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Crafts Family Fun Fourth of July Holiday Summer

Fabric Sparklers Craft

I love celebrating the 4th of July with my family on Cape Cod. I have fond memories as a little girl playing with sparklers. In fact, we looked forward to them each year. Unfortunately, fireworks, and yes-sadly sparklers, are illegal in the state of Massachusetts. This year I thought that it would be fun to make some sparklers out of glitter bombed tulle fabric from my local fabric store. With a little bit of help from the kiddos and bit in ingenuity, we were able to make these sparkler beauties to bring the the local parade.

Crafts Family Fun Findings Gardening Projects Seasons Spring

DIY: Copper Clay Garden Markers

One of our favorite things to do at home on a rainy day is make creations with bakeable clay. It’s great fun for the family. In fact, it’s fun for folks of all ages. The clay comes in every color imaginable and it is so much fun being able to permanently capture the kids’ creations. As we were sitting around the table, I spied a block of copper colored clay. How fun would it be to transform it into clay garden markers? With small cookie cutters, I got to work and made a bunch for the spring inspired windowsill garden.

Crafts Family Fun Holiday Spring Wedding

DIY: Coffee Filter Wreath

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I admit that I tend to keep things. I typically save things that I might just find a use for later on. This has been especially true since I started creating for HGTV five years ago. It’s hard to believe that it has been that long, until I look at bins of “saved” things that somehow find their way into the projects that I do. When we were cleaning out a home of a relative recently, I discovered oodles of paper coffee filters. We didn’t have a coffee maker that used that kind, but surely they could end up in a craft. As I thought, I pretended they were origami paper. They folded into a perfect flower petal.  Well at least that is what I saw. Wouldn’t they make a gorgeous coffee filter wreath?

Crafts Family Fun Findings Gardening Plants Projects Seasons Spring

Springtime Miniature Garden

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I love gardening in miniature and with spring in the air I could not help myself. My daughter and I decided to create a miniature garden that we would both love to spend time in. With a cottage garden as inspiration, the entire miniature garden came together in under an hour’s time. We had so much fun creating this outdoor scene. For the plantings we chose pansies, grape hyacinths, lettuce, lavender, dianthus and english daisies. We even used a small little bit of sedum. I’ll share more on that later.

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DIY: Paper Wall Flower

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I love creating and I am super excited with you all to share that in addition to seeing me on HGTV and HGTV Gardens, I will now be a regular contributor to DIY Network’s Made + Remade! My first post that I did for them is how to create this gorgeous paper flower! I know. Yes, it looks super complicated but this paper wall flower came together so simply anyone, even the kids can make one at home with you.  They’ll just need some assistance with the hot glue gun.

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Back to School Teacher Gift: You Rule!

teacher gift planter made with rulers and filled with succulents
Nursing my love of succulents and spreading the succulent love. The kids and I recently created this adorable back to school teacher gift planter. As we waded through the aisles of Staples, I could not resist those creative gears from turning. I think this will make a sweet surprise on the first day of school.
 Don’t you?
For the complete step-by-step tutorial, please visit my post on HGTV Gardens.
Photo Credit: Tilly’s Nest