Amazing Grace Easter Wreath

The Amazing Grace Easter Wreath says what Easter is really about. While I’m not against bunnies and chicks, Easter is really not about them, but about the amazing grace given to us through Jesus Christ, God’s son, by paying our sin debt on the cross. 

I’m thrilled to have found a source for the beautiful wooden crosses. I’ve made my own displays by cutting out paper letters and forming a cross, but this wood cut-out is beautiful to just hang by itself or use in a wreath. It greets your guests with the message of Easter.  They make a wonderful hostess gift if you’re invited out for Easter dinner.

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I bought 3 Amazing Grace crosses at under $4 each. I thought I would need to paint them, but when they arrived, they looked absolutely fine without painting. That saved a step! Click on Artistic Supply to find them. They were quick on delivery, too! They have several different styles of crosses that would work if you would like a different style.

The first version I tried was working with this gathered green burlap wreath. I had bought it for a couple of dollars on clearance, as it was missing several pieces, and looked awful. For the money, I thought I could change it up into something worthwhile.  So, fixing some of the flaws, I used the cross in the middle and highlighted it with bunches of white lilies.

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This wreath went from the above picture to the one below!

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For the next design idea, it was simple, but tedious, to add the two types of ferns to the twig wreath. I had seen something similar and had the ferns at home, so just worked with it to tuck and glue the ends into the twigs.( A boxwood wreath works, too.) I simply added the cross in the middle. I felt it didn’t need any more than the simple greenery elegance to let the cross stand out. If you’re pressed for time, buy one!

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The third idea was to use palms for the base.

First, I cut a small rectangle from a cardboard box. I tried foam, but it stood out from the wall or door and I wanted it to be flush against the wall. The cardboard worked well.

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I found a small artificial bush that had eight palm branches on it. It was around $9.00 at Michael’s, but a coupon took that price down. With eight, I could make two of them.

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Using the glue gun, I secured the top and bottom palms on the cardboard.  Continuing  on with the other smaller palms, I glued them on horizontally forming a palm cross. Make sure that the top vertical palm part is slightly smaller than the lower part.

 

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I twisted some wire to form a hook for hanging, and glued it on the back of the cardboard.

 

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The last part was to carefully glue the wooden cross cut-out on top of the ferns.

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The last version turned out to be the easiest. So if you don’t have a wreath that you can use, make the version with the palm leaves. It really goes together fast!

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The wooden cross cut-out certainly may be used alone, but it looks outstanding on a wreath. I hops you enjoy your Amazing Grace wreath however you choose to make it!

Happy Easter! 

Phyllis

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Whimsical Spring Arrangements

The cute little bunnies, ducks, and chicks that you see in stores are hard to resist. Well, last year I bought a few on clearance (75% off)  and this year made a couple whimsical spring arrangements with the bunnies and ducks.

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For the first one, I used a vintage berry carrier. By just placing some artificial grass on the bottom, adding the three different size bunnies, and placing artificial succulents here and there, the arrangement is complete.

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I used this arrangement as a centerpiece.  Notice those little bunnies on each placesetting….those I got for 12 cents each! I happened to find them at 90% off of sale price! Such a deal!

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Use those whimsical animals perched on a candle holder and alternate with green moss balls.

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The little feather chicks in a nest were purchased some years ago in Germany. I just love the detail. They’re cute to use with a place-card.

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Perhaps this gives you some ideas on how to use those bunnies, chicks, and ducks in a whimsical spring arrangement of your own.

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Now, watch those sales and take advantage of them for next year!

Phyllis

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Easter Cross Scrabble Craft

Do you have extra scrabble letters? If so, this Easter Cross Scrabble Craft is an easy, quick, yet a meaningful one to make. If you need to find them, just do a search online or find at your local craft store. Thrift stores are a good source, too! I’ve included 2 versions of this craft; one for kids, and one for adults.

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I recommend using a strong adhesive like GOOP instead of a glue gun. The pieces are varnished and mine broke easily when I used the glue gun. I re-glued with the stronger glue. This version is for adults as I found it hard for kids to use the glue. The” kid version”,  is explained later in this post. It makes it easier for them to do and you don’t have to find all those tiles for multiple kids doing this project.

Here’s the number of letters you will need for the cross….

