Shamrock Math for Kids

Hi Makers! Michelle here from Delicate Construction and I am back to share a quick and easy math idea with some free printables just in time for some St. Patrick’s Day fun! Check out this hands-on math idea- Shamrock Math for Kids! These 2 math activities and printables are perfect for kids preschool-2nd grade. 
 
 
I love when I am at the store and I am able to find fun holiday stickers and such on sale or clearance because I know that if I have them, math is much more fun and interesting for my daughter. That is why I had to have these fun St. Patty’s stickers from Joann!
 

I know that my preschooler is starting to become interested and working on addition and patterns so I made a couple of printables for her to practice! I love making printables and sharing them with all of you!

For the patterns printable, I started most of the first pattern for her, and then allowed her to finish it. If your child is older (1st-2nd grade) they can make their own patterns using the stickers.

 
My preschooler got a kick out of this pattern activity which means I may have to make some longer rows so we can work on more challenging patterns! We worked on the ABAB pattern, but older children can definitely explore other patterns. 
 
 

The addition printable was also a great opportunity to not only count and add but work on writing the numbers as well. I would model the first addition sentence for my preschooler, then allow her to complete the second one on her own. You can laminate this printable so and have your child use a dry erase marker so that you can get multiple uses out of it!

 
In the end I accomplished exactly what I wanted. We had fun working on some math concepts, but she was engaged and actively learning the whole time. If you don’t have stickers, I thought that it would also be fun to get some Lucky Charms or other cereal to go along with this theme as well- then it is snack too!

These two printables can be downloaded for personal use- Addition is HERE and Patterns is HERE. And for other holidays, bust out some themed stickers/foamies to continue to use these prints. 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Michelle {Delicate Construction}

5 Tips for a Budget Friendly Party

I’m so excited to introduce you to another new contributor today… our Party Contributor! Ashley has been one of my besties for YEARS. Her creativity has always inspired me and truly blows me away. She is the perfect addition to our Creative Team and I know you will love her just as much as I do!

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Hi Mine for the Makers!

My name is Ashley and I am so glad to be visiting on Kara’s blog today! Kara and I go wwwaaaayyyyy back and have been friends since elementary school. It has been so fun to have a lifelong friend to celebrate all of the big and little things that life has thrown our way the past 20 years.

A little about me- By day I am a kindergarten teacher but when the bell rings I am wife to Jarrod, a youth minister, and mommy to Halen, 4, and Lola, 8 months. I am passionate about throwing parties to celebrate the major events for those I hold dear and am excited to share some tips I have learned along the way to make your parties run budget-friendly and smoothly.

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Whether you are throwing a birthday party, a shower for a friend, graduation celebration, or Mother’s Day tea party- here are some things to remember.

1. Plan Ahead. Okay, I know that this is often easier said than done, but parties take time and effort, right? My daughter celebrates her birthday the first week in January- which is piggyback to all of the big events: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas. We have gotten in the habit of asking her each summer what kind of party she would like and then we start the planning process. Lucky for me, she is really good at not changing her mind!

After we have gotten a theme, we start checking the calendar. I always try to have her party after her birthday rather than before so I have a little extra time to get things in order. My personal rule of thumb is that when it comes to invitations you should always make sure your guests have them in hand at least 3 weeks before the party. Also remember that many people forget to RSVP- so a text reminder to finalize your headcount is okay too!

2. Organize and Budget, budget, budget. I am a nerd and love to have all things organized. I fill out a spreadsheet each year that contains things I want to make, buy, and who we have invited. This way all of my details and lists are contained to one spot! I simply fill it out, print, and put it in my purse….er, diaper bag. I also like having all of my addresses in one spot for invitations and thank you cards. The best part is, if you save it on your computer, the next year you just update and most of your information is done for you!

When it comes to today’s world of Pinterest- it is really easy to find great ideas and want to get a little crazy! But- stick to your budget. I prioritize my ideas and then really think about what I am wanting to spend. I could find a million different things to make or buy, but I realize that if at the end of the party I could buy a pony for what I spent on a party- it wouldn’t make sense. I love the budget part of the spreadsheet because it keeps me focused and forces me to shop smart!

I am attaching a link to the spreadsheet I use- feel free to print it and make it your own!

