DIY: The Glitter Egg Tree!

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Hello!

If you remember the previous DIY post about the plastic egg wreath we made, a couple of weekends later my Aunt Laurie came down with more plastic eggs and fake grass to do another project I found on Pinterest (that I can no longer find) around the same time I found the first one. My nana wanted to do the wreath, whereas I wanted to do the egg tree craft! I need something bright and a little bit obnoxious in my room so I thought this would be perfect!

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What you will need for this:

  • 4′ Cone
  • 7’x7′ Square Platform
  • 2 Bags of Plastic Eggs
  • 1 Bag of Fake Grass
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush (optional)

The first thing will need to do is build your platform for your tree to stand on, at first we weren’t going to do this, but my nana started to think about how the eggs were supposed to stay up on the cone, so she cut out a small square from part of our smaller form boards that we don’t use as much anymore. My nana calculated that it is seven inches on both sides. Since our luck with tracing comes in handy, I had her hold the cone in the middle of the square and I traced around it so that we had a better idea of where to place the glue and eventually put the cone on top.

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After that, we left it to dry.

Next we decided put the fake grass along the bottom of the cone. I chose purple grass (of course!) and we used what we had with the wreath; I put a couple of teaspoons of Elmer’s glue into a small cup and painted each corner at first with a bit of the glue, we then dropped a couple of balls of the grass and if I didn’t want to put my toes into the glue I borrowed a colored pencil and helped get them in place!

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The next visit we attempted the egg part, which proved to be a disaster for us!

In the original directions it tells you to use regular glue, like Elmer’s and with every layer you flip the egg on its other side. So like we started placed them on the actual platform and grass, this wasn’t so bad for the first four eggs. By the time we got finished, several were coming loose and the ones that wanted to stay in their place, couldn’t I guess, I tried to place them together but a couple were a little too close to the point with any motion, they started falling down off the entire thing. It was very frustrating for us! We finally got everybody to agree after my nana kept gluing them back on.

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Some were place inward in the beginning like the pictures on the original, but then we just started laying them in front of the cone hoping that would be better, but it wasn’t. And then we moved onto the second level and it was the worst thing ever! Everything we did, the eggs would just fall. We put them in right, where the tips would be in the center of the bottom row. It was just the glue that wasn’t letting us move on to the next one.

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Unfortunately, my nana and I were not the ones who finished it. When my nana was in the hospital, she had Aunt Laurie and Uncle Mike finish both the tree and a wreath that she had done (the eggs were falling off on that as well!) so I don’t know much of what they did, but it kind of looks like everything is in the same sequence. I was told that they had used the hot glue gun to finish both projects so hopefully now we won’t have any little strays anymore!

The only thing we might have to is put the grass in the blank spots and then it will officially be done. I still don’t know where I would put it, but I’ll find a place for it somewhere in my room!

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Have you been doing any new crafts lately? 

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Still Coloring Easter Eggs!

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Hello!

When I wrote this post, for some odd reason I got confused and thought Easter was this coming Sunday. Thankfully, I caught my mistake early enough that I could change it beforehand!

Easter is no longer like a celebrated holiday in my household, mostly because my sister and I are grown up, she lives in her own apartment with her own fur babies and yeah, I’m just here. However, I do love being surprised with different candies, or like that one year, my mom just went and bought me a whole Easter basket that the three of us devoured in like a week and a half later! So the moral of the story is, we don’t usually do the normal things you do for the actual day like some families.

Every once in a while though, my mom and I get a hankering for hard boiled eggs (only a week after I publish my “veganism” post I write about this – sorry!) Easter is the one day of the year that having two cartons of fairly large decorated eggs is essential. She asked me two Sunday’s ago if nana and I would be interested in painting some eggs and since we’ve both had other projects going on, I just had her ask nana if she wanted to do it too. She agreed to do them as long as mom bought us some new dyes and hard boiled the eggs for us because she can’t, of course!

This isn’t going to be my regular DIY post either considering we didn’t make our own dyes!

I believe we had fun though! It was definitely easier putting them into each bowl of colors – which were pink, blue, yellow, orange and green. Towards the end though, my nana wanted to experiment and poured about half of the blue and yellow into an extra bowl we had in a drawer and so we had another darker shade of green to use, unfortunately at the time we had created this color we were running out of eggs! So we only got to decorate one egg in that color. It was a pretty though! My mom also forgot to only use water in the pink dye as that’s what the directions she had read only five seconds before pouring the vinegar into the bowl. The hue was a nice light color though, almost looks like maid-of-honor dress!

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Getting the eggs out of the bowls that my mom filled up basically to the top was difficult. I was the one putting them in until we realized that my feet were turning blue and green very quickly! So I gave the reins to nana, who could use both of her hands to lift them out safely! We were putting them into a small pan with a paper towel on top so they would be dry before laying them back into the cartons, but towards the end I just didn’t care that my toes were changing colors, despite having a shower the night before, I just started pulling them out and back into the carton.

