Dye Eggs With Natural Ingredients

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Easter is right around the corner so I thought I would re-post this easy How to dye eggs naturally post.

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Did you know you can dye eggs with natural ingredients?

Since my chickens lay brown & green eggs, last year I decided to splurge and buy 2 dozen white eggs at the store and give it a try.  I was worried if I used the brown eggs the dye would not be as vibrant, and in the end, I’m glad I went the white eggs {even if they were not as fresh as homegrown laid eggs}.

vinegar

The process is surprisingly easy. Here are the simple directions:

Blue Eggs: Combine 2-3 cups chopped red cabbage, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and simmer for 3o minutes.  Drain colored water in a large bowl and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 3 hours {less time if you don’t want dark blue eggs}.

Yellow Eggs: Combine 2 teaspoons turmeric, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 2 hours {less time if you don’t want dark yellow eggs}.

Red Eggs: Combine 1 cup shredded beets {2-3 beets} , 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and simmer for 3o minutes.  Drain colored water in a large bowl and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 3 hours {less time if you don’t want dark pink eggs}.

blue eggs

*Keep in mind that the longer you keep your eggs in the colored water, the deeper your eggs shells will turn out.

naturally dyed easter eggs

Dry your eggs on a cooling rack.  Once the eggs have completely dried, use a paint brush to brush away any extra bits. See, I told you it was easy.

how to dye easter eggs naturally

Have you done this before?  What did you think?  Pretty easy huh?

Looking for the ceramic egg rack featured in this photo? Amazon has it HERE.

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How to Recycle Old Crayons into New Rainbow Crayons

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How to Recycle Old Crayons

So, every year, for years and years, when the kids brought their backpacks home on the last day of school, I would dump their crayon stubs into a rubbermaid shoe box.  Then, when we went on road trips or whatever, I’d throw it in, the kids could painstakingly unwrap the nubs and continue to color with them.  No matter how many road trips we went on, the crayons only seemed to multiply.

Now, after all of these years, I still have the box of crayons, and no chubby little hands to hold them.  So, what’s a girl to do?  Make ‘em new again, that’s what.   Then, when friends bring their kids over, I will pull them out and stun and amaze them with my cool crayons.  Ah, it’s good to be Mavis.  Ha!

broken crayons

You’ll Need:

Crayons
Silicone mold {or muffin tin would work, but it might be harder to get the crayons out, so I would line it with foil cups}

recycled Rainbow Crayons

Directions:

Peel all of the remaining paper off of the crayons {I’m not going to lie, this part isn’t fun, so if you want to solicit the help of the kiddos, I highly suggest it}.  Preheat the oven to 250 degrees.  Chop all of the crayons into small pieces.  Fill the mold, with about 1″ of crayons.  Bake for 15-20 minutes {time really varies, so check them and remove them when wax is melted}.  Allow the mold to cool completely, then pop them out of the mold.

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Super easy, right?

~Mavis

How to Recycle Old Crayons into New Rainbow Crayons

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Jelly Bean Mason Jar – Upcycling a Chick Feeder

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Jelly Bean Mason Jar

There is something so poetic about a chick feeder becoming an Easter jelly bean dispenser.  Poetic and easy.  What could be better?

Supplies You’ll Need:

  • A chick feeder base {Farm stores carry these}
  • Clean mason jar
  • Jelly beans
  • Funnel

Jelly Bean Mason Jar chicke feeder

Wash the chick feeder in hot soapy water.  Dry completely.

Jelly Bean Mason Jar

Funnel jelly beans into the mason jar, leaving enough head space to easily screw on the base of the chick feeder.

Jelly Bean Mason Jar

Screw on the base, while the jar is still upright.

Jelly Bean Mason Jar chick feeder

Flip it over and proceed to eat all of the purple and pink jelly beans out of the feeder before the kids have a chance to get at it. Now how easy was that?

~Mavis

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Easter Crafts For Kids – Marshmallow Peeps

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~Happy Easter to one of my favorite PEEPS~

I posted this easy peasy Easter Craft last year and thought I would share it again for those of you who might have missed it.

All you need are a few “snack size” ziplock baggies, a few boxes of brightly colored marshmallow peeps, and this free printable peeps topper.

