How to Colour Easter Eggs

March 19, 2015 in Crafts

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Colourful Easter eggs are not only fun to make, especially if you involve your children, they also add to your home decor and Easter decorating nicely. Using them to place around a bowl of fresh flowers or placing pretty Easter egg on each dinner plate will make your festive decorating easy.

You can get very creative colouring your easter eggs. Some techniques are more complicated than others – but there really are very simple and easy ways to create a nice selection of colourful eggs. Here are few techniques, complete with instructions, that I hope will be helpful to you.

If you print this article, it’ll make it easy to have it with you while you make your Easter eggs with your kids. We’ll be creating 3 types of effects: marble, crayon and sponge styles of Easter eggs.

I’ve also created a list of Easter egg decorating tips that I’ve picked up over the years at the end of the article, if you’ve got any more tips then please leave me a note in the comments!

Marble Eggs

 

You will need:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Store bought dye or food colouring
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil (for each color)

How to Make it:

  • Mix dye according to package directions
  • Add 1 Tbsp vegetable oil to each color you want to marbleize
  • Dye eggs as directed on dye package
  • When you remove the eggs, the oil will have caused a very nifty marbleized effect

Crayon Coloured Eggs

 

What You Will Need:

  • Crayons
  • Boiled eggs
  • Neon food coloring and white vinegar (optional)

How to Make It:

  1. Be sure that boiled eggs are cool and dry.
  2. Place a double folded kitchen towel and place it on the table underneath child’s hands so if the egg slips out it will have a soft cushion to land on.
  3. Use crayons to draw designs on the egg.
  4. Have kids hold the egg gently so they do not crack the shell.
  5. This step is optional but adds a fun effect. If you like, mix 1 Tbsp of white vinegar into a coffee mug of water (filled ¾ full) then add several drops of food coloring.
  6. Dip the crayon coloured egg into the dye and let sit for about a minute.
  7. Remove and let dry. The dye makes the crayon look brighter, especially if you use neon food colouring!

Sponge Painted Eggs

 

What You Will Need:

  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Acrylic craft paints in the colors of your choice
  • Household sponge
  • Paper towel
  • Small bowl of water
  • Egg holder or empty egg carton

How to Make It:

  1. Soak a household sponge in water, then ring it out completely.
  2. Cut the sponge into several different pieces, enough so that you have one for each color.
  3. Using a paper plate as a palette, squeeze out small amounts of several different colors of paint.
  4. Place an empty egg carton upside down so that you can rest your eggs on it to dry once painted.
  5. Hold an egg in your fingers, and with your other hand, dab a sponge into desired paint color.
  6. Dab the sponge onto a piece of paper towel. The object is to remove the excess paint, but not completely dry it out.
  7. Now dab the sponge directly onto your egg, using any type of random pattern you like. Paint as much of the egg as you can and place it down to dry.
  8. Repeat steps four to six for each egg, using different colors.
  9. For a coloured background with white sponge marks, simply paint the egg a solid color with a paint brush or with one of your sponges. When dry, sponge on a pattern with white paint.
  10. When one side has dried, complete the other side and allow that to dry as well.
  11. Place eggs into an egg holder, or fill a bowl with Easter grass and arrange the eggs atop the grass.

More Easter Egg decorating tips and tricks:

  • To make pastel paints from primary colors, simply add enough white paint until you have reached the shade you want.
  • Use a pair of scissors to round the edge of the sponges. Square edge can make your design look choppy, whereas a rounded edge looks softer.
  • Instead of painting the eggs a solid color, you can always dye them with traditional methods, then sponge paint them with white. This is an easy alternative if you don’t have several different paint colors on hand.
  • Get creative! Make different shapes by cutting hearts or letters from the sponges. Dollar stores will sometimes have shaped sponges in the kid’s bath section.
  • To boil perfect eggs, place into a shallow pan, cover with water and boil gently for three minutes. Turn off heat and cover pan with a tight fitting lid and let sit for 15 minutes. Place pan in sink, carefully drain out hot water and let cold water run over them for several minutes. Turn off water and add several ice cubes and let sit for about 5 minutes more.
  • Try different types of food colouring, and for sure – try neon colors!

I hope you enjoy colouring eggs with your children, these days go by quickly! Please send in your comments, suggestions and pictures to share with the rest of us Moms and Grandmoms!

 With Love,

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Christmas Decorating Ideas

November 18, 2013 in Featured Articles

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I find that one of the best way for me is to look at what I could call “motivating decor”- pictures that give me ideas what to do as far as making our home festive for the season.

