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Little Egg Succulent Planter

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Well. These are adorable. I was trying to find something fun and different to do with my Easter eggs. The Little Egg Succulent Planter turned out pretty cute. Make one and keep it for yourself, or make a lot and give to your friends or use as place markers for your holiday dinner.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- 1 raw egg

- needle

- 1 small succulent

- cactus dirt

- black permanent pen

- optional: egg holder

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Directions:

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Time to prep the egg. Use your needle to poke holes in a line sound the pointy top of the egg.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Use your fingers to beak the egg along the line of needle holes.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Write a little love note on your egg with the permanent pen. I wrote “happy spring”, “for you”, and drew a heart. Tip: dye the egg shells first, then write a note on the egg. Fun!

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Plant your succulent in the egg. Tip: use a little chop stick to push down the loose dirt. 

Keep this little egg gift for yourself, or give to a friend. I gave these eggs to my neighbors. Or, you could use the Egg Succulent Planters for place markers this Easter at your dinner table.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

Vanilla Extract Recipe + Free Label Printable

Vanilla Extract Recipe Plus Bottle Label // thepapermama.com

Can you really call something a recipe if it’s only 2 ingredients? Well, Vanilla Extract is surprisingly easy to make. Just two things you need: alcohol and vanilla beans. Yup. You wouldn’t know that if you looked on the ingredients of most vanilla extracts, since a lot of companies like to sweeten their extracts with corn syrup.

We tend to go through a ton of vanilla extract over in my home. I’m always making my no-refined sugars homemade granola, and we just go right through the extract. Making my own has saved a bit of cash! I mean, vanilla beans can be a little expensive… but we have a local store that sold some lovely organic beans for $1.50 each. There’s also a company I found online, Beanilla, that has a lovely variety of beans (for less than you’d probably pay at most grocery stores).

Vanilla Extract Recipe Plus Bottle Label // thepapermama.com

Vanilla Extract Recipe

Directions:

Vanilla Extract Recipe Plus Bottle Label // thepapermama.com

- Split your vanilla bean in half (lengthwise).

Vanilla Extract Recipe Plus Bottle Label // thepapermama.com

- Cut the bean sections into pieces that will fit into your bottle. Put the beans into the bottle.

Vanilla Extract Recipe Plus Bottle Label // thepapermama.com

- Pour the alcohol into the bottle and screw on the lid. Shake the bottle a couple times. Store in a dark space for 6 – 8 weeks. Ta dah! You now have Vanilla Extract. Head on over to my HP Post to get those free Vanilla Extract Labels! I also made some blank labels for you to use for other spices and extracts.

Vanilla Extract Recipe Plus Bottle Label // thepapermama.com

Vanilla Extract Recipe Plus Bottle Label // thepapermama.com

You know what’s super cool about this? When you run out of the vanilla extract you made, just add more alcohol and let the beans soak for another 6 – 8 weeks. I think keeping 3 bottles on hand and refilling as needed will help. I’m not sure how many times you can reuse the bean, but test it out!

Ok, enjoy that homemade vanilla extract!

Vanilla Recipe GIF // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

P.S. I am a paid contributor on the HP Create website. 

Personalized Photo Pendants or Keychain DIY

Personalized Photo Pendants and Keychains // thepapermama.com

Handmade gifts are the best. Easy to make handmade gifts are EVEN better. These pendants (or keychains) are about as easy as it gets. Just a bit of clay, a photo, mini cookie cutter, glue, and a couple other small things and you have a personalized gift for a loved one. Personally, I don’t wear a TON of necklaces, but I have a few I love and mostly wear while I’m out of town. I’m currently using my personalized photo pendants as keychains (and the kiddo has claimed the kitty pendants for her necklaces).

Personalized Photo Pendants and Keychains // thepapermama.com

Personalized Photo Pendants and Keychains // thepapermama.com

The best thing about these little creations is they were easy to make. I just spaced out, rolled out some clay, glued down some photos and let me creativity flow. We have a few gift giving holidays on the way (hello Mother & Father’s day), so might as well get the gift planning started now. If you love these little pendants, head over to HP Create to get the full tutorial and directions, check out the original post here.

- Chelsey

P.S. I am a paid contributor on the HP Create website. 

Paper Cosmo Flower Hair Clip or Gift Bow! Comes with a free printable!

Paper Cosmo Flower Hair Clip or Gift Bow! Comes with a free printable! // thepapermama.com

Way back when… before I was married and before the kid… I made a lot of paper goodies. I made paper crowns to sell to brides for their bridal showers, and I also made paper flower hair clips. I haven’t made a paper flower in about 5 years, so I decided to try it out again for my HP Create post. I made these cute little Cosmo flowers! They are perfect for your hair, but I think I love them more as a bow on a gift. The recipient can just pop the flower off the gift and wear it on their head. Double present.

This DIY is so simple. I’d say it will take you less than 15 minutes to make the whole thing. Well, maybe. Hopefully. Hee. The printout plus directions make it SUPER simple to create your own. Just cut out the template, follow the instructions, and ta-dah! I even made a little video for you to follow. I shared it below, just to give you an idea of how simple it is to make.

You’ll want to make 8 of them, or maybe 20! Right now, the Cosmo flowers I made are usually in my kiddo’s hair.

Paper Cosmo Flower Hair Clip or Gift Bow! Comes with a free printable! // thepapermama.com

The full tutorial to make a paper Cosmo flower (plus the free printouts) are over here. Side note: if you have a wedding coming up, these flowers would be perfect for the bridesmaids and flower girl’s hair. This would also be a fun printout to make for a girl’s craft night (easy and inexpensive)! I love craft nights. 

Happy Friday!!!

- Chelsey

P.S. I am a paid contributor on the HP Create website. 

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