Ok, we all know Easter baskets are the classic when it comes to holding all those Easter treats (see this post for more Easter gifting ideas), but how cute are these little bunny bags as a twist on the classic for Easter parties? If you need a last minute idea for when the Easter Bunny comes or want to hand out treats for Easter, these little bunnies take minutes to make and are perfect for popping in all those Easter egg hunt finds or giving away fully loaded with Easter treats. View Post
It’s beginning to feel like Fall… And in less than two weeks the season will officially be here. Bring on all the cozy: the sweaters, boots, scarves, hats, hot apple cider (call me old fashioned but I like it better than PSLs), Fall decor, candles, baking……. all of it. I’ve started adding some Fall touches around the house and as much as I love LOVE candles, I wanted a flameless option to add a seasonal scent to the house.
This little DIY was inspired by none other than the food dehydrator that has been a staple in my kitchen for the past few weeks as we pick fresh herbs from the garden to dry (we have a round one like this one and love it). I’ve seen lots of cute ideas with dehydrated oranges (warning: this may not be the last one you see here 😉 ), and this DIY is a great way to add to the coziness of your home for the Fall by making it smell amazing. You can choose any scent combinations you like, but I really like the smell of coffee and added citrus essential oil to help keep the house smelling fresh. I opted to make a sachet that I can tuck out of reach from the kids, but pouring everything into a jar or vase would also make for a pretty home made potpourri to display (those dried oranges just make everything look pretty). This is also a great option if you’re trying to avoid artificial air fresheners- simply switch up the scents for the season to keep your home smelling fresh.
1 large navel orange
Citrus essential oil
Piece of paper towel or tissue paper
1- 2 cups coffee beans
Lightweight fabric bag (or use a piece of fabric tied at the top)
Begin by cutting the orange into slices not quite 1/4″ thick
2. Place slices into a food dehydrator (or you can preheat your oven to 250 degrees and dry the slices for 2- 3 hours)
3. When the orange slices have dried, allow to cool. Add a few drops to a piece of paper towel or tissue paper.
4. Pop all of the items into the paper bag- the dried orange slices, coffee beans, and paper towel/ tissue paper- and wrap it up so nothing can fall out. To be extra secure tape the seams so no coffee beans fall out.
5. Pop everything into the fabric bag and tie at the top. Pick where you want to have the scent in your home and place the sachet. You can tuck into a closet or add it to a Fall display/ vignette.
As I mentioned, you can also dry the orange slices in the oven at a low temp for a few hours, but I love the option of a dehydrator and the round one we have gets a lot of use. If you’re thinking of buying one, this one is similar to the one we have and works great.
I love a good DIY, especially if it’s something I can whip up in just a few minutes. These cushion covers I made for the La- Z Boy Lifestyle Meets Comfort blog are perfect to add a pop of colour inside and out. Toss them on your patio furniture or on your couch, but if you don’t even have any patio furniture then I recommend taking a Shop @ wayside furniture house as they offer a great range, this way you can style it up with these cushions you’ve made. Making these is an easy project and if your kids are older they can help. I wanted some Yellow Cushions for a while, just to brighten up the house a bit! If you’ve got a few cushions that need a little love, freshening them with new covers is an easy way to update them and only costs a few dollars.
All you need are a few materials and to pick a design you like! Find the how- to over on the La- Z Boy blog here.
By now I think it’s well known I love a good DIY, and Easter is no different. I wanted to try doing naturally dyed eggs at home, plus a few other simple ideas for decorating eggs: chalk paint and glitter- covered eggs. I thought a variety would be fun plus Ari loved the chance to help decorate them. The chalk paint and glitter eggs are quick and simple to make, but I’ve provided info on how we did the natural dye eggs since there was a little more involved with them.
I’ve been eyeing up the naturally dyed Easter eggs that I’ve seen others share about and finally thought I’d try making them this year with Ari at home. I’ll admit that it takes a little while to make the natural dyes and you’ll want to put down some paper to avoid spills/ stains, but it’s fun to try and Ari had a blast. For some other fun Easter ideas scroll to the end of this post to see the Easter party I teamed up on with Creative Wife & Joyful Worker (where you’ll find her DIY for making those gold foil eggs) and Discovering Parenthood.