I don’t think there is a real age where you should stop coloring Easter eggs! I find it cute when nursing homes have their residents do it. They could relive their memories of doing it with their families too! I think my nana got a real thrill for it even though we were both hoping (and praying) to God that nobody fell on the floor and cracked! Speaking about the two of us and the eggs!

Do you still color Easter eggs? Why or why don’t you?

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DIY: Easter Wreath!

Howdy!

The first couple of weeks of March were pretty interesting! My nana and I decided to get a head start on our DIY projects! We hardly ever do anything for Easter, which I’ve always thought was interesting because people normally do the eggs, but why is that the only thing they do for Easter?

Technically, she didn’t say anything about doing any big Easter crafts! The only thing she wanted to do was a holiday tree, which I’ll explain in another post soon! We worked on this project throughout the beginning of March. We have NEVER done a wreath before! This wreath was our trail and error. My nana wants one for herself and we’re waiting to do this one with my Aunt Laurie maybe! So this is actually for my mom at her workplace! Thankfully she didn’t mind if the whole thing looked rustic!

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What you will need for this:

  • Sheet of Cardboard
  • Ruler
  • Cake Tin
  • Xacto Knife or Scissors
  • Plastic Eggs
  • Fake Grass
  • Glue

Like I said above, this was our trail and error wreath, so I’m going to tell you a better way of doing it than how we did it. We realized a couple of times halfway that we should have done a certain part first. I am also including the original link I found on Pinterest of the craft, in case you wanted a better source!

Okay, so the first thing we did was take a 9″ cake tin on top of a fairly medium sheet of cardboard that my nana surprisingly still had after all these months! I used the cake tin as a guide and it’s better to get the middle one traced and cut as well! This was one of our first mistakes! Mostly because we were rushing and decided to get the first row of eggs on the actual circle before I had to leave for the day! Anyways, what we used was a 6″ snow globe (I’m a resourceful person – use what you got!) to trace around and then nana cut out the middle hole with a xacto knife! The first one she just used scissors!

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As you will see in the next batch of pictures, we did have to move our circle further into the middle after we glued the first row of eggs to the edge, but in general it was already like that even without having the eggs on there!

On the original directions, the person uses a hot glue gun, well we decided to go with regular glue which was a semi bad and good idea, only because we’ve had to reglue like five or six eggs and luckily it’s mostly the same eggs that have been loose on us! This is where we tried to do what the original link tells you do next and place the eggs close to the edge because you need room to put the second batch of eggs! However, since the cake tins weren’t that big we couldn’t glue the eggs how they were supposed to, so nana thought we put them on their sides like they’re forming a train! And that’s how we figured out that problem!

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We actually did all of this in three days, so they had multiple days to dry and were left alone unless a couple were loose and then nana put extra glue underneath them!

When we finally got to adding the fake grass throughout the empty spaces. I was really worried we weren’t going to be able to put much on or shall I say, I didn’t think I’d be able to put my big freaking toes in some of these teeny areas! Somehow I was wrong again but I did have nana do most because towards the end as I was getting more and more frustrated! Fake grass likes to stick to you when you’re sitting directly underneath a vent! Anyways, we finally found a way to stuff a small ball of it into the crevices and use a pen or colored pencil to shove it into the areas it all worked out pretty good after that!

Once we got as much “green” grass we could get on it, my mom put in a request to add more into the areas I couldn’t get into. So we had some yellow grass here and there to make her happy! Next time we’re going to actually glue on the glass first before even do the eggs to see if that is better! We never got to doing the back, so she would be able to hang it up somewhere. She says it is now on top of her work’s activity center’s door!

After a couple of days, my mom actually had a co-worker asking if we could make her one for her door as “it was bare” so essentially my nana and I got our very first order! We are still getting the last of the details done with it, but yeah! It seemed like a cool way to end out this post!

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The next DIY project we’re doing is actually for me! There are some similarities between the two, but you’ll have to wait to find out! If you’re following my blog’s Facebook page I will share sneak peeks so keep an eye out there too!

Hope you all have enjoyed this post!

Are you doing any Easter crafts this year? 

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Coloring Easter Eggs!

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So this happened…

My nana’s birthday is this weekend, so majority of my family came down for a visit. Two of them weren’t supposed to come down because they were going to a truck show in another state, but plans changed and came down couple of hours after we ate! My Aunt Laurie, Uncle Mike and cousin Taylor with their dog Mila came down from up north. They usually like to come down on the weekend before my nana’s birthday because that’s when Taylor’s spring break falls on. How did she get so lucky? This weekend was extra special because my aunt really wanted to meet my sister’s boyfriend, you all know him as “Batman.”  So they finally got to meet and embarrassed him and my sister good!

I woke up around eight something and I wasn’t very happy. I had another late night because my mom had to stay later at work this time around and I knew my dad wasn’t going to go to bed early and I just waited up to see her before I fell asleep. By the time she came home it was like 11:30, I remember listening to like five songs on my iPod and watching one episode of The Golden Girls before passing out! I figured she wouldn’t want to get up too early to go over to my nana’s, but everytime I tired to go back to sleep I’d get right back up, by noon I had enough and I got up (physically) and listened to some music and I think within a half hour my mom got up too. Blondie and Batman got up pretty early and they went to Denny’s for breakfast (and I wasn’t happy!) they also went to Wal-Mart afterwards to get supplies to color Easter eggs. On our way over there, my mom tells me this and I got way too excited for my own good! I actually LOVE to color Easter eggs! I honestly hate painting anything, but Easter eggs were always a favorite activity to me!

