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    • Printed cotton sheeting
    • Rolled hem foot for sewing machine
    • Fabric scissors
    • Ruler or quilting square
    • Fabric marker
    • Sewing machine


    • Braided leather cording
    • Pendant piece like a silver piece, turquoise or bottle cap
    • Locking sliding bolo tie clasp
    • Bolo tips
    • E6000
    • Scissors


    • Hot glue gun and glue sticks



    1. Cut a square of fabric to size. For children 16”-17” is a good size. For an average size adult 20” x 20” and if need looser fit 22” x 22”. Add a ½” seam allowance to each edge.

    2. Put the rolled hem foot onto your machine.

    3. Feed the edge of the fabric into the foot so it rolls and hems for you as you sew!

    4. Sew all four edges, trim the threads and enjoy!


    1. Cut the leather cording to about 36”, if you’re taller than average add a few inches.

    2. Use e6000 to glue the bolo clasp to the pendant piece. Allow the glue to set.

    PRO TIP: Use hot glue if the pendant is valuable, as long as the material is metal or stone you should be able to remove it if you want later.

    3. Feed the leather cording through the clasp.

    4. Glue the bolo tips on, allow the glue to set and enjoy!

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    • ⅓ cup butter, softened
    • ¼ cup confectioners' sugar
    • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour
    • ⅔ cup ground hazelnuts
    • Pinch salt
    • ½ cup milk chocolate chips
    • ¼ cup crushed toffee candy
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


    1. Preheat oven to 325°. In a small bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Combine flour, hazelnuts, and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape 1 tablespoon of dough into a ball; pinch the dough to form a face. Repeat. Place 2 in. apart on a greased baking sheet.

    2. Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Let stand 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

    3. In a microwave, melt chocolate; stir until smooth. Holding a hedgehog cookie by the nose, spoon chocolate over the back (leave the face uncovered). Allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; immediately sprinkle crushed toffee onto the wet chocolate to look like hedgehog spikes.

    4. With a toothpick dipped in chocolate, make two eyes and a dot on the nose. Let stand until set. Store in an airtight container.

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    • Various fabrics
    • Accoutrements for details
    • Cardstock
    • Elastic
    • Fabri-Tac
    • Fray Check
    • Tacky spray
    • Fabric scissors
    • Paper scissors


    1. Use your paper scissors to cut shapes out of cardstock.

    2. Spray some tacky spray onto the front of your shape and place them face-down onto the back side of desired fabric.

    3. Take your fabric scissors and trim around the edge of your cardstock shapes, leaving a ¼”- ½” of fabric seam allowance to wrap around the back of your cardstock.

    4. Once your shape is cut out, lift the cardstock shape and secure to fabric with Fabri-Tac.

    5. Wrap the edges of your fabric to the backside of your cardstock shape and secure with Fabri-Tac. *Cut slits where necessary for good fit. *

    6. Use Fabri-Tac to add any detail elements you want.

    7. Allow to dry.

    8. Cut a length of elastic.

    9. Glue each end of the elastic to the back side of your bookmark shape.

    10. Allow the glue to set and enjoy!

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    • Paper plates
    • Paper
    • Scissors
    • X-Acto knife; optional
    • Glue or hot glue gun
    • Additional details like pom-poms, etc.
    • Pencil
    At Home With Our Family - Maria Provenzano DIY Handprint Wreath - Home & Family


    • Use either the scissors or the X-Acto knife to cut the center circle out of the paper plate

    • If you used scissors to cut through the paper plate you can reattach it together using a hot glue gun

    • Create your handprints by tracing the hands and cutting them out

    • Repeat until you have enough to go around the wreath

    • Attach the handprints to the paper plate that’s been cut in the center

    TIP: Do alternating colors for the handprints to create dimension

    • Once the paper plate has been covered with the paper handprints then add any additional details you like such as pom-poms, etc.

    • Hang the wreath with mounting tape or any way you like depending on where you want to put it in your house

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    • Tape - clear package tape works best
    • Scissors
    • Paint / crayons for you kids to decorate it
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    1. Take the biggest sides of the box at the top and fold them in.

    2. Then take the front flap (this will be the front of your plane) and fold it back.

    3. Trace the front flap onto the two flaps underneath using a pencil.

    4. Cut down the pencil line and remove the back half of the cardboard from the bottom flaps. Keep the pieces that you cut off – do not throw away.