H-1, E-3, D-2, I-1, F-1, O-1, R-1, M-1

When your Easter Cross Scrabble craft is completed, you can hang it as is, or frame it. 

An easy way to do this for a “kid version” Sunday School Craft is to copy the letters on your printer. It’s a lot cheaper, too.

Materials Needed:

1 copy of letters for each child

Scissors

Glue and Toothpicks (flat work better for glue)

1/2 sheet of construction paper red and black

 

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Have students cut out the squares and glue to a half-sheet of paper. It helps to fold the paper in half the long way, and about one-third down. Now, students can follow the folds to glue on the letters. Have them start in the middle with the word “died” placing two letters on each side of the fold. This way, they will line up easier. Hope you can see how I folded this sheet of paper.
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Hint for gluing….  Kids always add too much glue.  Have a dish of glue where they use a toothpick and apply just a dab. This will be enough to glue it on, but not enough to ooze out.

Add a black frame to finish it off. ( I would have these already cut for the students.)

Here’s the finished “kid version” project using paper tiles.

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Either version you make is a craft that is meaningful and memorable for the Easter season and throughout the year. It’s a great reminder of God’s love for us.

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Yes, Jesus died for YOU!

Romans 5:8-9  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him. 

He is Risen!

Phyllis

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Watercolor and Oil Art

Watercolor and Oil Art explores a science fact in a very fun and colorful way.  Oil and water don’t mix, you see, so you’ll have interesting things happen with your art project.  It’s so exciting to see how oil makes waves and moves the color. By using a glue gun, you can design shapes or squiggles that make a design among the melding colors.

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Using just liquid watercolors, a glue gun, and oil, you never know just what you’ll end up with for color variations. It’s fun to watch. Change this project for any holiday theme or design you would like to use. This is one art project that can be done over and over again. It will never turn out the same. Use your imagination and try different combinations.

The materials include: Watercolor Paper, Glue Gun, Liquid Watercolors, Brushes, Vegetable Oil, tray (optional), and Eye Dropper.

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Here’s an easy way to keep this project from getting messy. I bought 9×13 metal cookie trays at the Dollar Tree. They are the perfect size for any painting or craft project. It keeps the mess contained and if things need to dry, you can just dry them right on the trays. For this watercolor project, they can be stacked to dry by placing one tray horizontal and the next vertical. I have one for each grandchild, and it sure helps to keep glitter, glue, paint, etc. all contained! When the project is done, they are easy to wash off.

Ok, now to the directions….  This project requires watercolor paper. Construction just doesn’t work well. It is better with liquid watercolors, too. If you haven’t tried them, they are very colorful and easier to use than the watercolor paint trays. Have some wider brushes to use such as small sponge brushes.

You can buy liquid watercolors from Blick Art Supplies on the sidebar.

I’ve seen paintings that merely cover the entire paper, but I decided to experiment using some shapes outlined with hot glue. I liked the outcome. If you are using a shape, draw it lightly with a pencil and go over it with the glue gun. (I recommend that an adult operates the glue gun.)This will keep the shape from mixing with the other colors and it will stand out from the painting.

 

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Outline a shape with the glue gun.

 

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Paint watercolor inside the glue area.

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Drop oil in several places and watch it work!

Continue on and paint the background.

For our Oma and Opa Camp, I did the kids’ names in bubble letters with hot glue and they used liquid watercolors to make their project colorful and dotted it with oil . Even the boys got into it and thought it was “cool”!

 

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After you have painted a section, while it is still wet, drop oil in squiggles or drops, and watch it change the paint. Continue until the entire paper is painted the way you like. If the watercolors dry too much, just get them wet again with more color or spray with a little water before you drop the oil. The action will continue for a while as it dries.

Let dry for a day and enjoy your watercolor and oil art that you’ve created. 

There are so many ways to vary this project. For instance, you can outline a pumpkin, stars, names, trees, bells, angels, cross, bunnies, fall leaves, and flowers, just to name a few. It is changeable for any season and the outcome is always different. 

For Easter…..

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Christmas…..

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The oil was also dripped on the trees above.

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For Valentines…..

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This cross was painted with the usual watercolor tray instead of the liquid watercolors. It’s not as bright and harder to get the oil action to show. You need to use very deep colors, paint it heavy with color, and still it doesn’t have the same intensity as the liquid colors.

