Spring Printer’s Tray

 I couldn’t resist sharing my spring printer’s tray here today.  This one was originally posted over at Crafts Unleashed but I usually repost here in case y’all missed it.   I have loved having this touch of spring decor on my mantle for the past few weeks.  It is not too late to make this one as I am going to leave it out all summer long.  Plus it is super easy to make and who doesn’t love a printer’s tray? 

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Mason Jar Spring Vase

 The week of mason jar crafts over at Crafty Hangouts has come to a close.  I have one last mason jar spring vase video tutorial for you today.  I love the fabric flowers adorning the front of this painted mason jar vase.  It is simple and quick to put together as well.  I love a quick project that is so darn cute.  Another huge thank you to the Ball brand for sponsoring our hangouts all week and providing jars for our event.

Mason Jar Spring Vase -- a quick and easy vase to make with a painted mason jar and fabric flowers.

 

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Over 20 Fun Easter Desserts

 C’mon spring we are ready for ya!  I have over 20 fun Easter desserts for y’all today.  Click around on the list below and find a fun dessert for your Easter feast.  Adult and kids alike will love these fun creations.  Will you serve up carrots?  Or bunnies?  Maybe flowers?  Whatever you choose I have you covered with the fun Easter desserts below.

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Spring Push Pop Cupcakes

 It may not feel like spring out there but it is here!  Spring is here!  I am going to celebrate a little with my spring push pop cupcakes.  This one was originally posted over at Crafts Unleashed but I thought we would celebrate here a bit as well.  These are super festive and easy to make.  So bring it on spring we are ready for ya!

spring push pop cupcakes

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Carrot Spring Wreath

A fun carrot spring wreath for your home decor at Easter or throughout the spring season.  Make this wreath in just minutes by following the directions below.  This one is super easy and will make a unique statement on your front door.  The cones for our crafting were provided by FloraCraft as part of our Crafty Hangouts series.  

 
Carrot Spring Wreath -- grab some StyroFoam to make a fun carrot then add to a rectangular wreath.  A fun spring wreath that is cute and unique.
 
 

I am joined by Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts in the video below as we craft with StyroFoam crafts from FloraCraft.  What would you make with a cone?  Watch below and see what we make.  Then head to Crafty Hangouts to see even more fun cone crafts.  
 

 
Watch the video above for the full instructions.  Here is a brief explanation if you miss any of the instructions in the video:
 
  1. Cut a StyroFoam ball in half and add to the top of the cone with hot glue.
  2. Cut a piece of felt into a funky or fun shape and stick into the top.  Secure with a little hot glue.
  3. Start wrapping at the very top with orange yarn.  The top will need to be secured in a few places with hot glue so it does not slide off.  After that you can wrap the rest rapidly without securing.
  4. At the bottom use hot glue and quite a bit of yarn to create a carrot “tip”.
  5. Wrap a frame in burlap or strips of any fabric for a wreath form.
  6. Tie the carrot on with jute twine and secure with a little hot glue as well to hold in place.
  7. Tie on a fun spring saying to your wreath as well.
  8. Hang on your door.
Carrot Spring Wreath -- grab some StyroFoam to make a fun carrot then add to a rectangular wreath.  A fun spring wreath that is cute and unique.

Enjoy this carrot spring wreath all season long.  Be sure to see all of the other cone crafts at Crafty Hangouts.  What would you make with a cone for spring?

Carrot Spring Wreath -- grab some StyroFoam to make a fun carrot then add to a rectangular wreath.  A fun spring wreath that is cute and unique.
 
Portions of the products used in this tutorial were given to me for free for my participation.  All projects and opinions are my own however.
 

 

Sweet Treats Free Printable Kit

Y’all Jen Goode from 100 Directions is here again this month with a free printable sweet treats kit that you will love.  This one is perfect for wedding favors or heck just a fun way to give sweet treats to anyone on your list.  There are some major changes happening on this website in case y’all have noticed.  I am ironing things out over the next few days.  Hang onto your hats!

