Duck Tape Hair Bows

The Clever Teen made these Duck Tape hair bows (AKA Duct Tape Hair Bows) so this tutorial is brought to you by…..the Clever Teen!

What you’ll need: Duck Tape (one or multiple colors)

  • First Step: cut 2 pieces of Duck tape to same length.
  • Second Step: stick the two pieces together, sticky side to the other sticky side
  • Third Step: fold it so it is round and stick a piece of tape on it to keep it round.
  • Fourth Step: Pinch it in the middle, fold it lengthwise fan/accordian style
  • Fifth Step: take a little piece of duct tape and wrap it around the middle of the bow
  • Sixth Step: Take a bobby pin, put it in the back of the bow under the middle piece
  • Then you have your bow!


Duck Tape Hair Bows

Need a quick Easter display? Try this DIY Easter Wreath!

DIY Easter Wreath covered in jute twine, Easter eggs and Peeps.

 I haven’t done much decorating this Easter, I just ran out of time. I did want to create something festive yet easy I could have in the entry way. I actually hadn’t created a Spring wreath so I decided to make one for Easter using jute twine along with Easter eggs and peeps.

Supplies:

  • Styrofoam Wreath
  • Jute twine
  • Easter eggs (plastic)
  • Peeps
  • Toothpicks
  • Hot glue

Directions:

  • Wrap the jute twine around the wreath. See my tips on wrapping this here: http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2012/07/02/the-twine-monogram-letter-handmade-gift-exchange-gifts/.
  • After about a few inches, pull tight and hot glue the twine into place.
  • Once the wreath is fully wrapped, stick toothpicks in the wreath. 6 on the bottom, 3 on the top.
  • Take the Easter Eggs and poke the other side of the eggs into the wreath on the bottom.
  • Take the peeps and poke the top toothpicks into them.

DIY Easter Wreath covered in jute twine, Easter eggs and Peeps.

Looking for more fun with Peeps?

Follow Clever PinkPirate’s board Peeps on Pinterest.


DIY Spray Chalk ~ Perfect outdoor activity for kids.

Today’s post is brought to you by the Clever Guy! He wants to start doing some features on my blog and who am I to say no?

I’m sure I’m not the only mom who hears “I’m bored” on breaks from school. I told Clever Guy to research something that could be fun and he found some recipes for spray chalk! This chalk is actually really fun! You can spray the chalk on the sidewalk or driveway and yes, it comes off with water!

Kid Craft: DIY Spray Chalk that washes off!

Spray Chalk Recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons of Cornstarch
  • 3 cups of water
  • 10 drops of food coloring

How To:

  • Mix the ingredients in a bowl, then pour them in a spray bottle.
  • Spray the chalk on the sidewalk! To avoid clumping in the bottle, shake before using.

*Tip: Look for spray bottles at the dollar store or in the laundry section of Walmart.

DIY SPray Chalk

 

 Want to make your own chalk paint? I have an easy chalk paint recipe that uses just two ingredients!

DIY Chalk Paint Recipe

DIY Chalk Paint Recipe:

You’ll need plaster of paris and water. Of course you’ll also need paint!

My rule of thumb is 1 tablespoon of water & 1 tablespoon of Plaster of Paris to one cup of paint.

I personally love picking up the small “sample” size paints at Home Depot because they seem to be the perfect size for my projects. I always look for the “oops” paints at only $.50 cents each! When I can’t find the color I am looking for, I make my own! More on that below.

First thing is to take the plaster of paris and dissolve it in the water. It is very important that you do this first before adding it to the paint or else your paint will curdle. Take about 60 seconds of swift stirring to ensure that the plaster of paris has dissolved.

Next, stir it into the paint for about 30 seconds and then you are done!

Chalk Paint Jars

You may be asking, why tint it when Home Depot will tint it for free? Well the key here is I only want enough for each project I am doing. For example, if I am painting one mason jar a light pink color, and others another color, I don’t need a whole thing of paint that is pink. Instead since these are about $3, I buy one and split it up into different containers to make different colors.  Also, you can get that exact color you want! It’s easy and economical I promise, stay with me.

