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Summer Flip flop wreath

Summer Flip Flop Wreath

Summer Flip Flop Wreath

I must confess, I saw these on Pintrest and I just had to try them. Although, they can be costly if you just go out and buy lots of expensive shoes they can be made inexpensively if you look for deals.

These are the materials that I used but you can be very creative to make it the way you like it. I did my wreath with some ribbon (that is not in the photo) because I was seeing a little to much of the actual wreath.

Materials used

Materials used

Materials I used..

  • 6 pairs of flip-flops ( found mine at the dollar store, might pick some up on clearance at the end of the season and make one to give away next year ūüôā ¬†) ¬†Make sure you measure up the wreath that you will be using some might take more or less depending on size of the wreath.
  • 1 wreath (your choice of material but I found this straw wreath on clearance).
  • Bling (I just picked up some colorful items at the dollar store… plastic gems and a Hula necklace that I cut apart. Also, used some green ribbon that is not in this photo)
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

These items sat in the corner of my bathroom for weeks. I have to say that the creative juices were not flowing and I thought I could never make it turn out right. Although, once I just dived in I found it to be a lot easier than I thought and look forward to being a little more creative with next one.

Since my wreath was made of straw I wrapped it in a wide ribbon so that color would be seen between the flip-flops and just secured it with the Hot glue.

Then I arranged the flip-flops in the order that I wanted them. This was the harder part (if there is a harder part) for me. I kind of went around gluing every other one on and then filling in the spaces to make it look right.

Then I decorated it. ¬†My daughters loved helping me with this part so the color schemes are very colorful but that kind of describes our family. ¬†This is where you can even put ¬†a more personable touch to your wreath, anything goes. I was hoping to find a little “Welcome” sign to hang in the very middle but that will have to wait till next time.

Then I just tied a string to the back where I wanted the top to be. ¬†Stuck one of those magic hooks that can peal back off when done(I think mine was for up to 5#’s) to the front window of my door and hung it up. It is that easy. From start to finish in less than 20 minutes. ¬†Mine isn’t to fancy but I have seen some for sale for up to $60.. Yikes! ¬†I paid $10 total for mine (besides the Hot glue gun and sticks that I already had on hand) and I love that my kiddo’s were able to help.

I would love to hear how you made yours, or even better up load a picture and I will share your link. I love to see how creative others are and get even more idea’s.

Thanks for stopping by, hope you have fun with this one!

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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Craft ideas

 

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The Kit Kat Cake

Kit Kat Cake

Kit Kat Cake

Yumm… even the name makes my mouth water. ¬†The awe-inspiring¬†cake looks so decadent you almost don’t want to eat it, I said almost. ¬†There are so many ways you can make this cake to suit¬†your taste buds it is unbelievable. ¬†It actually is very easy, it just takes a bit of ingredients to start with but once you have those, it is a piece of cake ūüôā

My sister in law made the first one my family had seen for my twin boys birthday. Needless to say it has become a family favorite and everyone else who has shared a piece with us wants the recipe. So I thought that sharing it with you might be fun.  You can find a recipe from scratch that originally came from Recipe Girl, but it is quite easy to adapt to anything you like.

All you need is:

Box Cake mix (Chocolate is a favorite around here but actually any flavor will do)

Icing ( flavor and recipe of your choice but a can of dark chocolate is what we would use)

Decorations:

Three 4.5-ounce Giant Kit Kat Bars (you’ll need 36 Kit Kat sticks total)
One 12.6-ounce bag M&M’s (we used Mini but you could use any color to suite the occasion)
Ribbon

To begin:

Make cake according to package directions for two 9″ cake pans. You will want to make a few cupcakes on the side to snack on as well. This is not just to keep you from carving into the cake early but to keep the layers thinner so the Kit Kats can make a well to hold the M&M’s on the top of the cake.

Once cooled, Place the first layer on a serving tray (when you are done you will not want to pick the cake up to move it to a different plate so whatever you use make sure you can transport it). Ice the sides and top of first layer.  Then place the second layer of cake on top.  Ice the sides and top of that as well.

Here is where it gets fun. Unwrap and separate¬†the Kit Kat bars. ¬†I have seen where you can use either side of the Kit kat bar but we usually use the smooth side against the cake with the words on the outside.You will want to leave a very small space in between the bars (about 1/4″). ¬† Place the bar side by side, like a fence, all the way around the cake. You might need to add a little frosting here and there to help them stick if it gets a little thin.

Then fill in the cake with your choice of M&M’s. ¬† Wrap your favorite ribbon around the cake (to help secure the Kit Kat’s ) and tie a bow to complete it. ¬† You might want to¬†refrigerate¬†the cake for a few hours to make it easier to cut and serve (& of course don’t forget to remove the ribbon before cutting). ¬† ūüėČ

This one is a favorite in our house but I saw a fellow blogger post the top 10 Kit Kat cakes (check it out here) on his blog. There are so many things you can do with these, so be creative! ¬† If you have made one, I would love to see a picture or hear how you created yours…. just leave a comment. Thanks!

Another variation my sister in law made around Easter for my daughter…

Easter Kit Kat cake

Kit Kat Cake

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Posted by on March 20, 2013 in Food fun

 

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It’s not rocket science

Soda Geyser

Soda Geyser

Lately we have had a few warms days so we have tried to come up with some fun outdoor activities   This one is fun and uses items that most have on hand or can easily be picked up during the next shopping trip.

All you need is … ¬†1 pack of mint ¬†Mentoes and 1 two liter of Diet Coke (or Diet Pepsi works too. ¬†Any soda will work but diet works best because it’s not as sticky (no sugar).. ¬†what else are those Diet drinks good for anyway ¬†ūüôā ¬† ).

Mentoe holding tube

Mentoe holding tube

In our picture we used a tube that you can get from Steve Spangler Science site, but you don’t have to have one. ¬†They have actually updated this tube to attach to the soda bottle to make the geyser even taller.

All you really need to do is pretty simple. ¬† ¬†Open soda bottle and have your Mentoes ready. Drop 7-8 mentoes in the soda bottle all at once (well as fast as you can… that is where the tubes can come in handy). ¬†Then … RUN! ¬† The Carbon Dioxide reacts with the mentoes and blows a geyser in the air. ¬†Ours only went about 6-8 feet but the record has been 30 feet. ¬† Come on and try this one and see how high your Geyser will blow ūüôā

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2013 in Kids Kando

 

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Quick Lounge pants

Here is another quick sewing project. I love these easy to follow instructions and projects that take very little time to make something very useful. ¬†Although, using a pillowcase is perfect for making one for my daughters I don’t know if I would find a pillow case big enough to make me a pair. ūüėČ ¬† These look so very comfy though, maybe I’ll sew a couple together. ¬†Just click on the picture to find out how..

Easy lounge pants from a pillow case

Easy lounge pants

 
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Posted by on March 13, 2013 in Sewing projects

 

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Easy Balloon Eggs

Dip yarn in watered down glue, wrap around balloon and pop balloon when dry…very cool

You can also use smaller balloons and put a few candies inside the balloon before starting. After you pop the balloon you have an egg that is filled with candy.  Fun craft with Easter coming up.

Easter, Craft, Balloon, egg basket, kid friendly

Fun yarn balloon Easter craft

 
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Posted by on March 12, 2013 in Kids Kando

 

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