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Peace Lillies

INSTRUCTIONS:

REMOVING THE SPIKE:

You remove it because it has so much pollen and can make a mess, on the leaves or other spots.

DUST THE LEAVES:

Keeping the leaves dust free will let the natural shine of the leaves.

Cleaning them also allows for the natural air filters to do their job.

Use a clean soft cloth and dust these babies once a month- it’s worth it, trust me!

WATER & LIGHT TIPS:

Peace lilies will tell you when they want water by wilting, but why put them through that stress? Keep the soil evenly moist but not saturated, watering 1 or 2 x per week.

For maximum flowering place the peace lily in bright, indirect light. Many of us know that the peace lily will do fine in medium, even low light, but it will not be at its best!

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DIY Upcycled Glass Jars

MATERIALS:

  • Leftover glass jars of varying sizes
  • Black spray paint
  • Sandpaper
  • Decorative drawer knobs with flat bottom
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Scrub brush or steel wool

OPTIONAL:

  • White chalk paint
  • Clear sticker labels to write words or pictures on the jars
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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Take the jars and soak them in the sink in warm water and a bit of dishwashing liquid. Use a scrub brush or steel wool to get any residue off.

2. Take the lids of the jars to a well-ventilated area or outside and paint them all black. Set aside to dry.

3. Take your decorative knobs and add some hot glue to the bottom. Secure it to the center of the lid.

4. Add cotton balls, cotton rounds, cotton buds and anything else that would be useful for you or your guests to use in the bathroom to your jars.

5. Set your jars in your bathroom and enjoy!

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Floral Beauty DIYs

Materials for DIY Lavender Solid Perfume

  • 2 tbsp of wax pellets
  • 2 tbsp of carrier oil (your choice)
  • 20 drops lavender essential Oil
  • Dried lavender
  • Tin Container

Materials for Hibiscus Blush

  • Hibiscus Powder
  • Arrowroot Powder

Materials for DIY Rose Body Scrub

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 10 drops of rosehip oil
  • 15 drops rose essential oil
  • 1 cup rose petals

Directions for Lavender Solid Perfume

1. Melt wax pellets and carrier oil in double boiler until liquids
2. Take off heat and add essential oil and dried lavender
3. Pour into tin, and let harden.

Directions for Hibiscus Blush

1. Mix together hibiscus and arrowroot powder until you get desired shade.
2. Apply to checks with brush.

Directions for Rose Body Scrub

1. Mix together using a food processor.

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DIY Spring Dish Towels

Materials

  • Scissors
  • Dish towel
  • Design cutout
  • Pencil
  • Fuse-able webbing
  • Iron
  • Embroidery Yarn
  • Accessories - Cotton ball

Directions

1. Print out your shape on the computer
2. Trace out your design over your dish towel
3. Cut out your design
4. Take your fuse-able webbing and place on the wrong side of your fabric.
5. Iron the fabric to fuse it to the webbing.
6. Cut out the exact shape.
7. Peel off paper backing and iron a second time to fuse cutout to fabric.
8. Blanket Stitch your design to secure our pieces of fabric.
9. Accessorize! Add a cute tail to your bunny or add a flower that will have a button.

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DIY Kite Door Hang

Materials

  • Styrofoam wreath
  • Bamboo skewers
  • Hot glue or Fabri-tac
  • Fabric
  • Trim
  • Yarn
  • String
  • Mod Podge or regular glue
  • Baking sheet
  • Wax paper
  • Spool
  • Scissors