When we got there, nobody had eaten anything besides their breakfast which was hours before! So they were basically waiting for my mom and I to get there before deciding where to go. We got Noble Romans pizza and bread sticks. Oh my goodness, they were delicious! Even though I had pizza like two days before I was still happy as can be! While Laurie and Mike went to get the pizza, my mom went and did my nana’s errands with Blondie and Batman. So I stayed behind with Taylor and the dog, it’s been a while since I had a nice conversation with my nana because of the weather and her health problems. We caught up on different things and it was really nice! After we got done eating, we actually went outside for a bit. It wasn’t too cold, but there was a chill in the air so you needed a light jacket. If you stood in the sun though, that wasn’t too bad! While everybody was outside, they were taking pictures of each other doing crazy stuff. At one point after David and Katt got at the house, everybody (but me!) were doing cartwheels in the yard in front of God and everybody passing by!

Around five in the afternoon, everybody had noticed that we didn’t have anything to snack on. Nobody had remembered to get a vegetable and fruit tray, so if imagine my mom on the phone calling our local store that arranges these things, in the kitchen which was a bad idea because when the guy asked what we wanted, everybody was yelling out different veggies and fruit. My uncle David was the only one with pizza still on the brain, plus the fact he was sitting right next to her, yells out different pizza toppings. At one point she slapped his arm that we all just lost it and started laughing our asses off! I’m surprised the dude didn’t hang up the phone! While we sat and waited for the hour to go by before mom went to go grab the trays, I asked when we were going to the Easter eggs. It’s just a lot more fun doing things like this there because everybody can take pictures and talk amongst ourselves.

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My poor papaw was in the kitchen watching his basketball game. I mean, it is March Madness here! We did it in the kitchen because it’s got the best lighting in the whole house, but less amount of space! So when we brought out the card table, everybody just kind of scattered into the next room. My Uncle David managed to find a seat on the floor, distracting the dog for us. We brought my push wheelchair with us, because it’s less bulky but I couldn’t reach the table to do anything so my nana has this thing that lifts up your feet. I’ve used it on many of our DIY projects before! I knew it could be my little space, but I didn’t want to get it dirty with the different color dyes, so we used a paper plate and that was the best thing ever! Blondie and Batman got like five different things to decorate the eggs with and one of which came with these small paint rollers, it was the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! We certainly didn’t have these when I was a kid! They also got the normal bowls with color drops, plus a glitter, monster (came with stickers and hair!) and Batman got himself a set of paints so he could attempt to make a Batman egg. It didn’t work out for him very well!

Blondie and Batman got like two 16 cartons of eggs, and of course my mom and aunt Katt had to boil the eggs for them beforehand! I think Batman and I had the most fun! We had a lot of fun using the paintbrushes and rollers…I haven’t used paint or dyes in a long time so that instantly brought out my inner child. When Blondie got out the glitter ones, they only came with two different glitters a light pink and bright sparkly green, then I remembered nana and I still had like seven bottles of glitter that we hadn’t used up from doing our Halloween pumpkins! So we started using those, actually I used the crap out of them! They were small enough bottles that I could grip my toes around them and shake them over the eggs! After tipping the glitter bottles over, it became like 10x more fun for me! Because all of the excess glitter ended up on my paper plate and I started rolling my eggs in that glitter! It was like I was six years old again! By that time, my nana, Aunt Laurie and my mom all jumped in and colored a couple of eggs! They did theirs the old school way! When we finished one carton, us three got tired and were out of creativity that we still had like 10 or so left, so my mom and sister just made the extra ones plain colors! We found out later on that night, when my dad went to eat one that while he was removing the shell that if it had glitter on it, the glitter would stick to your fingers and get on the actual egg too! Oops!

A little bit after that we left for the night. It was just starting to get dark too, that’s one of my favorite parts about spring! It gets dark around eight-ish and you’re constantly thinking you have plenty of time left when you really don’t! We went back to my nana’s Sunday afternoon. I knew that we had a birthday party to go to afterwards in the garage and I’d probably eat a lot over there, so I only ate some broccoli and dip before we came back to the house. They left around three and it was nice and fun like always to be around everybody again. When we got home, we switched wheelchairs and we went over to the garage for the party. Blondie didn’t stay long, she had to go back to the house to take a nap with the dog. I ate pretty good, steak, baked potato, plus the cake and ice cream at the end. I watched a little bit of Nascar, college basketball, and the guys play pool! I even got to visit with little Miss Chevy too! I’d say it was another great weekend for me!

the rollers and paint!
the rollers and paint!
our finished eggs! All of mine are on the left corner!
our finished eggs! All of mine are on the left corner!