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DIY Pottery Barn Inspired Glitter Easter Bunny Decor

 

pottery barn inspired DIY glitter bunny

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Easter is just around the corner! Can you believe it?! I love every holiday and decorating for them is so much fun! As I was out and about  the other day, I saw these amazing German glitter Easter bunny decorations at Pottery Barn! I don’t know about you, but I pretty much am in love with everything Pottery Barn! 🙂

As I examined these glorious little glittered creatures, I decided two very important things:
1. These are amazing:  I MUST have them in my life and
2. I can make these for way less than that price tag! Each bunny runs $16.50 USD!

If you would like to see my original inspiration you can go here.

I am excited to say that I successfully was able to recreate an adorable version of this glitter bunny along with glittering anything else I could get my hands on at the time! It really is an addiction. I love my glitter and sparkle! Oh yeah, and my bunny costs a fraction of the Pottery Barn one!

Since this bunny  turned out so adorable and was super easy to boot, I whipped up a cute little tutorial to share! So bring on the bunnies! 🙂

Materials

Believe it or not, you probably have most of the materials to whip up this Pottery Barn inspired glitter bunny at home already! All you need is

-mod Podge
-glitter
-bunny statue
-foam brush (not pictured)

Glitter bunny diy tutorial supplies

There is nothing better than a short and sweet material list! 🙂

 

DIY Glitter Easter Bunny

The most important step in making this glitter Easter bunny is finding a bunny with good bones! I hip-pity hopped over to my local dollar store and found this little gem! He is about 5 inches tall and 4 inches wide. A perfect size for where I planned to display him! A few other great places besides the dollar store to get a bunny would be a thrift store or craft supply store.

I recommend using a bunny made of a hard material for this project. I think plastic, cement, clay, glass etc. would all work well.  My bunny happens to be cement. Mine wasn’t the best to look at initially, but that is OK. We just need good bones … aka a bunny shape that you like.

 

Once you have found a bunny you can work with, you need to prepare him. Make sure he is clean. If there are any imperfections that need addressed, now is the time to get creative and figures out a way to fix it. My bunny did have one minor flaw; he had some flowers on one side of him. The dark colored flowers were actually carved into the figure and the colored flowers had dimension. Not to worry, I had a plan to fix that right on up.

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I grabbed some regular Elmer’s school glue and filled in the carved flowers with the glue. That part was easy.

Next, I used the glue to cover the whole area where the raised flowers were located. I filled in all the little spaces. Then on the edges of the flowers I used my finger to help spread the glue to a thinner layer and blend in with the bunny’s body.

This took a few layers of glue and drying. Insider tip: use a blow dryer to speed up drying time in between coats! Here is what he looks like all covered in glue.

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OK! It’s time for the fun part. Let’s get our glitter on! I used a foam brush to spread a thin layer of mod podge on one side of the bunny.

Next, I sprinkled glitter over the mod podge and shook off the excess. I always use a piece of paper to collect any excess glitter as I work. I prefold the paper in half and then open it back up before I start working. This way, I can easily dump the extra glitter back into the container without making a ginormous mess!

When applying glitter to the bunny it is important to work in small areas. If the mod podge starts to dry at all it will result in the glitter not sticking as well.

An important note about glitter! If trying to recreate the Pottery Barn style Easter bunny decor, it is important to use super or ultra fine glitter. Use of a coarser glitter will result in an  overall different look for the bunny. If you are not sure, I suggest finding something small to test glitter first and make sure the type of glitter being used will result in the desired look.

Once I finished one side of the bunny I let him dry completely, which was about 20 minutes. Originally, I tried to hold him where I had just glittered to cover the other side, but that resulted in my wiping off all the glitter I had just applied and making a hot mess of my bunny.

After the bunny had his first layer of glitter I repeated the glittering steps the same as before to do a second coat of glitter! The more glitter the better is my motto!