Directions

· Hot glue end of yarn to wreath and begin to tightly wrap around.
· Continue to wrap until the whole wreath is covered and secure with hot glue or tie with knot.
· Use bamboo skewers to create base/shape of kite. Secure with hot glue.
· Measure and cut fabric to size of kite. Attach with hot glue or fabric tac
· Add trim to kite with hot glue or fabric tac
· OPTIONAL: Glue string to kite in the shape of a “T”
· Cut fabric strips out for bows
· Fold sides and secure with hot glue to create clean edges
· Create a loop and secure together with hot glue/fabric tac
· Fold accordion style
· Wrap string around center of fabric to create bow shape.
· Repeat until you’ve created 5-6 bows. Attach bows to string with hot glue.
· Attach kite to wreath with hot glue. Wrap kite tail with bows around wreath
· Place and secure “Fly a kite” wording (with hot glue) on wreath. (*Instructions on wording below)
· Hot glue spool to wreath and wrap some string around the wreath to make it look like the same spool of string is being used through the whole wreath.

“FLY A KITE” WORDING:
· Print “Fly a kite” template
· Place wax paper on top of template
· Dip string in mod podge or glue
· Trace letters with string
· TIP: Use bamboo skewers to help shape
· Let dry for 24 hrs.

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DIY Craft Wood Bunnies

Materials

  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue/glue gun
  • Wood circles in a variety of sizes (I used 1.5”, 2”, 2.5”, 3.9”, 4.7”)
  • Craft wood shapes (I used ovals and teardrops)
  • Balsa wood scrap pieces
  • Large cotton balls
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Directions

1. Lay out the wood circles that you have and arrange them in order. Use a large one for the body, a slightly smaller one for the head, and two smaller ones for the legs.
2. Use your craft wood shapes for the ears. Use two large ovals with one teardrop to lay over one ear, like it has fallen.
3. Once everything is laid out how you like it, use hot glue to glue it together. Glue everything but the cotton ball and balsa wood together.
4. Once everything is dry, stand the bunny up and glue the cotton ball to make your bunny tail at the back with hot glue.
5. Cut the piece of balsa wood to use like a kickstand to hold up the bunny. Attach with hot glue.
6. Enjoy the scrap wood bunny décor!

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DIY Ombre Butterfly Initials

Materials

  • Canvas
  • Craft paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • Butterfly hole punch
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Directions

1. Using your butterfly stamp, stamp out butterflies in the ombre colors
2. Bend their wings up for 3D aspect
3. Take your canvas & trace your letter onto the middle
4. Start to paint mod podge onto the canvas & press on butterflies as you go. Paint on mod podge inches at a time
5. Once the letter is covered go in with filler butterflies to make sure no gaps are shown
6. Hang & enjoy!

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DIY Blooming Placemats

Materials for Floral Petal Placemat

  • Round placemat or felt cut into a circle shape for base
  • Hot glue
  • Silk flower petals

Materials for Burlap Blooming Placemats

  • Burlap Fabric
  • Green Ribbon (Green Yarn Can Also Be Used)
  • Small Silk Flowers
  • Glue Gun
  • Ruler
  • Chalk
  • Fabric Scissors

Materials for Daisy Placemat

  • White Felt
  • Yellow Plate
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Chalk

Directions for Floral Petal Placemat

1. Starting from the outside of the circle, glue the petals onto the placemat with a hot glue gun
2. Repeat by layering the next layer of petals slightly over the previous layer
3. Repeat until you get to the center and fill the center of the placemat as needed with petals

Directions for Burlap Blooming Placemats

1. Measure out placemat and cut out base with fabric scissors
2. Preplan where you want to place the stems for the flowers with chalk
Tip: keep your lines straight by using the ruler (you want straight lines because this is where the ribbon is going to go)
3. Once the stems are drawn, use the scissors to cut a few slits in the placemat long the preplanned placement
4. Thread the ribbon through the slits and secure it on the back of the placemat with hot glue
5. Cut back of silk flowers so they’re as flat as possible.
6. Use the hot glue to secure the silk flowers onto the placemat at top of “stem”
7. For additional details, glue silk leaves on as well

Directions for Daisy Placemat

1. Place the yellow plate into a piece of white felt to judge scale.
2. Use the chalk to create the “daisy” petals around the plate.
3. Cut the felt with the scissors to create the daisy shape.
4. Place the yellow plate in the center and that’s it!

