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How To Make Bath Bombs For Easter

Let me show you how to make bath bombs to pamper your loved ones this Easter! Fill baskets with egg shaped capsules that will turn their bath into a luxurious soak.

How To Make Bath Bombs For Easter

Spring is the perfect time to pamper someone special with some precious bath bombs. Why not give them (or yourself) a reason

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Sprinkle Easter Eggs

Adorn your Easter eggs with colorful sprinkles this year. This sweet touch of whimsy will take hard boiled eggs to a whole new level of darling!

Sprinkle Easter Eggs

I’m always searching for new and exciting ways to decorate my Easter eggs. This year I decided

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Sequined Easter Eggs Tutorial

This sequined Easter eggs tutorial will show you how to make exquisite decorative eggs that you can use to adorn your home for years to come.

Sequined Easter Eggs Tutorial

I’ve been making these beautiful sequined eggs with my elementary students at school for years now. Every Spring I pull out the foam shaped eggs, sequins and straight pins and we go to town chatting and sharing stories whilst we create a magnificent specimen out of layered colorful circles held together with pins. I cherish this special time with my students. We sit together working quietly as our imaginations slowly unfold in a relaxed repetition of jewel-like splendor.

Sequined Easter Eggs Tutorial

Some students choose to make their egg into patterns of color, some choose a solid palette, while others cover the surface with a myriad of sizes, shapes and colors of sequins. There is no wrong or right way. Each egg comes to life at the hands of unique individuals who take the time to sit and create them. And each egg is as beautiful as the individual who creates them. And I tell them so.

Sequined Easter Eggs Tutorial

I love watching their faces glow in self discovery and awe of what their each capable of.  Most of the children can’t sit still for more than five minutes, but this project can capture them and entice them into a creative trance. And the end result of their hard work and dedication is truly priceless…

Sequined Easter Eggs Tutorial

just like each one of the beautiful children I am so fortunate to know and teach.

Items you’ll need to make sequined Easter eggs ::

  • Foam shaped eggs found at any craft store
  • Multicolored sequins, I like to get various sizes for layering
  • Flathead push pins

Take time to sit down with those you love and create something together. You’ll be surprised by the beauty that unfolds.

Happy creating,

Wenderly

 

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DIY Sweater Mug Warmer

Make the cold winter days cozy and quaint with a DIY Sweater Mug Warmer. They’re inexpensive and you’ll never believe how simple they are to put together.

DIY Sweater Mug Warmer

I’ve been an avid coffee lover and drinker since I was a wee little nipper. As a matter of fact, those of you who know me know that “coffee is like air to me.” There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t relish in at least one mug full of the deep, dark, delicious brew and during the cold winter months I find myself wrapping my hands around a mug more often than not. This year after using refurbished sweaters and scarves for setting the scene for a winter party I was inspired to dress up my mugs with these darling sweater mug warmers!

DIY Sweater Mug Warmer

They were unbelievably simple to make! Cut the sleeve of a sweater (across width of the arm) so that it covers the mug but leaves a few inches of the top of the mug exposed. You’ll need lip room for sipping. Next, cut along the edge (height-wise) to make room for the handle. Then cut pieces of a foam double sided tape and place the tape on either side of the handle at the top and bottom of the mug. You may want another piece of or two placed along the top edge of the sweater (depending on how snuggly the wrap fits) so it doesn’t slip. Once tape is affixed, place the already cut sweater wrap around the mug. Make sure to press the sweater against the tape to secure it. I left the cut edges untouched and they haven’t frayed but you can use a non-fraying liquid along the edge if you so choose.

DIY Sweater Mug Warmer

I certainly don’t need any excuse to sip on a mug of my beloved coffee, but I must say that it’s even more fun with a mug dressed up in an adorable sweater warmer! If you’re not a coffee lover, here’s a yummy homemade hot chocolate  recipe for you to enjoy.

Supplies you’ll need to make a DIY sweater mug warmer::

  • ceramic mug
  • sleeves of a sweater (I used sweaters from a thrift store and a children’s size works better)
  • foam doubled sided tape (regular double sided tape would work as well)
  • scissors

Warm wishes!

Wenderly

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Homemade Valentine Gifts :: Flower Pens

Flower pens make beautiful homemade Valentine gifts for loved ones, teachers, friends or coworkers. While they’re easy and fun to make, they’re even more fun to use!

Homemade Valentine Gifts Flower Pens

You may be thinking, “what a beautiful bouquet of flowers sitting quietly in an antique sugar bowl” as you gaze upon the above photo. But is it, really? Nope! It’s not! It’s a beautiful antique sugar bowl filled with a bouquet of flower pens! If you’re looking for a unique homemade Valentine gift, then you’ve come to the right place! Flower pens are such fun! So easily personalized by the pen you use and what type (or types) of flower you choose.