Then, to finish off the bunny and seal in all the glitter so it doesn’t shed everywhere ( I live with an anti glitter person, who may or may not have almost had a full on heart attack while I was glittering up our kitchen making this project 🙂 ) I covered the entire bunny in a final layer of mod podge, using mod podge with a gloss finish. I figured that would just add to the sparkle, ya know! Honestly, I didn’t even realize that there were different types of mod podge finishes available. I learn something new everyday!

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I absolutely love how my lil bunny turned out and can’t wait to display him for Easter dinner! It is hard to believe that I was able to make him for only a dollar! Yep, one dollar! I had all the other supplies at home already. Even if you did have to buy all the supplies, it is still a super inexpensive project. And its one of those projects I love… a big impact for not having to work too, too hard! 🙂

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So find yourself a bunny and let me see how you glitter him up! I’d love to see a photo! Happy glittering! 🙂

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Unicorn Meringue Cookies AKA “Unicorn Poop”

DIY unicorn meringue cookies recipe and tutorial

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Another cookie recipe! Yep, sure is! Really, a meringue isn’t a cookie (at least in my book). Well it doesn’t taste like one to me. Cookie, not cookie…it just doesn’t matter! Whatever it is, I am going to teach you how to make the cutest and best tasting unicorn poop (unicorn meringue cookies) out there!

The recipe I used for these is my tried and true meringue recipe.  OK, true confession; it is my dad’s recipe from his bakery, which is where all my amazing baking skills come from in the first place. I spent years working there as a kid through my college years!

It yields delicious, melt in your mouth cookies with a taste reminiscent of  toasted marshmallow. Scroll down to the bottom of this  post to whip it up!

Now, lets get on to how to make those meringues of yours look like unicorn poop. 🙂

Once you have your meringue batter made (following your favorite recipe or test out mine) we need to add some unicorn colors  to it. Otherwise, they will just be plain old boring meringue cookies as opposed to these really awesome unicorn meringue cookies.

Take approximately 1/3 cup of batter and place in into a disposable plastic cup, or a glass one if you feel like doing dishes 🙂 I made 5 aliquots in separate cups. Set the rest of the batter aside. It will remain white.

Add the appropriate amount of food color to get your desired colors. I choose pastel rainbow colors, which matched beautifully with the rainbow unicorn theme of this epic first birthday party I was throwing for my daughter.

Place each colored batter into a small pastry bag. Cut off the tip of each of the bags, making a small hole. The hole should be slightly smaller than a pencil eraser.

Once you have all your batter colored, prepare your pastry bag  with the tip you want to use for piping the cookies. I used this star tip from Wilton and I LOVE LOVE LOVE how the cookie shape turned out!

Take each of the colors and pipe a vertical line along the inside of the pastry bag.  Start as close to the tip at the bottom as possible. Space the lines as even as you can (it gets a little tricky) around the inside of the bag. This gets a little messy and its hard to hold the pastry bag sometimes too . This is also the reason why there is no picture of this step.  🙂 Don’t get frustrated. I did and thought that the cookies would be a hot mess (good news, they weren’t) SO glad I kept going. It will all be worth it for these unicorn meringue cookies!

Now, after all your lines are piped, spoon in the rest of the meringue batter into the pastry bag. Try to place it into the center of the bag so it doesn’t pull down the batter on the edges of the bag. Once the bag is full, squeeze the batter all the way down to your tip. Sorry no pictures of getting the batter ready. I need more hands! 🙂

A side note, I made solid colored cookies with all the colored batter left in the small pastry bags by just piping them onto the trays as well. We don’t want to waste the deliciousness!

Alright, now you are ready to pipe your  cookies. This is where the unicorn magic happens! Prepare a sheet pan by placing parchment paper on it. Pipe the cookies directly onto the paper. Mine were about 1 inch.

I recommend that size for the perfect bite size treat. They are also the optimal size for baking. You can make them slightly larger if you want. Here are my cookies all ready to be popped into the oven for baking. I can’t wait to eat one!

Bake your unicorn meringue cookies according to your recipe. Let them cool…that is the hardest part for me (almost as bad as watching paint dry, ya know?!) Once they are cooled, ENJOY!