    5. Cut off the back flap and save it.

    6. Tape the front flap of the box and the remaining two larger half flaps that are remaining together. 

    7. Cut off all the flaps on the bottom of the box.

    8. You can cut windows in your plane now, but I skipped that step.

    9. Use the long flaps from the bottom of your box (that you already cut off), and use those to make the wings. Cut out a small rectangle on notches on one side of your wing, so that way you can stick it into the plane. Do this for both wings.

    10. Hold up the notched side of the wing to the side of the box and trace it so you know how big of a hole to cut.

    11. Cut along that hole, and then insert the wing notch. Bend it and tape it down on the inside

    12. Grab the leftover pieces that you cut from the top of the box flap and cut off two corners on the same side. These are the propellers.

    13. Tape propellers together!

    14. With a remaining piece of extra cardboard, cut a circle for the front of the propeller. You can use a plate or bowl as a stencil. 

    15. Then tape it to the front of your propellers in the middle.

    16. Finally, either tape the propeller to the front or use a brad (if you have one) to secure.

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    • Mason jars in a variety of sizes like 64 oz, 32 oz and a 16 oz
    • Cardboard tubes cut to size to fit inside each jar
    • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • Masking tape


    • Red beans
    • Bowtie pasta
    • Tri-colored fusilli


    • Clear silicone tube sealant
    • Decorations/ribbon/twine for the rim of the jar


    1. Make sure that your cardboard tube is the correct size for your jar. If it’s too big, you can cut it down to fit.

    2. Add a generous amount of hot glue to the bottom of the cardboard tube and immediately set it into the jar in the middle on the bottom. Hold in place until it sets up completely.

    3. Add the ingredient to the jar, around the cardboard tube. Make sure that the tube is completely covered and there are no gaps. You want to make the jar look like it is completely full of just the ingredient.

    PRO TIP: Put some masking tape over the top of the tube to ensure you don’t get any of the ingredient in there.

    4. If you plan to move this around a lot, add some clear silicone sealant to the top of the ingredient, leave the tube exposed. You don’t need to do this if it’s just going to sit in your kitchen as décor.

    5. If desired add a ribbon to the top cap area, set in your kitchen and enjoy your little secret!

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    • 1 cup creamy peanut butter, no sugar added
    • 1⁄2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1⁄4 cup Brown Sugar
    • 1 egg
    • Flakey sea salt, for sprinkling


    • Chocolate chips
    • Raisins
    • Honey-roasted peanuts
    • Banana chips

    Yield: ~24 Cookies (1 Tablespoon Dough Per Cookie)


    1. Heat oven to 350 ̊. Line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.

    2. Beat egg gently in bowl. Add peanut butter and sugars, then whisk to fully incorporate.

    3. Stir in any additional ingredients if desired (chocolate chips, raisins, etc.).

    4. Scoop mounds of dough with a tablespoon or small cookie scoop and place on prepared sheets 2-inches apart.

    5. Press tops of cookies with a fork in perpendicular pattern, making a crosshatch on top.

    6. Sprinkle with flakey sea salt, then bake until golden brown (10-12 minutes).

    7. Remove from oven, allow to cool on tray for 5 minutes, then remove to wire rack to complete cooling.

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    • 2 ½ yds of plush felt or another non-fray fabric
    • Felt in black and pink for details
    • Fabri-tac power fuse non-toxic glue or hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • Fabri-tac power fuse non-toxic glue or hot glue gun and glue sticks
    • Quilt batting
    • Fiber stuffing
    • Fabric scissors
    • Plate or bowl
    • Chalk
    • Optional: Sewing machine and thread instead of glue


    Download a template for your mat here.

    • Fold the fabric over so that you have one yard on top and trim the excess off. Keep this to make the ears out of.

    • Cut the two yards on the fold to get two separate yards.

    • To easily round the corners, place a bowl or plate on each corner and trace it with chalk. Cut along the line.

    • Unroll the batting and cut down to a good size for the interior of your mat. You want to have about 2”-3” of seam allowance around the edge.

    PRO TIP: The more layers of batting, the comfier the mat will be!

    • Glue all but one side together, make sure to spread glue across the entire surface of the seam allowance to get a flat, sealed edge.

    PRO TIP: Use clothespins to clamp the glued areas together if the glue is taking too long to set.

