the larger ornaments I used and I wasn’t able to fit it on our front door as it was too big to fit between the door and our storm door.

Conclusion:

I’m really happy with the wreath and love having it up for the holidays. A fun holiday project!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Maren

Mission: I have been drooling over this certain wreath from Pottery Barn for years, so I was excited to see this thrifty DIY at Pearls, Handcuffs and Happy Hour.

 

Details:

  • Ornaments: 62 Red Balls from IKEA, cost me about $15
  • A hanger, piece of string and ribbon that I had on hand.
  • Some twinkle-y pinecones and seeded spray from JoAnn.
  • I used my beloved Craftsman Mini Pliers and some kind of twig clipper that I found in the garage.
  • One furry little Quality Assurance Supervisor named Rosie.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

No matter how much you think that you have enough ornaments, you don’t, buy more.  62 ornaments was not even enough to totally fill up one wire hanger.  My completed wreath is about 15″ wide.

No matter how much you think those tops are secured onto the ornaments, pull them off and re-glue them back on!  This will save you a lot of frustration and several F-bombs.

Having said that, if you manage to break the little loop off in the process (like I did several times) you can pull a slick MacGyver move like I did and glue an ornament hook inside the ball (photo at right).

In perfect OCD fashion, I laid out all of the ornaments, organized by size and then lined them up so that they would be evenly strung by size on the wire.  Yep, I admitted that.

I used my pliers to make a little loop on each end of the hanger and then strung the two ends together with a piece of string.  Tah Dah!

Pros:

A relatively easy project with terrific results!  I love this thing!

Cons:

3rd degree glue gun burn on the fingertips.  Happens every time.

Conclusion:

This was an easy project and I really love the end result!  I think that I’ll give it another shot on a larger scale!

I can’t wait to hit up JoAnn at the end of the season and score some more ornaments at a steal!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Katie

Mission: Recreate the ever popular ornament wreath you’ve probably seen everywhere the last few years

 

Details:

  • I selected different textures in the same general color scheme and laid out a towel to collect the inevitable glitter fall out.
  • I had to ask my boyfriend to secure the ends.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Seriously glue the toppers to the ornaments. Even the ones you think are secure will fall off. Just glue them all at once and be done with it.

Pros:

Surprisingly easy! I think I’ll make one in purple, gold, and green for my Mardi Gras wreath this year!

Cons:

The original post didn’t give directions for securing the ends once complete and I had to ask for assistance.

 

Conclusion:

Super easy and really pretty!

 

 

Reviewer #4 – Janet

Mission: Have always wanted to create this project and was so excited to try it out!

 

 

Details:

  • While I was out browsing IKEA, I happened upon their Christmas decoration section and found perfect ornaments for the project. The total cost came out to be $15, with no extra money spent for the wire and glue, which I already had.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Choose a wire hanger with thick, sturdy wire. I didn’t think about this at the beginning and the wire I used probably won’t keep its circular shape through the holidays. Also, make sure you pick ornaments that have a few different sizes, as the smaller ones can fill in a few open spaces.

Glue those ornament hooks. You may think that it is a step that you can neglect, but really you shouldn’t. Those suckers pop off!

Try not to get (too) frustrated. Having an extra pair of hands nearby is helpful as it is awkward holding on to it and finishing the ends.

Turn the ends of the wire with pliers to create two hooks that you can use to finish the wreath (see picture).

Pros:

Turned out great! Such a simple, unique decoration to make and is a perfect way to add some BLING to the holiday decor.

If you have some ornaments on hand that you don’t use any more, this would be a perfect way to use them.

Cons:

It was frustrating at times, just because it is awkward holding on to all of those balls without dropping it!!

If you are a perfectionist, it can add time and frustration to the project if you don’t like the way it looks and you want to rearrange.

Conclusion:

This wreath is pretty awesome, and much unlike the normal wreaths that you usually see during the holidays. I like how mine turned out, though I could think of a few things that I would do next time I make it, such as using stronger wire. Mine will be an oblong wreath by the end of December!

When you make this (which you should and will make!) wait until after the holidays are over and get some ornaments on sale and plan to make next year! Happy holidays y’all!

