Pretty Flower Vase with Printable Spring Decor

Jen is back again with a fun flower vase printable for your spring decor.  Wrap this around a vase or jar for your spring parties and weddings.  The free printable download is below.  Y’all be sure to follow along with Jen at 100 Directions as well to get even more of these great printables!  

I love spring and all it’s beautiful new flowers blooming all around. So today I have a printable for you to dress up your glass jars to use as vases for all your favorite flowers. Use a regular hole punch to create a lace effect before attaching the wrap to your vase. I love it when something so simple can become fabulous with just a little extra effort!

Flower Vase -- a printable vase wrap that can be added to any jar in seconds.  A fun way to dress up flowers for a spring party or wedding.

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Two Toned Dyed Jars

 It is time for Crafty Hangouts again.  This month we have mason jar crafts all week long.  I am kicking things off with these two toned dyed jars that are perfect for candle holders.  Plus you can make them in just a few minutes.  The hangouts this week are actually sponsored by Ball brand.  I am using two different Ball brand jars in this video and if you will hang around until the end of the week I will use a different type of jar for another craft.   

Two Tones Dyed Jars -- dye your mason jars in just minutes with a multi-tone appearance your will love.

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Confetti Tiered Planter

 I am hoping that spring finally makes an official appearance here soon.  I started on a few outdoor projects to try and move it along.  This confetti tiered planter is one of them.  Grab a few different size terra cotta pots to make your own tiered planter easily.  Plus I have a super secret weapon to make that confetti pattern.  This one would also make a great gift for Mother’s Day y’all so be sure to make two — one for you and one to give!   

confetti painted tiered planter

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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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Spring Cone Wreath

I thought I would share a great alternative to a spring wreath today.  My spring cone wreath can be made in 10 minutes or less and will look great on your front door.  The cones for this project were provided by StyroCrafts as part of a cone challenge on Crafty Hangouts.  Our bloggers are all crafting with cones this week so head on over to see what they come up with!  

Spring Cone Wreath -- a fun alternative to a wreath for your front door.

Want to make your own spring cone wreath?  Watch the video below for the full instructions for the cone wreath as well as a spring tree ornament from 30 Minute Crafts.  We make both of the crafts LIVE for you in less than 10 minutes!    

 

In case you missed any of the instructions on the video, here is a brief recap.

  1. Cover a large cone with wood grain contact paper.  I picked up mine at the dollar store.  Trim any excess with a pair of scissors from the side as well as the top.
  2. Add reindeer moss to the top of your cone with hot glue.
  3. Add in these great burlap flowers from Consumer Crafts randomly in the top.  Secure with hot glue.
  4. Form an 18 inch piece of floral wire into a handle like shape and turn it in (90 degree angle) about 2 inches from both ends.  Push those ends directly into the cone at the top through the contact paper.  Push into the cone about 1 inch down from the top on both sides.
  5. Add a ribbon to the top and you are ready to hang this one on your door.

 

 

Spring Cone Wreath -- a fun alternative to a wreath for your front door.
 
This spring cone wreath makes a lovely alternative to a traditional wreath. Change it up by using fabric dye for the flowers or a different pattern of contact paper.  The possibilities are endless y’all.  What will you do with this spring cone wreath idea?
 
Spring Cone Wreath -- a fun alternative to a wreath for your front door.
 
Portions of the products used in this tutorial were provided to me free of charge.  All opinions and projects are my own however.

 

Carrot Cookies from Nutter Butters

I have a super fun recipe for y’all today.  These carrot cookies from Nutter Butters can be made in just minutes for the kids or yourself.  Send an entire garden of these fun carrot cookies to school and celebrate the beginning of spring this month.

Carrot Cookies from Nutter Butters -- perfect easy recipe for celebrating spring with your kids.

Carrot Cookies from Nutter Butters Recipe

 
Nutter Butter cookies
Orange Wilton candy melts
Green Apple Twizzlers (found in the candy section)
White frosting
 
Directions –
 
Separate the Nutter Butter cookies into two halves.  Using kitchen scissors, cut the green apple Twizzlers into 2-3” sections and separate the ropes. Each cookie will require (3) 2-3” ropes. Using a butter knife or a small spatula, spread a small amount of white frosting on the top/inside section of each of the Nutter Butter cookies. Take the 2-3” green apple Twizzler ropes (leaves) and place on the frosting. Place the top half of the cookie on top to make a sandwich and place on a cookie sheet or plate.  Repeat this process with the rest of the cookies. Once all cookies are put together, set in the fridge for 30 minutes so the frosting sets – it will hold the cookie and Twizzler ‘stems’ together like glue once they are set. 
 