    • Print the detail templates and use them to trace onto the matching fabrics with chalk. Cut them out.

    • Glue the inner ear onto the front of each ear.

    PRO TIP: The ears should be oriented opposite directions so make sure they’re facing the right way before you do this!

    • Glue the ears together, apply a line of glue about 3” long to the center of each ear to create a crease. Glue around the edges except about 3inches left open to stuff. Allow the glue to dry.

    • Use stuffing to fill out the ears and seal with glue.

    • Attach the ears by sandwiching them in the top edge you didn’t seal on each end. Secure with glue. Seal the rest of that edge up.

    • Glue the face details on.

    PRO TIP: Your kids can help with this party if you use the power fuse non-toxic fabri-tac!

    • Allow the glue to set and enjoy!

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    Ingredients for Cookies (Makes 24)

    • 1 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup or 2 sticks salted sweet cream butter
    • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
    • A pinch of salt
    • 3 cups flour
    • 1 ½ tsp aluminum free baking powder
    • ½ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

    Ingredients for American Crusting Buttercream (Makes 4 1/2 cups)

    • 1 cup salted sweet cream butter
    • 1 cup Crisco shortening
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 9 cups of confectioners’ powdered sugar (white powdered sugar)
    • 3 Tbsp heavy cream or more as needed

    Ingredients and Materials for Decorating

    • Tips 12, 18, 233 and 47
    • Easter sprinkles
    • Bunny & chick sprinkles
    • Brown, green and white food coloring
    • Large Egg-shaped cookies and round cookies
    • Shredded sweetened coconut
    • Cadbury mini chocolate eggs

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    Directions for Cookies

    1. Cream butter, brown sugar, vanilla, pinch of salt, and egg together in a stand mixer on medium speed for about 30 seconds to one minute.
    2. Mix dry ingredients, flour, baking powder, and salt in separate bowl. I use a whisk to blend the dry ingredients together.
    3. Add dry ingredients to your wet ingredients. Mix until the cookie mix becomes a dough and it pulls away from the sides of the bowl. It will seem a little dry but it will all come together.
    4. Add in mini chocolate chips and mix again.
    5. Remove dough from bowl and wrap in saran plastic, place in fridge for at least 15 minutes. If you flatten the dough it gets colder quickly. Preheat oven to 375 while your dough chills.
    6. Flour your surface and roll dough out to ¼ inch thick. Cut your cookies out into desired shapes.
    7. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 6-7 minutes or just when the cookie puffs up. These will brown faster than your regular sugar cookies.
    8. Once baked, let sit for one minute on the cookie sheet to firm up.
    9. Transfer to a cooling rack so they can cool completely.
    Master Tip- I use salted sweet cream butter from Costco because it has the perfect balance of salt for my cookies. If you don’t have that, use unsalted butter and add ½ tsp to the wet ingredients.

    Directions for American Crusting Buttercream

    1. Cream your butter and shortening until well incorporated. Both must be at room temperature to prevent clumping.
    2. Once creamed, add your vanilla. Mix again for a minute.
    3. Sift your powdered sugar to make sure there are no clumps and add it in.
    4. Place a towel over your mixer to prevent a powdered sugar storm.
    5. Once mixed, slowly add in your heavy cream or milk one Tbsp at a time because you can always add more but you can't take it out. Continue to add more than the recipe states if it's too thick.
    6. Mix until smooth, about 1 minute on medium to high speed. Be sure not to over-whip your buttercream. DON’T panic you won't ruin it if it whips longer. Store unused buttercream in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week or freeze for up to three months.
    Master Tip- I use salted sweet cream butter from Costco because it has the perfect balance of salt for my cookies. If you don’t have that, use unsalted butter and add ½ tsp to the creamed butter.

    Directions for Decorating

    1. Pipe handle around the top half with tip 18. Pipe basket weave with tip 47. Pipe with buttercream inside the basket with tip 12. Add green coconut (see below) and sprinkles. Add bunny & chick sprinkles

    2. Green coconut- Add green food coloring into plastic bag, add in ½ cup of shredded sweetened coconut. Mix until coated and green.

    Directions for Decorating Bird's Nest

    1. Use tip 233 to pipe blown buttercream. Start in the center of the cookie with piping bag straight up and down. Pipe around in a circle and get wider as you go. Pipe three layers on the outside to build up the nest. Add three mini chocolate Cadbury eggs . Add bunny & chick sprinkles.