 

 


The lovely
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Ever wish your pretty little pumpkin wouldn’t end up as squirrel food?  Crafts by Amanda has shown us a fun new way to create a Halloween masterpiece with her Halloween Painted Jar Luminaries!

A cute project that is said to be a hit with the kiddos?  We’re in!

 

Please click here to visit Crafts by Amanda and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Maren

Mission: Okay, let’s just get it all out on the table.  I have a major love/hate relationship with Holidays.  The love part… decorating!  I get so excited about making my home feel festive and cute!  I also love the warm glow of a glass votive or luminaire, so I was really excited to try these little lanterns out.

Details:

After my first attempt at this project, I had to start over.  I then used the following products:

To finish my festive little darlings, I dropped in a few LED Flameless Tea Light Candles and screwed the lids back on!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If you are anal retentive, just admit it (I hear that’s the first step) and use spray paint.  I did really love this look in the end, but if you are doing this project with kids, that would sort of take the fun out of it for them.

Be careful with your jar before spraying with the clear gloss, as the paint can easily scratch off.

Pros:

Fricking love these things.  They are so cute!

A super plus – acrylic paint washes easily off of glass, so if you screw up you can just wash it off and start over.

Cons:

None, unless you think you have the ability to paint without brushstrokes.

Conclusion:

Despite my initial frustration with the brush stroke situation, I really liked this project!  I am already excited to put these out next Fall at our new house.  I also really like that you can put an LED Tea Light inside and forget about them!

My mind is already thinking of other cute jars to paint such as snowmen for Winter (would be super fun for kids on a too-cold day) or even American Flags for the 4th!

 

Reviewer #2 – Amanda

Mission: Make a great Halloween craft with my kiddos.

 

 

Details:

Tips & Tricks Learned:

Don’t fret! The paint really does look best when it is sort of rugged and imperfect. My kids did a great job at achieving this. Only one coat was needed.

Also, I didn’t have them do the faces (the Type-A in me couldn’t let the entire project go) so I waited a solid day before painting on the faces. I didn’t draw the outline first though. Just threw caution to the wind and freehanded it.

Pros:

Simple. Truly easy to create and a really fun project to do with kids.

Cons:

Don’t expect perfection when working with kids and remember these are glass. VERY breakable.

Conclusion:

I plan to make some myself that are a little more detailed! This could be a great project for every season and with a flameless candle in them they are ideal for use around kids or pets.

 

Reviewer #3 – Sheri

Mission: A fun Halloween project to enjoy with the kids. Enjoy being the key word. Some are just easier to do together than others. It is also a great opportunity to use up some of the mason jars that we discovered in our basement when we moved in.

 

Details:

  • A simple project really. We painted the exterior of the jars with acrylic paint, and they dried surprisingly quickly. Maybe not quick enough for a five year old, but not to the point where I was completely annoyed.
  • We then drew faces on the luminaries with a Sharpie.
  • A quick spray of Krylon Clear Spray and they were done. Time to wait till dark to light them!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

A little tip…use a sponge brush. Works so much better than a regular paint brush. I got a bag full of them for only $1.50. I just tossed them after the project.

Pros:

Super easy and the kids can each do their own. No arguing!

Cons:

None!

Conclusion:

The whole family enjoyed doing this project together. We planned it all out together. We wanted a pumpkin, a ghost, a witch, and a bat. We truly had a ton of fun.  There was no arguing about who’s cracking the eggs, or who gets to lick the last bit of batter. We each had our own jar and did our own thing. It was super easy and our neighbors love them! The kids were thrilled! Another great thing, we can pack them away and use them again next year. We also talked about making reindeer and snowmen in winter.

 

Reviewer #4 – Sarah

Mission:  To deface my beloved Mason jars…in a fun way of course!