Take a look at my freshly baked unicorn meringue cookies. DOUBLE YUM!

unicorn meringue cookie recipe and tutorial

I would love to see how your cookies turned out, so link ’em up in the comments. Or do you have a to-die-for meringue recipe? I would love to hear more about it!

Happy baking. And if you do try out my recipe (below) let me know how  you like that wonderful toasted marshmallow tasting cookie!

 

Unicorn Meringue Cookies a.k.a. Unicorn Poop


Ingredients

3 large egg whites (chilled)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp cream of tarter
2/3 c sugar
dash salt

  1.      Preheat oven to 250 F.
  2.      Add egg whites, vanilla, salt, and cream of tartar to mixing bowl.
  3.      Beat on medium speed until frothy.
  4.      Add 1 tbsp of sugar at a time. Beat mixture on high after each addition.
  5.      Repeat until all sugar has been added.
  6.      Beat mixture until stiff peaks form. At least 5 to 7 minutes. Stiff peaks will be shiny in color.
  7.      Add desired coloring to mixture.
  8.      Place mixture into pastry bag and pipe onto parchment paper. Space each cookie an inch apart. Alternatively, use a teaspoon to drop mixture onto parchment          paper.
  9.     Bake for 40 minutes.
  10.      Turn off oven. Do open door. Let meringues sit in oven to slowly cool for at least 2.5 hours.
  11.      Remove the cookies from paper and store in airtight container.

Yield of approximately 60 cookies 1 inch in size.

Just a note on this recipe. Some people will make it without the cream of tartar. For me, this is what makes it no fail. I have tried to omit it before and my cookies were not quite the right consistency after baking. As long as I always add cream of tartar and follow the above baking directions, I have had no problems.

Water is your enemy when making meringues. Make sure your bowls and beaters and completely dry prior to using. Any moisture will destroy your meringue consistency. (This is another common problem many people run into. Good thing I worked for my dad in a baker for years as a teen, so now I can share my wealth of baking knowledge with you!)

 

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Baby’s First Bumpkin Holiday Art

baby bum pumpkin art

Happy fall ya’ll!   I felt the need to make some seasonal art and I always love to incorporate tiny humans! Then it came to me, I will make a bumpkin!  What is a bumpkin, you ask?! Well, you are in for a treat!  A bumpkin is a pumpkin crafted by using the tiny bum of an adorable little human.

To make a fall bumpkin painting you will need a few materials:

  • Tiny adorable human bum
  • orange paint (non toxic, child safe of course)
  • paper
  • additional paint or markers for adding a little pizzazz to that bumpkin (I used copics)
  • foam sponge brush (or your fingers)
Supplies needed to make Mistletoe baby art print.

I suggest executing this project in a place that is easy to clean.  since it tends to get little messy. Nakedness and orange paint on their bum, boy do they squirm! 🙂  I suggest you wear old clothes too! The mess factor is really up there with this project.

I do my baby art projects in the kitchen on the floor. Take the foam brush and apply orange paint to your tiny person. You can squeeze the paint onto the brush or you can put the paint on a paper plate and dab it onto the brush (or smear it with your fingers; lets be honest that is the easiest way). Gently dab the paint onto the cheeks of your little one. You want to stay to the exterior of the bum (don’t get too close to wear the cheeks meet). Once you have adequately applied paint to those little cheeks go ahead and sit your little one on the piece of paper. Lift the baby straight up off of the paper to get a nice bum print! Basically, you are using baby’s bum as a giant stamp! Enjoy the cuteness overload.Yes, you have a bum print! Now make more! Revel in how cute your tiny one is! And also in the fact that when your tiny human is 16 you are going to have some awesome embarrassment potential with this little art piece.

Next, bath time is in order for that little person! Make sure you pay extra special attention to cleaning off that little bumpkin of yours!  While that fun tubby time is going on your bumpkin print is drying.

