Free Easter/Spring Chick Printable’s

Chick Printables

I am printing these off and framing them for little Easter gifts this year along with a little bagged treat (post coming this week). These are so cute to sit around for Easter/ Spring decor! =)

* For a 4 x 6 photo print the 5 x 7’s to paper size 8 x 10. I made a few different sizes for you to play around with in case you wanted to use a different size photo frame. =)

 

8 x 10’s 

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8 x 10 Horizontal Printable

 

5 x 7’s 

5 x 7 Vertical Printable

5 x 7 Horizontal Printable

 

4 x 6’s

4 x 6 Vertical Printable

4 x 6 Horizontal Printable

 

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DIY Dollar Tree Easter Wreath

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I wanted a cute Easter wreath but didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I decided to look around the dollar tree and see what I could find. I was very surprised with everything they had for a wreath, the options were endless. But I had to make a decision and this is what I came up with.. Hope you like it as much as I do =)

What you need:

* 4 packs of the mini eggs ( I bought 1 pack each of the all blue, pink and green and then I bought 1 multi -color pack)

* 1 bag of Spanish moss  ( 125 cu in /2 L ) ~ (2 if you want the back of your wreath covered, too)

* 1 roll of ribbon at least 3ft ( the one I bought was 9ft)

* 1 pack of birds ( or 2 birds)

* 1 foam wreath ring (9.8in (24cm) )

* Hot glue gun

* Hot glue sticks

Here is a photo with the items I bought for this wreath… Missing is the ribbon and the birds. My local Dollar tree did not have the color of ribbon I wanted so I found my pink ribbon for this bow at the Dollar General and yes, it was only $1. Everything else for this wreath was purchased at the dollar tree, except for the hot glue gun and glue sticks.. obviously. LOL =)

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How I made it: 

1.) First I hot glued Spanish Moss all around the foam wreath ring. I made sure to cover the front and sides good but I was not concerned about the back; no one will see it. However, if you are concerned about the back, then you will want to buy 2 packs of Spanish moss. I also want to warn you to be careful! The hot glue will sometimes seep threw the moss and burn your fingers; I use my scissors to press it down sometimes.

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When all the Spanish moss is glued on it should look like this. You will want to trim up any of the loose moss; kinda like trimming a beard if you want to look at it that way.. LOL

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2.) Next I glued two rows of the mini eggs around the wreath; rotating colors. I kind of had a pattern going that I stuck too.

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Here is what it should look like when they are all glued on.

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3.) Then I glued a third row on the bottom so the wreath slightly resembled a Easter basket. If you don’t like the way that looks you could always do a third row all they way around.
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4.) Next I took my little birds and figured out where I wanted them; then carefully hot glued them to the wreath.
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5.) Here is where my mom comes in; I needed a bow and she is so good at making them and was more than happy to help. Once she made the bow I just used the pipe cleaner to tie it on to my wreath; you could also hot glue it to the wreath if you wish.

Do you want to know how my mom learned to make a bow from ribbon? She bought some ribbon at a store around the holidays and the store had some one making bows for people for a small fee. My mom said that the line was so long and she kept watching the lady make the bows and by the time it was my moms turn she had all ready figured it out on her own. LOL. Smart lady, that mom of mine; now if only I could learn how to do it! LOL Here is a link to my youtube video of my mom making the bow… maybe you will have better luck than I have had with making them. =)

CLICK HERE – How to make a Bow From Ribbon

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And that is all there is to it. How cute? How simple? Hope you enjoyed this tutorial =)

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* This Wreath was Featured @ – Horse Shoes & grenades ,

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25 Easter Recipes & Crafts!