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It’s a good investment to get the liquid watercolors as they last a long time. Your kids will enjoy those bright colors! No messy watercolor trays to clean, either.

Now, what will you plan on making with your watercolor and oil art?  Have fun!

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Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Can’t get enough chocolate? This Double Chocolate Banana Bread satisfies that craving!  It is such a moist and delicious bread. You can vary this recipe and make it just regular Banana Bread, too! Nice to have two options in one recipe. 

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This recipe makes two small loaves or one large loaf. I like the two small loaves as the pieces are just right for serving. Eat one and freeze the other for later.

Double Chocolate Banana Bread or Regular Banana Bread
Recipe Type: Bread
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 2 small loaves or 1 large loaf
Chocolate flavor, chocolate chips, and bananas all go into this Double Chocolate Banana Bread! So moist and delicious!
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3-4 bananas mashed
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cups flour – If you’re making the Double Chocolate version, add 1 3/4 cup flour and 1/4 cup cocoa powder.
  • 1 tsp soda
  • 1/2 – 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Combine first 5 ingredients mixing together.
  2. Add flour and soda or the flour, soda, and cocoa powder.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips at the end.
  4. Put into two greased and floured small loaf pans or one large loaf pan (9×5)
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-55 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Cool 15 minutes in the pan.
  7. Invert and remove bread from the pan.

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Are you a chocolate lover? I am and I absolutely love this Double Chocolate Banana Bread! I think you will, too!

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Enjoy!

Phyllis

You might want to try the Chocolate Zucchini Cake, too!

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Eggs Santa Fe

Don’t like soggy bread? Then, this recipe is just right for you. Eggs Santa Fe is another non-bread  brunch recipe that is awesome. This one uses cottage cheese in the recipe! It results in making Eggs Santa Fe light and fluffy.

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Ingredients:

10 eggs

1/2 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp salt

2 cups cottage cheese (16 oz.)

2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1/4 cup butter melted

2 cans (4 oz.) chopped green chilies (your choice on how “hot” you want)

 

Directions:

Grease a 9×13 pan.

Beat eggs, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and stir in eggs. Add cheese, butter and chilies. Pour into greased  pan and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Bake until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Serve with salsa.

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No need to keep this in the refrigerator overnight. It is very quick to put together in the morning. Make it as spicy as you like by using mild or hot green chilies.

Leftovers freeze well. Microwave individually for a quick breakfast.

Keep this recipe for Eggs Santa Fe in your file under “great egg bakes”!

Other great egg bakes are Amish Egg Bake and Eggs Ortega

Enjoy!

Phyllis

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Lamb Placesetting for Kids

I’m always trying to make kid’s placesettings on holidays extra special. This Lamb Placesetting for Kids is one that can be used at Easter or perhaps a shower or birthday party with a lamb theme. It is fast and easy to put together. Kids won’t ruin it as you use a clear plastic plate over it! If you want to adhere it to the back of the plate, make it out of paper. Using felt, however, gives it some depth and dimension.

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Here are the basic materials for one lamb placesetting…..

1 white sheet of felt- approx 8 x 11   – you are able to get both the circle and ears out of one sheet

1 light flesh-tone sheet of felt

small bits of black felt  (you may have this in your scrap box)

small bit of pink felt

3 cotton balls

 

Directions:

Using the inside of the  plate as a template, cut a round piece of white felt.  Mine was 7 inches in diameter.

Cut ears from the leftover scraps.

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Add the pink nose, eyes and mouth. (eyes and mouth are approximately  3/4 in. circles)

Separate the cotton balls and spread over the top of the head.

Place the clear plastic plate over the lamb face. What fun for kids to find this lamb placesetting at the table!

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 Do you make a special placesetting for the kids at your table? 

Have fun!

Phyllis

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Easter Cross Centerpiece

Here’s an easy to make, meaningful Easter Cross Centerpiece.  By displaying it in your home, it is  a daily reminder of what Easter is really about to your family and guests in your home.  Now, I’m not against bunnies (they’re so cute) or chicks, etc., but I do try to have some decorations that focus on the real meaning of Easter. This is a simple one to do.