This month’s printable I took on the challenge of creating something to add to your wedding. To me, weddings are so very personal, you have the opportunity to personalize every tiny aspect of your day if you want. So, I wanted to make sure to create something you could add yourself to. I created a tiny treat bag with a selection of embellishment pieces and parts so you can put together every little bag with that special touch that is uniquely your own.

Sweet Treats Free Printable Kit -- perfect for wedding favors or any small gift.  Print these for free and fill them up!

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Interior Designed: Neon Easter Mantel Decor

I am finally getting around to posting my Easter mantel.  It has been up for weeks it has just been busy around here y’all.  I went with a neon theme this year to keep things bright and cheerful.  I think it worked!  First of all if you are wondering about my rustic fireplace mantel you can find all of the details on this post.  I adore dressing up that barnwood beauty every few months.     

Neon Easter Mantel Decor from The Country Chic Cottage
 

Let’s start our tour in the front with this rustic peeps bunny garland.  The tutorial is for the version I made last year but I made a bright version for this year’s mantel.  The clothespins have a shimmer provided by Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist.  You can learn more about that at Craft Test Dummies.    

Neon Easter Mantel Decor from The Country Chic Cottage

Now onto the top of the mantel, we will start with my rainbow button art.  I am still in love with that project!  Also my pom pom Easter eggs are scattered around the mantel.    

Neon Easter Mantel Decor from The Country Chic Cottage

I added in some extra large candlestick holders to give the mantel some height.  One holds a terra cotta bunny that I found at a thrift store.   

Neon Easter Mantel Decor from The Country Chic Cottage
 
Neon Easter Mantel Decor from The Country Chic Cottage
 
The rest of my painted eggs ended up in a wood dough bowl on the opposite side of the mantel.  I love polka dot eggs!
Neon Easter Mantel Decor from The Country Chic Cottage
 
As you can see, I had to add in a few vintage touches to the mantel as well.  I grabbed a sprite can and an old map just because they were the right color scheme and worked them into the decor as well.  
Neon Easter Mantel Decor from The Country Chic Cottage

I also found that wood and metal box while thrifting a few weeks ago.  I is actually not old but it sure does look it!  I added a galvanized pail on top with an Easter themed tag.  

Neon Easter Mantel Decor from The Country Chic Cottage

 My large twine wrapped eggs came out of storage as well.  Perfect on top of an old rusty wire spool.

Neon Easter Mantel Decor from The Country Chic Cottage

The star of the show and what my mantel is built around is this neon pom pom wreath.  I promise y’all will get the full instructions for this one very soon.

Neon Easter Mantel Decor from The Country Chic Cottage

I hope you enjoyed my neon Easter mantel decor as much as I do.  Seriously y’all it makes me smile just looking at it!
 

Easter Table Decor — Utensil Pouch for your Easter Celebration

Oh my goodness y’all….Easter is this weekend!  Am I the only one this holiday is sneaking up on?  You can whip up some of these utensil pouches for your Easter table decor in no time flat.  This one was originally posted over at the Buttons Galore blog.  I want to make sure y’all didn’t miss it.  So lets get started dressing up your Easter table.

Handmade Utensil Pouch for your Easter Table from The Country Chic Cottage
 
 

Supplies needed for the utensil pouch:

 
I used a cookie bag that I purchase in bulk for the base of my utensil pouch.  You should be able to find something similar in a party supply store or online.  I ran it through with the Spellbinders embossing folder and was happy to see that the embossing looked wonderful!  I wanted a punch of color on the plain white bag however so I went over lightly with the chalk ink from Clearsnap in Yellow Citrus.  Just allowing the embossing to really come to life.
 
Handmade Utensil Pouch for your Easter Table from The Country Chic Cottage
 
The cookie bags are actually a little wide to be used for a utensil pouch.  I used the utensils as a guide and then folded over the excess on both sides.  I used Mod Podge to adhere the excess on the back of the pouch.
 
Handmade Utensil Pouch for your Easter Table from The Country Chic Cottage
 
Now let’s work on the decoration for the front.  I cut a shape from card stock using the Spellbinders dies.  I then used some flower stamps to add two flowers.  I used fine line craft markers to color in the stamps then added the button brads to the center of both flowers.