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1.)  Jelly Bean Bark ( Click link for recipe)

From – How to have it All ( click here to visit homepage)

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2.) Pretzel Chicks ( click link for recipe)

From- Simplee Thrifty ( Click here to visit home page)

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3.) Easter Chick Cup Cakes ( click link for recipe)

From- Thrifty DIY Diva ( Click link to visit home page)

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4.) 101 NON Candy Easter Basket ideas for kids  (click link for ideas)

     From- Ann’s Entitled Life ( Click link to visit homepage)

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5.) Mini Egg Cup Easter Basket Craft Project ( Click link for craft)

     From- Jinxy Kids (  click link to visit home page )

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6.)  Resorection rolls ( click link for recipe)

     From- The Frugal Mom ( Click link to visit hoe page)

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7.) Spring Cookies ( Click link for recipe)

From- Housewives of Frederick County ( Click link to visit homepage)

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8.) Hoppy Easter Printable ( Click link for printable)

     From- A Spectacled Owl ( Click link to visit home page)

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9.) Birds Nest Pudding Tarts ( click link for recipe)

From-  Suburbia Unwrapped ( Click link to visit home page )

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10.) Easter M&M Thumbprint Cookies ( Click link for recipe)

     From- Thrifty DIY  Diva ( Click link to visit home page)

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11.) Easter Muddy Buddies Recipe ( Click link for recipe)

     From- Cleverly Simple ( Click link to visit home page)

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12.) Lemon Easter Basket Cupcakes ( Click link for recipe)

     From- Simply Southern Mom ( Click link to visit Home page)

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13.) Paska ( Click link for recipe)

     From- Three different directions  ( Click link to visit homepage)

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14.) Easter Bunny Cake Recipe ( Click link for recipe)

     From- Slick Housewives  ( Click link to visit home page)

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15.)Easy Easter Basket Cake (Click link for recipe)

     *From-  Slick Housewives ( Click link to visit home page)

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16.) Chocolate Peanut Butter Egg Recipe ( Click link for recipe)

     *From- Gator Mommy Reviews ( Click link to visit homepage)

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17.) How to Hard Cook Eggs ( Click link for recipe)

     * From- Two Healthy Kitchens ( Click link to visit home page)

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18.) C – is for Craft- Easy Easter craft for kids ( Click link for Directions)

     * From- PhilZENdia (Click link to visit homepage)

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19.) Easter Decor & Crafts ( Click Link for ideas)

     From- The Country Chick Cottage ( Click link to visit homepage)

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20.) Bunny Munch Trail Mix ( Click link for recipe)

     * From- Momma of 3 Munchkins ( Click link to visit homepage)

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21.) Create a thumb print cross to teach your children about Easter ( Click link for directions)

       *From- Bare Feet on the Dashboard ( Click link to visit homepage)

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22.) Easy Easter Decor ( Click link to see )

     *From- A TIPical Day ( Click link to visit homepage)

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23.) Pink Lemonade Fudge and Key Lime Fudge ( Click Link for Recipes)

* From-  Tammilee Tips (Click Link to visit homepage)

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24.) Candy Coated Baby Chick Peanut Butter Cookies ( Click link for recipe)

* From-  Two Kids and a Coupon ( Click Link to visit Homepage)

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25.) Bunny Bouquet ( Click link for directions)

* From- Rural Mom ( Click link to visit homepage)

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Toilet Paper Roll Valentines Stuffed with Candy

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We are on a budget… a tight budget! So I am trying to do things as cheap as possible for awhile. I have been thinking about what my son and I can do for valentines day since it is quickly approaching. I have lots of empty toilet paper rolls.. I kinda started collecting them, strange, I know! LOL But they are such and awesomely cheap way to craft. Have you seen my DIY Toilet paper roll snowmen? I handed some out for Christmas, people loved them! So that got me thinking why not do something similar for Valentines Day? So this is what I came up with, hope you enjoy =)

What you will need:

* Empty toilet paper rolls

* Tissue paper ( my husband found some laying in the truck! My guess is we bought someone a gift and I wrapped it on the way! LOL Don’t. Judge. =P )

* Sandwich baggies

* Small candies ( whatever will fit in your toilet paper roll will work )

* Tissue paper ( red, white, pink)

* Scissors

* Tape

* ribbon or string ( I used yarn, just something to tie the ends with. You could use the ribbon that is used for presents and make the ribbon curl… why did I just now think of that??! … LOL, too late now)

* Foam brush

* Cheap paint ( I used the stuff in the craft section at Walmart, I think it’s like .50 cents?)