Simply place 1 row of peeps in a snack size ziplock bag and close it tight.  Then staple {or glue} the printable peeps topper and you are good to go.

Mavis

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DIY Garden Projects For Kids – How to Make a Seed Tape

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These simple seed tapes are so much fun for little kids to make. I wanted to share the tutorial again for those of you with young ones who might have missed it the first time around. 

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If you’re looking for a fun rainy day garden project to do with your kids, or if you are a new gardener and are concerned about planting tiny seeds like carrots and lettuce in the garden, I have the perfect project for you.

A seed tape. You can typically find seed tapes in the gardening section of your local store this time of year, but they usually run about $3 to $5 and half the seeds a a normal seed packet would.

make your own glue

How to Make a Seed Tape

Supplies

  • Toilet Paper
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Seeds
  • Bamboo Skewer or Toothpick

First figure out how long you want to make your seed tape.  My garden boxes are 8 feet long so I used 8 feet of toilet paper.  The great thing about seed tape is you can make it as long {or as short} as you need to accommodate your garden space.

Seed tapes can be made with any type of small seeds. Peas and beans are easy for children to plant with their tiny fingers, but seeds like carrots, lettuce and radishes are quite a bit harder for them to grasp.

how to make a seed tapeDirections

Make a simple paste out of flour and water.  You want the “paste” to be the consistency of glue. Next use a chopstick or a bamboo skewer and carefully dab a little paste onto the toilet paper.

Add 2 seeds to the dab of paste {I like to use 2 seeds just in case one does not germinate}. If you are unsure as to how far apart to paste your seeds, simply look at the back of the seed packet for instructions.  Most carrot seeds need to be planted 3″ apart.

Once the paste has dried, roll up your seed tape and head out to the garden.

how to make a seed tape kids projects

Lay the seed tape down and cover with dirt {refer to your seed packet to find out how deep}. For carrots cover with 1/8″ of soil. Water and care for your newly planted seeds just as you would had they been sowed directly in the garden. The toilet paper should dissolve in about a week.

Yee-Haw! Gardening is cool, even for kids!

~Mavis

gardening projects for kids

For more simple garden ideas to do with kids, check out Gardening Projects for Kids.

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10 Serger Tips for Beginners

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10 Serger Tips for Beginners

For my birthday, I splurged and bought myself a serger.  I’ve always wanted one, but never really wanted to spend the money.  They are pretty much awesome for getting a professional, store-bought finish though, so I decided it was time.  Sergers sew, cut, and finish seams all in one step–it also wraps the thread around the front and the back of the fabric, which allows to to hold up much better through repeated washes.  It kind of takes the human error out of sewing.

serger handbook

If you’ve never used one before, here are a couple of tips and a great video to get you started:

  1. Read the manual and watch the video {if it came with one}.  I know, I know, it’s not a profound tip, but seriously, when is the last time you read the manual of something you bought from front to back?  This is one of those things you really need to read the manual on.  Get to know your serger.  Take it to dinner and movie if you have to–just really get to know it individually.
  2. Thread the machine over and over.  Unless you have a “self-threading” model, practice threading your machine over and over.  Threading a serger can take forever at first, getting proficient at it will help you actually get to the sewing a lot faster.
  3. You cannot sew on pins.  Because a serger sews and cuts, you will need to either learn to pin much, much higher than where you were actually sewing or sew without them.brother serger lock 1034D
  4. Go slow.  This is hard at first, if you are used to zipping through something with a sewing machine, but if you get going too fast, remember a serger cuts too, so you can’t just go back and rip out the seam and start over.  You have to be slow and calculated.
  5. Clean the lint out of the serger frequently.  Keep your investment {both the serger and the fabric  you’re sewing} in great shape by making sure the serger runs tip top.
  6. Practice on scrap fabric.  Pay attention how you line up your scrap fabric, how fast you are moving, how to accurately you’re sewing.  If you make a mistake with scrap fabric during the learning process, you won’t be out anything.toldi-lock serger thread
  7. Buy good quality thread.  It will sew soooo much better if you just suck it up and buy the higher quality thread.  No catching, no breaking–just happy, happy serging.
  8. Watch the blade, and not the needle as you sew.  The blade is doing the most permanent damage, so guide your fabric based on that.
  9. If you are in the market for a serger, make sure to choose one that is easy to thread.  Historically, people have dreaded getting a serger for that reason.  Technology has come a long way, though, and they are much, much easier now {especially if you do a little research}.  Once you have found a serger, make sure to do step #2.
  10. Sergers don’t backstitch, so remember to knot off your thread when you finish.