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3. Shop Smart and Store. This year when Halen said she wanted a Mermaid party in January I knew I was going to have to start in the summer with a few purchases. I knew I wanted to serve the food in glittery sand buckets so I made sure I hit Dollar Tree in July to purchase them. I also started stalking my local facebook swip swap sites to look for beach themed decorations. I scored a huge bag of mixed seashells for just $3 and a set of six clam serving plates for $2. I also try to grab a small thing each time I head to Target or Walmart to spread the expenses out over time. If you wait to the last minute you are often in a pinch and convenience takes precedence over cost- which can lead to overspending. I also love to shop my house for things I can use as decorations- which are free!

Once you start collecting all of your goodies, purchase a storage tub, use a copy paper box, or save those Trader Joes bags. Find a safe spot in your house and start loading up! I put a box in the corner of my craft room and start putting all of our supplies in it once I purchase them. That way I don’t have things pigeon holed all over my house- where it will most likely be lost, eaten or forgotten. Once the party is 2-3 weeks away I set up a table in my kitchen so I can see exactly what I have left to buy and can start working on things.

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4. Ask for Help. Everyone knows what their strengths are with parties- right? I am great at creating, decorating, and organizing. However, I am a terrible baker and cannot photoshop an invitation to save my life! If you have a friend with great editing skills that can make a cool invite- ask her! Your mom is a master cake froster- hit that lady up! Chances are if you ask people in advance they will be more than willing to help you out. My mom always helps me with food items. My little sister is the party photographer and my older sister helps with dishes and clean up. It helps the party run smoother and helps keep a million people asking you what you need help with!

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5. Make the Day Your Own and Enjoy. After you’ve hit your Pinterest, magazine, blog overload- think of ways to make the party have your special twist on it. I started the tradition with Halen to have a book that coordinates with her party theme each year. I have all of the partygoers sign it on the day of the party so after the party you have a great keepsake. Also- what a fun collection for when your child gets older!

Even though it is easy to get wrapped up in a million details and stress out- try to remember the person or reason you are throwing a party for. Unless Martha herself is rolling by to feature your party, try to calm down and enjoy the day. After all, the memories you are making with your loved ones are the things that cannot be found on Pinterest.

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And in the interest of full disclosure- when you come to my house for a party- don’t ever peek in my laundry room, because this is what you will find!!!

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I’ll be back again to share all of the details of Halen’s Mermaid Party and give a budget breakdown. This might just be my favorite party to date! Until then- Party on friends!

Ashley

Mommy Tell All Monday: At Home Pedicure Gift Basket

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Hello friends and welcome to Mommy Tell All Monday… an almost weekly series dedicated to all things motherhood! And today I’m sharing a fun gift that is perfect to give your momma friends. It’s an easy gift to put together and I guarantee they will love it. Check out how I put together this At Home Pedicure Gift Basket, featuring Amopé Pedi Perfect and Amopé Foot Cream.

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As busy mommas, it’s so difficult for us to get away for a relaxing pedicure. I remember the days when I’d get a pedicure every couple of weeks… so spoiled I was and I didn’t even know it! Now I’m lucky enough to get a fresh coat of polish on my toes before hurrying out the door to church. Setting aside 20-30 minutes to myself each week to give myself a pedi after the kids go to bed…that more manageable for me, and probably for my other mom friends too. So I decided to create a gift basket for a momma friend who deserves a little extra TLC. 

For this At Home Pedicure Gift Basket, I purchased all of my supplies at Target. I picked up the basket, cotton balls, nail polish,Amopé Pedi Perfect and Amopé Foot Cream for the gift. I even used the Cartwheel offer (11/2-11/22) and got 10% off of the Amopé Pedi Perfect! Love that app!

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First I emptied the cotton balls into the basket…

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Then I placed all of the pedi supplies in the basket, wedged into the cotton balls. I chose the new Amopé Pedi Perfect and Amopé Foot Cream products for this basket because when paired, they add moisture for even softer, healthier feet. 

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I added scraps of vintage fabric to the handles and created a cute tag to attach with a piece of twine.

You can print off the “I’m Pedi Thankful For You” tags HERE. There are 4 cute options. Please remember all printable freebies are for personal use only. 

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Now that my basket is all put together, it’s ready to bless one of my mommy friends. 

When you head to Target to pick up your own Amopé Pedi Perfect and Amopé Foot Cream products, be sure to do a few things…

-use the Cartwheel deal to get 10% off from 11/2-11/22

-get a $5 Target gift card when you purchase one Pedi Perfect from 11/9-11/22

-shop for these products on the foot care aisle, not the beauty care aisles.

