Heirloom Child footprint Easter Plate

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Inspired by the Easter footprint example on Pinterest, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/44613852531120415/, my family and I visited a paint your own pottery place and tried to replicate the concept.

With the help of my son, I was able to walk him through what we were going to do – and what we were going to make.  He’s 3.5 yrs old now – and has a better understanding what’s involved in the process now.  There for awhile we had to take a break from taking prints – as he didn’t really understand what was going on – now he’s into it!

So it was helpful to have baby wipes on hand and family/friends to help.  I explained that the paint would feel cold and damp, but we are going to make a carrot and bunny out of his footprints and he was very excited.  It took 5 minutes to do both foot prints – and he was very good to be very still when we did them.  A week later when we picked up the plate – we were really happy with the results!

Materials:

$35.00 pottery plate

$0         pottery place provided all paint/brush supplies and cost for firing plate.

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$35.00

Christmas Child’s handprint tree plate

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Now that out 3 yr old son and 18 mo old daughter are older – I wanted to make something that allowed both of them to create together – after looking through Pinterest, the answer was a handprint tree, https://www.pinterest.com/pin/492649935267856/.

This is the first time our son and daughter have collaborated to make anything and/or do a craft together – the outcome was amazing!  And they were both SO good at working with each other during this project.  As always, it helped to have family and friends with us to do this … I had our son go first and painted his hand light green and put his hand print on the plate, then we painted our daughter’s little hand light green and had her put her hand on the plate … they had a great time and really enjoyed it.

I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out but just went with the creative flow.  Adding the string of Christmas lights helped tie the shape of the tree together and adding the base with the planter grounded the image and gave it more structure.

What was a rainy day when we decided to do this craft turned into a fun afternoon with an ever lasting heirloom keepsake.

Materials:

$55.00 Plate

$ 0.00  Paint, brushes, firing provided by pottery place

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$55.00

 

Thanksgiving Turkey Pear Decorations

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Was tasked with providing the decorations at this year’s Thanksgiving, so I went on Pinterest to look for inspiration and what I found was the following: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/455285843564782516/

So armed with this vision I found on Pinterest I went to the grocery store … and I started searching … and searching … and searching for anything ‘dried’ to create the tail portion of this cute little decoration … finding dried mango, dried cherries, dried anything is tricky in Texas grocery stores (unless it’s outside).  So I found myself improvising on some of the items – for starters my pears are not green, but rather brown, which I was good with – because after all, who has ever really seen a green turkey (as was in the Pinterest example)?!

Once I found the baking aisle I started sifting through all the dried fruit options and thinking through what I could use that would fit in with this … I settled on dried cranberries, dried pineapple and raisins … less cutting and easier to thread on a toothpick … and note to anyone who tries this – get the GOOD toothpicks!  Don’t get the flimsy ones I did without thinking … they are impossible to stick into the pears without breaking – fortunately my sister-in-law had some good sturdy toothpicks I was able to use instead.

I couldn’t find any of these ‘candy eyes’ that the other person used, so I got some white candy pearls and used those as eyes a black frosting gel for the dot which made up the eyes.

Kids love to help! And my sister-in-law was really grateful that I had a project that kept her 7 yr old daughter busy … my niece and I had a blast making these little guys and she was quick to create the toothpicks with the fruit that created the tail on the pears.

These little guys added to the fun and were a cute addition to the kids table.  Fun holiday project and easy to do!

Materials:

$25.00  Pears, dried fruit, toothpicks, baby carrots, candy pearls  & black frosting gel

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$25.00  Total

Thanksgiving Relish Tray

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Was tasked with creating this year’s Thanksgiving relish tray with the requirement that it MUST include radishes (for my mother who is the only person who eats them).  So I did a little research on Pinterest and found some really great ideas … like this one: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/371758144215121283/!  Mostly because it incorporated radishes!

So armed with the vision … I went to the grocery store and loaded up on all the wonderful condiments that I thought folks would like in a radish tray … the result can be seen above.  I managed to get this picture off before my brother and dad devoured all the olives.

Our toddlers and nieces and nephew thought it was comical and entertaining to have a plate of food styled to look like a turkey … my mom was pleased to have a bunch of radishes and I was glad I didn’t have to cook!  Win-win all around!

Materials:

$25.00  Olives, pickles, carrots, RADISHES, celery, cherry tomatoes, sweet pea peppers

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$25.00  Total

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Valentines Centerpiece

Valentines Centerpiece

Was inspired to make this Valentine Candy Heart Centerpiece based on a few posts from Pinterest. (http://www.pinterest.com/pin/428053139554830743/)

– Found glass candle holders at Marshalls ($14 for all 3)
– Found white non-scented candles at Cost Plus World Market ($20 for all 3)
– Candy Hearts at grocery store ($10 for a 27 box @ $0.39 each)

Creation which I can recycle each year totals $44