It is helpful to check out a few pictures and get ideas and then consider where you need to decorate, how much room you have and which ideas will make it mos sense. You also need to consider which ideas would negative impact space in your home – you don’t want your family and guests to be negotiating their movements around decorations – that would definite spoil the effect you are trying to achieve. Also consider children and pets, their curiosity and excitement of the season could change you decor in a hurry!

I have picked a few here that may give you ideas you are looking for and added descriptions that may be quite helpful to you:

This works really well when you want to create an unusual centerpiece for your table when not in use. The minilights hang above an arrangement of Christmas Decorative Balls and bring out colours that really accent your decor. I have used this idea in a little different set up – I hung Christmas balls from a lighted ceiling fan at different levels, added decorative snowflakes and when the fan is turned on (low speed only or you will have a tangled mess on your hands!) the effect was beautiful. My little grandson loved it and I am going to use this idea again this year – this time, I will take pictures!

I have tried in the past to introduce different colour to my personal Christmas decor – but there is something special about the traditional red and white – it says Christmas right away! I also find that hanging decorations – I really like these red stars and white snowflakes a lot – makes the room three-dimensional and adds beautifully to the atmosphere. Pick a theme – whether it’s stars, snowflakes to anything else you prefer and carry that idea to adding it to your table. You will achieve a beautiful look without a doubt!And when you add either silver of gold touches, the effect is absolutely beautiful!

This was the year when I decided that perhaps going away from the traditional reds and whites and turning to blue-white-silver combination is worth a try. That year’s motive was angels and I carried it in the decorations through the house. My tree stand in our front window and when lit, it adds to the outside decor beautifully.

We have a short railing from dining room to the upstairs level and I always decorate it, changing the colours of ribbons and adding other elements that go with the current theme. This one is from last year – I added holly berries and red ribbons – of course – the garland is lighted with mini lights. I just love the effect when those are the only lights on since the opposite side of the room has our Christmas tree

This picture took my breath away – this is the description of elegant, romantic Christmas decor if I ever saw one! Simple and very effective for those who are planning a special celebration of the season for two!

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Here is an example of just how effective indoor lights can be – I love the lighted wreath under a lighted garland and all I am thinking is where can I put this kind of an arrangement in my house?

These are just few ideas and I will be adding others – hope they were helpful to you and please send in your comments, suggestions, experiences and pictures! You input is always welcomed and very much appreciated!

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Halloween Party Planning Tips

October 16, 2012 in Featured Articles

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Halloween Party Planning Tips

Maybe you are just thinking now that it would be fun to organize Halloween party for all your friends…. Where do you start? And what should you do? Here are tips that will help you all along the way – and it is not as difficult as it may look to be at first. Organizing your party planning step by step is the key. Read on and follow these tips and you will be on your way to have one of the best parties ever!

The Guest List

 

Everything you will plan for your Halloween party will depend on who you are going to invite. Send invitations out early enough to allow for R.S.V.P’s and follow up with those who fail to respond personally to confirm your guest list.

If Halloween falls on a weekday, consider scheduling the party for the weekend before so that you have plenty of time to set up and your guests will not have to worry about getting up early the next day. I Halloween is on the weekend, keep in mind that those who have children will need to come to your party at a later hour – after trick-or-treating.

The Place:

Deciding on the place will also depend on how many guests you will have attending. If it is too many guests for your place, or you have restricted parking, consider asking a friend if they would be interesting in co-hosting the party with you.

The Invitations:

If you decide to have a theme for your party, make sure your invites go along with the theme. Some popular themes include:

  • Ghost Invitations – Place a white handkerchief out on a table and write the invitation information in a spiral around the edges, leaving the centre white. When finished writing, wrap the handkerchief around a lollipop (writing out), fasten with a ribbon at the neck of the lollipop, make 2 dots with black marker for eyes and send the invitation in a padded envelope.
  • Gravestone Invitations – Cut a gravestone shape out of grey construction paper. Write R.I.P in big letters at the top. Write your invitation information underneath. Fold your invitation in half lengthwise, sprinkle a little black and orange confetti in the middle, and mail your guests a fun surprise!
  • Pumpkin Invitations – Punch a hole in the corner of a card-style invitation, and tie it with black or orange string to a mini pumpkin (available at most grocery stores). Hand-deliver each guest’s invitation.
  • Candy Invitations – Hide card-style invitations in small jars filled with candy corn. (Pickle jars or small jelly jars work well.) Hand-deliver your invitations to each guest.

