DIY Idea: Embroidered Bunny Shoes

diy bunny shoes

Easter dresses get a lot of attention this time of year. But what about easter footwear? Never heard of such a thing? Me either. Let’s change that, shall we?

DIY Embroidered Bunny Shoes – what you need:

  • plain flat loafers (preferably in a fun color)
  • gray embroidery thread
  • embroidery needle
  • piece of cardboard

embroidering shoes

embroidering flats

pink bunny shoes

I don’t have a pattern or detailed instructions for these, but the idea is pretty simple. You just embroider really basic bunny facial features (eyes, nose, mouth, ears, whiskers) onto the tops of loafers. Embroidering shoes can be a little more challenging than embroidering regular fabric because shoes are so much thicker. So I’d recommend using a piece of cardboard or book or something to sort of push the needle through. Otherwise your fingers are going to hate you. You can use my bunny shoes as a guide or just completely make your own design.

And of course, these don’t have to just be for easter. In fact, if you go with pink loafers like mine then they kind of look like subtle versions of pink bunny slippers and I am a fan.

embroidered bunny shoes

Easter Egg Balloon Decorations

colorful easter balloon

Easter is just around the corner. And if you’re looking for some really cheap and easy last-minute decorations, I’ve got you covered. These easter egg balloons are simple and customizable and fun. Here’s how you can make your own.

DIY Easter Egg Balloon Decorations – what you need:

  • colorful balloons
  • acrylic paint in a few colors
  • paintbrushes
  • painter’s tape/stencils (optional)
  • yarn or ribbon

balloon diy

painted balloon

easter egg balloon

painted egg balloons

easter egg balloons

Step 1: Blow up the balloons

This one is pretty self explanatory.

Step 2: Paint the balloons

Again, you get the idea. But if you need some ideas, I’d suggest doing some zig zags and/or polka dot patterns to make them really look like classic easter eggs. If you don’t want yours to look super messy like mine then you might want to use some stencils or painter’s tape to keep the lines clean. But messy is always more fun if you ask me.

Step 3: Hang them up

Then once the paint is dry, just take some yarn or other type of string and tie it around the knot of the balloon they hang upside down (that makes them more of an egg shape). Tie them to a beam or curtain rod or something to show them off for your easter guests!

If you want a more in-depth tutorial in video form (which is mostly just me playing with balloons) have at it.

Felt Peeps Pouches

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Peeps are a huge part of this time of year – they look so festive and cute. And I hear some people like to actually eat them (I do not). But I did come up with a simple way to add the cool look of peeps to your Easter decor without having to actually eat them (though if you do make these you can also still eat Peeps if you choose).

DIY Peeps Pouches:

  • felt in various pastel colors (yellow, pink, purple, blue)
  • embroidery thread in the same colors
  • black embroidery thread
  • embroidery needle

felt peeps

felt peeps pouch

peeps candy holder

Step 1: Cut the felt

For each pouch, you’ll need two pieces of felt of the same color, cut into the shape of either a bunny peep or a chick peep. The two shapes should match each other exactly, but the size is up to you depending on what you plan on filling the pouches with.

Step 2: Add the facial features

Take just one of the pieces of felt and use black embroidery thread to add eyes and a nose (or just eyes for the chick peeps). Do the same for each color of felt.

Step 3: Stitch the sides together

Then match up each of those felt shapes with the other piece of felt of the same color. Take the matching embroidery thread and stitch around the pieces of felt so that they stick together (also make sure the facial features you stitched in step 2 are visible). And leave just the top of the pouch open (the ears in the case of the bunny peep) so that you can fill the pouches with stuff later.

Step 4: Fill the pouches

Once you’ve completed your pouches, you can fill them with small candy or other treats, use them as party favors or just keep them around your home during the spring season. OR alternatively, you can fill the pouches with stuffing and then stitch around the top so that you have cute little peeps pillows.

peeps pouches diy

Golden DIY Projects

gold diy projects

Everything is a little fancier when it’s gold, right? It doesn’t have to be real gold, of course. Just the look of that metallic gold color makes a craft project instantly cooler. So here are a few of my favorite DIY projects with a golden touch.

So what are your favorite golden projects?

The Easiest Cheddar Biscuits

cheesy biscuits recipe

You know those cheddar bay biscuits they serve at Red Lobster? Well, I’m obsessed with them. In fact, I’ve gone there multiple times just to get an order of biscuits. And it seems I’m not alone, since there are about a million copycat recipes out there from people trying to recreate the glory of the cheddar bay biscuit. The problem is that none of them are quite as good as the restaurant version. So I decided that if I couldn’t make anything quite as good, I would at least make something super easy. And you know what? They’re actually pretty tasty. They’re not exactly Red Lobster caliber biscuits, but they’re delicious in their own right.

Easy Cheddar Biscuits – ingredients:

pillsbury cheddar rolls recipe

cheddar rolls recipe

easy cheddar biscuits

easy homemade cheddar biscuits

cheddar biscuits recipe

Step 1: Add cheese to the biscuits

Take the dough from the Pillsbury can and unroll it. Add some shredded cheese and roll the dough back up. Place each one onto a baking sheet a few inches apart. Then add another sprinkle of shredded cheese to the top of each one.

Step 2: Bake

While you’re working on the first step, preheat the oven to 350. When they’re all cheese-filled, place them in the oven and bake for about 7 minutes.

Step 3: Top it off

While the rolls are baking, melt 3 tbsp butter or margarine in a small saucepan on the stove. Add the garlic and onion powder and simmer for about a minute. When the rolls have baked for about 7 minutes, pull them out and pour a bit of the butter mixture over the top of each roll.