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The Easter Cross Centerpiece is easily varied to whatever size glass cylinder you have. You just need to  get your hand down in it to arrange properly. My glass cylinder measured 9 1/2 inches high and 7 1/4 inches diameter. I found the wooden cross at Michael’s. It was the right size for this glass cylinder. Making a cross out of twigs or  small pieces of wood works, too, if you’re doing a smaller version.

Materials:

Glass cylinder ( this could be rectangle, too)

Moss circle 8 inches in diameter (found at Michael’s)   Substitute any other moss or grass

Small white lily-like flowers

Bottle Cap

Wooden Cross – mine measured 8 x 4 1/2

Brown Acrylic Paint or stain

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The cross is something that kids can help to make. Let them paint or rub on the brown color. I didn’t want the cross to look so perfect so I rubbed the acrylic paint on it to make it look distressed.

Because I use this cylinder at for other arrangements, I didn’t want the cross to be permanently glued to the glass. Instead, I found a small lid and hot-glued the cross to the flat lid.  This would enable it to stand up.

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Make an “X” cut in the middle of the moss circle. Fit the bottom of the cross through the “x”.

Now the glass cylinder is 7 1/4 inches in diameter and the moss circle is 8 inches in diameter. I didn’t want to cut it down and liked that it bunched up in the middle and  made it look like a hill. It supported the cross as well.  Fit the moss with the cross into the cylinder.

It fit so nice and tight that I didn’t have to attach it in any way. When you have it arranged, place the small white flowers at the base of the cross.

That’s it! You’re ready to display your centerpiece in the middle of your Easter table with candles on either side or use as a coffee table display.

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Remember, Easter is about Jesus!

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have  eternal life.” John 3:16 NIV

“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 NIV

 

Have a Blessed Easter!

Phyllis

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Whimsical Easter Napkin Rings

I came across a package of 4 plastic games at the dollar store. Seeing that they were cute spring characters with a hole in each of them, I thought they would make cute Whimsical Easter Napkin Rings. After their meal, give them the middle part and let the kids use them as a design drawing tool. They are a small version of a Spirograph. It is where you insert a pen or sharp pencil into the small piece and move the inside circle around the hole.

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Here’s what to look for…..

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These came in a package that was just noted as a “drawing toy”.  They came 4 to a package for just $1!

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When the kids finish eating, give them the center circle and a pad of paper to experiment with designs. Just the basic form alone makes a great tracing tool, too. This will keep them busy.

Sometimes you need to think out of the box for napkin rings. Look in the kid’s toy section and you may find something to use as a fun napkin ring.

I like to make my table kid friendly, yet elegant for adults. Don’t you think the kids will like these?

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Happy Easter!

Phyllis

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Easter Devotionals for Kids

This post is a recommendation and I’m in no way compensated. I just wanted to share some Christian tools to use with your family for Easter.

If you’re looking for an “Easter Devotional for Kids” to use with your family, Creative Communications has several booklets for kids. They are very inexpensive and some have digital downloads available. I served as a Children’s Pastor for many years and used many of these booklets for families in our church. They have both a Catholic and Protestant version of each booklet. Kids enjoy them as they are colorful and include many activities along with teaching the important truths of Easter!

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There are digital versions available for download of several of the booklets. Here’s just one sample…

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If you are looking for Lent or Easter Devotionals for your family, you may want to check these out. They have several preschool booklets along with devotionals for ages 6-12. Remember, this season is about Jesus who paid the penalty for our sin.

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Blessings,

Phyllis

 

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Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

 

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Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons!

Do you have some old puzzles that have some pieces missing? If not, you can find them easily at garage sales and thrift stores. Puzzles are frustrating when there are pieces missing so might as well recycle them into some puzzle piece crafts.

I’ve included a few ideas that I have done and then rounded-up lots more for all seasons of the year! Hope they come in handy!

To get started, on a nice calm day, place puzzle pieces in a box and spray paint. If  painting each piece by hand with acrylic paints, the paint stays better on the back side of the puzzle pieces. Otherwise, spray paint is fine on the front.

Paint  pieces with many different colors. It’s a good way to use up extra spray paint, right? You will want a variety of colors so you have them on hand for any season. Let dry and bag them according to color.

Red for Valentines, Apples, Christmas

Green for Christmas Trees, wreaths, Spring leaves, aliens or monsters

Yellow for sun, Easter Cross, lions

Orange for pumpkins, fall leaves

Pink for Valentines

Black for Halloween bats, faces on pumpkins

White for lambs, bunnies, snowflakes, snowmen

Brown for reindeer, trees

 

Here are ideas for each season:

Winter:

 

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                                                       Wreath from www.timesobserver.com

Place a child’s photo inside the wreath!

