Adorable Crochet Bunny Ears Headband with Flowers

Adorable Crochet Bunny Ears Headband with Flowers

bunny ears headbandI know Easter was yesterday.  So this bunny project is a bit late.  Sorry, but I just found this free pattern the other day and just had to make it for my granddaughter Harper.  I love this crochet bunny ears headband with flowers!  They’re just too cute not to share.!

I found this pattern for bunny ears headband on Pinterest last week.  It just popped up on my feed and I figured it was meant to be.  I immediately clicked on the link on the post and found that it was a free pattern from Grace & Yarn.

My brain went into over drive when I saw the adorable bunny ears.  She shows the bunny ears headband in 3 different colors on her site; white, beige, and gray.  I figure I could make them in different pastel colors; pink, mint, lavender, yellow, peach, the possibilities are endless!  Of course I didn’t have time to make all those colors this year, but that doesn’t mean I won’t!

These bunny ears headbands are super easy to make.  I made mine in less than an hour.  Ok if you’re new to crocheting it might take you a bit longer.  It’s also a great way to use up yarn scraps.  I know every crocheter or knitter has baskets or tubs full of yarn scraps!  That’s why making these bunny ears headbands are super cheap too!  All you need, unless you don’t have yarn scraps, are the headbands.  And like Stephanie on Grace & Yarn says you can grab a pack of 6 headbands from the Walmart Girl’s Department for $3.  That’s 50¢ a headband!

Hey if you’re a craft fair vendor you can whip up a bunch of these and sell them at your next fair.  Stephanie is gracious enough to allow you to sell her design as long as you credit her for the design.  That’s too awesome!

I’m already thinking of ways to not just make more bunny ears headbands in different colors, I’m thinking up ways to adapt the ears for different critters.  Wouldn’t cat ears and lion ears be awesome?  Stay tuned, I plan on creating and sharing just as soon as I can find the time!

Mean while click here for Stephanie’s free pattern for Bunny Ears Headbands!  Hey if you do make them take a picture and share them with us!

 

Last Minute Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

Last Minute Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt Ideas

egg huntWhen my kids were young we always had a neighborhood Easter Egg hunt on Easter Sundays.  It’s a great day to get together for some fun, food, and neighborly chats; and a great way to use up all those hard boiled eggs.

It didn’t take a lot of effort on anyone’s part since everyone was dying Easter eggs anyway.  After the hunt some of the adults would supervise the kids in games and the others would head to the kitchen to turn the eggs into Egg Salad Sandwiches.  The rest of the luncheon food was pot luck.

We still get together with the neighbors on Easter Sunday for an Easter Egg Hunt, only now the kids are our grandkids!

Here are a few tips to help you plan a last minute Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt.  If you’ve tried it yet, you may want to plan one this year.  You might just start a new neighborhood tradition!

 

 

A couple of days before the hunt:

1.  Get together with the neighbors and decide where your potluck luncheon will be held.  You may have to host it in a 2-3 yards to fit everyone.  Decide what time the hunt will begin.

2.  Gather chairs and tables and decide on a time when they can be set up at the host yards.  It may be easier to have each neighbor bring their own chairs, but hopefully you’ll have a neighbor who can bring over a folding table or two at least to place food on.

3.  Decide on how many eggs each neighbor will bring; both dyed hard boiled eggs and plastic eggs.  Set a budget on how much each neighbor should spend to fill the plastic eggs.  Decide if you will have a “golden egg” for the grand prize.  If you want to have one the easiest prize would be money; each neighbor can contribute $1 that can be stuffed in a special egg.  Decide if you want to limit the number of eggs each child can keep; if you do then decide on how many.  Don’t forget the teens and tweenies, you may want to do a separate hunt or different activity for them.

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4.  Mark the territory where the eggs will be hidden.

5.  Ask each neighbor to sign up for the potluck so that you will have a variety of food, not just desserts.  Remember to ask one or two people to bring bread and ingredients for egg salad sandwiches.