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DIY Birdcage Floral Hang

Materials

  • Bird Cage or Lantern
  • Foam
  • Decorations from crafts supply store
  • If using real flowers, make sure you buy foam that is made to hold water

Directions

1. Cut foam size of bottom of cage
2. Place into cage (no need to glue to bottom)
3. Start poking foam with plastic flowers, birds’ nest, whatever you prefer
4. Larger flowers center back, smaller in front
5. Consider using Ivy to cascade from cage/lantern

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Spring Bloom Care

Hydrangeas

  • For soft hydrangeas, submerge in water for 2 hours then place in water right side up for approx. 2 hours
  • To help with water flow, cut hydrangea stem at an angle. Dip in ½ inch alum spice and then place in water


Lilacs & Viburnum

  • Crack stem to allow water to more easily flow upwards. Crack with hands or hammer. Peel back wood layer.


Tulips

  • Tulips grow approximately 2-3 inches once cut and placed in water. To prevent growth before arranging, place in dry cool place- like a refrigerator.
  • For droopy tulips, prick a pin at the base of the tulip bulb to release air that gets trapped.

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How to Grow Raspberries

HOW TO GROW RASPBERRIES

1. Plant in a LARGE container, at least 18 inches deep and wide, filled with potting soil with slightly acidic PH.
2. Make a hole in the potting soil and mix in a small dose of fertilizer before adding plant
3. Add plant, and, set up a support trellis at planting time to avoid damaging roots and canes later.
4. Tie the canes to the support, creating an open "V" shape
5. Cover the soil with compost or mulch to keep soil hydrated and warm.
6. Water well and water as much as needed to keep soil evenly moist.
(Make sure pot has good drainage so roots don’t rot.)

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DIY Spring Garland

Materials

  • Scrapbook paper in fun Spring colors
  • Small hole punch
  • Bunny craft punch
  • Flower craft punch
  • Small pom poms
  • White nylon line/cotton yarn
  • Hot glue/glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Large sewing needle
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DIRECTIONS

* Use your craft punch to punch out flowers or bunnies. Keep punching until you think you have enough to create the size/length you desire.

FLOWERS:
1. For the flowers, cut out double the amount since you will be gluing these together.
2. Take the flower cut outs and put one flower on one side of the nylon line and put the other one on the other side of the line. Use hot glue to attach them together.
3. Take your small pom poms and hot glue a pom pom to the middle of the flower.
4. Continue this until you get your desired length.
5. Hang your garland or use it around a tablescape to add a little Spring in your décor!

BUNNIES:
1. After cutting out your bunnies, take your small hole punch and punch holes in the ears.
2. Take your small pom poms and glue one pom pom onto the bunny for its tail.
3. Take your large sewing needle and line and thread the line through the bunny ears. Continue this process until you have the desired length of garland.
4. Hang your garland or use it as a tables cape to add a hop in your step!

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DIY Seasonal Mirrors

Materials

  • Wall Mirror
  • 4 Frames That Fit Around the Mirror; You want them to be large enough to have some space between the mirror and the frame
  • Paint; Optional
  • Seasonal Decor
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Directions

1. Choose either the mirror first and find frames that fit around it or the other way around; either way works!
2. Mount the mirror onto the wall
3. Decorate the frame for the season; this is easily done with seasonal decor from the craft supply store
4. Hang the frame on the wall to fit around the mirror

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DIY Umbrella Stand

Materials

  • Rubber rain boots
  • Paint brush
  • Paint
  • Spray paint
  • Drill
  • Basket
  • X-acto knife
  • Clear varnish sealant
  • Umbrellas
  • Binder Clip

