How to Make DIY Pannier Bags for Your Bike

How to Make DIY Pannier Bags for your Bike

DIY Pannier Bags for Your Bike
DIY Pannier Bags for Your Bike
DIY Pannier Bags for Your Bike
How to Make DIY Bike Pannier Bags
How to Make DIY Bike Pannier Bags
I’m sure you know by now about the love affair I have with my bike. (See Exhibits A, B, and C for starters.) It’s the Pure City Crosby Bike and it’s the perfect everything — color, ride, size, shape. She was getting a little antsy for an adventure so we decided to take her to the beach, but I had the idea to deck her out ahead of time with some pretty pannier bags so that we could carry all of our beach gear on the back rack. This turned out to be maybe one of my favorite projects ever. It turned out to be simple to make while giving you a lot of bang for your DIY buck. The bags look great, they’re functional and sturdy, and you can use them at the beach or anywhere. Here’s how to make DIY pannier bags for your bike!

What are pannier bags?

First of all, in case you’re not in the know, pannier bags are similar to saddle bags. However, instead of being slung over a horse’s rear end you sling them over the back of a bicycle or motorcycle. They’re firmly attached so that they don’t shift during riding, and you can fill them with all of your belongings so that they are safely contained. Case in point: I was riding my bike once and had my (really expensive) camera in the front basket. I hit a hard bump and the camera went flying, landing in the gutter. I was shocked and my camera was busted. Probably should have had that baby in these pannier bags!

How to Make DIY Pannier Bags for Your Bike

Materials

  • 2 bags – any bag from a sturdy material will work; the ones we used are out of stock but there are similar ones here
  • 2 wood squares that will fit inside and against the back of your bag (find them at a craft store)
  • bungee cords
  • lashing hooks
  • screws (2 packs of 8 – this package will come with the nuts you need as well)
  • flat washers
  • awl
  • hammer
  • crescent wrench
  • phillips screwdriver
  • scissors
  • drill with 1/8″ drill bit (this kit is actually pretty cool if you’re a weekend maker and need to get your tool collection started)

Make Time: 1 Hour
How to Make DIY Bike Pannier Bags

DIY Pannier Bike Bag Tutorial

Step 1

Drill three holes in each wood square — two on either edge of one side, and another one at the bottom center of the opposite side.

Step 2

Insert the wood square either into the back inside pocket of your bag (if it has a back pocket), or hold it against the inside back of the bag. Use an awl to poke from inside the bag, through each hole in the wood, and also through the outside of the bag. Be sure to keep the wood in place while you are making your holes so that they are all aligned. Remove the wood and use the awl to enlarge the holes so that they’re large enough to slip a screw through.

Step 3

Slip a screw through a plastic hook for one hole. Do the same for the other two holes also. Put the wood back in the bag aligned with the holes. Entering from the outside of the bag, insert a screw through the first hole. The hook will remain on the outside of the bag. Insert the screw until it pierces both the bag and the wood. On the open end of the screw, place a washer and a nut. Tighten the nut using the screwdriver and wrench. Repeat for all holes in each bag. The top two hooks will be placed with the rounded hook portion on top, and the bottom hook will have the rounded portion on the bottom.

Step 4

Use a hammer to break away the orange ball on two of your bungee tarp ties (maybe the most satisfying part!).

Step 5

Affix the bags to your bike! The top two hooks go over the top of the rack. Then hook a bungee around the bottom hook, down and through the bottom hole in the rack, back up and onto the same hook. Your bags are done!

Step 6

If you want to make a bonus towel holder, you’re almost finished. First, cut off the straps from one of the purses.

Step 7

Cut two 11″ sections from the strap, while trying not to include any buckles or holes.

Step 8

Use the awl to puncture a hole on either end of each strap, approximately 3/4″ from the end.

Step 9

Use the same technique from Step 3 to affix a hook into each hole.