There’s been a learning curve for sure, but now that I am getting the hang of the different types of stitches, I think this serger thing is going to rock.

~Mavis

serger

Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger with Easy Lay In Threading with Differential Feed

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Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs with Glow Sticks

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These glow in the dark Easter Eggs were such a hit with my kids last year I wanted to share the tutorial again for those of you with kids who are growing a little tired of the same of Easter Egg hunt. 

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This year instead of a traditional Easter Egg hunt on Sunday morning, I’ll be hiding Monkey Boy and The Girl’s Easter eggs after the sun goes down. They are teenagers, and getting them to go outside and hunt for candy filled eggs at the crack of dawn just isn’t as fun as it use to be.

So in an effort to bring back some of that fun, I’ve decided to make egg hunting a little more exciting this year by making my kids hunt for their Easter eggs in the DARK!

glow in the dark easter eggs glow sitcks

How to Make Glow In the Dark Easter Eggs

Supplies

12 plastic Easter Eggs
12 Glow Stick Bracelets
a wee bit of candy

Directions

Open plastic eggs, snap bracelets to activate and stuff the bracelets in to the Easter Eggs along with a treat.

glow sticks glow in the dark easter eggsHappy Hunting!

~Mavis

 

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How to Make Newspaper Seedling Pots

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How to Make Newspaper Seedling Pots

Have you ever made your own newspaper pots before? If you haven’t, they are are super easy to make. Some people use tin cans, but I prefer to use the Pot MakerI’ve found I can whip out a batch of 50 pots for my seedlings in about 20 minutes or less.

pot makerHere is a quick tutorial on how to use the Pot Maker.

newspaper

Cut newspaper strips 4″ by 9″ each. {20 pots = 20 strips of newspaper}how to make a paper pot

Cover pot maker with newspaper and roll.
make your own paper pot

Make sure your paper is wrapped tight around the pot maker.how to make a paper pot

Fold the bottom of the paper inward.how to make a paper pot

Place the newspaper wrapped pot maker in the stand that’s included with the kit and give it a little twist.how to make a paper pot

And a jiggle.how to make a paper pot seedlings

Then slowly remove the newspaper from the wooden pot maker. how to make a seedling paper pot

It’s that easy.
paper pot for seedlings

Add potting soil, seeds and a little bit of water and you’re good to go. DIY-paper-pot-seedlings

These pots are not only easy to make, but pretty thrifty too. Free newspaper √ Free labor √ {have your kids make them} Life is good! Bontanical Interests has the Pot Maker on sale right now for $12.98.

Do you make your own pots or just buy them at the store instead?

~Mavis

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How to Make a Party Hat for New Year’s Eve

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how to make a party hat picture tutorial
Before we get to bettering ourselves with all those resolutions, we get to party it up New Year’s Eve style! I don’t know about you, but I’m all about the streamers, noisemakers, confetti and these awesome party hats, which happen to be super duper easy to make.

Watch, I’ll show you how step by step:

how to make a party hat pictures

First step is making the base. I use poster board because it’s nice and sturdy. Cut your poster board into a giant circle. Divide the circle into 4 equal parts. Each hat is 1/4 of the circle.

When you are finished cutting out your party hat shape from the poster board, carefully line up the ends in a cone shape and use clear packing tape to secure them together.

Next up you need to cut your fabric.  Simply cut out another party hat from the poster board, only this time add 1/4″ to all sides {the fabric template needs to be slightly larger than the party hat template}.

how to make a party hat news years craft project

Using the fabric template, cut out your fabric. Tuck fabric edges under and iron to keep them in place.  Using a low temp glue gun, run a line of hot glue along one fabric edge and secure the other closed on top of it.

how to make a party hat news years pictures

Trim excess fabric from the bottom of the party hat. Using a dab of hot {low temp} glue, adhere 2 pieces of ribbon to the inside of the party hat {one on each side}. Add hot {low temp} glue to the bottom edge of the party hat and add feathers {I used a feather boa}. Do the same for the top of the hat as well, adding as many crazy feathers as you’d prefer.

how to make a party hat

And with those simple steps you’ll be the envy of every New Years party guest!