 

Details:

  • A few of us Crafty Collaborative ladies did this craft together as well – it’s always more fun in groups!
  • I have a TON of Mason jars in my house – I always keep them around, they are great drinking glasses. Did I mention that I love whiskey and it goes great in Mason jars?!?!?Anyway, the jars I have on hand are pretty standard Mason jars with lots of ornate design on them. Since we were to be painting these, mine weren’t really of use as there was not a flat surface on any of them. All we needed were some “clean” Mason jars, and luckily Kristy was on her way over so she quick grabbed those up for us!
  • I used the Martha Stewart Satin Acrylic All-In-One Paint for this project, as well as my handy dandy Martha Stewart Paint Brushes. I am a sucker for great packaging…it will get me to buy a product over another any day.
  • Because I always like to put a spin on things, I opted to do my jars as more of a fall feel vs. the jack-o-lanterns. I painted my jars in a reddish-orange tone and a yellow and then painted them with freehand leaf patterns. This is NOT my best quality…freehand painting that is. My leaves look like crap, but it was all in good fun.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If you desire a very clean paint job, you may want to try cleaning the Mason jars before you start painting them. I opted for the more “rustic” look so did one coat of paint on each of my jars and honestly didn’t even think about cleaning them prior.

Have long matches (the kind you use to light fires in your fireplace) on hand to light your tea light candles once your jars are dried and ready to adorn your home. I tried using regular matches first and almost burnt my hand!

Pros:

Cheap, easy and could be a great kid project – though I opted to do these on my own.

Cons:

If you like perfection in your projects, this project just might drive you crazy!!

Conclusion:

Cute way to add some décor – but I don’t foresee myself doing this one again. It was easy and fun, but not my favorite end result.

 

Reviewer #5 – Kristy

Mission: I couldn’t pass up more décor for Halloween! Loved the ghost and pumpkin ones!

 

Details:

Fun group project!  I love it that I live close to a couple of the Crafty gals so we can have a girl’s night with booze and crafts…perfect combo!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

I recommend only one coat of paint to have a more translucent jar for the light to shine.  If you decide to do two coats…let dry overnight before adding the second coat of paint.

I used a sponge brush for one jar and then I used Maren’s awesome paint brushes which I think turned out the best!  The brush gave the jar a more even application of paint! Loved those brushes!!

Don’t travel with them before spraying with gloss or glaze as these scratch too easy. They need that protective coat!

Pros:

Easy and there so many ways to change up this project with various pumpkin or ghost expressions! Just be creative!

Cons:

Scratch easily before the clear coating so be careful!  Also very streaky and I want it to look perfect!

Conclusion:

Perfect way to dress up your house for the holiday!  Line the pathway to your front door to light the way for your little trick-or-treaters!

Happy Halloween!

 

The darling Halloween Painted Jar Luminaries and their photo by Crafts by Amanda


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A Glimpse Inside has shown us a way to take our fall decor to a whole new level with her great tutorial for Glitter Pumpkins!

Being the favorite season of nearly every Crafty Collaborative gal, we were excited to add some sparkle to the typical gourd family ensemble.

 

Please click here to visit A Glimpse Inside and see the instructions that we followed!

 

Reviewer #1 – Kristy

Mission: I love fall and decorating with pumpkins, witches, etc!  It is such a festive time of year so I knew these pumpkins would be a mess worth taking on! I got my girlfriend, Heather, on board and we tackled this project together!

Details:

I found two plastic pumpkins from Joann’s that were half price… so sweet!  I was in Target a few days later and found mini plastic pumpkins that would have been a perfect addition at $1 a piece but I was all glittered out at the time.

The original blog post had recommended glitter glue but we changed things up a bit.  Heather planned to tackle hers with spray glue and I used a Foam Brush with the leftover Mod Podge from the tray I madeMod Podge is awesome… multiple uses such as water base sealer, glue and finish.

I also purchased two 2 ounce containers of extra fine glitter, one in Topaz (pumpkin orange) and Chocolate Diamond (brown for the stem).  I loved the look of the extra fine glitter!

Tips & Tricks Learned:

If doing this indoors, line your table with a garbage bag then lay newspaper on top for easy clean up.  After sprinkling, funnel glitter with the newspaper in a cup and reuse until you finish the entire pumpkin. Glitter the stem last, maybe even the next day!

Be careful with the Mod Podge, if you are focusing on one side and lean the wet side against the table you will create a streak in your glitter… not the look I was going for.  Also don’t touch the glue brush to the previously glittered portion as it will remove the glitter.

Pros:

Very easy, but takes a bit of patience so you don’t make a glitter mess.