 

How I made them:

1.) First, using a foam brush, paint your toilet paper rolls ( I did mine in pink, you want to try to match them to the color of tissue paper you plan on using)Let them dry few hours till totally dry or dry overnight.

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2.) Once toilet paper rolls are dry, you can stuff them with candy. To do this put a few pieces of candy into a small sandwich baggie and roll the bag so it will fit into the toilet paper roll. Stuff the candy filled baggie into the toilet paper roll.

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3.) Cut tissue paper so that it is in a rectangular shape. You want it big enough to roll at least twice and I make the ends a little on the bigger side too, you can always trim them down later. Use your first piece of tissue paper as a sample, one you get it to the correct size use it as a guide to cut the rest of your tissue paper out. Once Tissue paper is cut to size tape one end to the toilet paper roll, roll the toilet paper roll in the tissue paper and fold the end so you have a neat edge and tape it.

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see how I folded the end to give a nice neat edge before I taped it.

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4.) Then I twisted the ends a little and tied a piece of yarn around each end to secure it. I then trimmed the tissue paper to the length I wanted and cut the excess yarn off.

5.) Once you are finished doing all the above steps you can decorate them any way you’d like. You could put stickers on them, make name tags for them, whatever you’d like. I decided to cut little hearts out of paper and glue them on. Don’t mind my penmanship, it’s not the best.

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And that’s it! These are very simple to make and fun too! Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Burlap Kitchen wishes you a happy Valentines Day! =)

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BURLAP TIPS! ( also, how to make a burlap wreath!)

Burlap is one of my absolute favorite materials to work with (as if the name of my blog didn’t give that away!), I love how it is rustic yet simple. So you can imagine how thrilled I was when I got an email from Kat @ fix.com asking if I would share this article with my readers. I am LOVING the tutorial on making a burlap wreath and I think I have some burlap in the basement… I will be digging that up this week for sure!

The following post was originally posted on fix.com (click link to be directed to original post)


Source: Fix.com

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DIY Kids Dollar store Crayon name tag coaster

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This is a fun craft to do with the kiddos! It will also keep them from getting their cups mixed up… or lost! =P

* Please note this craft is more for older kids and a parent should be present the entire time. Do not let your kids chop the crayons, this should ONLY be done by the parents!

My inspiration for these Dollar store name tag coaster’s came from The Swell Designer and her crayon Christmas ornaments. CHECK.THEM.OUT! =)

What you will need:

* Dollar tree coasters ( how ever many you want to make)

* Dollar Tree stickers ( enough to spell your child’s name and small enough to fit on the coasters)

* Mod podge ( you can also buy this at the dollar tree… I have some one hand but I would think 1 dollar tree bottle of mod podge would do 2-3 coasters)

* Wax paper ( you want int to be double the size of your coaster)

* Blow Dryer

* Foam Brush

* Crayons ( I just bought a cheap pack… which will do a good bit of coasters!)

* Knife & old chopping block ( to chop up the crayons)

* A drop cloth or news papers to work on


What to do :

1.) First peel all the paper off of the crayons and chop them into pieces. A little bit goes a lot further than I had expected.  Also you want to go easy on the dark colors or they will all blend and your coaster will be a blackish brown color…. Unless that’s the look your going for =P

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2.) Once they crayons have been chopped, fold your wax paper on half and crease it, unfold the wax paper and place your coaster on top the wax paper and line it up with the crease. Place a handful of crayons in the middle of your coaster and fold the wax paper over top the crayons.

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3.) Face the creased side towards you ( that way if any of the hot waxy crayon spits out it will not hit you!) Hold the blow dryer directly over the top of the wax paper and blow dry till the big blob of crayon in the middle starts to melt. Once the majority is melted then you can work it to the tops and sides of the coaster by guiding your blow dryer where you want it to go. Once your coaster is all filled in with color let it DRY over night.

5.) When your coaster is completely dry then you can place the stickers where you want them.