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How to Make a No Sew Handprint Christmas Tree Skirt

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How to make a Christmas Tree Skirt

My online buddy Heather from Massachusetts sent in some photos of a Christmas tree skirt she made many years ago. I thought it was so cute I asked her to share how she made it.

handprint tree skirt

Hey Mavis,

Christmas is magical. That’s all there’s to it. The family traditions make Christmas magical. Decorating the tree with hot chocolate in hand and music in the background, watching Christmas movies and sneaking out to shop for Dad are my favorites. In fact, before my kids escape middle school I’ll be adding your sugar cookie tradition to my list – I love it when the kid’s take over the house talking and giggling!

I tend to be pretty crafty but the one thing I’ve made that I treasure almost as much as my photo albums, is our Christmas Tree Skirt. And as a bonus it’s unbelievably easy and there is NO SEWING!

Supplies You’ll Need

  • Green and red felt
  • Permanent marker
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric paint {use a different color every year – I rotated between silver and shades of green because my skirt is red}
  • Thread or string
  • Safety pin
  • Bells
  • Decorative ribbon and large needle

tree skirt pattern

Directions {they go pretty easy}

Step 1: Go to fabric store and buy felt, my measurements 68″ x 68″ plus or minus a few inches. *Note: bolts of fabric are different lengths so look for a long bolt which will lend itself to a wider tree skirt. You may need to adjust the size of the circles to fit within the width of the fabric.

Step 2: Lay it out on the floor and pin a safety pin with thread attached to it in the middle. This will create a perfect circle for the center (where the stand will go and the outside edge. Use a 6″ piece of thread to create the center hole. Use a 34″ piece of thread for the outside edge. With one end of the string tied to the safety pin attached to the center, tie a marker to the other end. Move baby who keeps crawling into the middle of your felt every three seconds, but hurry, you’ll have three seconds before he’s back in the middle ;) When you rotate the marker around the pin you get an easy, nearly perfect, circle.

My son at 15 months helping me make the tree skirt

Step 3: With SHARP fabric scissors, cut your circles out.

How to make a Christmas Tree Skirt

Step 4: Decorate. Easy peasy. I added some letters, holly, bells and ribbon attached with fabric glue, fabric paint and mom and dad’s handprints. (PS: put up a big enough fuss that the HH puts his handprints on it too – trust me, it’s worth it!)

This is the skirt on our first Christmas as a family

Step 5: Hand prints. I found putting fabric paint on a piece of aluminum foil, then placing the kids hand in the paint and and pressing it on the fabric. They won’t be perfect -see below, 8 month olds don’t want to spread their hands out flat :)

Painting the paint on their hands get it all over their hand evenly. The handprint on the felt won’t be very detailed but you’ll get the outline and then you can fill it in (use the tip of your finger and pat it on).

The 10th year of handprints – I’m now an expert

Fair Warning: I have two kids, by the 10th year the tree skirt was pretty well packed with handprints. And honestly, I had to put up a pretty big fuss to get my ten year old to do my handprints. {I don’t typically fuss a lot – but tradition is tradition and desperate times require lots of fussing I guess :) }

christmas tree skirt

A big THANK YOU to everyone who has sent in their photographs and stories. I hope by sharing other peoples pictures and stories here on One Hundred Dollars a Month we can all glean some ideas from each other.

~Mavis

If you would like to have your garden, chicken coop or something you’ve made featured on One Hundred Dollars a Month, here’s what I’m looking for:

  • Your Garden Pictures and Tips – I’d especially like to see your garden set ups, growing areas, and know if you are starting seeds indoors this year. If so,  show me some picture of how you are going about it.
  • Your Chicken and Chicken Related Stories – Coops, Chicks, Hen’s, Roosters, Eggs, you name it. If it clucks, send us some pictures to share with the world.
  • Cool Arts & Crafts - Made from your very own hands with detailed {and well photographed} pictures and instructions.
  • Your pictures and stories about your pets. The more pictures and details the better.
  • Garage Sale, Thrift Store and Dumpster Diving pictures and the stories behind the treasures you found including how much you paid for them.

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