Handmade Utensil Pouch for your Easter Table from The Country Chic Cottage

 I then drew stems and leaves on my flowers using the same set of fine line craft markers.  I stamped “Happy Easter” onto a small oval slider using the Colorbox Ink.

 

Handmade Utensil Pouch for your Easter Table from The Country Chic Cottage

 
The cardstock shape was applied to the bag using Mod Podge.  I then used hot glue to attach the slider to the front.  I tied baker’s twine to one side of the slider, ran it around the back, and tied the other end to the opposite side of the slider.  Make the twine taught but don’t cinch your pouch.
Handmade Utensil Pouch for your Easter Table from The Country Chic Cottage
 
Add a napkin and your utensils for a festive addition to your Easter table.  I think the basket weave emboss is perfect for spring but you could incorporate other emboss folders you have to put your own unique spin on this idea.
Handmade Utensil Pouch for your Easter Table from The Country Chic Cottage

You could even personalize that shape on the front with the name or initial of your guests.  Then these great utensil pouches would double as place cards.  Don’t love flowers?  You can change up the decor on the front as well.  This technique is super easy to personalize and can be used for any occasion.  So use it to dress up your Easter table this week and your Sunday dinner table next.  

Handmade Utensil Pouch for your Easter Table from The Country Chic Cottage
 

 

Easter Dessert — Chocolate Covered Peeps Marshmallow Pops

I couldn’t leave an Easter dessert out of my quick crafts week.  Can you get dessert done in 15 minutes or less and still have it be super cute?  Yep!  Especially when you chocolate cover some super cute Peeps marshmallows.  All this week I am teaming up with Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts for some Craft Lightning.  Craft Lightning is quick and easy crafts that can be completed in 15 minutes or less.  You gotta love a quick craft right?  If you have missed any of the fun this week be sure to check out my favor bags, button carrot, Easter centerpiece, day 1, day 2, and day 3 features.  Whew.  That is a ton of fast crafting goodness.  Want to see your craft in one of my featured posts?  Be sure to link up to the Craft Lightning linky party today!  Today I am going to show you how to make a super simple Easter dessert of chocolate covered Peeps marshmallow pops.

Easter Dessert -- Chocolate Covered Peeps Marshmallows for Kids
 

Your kids will love these and well trust me you will too.  I used wooden skewers for my marshmallow pops. Just slide them into those cute Peeps bunnies.
 

Easter Dessert -- Chocolate Covered Peeps Marshmallows for Kids
 
Now lets talk chocolate coating.  I use chocolate almond bark or candy coating.  You can find it in the baking aisle around the chocolate chips and baking chocolate.  Why?  It is easier to handle, hardens quickly, and I have never had a failure with it.  So melt your candy coating according to the package directions and dip in your bunnies coating them on all sides.  Then just tap on the side of the bowl so that any excess comes back off.
Easter Dessert -- Chocolate Covered Peeps Marshmallows for Kids
 
The other question you might have is why the Peeps bunnies and not the chicks.  While the chicks are cute when not chocolate covered I personally do not like the look of the chocolate covered version.  Below is a chick and bunny side by side.  
Easter Dessert -- Chocolate Covered Peeps Marshmallows for Kids
 
Allow your marshmallow pops to dry on aluminum foil or waxed paper for just a few minutes.  Seriously the candy coating makes this a great quick dessert and will harden lightning fast.  Then you are ready to display or serve your Easter dessert.  
Easter Dessert -- Chocolate Covered Peeps Marshmallows for Kids
 
Any quick and easy dessert needs a quick and easy display.  This is my Peeps mason jar centerpiece that I showed you last week.  You can actually make this one in 10 minutes or less.  During the video tutorial, I put a cup down inside my Peeps for flowers.  Just remove that cup to use the same idea for a marshmallow pop holder.  Stick the skewers down into the buttons and they will be very stable.    
Easter Dessert -- Chocolate Covered Peeps Marshmallows for Kids
 
You have an Easter dessert that almost looks too good to eat…almost.  Your kids or guests (or you) will devour these chocolate covered Peeps marshmallow pops in no time.  Y’all enjoy and stick around as we have more Craft Lightning to come.    
 

