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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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Science for Toddlers

Toddler science

Toddler science

As a ¬†mom of 5, I am always looking for fun,creative projects (that don’t make to big of a mess ūüôā ¬†). ¬†Even though my youngest are a little bigger than toddlers, they loved this project.

I found this idea on Pintrest and thought it might be worth a try.  All I did was sprinkle a good layer of Baking Soda on a cookie sheet (one that has raised edges preferably).  Then gave it to my boys, each with a small bowl of vinegar and a medicine dropper.  They sucked up the vinegar with the dropper and dripped it wherever they wanted on the pan. Of course, instant reaction from both the vinegar and my boys!

My older ones loved it too but it didn’t keep their attention for as long as it did you younger ones. ¬†There are so many learning activities you can do with this project, from… smell,taste, and touch to more advanced… Solid, liquid, gas. ¬†So much fun and my kids didn’t even realize they were learning. ¬†I don’t know why I didn’t think of this one sooner!

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in Kids Kando

 

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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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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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Easy Ruffle pants!!

Ruffle pants

Easy Ruffle pants

Check out this blog for a super easy tutorial for Ruffle Pants(just click the picture). These are the newest craze right now and are just so cute. Although, I can’t get my almost teenager to wear them, so maybe I will have make one for a friend or niece. ūüôā ¬†This blog is also full of tons of other fun and easy tutorial that I am sure you will love!!

 
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Posted by on March 6, 2013 in DIY, Sewing projects

 

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