If you are mailing invitations send them out at least two weeks before the party. Hand delivery works well if you are planning last minute, or would like a quicker response on your RSVP. Follow-up with a phone call to those who have not RSVP’d you five days prior to the party. Address any concerns your friends have and try to get a commitment one way or the other. When a friend declines, politely express your disappointment AND understanding. Take note of that guest side list you made in the beginning and fill in the holes.

Party Food and Refreshments:

  • Serve finger foods that come in Halloween colors, such as orange slices, Cheetos, baby carrots, cheddar cheese cubes, Ho-Hos, black licorice, and blackberries. Make fruit kabobs by alternating purple grapes and cantaloupe on wooden skewers.
  • Use your favorite Halloween cookie cutters to cut soft sandwiches, such as peanut butter & jelly or tuna fish, into spooky shapes, like ghosts, bats, and pumpkins. You can also use mini cookie cutters to cut pumpkins out of orange cheese slices and ghosts and skulls out of white cheese slices to serve with Ritz crackers.
  • Create spider treats by inserting eight pretzel sticks (four on each side) into the filling of Ritz peanut butter crackers. With a dab of peanut butter, set two raisin “eyes” on top. (To accommodate children with peanut allergies, make your own cracker sandwiches using plain or flavored cream cheese as the filling.)
  • Prepare chocolate pudding in clear plastic cups. Stick a vanilla wafer “gravestone” in each cup, with one half beneath the pudding surface and the other half sticking up, and draw an outline of the grave in green cake decorating gel.
  • Place chips and dips like salsa and guacamole in bowls on the food table. Prop small plastic spiders and rats up on the bowls.
  • Wrap one half of cocktail sausages in thin strips of a four tortilla. Place a dab of ketchup on the other end to look like a toenail. Call these “monster toes”.
  • Serve a spooky punch like Swamp Juice. Empty a 13-oz. package of Kool-Aid into a punch bowl. Add 1 cup sugar and 8 cups water, and stir until dissolved. Stir in 1 can frozen orange juice concentrate. Just before serving, add 4 cups ginger ale and 3 scoops orange sherbet. This will create a putrid green color that will look awful but taste delicious! Add small plastic spiders or raisins to serve as “bugs” for an extra creepy effect! And of course—if you are serving alcohol—add as much vodka to this as you feel safe to do!

Turn your home into the spookiest place ever! Here are some creative ideas for Halloween party decorations:

  • Create artificial mist! Fill buckets halfway with water, and add dry ice. There should be enough water to cover the dry ice, and the proportions should be 2 parts water to 1 part dry ice. Warmer water will create thicker smoke, but it will disappear quickly. Cooler water will create thinner smoke, but it will linger longer. Place the buckets around the party area, but make sure the children can’t get into them. Dry ice is dangerous when touched.
  • Inflate a variety of white balloons with helium. Cover each balloon with a small white sheet or square cut from an old sheet, and draw eyes and a mouth on each with a black marker. Float the ghosts around the party area. For extra eeriness, insert a glow stick in each balloon before inflating.
  • Cover the party food table with a black or orange tablecloth and a selection of scary items such as plastic bugs, rats, and skulls.
  • Hang orange and black streamers from the ceiling in the party area.
  • Cover shoe boxes with brown or black construction paper, and line the inside of each with red felt. Lay plastic or rubber skeletons inside, and set the “coffins” around the party area.
  • Make your own window coverings by cutting silhouettes of cats, bats, pumpkins and spiders out of black construction paper or felt. Tape the cutouts to your window, and then cover the entire window with white paper or a sheet. Make sure the white covering fits the window exactly. Place a light source behind the window to make the scary silhouettes visible from the street.
  • Purchase neon black lights, and place them in the party area. This will create an eerie glow and make all the white items in the room – like the mist and ‘ghosts’ – really stand out.
  • Keep it simple with crepe paper and balloons or go all out and create your own Haunted House.
  • For an easy Haunted House get some blank newsprint/butcher paper and hang from ceiling to floor in the party room, hallways and kitchen.
  • Now your walls are your canvas! Before you hang it, paint the paper in dark colors, with creepy scenes.
  • Add cobwebs in the corners that stretch across the ceiling, complete with spiders. Hang bats from the ceiling.
  • Paint a skeleton onto a wall with glow-in-the-dark paint.
  • Turn your kitchen into a mad scientist’s laboratory. Perhaps you’d like to have some mystery drawers guests can reach into and be surprised.
  • Don’t forget the scary music and sound effects!