Once your print is dry you can embellish it.  I got a little crazy and added some crazy curling vines from the stem and a shadow, too! I also make sure to include the date to commemorate the art. Since this is my little lady’s first bumpkin I  titled it with not only her name, but also that it is in fact her first bumpkin. You can see my design for the beautiful Miss Ellarose’s bumpkin below. Feel free to get creative and add even more to this art or leave out what doesn’t suit your tastes. This is a great starting place, but definitely customize it and make it your own!

Now, you have a precious little bumpkin keepsake to give as a gift or cherish and keep forever. If you make a bumpkin I would love to see how it turns out! This is my all time favorite baby painting craft I have done so far. Baby bums are uber cute!

 

Happy Painting!

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Mistletoe and Holly: Baby Holiday Art

DIY baby christmas footprint art tutorial

Happy December! My favorite season is upon us, and what better time than to make a little holiday art using your tiny human. I want to commemorate my little darling and all her adorableness…so why not make some mistletoes?! What, you ask?! Well, you are in for a treat!

Making baby art is super easy and super fun. I used my tiny human’s sweet little feet.  My little lady loves it and giggles and laughs the entire time!

To make a baby mistletoe painting you will need a few materials:

  • Tiny adorable human feet
  • green paint (non toxic, child safe of course)
  • paper
  • additional paint or markers for adding a little pizzazz to those sweet toes (I used copic markers)
  • foam sponge brush (or fingers)
  • baby wipes (to remove excess paint)

It is important to take on this project in a place that is easy to clean as it can get a little messy. Those little humans tend to be quite wiggly and I swear the wiggle factor increases exponential when they have green paint on their feet! 🙂  Also, make sure you are wearing old clothes and it helps to have the little one completely naked.

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I usually conduct this entire process while sitting on the floor. It makes it much easier and reduces the mess factor. Take the foam brush and apply green paint to it. You can squeeze the paint onto the brush or you can put the paint on a paper plate and dab it onto the brush. Alternatively, and to be honest, what I actually do, is just smear it on her feet with my finger. 😀 Gently dab the paint onto those tiny little feet (after you give them a few kisses of course). You do not want to use too much paint, as you will not get  a nice print. Once the feet are ready, place the baby’s foot onto the paper!  I find it easiest to do one foot at a time. Basically, you are using baby’s foot as a giant stamp! Enjoy the cuteness overload. Eeeekkk! Revel in how cute your tiny one is! What an awesome keepsake, or holiday gift for a grandparent!

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Next, take that paint covered little human and go give him/her a nice little bath. We love tubbie time in our house. It is always filled with giggles, laughs and splashes!  Actually, the family fun that we have with this project is the best part! While that fun tubby time is going on your mistletoes print is drying.

Once your print is dry you can embellish it. I like to add holly and berries. I also make sure to include the date to commemorate the art. Since this is my little lady’s first mistletoes (and Christmas for that matter) I also title it with her name! You can see my design for the beautiful Miss Ellarose’s mistletoes below. Feel free to get creative and add even more to this art or leave out what doesn’t suit your tastes. This is a great starting place, but definitely customize it and make it your own! One of my favorite tips, if you are using baby as a stamp, make a few as they make great gifts for grandparents!

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Now, you have a precious little baby foot keepsake to give as a gift or cherish and keep forever. If you make some mistletoes I would love to see how it turns out! They are just the cutest little craft in my opinion!

Stay tuned, next week I will be posting another tutorial for tiny human holiday art! I can’t wait to share! Christmas is by far my favorite holiday and I am so excited to share my first Christmas with my tiny human!

Life is good! Enjoy every moment!

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DIY Baby Legs Tutorial: Halloween Edition

quick diy leggings

So its Halloween time and we are getting our costumes ready! This is little Miss Ellarose’s FIRST Halloween! I am so excited to celebrate this with her! I LOVE ALL THINGS HOLIDAY!  Ella is going to be a very girly jack-o-latern. I bought her an adorable pumpkin Jack-o-latern onsie. On this little shopping spree of mine, I also had bought her a different outfit on clearance that is  for New Year’s Eve and it has an AH-MAH-ZING black and gold glittery tutu. Wouldn’t you know, that it is also just perfect for her costume. SCORE!  That left me with one dilemma. How to keep those little baby legs of hers warm (and super duper adorable and stylish)??