NATURAL DYE EGGS
Making the dye for all 4 colours of eggs starts with the same mixture of ingredients + whatever additive is needed to create the colour.
For the dye base:
4 cups water
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp salt
For pink eggs- 4 cups roughly chopped beets
For yellow eggs- 4 tbsp ground tumeric
For green eggs-6 cups spinach, chopped + 1 tbsp ground tumeric
For blue eggs- 4 cups red cabbage, chopped
Combine water, vinegar, and salt in a large pot, followed by the dye ingredient for the colour you want to make.
Bring to a boil, then simmer for half an hour uncovered.
Strain the dye liquid from the solid ingredient (for the tumeric used for the yellow and green dye you can use cheesecloth to help strain). Transfer to a large canning jar or other container to cool. Repeat until you have all of the dyes for the colours you want to make (I added some of the tumeric dye for yellow eggs to the green dye mixture because I didn’t think the green dye from the spinach would turn out. I’m glad I added it because the eggs turned out really green).
Once the liquid has cooled, submerge your eggs and leave over night in the fridge.
Tip: I’d suggest using hard boiled eggs, since they sink and will absorb the dye equally over the whole shell surface. We tried using artificial white eggs plus hard boiled brown and white eggs to see how they would turn out. The artificial eggs didn’t absorb the dye as well and came out more pastel (which is still pretty, just might not be the result you want), plus I found it was easy to wipe the dye off of them after we took them out of the jars, so the coverage wasn’t as nice/ even. I like the artificial eggs more for the other two styles of eggs I made- chalk paint and glitter- covered.
CHALK PAINT EGGS
Eggs (we used the artificial eggs left over from the natural dye batch and I liked how they worked for this)
Chalk paint in various colours
Using a sponge brush, paint one half of each egg (either top or bottom) and allow to dry in an egg carton. Flip and repeat.
Apply a second coat if needed (I found the second coat gave nice coverage)
Eggs (we added glitter to some of the chalk paint eggs, but I love the idea of doing this with plain white eggs as well)
Liquid glue or mod podge
Using a sponge brush, coat one half of the egg in glue and sprinkle glitter over top and allow to dry in an egg carton. Flip and repeat.
Tap loose glitter to remove. If you want to avoid glitter getting everywhere, add a second coat of glue or mod podge over top to seal the glitter.
Like I said, I love the chance to make a mess and get a little crafty. I guess it’s about that time to start adding some Spring and Easter decor around the house and these eggs are perfect for that (but I’d maybe just stick with the artificial eggs if they’re going to be used for more than a day or two 😉 ). They’re pretty displayed in glass jars and vases or scattered on your table for Easter dinner. See the photos below for some ideas of how to style an Easter table/ party and the links to the other Easter projects included in the Easter collab with Creative Wife and Joyful Worker and Discovering Parenthood.
For other fun Easter ideas see these posts from our Easter collab:
One last Valentine’s Day DIY coming your way! If you’re not a fan of the store- bought cards and prefer to make your own, these Valentines are for you! While you may still need to go to somewhere like Roses Only for your Valentines flowers, you can do the rest yourself. All you need is some black construction paper and a white crayon- how much easier could it get?!- and maybe some washi tape or some vsco girl stickers if you want to mix things up a bit. These take minutes to make and the results are super cute. Just look up some cute phrases and pretty designs on Pinterest for inspo and you’re good to go- voila! (I’m also thinking this would make cure wrapping paper if you can find sheets of paper big enough… what do you think?).
Black construction paper
1. Fold the paper in half to make the card and using the white crayon draw out the design you want
2. … or cut out washi tape to size and create a cute heart (or other pretty Vday design).
Tip: you may want to use a glue stick for extra hold- I found my washi tape didn’t stick too well to the paper for some reason…
I thought these were a fun twist on the classic Valentines we see every year, and if you’re really talented at calligraphy, think of how beautiful these could turn out! For kids, this is a fun way to get them making their own cards and encourage them to add a personal touch when they write out what goes inside (even if they just add some stickers or write their name). Does anyone else like making their own cards or do you like to buy them? What are some of your favourite ways to personalize a card or gift?
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