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Can you think of one momma friend who you are {pedi} thankful for? Why not bless her with an At Home Pedicure Gift Basket?!  I know my feet could use a little extra TLC… let’s #RespectUrFeet with Amopé Pedi Perfect and Amopé Foot Cream. 

Thanks for stopping by today friends. I hope you have a great week! 

 

Five Princess Tips and Tricks

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Friends! Have you heard? Disney’s Sleeping Beauty DVD has been re-released! If you know my daughter then you know she LOVES Sleeping Beauty (Aurora is her personal fave!) and we check out the DVD from our local library *often.* To say that we are excited for the occasion is an understatement! So, in honor of such a glorious occasion, my princess is helping me out with this post by sharing Five Princess Tips and Tricks. 

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We are very familiar with Disney princesses in this house (can’t wait to share our recent Disney trip with you!), and we often make references to their etiquette, bravery, and loyalty. After heading to Walmart and picking up our copy of the Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition DVD gift set and a few other princess supplies, we made our list of Five Princess Tips and Tricks (keeping princess etiquette in mind!) to share with other princesses out there. 

1. Be a good hostess. Invite friends over for some fun!

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Since my little princess was not feeling well (you can hardly tell in the photos…she’s a natural), she decided to invite some of her doll friends…you may recognize them.  ;)

2. Set the table with cute dishes and napkins.

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The princess table, plates, napkins, and cups can all be found at Walmart in the party and toy sections of the store. This is great for the busy mom who loves cute decor, but doesn’t have the time to craft something up!

3. Serve yummy snacks with cute picks, little cups, and tiny silverware.

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This part is just plain fun! My little princess loves using cute picks and utensils, and I’m betting your kids will too! She picked the menu which was turkey rolls, olives, string cheese, a fruit smoothie, and chocolate pudding with pink sprinkles for dessert. 

4. Drink fancy drinks with fun paper straws. Pinkies up!

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We made berry and spinach smoothies to put into the cute princess cups we got from Walmart. Put a cute paper straw in it, and stick that pinky out, princesses! Now you’re fancy. 

5. Have a fun activity planned!

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Since we are celebrating the release of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty DVD, our activity was watching the movie! The gift set also came with a bonus DVD that we plan to check out today. You can design your own Disney fashion adventure! How cool does that sound?

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Pretty simple right? And with these Five Princess Tips and Tricks, you and your little princess just can’t go wrong.

Need to see those one more time? Go ahead and print out this printable for your princess!  Just remember that all freebies are for personal use only. (Thanks to We Lived Happily Ever After for her free digital downloads!)

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Head on over to your local Walmart to pick up Disney’s Sleeping Beauty DVD for your #DisneyBeauties! There’s a terapad coupon affixed to the shelf front of American Greetings/Disney product displays for $3 of f $10 spent on Disney themed party supplies (at participating Walmarts) for the month of October. 

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Now go get your princess on!

His Feathers Print

Hello friends! I’m sharing this His Feathers Print today. I made it to put up in my craft room as a reminder that I can see every single day.

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Sometimes I worry too much. Okay. Most times I worry too much.

About little things…

Did I remember to turn on L’s humidifier when I tucked her in tonight?

I can’t forget to water the flowers in the morning. 

Do you think the neighbors will notice the weeds in the front yard?

Did I sound too bossy when I said that to my friend?

Maybe I should have packed our lunches tonight rather than in the morning.

And big things…

We need to finalize our will. Like yesterday.

Will we ever have babies again?

I need to start my food storage. Pronto. 

Am I doing all I can to be the best mom?

How can I serve my Heavenly Father more?

I need to get to the temple. 

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The list goes on and on…and on and on… 

You get the idea. Maybe you can even relate? Your worries might be different than mine, but maybe you are a worrier too. Or as my mother called me at a young age “worry wart.” I started my worrying back when I was a little girl. But I think my momma is a worrier too. 

Is that just something women do? Worry? Are we natural worriers? 

I do know that I worry too much. The time my brain is wasting on thoughts of worry could be better spent. 

And what does worrying really accomplish anyway? Nothing. 

It makes us feel insecure and yucky. It’s a very negative feeling. 