Step 10

Roll and place your towel on top of the back rack. Hook one strap over each end of the towel. You’re ready to roll!
How to Make DIY Bike Pannier Bags
How to Make DIY Bike Pannier Bags
Maybe one of the coolest things about the project is that one bag that still has its strap, so you can tuck the strap inside while you travel and also unhook the bag and use it as a purse! Just pull the strap out and tuck the bungee cord inside while you’re walking around. Then you can also reattach it when you’re ready to roll. This was such a fun one to make (and use!), so I hope you try it  — now that you know how to make DIY pannier bags for your bike. See ya at the beach! xoxo
DIY Pannier Bags for Your Bike
DIY Pannier Bags for Your Bike
DIY Pannier Bags for Your Bike
DIY Pannier Bags for Your Bike
Product for this post graciously provided by Pure Cycles.
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How to Make a Modern Woven Wreath for Your Spring Decor

how to make a woven wreath
how to make a woven wreath

how to make a woven wreathThis post is sponsored by Michaels. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Weaving has always intimidated me, but now I’m not really sure why! This was my first toe in the water when it comes to weaving and suffice it to say, everyone I know is getting something woven come Christmas. It’s SO COOL. It’s just so fascinating to see it come together as you weave those babies in and out. Now here’s the deal. I’m by no means a weaver, and I don’t even actually know the technical terms for a lot of what I did. So if you want to follow the step-by-step for this one, I’ll try to make it as clear as possible. Down below I’ve linked to a weaving references that should help if you get stuck. And now! In the spirit of spring and new beginnings, here’s how to make a modern woven wreath for and freshen up your spring decor!
Materials

  • wreath form
  • plain cotton yarn
  • more yarn or roving in various colors, weights, and textures
  • pompom maker
  • scissors
  • tapestry needle or yarn needle
  • optional: plastic fork

Make Time: 3 Hours
Step 1: Tie one end of the plain yarn around the back of a rung on your wreath form. Wind it around and around the wreath form until you arrive back at your original piece. I recommend keeping a set number of wraps within each section of the wreath form for regularity. Tie the loose end to the wreath. This is called the warp.
how to make a woven wreath
Step 2: Now prepare to start your weft. If you were weaving on a regular loom, this process would look a little different, but here’s what I found to work best on the wreath form. Thread your tapestry needle with your choice of yarn or roving. Start by inserting the needle through the back and up through the front of the wreath form, pulling through a foot or two of length to work with. Then start weaving. You can go under and over every line of the warp if you wish, but I chose to go over every two and under every two. I felt like this helped the round shape of the wreath keep its form nicely and not get too tight. So start working over and under, pulling the yarn as taut as you’d like. I was working with that white fluffy yarn that you see on the first row, so the stitches made a bubble shape. To finish off a strand of yarn just weave it through the back of the wreath and tie off somewhere convenient.
how to make a woven wreath
Step 3: Probably some high-key weavers are going to get annoyed by this, but next I put in some accents of really thick roving. I wanted to plan out where those would be ahead of time, so I added them at this step. These are the pink accents you see below. Use the same over-under technique to add these accents.
how to make a woven wreath
Step 4: Next I wanted some thinner roving, which you see in the yellow stitches. To do this, use the same technique we used in Step 2. You’ll find that the stitches take longer to add up with the thinner yarns (obviously). You’ll also want to keep scooting your lines of weft close together to create that tight woven pattern. Someone once told me a plastic fork works well for this and it totally did! You can use the tines to get into the warp and skootch the weft closer together. Weave your weft as you like, in various patterns or colors.
how to make a woven wreath

Step 5: After I finished the yellow weft I filled in with more thick white weft using the same process.
Step 6: Add pompoms if you like! We have a tutorial on making pompoms here. We just left two long strands of yarn on our pompoms, weaved them through the wreath form, and tied them around the back to secure.
Yayyyyyy! I kind of love it. And now I’m not scared to try a larger weaving on a loom, which I’ve been wanting to do forever for the master bedroom. So stay tuned for that. If you need a little extra help in the weaving department, we referenced this post a lot and it was very helpful! Also, we found all of our materials at Michaels — and I’m excited to say that I joined the Michaels Makers program for another year, which helps me bring you fun projects like this one. 🙂 Wait til you see what we’re dreaming up next! xoxo
This post is sponsored by Michaels. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!
how to make a woven wreath
how to make a woven wreath
how to make a woven wreath

Wrap All of Your Bouquets Like This from Now On!

