Paper Earrings

I don’t know about all of you out there with 6-year-old girls, but mine is currently obsessed with dangly earrings.  For a while I wasn’t allowing them.  Kids play hard, and I am always nervous of a long earring being ripped out.

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A little while ago, Skylar took matters into her own hands.  Using nothing but paper, scissors, and her existing stud earrings, she make herself some lovely dangly earrings.

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I was very impressed!

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So now, I do occasionally allow dangly earrings, but not for school or playtime.  Paper earrings however, are always welcome.  Can’t wait to see what design she comes up with next!

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For those of you whose girls do not already have pierced ears, you could have them cut out their designs, and use glue dots or some other adhesive to let them have a little fun.

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

First Aid Butterflies

In honor of Spring finally being upon us, here’s a fun and easy art project: First Aid Butterflies!!

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Things you need:

  • Paper in your choice of color
  • Markers
  • Gauze (or cheesecloth)
  • Band-aids

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Have your child use the markers to color the gauze squares.  It’s not a perfect science, just give it some color.  Then pinch the top and bottom of the gauze together, and use the band-aid to attach it to the paper.  Just add a face and antenna, and you’ve got yourself a butterfly!

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So cute!!

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But don’t use up all of your band-aids!  With the amazing weather we’ve been having here in Chicago, I see a lot of outdoor play and scraped knees in our future.

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Have a wonderful (85 degrees in March) day!!

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Lizz

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Wanna pin our cute art project to your Pintrest page? Click here: 

I’m Guest Posting at What’s For Dinner Today!

Welcome visitors from What’s for Dinner!  I hope that you like what you see and choose to stay for a while…

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Today I am guest posting over at What’s for Dinner.  Not only am I posting this super fun accessory I did a while back:

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Magnetic Necklace with Interchangeable Bottle Cap Charms

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I am also hosting a giveaway for one!

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So please take a moment to pop over to What’s for Dinner and check out this super easy tutorial and/or to enter the giveaway.  You only have until Wednsday (July 13) at Midnight to enter, so don’t wait!

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Good Luck Everyone!  Have a wonderful week!

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Lizz

I Was Featured on Beneath the Rowan Tree!

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I recently shared this First Friendship Bracelet post…
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…on Beneath the Rowan Tree’s Monday Playdate.  And she loved it enough to feature it on today’s Monday Playdate!

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Beneath the Rowan Tree

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Thank you Beneath the Rowan Tree!  I’m glad you liked our bracelet!

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If you want to see the other amazing projects that were featured, and linked up, *click here*

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Have a great day!

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Lizz

First Friendship Bracelet

I remember summers as a kid.  I always went to camp, and I always had a great time.  There are many things that should be mandatory when one attends camp.  Nature walks, cookouts, capture the flag, and of course friendship bracelets.

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I have been waiting 6 summers for Skylar to have the dexterity to do this, and this summer is it!!  And it went really well…

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I thought we would start with a simple bracelet

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I’m not sure what the official name for this, so let’s just call this one “The Spiral”.  To get started with any friendship bracelet, you will need a variety of colored embroidery floss, and a safety pin.  Cut the floss into long strands (about the length of your arm), and tie them together on one end.  Poke the safety pin through the knot, and secure it to either the end of your pant leg or to a sock.  (This will help to anchor it for you while you work.

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Here’s how you get “The Spiral” done, as demonstrated by the amazing Skylar…

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First, grab the color you want to show on the outside (orange in our case) and hold it in your right hand.  Hold all of the other strings in our left hand.

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That hitchhiker’s thumb is actually necessary.  You need to wrap your chosen (orange) thread, up and around the thumb.  If done correctly it will look like a number 4

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Then you will take that orange string under and through the opening that was created.  Pull the string all the way through.

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Now, bend your thumb to release that string.

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Now, pull it tight.  Not crazy tight.  Just tight enough to look right.

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This step will be repeated however many times you would like (we did ten each).  Then switch you another color and do another set.  Keep going until the bracelet is as long as you desire.  This would also make a fun necklace.  Tie off the end, and cut off the access string.  I used a silly band to tie up the ends, but you could do a simple knot, or something fancier

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Now, all there is to do is think.

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Should I keep this?  Should I give it away?  Who would I give it to?  What colors should I use next? When will my mom stop taking my picture?

