DIY Easter Banner

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DIY banners are so much fun to make and very inexpensive. You can use them for any occasion and they look fabulous! I recently made this banner as prop for my Easter photos I will be taking of children. After I am finished with it I will donate it to a preschool to use as decor for their Easter Celebration. You will only need a few things to create the banners and their are so many fun things you can do to decorate them.

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I purchased a packet of Pre cut banner pieces at hobby lobby for $4.99 and used a 40% coupon when I purchased it, making this a steal. For the longest time I would hand cut my own and it was expensive and time consuming. These are just great! [Read more...]

Rainbow Dash Birthday Cake



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For my daughters 5th birthday she wanted a Rainbow Dash Birthday Cake. I was so excited to make this cake, I have been waiting for an excuse to try it out and share!

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I made my white cake from scratch and it was very easy.

Rainbow Dash Birthday Cake
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Serves: 15
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup milk
  1. I doubled the recipe for this cake as it was made for 15 children.
  2. preheat oven to 350 degrees . Grease and flour a 9x9 inch pan
  3. In a medium bowl, cream together the sugar and butter. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, then stir in the vanilla. Combine flour and baking powder, add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Finally stir in the milk until batter is smooth. Pour or spoon batter into the prepared pan.
  4. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven. Cake is done when it springs back to the touch.

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I then divided the cake mix into 6 different bowls. I made each bowl even by scooping one cup of batter in each bowl at a time until I ran out. You can then pick out your colors and I put 5 drops of food coloring in each bowl and stirred until I reached the desired color. You can do more or less depending on the brightness you would like.

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After the cakes are finished you will want to start stacking them on top of each other. To make them stay in place I covered each layer with a scoop of frosting. I purchased the frosting at my local grocery store because I was on a time limit, but I would normally make my own.

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This is called a crumb coat. It is best to cover the entire cake in a thin layer of frosting and then put in the freezer so it sets together and doesn’t fall apart. I used a wilton cake spatula for this and it works great, though you can also use a butter knife and this also works well. I let this set in the freezer for one hour before I put the final frosting coat on. I needed two packages of frosting for the size of this cake.

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Don’t worry if the cake cracks or any pieces look unstable this will all come together once the crumb coat is complete. I then layer the cake with one more final coat and then decorate.

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Because this was a rainbow dash cake I decided to use Skittles, one of my daughters favorite candy’s. I sorted out the colors first and then layered then across the cake in rows. The rainbow sprinkles and candles were also purchased from my local Michaels crafts store. To top the cake off I purchased a small Rainbow Dash My Little Pony figurine from Amazon to place on top. Whenever I make a themed cake, such as Mickey, Toy Story or this Rainbow Dash Cake, I always add a figuring on the top. I am not great with fondant and I feel that it really brings the cake together and makes it look SO much more fantastic.

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When you cut open the cake you will be able to see all of the layers. This cake was so much fun and probably my daughters favorite yet! I am a huge fan of making your own cakes, don’t worry if you are no Martha Stewart, this cake is easy for everyone!

DIY Jean Vest

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I started with an old denim jacket my son had outgrown.

What you will need is Sissors, tweezers, a butter knife (optional), pumice stone, bleach, spray bottle and gloves.

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Take your jacket and cut off the sleeves. I like to leave about a quarter of an inch so that I can fray around the edges.

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I use tweezers to fray the edges by pulling at the threads all around. You can also use the sharp end of scissors and run it across as well.

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Time to start distressing!  I love the distressed look on jeans, I can’t get enough! There are several ways to accomplish this. I like to use Scissors and tweezers for this. Simply make two cut marks parallel to each other,  once you do this, you can slowly start pulling out the blue threads, leaving the white ones showing.

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Lay the denim on a flat surface. Fade the area you want to distress with a pumice stone or scissors, rubbing it against the area in a back-and-forth motion. Continue rubbing until you achieve the desired amount of fading. There is no specific way to do this, have fun!

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Once you have finished this you will need gloves, bleach and a spray bottle. I used an old hairspray bottle for this, it worked just fine, so anything you have around works. I used half water and half bleach, I recommend pouring this outside, especially if you have children and wear those gloves!

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Now find a place you can lay out the jean jacket. Spray the jacket as you like, I went crazy and did this all over but you can see it sprayed more in some spots than others. Let the jacket sit in the sun for a min of 5 minutes, I did 15, it depends on how faded of a look you are going for.

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Once finished, put the jacket in the washer under a rinse cycle to get all of the excess bleach off and then do a normal wash and dry cycle. And you are done!

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Here is what the finished product on my 15 month old. It goes perfect with any outfit!

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Simply Made: DIY Printed Leggings

Welcome to Emily’s Simply Made Series! Each post features a craft that looks cute or is practical but is easy enough for even the uncraftiest of people. Cute DIY things are NOT just for the pros! You can do it too!

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Fun, funky printed leggings are in for kids right now!! Boys and girls alike are wearing these tight pants with modern designs on them in all the fashion pictures I see out there, but I’ll be darned if those suckers cost $20-50 EACH! No thank you. I am one mom who will always find a cheaper way to get the things I want for my kids and this was one I was determined to win. I wanted to spend as little as possible to get custom leggings for my boy.DIY Printed Leggings with Bikes 640x640 Simply Made: DIY Printed Leggings

To make your own printed leggings, you’ll need: [Read more...]

Candy-Free Preschool Valentine Treats

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I came up with four different DIY candy-free preschool valentine ideas this year–two for matchbox cars and two for bubbles.  [Read more...]