6.  Decide where and who will turn the hard boiled eggs into egg salad sandwiches.  This can be a group effort in one person’s kitchen or you can have volunteers take a dozen or so eggs home to their kitchen to make their hard boiled egg dish.  Check out my post 12 Recipes Using Hard Boiled Easter Eggs for ideas.

7.  Decide what if any other games and activities you want to have for the kids.  Decide on the supplies you will need for the activities, who will provide them, and who will supervise the activities. You may want to start out with an Easter Bag/Basket making activity before the hunt.

8.  Decide when and where neighbors should bring their eggs for the hunt.  Decide who will hide them.

egg huntMorning of the hunt:

1.  Designated egg “hiders” can hide the eggs.

2.  Set up borrowed table and chairs in the host yards.

3.  Gather the kids for the first activity if you have any, otherwise start the hunt.

4.  After the hunt have the children give the boiled eggs they don’t want to keep to their parents or the people in charge of making salad.

5.  Keep the kids busy with games and activities while egg salad sandwiches are being made.

6.  Bring all the food to the host yard and set them up on tables.

7.  Enjoy!  This could be the first of many more neighborhood events![spacer height=”-20px”]

egg huntegg huntFor older kids hide some eggs in high places, they love the challenge![spacer height=”-20px”]

egg huntStart the event with a Bunny Bag craft like these from Fun A Day .  The kids can make these cute bags to put their eggs in.  You can get packs of plain paper bags or gift bags from the Dollar Store and decorate them with construction paper, pipe cleaners, and left over supplies from other craft projects gathered from the neighbors.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Easter Egg HuntKeep kids busy making Jelly Bean Bracelets from Artzy Creations.  [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

egg huntThis Egg Popper Tree by Studio DIY is a good alternative for older kids. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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Easter Egg Hunt Egg on Spoon Races are always fun.  Think of different variations![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

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DIY Crochet Twin Bunny Hat & Diaper Cover Sets – FREE Patterns!

DIY Crochet Twin Bunny Hat & Diaper Cover Sets – FREE Patterns!

Bunny Hat & Diaper Cover

With Easter right around the corner it was time to make Easter outfits for my twin grandbabies.  I found a couple of crochet patterns for the hat and diaper cover and made a tutu for my granddaughter. I tweeked them a bit for a better fit.

The twins are 6 months old so I used the 6-9 month old hat pattern but changed the hook to a smaller “F” size to make it a bit smaller.  The pattern calls for a size “H”.

Here is the bunny hat pattern from Repeat Crafter Me.  She has step by step directions from newborn to adult sizes.  I used this same patter for both hats, just changed the color of the inside part of the bunny ears.

The pattern for the diaper covers are from Crochet A Flower that has instructions for 0-9 month covers.  The diaper is adjustable.  For the girl’s cover I used the same color yarn for the border and added a pink pom-pom to match the bunny ears.  For the boy’s I used a contrasting color to match the bunny ears and pom-pom.

I made a Tutu for the girl using the same technique I used for her Elf Tutu I made for Christmas.  I just made the tulle strips shorter so you can see the pom-pom.  I used 6″ strips so the tutu is about 3″ all the way around.

Bunny Hat & Diaper Cover

For FREE bunny ears hat pattern from Repeat Crafter Me Click Here!

For FREE diaper cover pattern from Crochet a Flower Click Here!

Bunny Hat & Diaper Cover

For FREE bunny ears hat pattern from Repeat Crafter Me Click Here!

For FREE diaper cover pattern from Crochet a Flower Click Here!

For a great Tutu tutorial from My Frugal Family Click Here!

Both projects took me about 6 hours.  I’d love to see your bunny hats!  Enjoy!  Happy Easter!

For a cute Peek A Boo Bunny Crochet Easter Basket FREE Pattern and instructions Click Here!

