Make Your Easter Table Special With This Easy Floating Easter Centerpiece

Easter Centerpiece

Easter is almost here! Are you hosting an Easter meal? Are you concerned about a centerpiece for your table? Here’s an easy Easter centerpiece that will make your guests think you are genius!

Supplies:

  • Mug or tea cup
  • Saucer or small plate
  • Fork
  • Moss
  • Figurine
  • Assorted flowers
  • Glue gun

Whenever I come up with some idea for a project, I always scout out thrift stores. Since I volunteer as a cashier for the Dorcas Shop in Cary, NC, that is always my first stop.  I found a beautiful cup ($.25), plate ($.50), fork ($.25), bunny figurine ($.50) and a scarf ($1.00) I thought would be fantastic for this project.

Next, I made a trip to my local craft store to find some flowers to add to my design. So far, I have a color pallet of white, yellow and green so I knew I wanted to add some flowers which would compliment and contrast this pallet.

After assembling all the supplies, it’s time to start creating!

The first step is to bend the fork so the tongs sit on the plate and the handle fits against the cup at the desired angle.

Add a large quantity of hot glue to the center of the plate and position the fork into the hot glue. Hold the fork until the glue starts to set. After the glue sets, cover the fork with more glue to secure.

Add a large quantity of hot glue to the center of the cup and position the handle of the fork. Hold the cup against the fork until the glue sets. Add more glue to secure the fork to the cup.

Now, the fun begins! Hot glue the moss to the cup, down along the fork and onto the plate. This is now the base of your arrangement. Arrange the figurines and flowers until you have an arrangement you’re happy with. Use hot glue to adhere the figurines and flowers in place.

I used my scarf and came up with this:

Then, I recreated the arrangement with moss and this is how it turned out:

Which do you like better?

Happy creating!

 

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Christmas Cookie Mason Jar Gift

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It’s that time of the year again and you want to show your love to your neighbors and friends.  Who does this through baking?

My sister loves to bake Christmas cookies and starts in November making and freezing about 10 types of cookies.  She’s a Christmas Cookie Warrior!

I like to keep things a little simpler and focus more on presentation. This year, mason jars came to mind. Hmmmm, how would you fit cookies into a mason jar? Tiny cookies!

I baked 3 kinds of cookies: tiny Sugar Cookies, tiny Gingerbread men and Brown Rim Butter Cookies. (The Brown Rim Butter Cookies fit perfectly into a mason jar.)

Cookie Mason Jar SuppliesMy original idea was to go with a “winter” theme. The mason jar caps are silver, blue sugared cookies, white ribbCookie Mason Jar Gift 1on and a snowflake ornament. I added the royal iced sugar cookie “light bulbs”. Honestly, I wasn’t that impressed with how the jars actually turned out.

So, on to idea #2.

Since I had also made a batch of Brown Rim Butter Cookies and decorated them with red and green sugars, I tried another combination. These Cookie Mason Jar 2jars contained the red and green sugared cookies and gingerbread men. Using the same white ribbon and a store bought tag, I liked the look of these better. And the ones with the red ribbon are the best!

Which do you prefer? Pin the one you like best!

Joyful creating!

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Preschool Lemonade Fun

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What’s a favorite summer drink? Lemonade!  My friend, Mrs. Bergeson, scheduled a day of Lemonade fun.  What did the children learn? They used their senses, color recognition, fine motor skills, counting skills and experimented with an art technique.

Senses: Look at the lemon, what color is it? Touch it – is it smooth or bumpy? When we cut it in half, what does it smell like? Let’s squeeze out the juice. Is it sweet or sour (taste with our finger). If we add some sugar, is it still sour?

Color recognition: Which color straw and parasol will you pick?

Fine motor skills: Squeeze the juice out of the lemons using a juicer. Take the top off the glue stick and twist to bring up the glue and add glue to the “straw”.  Hold the lemon with fingers to dab into the paint and create prints.

Art Experience:  Use the lemons to make prints.  Which would you prefer, pink or yellow lemonade?  Let’s create a tall, cool glass of lemonade.

Counting:  How many lemon prints did you add to your glass? How many did your friend add?

Art Experience Supplies:

  • Pink Paintlemonaide-project-supplies
  • Yellow Paint
  • Lemons
  • Drink Parasols
  • White construction paper with glass drawing
  • Glue sticks

 

Choose a colored “straw” and glue onto “glass”.

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Choose which color of lemonade you’d prefer. Use the lemons to make prints inside the “glass”.

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Choose a parasol. Flatten the parasol and choose where the parasol should be placed. Poke (or glue) the parasol onto the project.

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And the real life version of the project looks like this!

Using the juice the children squeezed from the lemons, they made lemonade and shared it together.

It’s all these little things that strengthen our preschoolers skills and add up to fun learning experiences!

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Preschool Handprint Corsages

Handprint Corsages

Throughout the year, as we create projects with our children’s handprints, we make an extra set of prints to use for a handprint corsage for our Muffins for Mom’s event.

We use handprints as an opportunity to explore color mixing. If one hand is painted yellow and another is painted blue and we rub our hands together, what color will it make? They are always so excited to see the new color they mixed.

In the spring, we experiment with colors and color mixing as we create “butterfly wings”.  We use our fine motor skills (pincher grip) to drop eyedroppers full of watercolors onto  3.25 size coffee filters. If we let all the colors bleed into each other, what color do we end up with? (Brown!) If we don’t want brown, we have to be careful as we drop the colors.

We have the children create two coffee filters – one to use for butterfly wings for our butterfly project and one to save for the corsage.

Now it’s May and time to assemble our corsages for our moms. . .

Supply List:

  • 7-8 handprints cut around outline and fingers
  • Painted coffee filter
  • Green chenille
  • Tape
  • Pencil

Handprint Corsage Supplies

Instructions:

Poke a hole through the coffee filter with the tip of a pencil.

Handprint Corsage Filter

Arrange the handprints overlapping in one direction and tape at the base of the handprints to hold together. Lay the handprints over the coffee filter.

Handprint Corsage Tape Together

Make a loop at one edge of the chenille, then thread the chenille through the filter and the hole of the handprints. Gently grasp the handprints to nudge the prints around the base of the coffee filter.  Tape the handprints into place. Hint: You might need a lot of tape.

To define the shape of the petals, use your thumb and a pencil to curve the paper.

Handprint Corsage Petals

Upon greeting Mom, wrap the green chenille around her wrist to hold the handprint corsage in place.

Happy creating!

 

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