Perhaps you have heard of baby legs. Those super adorable leg warmers in all sorts of fun patterns and styles for babies. Well, if you know me, you know I want one of every color…and that is just not in the budget….so instead I have a way to make adorably baby legs for a fraction of the cost. Oh yeah, and its pretty fast too! I made this one pair in about 15 minutes. I highly suggest making them assembly line style (4 or 5 pairs at once) and they go even faster!

Lets get making some baby legs!

First you need to go shopping! Isn’t that the best first step ever?! I love to shop.  Anyways, you need to find some women’s knee high socks (you can use girl’s if you are making these for a baby) in a pattern you like. Buy a few pairs. Trust me, once you start making these you can’t stop, and you won’t want to. You will suddenly be filled with an overwhelming desire to ensure ALL baby legs EVERYWHERE are covered in adorable leg warmers! These make great gifts for those naked baby legs in your life, too!  A few great places I have found to buy socks are Joann’s Fabric, Ocean State Job Lot, Target, and Walmart.

Since this is the Halloween edition of baby legs, the socks I have picked are orange and black striped. I got these at Joann’s for $2.00. These will make the perfect edition to that tiny human’s jack-o-latern costume for sure!

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Using your adorable little model, determine how long your baby legs need to be. Then add an inch. Now get out your scissors and chop up that sock!

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Don’t mind my little assistant there. She likes to help with all my craft projects. That is Beetle aka Little Miss Beet Beet. Yes, her nickname is WAY longer than her real name. I have know idea how that happened, but it did!

Next, make a slit (from the side where you just cut) on each side of the sock. Do this for both socks. IMPORTANT: Do NOT, I repeat, Do NOT cut the top of the sock. It is already finished. That’s the beauty of this. We only have to finish one side!

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Now, turn those socks inside out.

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At the edge you just cut, fold the fabric up 1/4 inch. Then fold it an additional 1/4 inch. Pin the hem in place. Use lots of pins. This is not the time to be stingy with those pins!

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See. I wasn’t shy with the pins. Look how many I have in those socks! Now, it’s time for the fun to begin. Set your sewing machine to the longest straight stitch available. Line up the edge of your hem of the sock with the presser foot on the sewing machine.  Sew the hems on each of the sides of the sock separately, as you normally would, back-stitching at the beginning and ends of each hem.

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Ok, now you are going to pin the two sides of the sock together at the hem. This is to keep the hem lined up. Then, remember those slits we cut, we are going to go to the top of the slit and sew from the edge of the sock just above the top of the slit at an angle down through the hem of the sock. Use a 20 to 30 degree angle. You don’t want to go too steep or it will result in a really tiny open to get that little foot through. Trust me, some one MAY have done that during the trial phase of this tutorial.

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This shows you the angle that I sewed my leg warmers at.

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Once you have sewn  your baby legs, you want to cut off the excess material

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Now for the best part. Turn your baby legs right side out and go find the nearest pair of baby legs you can get your hands on and test these bad boys out!

 

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Seriously, are those not the cutest legs ever?! And it is so perfect mommy is loving making baby legs right now because the tiny human just started to crawl! Baby legs make for great stylish knee protection!

This tutorial works great for babies to toddler sized legs when using women’s knee high socks. If the baby legs you are planning to clad in leg warmers are chubby add a little additional length because as the leggings stretch out they will lose some length. My particular baby is a skinny mini so I don’t really lose any length when she wears them.

Another great variation is to add significant additional length. This will result in a slouchy style legging now and will also allow the leggings to be worn a lot longer as your tiny human grows. The leggings just won’t be slouchy as your child grows. They will become more  fitted instead.

Now, check out my little pumpkin! Isn’t this the perfect first Halloween outfit ever?! Its only missing one thing….a ridiculously loud and frilly Halloween hair bow. Ought oh….I feel another tutorial coming on!

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Ok, your turn now! Go make some baby legs! I can’t wait to see how yours turn out!