Bouquets wrapped with printed ribbon
Bouquets wrapped with printed ribbon
Bouquets wrapped with printed ribbon

Opinion expressed by paid consultant. This post is sponsored by Brother. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

We are up to our ears in flowers over here and I am not one bit mad about it! I love this part of spring. And I love giving flowers to people — there’s something special about it, right? Something really lovely about these little blooms that are only around for so long, like tulips and daffodils in the spring, and how they brighten a room. With Easter this weekend and Mother’s Day soon, I wanted to put a very simple project together to spark some ideas for anyone who needs to wrap up a bouquet for someone special. And because I’ve been so inspired working with the P-touch Embellish lately, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to show you yet another way you can put that bad boy to use. This one is so simple, and totally cost-effective too. All of the florals you see here are just simple stems that you can find in your grocery store (or even better, grown locally!).
Materials

  • Brother P-touch Embellish and ribbon cartridges of your choosing
  • fresh flowers
  • scissors

Step 1: Start by printing out your ribbons on the P-touch Embellish. If you don’t have one yet, you can find the printer, along with ribbon or tape cartridges, at Michaels (there are lots of different colors and styles to choose from). For this project, you’ll want to print an extra long ribbon. So press the “Ribbon” button and select Layout number 1. It will then prompt you to input your text, so type out what you’d like to say and format it. We used Atlanta font in all caps, size small. Next it will tell you to select your ribbon length; we worked with a length of 20 inches and it was plenty for these smaller bouquets. Use the arrow keys to select your length. Finally, press print and cut your ribbons once they’re printed.
Bouquets wrapped with printed ribbon
Step 2: Compose your bouquets. For simple arrangements like these, I like to use two or three main blooms with some filler that has lots of texture and color. Place your stems in a small bunch.
Bouquets wrapped with printed ribbon
Step 3: Leaving a 3-inch tail, wrap a ribbon around the stems of the flowers, with the words facing outward. Keep wrapping until both ends are somewhat even in length. Tie in a double knot and manipulate the ribbon so that the words are clear and legible.
Bouquets wrapped with printed ribbon
Step 4: Trim any unwanted ribbon ends, and trim all of the flower stems so that they are the same length.
Bouquets wrapped with printed ribbon
Step 5: Place the bouquets into a vessel with a little water at the bottom to keep them fresh; just be sure the ribbons don’t dangle into the water.
Bouquets wrapped with printed ribbon
My mom happened to be babysitting Maggie while I was putting this project together and thought the printed ribbons were so. cool. And I totally agree. She and Maggie were watching the P-touch Embellish while it was printing and they were both totally enthralled. I think for Mother’s Day I’ll put a nice big bouquet together for her and make the ribbon say something extra rad — maybe a poem, or song lyrics? Part of what I love about this easy idea is that you can customize it in so many ways, whether it’s different color ribbon or the placement of the text. Whatever you choose, we’re wishing you a spring full of flowers! xoxo
Bouquets wrapped with printed ribbon
Bouquets wrapped with printed ribbon
Bouquets wrapped with printed ribbon
Bouquets wrapped with printed ribbon

Not Your Grandma's Snack: Mandarin Granola Parfait

Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe
Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe
Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe

This post is sponsored by Wonderful Halos. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Psst. Hey. Hey you mom. You want in on a secret? These fancy-schmancy-looking parfaits took about one minute each to make. And my kids love them. Like, deeply love these things. I’m not sure if it’s the fancy cup, or the tiny spoon, or the fact that they’re filled with Wonderful Halos, but my children practically inhale these treats. And that’s awesome, because every bit of them is something that I feel good about serving to those little munchkins of mine.  As far as snacks go, I feel like I’m a middle-of-the-road mom most of the time. I really strive to stay away from sugary stuff and we do pretty well there, but sometimes we just get bored with the same old thing. So when I can come up with something (like these mandarin granola parfaits) that my kids love and that are packed with healthy ingredients, I seriously feel like I should hang a medal around my neck.
And not for nothing, but presentation is key, right?! Give a kid a fancy cup and a tiny spoon and they’re on top of the world. So this is like the icing on the cake. What really matters is what’s inside. Those pretty layers of Greek yogurt and granola are a perfect combination with the Wonderful Halos. The sweet, seedless, and easy to peel Halos mandarins provide a fun, colorful, and healthy pop to finish it all off!
Ingredients