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(Cough, Cough) Okay, enough thinking.

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If you have smaller kids, you could always try this with thicker yarn.  I think Skylar did an amazing job with this one, so we will probably be trying some harder patterns next time.

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Until then, I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far.  Is there anything you plan on doing with your kids that you miss from summertime?  I’d love to hear about it!

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Have a great day!

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Lizz

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I will be sharing this post at these parties:

Kids Can Craft @ Sew Can Do

Will See it Wednesday @ Fabric Bows and More

Linkin’ with Lil’ Luna @ Lil’ Luna

Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

Under $100 Link Party @ Beyond the Picket Fence

Strut your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple

Playdate @ Beneath the Rowan Tree


For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

Delicately Constructed Fridays @ Delicately Constructed

Simply Link Party @ Simply Designing

Party Mindie Style @ Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo

Sensational Sunday @ What’s for Dinner?

Link and Learn @ No Time for Flashcards

Craft-O-Maniac Monday Link Party @ Craft-O-Maniac

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie

Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Tuesday Time Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework

Inspiration Board @ Homework; Today’s Assignment: Be Inspired

Summer Boredom Buster Link Party @ Thrifty 101

Creative Bloggers Party and Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime

Upcycling – A “New” Craft Supply Container

Hooray!  I learned something new today: the difference between recycling and upcycling.  Some of you may already know this, so bear with me, ’cause I’m new to this bandwagon.  Apparently:

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Recycling is altering, adapting, treating, or processing something in order to reuse it (i.e. processing plastic bottles to create new products.  They cannot be made into plastic bottles again)

Upcycling is reusing something without changing its composition. (i.e. what I have done below…)

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This whole thing starts with one of our favorite summertime drinks, lemonade! While making fresh lemonade is generally preferred, the best quicky way is Country Time Lemonade Powder.  I found them on sale for $1 a container (which is amazing!!).  So I bought (ahem) 10 of them.  Now we are not only swimming in lemonade, we are swimming in lemonade containers like this one:

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I actually really love the shape of these containers, so, I thought of a great way to re-use them as we polish them off.  They can hold our crafting supplies!  And our first order of business was to collect up all of the beads we have.

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All you have to do is peel off the label and give the container a washing.  I went simple with decorations, and just used a purple permanent marker to write what the contents would be.  I will probably have Skylar decorate these a bit more later, but first we just need to get organized!

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I love how the container is just clear enough that the colors of the beads come through.

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Then I put all of the strings into a ziplock bag.  I was able to just fold up the bag and put it in the container on top of the beads.  (Sidenote:  I love using ziplock bags to store things for kids, but I prefer to use the ones with the slider.  I know they cost a little more, but then the younger kids can open and close them without any help)

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Another great thing about these containers is that the top can be used like a bowl to hold the items when in use.  This way you can see the beads when you’re trying to pick some out.

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I plan to use more of these for other tiny craft supplies that need a good home like gems, sequins, pom poms, ect.

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Another great way to use these containers would be for painting.  The curved top of the container would help keep drips and spills under control, and the lids could be used for mixing colors.  Then when the paintin’s done, you can just screw on the top and keep the paints fresh for next time.

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What would you use these containers for?  I’d love to hear some suggestions!

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Have a great day everyone, and I hope you learn something new today too!

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Lizz

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I will be sharing this post at these parties:

Linkin’ with Lil’ Luna @ Lil’ Luna

Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

100 Ideas Under $100 @ Beyond the Picket Fence

Strut Your Stuff @ Somewhat Simple

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholars

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

Simply Link Party @ Simply Designing

Sensational Sunday @ What’s for Dinner?

Link and Learn @ No Time for Flashcards

Made By You Monday @ Skip to My Lou

Craft-O-Maniac Monday @ Craft-O-Maniac

Inspire Me Monday @ Singing Three Little Birds

Made It Myself Mondays @ You Had Me at Craft

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie

Tuesday Time Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework

Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

Party Mindie Style @ Bacon Time with the Hungry Hungry Hypo

Creative Bloggers Party and Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime

I’m Guest Posting at Reasons to Skip the Housework!!