Reindeer-

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Go to FamilyCrafts.about.com  for a complete tutorial!

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Go to www.daniellesplace.com

Nine other puzzle piece crafts  from Daniellesplace include: lion, cow, whale, turkey, penguin, Frankenstein, butterflies, baby and giraffes!

Now that should be enough to keep you busy for months! But wait! There’s more!

 

Jesus – The missing piece in Christmas….

I love this one – also from  daniellesplace.com

It makes a wonderful Christmas card!

 

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Candy Cane- 

This is one I have done!

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Santa’ s Hat –

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Go to www.familycrafts

Christmas Tree

Another idea from www.familycrafts

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Here’s another variation with a tutorial on both the tree and wreath.

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                                                                                          Go to www.worldofwhimm

 

Add a little bling to your tree….

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visit :   urbanpaisley.blogspot.com

 

Snowflake

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                                                                                  From   mamapapabubba.com

Snowman- 

I love this cute snowman!

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                                                                  For complete directions go to  familycrafts.about.com

 Large Snowman

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This is adorable!   Go to thesenorthernskies

Christmas Garland

 

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Go to  CarolineKiberd for complete instructions!

Valentines

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Go to 123toddlerandme

Some adult crafts for inspiration, too! Great looks for your Valentine decor! Sorry, but I found no identification on these photos or websites for these crafts! Please let me know if you know the source!

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Puzzle Piece Crafts for All Seasons

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Spring:

 

Easter Cross

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Whimsical Lamb

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Found at  freekidscrafts.com

Spring Tree

No need to paint puzzle pieces if you can find similar colors to create a picture!

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Lamb and Lion

 

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Idea from …  thesenorthernskies

Earth Day Idea

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Visit   freekidscrafts.com

Summer:

 Flowers

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Use puzzle pieces that have muted shades of the same color.

Butterflies

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Complete directions found on Makingfriends.com

Fall:

 

Autumn Trees

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Idea from  meaningfulmama

Pumpkin Place Card

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Go to exquisitelyunremarkable

Apple

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Visit savingcentswithsense.net

I love the brown paper bag background!

Jack-O-Lantern

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Go to  Jadaroo

Turkey

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Miscellaneous Ideas:

I thought this idea was so cute. Imagine it on a card.

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Jewelry

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Found on Folksy

Napkin Rings

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Found on hgtv.com

Framed Name Using Puzzle Pieces – Such a great idea!

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Go to NurseryProject to see this!

Aliens, Monsters, and People

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Found on CreationsbyCheryl

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Found on funfamilycrafts

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Found on AllKidsNetwork

Frames

I like the use of denim puzzle pieces on this frame!

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Go to MakingFriends

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Go to BuggyandBuddy for instructions

This by no means is a complete list of possibilities, but it will give you lots of ideas to try. Perhaps,  more than you need!

Hope you found some new ideas of what to do with your old puzzle pieces!

Thanks for stopping by,

Phyllis

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Easter Napkin Ring Clips

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I like to coordinate my table for all seasons and holiday occasions. With these easy Easter Napkin Clips, you can use any Easter or seasonal theme. They are quick and easy to make. No special skills necessary. With a glue gun in hand, you can do it! (Tacky Glue works fine, too.)

I found several cute Easter themed felt stickers made by Creatology. They had bunnies, eggs, chicks and other related Easter and Spring items. I, also, found small clothespins. The clips happened to be colored, but plain works, too.

Materials:

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The felt stickers had a paper backing, but I just left it on and glued the clothespin on the back. (I may want to change them and use them in a different way at a later date.

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Even if you aren’t crafty, you can do this. On a scale of 1-10, these easy napkin ring clips rank as a #1, for easy!

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  Use a variety of napkin ring clips for a fun, whimsical tablesetting.

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Another idea….

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Instead of using clothespins, make your own Easter napkin ring with ribbon and place the Easter Stickers right on them. Go to DIY Napkin Rings for complete instructions.

The bunny napkin ring clip was used in the Easter Bunny Placesetting for Kids post.                                                                                 You might want to check it out, too!

