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Earth Day Seed Bombs

Earth Day Seed Bombs

If you’re looking for a cute and super easy Earth Day activity to do with your littles this is it. Earth Day seed bombs. That’s right, little balls of paper that look like earth that you can plant to grow wildflowers.

 

You will need:

  • Scrap pieces of blue and green paper
  • 2 bowls
  • water
  • a blender
  • packet of wildflower seeds.
  • Cookie sheet or pan
  • Paper towels

 

Directions:

1.) Take your scrap pieces of blue and green paper and rip in small pieces. I let my guys help me with this part and sort into bowls by matching color.

Earth Day Seed Bombs

2.) Fill each bowl with warm water, enough to cover the top and let sit for 30 minutes.

Earth Day Seed Bombs3.) After letting soak, take your wet paper and blend each color separately. You may have to add more water so that it can blend easier and that’s ok because you can just squeeze out the water at the end.

4.) Squeeze out any additional water and put the shredded paper back in separate bowls.

Earth Day Seed Bombs

5.) Take your wildflower seeds and sprinkle into the blue bowl, mix together

6.) Take a handful of blue paper/seed mixture and roll into a ball.

Earth Day Seed Bombs

7.) Take some small pieces of shredded green paper and place into ball and roll to combine, making an earth shape.

Earth Day Seed Bombs

8.) If planting right away, you can plant right in the ground following the directions on the back of the seed packet. If you’re not planting right away, let your seed bombs dry on a pan or cookie sheet lined with paper towel. Just soak for a little bit prior to planting.

Earth Day Seed Bombs

 

 

0 In DIY/ Easter/ holidays

DIY gorgeous floral Easter Eggs

DIY gorgeous floral Easter eggs

Easter is a little less than 2 weeks away and it’s time to break out the Easter Eggs! This year I decided to do something a little different with our eggs, giving it a more upscale feel. Using faux flowers from The Dollar Store and spring themed napkins, I’m going to show you how to easily make these DIY gorgeous floral Easter eggs.

DIY gorgeous floral Easter eggs

 

You will need:

  • Eggs (You can use real eggs or wooden craft eggs I got from Amazon.)
  • Faux flowers (I got a couple stems from The Dollar Store)
  • Paper napkins (choose some fun spring ones)
  • Scissors
  • Glue or Modge Podge
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small paint brush

Directions:

Step 1: I chose to keep my eggs the natural white but if you wanted them to be colored you could paint them or dye them.

Step 2: Open your napkin all the way so it is a single layer. Using your scissors, cut out the pieces that you want to use to put on your egg, trimming as close to the object as possible.

DIY gorgeous floral Easter eggs

Step 3: Take your flowers and clip the flowers off the stem, clipping as close as you can to the base of the flower.

DIY gorgeous floral Easter eggs

Step 4: Using some glue and your paint brush, dab some glue on the egg where you want your napkin pieces to go and press  the napkin pieces firmly onto the egg. There may be some slight creasing, so try to smooth it out as you go.  If any of the edges start to come up, you can also dab some clear glue or modge podge over the top.

Step 5: I found that a hot glue gun worked best for the flowers. Put some hot glue on the backside of your flower and press onto your egg.

That’s it!!! I love how intricate and gorgeous these look! And if you use the wooden eggs, you can enjoy them for many more years to come.

 

If you do make these, share a photo on Instagram and tag me @ourtiny_nest

 

 

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2 In Christmas/ DIY

How to make scented salt dough Christmas ornaments

homemade scented salt dough ornaments

Learn how to make scented salt dough Christmas ornaments with this easy DIY. And your little ones will have fun helping you too!

 

homemade scented salt dough ornaments

 

This morning was a rainy and chilly one.  A perfect day for staying in our pajamas and adding some touches of Christmas throughout the house. So we made homemade salt dough ornaments. I had never made them before but they were really easy to make. The kids loved helping roll out the dough and playing with the cookie cutters and the house smelled like Christmas. Salt dough ornaments look great on the tree, you can add to a garland, or paint them and use as gift tags.

Homemade scented salt dough ornaments

Homemade scented salt dough Christmas ornaments

You will need:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup salt
  • 1 cup of water
  • 3 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp nutmeg
  • Optional 10 drops of your favorite essential oil (I did a blend of Eucalyptus and Orange)
  • Twine

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees F.
  2. In a mixing bowl mix together flour, salt and spices. If you choose to add some essential oils, add those in as well.
  3. Add in 1 cup of water
  4. Mix well until dough comes together. It should not be sticky.
  5. Roll out your dough on a lightly floured surface.
  6. Use some cookie cutters to cut out your ornaments.
  7. Make a tiny hole on the ornaments using a straw.
  8. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  9. Bake for 1 hour then flip and bake for an hour on the other side.
  10. Let cool. String with twine.

 

For more Christmas DIYs check out

DIY Christmas garland

My Homemade Irish Cream (this is a family favorite)

 

 

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3 In decor/ DIY/ fall

DIY fall garland and mantle decor

DIY fall garland and mantle decor

Fall is by far my favorite time of year! This past week I started adding some fall decor throughout our home. One of my favorite places to switch out the seasonal decor is our fireplace and mantle as it is the focal point of our family room. (You can see my post on how we whitewashed our fireplace here). I am in love with the way my mantle decor came out featuring this  easy DIY fall garland. It was super inexpensive to make too as most of the things can be found at the Dollar Store.

Below I’m sharing my DIY fall garland and mantle decor so that you can

recreate the look too!

DIY Fall Garland

DIY fall garland

You will need:

  • Twine
  • a needle
  • faux leaves (I got mine from the Dollar Store)
  • Foam pumpkins
  • Foam acorns
  • Whatever else you want. Wooden beads would be cute too!

Directions:

  1. Thread the twine through the eye of your needle and tie a knot at the end.
  2. Using your needle, puncture a hole through the leaf and thread the twine through. Next do the same with your foam pumpkins and acorns. You will need to exert a decent amount of pressure to thread the needle completely though the foam pumpkins and acorns.
  3. Continue with whatever pattern you choose.
  4. Once finished, cut the needle off the twine and tie each end.
  5. Hang on your mantle, windows, doorways, or wherever you’d like.

 

Mantle decor

I chose to go with more of a fall/harvest theme with pumpkins, leaves and flowers vs Halloween since I can keep it up throughout Thanksgiving but you can do whatever you like. And most of my mantle decor was $30 or less!

Click the links or thumbnail photos below to shop!

The farmhouse window panes and boxwood wreath stay up all year long and then I usually just switch out the other pieces as the seasons change.

DIY fall garland and mantle decor

I got the glass vases and faux flowers from the Dollar Store.

I love these black tapered candlesticks which you can leave up throughout

most of fall and winter.

DIY fall garland and mantle decor

 

 

DIY fall garland and mantle decor

 

Faux boxwood wreath

Farmhouse window panes

Muted faux pumpkins

Candlesticks

Fall book stack

 

 

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