I am so excited, because today, I have the honor of being one of the guest posters for Reasons to Skip the Housework‘s 500 Follower Gala!!
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I would love if you would take a minute to go over and see this super cool craft we made:

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Magnetic Necklace with Interchangeable Bottle Cap Charms

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I am also offering a GIVEAWAY over there.  You’ll have to check out my guest post *HERE* to see what it is, and to enter.  You only have until Friday to enter, so don’t delay!!

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(Note:  If you would like to sign up for the giveaway, you must submit your entry comments on my post at the Reasons to Skip the Housework site, not this post)

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

I will also be submitting this fun project to these parties:

Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices Thursday @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholars

Feature Yourself Friday @ Fingerprints on the Fridge

Muffin Tin Monday – Drawing A House

Did you ever draw a picture of a house when you were a kid?  Of course you did!  If you were anything like me, you probably did the same thing every time: A house in the middle, flower gardens, big sun, clouds, and birds.  So pretty!

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I was thinking about this when planning our muffin tin for this week.  I feel like our tins are sort of like a picture.  So, let’s draw!

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Top Row (Left to Right): Peep Birds, Pirate Booty Clouds, Corn Soup Sun

Bottom Row: Ham and Cheese Roll-ups, Peanut Butter and Nutella Sandwich, Apple Flowers

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Skylar loved it!  She totally understood what I was doing with this one too.  And she ate really well, so bonus!

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The corn soup was so good.  I put a bag of frozen corn in a pot with one box of Trader Joe’s Corn and Roasted Red Pepper Soup.  Simmer for 75 minutes.  Trust me, it’s worth the wait.

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For the house, I cut the bread by eyeballing it.  Then I gave it a layer of peanut butter, and piped nutella onto it for the door and window.  I used the “cut the tip off of a ziplock baggie” method for that.  So easy, and it really looked like how I used to draw houses!

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We are always so happy doing and eating our muffin tin meals.  If you love them too, make sure you check out the other amazing tins over at Muffin Tin Mom’s site.

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Muffin Tin Monday at Muffintinmom.com

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Happy Monday Everyone!

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Lizz

String Nest

Before we get to today’s fun, I wanted to announce our total from the Online Flea Market that was held on Friday.  As most of you will remember, all the money raised has been donated to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.  Are you ready for the total??

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The Flea Market Raised an amazing $566!!!

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Thank you so much to everyone that bid on all of the wonderful items, and I especially would like to thank the three lovely ladies that purchased my flowers:

Kelly from Cedar Park, TX

Wendy from Wheeling, IL

Kelly from Morton Grove, IL

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I hope you all enjoy your flower clips as much as we do!

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If you missed the flea market but want to contribute, there is still time! The PurpleStride Chicago 2011 5K run/walk is this Saturday.  I will be walking with Team Ripple, in remembrance of the wonderful Steve Omilinsky.  If you are interested in making a donation to help our team raise money for this worthy event, please *Click Here* to see my donation page.  Remember, every little bit helps!

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Okay, now on to the fun part of the day…Making a nest out of string!

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First, gather your stuff.  I know I always say that, but in this case, it’s important.  Once you get glue on your hands, you aren’t going to want to rummage around for anything.  Trust me.

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(I also have the items for chalkboard eggs in this photo)

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You will need:

  • A bowl about the size that you want your nest to be (width wise. It’s okay if it’s taller)
  • Clear plastic wrap
  • String or twine
  • Mod Podge
  • Another smaller bowl (to hold glue)
  • Newspaper, or table covering
  • Scissors

After you cover your workspace with the newspaper (and marvel at just how “busy” those supermarket ads really are), you will need to make a glue solution.  I didn’t measure this, but it’s easy to eyeball.  Pour some Mod Podge into your smaller glue bowl.  Add a little water and mix it up until it’s the consistency of milk.  It will look like milk too.  Don’t drink it.

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Next, take your nest-shaped bowl, and turn it upside down.  Cover it completely with plastic wrap.  Grab your string and you will be ready to go.

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You may notice a lack of process photos for the next few steps.  Remember how I said you won’t want to touch anything when your fingers are gluey?  That includes fancy cameras.  This is probably a good part to have the kids do, and I probably shouldn’t have done it myself at midnight.  Insomnia…grrr…..