  • Wonderful Halos mandarins
  • vanilla Greek yogurt (or your favorite flavor)
  • granola
  • optional: mint sprig
  • clear cups for serving

Start by spreading a layer of yogurt at the bottom of your cup. If you’re serving from an individual portion of yogurt, I like to use about half the container. If you’re using a larger container, spread about a third of a cup.
On top of the yogurt, sprinkle a layer of granola. I like to use a granola that’s not too tough to chew, in case you’re serving to little ones with budding teeth. Spread about a quarter cup of granola.
Peel a Wonderful Halos mandarin and split in half. Slice the halves a couple of times so that once you separate the mandarin wedges, you have small chunks of fruit. Sprinkle the mandarin chunks over the granola.

Top it all off with another dollop of yogurt — either finish off your single-serve container or use another third of a cup.
Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe
Garnish with a dusting of granola, a couple of mandarin wedges, and a sprig of mint for fun.
Can you imagine if you showed up with these for a school snack or birthday celebration? Kids and moms alike would be in heaven. It’s a perfect idea for snack duty because they’re so simple and fast to make (especially if you do it assembly line-style), but are healthy and bursting with Pure Goodness. High fives all around! xoxo
Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe
Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe
Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe
Simple and healthy mandarin granola parfait recipe

The Best No-Dye Easter Egg Ideas Ever

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs
I don’t know when I developed such a fascination for decorating Easter eggs but something tells me I can blame Pinterest. I particularly love the no-dye Easter egg ideas, because the whole dye thing is fun but such a mess and kind of limiting. But as it turns out, Easter eggs are quite a versatile little canvas when you start branching out with your materials! I’m a big fan of spray painting eggs these days (especially faux eggs that you can use year after year), but the folks on this came up with some even cooler ideas. Feast your eyes on these no-dye egg ideas and recreate your favorite. And before you get lost in all of these insanely creative projects, click the link below to pin the ideas so you can keep track of them all in one place.

PIN OUR NO-DYE EASTER EGG IDEAS LIST

Absolute best no-dye Easter egg ideas

Typography Eggs from Lovely Indeed
Painterly Pastel Eggs from Paper & Stitch
Swan & Flamingo Eggs from Studio DIY
Painted Plastic Eggs from Tell Love and Party
Succulent Easter Egg Planters from Sarah Hearts
Gold Geometric Eggs from Lovely Indeed
Icon Easter Eggs from Lovely Indeed
Bouffant Easter Eggs from Studio DIY
Gold Leaf Eggs from A Pumpkin and a Princess
Alphabet Easter Eggs from Lovely Indeed
Fruit Stamped Eggs from Delineate Your Dwelling
Floral Crown Eggs from Flax and Twine

Make Bunny Pancakes for Easter!