Bunny Hat & Diaper Cover
Peek A Boo Bunny Basket

The Bunny Ear Hat pictured above uses the same FREE Pattern in this post, just used a different color combo.

Easy Last Minute Easter Treats

Easy Last Minute Easter Treats

Easter is tomorrow.  Most of us will be spending today frantically dying eggs and making treats and hoping it will all be ready for the Easter Bunny to give out come Sunday morning.

Don’t worry here are some cute and quick Easter treats you can whip up in a matter of minutes.  If you don’t already have the supplies a quick trip to Walmart, the Dollar Store, or even the grocery store can remedy that.

Easter TreatsThis cute idea from Oh for Sweetness Sake is pretty self explanatory.  Clear piping bag by Wilton hold a sugar cone filled with Easter M&Ms.  They recommend stuffing a few white cotton balls at the bottom of the sugar cone to use less candy.  The the whole thing up with a pretty ribbon and the Easter Bunny’s on his way.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

Easter Treats For a non-candy alternative here’s an idea from Creative Organization.  Fill the piping bag with Cheese puffs and tie with green ribbon to make “carrots”.  You can fill the bags with pretty much anything; goldfish, jelly beans, trail mix, etc. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

Easter TreatsThese Chocolate Cottontails by Rook No. 17 are simple to make using store bought marshmallow peeps and dipping them in chocolate.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

Easter Treats Don’t want to dip the peeps?  Then do what Your Homebased Mom did, put them on on a stick![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Treats Whip up some of Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Cake Batter Blondies using cake mix and sprinkles.  Easy and yummy![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

Easter Treats Don’t want to bake?  Then make this Popcorn Mix by Framed Frosting in your microwave. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

Easter TreatsHere’s another no bake treat Golden Oreo Truffles from Gimme Some Oven. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Easter TreatsTry these adorable Nutter Butter Chicks by Sweet Simple Stuff. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Easter TreatsThese Cream Cheese Filled Carrot Cookies from Live Well Bake Often uses cake mix.  Great treat for carrot cake lovers.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Easter TreatsIf you’re feeling more adventurous try your hand at this pretty Italian Easter Bread by A Homemade Living.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Don’t know what to do with all those hard boiled Easter Eggs?  Click here for some recipes using Easter eggs.
Sherbet Easter Basket

Sherbet Easter Basket

It’s Easter time again, and one of my favorite Easter crafts is making Easter Baskets for my grandchildren.  I know there are many plastic and metal baskets out there, and they’re all very inexpensive.  But I like to make them baskets that a different from those you can buy at Walmart.

Sherbet Easter BasketThe other day I went to our local craft store and found this pretty yarn by Red Heart.  It’s color is called Sherbet.  When I saw it I just knew I had to turn it into a Sherbet Easter Basket.

This basket is very simple to make.  It would be a perfect project for a beginner.  It does however use foundation single crochet for the handle.  So it’s a great way to learn one of my favorite techniques if you aren’t familiar with it.

Foundation single crochet is a technique that combines the foundation chain with the first row of any project.  Instead of making a row of chains, something I find tedious, and going back to make the first row of single crochet, or any stitch for that matter, this technique is initially worked vertically and you have the chain on one the left side and the single crochet on the right.  Using it for the basket handle is a great way to learn it!

To make the basket a bit sturdier I used 2 strands of yarn held together for a thicker strand.  To do this it’s easier to use 2 skeins of yarn, but you can roll a skein into 2 balls and work with that.  The Basket doesn’t use a whole skein.

To make the sides of the basket round 5 is worked in backloops only.  This brings the sides up from the bottom of the basket.

The handle is also made with 2 strands of yarn.  You make 2 separate handles which are then twined together.  If you want it to be stiffer you can twine the bands around a pipe cleaner.

The basket is worked in rounds that are joined at the end of each round.  The beginning Ch 2 if each round counts as the first stitch of that round.

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Here’s the pattern!  You can make it any color you want and even use bulkier yarn and a larger hook if you prefer.