 

Knowing that I need to work on this is great. Actually DOING something about it is a whole other story…am I right? So this is what I have been doing lately to help with my worrying. When that worry train comes around the bend, blowing it’s horn, I slowly back away and… 

Pray.

Meditate.

Read my scriptures.

Listen to uplifting music.

Write in my journal.

Think of all the things I am grateful for. 

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And then when I am inspired, I make myself a little reminder that I will see often. When I was reading my scriptures the other night, I read Psalms 91:4 and it was exactly what I needed to read.

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

So I created this beautiful print, featuring some of Angie’s beautiful feather images. It’s to remind me and inspire me. 

To worry less.

To be grateful more.

To be present.

To trust in Him. 

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You can download this print HERE. Please remember all freebies are for personal use only. 

 

Thanks for stopping by today! I will see you tomorrow for Pinterest Feature Friday and a new recipe from our awesome Recipe Contributor, Erin of Crafty Auntie! 

#ad Mommy Tell All Monday: End Hunger + Simple Acts of Service

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Hello and welcome to Mommy Tell All Monday, where we share all things related to motherhood. Today I am going to be sharing ways we can help to End Hunger + Simple Acts of Service.

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While I was grocery shopping at Walmart the other day, I was thinking about how grateful I am for the women in my life who display simple acts of service on a regular basis. Being around those who serve others influences you to serve others as well. One friend in particular (though I have many) came to mind, and right there in the grocery store I decided I was going to serve her. Whether she is serving her family, her friends, her church, or even complete strangers, my friend Brit is always thinking of  others. So I picked up some yummy ingredients to make my family and her family a tasty summer dinner. 

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I purchased Tyson Grilled and Ready Fajita Chicken Strips, spring greens mix, black beans, corn, avocado, cheddar cheese, tortilla strips, Ranch dressing, and salsa. I was so excited to get home to whip up this quick, healthy, summer meal!

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It only took me about 15 minutes to put this yummy Fajita Chicken Summer Salad together for both my family and my friend’s family (you can find the recipe at the bottom of this post). The chicken is grilled and ready so you just have to heat it up prior to eating it. I also made a cute Random Acts of Kindness tag that I attached to the meal to encourage more simple acts of service (you can print off the tags HERE), and drove it over to Brit’s house to surprise her and her family. 

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LOL! Aren’t they the cutest? And Brit confirmed that not only did she have 2 bowls of salad, the kids gobbled it down for dinner too! Talk about a WIN for this girl!

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How can we provide simple acts of service and help end hunger? Tyson makes it that much easier for us! They have partnered with Champions for Kids for a program called #SummerofGiving. Ending hunger is a very important initiative to Tyson Foods. The Tyson Family Foundation initiative, KNOW Hunger, is a project designed to encourage people to KNOW the scope of hunger in their own communities and get involved in relief efforts, so that someday there will be NO hunger in our country. Find out more about this initiative HERE.

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So… where do we come in? For every bag of Tyson product purchased from Walmart by you and me, one meal will be donated to a child in need by Tyson! Isn’t that amazing? Wait…it gets better. Walmart has promised to feed 5 million kids this summer as well! I love when companies give back and promote doing good. So head to your local Walmart and pick up a bag of Tyson’s Grilled and Ready Chicken Fajita Chicken so that you can make this yummy salad for your family and a family you’d like to serve….plus help end hunger by purchasing these products. It’s a win-win my friends!

Chicken Fajita Summer Salad
Serves 4
A delicious, healthy, simple summer salad featuring Tyson Grilled and Ready Fajita Chicken.
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For the Salad
  1. 2 cups Tyson Grilled and Ready Fajita Chicken
  2. Spring Greens Mix
  3. 1 avocado, cubed
  4. 1 cup corn
  5. 3/4 can of black beans
  6. 1 cup tortilla strips
  7. 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  8. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  9. 1/4 tsp onion powder
  10. 1/4 tsp garlic powder
For the Dressing
  1. 1/2 cup Ranch Dressing
  2. 1/2 cup Salsa
For the Salad
  1. Heat up Fajita Chicken according to the package and then allow to cool.
  2. In a mixing bowl, mix together corn, black beans, avocado, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder.
  3. Pour the bean/corn/avocado mix evenly over the mixed greens.
  4. Sprinkle tortilla strips and cheddar cheese over the top of the salad.
  5. Chop up cooled Fajita Chicken and layer on top.
For the Dressing
  1. Mix the Ranch Dressing and salsa in a small mixing bowl and drizzle over the top of the salad.
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Father’s Day Mason Jar Gift Idea

Hi there friends!