Homemade Valentine Gifts Flower Pens

You’ll only need a couple supplies and less than 5 minutes to make this sweet gift.

  • a pen (or pens)
  • artificial flowers
  • floral tape
  • wire cutters

I found these pretty peonies at the dollar store but you can find an even larger selection of artificial flowers as well as the floral tape, at a local craft store.

Homemade Valentine Gifts Flower Pens

Here’s what you do ::

  • Simply cut a flower with wire cutters leaving about a 4 inch stem
  • hold the stem against the top of the pen, then gently pull the floral tape to release its sticky texture while wrapping it around the stem
  • continue to wrap (while gently pulling the tape) until the entire pen is covered in the floral tape
  • tear off the tape once you get to the tip and press the edge down for a smooth finish

Homemade Valentine Gifts Flower Pens

Viola! You’ve got yourself a flower pen. Isn’t it sweet?

Homemade Valentine Gifts Flower Pens

A bouquet of pens arranged in a fetching vessel makes a gorgeous gift for Valentine’s Day or even a birthday or Mother’s Day. Treat someone special to a beautiful homemade flower pen. It’s nearly impossible to use one without a smile on your face.

Other easy homemade Valentine gifts you may like ::

Happy Valentine crafting!

Wenderly

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DIY Wine Glass Charms

These easy DIY wine glass charms will add a personalized touch to your party that your guests will admire and appreciate.

DIY Wine Glass Charms

I can’t count how many times I’ve been hosting or attending a party or casual gathering, that somebody didn’t say, “Is this my glass?” It just seems to come with the territory. So when I entertain, I like to embellish my glasses with some sort of charm or clever tag. As of late I’ve been celebrating winter and all of its old school charm with all sorts of ideas and projects for a winter themed dinner party. I made yarn pom poms into a darling garland for my fireplace and I decided that these sweet little snowball-like pom poms would be just precious tied onto my wine glasses.

DIY Wine Glass Charms

I knew that I wanted to keep the pom poms off-white so to distinguish each glass, I tied on an assortment of tiny silver charms (from Jo Ann Fabrics). I selected charms that had something to do with winter and/or my tablescape, like snowflakes, pinecones and ice skates, to keep my theme consistent.

DIY Wine Glass Charms

They were a cinch to put together. I just thread the yarn of the pom pom through the ring of the charm and tied them onto the stems of the glasses.

DIY Wine Glass Charms

No more “Is this my glass?” Not to mention they’re stinkin’ cute, aren’t they?

Here are some of my other ideas for a winter themed party ::

Happy Hostessing!

Wenderly

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Tutorial on how to make pom poms

Let me show you how to make pom poms.  Once you see how easy and fun it is, you’ll want to make them all day long!

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

I can still remember the sound of my mom knitting in the family room. That clink of the two long metal needles meeting and then the slooooow sliding sound that was quickly interrupted by another clink. It was so soothing to hear the curious repetition of the fast and slow movements of her hands and needles. They mysteriously created beautiful ponchos and mittens and hats for my sister and me to wear through the winter months. Matching of course.  I remember trying to mimic her movements with her needles. Crisscrossing them in a dramatic fury thinking that somehow I would magically learn how to make the same beautiful music with them that would eventually turn into a velvety masterpiece. She tried to teach me to knit but I was never able to master the technique. I did however learn to make sweet little yarn pom poms with a round of cardboard. As of late, I’ve been craving an evening project to calm my mind and hands after the long rushed days. I decided to snoop around the internet to remind myself how to make pom poms out of yarn.

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

Some people still do it the old fashioned way, with cardboard rounds, but I discovered that others use a fork. I gave it a whirl and I must say that I am smitten with the technique. Wait until you see how to make pom poms. It’s easier than pie. Wrap the yarn around the tines of a fork until you’ve achieved the thickness you want. Then thread a piece of yarn through the center tine (below the ball of yarn you’ve woven) and tie the ball of yarn (in half) tightly with a double knot.

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

Slide the ball of yarn off the fork and cut each looped edge with scissors.

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

Fluff the pom pom and trim off any uneven pieces. And that’s it! Do you believe how simple it is!?

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

It was rather fun making different sizes of pom poms with a variety of forks. The tiny little pom pom is just so dear.

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

I am now hopelessly addicted to the delightfully mindless process of making little yarn snowballs. Even though I’m not making music with metal needles like my mom used to do, I find myself smiling with the same satisfaction of listening to her do so.  I think you will too.

Tutorial On How To Make Pom Poms

Can’t wait to share what I’ve done with all 432 pom poms I’ve made.