For more help with your Halloween fun planning, check out:

All About Halloween

 

Fun Halloween Snacks

 

10 Easy Halloween Costumes

 

Homemade Halloween Costumes for Kids

 

Easy Halloween Costume Ideas for Adults

Hope you have enjoyed this information and that you will have the best Halloween party ever! Please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated


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Easy Thanksgiving Table Decorating Ideas

November 23, 2011 in Featured Articles

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Adding a special touch to your Thanksgiving table does not have to be difficult or expensive. Here are a few of the ones I like:

You most probably have a glass bowl already, so think about filling it with various sizes of pumpkins and colourful gourds – definitely not difficult and not expensive at all. But it does look great and I am sure it will add a special touch to any table

Do you have children’s table to set up? What a great idea this is – just get some colouring placemats. decorate a napkin paper ring and a crayon pouch with Thanksgiving theme pictures (you can use stickers you buy at your local discount store) and you will have something that will keep the kids occupied!

I love the simplicity of this setting and the use of colour. Adding a little pumpkin adds just the right accent and the moss green colour is very effective in contrast. matching the potted, simple centerpieces.

How adorable is this centerpiece? And all it will take is a pumpkin – fresh or a plastic one can be used here. Collecting some branches outside and adding colourful leaves, little birds and a cute little bird house can be very easy and very inexpensive. i have seen all these items in our local dollar store – and this is the centerpiece I am definitely going to make! I would recommend placing a florist foam into the pumpkin first and securing all decoration in that way.

Again  – simplicity is what makes this decoration effective. Most items used can be gathered outside – why not take your kids out for a nature walk and make several of these beautiful decorations together?

One of my favourites – using different heights and colours of pillar style candles – especially adding a metallic one, nestled on a bed of fall leaves, along with a few colourful gourds will make a centerpiece all your guests will admire! And think about using this concept for your Christmas table – it would be very easy to replace the leaves with pine branches, add some pine cones and colourful Christmas balls or bells…. are you thinking?

Warm and very friendly – that is what I would call this design. Love the round wicker place mat under the plate – think about how well this would work if you are using disposable plates! The leaves could also be replaced with ones you could gather outside, or you could purchase silk leave garlands or arrangements at your local craft store and remove individual leaves. The candle holders are great – and definitely easy and inexpensive!

 

Hope you have enjoyed this information – please send me your comments. suggestions and experiences – and pictures of your holiday table settings! Your input is always very welcomed and much appreciated!

 

 

 

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My Halloween Decorations on a Budget

October 22, 2010 in Featured Articles

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I took these pictures outside of my house last Halloween and can’t believe that a year has gone by already. I have a lot of fun decorating for any holidays and totally enjoy watching faces of little trick or treaters checking everything out and enjoying themselves. You will see from the pictures that nothing I used is expensive or elaborate.

Here is what I did:

  1. The pumpkin lights came from a second hand store – a bag of them cost me $2
  2. The ghost was the best thing – I bought him the previous year at 80% off sale and paid about $4 for him. He lights up, makes scarry noises and shakes the fabric cage. Can’t wait to put him up again this year!
  3. I found the scary black car in a garage sale in summer. It is motion controlled and meows when you come close to it, plus the eyes and mouth change colours. It runs on batteries so no need to find a cord and a plug.
  4. Checking around my basement, I realized that Christmas candle lights will work well to add another effect so I borrowed them and stuck them into the front flower bad.
  5. On one of my trips to the Dollar store, I saw these ghost pillows – made from satin material with pretty scary faces painted on. When I hung them up using a fish line, they looked like they were flying through the air. It was a windy night and the effect was awesome!

So – brief summary – my Halloween decoration cost me about $15!

I hope that maybe they will be a bit of an inspiration for you and if you have any questions, please let me know.

My Halloween Pictures:

Halloween 2009 - Front Entrance

Shiny Ghost Pillows from a Dollar store hanging on tree branches

Caged Ghost lights up, makes scarry sounds and shakes the cage- I bought him the previous year at 80% off sale

As I was taking this picture, wind was blowing pretty hard and made the ghost faces appear just right

Another picture of the caged ghost - this is when his eyes light up - kids absolutely loved him!

I "borrowed" these candle lights from Christmas decorations and they added a nice touch to overall decor

Flashing pumpkin lights on a railing, large mum in a full bloom and a black cat that meows when you get close to her

Hope you have enjoyed checking out these picutres and that you will get some Halloween decorating ideas from them. Please send in your comments, suggestions and experiences, your input is always welcomed and very much appreciated

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