How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
This year on Valentine’s Day, I set up a little surprise party for our family in the studio and made pancakes in the shape of x’s and o’s. My kids went nuts. So I’m keeping a good thing going for Easter! Apparently I’m pretty handy with a holiday pancake. Who knew?! But I definitely think you should join me and make bunny pancakes for Easter.
Half the fun, of course, is eating them in your jammies. And all of my over-the-top Easter morning dreams came true in the form of these bunny jams. There’s just something that gives you all the heart eyes to see your little family in matching jams, right down to the baby in a onesie. So. Cute. These are the Rabbit Rider jammies from Hanna Andersson (and if you’ve never had Hanna jams, they’re realllly comfy — soft and smooth and just so good).
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
So once you’ve got your jammie game on point, get your pancake game rocking! I learned a few things with my XO pancakes that helped the bunnies go pretty nicely.
Step 1: Mix up your favorite pancake batter from scratch or from a box. We don’t judge! But either way, the key is to get out alllll the lumps. No lumps allowed. I used a whisk and then an immersion blender to really smooth it out.
Step 2: Fill an icing bottle with the batter and attach a regular round tip. Be sure there’s a wide enough opening for the batter to squeeze out fairly quickly. We used an 1/8″ tip.
Step 3: Heat up a griddle or pan. I like to cook these on a lower heat because they cook really quickly.
Step 4: Working quickly, squeeze out a circle and fill it in. Then squeeze two ears that connect to the circle. You have to move swiftly so it all cooks evenly. You’ll probably need to flip it after only 10-20 seconds or so.
Step 5: Flip the pancake to cook on the other side, remove from heat, and make more bunnies!
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
I garnished ours with some fresh fruit and the kids just thought it was the fanciest thing. They were jumping around the studio and having the best time. We always, always sit at the table for meals, so the fact that we weren’t making them sit down to eat had them totally over the moon. I love doing these special little things to make holiday memories! I think bunny pancakes are going to be in the picture for lots of Easters to come. Matching jammies and jumping on the couch included. 😉
Do you have any Easter traditions? And more importantly, are there any matching pajamas in your future? I’m kind of already planning our Christmas jammies and I’m wondering just how long I can get away with making us all match before the kids catch on… Ha! xoxo
This post is sponsored by Hanna Andersson. All ideas and opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter
How to make bunny pancakes for Easter

Make Your Own Baby Photo Book

Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book

Opinion expressed by paid consultant. This post is sponsored by Brother. All opinions and ideas are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Is it just my kids, or do all kids love looking at photos of themselves? Maggie is fascinated by it! Henry, too, and it’s funny to see him look at an old photo and try to figure out whether the kid is himself or his sister (there are some striking similarities!). I’ve started making little photo books for each of them, so that they have their own record of their lives and the milestones that they’ve hit. Can you imagine being the star of your own book when you’re 2 or 3?! Best thing ever.
When I started putting the books together, I wanted a super simple way to do it so that it didn’t take a ton of time or scrapbooking skills, but would look fun and colorful. (Side note: I’ve always admired scrapbookers and paper crafters, but I just was not built with the patience to do it. I like my DIY projects to be a little more “instant gratification.” Blame it on my short attention span.) So it hit me: label and ribbon printer! Duh. I used the P-touch Embellish to really quickly and easily label photos, or put dates or fun little sayings, and it all came together perfectly. It prints onto tape in a few seconds, and the different colors or patterns of tape cartridges are so fun to play with for this particular project. Here’s how you do it!
Materials

  • Brother P-touch Embellish and tape cartridges of your choosing
  • plain notebook
  • baby photos
  • patterned paper for decoration
  • glue stick
  • scissors

Make Time: 20 Minutes
Step 1: Start by covering the front of your book. Apply glue stick all over the front cover. Adhere some patterned paper to the front, aligning it with two edges. With the notebook closed, apply glue stick to the back cover and wrap the paper around, adhering it to the back. Trim all excess edges of paper.
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Step 2: Decide on your front cover photo. If you like, choose a contrasting scrap of paper and cut it out to act as a photo backing.
Step 3: Use the P-touch Embellish to print out your child’s name. We used the white tape with little red hearts for the front of Maggie’s book. Take some time and decide on one of the many fonts, styles, and sizes that are available. (I love that part!). Once you’ve got your name typed out, print the tape. We used three different pieces of tape for Maggie’s name — first, middle, and last. We also printed out the date of her birth.
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Step 4: Once all of your tapes are printed, use them to attach the photo and decorative paper to the page. I love this step because it skips having to glue the photos down. The tape serves as adhesive and decoration, all in one step. Makes things super fast and simple.
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Step 5: Keep going! We worked through Maggie’s first year chronologically, including various milestones or family trips. Each page had a different patterned paper on it and we used varying tapes (pastel pink, pastel blue, and the white with hearts) with the P-touch Embellish to label photos, dates, or ages.
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
She loves flipping through this little book! And I’m loving adding a page every so often. The book is about half full, so as she grows we can add photos. If you want to make one for your kiddos or your family, you can get the P-touch Embellish at Michaels — it really speeds up the process of putting together a little photo book like this. It would be perfect for labeling pages in a store-bought baby book too. And I’m sure any mom out there would agree that any time-saving tricks when it comes to documenting those babies are well worth it! Have fun! xoxo
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book
Make Your Own Baby Photo Book

