Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY Bunny Garland

I saw a version of this garland on Pinterest about a month ago, but it was one of those annoying pins that when you click on it, it takes you to a totally random website with no instructions. I still loved it though, and I figured it couldn't be that hard, so I decided to figure it out on my own. I knew it could go one of two ways... as I envisioned it or horribly wrong. Luckily, it was the first. Here's the finish product hanging over the entrance to our living room... 

Step 1: Gather materials! You'll need...

  • Scrapbook paper - the number depends on how many patterns & how big of a banner you want
  • 1 sheet of card stock
  • Scissors
  • Single hole punch
  • Cotton balls
  • Elmer's glue
  • Twine, ribbon, something to use as string... 

Step 2: Create a Template 
Take your sheet of card stock & fold it in half. Then free hand half of a bunny. I am not an artist & was a able to handle this. Practice on scrap paper at first if you need too, but it's pretty simple. I promise. 

Step 3: Trace
I was able to fit about 5 bunnies on each piece of scrapbook paper. The number you can will depend on the template that you create. Just try to take advantage of all the space you can so you have the most bunnies possible! 

Step 4: Start Cutting

Step 5: Glue on the Cotton Balls
I simply placed a big glob of Elmer's glue on the center of the bunny's bottom, then stuck on the cotton ball. It was dry & ready to handle within 20 minutes. 

Step 6: Punch Holes 
You need to use the single hole punch to make a hole in each of the bunny ears. Try to keep them symmetrical, but it isn't necessary to be perfect. You can eye ball it. 

Step 7: Thread the Garland
Put the string through your bunny ears & thread the bunnies onto the garland. I made a pattern with the different papers, but that isn't necessary. Also, make sure you measure your string in accordance with the hanging space before you cut it, and leave a little extra on each end, just in case. 

 Enjoy your cheap & easy bunny garland!! If your looking for more Easter projects, check out my Pinterest board here

Monday, April 14, 2014

Things Got Crafty...

In an unprecedented turn of events, I had a whole weekend to myself. Eric went to visit friends in Pitt & Ella went to his mom's for a couple nights. I was excited for some freedom, but I wasn't really sure what to do with it. So Friday night I decided to start tackling some Pinterest projects that have caught my eye recently. They're all Easter related because I wanted to have the house decorated for Ella's homecoming. I'm not really sure if she'll even notice, but it's the thought that counts...

I'm going to do a tutorial on the top image, my bunny garland, because the pin was just a picture with no instructions. I figured it out though & I think it turned out awesome. I even made my sister one for her new house! 

The middle image was easy peezy because it was a free printable from Everyday Cheer & I love it!! 

Last up was the Easter egg garland made from paint chips. So cheap & I love how it turned out. I have to say I felt a little sketchy hoarding a ton of paint samples from Lowes, but it was worth it :) 

Inspiration struck while I was in Target Saturday morning too & I ended up buying all the supplies for this centerpiece for less than $3! I have two trifle bowls & honestly never use them, so I was happy to pull it out & put it to use! 

The rest of my weekend was spent rotating between helping my sister clean at her new house & doing some spring cleaning/yard work at our house. The weather was perfect, so I even got to open up all the windows & air everything out. It's finally starting to feel like spring, which is perfect because today is the first day of our Spring Break! The weather is supposed to be beautiful again, so I think we're headed to the zoo! 

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Break in the Weather

I've spent the past two days in a secure conference room scoring state exams - not fun. So when I walked out an hour early yesterday, I was ecstatic that it was 68 & sunny. Sure it was a little windy, but I'm not about to get picky! I swung by to pick up Ella, ran a few quick errands, and was home by 3:15! 

Even though I had Ella in pants & a windbreaker, I was wearing shorts & a t-shirt. The weather was just gloriously sunny. We headed outside to work in our yard & I was able to snap these sweet pictures of Miss Ella. 

Ella is going to her grandma's for the weekend & I intend to be all sorts of productive! I have a ton of Easter Pinterest projects ready to go tonight & even more spring cleaning. Not to mention I've been recruited to help my sister clean & move into her new house tomorrow too. It's going to be busy, busy, busy! 

Have a Great Weekend! 

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