If you want to print the pattern Click here to download the free PDF version.

Stitches:

Ch = Chain

Sl St = Slip Stitch

FSC = Foundation Single Crochet

HDC = Half Double Crochet

DC = Double Crochet

Backloop DC = Backloop Double Crochet

DCdec = Double Crochet Decrease

 

Supplies:

Hook size I (5.50mm)

#4 Worsted yarn in Sherbet

Directions:

Ch 5, join to first Ch to form ring

Rd. 1:  12 HDC in ring, Sl St to first HDC (12HDC)

Rd. 2:  Ch 2, DC in same st, 2 DC in each st around, join to top of Ch 2.  (24DC)

Rd. 3:  Repeat Rd. 2.  (48DC)

Rd. 4:  Ch 2, DC in same st, DC in next st, *2DC in next st, DC in next st*, repeat **around, join to top of Ch 2.  (72DC)

Rd. 5:  Ch 2, Backloop DC in each st, join to top of Ch 2.  (72DC)

Rd. 6-8:  Ch 2, DC in each st, join to top of Ch 2.  (72DC)

Rd. 9:  Ch 2, *DC decrease over next 2 sts, DC in next st* repeat ** around, join to top of Ch 2.  (48 DC)

Do not fasten off.  You will now make the first band of the handle.

Make 45 FSC, fasten off.  Leave 6” tail for attaching to opposite side.

For the second band of the handle attack a double strand of yarn to the DC next to the first band and make 45 FSC, fasten off.  Leave 6” tail for attaching to opposite side.

 

 

 

Foundation SC: Its basically worked in 2 parts – the chain part which you make first, and the SC part made right after it.

Ch 2, insert hook in 2nd. Chain from hook, yarn over, pull up loop, you will have 2 loops on your hook, yarn over and pull thru 1 loop, (you just made the chain part of the FSC and you will have 2 loops on your hook),  yarn over and pull thru 2 loops, (this is the SC part of the FSC and you will have 1 loop on the hook).  You’ve now completed the first FSC.

Now insert hook between the chain st you made in the first part of the st and the SC you made in the second part.  Yarn over, pull up loop so you have 2 loops on hook.   Yarn over, pull thru 1 loop, you now made the chain part and have 2 loops on hook.  Yarn over, pull thru 2 loops, you made the SC part and have 1 loop on the hook.  Continue this pattern until you have the length you need.

Click here for a FSC photo tutorial by Craftsy!

Or watch this video tutorial from Futuregirl.com

Sherbet Easter Basket
This is what your 2 bands of FSC should look like. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

Sherbet Easter BasketHolding both bands together make a knot at the base by the basket’s rim.  You need the knot so that when you twine the bands together it will stay twined and not unravel.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

 

Sherbet Easter BasketStarting by the knot you just made twine both bands together .[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

 

Sherbet Easter BasketWhen you reach the unattached end of the bands make a knot.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sherbet Easter BasketInsert the 2 tails of yarn from each FSC band into 2 stitches on the opposite side of the basket.  Make sure it is positioned evenly with the other side of the handle.  Knot both tails together and trim ends.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

Sherbet Easter BasketYour basket is done!  You can fill it up with all sorts of Easter goodies.  I filled this one up with Pom Pom Bunnies and Chicks.  Click here to learn how to make them!

 

 

 


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Easter Paper Crafts for the Entire Family – Free Templates

Easter Paper Crafts for the Entire Family – Free Templates

Easter Paper CraftsIf you haven’t already heard our family loves holidays, we like to celebrate every single one.  Right now Easter’s coming soon and we’ve been busy with various craft projects.  We’ve made pom pom bunnies and chicks, chick aviator hats and peek-a-boo bunny hats, and Easter plaques.  The last couple of days I fired up my Cricut Explore Air cutting machine to cut some Easter bunnies and eggs to use for our paper projects.  To add texture to the cardstock I used my cute little Sizzix Texture Boutique Embossing Machine.   Here are some of our Easter Paper Crafts for the Entire Family!  I’m sharing some templates too!

