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Favorites: Fun Kid Easter DIY’s!

I don’t know about you, but this was a busy week for me. So much going on and I gotta say: thank goodness it’s Friday. I get to sleep in tomorrow morning! Yay! Ha. So, the approaching weekend ALSO means we are just over a week away from Easter. We’re starting our Easter Egg Countdown on Sunday and planning out how we’ll be coloring our eggs to give to the Easter Bunny (the kiddo has mentioned there will be A LOT of purple and pink). Secretly I’ve been collecting some kid Easter DIY’s to make for, or with, my daughter. Below you’ll find a little collection of my favorites.


Bunny Candy Pouch (so cute): Mer Mag.

 Crepe Paper Carrot Surprise: Martha Stewart.

Easter Birds’ Nest: Lulu The Baker.

Surprise Egg Countdown: The Paper Mama Blog.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown //

Egg and Box DIY: Carrie Can Blog.

Clay Bunny Bowls: Alice and Lois.

 Bunny Tails: Eighteen25.

 Mini Carrot Balloons: Jacks & Kate.

 Origami Easter Bunnies: Oh So Very Pretty.

 Easter Egg Popsicle: Ramblings of a Handbag Designer.

 Have a very happy weekend!

- Chelsey

Pressed Flower Cake Decor

Paper Flowers Cake Decor //

Paper Flowers Cake Decor //

It’s Spring. Yes it is. I thought this would be the perfect time to share this cute cake. I’ve officially used my pressed flowers printable 3 times: paper flower frame, decoupaged flower eggs, and now my pressed flower cake decor! I think this little cake turned out pretty adorable. How sweet would this be for Easter or Mother’s Day? It’s so easy, especially if you buy a cake instead of make it. Hee.


- pressed flowers printable

- toothpicks

- hot glue

- delicious cake


Paper Flowers Cake Decor //

1. Print out your pressed flowers printable. Use some scissors to cut out the flowers you’d like to use. Use your hot glue to attach the toothpicks to the back of the flowers.

Paper Flowers Cake Decor //

2. Pick off any lose bits of hot glue string, and your cake decorating flowers are ready.

Paper Flowers Cake Decor //

3. Organize then on the top of your cake. I arranged the flowers so the taller blooms were in the back.

Paper Flowers Cake Decor //


- Chelsey

P.S. I picked up this beautiful cake from a local Portland bakery, The Cakery. Highly recommended if you’re in the area and don’t want to bake a cake.

Fortune Cookie Cash Jar

Fortune Cookie Cash Jar //

Well, just a couple more months and there will be a fresh batch of graduates out there. This is a fun and unique way to give some cash to your special someone! The fortune cookie cash jar makes your graduate work for their gift. Hee. All you have to do is cut out the cookie shape, add some money, and a fortune… then make the cookie. All the instructions and free printables are over on the HP blog.

- Chelsey

DIY Flavored Sea Salts


It’s always fun to give homemade gifts, especially when they’re food related, even more especially when they’re very fancy and very gourmet. Flavored sea salts are one of those great little gifts that don’t cost much to make, but look really beautiful and are very much appreciated by the recipients. They’re perfect for hostess gifts, housewarming presents, and neighbor gifts for the holidays, and would make excellent take-home party favors. They look especially lovely packaged in small glass jars and bottles, and are pretty enough to be left out on the kitchen counter. Below you’ll find a 3 different lovely recipes to make your own DIY Flavored Sea Salts!


Rosemary Sea Salt

1 cup sea salt
1/4 cup chopped fresh rosemary

Combine the sea salt and fresh rosemary in a medium bowl. Spread out on a parchment-covered baking sheet, and place in the oven on the lowest temperature setting for 1 hour. Let cool, package, and give.

Good on meats and veggies!

Vanilla Bean Sea Salt

1 cup sea salt
4 vanilla beans

Pour the salt into a medium bowl. Cut each vanilla bean in half lengthwise with a sharp paring knife. Using the tip of the knife, scrape the seeds out of all of the vanilla bean halves, and add them to the salt. Mix well with clean hands, rubbing the salt and vanilla seeds together until well-combined. Package and give.

Perfect for sprinkling on chocolate chips cookies, homemade caramels, and other sweets!

Lemon Sea Salt

1 cup sea salt
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon zest

Combine the sea salt and lemon zest in a medium bowl. Spread out on a parchment-covered baking sheet, and bake for 1 hour on the lowest temperature setting. Remove from oven, allow to cool, package, and give.

Great on chicken, fish, and veggies!

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Of course, you can’t give a cute jar of homemade flavored sea salt without a matching tag, right?! I’ve created three simple graphics, one for each type of salt, that you can download and use to make printable labels. Use them to make squares or circles or rectangles, stickers, hang tags, etc! Just right click on the graphic you want, save the image, and use it in whatever program you want to create your labels in!

DIY rosemary salt label DIY vanilla salt labelDIY lemon salt label


- Melissa Bahen, Lulu the Baker