Be creative! You can add glitter on more than just pumpkins and in a variety of colors.

Cons:

Even after my pumpkins were dry, I have a fear of removing the glitter.

I may look for a clear coating to protect the finish.  Storing this for next season definitely worries me!  Any ideas? Please share if you do!

Conclusion:

I loved this project; it was fun to do with a gal pal. We both were for and against the glue!  She liked the ease of the spray glue and I liked the thickness of the Mod Podge which I feel allowed the glitter to stick better to the pumpkin.

I will definitely be out and about finding more fall décor to glitter after this project. BTW, the pumpkins fit perfectly on my new mod podge tray! Picture perfect!

Happy Fall Decorating!

 

 

Reviewer #2 – Janet

Mission: First thoughts on the project: Super cute and simple idea, but I knew right away I didn’t want to make a set of pumpkins to decorate my apartment. I just don’t want a ton of decorations because I am tight on storage space at my current digs.

 

Details:

I made a stop at Joann’s and found that a lot of their fall stuff was on sale. I decided on a wreath and a few smaller pumpkin and acorn pieces. I also found feather picks that I thought added to my fall inspired wreath.

  • Wreath: $4.99
  • Assorted pieces: $4.95
  • Green Ribbon: $1.99
  • Glitter (4 color combo pack): $6.99
  • Glitter glue: $3.99
  • Pheasant feathers: free (from my bro-in-law)

Tips & Tricks Learned:

With the size of items I had that were to be glittered, I put the glue on all areas that I wanted glittered before glittering. Thats a lot of glitter in one sentence.

The specific glitter glue isn’t necessarily required, but the cap has a brush attached that made it oh-so-easy to use!

Prep your area beforehand…use wax paper to cover your area and a pan with raised edges is perfect for catching the excess glitter. Know that as you pour the glitter over the decor, there is going to be a lot of glitter that falls onto your work area. Just funnel your wax paper to pour the excess back into the container before each color change.

Pros:

Easy! Had fun arranging the pieces on to the wreath.

Cons:

Kind of messy, but nothing that a little vacuuming can’t fix.

Not sure how I’m going to store these without all of the glitter falling off.

Conclusion:

This wreath is Minnesotan-inspired thanks to the added pheasant feathers! The larger pumpkin versions would be super cute to decorate a fireplace or entryway.

This glitter process could easily be applied to any other holiday inspired decor or even picture frames. Thumbs up on this project!

 

 

Reviewer #3 – Sarah

Mission:  I absolutely love the fall and the fun décor that comes along with it – plus I love working with glitter. It takes me back to my childhood! This project looked like a lot of fun to do and a fun way to dress up my fall décor.

Details:

I first looked in my existing fall décor to find any plastic pumpkins I had on-hand. I unfortunately only found one, but it helped with the budget of this project. The other two I found at JoAnn Fabrics and they were 40% off, which always helps!

I picked up the glitter glue and glitter at JoAnn’s as well. I had a difficult time finding the Martha Stewart Glitter Glue and Fine Glitter that was recommended, but was happy to find an off-brand glitter glue. Though I do think this is probably an unnecessary spend, it sure did make this project less messy and a smidge easier for me.

I opted for gold, orange and black glitter for my pumpkins. Once finished, I do feel that the black glitter looks slightly navy in color, but I still love it. I also glittered up a small accent piece which had a gourd and a pumpkin on it to add to the fun.

Tips & Tricks Learned:

The glitter glue was a saver for me – less mess and stress.

In addition, I used a cookie sheet as a workspace and though I was pretty much out of wax paper, I used what little I had left and then newspaper to save the glitter as I coated my pumpkins during the glitter stage.

 

Pros:

Adorable, adorable! I really like the sparkle and sheen these add to our fall décor.

Cons:

A bit more costly than I expected – I ended up spending around $30 in total for this project.

Conclusion:

Love the end result of these and adding some sparkle to our home.

I later decided to follow Janet’s lead, and add some sparkle to a tired wreath that we had in a box of decorations!  I am so happy that I did, now our front door shines with the season.



 

 

 

 

The lovely Glitter Pumpkin and it’s photo by A Glimpse Inside


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