Many of these projects are very simple, all you need are cardstock or construction paper, glue, scissors, small pom poms, and scraps of ribbon and twine.  If you have a cutting machine you can definitely use that to cut out cute little bunnies; if not you can use the free templates I’m sharing and cut them out by hand.

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Click here for templates!  It’s free!

One of the easiest, and in my opinion, cutest Easter Paper Craft is this Bunny Frame.  I just used an 11″x 14″ frame I already had, luckily it was light blue, a perfect Spring color!  Here’s how I made this:

Supplies:

Frame – any size you want, mine is 11″ x 14″ which holds an 8″ x 10″ photo.

Cardstock – any color you prefer, I used dark pink for the background, pearly white for the front card, and blue for the bunny.

Small pom pom – you can get some from the craft store

Die cut machine, letter stencils, or letter stickers

Easter Paper Crafts

Cut the background cardstock to the size of your frame opening

Cut the front piece of cardstock 1/2″ smaller than the background piece.  If you have a die cut machine you can cut out the letters for “Hippity Hop Easter’s on its way!”

If not you can stencil the words on, or use stickers.  Or you can just print them on with a marker!

Cut out the bunny shape using a die cut machine or the free template here.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

Easter Paper CraftsIf you want to you can emboss the bunny with an embossing machine if you have one, but you don’t have to.  You can also hand emboss it, here’s a great tutorial from The Frugal Crafter to show you how to emboss with out a machine![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

The picture tutorial below will show you how to emboss with the Sizzix Texture Boutique!  It’s a cute little machine that’s shaped like a purse.  The item you want to emboss is placed into an embossing folder (sold separately in different designs).  The folder is then sandwiched between the 2 black plates and in this case because I was embossing a single sheet of cardstock, a mylar shim (plates and shim is included with the machine).

Easter Paper Crafts

The “sandwich” is then placed in the slot of the machine and cranked thru.  When the “sandwich” get thru the cardstock is embossed with the pattern.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Paper CraftsOnce you’ve cut and embossed all the pieces it’s time to assemble the picture.  I used Elmer’s Craftbond Glue Runner, to glue all the pieces together.

Easter Paper CraftsFinally I used Aleene’s tacky glue to glue on the pom pom then placed it in the frame.

Easter Paper Crafts

 

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Another Easter Paper Craft we did is this adorable Bunny Banner.

Like the Bunny Frame I cut out the bunny shapes with the Cricut and embossed some of the with the Texture Boutique.  I wanted each bunny to be different so I stamped a couple of them with white ink. [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

Easter Paper Crafts Cut out the bunnies.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

Easter Paper Crafts Emboss and/or stamp each bunny. [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

Easter Paper CraftsPunch a hole on each ear of each bunny.  Make the holes evenly.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Paper CraftsGlue a pom pom tail on each bunny.  To learn how to make pom poms using a pom pom maker click here![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

Easter Paper CraftsThread twine thru the holes and you’re done![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

Easter Paper CraftsWe also made this vertical Bunny Banner using glitter paper.

I cut the bunnies from glitter paper which we glued vertically along a strand of ribbon.  We glued on the pom pom tails and tied on a bow.  Easy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Paper CraftsHere’s an Easter Paper Craft the kids loved!  A paper plate wreath.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter Paper CraftsAgain I cut out bunnies and eggs on the Cricut and embossed some, and stamped others.  Then I cut a circle out of the middle of a paper plate and let the kids glue the eggs and bunnies on it.

Easter Paper Crafts

 

 

 

 

 

 

When they were done I punched 2 holes on the top of the wreath and threaded a length of ribbon thru for hanging.

These are just a few crafts the whole family can do this Easter season.  They are all very inexpensive, easy, and fun.  You can decorate your whole house!  You can even use the cut outs to make cards and signs.  Check out my Easter Plaque craft!


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