Carrot Cookies from Nutter Butters -- perfect easy recipe for celebrating spring with your kids.
 
Once the cookies are set, microwave the Wilton orange candy melts in a microwave safe bowl stirring every 30 seconds until melted.  Let the chocolate cool 2-3 minute before dipping the cookies.  Take each cookie one at a time and dip into the chocolate covering ¾ of it (see photo below). Lay on a wax paper or a foil lined cookie and using a teaspoon take a small amount of orange chocolate and cover the rest of the cookie with it – go slow and be careful not to cover the ‘stems’. 
 
Carrot Cookies from Nutter Butters -- perfect easy recipe for celebrating spring with your kids.
 
Repeat with the rest of the cookies. Let set at room temperature for 1 hour. You can also place in the fridge for 20-25 minutes to speed up the process.  Store in an airtight container 1-2 weeks.

Carrot Cookies from Nutter Butters -- perfect easy recipe for celebrating spring with your kids.
 
You have adorable carrot cookies from Nutter Butters all with minimal hands on time.  You have to love that!

Patriotic Frosted Mason Jar in 15 Minutes or Less

It is the final day of Craft Lightning and I am showing you how to make a great patriotic frosted mason jar in under 15 minutes.  You can also apply this same technique to make other frosted glass mason jars as well.  I even have another example at the bottom of this post for you.  First of all if you have missed any of Craft Lightning this week be sure to check out the rounds ups from day 1, day 2, day 3, and day 4.  Plus you have one more day to link up your craft to our quick crafts linky party.  Stay tuned right here as tomorrow I will be giving you the round up of the series and you don’t want to miss it.  Now lets craft a mason jar.

Make frosted glass mason jars in a variety of themes.  This patriotic mason jar is just one idea in this post about painting glass mason jars.
 
 

I started with the Frost Gloss Enamels that I was sent from Decoart.  These paints are actually all available at Michaels and other craft stores.  These paints are frosted glass paints and they are what make this project so easy and foolproof.  I have used the technique of dying glass with food coloring and Mod Podge.  Did you know that your work will fade after a few months?  I was left with completely white jars after leaving mine on the porch for a short period after using that technique   If I am going to put my effort into making great mason jar crafts, I want them to last so it is glass paint for me from now on.    

Make frosted glass mason jars in a variety of themes.  This patriotic mason jar is just one idea in this post about painting glass mason jars.
 
Start by cleaning your glass really well with alcohol.  It is best to do this to any glass before painting it.     
Make frosted glass mason jars in a variety of themes.  This patriotic mason jar is just one idea in this post about painting glass mason jars.
 
I had a glass painting kit from Decoart that had these cosmetic sponges already in it but you could pick these up anywhere.  Just dab on some of the frosted gloss enamel.  
Make frosted glass mason jars in a variety of themes.  This patriotic mason jar is just one idea in this post about painting glass mason jars.
 
I just eyeballed the lines and started applying the paint.  Keep brushing down with your sponge until the paint is nice and even.  These enamels dry really quickly which is another great thing about these paints.  
Make frosted glass mason jars in a variety of themes.  This patriotic mason jar is just one idea in this post about painting glass mason jars.

Then just continue up the jar with your other colors.  Obviously my patriotic mason jar used red, white and blue.

Make frosted glass mason jars in a variety of themes.  This patriotic mason jar is just one idea in this post about painting glass mason jars.
 
I also made a rainbow themed mason jar while I had all of my paints out.  I am telling you this project is so simple you will make a dozen before you know it.  
Make frosted glass mason jars in a variety of themes.  This patriotic mason jar is just one idea in this post about painting glass mason jars.

These will be great in your home’s decor, as table centerpieces, or even as gifts.  After the product dries, you have to bake the jars to make the paint permanent.  Because the paint is on the outside of the jar, you are safe to add water and flowers as shown.  This type of paint is not food safe and you should make sure no food touches the painted area.  Many thanks to Decoart for sponsoring my blog and sending product so I can make fabulous jars like these.
Can’t get enough quick and easy crafts?  Stay tuned as I wrap up Craft Lightning by tomorrow!

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!