What you’ll need to create your tinted chalk paint:

How to tint your own paint to create chalk paint.

  • Rit  Dye
  • Pure white paint (with chalk mixture already in it)

How to create tinted paint:

  • Separate the white paint into the containers you want to store them in. You can keep them in the original jar but it may be hard to stir if it’s full.
  • For a lighter color, add a few drops of the dye. For a deeper color, add more drops of the dye.
  • Stir or about 30 seconds and you are done!

The color does not seem to rub off! I used red to create the following colors:

DIY Chalk Paint ~ Create a pink ombre look with paint and dye

I also used blue and yellow but the lighter pigmented colors definitely require more drops of Rit.

Blue and Yellow Tinted Chalk Paint

Chalk Paint Jars

 

Linked up here: http://diybydesign.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/winter-blues-wednesday-its-party-160.html

15 Easy Mason Jar Crafts For Spring!

 

Well Hello Spring! While we don’t get much in terms of flowers and green grass here in Phoenix, we can still enjoy the beautiful colors of Spring! I have noticed my Mason Jar collection has gotten quite out of hand let’s say, excessive. I need to start crafting with these babies, stat! So I asked some of my favorite bloggers and searched the interwebs for fun and easy Mason Jar Crafts for Spring!

1. Brighten up your home with these painted and distressed mason jars:

http://thesimplecraftdiaries.blogspot.com/2012/07/distressed-mason-jars.html

2. See how to stencil jars and create a butterfly feeder:

http://www.carolynshomework.com/2013/03/celebrations-spring-fling.html

3. Create cranberry colored glass with this tutorial:

http://www.carolynshomework.com/2011/07/etceteras-cranberry-glass.html

4. Create fun  Easter Mason Jars with toys on top of the jar:

http://livvyloowho.blogspot.com/2014/03/easter-mason-jars.html

5. Wrap mason jars and vases in colorful yarn! These look so colorful (and easy):

http://www.andersruff.com/custom-printable-parties/diy/ruff-draft-diy-easter-vases-wrapped-in-yarn/

6. Create a mason jar succulent for your Spring mantel:

http://tatertotsandjello.com/2013/02/spring-mantel-and-diy-mason-jar-succulents.html

7. Create a striped look on your mason jars:

http://www.madiganmade.com/2014/02/easy-stripe-painted-spring-vase.html

8. Create a fun Mason Jar Fairy Lantern:

http://www.laurakellydesigns.com/laurakellydesignsblog/index.php/2014/02/19/mason-jar-fairy-lanterns/

9. Create a beautiful centerpiece with flowers and citrus in mason jars. These would be perfect for any Spring gathering or just at home:

http://kojo-designs.com/2012/06/orange-tutorial-mason-jar-vases/

10. Create Magic Vases for St. Patrick’s Day. This tutorial shows you how to create a 3 dimensional effect on your mason jars:

http://yesterdayontuesday.com/2012/03/st-pats-magic-vases/

11. A Happy Easter Jar with burlap and embellishments

http://keepsakesbymelissa.blogspot.ca/2013/03/crafty-secrets-springeaster-dt.html

12. Create 3 different Mason jar projects for Spring such as a luminary and a fun Easter Jar:

http://cleverpinkpirate.com/2011/03/31/thrifty-thursday-revamping-the-mason-jar-for-spring/

13. Create hand tinted mason jars for St. Patrick’s Day. Want to know how to tint mason jars? Check out this post for sure:

http://club.chicacircle.com/hand-tinted-shamrock-mason-jars/

14. Fill jars with fun things for Easter with these ideas. These could be great gifts for teachers, neighbors etc:

http://eclecticmomsense.com/2014/02/creative-easter-mason-jar-ideas.html

15. Give the gift of Easter Brownie mix in a jar (recipe included):

 http://bubblecrumb.blogspot.com/2011/04/bunny-brownies-in-jar-bunny-smores.html

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