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    Materials for the Balloons

    • Balloons
    • Gaffers Tape
    • Little colorful eggs
    • Silk flowers

    Materials for the Chair Backs

    • Still felt
    • Rabbit pattern
    • Scissors
    • Pom Pom
    • Iron on letters
    • Ribbon
    • Velcro
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    Directions for Balloons

    1. Blow up your balloons all different sizes/colors & tie them up
    2. Them the down to the table with gaffers’ tape
    3. Fill in open spaces with little colorful eggs or silk flowers
    4. Ta-da!

    Directions for Chair Backs

    1. Take your felt & draw your rabbit pattern onto the felt then cut it out using scissors
    2. You can cut a bow tie with extra felt for the bunny & glue on
    3. Take a pom pom & glue on for a rabbit tail
    4. Using iron on letters place the kids name onto the bunny
    5. To not damage the chairs, glue a piece of ribbon from one side of the bunny to the other
    6. Add double sided Velcro to the ribbon & attach!

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    • Craft Paper
    • Tape
    • Hot Glue
    • Scissors
    • Pencil
    • Pom Poms


    1. The first thing you want to do is make a flower petal template. Make all different kinds of sizing for layering.
    2. Use that template & start tracing your flowers onto craft paper or card stock. Make as many as you desire
    3. Then cut them out using your xacto knife
    4. Using a ruler, fold down the middle of petal to give it some dimension
    5. Take the bottom of your petal and create a slit at the bottom, then overlap your paper where the slit is to give your petal a caving look
    6. Tape the back up to hold
    7. Start to attach your petals to another and hot glue to one another
    8. For the last petal, don't tape the back up. Just of finagle your last petal in and thne glue to other.
    9. Then just start layering your new sizes.
    10. Give your flowers a center by gluing pom poms together.
    11. Time to hang! (To hang, hot glue a little paper tab to the back and then hang with push pin!)

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    Materials for No Dye Easter Eggs

    • Plastic egg mold; I like using the ones that are for candy making
    • 3 1/2 cups white sugar
    • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
    • Spatula
    • Food coloring
    • 1 egg white
    • Large bowl
    • Baking sheet
    • Parchment paper
    • Spoon
    • Royal icing
    • Piping bag
    • Easter decorations to fill the eggs, optional to use candy as well

    Materials for Silk Tie Dyed Eggs

    • Eggs
    • 100% Silk Ties
    • White Cloth
    • Zip ties or rubber band
    • Water
    • ¼ c Vinegar

    Directions for No Dye Eggs

    1. Mix the sugars together in a large bowl
    2. Whisk the egg in a separate bowl, mix until slightly foamy; if you want to color the large sugar egg, add some food coloring to the egg white before mixing it with the sugar
    3. Use the spatula or your hands to mix everything together
    4. It should feel like wet sand and be able to hold its shape when squeezed; if it still isn't packing well, you can add a little bit of water to the mix
    5. Pour the sugar into the mold and use your hand to press the sugar into the hold until it is packed firmly
    6. Place the baking sheet covered with parchment paper over the egg and flip it over so that the egg shape in on the baking sheet without the mold
    7. Allow the egg to set up for a few hours
    8. Scoop out some of the front of the egg; only one side
    9. Let set overnight to harden completely; the timing will vary based on how large your egg is; you can also place this in a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven for about 15 minutes to expedite the process
    10. Once the egg is hardened completely, mix up the royal icing and use it as the glue to attach the two egg shapes together
    11. Use the royal icing to decorate the egg
    12. Add additional candy or Easter decorations.

    Directions for Silk Tie Dyed Eggs

    1. Deconstruct tie by removing lining, leaving just the silk.
    2. Cut a piece big enough to wrap around egg and wrap around egg making sure the print side is against egg.
    3. Tie in place
    4. Cut a piece of white cloth big enough to wrap around egg, wrap over silk and tie in place.
    5. Repeat above steps for additional eggs.
    6. Once eggs are wrapped, place them in a pot and cover with water. Add ¼ c of vinegar. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 20 mins.
    7. After 20 mins, remove from water with tongs and let cool
    8. Last but not least, remove material from egg and enjoy all the beautiful designs!