Directions

1. Remove liner from rain boot

2. Drill approximately 5 holes in the bottom of rain boots for drainage

3. Use an X-acto knife to clean up holes/circle

4. Attach boots to basket with drill or hot glue

5. Paint interior of boot using brush

6. Spray paint outside of boots. Let dry.

7. Add clear varnish sealant. (Mod podge spray or crystal clear would work)

8. Attach boots to basket with drill or hot glue

9. Place brick or cinder block under basket to prevent tipping

10. Clip boots together using a binder clip to keep it sturdy

11. Add umbrellas

12. Enjoy!

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Choosing the Right Garden Pots

POT CONSIDERATIONS:
· Besides Style and Color, Climate Is Important
· Material of Container
· Weight of Container
· Sun or Shade
· Cold Climate

LET’S START WITH GLAZED CERAMIC POTS:
CERAMIC POTS PRO’S:
· Beautiful Colors
· Many Styles
· Easy to Clean


CERAMIC POTS CON’S:
· Not porous like terra cotta so if you over water, plant can rot
· Whole vessel can crack in freezing temp’s. Be able to move it indoors.
· Look for a label that reads “frost proof”
· Glaze cracks if watered in hot temp’s
· On the Topic of Weight, Fiberglass & Concrete Pots Look Heavy But Actually, Are Not!

FIBERGLASS & CONCRETE PROS:
· Many Styles from Classic to Modern
· Different Finishes- Textured or Smooth
· Lighter Than Real Concrete
· You Can Patch and Paint It If You Damage It!

ON THE DOWNSIDE (DEPENDING ON THE QUALITY):
· Color can fade in full sun
· Can crack and warp in freezing/hot temps if has a hole that lets water into container walls and compromises its integrity.
· Absorbs heat so it can cook roots of tender plants
· Tips: no full sun. Use indoors, in shade, or patio. Water early morning or evening to avoid root damage
**Moving on to plastic. We see these everywhere.
Plastic is one of the most popular materials for containers, many are made using recycled plastic.

PLASTIC PROS:
· Many shapes, sizes, colors
· Looks like terra cotta
· Affordable
· Lightweight

PLASTIC CONS:
-DEPENDING ON QUALITY
· Doesn't Breathe, Water Can't Evaporate - Don’t Overwater
· Example #1: "Cheap Plastic" In Full Sun, Color Fades, Walls Crack If Plant Has Aggressive Roots- Warps
· Example #2: "Better Plastic"- Thicker Walls & Molded Rim.
Considered "Commercial" Grade and Can Be Used in Full Sun Without Backing. Used in Many Cityscapes- See Photo
· Example #3: "Best Plastic" Made from A Blend of Plastic and Resin Polymers Plus Other Proprietary Materials, This Is The Strongest And Most Durable Of All The Plastic Type. It Costs More Too.
Can Be Used in Or Out, All Temperatures. Lightweight.

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DIY Spring Tulip Wreath Three Ways

Materials for Rain Boots

  • Rain boots
  • Tulips - fresh or faux
  • Wire
  • Ribbon
  • If using fresh tulips: Plastic cup and water

Materials for Watering Can

  • Watering can
  • Ribbon
  • Tulips - fresh or faux

Materials for Carrot

  • Orange faux tulips
  • Piece of craft wood apron 3” x 18”
  • Faux carrot greenery (fern)
  • Ribbon
  • Staple gun
  • Wire

Directions for Rain Boots

1. Arrange the rain boots and run wire through their loops
a) If rain boots don’t have a loop to put wire through: use 2 pieces of wood, wrap ends of wire around each piece of wood, and place them at the bottom of the boots.
2. Insert tulips
3. Run ribbon through loops and tie a bow to cover hanging loop.
4. Hang on door
a. If using real tulips: fill plastic cup with water and place inside boots
TIP: Be sure to trim stems of fresh tulips every couple of days.