Easter Dessert -- Chocolate Covered Peeps Marshmallows for Kids
 

Easter Table Decorations — Quick and Easy Avocado Centerpiece #AvocadoTwist @amazingavocado

Easter table decorations from avocados?  Yep you read that right!  I have a quick and easy avocado centerpiece for your Easter table today.  You are going to love this one!  I was sent some Avocados from Mexico to play around with and I came up with something y’all are going to love.  But first this week I am teaming up with Carolina from 30 Minute Crafts to bring you an entire week of Craft Lightning.  Craft Lightning is crafts that can be completed in 15 minutes or less.  If you missed anything this week be sure to check out the day 1day 2, and day 3 features.  Now that you are all caught up, lets craft with some avocados!  (Psst…you have a chance to win an avocado prize pack worth $50 at the bottom of this post….don’t miss the giveaway!!)      
 
Quick and Easy Avocado Centerpiece for your Easter Table Decorations
 

First of all I am going to answer the question “why craft with avocados?”  I hear from people all the time that want to decorate their home for all of the holidays but just don’t have anywhere to store the decorations.  This craft is perfect for you!  You can decorate your Easter table with this centerpiece then dismantle and eat the Avocados from Mexico afterwards.  Perfect for anyone with little room or who just hates seasonal clutter.  So grab your avocados, baker’s twine, and tissue paper and get crafty.
 

Quick and Easy Avocado Centerpiece for your Easter Table Decorations
 
Fold a sheet of tissue paper in half and lay your Avocado from Mexico in the center.  Let’s talk about how to tell apart your avocados for just a second.  This part is important once you eat them AFTER Easter!  Avocados from Mexico are Hass avocados. Avocados from Florida are the Fuerte variety. While Hass avocados have a green-black pebbly textured skin, Fuerte avocados have a smooth skin and have a higher water content than Hass, making them less versatile for recipes.  So get the green-black pebbly texture so you can use these in your recipes after you are done displaying them okay?    
 

Quick and Easy Avocado Centerpiece for your Easter Table Decorations
 
Just pull up the tissue paper around your avocado to the “front” of your “egg” and tie with a piece of baker’s twine.  
Quick and Easy Avocado Centerpiece for your Easter Table Decorations
 
Then cut off the excess tissue paper.  We are going to shape these rosettes in a minute but this step is truly just cutting off the excess.  
Quick and Easy Avocado Centerpiece for your Easter Table Decorations
 
Now you can take your scissors and trim your tissue paper until you get a “flower” on the front of your “avocado egg”. . 
Quick and Easy Avocado Centerpiece for your Easter Table Decorations

Put it in a bowl with some shredded green paper and continue making eggs in a variety of pretty colors.  Add these to the center of your Easter table and everyone can ooooh and aaaah over your pretty egg creations.

Quick and Easy Avocado Centerpiece for your Easter Table Decorations
 
Then after your guests have went home just cut the baker’s twine, grab your Avocados from Mexico, and cook up a recipe.  Wait you don’t know how to cook with avocados?  I have a giveaway for you below that includes a cookbook — don’t miss it!
 
Quick and Easy Avocado Centerpiece for your Easter Table Decorations
Your Easter decor no longer needs to be clutter after the holiday.  Use Avocados from Mexico in your Easter table decorations and eat your decor after the holiday.  This quick and easy avocado centerpiece can be the talk of your family gathering.  
Quick and Easy Avocado Centerpiece for your Easter Table Decorations
 
Now would y’all like to win your very own Avocados from Mexico prize pack?  I thought you might!  

Time to win your own Avocados from Mexico Prize Pack (retail value $50). The prize pack will includes: a copyof Chef Roberto Santibañez’ cookbook, Truly Mexican; an “I Love Avocado” t-shirt; a time-saving avocado slicer; and a $10 gift card to an area retailer where Avocados from Mexico are sold.  Also below you can follow along with The Amazing Avocado on social media (psst these will also get you extra entries in the giveaway).  

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I was compensated for my participation in this program by The Amazing Avocado and One to One Network.  The opinions and project are all my own.