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    • Oven-bake clay
    • Card stock, free template (
    • Paintbrushes
    • Acrylic Craft paint
    • Paint pens
    • Rolling pin
    • Craft knife
    • Scissors
    • Toothpicks
    • Hot glue/glue gun
    • 1” brooch pin backs
    • Twine
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    1. Download and print templates onto card stock or use your own design.

    2. Preheat the oven to the temperature suggested on the label of your clay.

    3. Knead the clay as directed to get it ready, then roll it out on a clean surface, 1/4″ thick.

    4. Place your card stock designs on the clay to use as a template, cut out with a craft knife.

    5. Follow package instructions for baking the clay.

    6. If you’re going to tie your designs with string, make holes with a toothpick before baking.

    7. Let clay cool completely before painting.

    8. Paint your clay shapes; adding extra flare with paint pens.

    9. Using hot glue, attach a 1” brooch pin to the back of your design. Let dry.

    10. Attach pin to gifts.

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    • Cardboard Juice Boxes
    • Popsicle Sticks
    • Scissors
    • Paint
    • Foam Brushes
    • Hot Glue Gun
    • Egg Carton
    • Craft supplies (OPTIONAL: Beads, Buttons, Paper, Pom-Poms, Googly Eyes, etc.)
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    1) Cut open the bottom of an empty juice box

    2) Rinse and dry out

    3) Fold edges into box or cut off

    4) Hot glue the popsicle stick to the inside

    5) Paint outside

    6) Stick in egg carton to dry

    7) Decorate !

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    • Popsicle molds
    • 1 cup Cornstarch
    • 1 cup Water
    • Washable tempera paint
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    1. Mix cornstarch and the cold water together until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. This is going to be the base of your ice chalk.

    2. Add a few drops of tempera paint (color of choice).

    3. Pour into popsicle molds.

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    • 2 yards of tan felt
    • 1 yard pink felt
    • 9x12 various colors of felt
    • Fabric tac glue
    • Stuffing
    • Needle and thread


    1. Get two rectangle tan pieces together.

    2. Use fabric tac glue and glue edges.

    3. Leave a 2 to 3 inches open.

    4. Let dry & then flip inside out.

    5. Once dry take the pink felt rectangle (which should be ½ inch smaller than tan felt).

    6. Glue pink on top of tan rectangle: that will be the face of the pop tart.

    7. Let dry.

    8. Cut black felt into small eyes, mouth and nose for pop tart face.

    9. Cut different colors into sprinkles.

    10. Glue face and sprinkles on top of the pink felt.

    11. Once dry, insert stuffing.

    12. Glue the open edge of the tan rectangle together once you insert the stuffing.

    13. Let dry.

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    • Egg cartons, dozen or flats work, but they all have to be the same brand or style
    • Straight hurricane vase
    • X-Acto knife
    • Hot glue gun and glue sticks


    • Spray paint
    • E6000 or clear Gorilla Glue


    1. Cut strips of the desired part of the cartons with an X-Acto knife. Different parts of the carton will give you different looks:

    • The dividing center strip of a dozen carton creates the Vertical Spikey Vase

    • A strip of the bottom of the egg cradles will create the Horizontal Spikey Vase

    • The side of the egg cradle next to the hinge of the dozen carton will create the slide-on temporary version.

    PRO TIP: You can measure the vase and strips to see how many cartons you will need to save up for this!

    2. If you’re creating a permanent option, glue the strips directly onto the vase.

    • To create the vertical spikey vase, glue the strips on with space in between so that you can glue the connecting strip on top. Make sure the space is slightly narrower than the strips, so you don’t see any vase in between.

    • To create the horizontal spikey vase, glue the strips on horizontally by applying a dab of glue to the top of each bump on the strip and holding it on until it sticks, stagger the rows for visual interest.

    • To create the temporary option, wrap the strips around the vase and glue the ends of the strip together.

    PRO TIP: For the permanent versions, adding a bit of E6000 or clear gorilla glue after the hot glue sets will ensure a stronger bond.