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Anyways, I digress…Cut the string into long pieces.  You will have to judge this one on your own.  You don’t want them short, but too long is hard to handle.  Take your cut string and submerge it in your glue solution.  Give it a minute or two to soak.  Then, find the end piece.  As you pull the string out of the glue, run it through your pinched fingers to squeeze out the excess liquid.  Then lay your string all over the plastic wrap covered bowl.  Repeat this process until you get a nest-looking thing like this:

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Let this dry overnight.  The next day, you can flip the bowl over, and peel off the plastic wrap.  You will be left with this:

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A nest!

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Now you have a lovely place to put those amazing chalkboard eggs I showed you yesterday.  Did you miss them?  Check them out *here*.  I think this nest would look lovely with just about anything in it.  If you try this, let me know what you put in it.  I would love to see it!

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Have a wonderful day everyone!

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Lizz

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I will be submitting this project to the following link-up parties:

(Please click the links to see the other amazing projects too!)

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DIY Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s Blog

Link and Learn @ No Time for Flashcards

Made by You Mondays @ Skip to my Lou

CraftOManiac Mondays @ CraftOManiac

Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

I Wear My Crafty Pants on Monday with Miss Craft Pants
Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie
Tuesday Time-Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework

Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe

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Chalkboard Eggs

I showed you all a little preview of this craft a few days ago.  I know it’s already after easter, but I think this could very easily be adapted to make it work all year round.  I think it even works as is!  I’m going to show you how I made the eggs today, and how I made the nest tomorrow.  I don’t want to overwhelm.

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As always, you will first need to gather your supplies:

  • Chalkboard spraypaint
  • Chalk
  • fine sandpaper (if needed)
  • Something disposable to hold items (i.e. empty egg carton)
  • Craft Eggs (oversized not-real eggs) – this is where you could adapt this project.  You can use anything made out of wood or plastic that you want to make into a chalkboard.

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Once you have all these things, you will need to find a safe and appropriate place to do your project.  As I live in an apartment building, I decided to go out into the grassy area in the parking lot.  Remember, since you are using spray paint, grassy/dirt areas are better than concrete, as to not create spraypaint outlines of your egg carton.  Also remember that if you do this in your apartment’s parking lot grassy area, you will get lots of curious questions like “What are you doing?”  and “Why are you making black eggs?”.  Don’t worry.  They will be very impressed later.

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Now, take your eggs, and put them into the empty egg carton, leaving space between them. If your items have a smooth surface, you will want to use the sandpaper to rough up the outside a bit before spraypainting, so the paint adheres better.

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Use all of your good spraypaint techniques (like keep the can 8-12 inches or so away from the object, and spray in short burst, so you don’t get drips) and cover the top half of the eggs. (or in this case the bottom since I started with them upside down)  Be aware of the direction of the wind, so the paint doesn’t fly back onto your clothes.

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Wait for them to completely dry, flip them over, and cover the rest.

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While you wait for them to dry again, admire your ability to only get a little smudge of paint on your finger.

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Then walk around your parking lot taking other photos with your new camera that you plan to show off at another time.  Or whatever you want to do.

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You will now have this lovely looking centerpiece: (umm…once I do the tutorial for the nest part)

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But just wait…it gets better!

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Tada! How fun!!

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The best part about these is that the chalk can be wiped off, and re-done as many times as you want.  My kiddo immediately erased my (ahem) professional-grade artistry, and created her own awesome designs (which I didn’t photograph. Bad Blogger!).  She loves the fun of these as much as I love how beautiful (and easy) they are.

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I would love to know:  Is there anything you are thinking about turning into a chalkboard?  Leave me a comment and let me know!

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Have a great day everyone!

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Lizz

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I will be submitting this project to the following link-up parties:

(Please click the links to see the other amazing projects too!)

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DIY Thrifty Thursday @ Thrifty 101

Creative Juices @ Momnivore’s Dilemma

For the Kids Friday @ Sun Scholar’s Blog

Link and Learn @ No Time for Flashcards

Made by You Mondays @ Skip to my Lou

CraftOManiac Mondays @ CraftOManiac

Inspire Me Mondays @ Singing Three Little Birds

Craftastic Monday @ Sew Can Do

I Wear My Crafty Pants on Monday with Miss Craft Pants
Tip Me Tuesday @ Tip Junkie
Tuesday Time-Out @ Reasons to Skip the Housework
Too Cute Tuesday @ Funky Polka Dot Giraffe
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