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Mindcraft Christmas Tree

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Nothing made my son happier than when he walked into his room and saw his Mindcraft tree.  The tree included the base that was a cardboard box sold as a mask.  The mask had also been used for his birthday party this year.  After the photo I placed black paper behind the eye holes.  The ornaments included a few toys but like the torch on the top and a few plastic toys but most items were in a kit that you fold and make paper characters.  I also had a few green ornaments from past years that I used.  I enjoy making there tiny trees special and completely different each year but hate will not buy items we didn’t already have or won’t use or  play with later.  My favorite thing is when we can just use toys we already have.  No one ever said it has to be made for charismas to put on a tree.

Easter Carrot Snack Mix

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I first made this snack mix a few years ago with Santa hats ( https://danielleyarian.wordpress.com/2014/01/06/santa-hat-chex-mix/) and instantly imagined making it with carrots the following year for Easter.  I finally made it happen and here it is.  This is a simple mix that you could put any snack items in you would like.

What I used:

  • Rice Chex
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • White chocolate melts (orange, green, white)
  • Reese Pieces or M&M’s
  • Bugles Chips

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 I made the carrots by using a broken pretzel and Bugle.

  1. Dip tip of chip into orange chocolate not getting any in the opening.
  2. Then let cool in freezer for a few min.
  3. Next dip tips of the pretzels in the green chocolate and place in the opening.
  4. Then let cool in freezer again for a few min to sit up.
  5. After cool dip the pretzel end into the green chocolate.
  6. Let cool while finishing the Chex mix.

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Chex Mix

  • In a large bowl place Chex and pretzels.
  • Warm white chocolate melt and poor over top
  • Place on a lid and shake or mix with a spoon.
  • I place mine in freezer until chocolate is set.
  • When done brake it apart and place it in a bag or clean bowl.
  • When ready to serve or putting in goodie bags is when I mix in the M&M’s and carrots.  This  limits the amount of white chocolate that comes off and looks like powdered sugar as it is moved around.
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Sharpie Easter Egg Decoration Party

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Sharpie Easter Egg Decoration Party

 Decorating eggs can be so messy especially when you have a group of kids trying to decorate all at once.  Sharpies are the perfect solution.  No wet sloppy dies that get all over everything and tie dye your fingers.  Easy to control markers do the trick.  The best part is what kid doesn’t love sharpies.   We used plastic die able eggs so we could keep them year after year.  The eggs are $1.97 at Walmart for 12 and die just like real eggs.  Not only easy and fun but super cheap. You can do black and white or any color your heart desires.

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Easter Topeary Decor

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I have been looking for something like this for a few years but have not had any luck so yesterday I made it for myself.  It was very easy project and the eggs would look great in a bowl or jar as well.

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What you need:

  • Foam Cone
  • Glue Gun
  • Plastic Eggs
  • Moss
  • Planter
  • Paint (spray paint would have been easier )
  • Paint brush

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Using low temp glue gun I added spots and stripes to the eggs.  They didn’t need to be perfect the randomness of the design is what I wanted.  After the glue dried I painted the eggs with metallic white paint.  I also painted the planter I had with a light uneven coat of silver so the original color was still visible.

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I then glued the cone to a foam block in the bottom of the planter.  I then randomly glued the eggs to the cone.   Then the blank spaces I filled with 2 different mosses.

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QR code Valentine card

My 4th grade daughter loves making still motion videos with her and her brothers toys. This year she made one for her entire class as a “Valentine card”. She had so much fun putting it together and was truly a project she was in charge of.  visit her video at http://caleigh.yarianfamily.net

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The best part of this project is you can have your QR code direct them to whatever you want it to.  You could do a photo, some kid of art, or a video.  All you need is a place to post the images and a QR code.  There are free QR generators  all you have to do is put the web address in and it gives you the QR code image.  In our case it goes to a website where her video is posted.

The card was simply made in publisher and printed on cardstock.

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Easy Photo Valentine Cards

Cute and memorable valentines cards for kids.
I just had them hold their arm out and take a picture.  Then then I ordered one hour prints from our local department store. Using  a craft knife to cut a line above and below their hands and side a sucker stick through.  Its crazy how much it looks like they are holding the sucker.  I had to take a few shots because in some of my pictures the camera had trouble figuring out where to focus.

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I had the kids write their names on blank address labels  then placed them on the back.  I was worried they would press to hard if I had them write directly on the photo.  You could add text to the front of the photo or add stickers such as hearts on top.

New Years Tree

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This year we had one of our family Christmas get-togethers after Christmas and were planning to have Company on New Years eve.  The decision was made to leave up all the Christmas trees until after.  (We all know how much work it is to pack everything up.)   I had bought New Years Items such as party glasses, hats, blowers….  the problem was the kids would not leave them alone.  I decided to take everything but lights and ribbon off of our small tree in the family room and place the items in the tree.  It worked like a charm no one messed with the items any longer and everyone liked selecting their items from the tree on New Years.  The tree was topped off with one of the party hats it was so cute.