    3. Spray paint if desired, allow to dry completely.

    4. Set in your décor, add some flowers and enjoy!

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    • Large Cardboard Boxes
    • Tape
    • Large Binder Clips
    • Scissors or X-Acto knife
    • Smaller paper boxes (optional for obstacles)


    1. The first thing you want to do is map out how you’d like to set up your maze, this way you can figure out where you’d like to cut all your doors in the maze

    2. Next, on your boxes draw a decent size door on the box & cut out with an X-Acto knife

    3. Once you have your doors cut out it’s time to connect them all

    4. Set up your maze in the lay out you prefer & connect them by attaching binder clips to the tops of the boxes

    5. You can add obstacles like creating tunnels with tall/long boxes & cut circles out the tops for a different scenery.

    6. Or you can take smaller cardboard boxes to block some of the doorways, so they have to use another way out!

    7. Create maps inside with a “you are here” mark for an additional fun factor

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    • Marshmallows (Small, Medium, Large)
    • Candy Melts
    • Food Coloring
    • Color Mist/ Food Coloring Spray
    • Open Box
    • Foil
    • Mini White Picket Fence
    • Hot Glue Gun/Glue
    • Coconut Flakes
    • Chocolate Cookies
    • Sprinkles
    • Small Candy Pieces (for chick)


    For Barnyard:

    1. Use a flat platter or wooden box as the base of your barnyard

    2. Lay foil down on the base of the box

    3. Hot glue white picket fence around box

    4. To make the grass, take a bag of coconut flake and mix it in with green food coloring

    5. To make the mud, crush up the chocolate cookies in food processor

    For Marshmallow Pig:

    1. Use marshmallow for body of pig

    2. For the snout, use half of a mini marshmallow

    3. For the ears, snip a large marshmallow diagonally

    4. Use 4 mini marshmallows for the feet

    5. Spray marshmallow with color mist/ food coloring spray

    6. Allow to dry

    1. Draw on face with candy melts

    2. Use toothpick to stand upright in the barnyard

    For Marshmallow Chick:

    1. Use marshmallow for body of chick

    2. Use small candy (red, yellow, orange) to create chick’s features

    3. Draw on eyes with candy melts or small tubed icing

    4. Use toothpick to stand upright in the barnyard

    For Marshmallow Cow:

    1. Use extra large marshmallow for body of cow

    2. Cut ¼ of a marshmallow and connect to extra large marshmallow as head

    3. Attach eats and feet (same as pig)

    4. Use chocolate candy melts to draw the cow’s spots and face

    5. Use toothpick to stand upright in the barnyard

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    • Nail polish in various colors and textures like glitter polish
    • Plain plastic phone case



      • Paper to lay down on work surface


      • 1/8” or 1/4” wide masking tape


      • Confetti in fun shapes like stars or hearts



      1. Make sure the phone case is clean and dry then place it in the center of your workspace, back side up.

      • There are two techniques for this, the drip dots and the drip lines.

      2. To create the dots, open your nail polish and dip the brush so it’s got a lot of paint. As you pull out the brush press it against one side of the bottle to wipe some of the excess off.

      • Hold the brush directly above where you want to place a dot and let the paint drip onto the spot.

      • Repeat this process until you’ve added as many dots as you want!

      3. To create the lines, dip the brush into the nail polish to get an excess of paint on the brush.

      • Start on the paper, off to the side of the phone case to get the drip going then wave it back and forth over the case. Do this in multiple colors if desired.

      4. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving or using the phone case, enjoy!


      1. Take the tape and create the pattern you want. Make sure it is smoothed down on the case well, so you don’t get paint underneath.

      2. Paint the nail polish in desired places on the phone.

      3. Allow to dry completely before use and enjoy!


      1. Place each piece confetti in place.

      2. Hold the confetti in place and paint clear nail polish over it, if you’re using glitter nail polish that works too! Allow it to dry.

      3. Add a layer of nail polish all over the case.

      4. Allow the case to dry completely before use and enjoy!

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      • Branch, dowel or rod
      • Construction paper in various colors
      • Paper cutter, X-Acto knife and ruler or scissors
      • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
      • Cup hooks large enough for your branch x2


      • Invisible tape or school glue sticks


      1. Cut a bunch of strips of paper in various colors to the same dimension. The size of the strips depends on how wide and big you want the rings to be.

      PRO TIP: Make one ring to size that you like first to determine the size.

      2. To start each chain, bring the ends of one strip together and secure with hot glue.

      PRO TIP: If you want to get the kids involved use invisible tape or school glue sticks instead!

      3. Loop a second strip through the first and secure together at the ends. Repeat adding links to the chain until you have the desired length of your wall hanging.