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6.) After you have place your stickers where you want them brush the top of the coaster with mod podge. Let dry for 1 day and you have a cute little coaster for your kiddos! =)

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One more photo for the fun of it =p

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Popcorn tin lid winter clock & Trash Can Tutorial =)

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First of all I want to say that I have NO excuse for the mess on my dinning room table; when you are crafting and have a small house it happens… (oops was that an excuse??) We normally eat in the living room cause it is too hard to find the dining room table when I’m crafting.. I know it’s a bad habit…. don’t judge me! =p

Phew, now that that’s out of the way I want to talk to you about those “pesky” popcorn tins that are always laying around the house after the holidays. Don’t. Throw. Them. Away. Here’s why, I am going to show you 2 very cool idea’s for how to recycle them and I will be showing 2-3 more later in the spring when this weather warms up! SO let me let you into my brain for a moment ( It’s scary!) so you can see how I come up with most, if not all, of my ideas. I was surfing pinterest and came across these cute button clocks, while I was surfing I looked over and saw my popcorn tin, and so the light bulb went on.. Popcorn tin lid clocks! Yup, that’s how I come up with my ideas, LOL. Now you will need to have a pretty design on your lid to make one like mine but luckily I came across this cookie tin clock lid while writing up my post, so if your lid is just a solid color you could certainly jazz it up with some buttons. OK, time for me to stop talking and show you how to make it =0

( These hang nicely on a nail in the wall. Where I was going to take the photo is only half wallpapered and made a not so nice looking photo)

What you will need:

* Popcorn tin lid ( of course)

* Dollar store clock ( cost $4) with some work OR you can buy a clock kit at walmart for about $7

* Hammer or in my case I could not find my hammer so I used a meat mallet ha!ff

* A nail that is as thick as the center part of your clock kit ( the part that holds the hands)

* A few dabs of  hot glue may be needed to hold the back in place

* Battery for the clock ( whatever it say’s on the back, mine was AA)

 

What to do:

1.) First take your dollar store clock apart ( skip this step if you bought a clock kit ). This is very easy to do, just take a flat screw driver and wedge it between the clear plastic part of the clock and the round part of the clock ( it is black on my clock) and pop it off. Then un-assemble the clock by taking the clock hands off and popping off the back part of the clock where the battery goes.

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2.)  Next take a nail and hammer, or in my case a meat mallet, and punch a whole threw the tin. Make sure you punch the hole through on the good side so that you will have a clean front to your clock. BE CAREFUL!  the back will be sharp and jaggy!

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3.) Now put the back of the clock on to your clock. Push the white part that the hand attach to through the whole you punched.

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4.) Now it is time to put the hands on.. Start with the hour hand

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then the minute…

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and the second, this one will have a little pin looking thing that goes gown threw the middle to hold the clock hands together. Hopefully the photo will help you get a better visual.
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When you are all finished if the clock feels a little lose then secure it with a few dabs of hot glue on the back. Do not put the hot glue in the middle where the whit part runs up through or your clock will not tick. I put my glue in each of the 4 corners of the battery pack then gently pressed it to the tin. Warning, the hot glue will make the tin very hot!

and that’s it! A cheap winter clock =)

I know, I know, I promised 2 ways to recycle popcorn tins. Well here it is idea #2:

Use popcorn tins as winter/Christmas garbage cans in bathrooms and bedrooms! Your welcome =P

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive commission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

DIY Button Flower Barrette for girls

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A few days ago I was at Michael’s and saw these really cute flowers made from twine, a few days later I was at walmart and saw a pack of barrettes for $4, One thing lead to another and I came up with these super cute button flower barrettes. They are so fun, and easy to make. Let me show you how =)


What you will need:

* Pack of Barrettes ( I bought mine at walmart and paid about $4… they were 2 inches in size )

* yarn – enough to go around the barrette and to make the flower.. ( I bought a pack that was multicolored for $1.77)

* Buttons – One that matches your flower… you only need one button per barrette, but you may want to make more than one =)

* Hot glue gun & glue stick ( you won’t need much just enough to secure the yarn and the flower)

* Scissors

Here is the step by step:

1.) First wrap the yarn around the barrette. Wrap it around the top part, not the whole thing or it will not close. I put a very small dab of hot glue on the barrette to secure the first and last piece’s of yarn. Snip the excess yarn.

