Puff Pastry Basket

Puff Pastry Basket

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On a gloomy, rainy Saturday morning, what can be better than enjoying a nice cup of coffee and some warm, flaky pastries while watching the rain fall? Frozen puff pastry sheets are your best friend at a time like this. Not only can you stay in your pajamas all day but, it is also an opportunity to do a project with the little one.

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Tools:
Fork
Knife
Basting brush
Rolling Pin
6-cup Giant Muffin Pan

Ingredients:
1 sheet of Puff Pastry
1 egg
A little flour for dusting
Cooking Spray

Directions:
1. Follow package instructions to thaw 1 sheet of puff pastry. Once thawed, unfold, dust both sides with flour and roll it out lightly. Cut the sheet into 12 – 1in wide strips.

2. Preheat oven to 400°F.
3. Beat egg and set aside.
4. Flip muffin pan upside down and coat the entire bottom with cooking spray.
5. Take one strip and wrap it around the wider part of a muffin cup. (Brush on a little bit of egg on the ends will help it seal.

6. Cut the next 2 strips in half and layer them crisscross across the bottom of the cup.
7. Wrap the last strip around the crisscross pieces on the narrower part of the cup.
8. Brush egg over entire nest, pay attention to the overlapping areas.
9. Bake for 20 to 25 min or until golden brown.
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Mini Sock Bunny

Mini Sock Bunny

FinishedImage_SingleMy children love all things miniature so for Easter this year, I thought I’d make miniature sock bunnies! They require very few materials and my favorite thing about them is that I can make them while watching my favorite TV show as I’m unwinding in the evening. These adorable little bunnies will make great non-candy Easter basket fillers and I can’t wait to see the look on my kids’ faces when they see them Easter morning.

View the YouTube video for this tutorial here.

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Materials (except the poly-fil stuffing)

What You Will Need:

1 ankle length or crew cut sock
1 skein of embroidery floss (contrasting color)
sewing thread (coordinating color)
Poly-Fil stuffing
Scissors
Sewing needle
Embroidery needle
Fabric pen with disappearing ink (optional)

How To Make Your Sock Bunny:

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  1. Make a cut on the foot of your sock approximately 4 inches from the tip of the toe.  This will be the body of your sock bunny.
  2. Slightly overfill the sock bunny body with stuffing.
  3. Using your coordinating thread and needle, sew a running stitch along the now raw edge of the sock, approximately 1/4″ from the edge.
  4. Push the raw edge in towards the stuffing and pull the thread to close the body. Knot the thread.
  5. Now, let’s make the ears and tail.  Turn the remaining sock fabric inside out. Position the fabric so that the cuff is on the bottom and  you can put two equally sized ears side by side.  Draw the outline of the ears onto the top layer of fabric with your fabric marker.
  6. Cut the cuff of the sock off.
  7. Cut out the outlined ears making sure to cut through both layers of fabric.  You should have 2 pairs of ear shaped fabric after you have completed this step.
  8. Cut out a circle shape in the heel of the sock for the tail.
  9. With right sides together on the ears, sew the edge of each pair of ears together, leaving a small opening on the bottom to flip the ear right side out.
  10. Flip the ears right side out and sew the remaining raw edge inside each respective ear.  Join the bottom corners of each ear at the bottom center of the ear and sew together.
  11. Sew the ears onto the body on the toe seam.MiniSockBunny12-13
  12. Sew a running stitch around the edge of the circle piece and pull the thread slightly to start closing the tail.   Before you close it completely, fill the circle with stuffing and then push the raw edges in, close and knot the thread.
  13. Sew the tail onto the body of the bunny where the closure is.
  14. Thread your embroidery floss to make the eyes and nose.  Insert the needle in at the bottom of the body and push it to towards the face to make a set of eyes and a nose.  Use your imagination to give your bunny different facial expressions!Mini Sock Bunny Finishing
  15. Repeat to make an entire family of sock bunnies!

I hope you enjoyed making these as much as I did.  I’d love to hear what your thoughts are in the comments section below!

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Happy Easter and Happy Crafting!

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Super Simple DIY Easter Banner

Super Simple DIY Easter Banner

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I have a curious 4 year old who literally follows me everywhere and wants to take part in everything I’m doing. Most of the time, I LOVE IT! I love that she wants to learn different skills, I love that she’s not just glued to the TV, and I love seeing that sense of accomplishment on her little face when we are done! So naturally, when I’m thinking of crafting ideas, I try to find at least a little part that she can help with.  This Easter banner was a perfect project for her. With just little bit of paint and glue dots she made a cute banner!

Supplies
I listed where I purchased these supplies but, if you don’t have one of these stores near you, I’m sure you can find another similar store with similar supplies!

Dollar Tree:
1 pack of foam bunny shapes
1 roll multicolor curling ribbon

Target:
2 packs of linen pennants (dollar spot)

Stuff From Around the House:
Acrylic paint
Colored pompoms
1 pc of old cardboard
Glue dots
Glue

Instructions:

  1. Make a stencil of an Easter egg 3 in wide by 4 in tall. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut one out in adhesive vinyl, but you can easily make one by hand with scissors and contact paper or a thick card stock.  A template for the stencil can be downloaded here.
  2. Protect your surfaces by painting on top of the cardboard. Linen is very porous so expect paint to seep through.

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    My little one painting the egg stencils
  3. Lay stencil over pennants and dab away. Since the little one will be painting, I used a few glue dots to secure the stencil down. That worked pretty well and they lasted for all 8 pennants we painted.
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  4. Using glue dots, attach foam bunnies to the rest of the pennants.
  5. Attach pompoms to the bunnies with glue.
  6. Thread the pennants together using the curling ribbon and hang!

 

Now sit back and admire your new Easter banner! Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Happy Crafting!

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