      PRO TIP: Visualize what you want the pattern to be and add colors in sections down each chain to create solid blobs as you add chains next to one another.

      4. Repeat steps 2-3 until you have as many chains as you need to fill the width of your branch.

      5. Slide the top link of each chain onto the branch.

      6. Use the cup hooks to hang the wall hanging and enjoy!

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      • 1 9-inch round frozen pie dough, thawed
      • 1 egg, beaten lightly
      • ¼ cup sugar
      • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
      • Nutella
      • Various candies, cereals, and sprinkles for decorating
      • 12-inch cardboard circle cutout

      Recipe By Dan Kohler, 2/12/2020

      Yield: ~8 Servings


      1. Heat oven to 350˚f, line sheet tray with parchment paper.

      2. Roll out pie dough until it is roughly 12 inches in diameter.

      3. Brush pie dough with egg wash.

      4. Fold edge of dough over on top of itself all the way around the circle, making a “pizza crust.” Press to adhere to egg wash.

      5. Whisk together sugar and cinnamon. Liberally sprinkle all over pie dough. Avoiding the “pizza crust” edge.

      6. Transfer pie dough to parchment-lined sheet tray.

      7. Poke pie dough all over with fork to prevent bubbles from forming in the oven.

      8. Bake for 15-30 minutes or until golden brown on top

      9. Remove from oven and cool on wire rack.

      10. Smear chocolate-hazelnut spread all over crust, avoiding the “pizza crust” edge.

      11. Cut one triangle wedge out of the cardboard circle, it should be equal to ⅛ of the circle.

      12. Hold the cardboard circle over the pizza. Sprinkle first topping through the cutout wedge to create a perfect “pizza slice” on the chocolate spread.

      13. Rotate the cardboard circle ⅛ and continue adding a new topping, repeat all the way around the pizza until all slices are topped.

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      • Roll of toilet paper or paper towel
      • Scissors
      • Ruler
      • Cornstarch
      • Water
      • Bowl
      • Small paint brush
      • Empty toilet paper or paper towel roll
      • Seeds


      1. Cut strips of toilet paper or paper towel.

      2. Look at seed packaging for the appropriate seed spacing.

      3. Use a ruler to space seeds correctly.

      4. Mix together cornstarch and water to make a “glue”.

      5. With a paintbrush, add a dab of “glue” where each seed should be placed.

      6. Place seed on the dab of “glue” and allow to dry.

      7. Roll up on to an empty toilet paper or paper towel roll.

      8. Unroll and place in the garden when ready to use.

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      Gingerbread Cookie Sandwiches
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      • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour
      • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
      • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
      • 1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger
      • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
      • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
      • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
      • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
      • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
      • ½ cup granulated sugar
      • 1 large egg
      • ¼ cup molasses


      • ½ cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
      • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
      • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
      • 1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar
      • 1 tablespoon milk, plus more as needed

      Buddy Valastro – Gingerbread Sandwich Cookies - Home & Family


      1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, salt, and spices; set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugars together until they appear light and fluffy. Add the egg and mix to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl once if needed.
      2. Working in three batches, add the dry ingredients, mixing between each addition until just incorporated. Remove the dough and turn it out onto a sheet of plastic wrap; form into a dish, wrap tightly and refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours. Dough can be made up to 1 day ahead.
      3. Preheat the oven to 350˚. Remove the dough and cut it in half. Rewrap one half and place back in the fridge; let the other sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften slightly. Lightly flour a work surface and your rolling pin and roll out the dough to ¼ inch thick.
      4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Using cookie cutters, cut out the gingerbread men, and transfer to the prepared sheets. If the dough feels very soft, refrigerate the gingerbread men on the baking sheet for 15 minutes before placing in the oven to bake. Bake until cookies appear firm and like they’re just starting to crisp, 12-15 minutes. Remove and let cool on the sheet 5 minutes, then transfer to racks to cool completely.
      5. Meanwhile, make the sandwich filling. Beat together the butter, vanilla, and salt until fluffy. Add the confectioners’ sugar in 2 batches and beat on low speed until incorporated. Add the milk and beat until the mixture is thick but spreadable, adding more milk in1 teaspoon increments as needed. Spread some of the icing onto half of the cooled cookies, sandwich each with another cookie.

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