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** It will look something like this it has been wrapped. Make sure to snip the ends, which are not done in this photo  =)

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2.) Next, it is time to make the flower. To do these wrap the yard around three fingers 4 or 5 times. Carefully take it off your fingers and tie a knot in the center to hold it together. Repeat one more time so you have two bows. Lay one bow down horizontally and place a dab of hot glue in the middle where you knotted it, then line up the knot on the second bow and press it to the the glue (watch your fingers, trust me!)

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3.) Now all that’s left to do is a little gluing. Glue the flower to the top, center part of the barrette, once it is secure take your button and glue it to the center of the flower (to hide the knots).

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* You are going to want to “fluff” your flower petals a little to get them where you want them to be =)

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Oven mitt santa’s

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How cute are these?? These would make awesome gifts! Let me show you how to make them =)

NOTE: I coffee dyed my material and mop ends (beard). To do this soak material and mop head in a bowl that has been filled with water, add a few tsp. of instant coffee granules and swoosh everything around till the water turns a coffee color. Let soak a few hours or over night. Dry over night.

What you will need:

* Red oven mitt (I like red, but other colors will work too)

* small piece of burlap

* few strands from a mop head

* foot piece of a sock ( you will see in the instructions)

* Material for the hat

* Jingle bell

* thread and needle

* Instant coffee (if you choose to coffee dye the hat and beard)

* whole peppercorns (for the eyes)

* Blush

* Q- tip

* Piece of newspaper

* Hot glue gun and glue sticks


Step 1. ( cutting and gluing the face)

cut burlap in a half oval shape as pictured below. Using a hot glue gun, glue burlap (face) to the top part of the oven mitt as shown below. This will be Santa’s face.

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Step 2. (The Beard)

cut enough stands off the mop head to fill the front of the mitt for Santa’s beard ( picture will help you get a visual on this). I glued the very end pieces up to the top to meet his hat.. just one strand on each side will do. Then I slowly glued them around the bottom (Santa’s chin) of the burlap following the oval shape. When I was done I used my fingers to slightly fray the edges around Santa’s face so the strands will blend well. Next I unraveled some of the pieces of the mop strands to make Santa’s beard look a little fuller.

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Step 3. Part 1 (The Hat) * I am going to break this down into 3 parts =)

Now that the face and beard are in place it is time to add the hat. I am going to try to explain this the very best I can. Two thing you need to know about me are 1. I don’t measure…ever and 2. I don’t sew… ever. That being said, if you know how to sew you may want to take a better approach to making this hat, but mine works just fine =). First I cut a strip of material to fit across the mitt which will be the bottom part of the hat. You can use anything you think will work. I used a sock that was coffee dyed and I used the inside part of it, I thought it looked more fuzzy. Once you have cut the strip for the bottom of the hat set it aside. Now the tricky part! the hat itself. I start with a big square ( I eyeball it!) of material, before I cut it I make sure it is wide enough to go all the way around the mitt and long enough that it will bend down and touch the thumb of the mitt. I just try to make it look how I want it to look before I cut, so I know where to cut… I know that sounds confusing, but it’s really not that bad.

 

* I glued the ends so I had a nice clean edge on my hat.

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Part 2 of step 3. (the hat)
Ok now comes the really trick/hard to explain part and I realize I should have taken a better photo! YIKES! Wrap the hat material (the plaid looking material)  around the mitt till it overlaps slightly in the back use your hands to make sure the material is neat and follow the overlap all the way to the top, take the bottom piece of material (not the piece that is flat to the mitt) and pull the top corner till you have a point at the top, tie a piece of twine around the tip leaving about half inch of material hanging out (this will keep the tip of the hat in place so it doesn’t move on ya). Glue it about half way up. Once it has been glued in place and you are sure it is where you want it trim up the ends.