Directions for Watering Can

1. Add fresh or faux tulips
2. Add water to watering can if using fresh tulips
3. Use bow/ribbon to hang on door

Directions for Carrot
1. Start by attaching one tulip to the end of the board using staple gun on the stem
2. Layer two more over stem of first, covering staples and attach them.
3. Layer several more over those and so on and so on, creating a carrot shape.
4. Staple greens to the top.
5. Cover where greens and tulips meet with ribbon.

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DIY Stamped Farmer's Market Bag

Materials

  • Bag
  • Chopped in half fruit or veggies for the stamps
  • Fabric Paint (with a shallow bowl)
  • Paint brush
  • Cricut or stencil lettering
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Directions

1. The first thing you’re going to want to do is.
2. Chop your fruit in half & dip it into a shallow bowl of paint. Then stamp the fruit onto the bag.
3. Do this with as many fruits/vegetables you would like.
4. Let dry. Then go in to add or fix any detailing for stems or seeds within the fruit.
5. Finally take your bag to the farmers market & fill it up with goodies!

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DIY Spring Mantel Decor

Materials for DIY Moss Balls

  • Styrofoam balls
  • Moss sheets
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Push pin
  • Green thread

Materials for Spring Cloche

  • Cloche
  • Spring decor, items, trinkets
  • (Optional) Hot glue
  • (Optional) double stick tape
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Directions for Moss Balls

1. Glue moss sheet to styrofoam ball. *Use low heat setting
2. Cover styrofoam ball with moss sheet
a. OPTIONAL: Cut moss sheet into smaller strips and attach one strip at a time until the whole ball is covered
3. Use green thread that matches moss color and wrap around tightly to create circular shape
4. Secure with push pin
5. Place on top of candlestick as mantel decor

Directions for Spring Cloche
1. Gather spring items and arrange on base

OPTIONAL: Secure items with hot glue or double stick tape

2. Place cover over base

3. Add to mantel decor

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DIY Spring Welcome Mats

Materials

  • Coco coir or round bathmat
  • Acrylic paint
  • Fabric paint
  • Spray polyurethane
  • Paint brush
  • Card stock
  • Chalk or pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
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Directions for Grapefruit Mat

1. Start with plain round bathmat

2. Fold it in half to find the center

3. Cut in half.

4. Draw half-moon rind edge.

5. Measure & mark the center of mat.

6. Draw triangles and round the edges.

7. Paint the “rind” edge.

8. Fill in triangles with various pink shades.

9. Let dry.

10. Spray with polyurethane on painted areas. (optional)

Directions for Lavender Mat

1. Start with plain coco coir mat (1 inch or less).

2. Using acrylic paint (outdoor if you plan on using it outside), freehand paint all the green
stems and leaves in alternating heights.

3. Repeat on opposite side.

4. Using a blunt edged paintbrush, daub the “flower buds” on end of stems.

5. Spray with polyurethane on painted areas. (optional)

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DIY Teacup Wreath

Materials

  • 16 teacups
  • 1 dinner plate
  • 1 saucer
  • 16" plywood round
  • Ribbon
  • White paint
  • Hot glue
  • E 6000 glue

Directions

1. Use E 6000 to glue dinner plate to the center and the saucer to the center of that.

2. Position the teacups on their sides, handles resting on the plate rim, all around the circle.

3. Use hot glue on the sides of the cup to hold them to the wood round.

4. Use a few drops of E6000 to glue the handles to the plate.

5. Glue ribbon to the edge of the plywood.

6. Make a bow and attach to the front.

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DIY Bunny Sweaters

Materials

  • Puff Ball
  • Paint Pen
  • Sequin Trim
  • Fabric Glue
  • Rhinestone
  • Sweater
  • Shadowbox
  • Lights
  • Parchment paper (If needed)

Directions

1. Take bottom off of shadow box.

2. Add lights to shadow box.

3. Put image on top of box.

4. Put sweater on top of image.

5. Use a Sharpie or paint pen to carefully trace your image.

6. Add paint if desired (and remember to paint “in between the lines”).

7. Let dry.

8. Add embellishments as desired.

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DIY Spring Table Setting

Materials for Nested Placemats

  • Parchment paper
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Tape
  • Spray paint
  • Pencil
  • Piece of yarn or string