Easter Craft and Decor Ideas to Try

DIY Easter Egg Floral Centerpiece
As we speak, I’m about to embark on at least three of these Easter projects with the kids in our family and I’m super excited. I combed through our Pinterest pages for my favorite pretty, modern, festive Easter ideas and hand-selected these twelve to share with you all because I thought they were just too good to pass up! There’s a little bit of everything, whether you’re looking for kid crafts, Easter decorations, sweet treats, or Easter basket fillers. So take some time to poke around and see what might be fun to try! And like I always remind you, you can pin this post by clicking on the link below so you won’t lose it. Pin it and try a few before April first! xoxo

PIN OUR EASTER CRAFT AND DECOR LIST

P.S. That top photo is our Easter egg floral centerpiece, which would look stunning with your Easter decor! Find that tutorial here.
Easter craft and decor ideas to try

Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath from The House that Lars Built
Colorful Easter Table from Sugar & Cloth
Printable Bunny Boxes from Lovely Indeed
Easter Egg Balloons from Studio DIY
Easter Surprise Eggs from Sugar and Charm
Honeycomb Easter Eggs from Studio DIY
Easter Dessert Kabobs from Inspired by Charm
Easter Bunny Napkins from Squirrelly Minds
Egg Hunt Trophies from Lovely Indeed
Easter Egg Name Tags from The House that Lars Built
Floral Bunny Ears from Bespoke Bride
Modern Color Block Egg Sign from  Eighteen 25

The Only Treat You Need to Make This Easter: Pink Bunny Rice Krispies Pops

How to make bunny Rice Krispies Treats for Easter
How to make bunny Rice Krispies Treats for Easter
How to make bunny Rice Krispies Treats for Easter
Henry and I have been diving deep into the world of Rice Krispies Treats these days. It’s kind of a fun project to do with kids because you can’t mess it up, it’s super fast, and there’s lots of pouring. You can put that kid in charge of pouring cups of Rice Krispies until his heart is full to bursting. And he’s absolutely certain that he’s “cooking.” So we put our heads together and decided to make you guys some RKT’s (that’s Rice Krispies Treats, duh) for Easter, in case you need a project to do. And we alllll need projects to do.
Materials and Ingredients

Make Time: 30 Minutes
Step 1: Melt your butter in a pot. Once melted, add the bag of marshmallows and melt those as well, stirring frequently.
Step 2: Once the marshmallow mixture is smooth and melted, turn heat to low. Add 5-6 drops of neon pink food coloring and stir until the color is even.
Step 3: Pour in cereal and mix until covered with the melted marshmallow. Spread into the pan and smooth out the top with a spatula that has been sprayed with the cooking spray.
Step 4: Use the cookie cutter to cut out bunnies.
Step 5: Melt your white chocolate according to the instructions on the packaging. (You won’t need much; we used about 10 wafers total.) Spoon the melted chocolate into a small ziploc baggie.
Step 6: Snip just a bit of the tip off of one corner of the baggie, and pipe the white chocolate onto each bunny ear. Allow to cool and harden.
If you like, turn them into pops by inserting a little candy stick into the bottom of each bunny. These are so fun, and both of the kids thought it was such a treat to munch on them. Mags particularly loved that they’re pink. Once I started styling them for the photos and used my favorite sprinkles, I realized that the bunnies would be extra cute with some fun sprinkles on top too. We’ll have to try that next time. I think if you sprinkled as soon as you spread them in the pan they would stick nicely.
Have fun! xoxo
How to make bunny Rice Krispies Treats for Easter
How to make bunny Rice Krispies Treats for Easter
How to make bunny Rice Krispies Treats for Easter
How to make bunny Rice Krispies Treats for Easter

