Happier Easter Photos with Crafts from Dollar Tree

Product disclosureTissue paper backgroundEvery spring we take pictures of our children in their new Easter outfits. As I was looking back on our pictures, I noticed something. Our family uses a lot of props in photos. Sure we do the traditional posed photo from time to time, but my favorite shots are always the silly ones with props. I think it’s due to the genuine expressions that come from allowing the silliness to come out (we have plenty of silliness). Those are the pictures that tell our story.

Sisters Easter

Since we’ve moved, I haven’t exactly unpacked our “props” yet. It seemed kitchen utensils and bath towels were more important to unpack first.  I could have gone to unpack but its more fun to create! Dollar Tree always has great seasonal and craft items so it’s always in the budget to create something new for every season!

For this year’s spring photos, I created  Giant Tissue Paper Flowers with a few packs of tissue paper, easily found in the gift section at Dollar Tree. The were so easy to make and had a huge impact in our pictures! Keep reading and I’ll share how you can make some of your own.

Tissue paper flowers diy

DIY Giant Paper Flowers

To get started you’ll need these things:

  • 2-3 multipacks of gift tissue from Dollar Tree
  • 1 package of reindeer moss
  • scissors
  • tape
  • glue

For the center of the flowers, take 2 sheets of yellow tissue paper, fold over and cut out a circle ( I traced the lid of my starbucks cup. It worked This should leave you with plenty of circles for your project. Stack 4 circles together and crimp the edges together. Now glue a bit of reindeer moss in the center. Repeat these steps for as many flowers as you plan to make.

For the body of the flower you will use 2 sections of tissue paper. Take one color section fro the first pack and stack the sheets together. near the top, freehand draw a large petal with a scalloped edge. It should take up the entire sheet. Now cut out all of them together. Take the next section and divide it into 3 sheets and 2 sheets. Take the group of 3 and recreate the largest petals about half the size. Take the group of 2 sheets and fold in half. Now recreate the shape of the other petals half the last size.

Starting with the smallest petals, group the petals into a bouquet. Continue wrapping the next largest sized petals around the bouquet until you have run out of petals. Twist the “stem” in your hand and secure with tape. In the middle of the bouquet tape in the yellow center we first made.

It really is so easy and for only $3 we were able to make several of these for our photo props this year. I’ll be submitting our DIY Giant Paper Flowers craft into a contest at ILeaveHappy.com (we could win a grand prize of $500!) I would love it if you would vote for us!

While I was shopping at Dollar Tree I found a few other Easter items that we made into an adorable display with our flowers as the backdrop. I also picked up several things to fill our Easter baskets with this year!

Easter tablescape

 

Love Notes: A Quick & Easy Valentine’s Day Craft

Valentine's Day Love Notes

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! Don’t worry if you haven’t gotten your Valentine’s done yet, Kaitlyn has us covered! I am so proud of this girl for putting this together. “Love Notes” as she calls them are cute, crafty, & quick. Everything you’ll need you probably have sitting in your desk drawer right now.

Valentines Day Love Note Supplies

Supplies: 

  • paperclips
  • heart stickers
  • Optional : paper to attach your Love Note & a pen to write a personalized message

Kaitlyn put together this quick video to show us just how easy Love Notes are to make. ( I wasn’t feeling well when they were making these so shout out to her brother Sebastian for filming the video!)

I loved her suggestion of using them for bookmarks. All her classmates are doing a lot of reading and this is something that they can use beyond the holiday.

Happy Valentine’s Day from our family to yours!

Love the Chases

Easy DIY Cinnamon Ornaments #McCormickBaking

* This is a sponsored post by me on behalf of  McCormick. All opinions are 100% my owneasy cinnamon ornaments

This genius-holiday-themed-non-messy-kid-friendly-makes-your-house-smell-like-a-home activity will bring smiles to your family for sure! This is so simple and I LOVE McCormick for sharing it with me-  Easy Cinnamon Ornaments! Why have I never done this before ?!?!?!?

Your kids are going to think you are amazing!  Your guest will think you’ve been baking up a storm & not 1 calorie will be added to your waistline. Promise.

JUST 2 ingredients, a few supplies, and heck, throw on a cute apron (no one will be getting messy but everyone looks good in a cute apron).  Here we go….

Easy Cinnamon Ornaments

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup applesauce ( If you use the cups like I did, just use 2 of them)
  • 1 bottle (4.12 ounces) McCormick® Cinnamon
  • Ground Cookie cutters,  Drinking straw,  & Ribbon

* a rolling pin &  plastic wrap would also be handy! 

Instructions: 

  1. Preheat oven to 200°F. Mix applesauce and cinnamon in small bowl until a smooth ball of dough is formed. (You may need use your hands to incorporate all of the cinnamon.) Using about 1/4 of the dough at a time, roll dough to 1/4-inch to 1/3-inch thickness between two sheets of plastic wrap. Peel off top sheet of plastic wrap. Cut dough into desired shapes with 2- to 3-inch cookie cutters. Make a hole at top of ornament with drinking straw or skewer. Place ornaments on baking sheet.

    Cinnamon Ornament Dough Collage

    This gives you an idea of what the dough will look like after its all mixed together.

  2. Bake 2 1/2 hours. Cool ornaments on wire rack. (Or, to dry ornaments at room temperature, carefully place them on wire rack. Let stand 1 to 2 days or until thoroughly dry, turning occasionally).

    Bakes ornaments

    Bake at 200 for 2.5 hrs- Perfect time to snuggle up and watch your favorite Christmas movie by the fire.

  3. Insert ribbon through holes and tie to hang. Decorate with opaque paint markers, found in arts and crafts stores, if desired.ornaments in tree

Here is the finished product! They really were so simple & days later they still smell fantastic. In addition to using them as ornaments you could use them as special gift tags by writing on them with a paint pen & adding them to packages.

What’s your favorite thing to bake during the holidays?