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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!).
- Brother P-touch Embellish and ribbon cartridges of your choosing
- fresh flowers
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.
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.
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.
Step 4: Trim any unwanted ribbon ends, and trim all of the flower stems so that they are the same length.
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.
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
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
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
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).
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!
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!
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.
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
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
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
- 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.
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.
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!
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.”
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!
Opinion expressed by paid consultant.
The Easter stakes are getting higher in the Foy household, gang. Henry’s first Easter, he was about 6 months old. So we put some ears on him and called it a day. The next Easter, we spread a bunch of eggs out on the lawn in clear sight and he just ran around and threw them in a basket. (Or threw them at us.) Last year he was finally old enough to hunt around with friends in the backyard for eggs, and we added Maggie to the mix too. So this year?! I think I can finally challenge ol’ Hank to a bit of an Easter egg scavenger hunt.
I was thinking and thinking of a way to put it together, and couldn’t quite decide. Then we partnered with Brother for a few fun Easter projects and it hit me — their P-touch Embellish printer prints on ribbon! Easter game on. So we’ll be filling some eggs with some of his favorite tiny toys (erasers, finger puppets, and more), and printing clues on the ribbon to direct him to the next egg. The ribbon gets wrapped up in some pretty crepe paper around the surprise egg. So with each one he finds, he gets the fun of opening it and a little riddle that will eventually lead him to his Easter basket. He is gonna love it. Read on for instructions on how to make your own scavenger hunt!
- Brother P-touch Embellish
- plastic eggs
- crepe paper
- tiny toys
Make Time: 5 Minutes per egg
Step 1: Print out all of your clues on the P-touch Embellish. As you’re getting to know your machine, check out all of the different fonts and sizes that are available. It’s fun to experiment. We chose to print ours on the pink ribbon with gold lettering, but there are tons of options in both ribbon and tape form. (Come back later this month to see a couple of our other favorite ways to use the P-touch Embellish!) Choose your font size and style, type in your lettering, press print, and out comes your custom ribbon (super-fast, I might add).
Step 2: Fill your egg with a small toy. Cut a long strip of crepe paper that’s about 1/2″ wide. Tape one end of the paper to the egg and start wrapping the paper to cover the egg.
Step 3: Once you’ve wrapped a few times, lay your printed ribbon on the crepe paper so that it starts getting wrapped around the egg as well. Continue wrapping until the clue ribbon is entirely covered.
Step 4: When your egg is wrapped sufficiently, use another small piece of tape to tape down the end of the ribbon.
That’s it! Make sure you know which clue is hidden in which egg and hide them accordingly. Our scavenger hunt will take Henry from the living room, to his closet, to the bathtub, to our backyard. Can’t wait to see him figure it all out. And I’d love to know how else you’d use your P-touch Embellish! There are so many possibilities it almost makes my head spin. If you’re on the hunt for one, you can find the printer and cartridges at Michaels. We’re planning a couple of other fun spring projects with it so stay tuned! xoxo
This post is sponsored by Brother. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!
Kara has a habit of creating projects for us that I want to make a million of! Maggie saw a photo of these rainbow Easter baskets and flipped, so I’m fairly certain I’ll be making her one of her own very soon, just to use as a little purse or bag for toys. Now let’s make a rainbow Easter basket!
Hippity Hoppity Easter’s on it’s way! With Easter so early this year and less than two weeks after St. Patrick’s Day, it seemed only fitting to make a rainbow Easter basket. This adorbs rainbow Easter basket is not only a snap to make (even if you have no sewing skills what so ever), but it can do double duty as a fun purse for your kiddo! And by using felt, the project can literally come together with just some scissors and a glue gun. Now that’s something truly amazing!
- 2 Felt Sheets in each color of the rainbow (I went for a more pastel rainbow and used pink, orange, yellow, mint, and lavender)
- 4″ Strip of felt by the yard (you can find this at the fabric store)
- Gold deco foil and Hot melt adhesive sheets (optional for the gold handles and side)
- Hot glue gun
- Sewing machine (optional)
Make Time – 1 hour
Step 1: Begin by cutting out the felt sheets in full rainbow shaped arches. You want each arch to be whole as you can see the purple one is. This is because you are going to glue the orange to the pink and the yellow to the orange and so one to create a stacked rainbow.
Step 2: Once you have cut two arches from each color, use the glue gun to glue the layers together around the outer edge of each color.
Step 3: Pin the 4″ strip of felt at the bottom edge of one of the rainbows and work your way towards the top. Once you reach the top about 3″ to the left of the center of the rainbow top, add a pin. Then measure approximately 12″ of felt from the strip and add another pin. Use this pin as the starting point to continue pinning the strip to the rainbow about 3″ to the right from the center. Continue until the strip reaches the bottom where you began. What you have essentially done is create a handle out of the side piece of the bag to minimize sewing/glueing.
Step 4: Use the hot glue to attach the strip to the rainbow along the pinned area. You can alternatively sew the strip to the rainbow if you prefer.
Step 5: Repeat the pinning process with the back rainbow. And then sew or glue it into place.
Step 6: Fold the handle into thirds and use the glue gun to hold in place.
A few notes, since this is an kids Easter basket and we are using felt, I didn’t worry about making this seams face inwards. This made the process so much easier! Also, if you want to have a gold felt handle, you can iron the hot melt adhesive to the felt, let cool and remove the paper backing. Then iron the gold deco foil onto the hot melt adhesive, let cool and remove the plastic backing to create gold felt. Then proceed with step 3-6.
Don’t you want to make a rainbow Easter basket now?! My only problem is that now I have to make another one so that each of my kids gets one! xo. Kara
No, I’m totally not competitive or anything and I MADE EASTER EGG HUNT TROPHIES! Granted, my family is not exactly at the place where we can give our kids a tiny trophy that says “I Lost” and expect them to understand that it’s a joke. But I can just see a future where these coveted trophies are traded annually as everyone competes to get the most (or the fewest!) eggs. So if you have a family or a framily that’s full of good sports and likes a little friendly competition, make yourself a set of these.
Make Time: 30 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)
Step 1: Paint all of your materials. We found that the paper mache eggs took craft paint much better than spray paint; just brush it on with smooth strokes and add a second coat if it’s a little too thin when it dries. Spray paint the trophies gold in a well-ventilated area.
Step 2: Allow all pieces to dry thoroughly. Use a glue gun to spread a ring of glue around the top of the trophy cup. Press an egg down into the glue until it adheres firmly.
Step 3: If you’re using pre-made alphabet stickers, skip to Step 4. If you’re using a cutting machine, create your vinyl stickers. Create your phrases (Most Eggs, Fewest Eggs, Eggcellent, I Lost, etc.) in the software for your cutting machine. You’ll need to size it appropriately for your eggs; we sized ours so that the word “eggs” was about 3/4″ of an inch wide in our desired font. The font used here is Century Gothic Bold. Once designed, cut out the letters using the cutting machine.
Step 4: Place your stickers or vinyl onto the eggs. We recommend starting in the center of a word and working your way out so that it’s easier to space. You’ll also find that it’s much easier to place the letters with tweezers than with your bare hands. Keep working until all of your trophies are labeled as you like.
I just love these little guys! I think they’d make awesome perpetual trophies, handing them off each year to the winners and losers of your family Easter egg hunts. And if you don’t hunt eggs, they’d also make super cute place cards — just put your guests’ names on them instead of the egg hunt phrases. Or fill them all with egg puns like these from a few years back! I could think up a zillion ways to use these cuties. Happy hunting! xoxo