Make a Fruit-Inspired Easter Basket

A Sweet and Healthy Fruit-Inspired Easter Basket
A Sweet and Healthy Fruit-Inspired Easter Basket
A Sweet and Healthy Fruit-Inspired Easter Basket
I admit it. Last Christmas, I was that mom who didn’t let Santa sneak any candy into the kids’ stockings. And you know what? They didn’t miss it! Not even a little bit. So in planning their Easter baskets, I’m doing the same and finding fun, festive, and healthy ways to fill up those baskets. This year we’re going with a whole fruit theme, totally inspired by our work with Wonderful Halos. Maggie’s basket is chock full of fun DIY projects that I created to go perfectly with those sweet little Halos mandarins that she loves to eat so much. And we love to let her eat them — they’re one of the rare sweet snacks that we can feel good about our kiddos eating.
I took inspiration from the vibrant color and fun shapes of Wonderful Halos to create a fun, fresh basket full of things that a kid would love, and a lot of encouragement to make healthy choices.
What You’ll Need:

  • Wonderful Halos mandarins
  • orange and green iron-on vinyl
  • plain shirt and/or shorts
  • cutting machine or craft knife
  • iron-on letters
  • hair clip
  • orange and green stiffened felt
  • glue gun
  • orange and green crepe paper
  • small toys
  • basket
  • fresh leaves

Make the Basket
Start by decorating your basket with some fresh leaves. We used leaves from our yard. Just clean off the leaves and add a small dot of hot glue to the back of each leaf as you add it to the basket. Cover as much or as little of the basket as you’d like.
A Sweet and Healthy Fruit-Inspired Easter Basket
Mandarin Hair Clip
Start with a blank hair clip. Cut out a small oval of orange felt in the shape of a mandarin. Then cut some small leaves from the green felt. Glue the leaves on the mandarin using small dots of hot glue, then glue the mandarin to the hair clip.
A Sweet and Healthy Fruit-Inspired Easter Basket
Mandarin Surprise Ball
Gather some small trinkets or toys — bonus if they’re orange and green! Place the first item on the end of a long strip of crepe paper. Start wrapping the crepe paper tightly around the toy and creating a ball. As you wrap around and around, include other trinkets by wrapping them in the crepe paper. Soon you’ll start to see the shape of a mandarin appear! Wrap until all your toys are included and finish the end of the ball by tucking the crepe paper underneath one of its layers. Create a small leaf from green crepe paper and tuck it under one of the layers. When the ball is being opened, the toys will fall out as the crepe paper is unrolled!
A Sweet and Healthy Fruit-Inspired Easter Basket
A Sweet and Healthy Fruit-Inspired Easter Basket
A Sweet and Healthy Fruit-Inspired Easter Basket
Mandarin Iron-Ons
Start with a blank shirt or shorts. Use your cutting machine or craft knife to cut out a small orange oval and a small green leaf shape from the iron-on material. To ensure the leaf appears on top of the mandarin, place the leaf first onto the vinyl’s transfer paper and then the mandarin shape layered over the leaf. Cut around the mandarin shape on the transfer paper and place it right side up where you’d like it to appear on your item of clothing. Press firmly for 10-15 seconds with a hot iron to get the vinyl to adhere. Remove the transfer paper. To make our “Make Good Choices” shirt, use iron-on letters for the words (or make your own with a cutting machine!) and use the same technique to create mandarins for the o’s in “good.”
A Sweet and Healthy Fruit-Inspired Easter Basket
A Sweet and Healthy Fruit-Inspired Easter Basket
A Sweet and Healthy Fruit-Inspired Easter Basket
Add all of your fruity DIY projects to the basket and then fill it with Halos! We love Halos because they are in season from November through May and are sweet, seedless and easy to peel. I can’t wait to see Mags in those little bloomers with a tiny mandarin on the hem. And I think she’s going to be fascinated by the surprise ball. Most of all, though, I’m happy to be helping my children learn to make good choices when it comes to their own health! xoxo
This post is sponsored by Wonderful Halos. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!
A Sweet and Healthy Fruit-Inspired Easter Basket
A Sweet and Healthy Fruit-Inspired Easter Basket
A Sweet and Healthy Fruit-Inspired Easter Basket