Supplies for making yarn pom poms ::

  • spool of yarn
  • fork (or a variety of sizes of forks)
  • scissors

Wishing you many relaxing evenings of making music in your mind whilst making pom poms,

Wenderly

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Wine Tag Hostes Gift

Glitter letter wine tags make the perfect simple yet sophisticated hostess gift when attending any gathering, grand or intimate.

Wine Tag Hostess Gift

For years I have been embellishing bottles with different various letters and tags as hostess gifts! I keep a special drawer full of all sorts of different chipboard letters and glitter glue, (that I buy from my local craft stores) so that I’m prepared with a moments notice. During the holiday season especially, I find myself needing a last minute hostess gift more often than not.

Wine Tag Hostess Gift

I’ve always loved the way a simple initial can instantly personalize almost anything with a simple sophistication. I put these letters on almost anything, including packages and bags and I even use them for place cards and wine glass tags. But I had never realized how much other people enjoyed them until I was at a friends house and there on her bulletin board hung a glittered letter that I had given her years before. She caught me noticing it and instantly gushed about how much she loved it and whenever she saw it there it made her smile and feel happy.

Wine Tag Hostess Gift

And that’s just what a gift, no matter how big or how small, should do to the receiver shouldn’t it? Make them feel happy and smile.

Wishing you a blessed New Year full of sparkle!

Wenderly

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Easy Gingerbread House

This easy gingerbread house will inspire your children and your inner child, to relish in the magical moments of childhood without all the stress and mess.

Easy Gingerbread House

There’s no reason not to make an easy gingerbread house with your kids (or by yourself) this year! All you’ll need are a few simple items and a big dose of imagination!

Easy Gingerbread House

I’m so excited that my all white living room  has an adorable new addition this week! My fourteen year old daughter has been chomping at the bit to make a gingerbread house ever since Thanksgiving. This past weekend we bought some graham crackers, a container of white frosting, some shredded coconut and an assortment of all white candies and she went to town with her creativity. I am beyond smitten with the way her sweet angelic gingerbread house turned out!

Easy Gingerbread House

She glued the graham crackers together with my glue gun to create an instant structure to decorate. How’s that for an easy gingerbread house? No baking and cracking! (If you don’t have a glue gun, don’t worry! You could use a craft glue and then let it set for a few hours or overnight and then decorate once it’s dry.) After painting the gingerbread house with white icing she used the white candies to create patterns and decorations then used her offset spatula to put dollops of icing icicles all around the roofline. The trees were made with some ice cream cones that she covered in icing and then sprinkled with sugar for a sparkly shimmer. The ground is covered in a shredded coconut snow. Now how easy was that?

Easy Gingerbread House

And it just couldn’t be any cuter in my opinion! It’s the perfect way to spend some time as a family and tap into that imagination & creativity without all the stress and mess, not to mention have a beautiful centerpiece to showcase in you home!

If you want to make your own easy gingerbread house, here are the items you’ll need :

  • graham crackers
  • glue gun (or a craft glue)
  • ice cream cones
  • white icing
  • sugar (for a frosty shimmer)
  • shredded coconut
  • a plate (to create your gingerbread house on)
  • an assortment of candies (we used all white but you can use any color combo you like!)
  • an offset spatula (or any kind of knife that will easily spread the icing)

Wishing you a Christmas full of creativity!

Wenderly

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Pumpkin Ideas :: Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

Tis the season for fun and festive pumpkin ideas, fabulous costumes and evenings spent whispering ghost stories around a fire pit.

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

Every October my mind begins to swirl with a plethora of festive pumpkin ideas. First of all I adore pumpkins and secondly , since I was a wee little nipper,  I have loved every single moment of the pumpkin carving experience. From sketching out ideas for just the right face, to reaching my hand into the cold stringy goo, to roasting the harvested seeds, I love the tradition of carving pumpkins.

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

In fact, I still treasure the experience today with my girls even though their tiny chubby hands that I once held and helped navigate the slippery orange orbs have grown into long beautifully manicured ones that can carve and cutout the most amazing creations.

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

The other night as we huddled around the newspaper filled island, brainstorming our pumpkin ideas, I was struck with a glowing idea!! What would happen if I used glow sticks inside the carved pumpkins instead of candles????

Magic would happen, that’s what.

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

Red and yellow and green glowing marvelously magical pumpkins that won’t catch on fire or blowout (and can even become your very own night light in your bedroom if you wish).

Pumpkin Ideas Glow In The Dark Pumpkins

And that’s part of what makes Halloween so much fun if you ask me. The marvelous magic that falls over the land for an evening of pure imagination.

More fun & festive Pumpkin Ideas :: 

Wishing you & yours a magical Halloween,

Wenderly