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Part 3 of Step 3  (the hat)
Now that your hat is glued into a point take the point and bend it to the thumb of the mitt, just to get an idea of how you want it to look. Then take a piece of news paper ( I used about 1/4 of a sheet of newspaper) and crumble it into a ball. Stuff the ball of news paper to the base of the hat (not the pointy end!) this will keep Santa’s hat standing up. Finish gluing up the hat. Then take the point of the hat and stitch on a jingle bell, and you will see in the photo how horrible my sewing skills are… don’t judge me =P. Once you have stitched the jingle bell on glue the point of the hat to the thumb of the mitt.
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Step 4
Now all that’s left to do is the eyes and checks and they are easy peasy! For the eye’s I just glued on 2 whole peppercorns… you can try buttons if you’d like, but I tried them and didn’t care too much for them, I think the peppercorns looked the best. Once you have glued on the eye’s then take a Q-tip and dab it into some blush (it’s always nice to get some just for crafting, I get mine at the $1 tree usually. Make sure it is a pinkish or rosy color… they look the best =) ) and apply it where you think Santa’s cheeks should be and Viola! Your finished! =)

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Hope you enjoyed this tutorial =)

 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products, or services that I have mentioned. This post does, however, contain ads that I will receive comission for if clicked. This post may also include affiliate links. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Snowmen family made from empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls

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This year I am on a budget for the holidays, so I had to get creative. I decided to make these primitive looking snowmen made from empty toilet paper and paper towel rolls, and they turned out adorable! These would make a perfect gift for a neighbor, teacher, friend, anybody really. I am going to walk you through the step by step process to making these cute little snowmen families.

What you will need:

* a few tsp. of Instant coffee granules

* bowl

* old socks

* scissors

* hot glue gun & glue sticks

* whole cloves

* whole peppercorns

* buttons

* material for hats and scarfs

* empty toilet paper roll

* empty paper towel roll

* few pieces of twine

* blush

* Q-tips


Step 1.

First find 3 pairs of socks (if you are anything like me, you have plenty in your stash of mix matched socks that you can’t bring yourself to throw away). Make sure the ridged part of the sock is long enough to cover the tp and pt rolls. After you are sure they are long enough snip them to fit the rolls. After they have been snipped put them in a bowl and fill it with water, add about 2 to 3 tsp of instant coffee granules and swoosh the socks around in it till the water turns the to coffee, soak socks for a few hours. Once they are done soaking ring them out and hang them to dry.

 

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Step 2.

Once the socks are dry slip them over the empty rolls. For the family you will need one toilet paper roll and 1 paper towel roll, leave the toilet paper roll as is but cut the paper towel roll in half but so that one half is slightly bigger than the other (the taller one will be the dad, and the shorter one will be the mom). Take any excess sock that is hanging up over the ridge of the roll and  glue it to the inside of the roll.

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Step 3.

Now it’s time for the fun part, the decorating! to make the scarf cut a small slit into the fabric you decide to use then rip it (this will fray the sides of the scarf) You want the scarf long enough to wrap around the roll twice and still have enough material left over to let it hang.

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Step 4.

Once the scarf is on, it’s time for the hat. To do this cut a square out of your material, make sure the square is big enough that it will wrap the whole way around the roll, and is long enough for a little to stick up after the twine is tied around it. Secure the hat with hot glue gun. Then tie a piece of twine around the base of the hat. Leave about 1 inch of material sticking up, you may have to trim it some if its too long. A second way to do the hats is to use the sock. to do this leave an extra 2 inches of sock and then tie with twine instead of gluing the sock like in step 2.

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Step 5

once the hat and scarf are on, glue on the eye’s and buttons. I used peppercorns for the eye’s; and cloves and buttons for the snowmen’s buttons. I also took a Q-tip and dipped it into my blush and applied it to the snowmen to give them  rosey red cheeks.

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These are so fun to make! You can make just one or make a family like I did. Be sure to give each snowman their own personality. I just used what I had around the house; 2 of the scarves were old tea towels that I coffee dyed like in step 1. Whole cloves make for great buttons and whole peppercorns are awesome for the eyes, they are also cheap! I pick them up at discount stores, I buy one tub for crafting and one for cooking. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and if you have any questions please feel free to ask! =)

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