 

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Spring Idea House 2014 – Part 1

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The Spring Idea House 2014 in our area is always a treat for creative minds! There are  new decorating twists and ideas to start your own creative juices flowing. This old house is redone each season by several decorators and  open for tours in Spring, Fall and Christmas. I always look forward to going to be inspired! The home reflects the current trends and mixes them with vintage finds.

There are so many ideas that I will take you through separate areas of the house for each post. This is Part 1!

The first part is the porch entrance. As you walk in there is an old rustic table set in turquoise and greens.

Notice the cute bird cages on the table and the turquoise trivets used as coasters…..

Spring Idea house 2014 - Part 1

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I noticed that they used floral foam wrapped in a sheet of artificial moss. Vials are filled with astromeria and stuck into the floral foam along with rocks and an artificial bird. OK! I can do that!  I knew I had most of the supplies at home.

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Here is my version although I didn’t use the vials, but just stuck the artificial greens right into the floral foam.

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Here’s my version on my table. I loved the narrow centerpiece as my table is long and narrow!

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On their table, they used a simple idea of brown paper wrapped around a napkin attached by a pin and used as place cards.

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This display was on a side table of the porch. The candles are wrapped in an artificial palm leaf. They used artificial Boxwood balls throughout the house on candle holders, in cages, window boxes, and hanging from lights.

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A salvaged window is hung as art with metal butterflies added as an accent.

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Interesting spring window box inside the porch.

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Did you find some spring inspiration for your home?

What was your favorite detail in the Spring Idea House – Part 1?

I’ll continue with Part 2 – the Dining Room and Kitchen – in another post!

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Easter Cross Puzzle Piece Craft

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The real reason for celebrating Easter often gets lost with the bunnies, eggs, chicks and Easter baskets. I’m not against all those fun things, however, let’s get across the real message of Easter, too. This Easter Cross Puzzle Piece Craft is an easy reminder of what Easter is really about. This craft is simple enough to use for kids’ Sunday School classes, Wednesday church activities or just for a special craft at home.

The materials used are inexpensive and easy to come by simply using mis-matched puzzle pieces. Planning ahead involves spray painting the puzzle pieces. Depending on the size of the cross, plan on about 25 pieces per cross.

Materials:

2 sticks per person

I used craft sticks that I had on hand. They were 8 inches long. I cut the horizontal stick to 5 inches.) Crafts sticks may or may not be painted. Popsicle sticks work, too! If you are doing this cross on just a piece of paper, no sticks are needed!

Small Puzzle Pieces  and spray paint (Yellow)

 

Step 1

Glue sticks together to form a cross.

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Step 2

Glue puzzle pieces on the vertical stick.

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Step 3

Add puzzle pieces to the horizontal stick and repeat so that each area has double pieces.  Try to use the border pieces with a straight edge on each of the ends as the final piece.

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Glue onto a piece of cardstock and add the words. (Print the words out on computer, cut and add.)

Talk about how God loved us so much that He gave His son to die as a payment for our sin. We have the gift of salvation by accepting what Jesus did for us and living for Him! It is not a “puzzle”, it is a gift!

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son.  Whoever believes in Him, has  life everlasting!

Display the Easter Cross Puzzle Piece Craft to remind you of the free gift of salvation that Jesus offers to us!

Happy Easter!

 

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Easter Bunny Placesetting for Kids

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What child wouldn’t be delighted with this Easter Bunny Placesetting ?  It is so quick and easy to do, too! The ears are wearable and the face is edible,! Watch their face as they sit up at the table to this cute Easter bunny placesetting!

Materials:

Bunny ears – found at Dollar Stores or Target

Dessert Size Plate (preferably white)

Candy:

Black licorice Crows

Black licorice rope

Strawberry Starburst

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Place the dessert plate over the ears and add the face……

Two black crow candies are the eyes.

One strawberry Starburst, pressed into a circle, is the nose.

Cut the licorice rope into very thin small strips. They don’t bend easily so place in the microwave for about 10 seconds to make them soft and pliable. Now curl, bend, and cut into desired lengths and  shapes for the mouth.

That’s it! Now you have a cute Easter Bunny Placesetting for a special child (children?).

How many young kids will be at your Easter table?

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Check out the cute Easter bunny napkin ring clip.

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