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Dream Stocking Giveaway for the DIY-er!

You might remember some of the great things I’ve been able to do with Deco Art, Americana Paints…from lamps to Christmas ornaments, to lime green vases!  I’ve yet to find something I couldn’t paint with the Deco Art paints because they literally have a solution for covering every surface. 

Since we’re in the wonderful season of giving, Deco Art has gifted Picklee with a fabulous Christmas stocking FILLED with tons of awesome paints!  I will be choosing one lucky Picklee-er to receive this dream stocking!

 

Enter to win this stocking by following the three simple steps below.  The winner will be chosen on Monday, 12/10 and posted on Picklee’s Facebook page–so stay tuned! :)

1. Be sure that you “Like” Picklee on Facebook, if you haven’t already ;) (here)

2. Be sure that you “Like” Picklee on Spring, our new online shop! (here)

3. Leave a reply on this post telling me that you’ve completed the first two steps, and what you would use these wonderful paints on!

**TWO runner ups will also be selected to receive a gift from me!**

Good luck!

xo

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Retro Yarn Wrapped Easter Egg Garland [kids crafts]

Okay, I couldn’t resist.  I had to get in just one more fun Easter project before the big rabbit arrives on Sunday… If you liked my Polka Dot & String Wrapped Easter Eggs than you are sure love this retro Easter egg garland I created using yarn, hemp and those standard plastic Easter eggs (you can buy at any dollar store).  This is another great project to do with the kids and the result is certainly impressive!

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Retro Yarn Wrapped Easter Egg Garland [kids crafts]

GATHER UP

  • 1 package of plastic Easter eggs & 1 package of mini plastic Easter eggs (I purchased these for a total of $2 at the dollar store)
  • three balls of yarn in various pastel colors (I used “Peaches & Cream” brand retro yarn)
  • 1 strand of thin hemp to string the eggs onto
  • clear drying glue like Elmer’s

METHOD

String the eggs along the hemp in alternating sizes-large and then small. You will wrap the yarn around the eggs while they are attached to the string (you need to open the egg to attach it to the string and you can’t do this after it’s wrapped).

Apply a thin layer of glue to the top half of the first. Begin wrapping a strand of yarn around the perimeter of the egg. Apply glue to the bottom half of the egg when you get to it. You will not need to use a lot of glue, the yarn will stick to a surface thats just slightly tacky.

Cut the yarn when you’ve covered approx. 3/4 of the egg. The purpose is to allow just a bit of the bottom of the egg to peak out. Apply more glue as needed to secure any loose ends. Continue to apply the yarn in alternating colors to all of the eggs.

Once you’ve finished applying the yarn, tie off the hemp ends and there you have it, a fabulous Retro Easter Egg Garland for under $5!

Happy Easter!

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Polka Dot & String Easter Egg Fun {DIY}

Hippity-Hoppity-Easter’s on it’s way!  This year, I decided I was tired of the usual, basic Easter egg dying.  I wanted to get creative and display some hip, fun Easter eggs; and as always, I wanted to make my Easter eggs using only things I had around the house. I came up with a plan that used only beet juice, string, and paint.  So without further ado, here are my Polka Dot & String Easter Eggs!

Check out my retro Easter egg garland for another fun Easter project!

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Polka Dot & String Easter Egg Fun {DIY}
part of Picklee’s Kids Craft Series

GATHER UP:

  • 1 Dozen White Eggs (plus 4 Brown Eggs-optional)
  • 4-5 spools of brightly colored string
  • 4-5 bright paint colors
  • one small can of beets in juice
  • white vinegar
  • Elmer’s glue
  • dotting tool (or pencil with small nail)

METHOD:

In a large pan, boil the eggs for 8 minutes

Now, it’s time to dye a few of the eggs (naturally!) in beet juice, just to give them a bit of a pink color. Pour the juice from a can of beets into a bowl, add 2 tbsp. of white vinegar.

Submerge a few of the white eggs in the beet juice dye mixture for approx. 2 hours.  I dyed 6 white eggs pink, this left me with 6 pink eggs, 6 white eggs, and 4 brown eggs.

Select four to five bright thread colors and bright paint colors to use on your Easter eggs.

  

First, we will make the string wrapped eggs.  I wrapped approx. half of the eggs in string, and painted the other half with polka dots.  Using a clear drying glue like Elmer’s Glue, paint a thin layer of glue around the perimeter of the egg where you will wrap the string.

Wrap a long piece of string around the perimeter of the egg where you applied the glue.  It should dry clear and very quickly, approx. 5-10 minutes.

Now, it’s time to make the polka dot Easter eggs!  For this step you will need a dotting tool.  It’s okay if you don’t have one, you can simple stick a small nail into a pencil eraser for the same effect!

Dip your dotting tool (or nail head) into the paint and apply dots around the eggs.  Get creative with your colors, this is fun!  You can make some eggs with multi-colored dots too!

Let the your Easter eggs dry for a bit and then have fun using your polka dot & string Easter egg’s in all kinds of different Easter displays-the possibilities are endless!

The Polka Dot & String Easter Eggs are part of our Kids Crafts Series, click here for more fun kids crafts!

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Happy Easter!

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