I have a quick and fun Father’s Day Mason Jar Gift Idea that you and the kids can whip up in no time! Since Father’s Day is just around the corner, this is the perfect gift for the man of the house. 

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Mason jars make everything cuter, am I right? We just added a bow tie around the lid, hot glued on a few buttons, attached the cute tag, filled the jar with almonds and BAM! Father’s Day Mason Gift Jar Gift Idea.

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I made these cute printable tags to attach to the jars. I even made some for grandpa! You can download the tags HERE. Please remember all free printables are for Mine for the Making reading personal use. 

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I found the bow tie in Target’s dollar spot. It’s actually a kid’s bow tie but you could easily use a man’s bow tie so that you have two gifts in one!

 

Thanks for stopping by today! Let’s remember to celebrate those great fathers in our lives!

 

Mommy Tell All Monday: Maya Angelou

Hello there mommies and welcome to Mommy Tell All Monday, a place for sharing all things related to motherhood!

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I find that when I am stressed or worried or overwhelmed, reading my scriptures or inspirational quotes often helps lift my spirits and gives me a different perspective on things. At a young age I became obsessed with famous quotes…or picking out my favorite quotes from books I was reading. I kept them in a journal, like a quote collection if you will. Now, I use good ol’ Pinterest to pin my favorite quotes. 

I have always loved reading the words of Maya Angelou and have looked to her words of wisdom often throughout the years. I’m so grateful to have read her words for so many years. I’m grateful for her sharing her wisdom and light with others around the world. And I plan to share her words with my children and grandchildren. 

So many of her quotes are my favorite (and you can find a lot of them pinned to my Quotes board), but one that I especially love is this…

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“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” -Maya Angelou

I created this free printable to put up in my craft room, so I thought I would share  it here with you. It is an 8×10. Please remember all printables are free for MFTM readers for personal use only.

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Rest in peace, sweet Maya. Thank you for being a strength to this mom, and I’m sure many other mothers around the world. 

 

Thanks to Craft A Doodle Doo for the free digital background download!

Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea

Hi friends! It’s been a whole week since I’ve posted on the blog-a-roo…it’s been super busy around here with spring boutique prep. I wanted to stop by and share what we gave our favorite teachers this year.

Although we are a homeschool family, my daughter does have other teachers besides myself. Her music, art, and Sunday School teachers all deserve to know how much we love and appreciate them. Here is my Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea for her special teachers…

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Simple, yet beautiful! I bought small plastic pots from Walmart for under a dollar each and tied a piece of vintage fabric around them. Then I placed bright, happy flowers inside.

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I made cute tags and hot glued them to cute paper straws. The straws slip right into the soil, making it a cute and convenient little sign.

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You can print out the tags HERE. All printables are free for Mine for the Making readers. Please remember they are for personal use only. 

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This gift is a sweet one to give and it cost me under $5 to put together. My 6 year old was able to help plant the flower, stick the tag/paper straw into the soil, and tie the vintage fabric scrap around the pot. So it’s one the kids can get in on helping with too.

Let’s remember to show the teachers in our kids’ lives just how much we love them. Have a great weekend friends! 

Mason Jar Edible Bird Nests

Hello there friends!

I’m super excited to share this last minute Easter treat with you. It’s easy to make, affordable, and I even made cute printable tags to go with them. How adorable are these Mason Jar Edible Bird Nests?

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I just love them! And they are easy for the kids to help with too. Here is a list of supplies you will need:

  • Mini mason jars
  • Edible Easter grass (or green coconut)
  • Egg shaped candy such as Jelly Beans, Robin’s Eggs, etc. 
  • Baker’s twine
  • Hole punch
  • Printable “You are an EGGSellent someBUNNY” tag

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Just place the grass and eggs in the jars, twist on the lids, print off the tags and attach them to the jar with baker’s twine. Cute and easy right? These would make great gifts for teachers, coaches, neighbors, coworkers, friends…

You can download and print off the Easter tags I made HERE. I just love the cute little bunny peaking in, don’t you? Please remember all freebies are for Mine for the Making readers’ personal use only. 

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I have one more Easter project I’m hoping to share…BEFORE… Easter. Fingers crossed! ;)