Materials for Nested Vases

  • Vase
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Spray paint

Materials for Pom Pom Sticks

  • Sticks
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Small pom poms
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Directions:

Nested Placemats

1. Place a sheet of parchment paper on a flat work space and secure it with tape on all four corners.

2. Place a plate upside down onto the parchment paper.

3. Measure a piece of string or yarn from the center of the plate to about 2 inches longer than the plate.

4. Hold the pencil at the end of the yarn and hold the other end of the yarn on the center of the plate, and use that to draw a circle around the plate; this helps to evenly draw a large circle 2 inches longer than the plate so that the placemat can be seen underneath the plate once done.

5. Remove the plate.

6. Option to draw the desired design onto the parchment paper.

7. Use the glue gun to apply the glue over the traced design, or freehand a “nested” intertwined look.

8. Allow to cool completely.

9. Remove from the parchment paper.

10. Spray paint the dried glue fun shape with desired color.

11. Allow to dry.

12. Place under plate as a placemat.

Nested Vases

1. Use the glue gun to create a swirled “nested” look unto the vase (It helps to spin the vase around while doing this).

2. Allow to cool completely (The glue dries quickly so you shouldn’t need to worry about it running down the vase).

3. Spray paint in desired colors.

Pom Pom Sticks

1. Use the glue fun to place the little pom poms all over the sticks as desired

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DIY Spring Bunny Wreath

Instructions

  • Printer/paper
  • Sewing machine
  • Pattern paper
  • Scissors
  • Stuffing
  • Needle & thread
  • Fabric glue
  • Sweatshirt
  • Faux fur puff ball
  • Ribbon & felt

Directions

1. Print out your free clip art image to the size 24”.
2. Since 24” can’t be printed onto one sheet of paper you need to print it on multiple sheets of paper.
3. Once printed, tape it together like a puzzle.
4. Cut out & trace that onto thicker pattern paper. (optional)
5. That becomes your larger pattern.
6. Lay that on your sweatshirt, & pin to the sweatshirt, then cut out the pattern.
7. Start to sew around the patterns edges & then leave an opening at the bottom.
8. Stuff the bunny & then hand sew up the rest of the bunny.
9. Once that is done it's time to create the hanging carrots.
10. Make an arch shape/half circle shape & cut it out on felt.
11. Cut out long little skinny pieces of green felt for the greenery coming out of the carrot.
12. Put the green pieces inside of the arch pieces & start to roll the carrot.
13. Be sure it keep it tight at the bottom to give it a nice point, the rest of the carrot will start to roll naturally.
14. Take your faux fur puff ball & use fabric glue to attach it to the bottom of the bunny.
15. If you prefer, take a thick piece of ribbon & tie a bow around the neck to finish!

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DIY Wooden Slat Shower Floor

Materials

  • 2x2 cedars slats cut to width of shower stall
  • Two 1x2 cedar lengths cut to length of shower stall
  • 1x2x2 wood pieces to act as spacers
  • Wood glue
  • Screw or nails
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Directions

1) Cut 2x2 strips to width of shower stall

2) Line them up and place two 2" pieces of the 1x2 between each slat for spacing

3) Once desired dimensions have been achieved, cut two pieces of 1x2 to span length of slats

4) Using wood glue and screw or nails attach two cross pieces to bottom of slats.

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DIY Bunny Sneakers

Materials

  • Neoprene
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Pompoms
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Directions

1) Cut bunny ears shape and repeat eight times on neoprene

2) Cut same shape 4 times on rhinestone fabric

3) Glue ears together

4) Cut tonuges of sneaker

5) Put glue on tongues then slot ears over the top

6) Glue pompom on the back

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