Step 4: Finish baking

Place the rolls back into the oven and bake for about another 3 minutes. When the rolls are golden brown, pull them out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes. Then just enjoy the cheesy goodness!

cheddar biscuit recipe

Creative Ways to Decorate Easter Eggs

diy easter eggs

St. Patrick’s Day is over, so now it’s time to focus all of that holiday energy on Easter. Decorating Easter eggs is probably one of the most popular activities around this time of year. I always used to love just dyeing them different colors. But there are a lot more creative ideas out there now. Here are a few of my favorites!

What are your favorite ways to decorate Easter eggs?

Pizza Cameo Necklace

pizza necklace

Did you ever have one of those necklaces or lockets when you were little where you could put pictures of whatever was really important to you? I think most people put pictures of family or friends or little charms or trinkets maybe. But I think we were all forgetting one thing that’s really important to all of us – pizza. So I made this little pizza cameo necklace to right that wrong. And you can (and should) make your own. For pizza’s sake.

DIY Pizza Cameo Necklace – what you need:

  • hot glue
  • wax paper
  • gold or silver spray paint
  • cameo necklace setting
  • chain

hot glue pizza accessories

hot glue pizzas

pizza pendant diy

gold pizza pendants

pizza necklace diy

Step 1: Create the pizza shape

The pizza on this necklace it actually made completely out of hot glue. To make it, you’ll need to squeeze out a small triangle of glue onto a piece of wax paper. Fill it in and let it dry, then add another layer of hot glue to one of the sides of the triangle (as the pizza crust) then a couple of dots around the rest of it (as the toppings).

Step 2: Paint

Once all the glue is dry, go outside and add a layer of gold (or whatever color) spray paint to the pizza. I chose gold because I had silver cameo settings and I kind of like the contrast between the two. But if you’d rather have a matching set, choose a paint that goes with your cameo setting. Once the paint is dry, carefully peel the pizza shape off the wax paper.

Step 3: Finish the necklace

Glue the pizza onto the center of your cameo setting. You might need to cut off any excess or messy looking glue. Then add the cameo to a chain or cord and put it around your neck. Now no one will ever doubt your love for pizza ever again!

pizza locket

The Easiest Shamrock Shake Recipe Ever

easy shamrock shake recipe

Okay, so this isn’t really a shamrock shake of the famous variety. But it tastes really good and it’s so incredibly easy to make. I would just call it a mint chocolate chip shake but it’s St. Patrick’s Day so I was feeling a little festive.

Easy Shamrock Shake Recipe – ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • chocolate syrup
  • whipped cream
  • rainbow sprinkles (optional)

green shake recipe

homemade shamrock shake

Step 1: Make the shake

Add the milk and mint chocolate chip ice cream to a blender and combine until smooth. I sort of picked around the big chocolate chunks in the ice cream because those end up mostly just at the bottom of the shake, but a few chocolate pieces are fine.

Step 2: Make it pretty

Pour some chocolate syrup around the rim of a glass so that it runs down the sides. Then pour in the shake that you made in step 1. Add some whipped cream to the top and then cover it with rainbow sprinkles if you’re feeling extra festive (or if you just like sprinkles).

Step 3: Enjoy

That’s it! This recipe just makes one shake but feel free to increase it so that you can make some for all your friends. Have a great St. Patrick’s Day!

st. patrick's day shake

Creative Babes, Vol. 7: ItSeamSew Girls

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In today’s creative babes post, we’re talking to two fabulous ladies. Fab and Brittanica each run their own fashionable endeavors, and they also work together on ItSeamSew. So today, we get to learn how they initially got into fashion, the advice they have for other fashionable ladies, and even their favorite Girl Scout cookies. Read on for the full interview!

When did you first start getting interested in fashion?

FAB Nation: I’ve always loved fashion ever since my mom started dressing me up while I was young. I knew I wanted to be a part of the fashion industry once I started being adventurous with my creative skills; I started sketching out a shoe and clothing line. I would always visualize how the manufacturers sewed the clothes together. My mom then decided to buy a sewing machine and I was fascinated by the process. At that point I knew I belonged in the fashion world.

Brittanica: Wow, this one is pretty nostalgic for me. I knew I had an interest in fashion when I kept rewinding the dressing room scene in the movie Life Size. I was only five years old at the time, but I knew that Eve (Tyra Banks) looked fabulous and I wanted to dress like her. When I seen the movie B.A.P.S, I was a goner. I knew that I wanted to create my own styles and have confident people wear them!

How would you describe your personal style? And do you see fashion as a creative expression?

FAB Nation: My personal style would be between Glamorous Chic and Street urban wear. I find myself always going back and forth with those two. I really love flashy clothing and if I’m leaning towards the street wear I love unisex clothing. I do believe fashion is a creative expression, because it’s a great way for people to express themselves and to feel comfortable and confident in themselves. Even when it comes down to how you’re feeling, that can determine how you will dress that day.

Brittanica: I don’t have a personal style. I have so many facets to my fashion, that I could be a certain way today and the polar opposite the next day. You’ll see the comfy-chic girl today and the glitzy & flashy girl tomorrow! I most certainly see fashion as a creative expression. It could show who you are and describe your personality with the way that you wear your necklace and/or tie.

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When and why did you decide to get into blogging? What is your favorite part about it?

FAB Nation: I’ve always wanted to be a fashion blogger, but I’ve never made the time to do it. Once I met Brittanica and there was a huge connection, I knew we would go far with it. We have similar passions and we are always on an adventure in the city of Los Angeles. I just thought we should definitely share our moments with the world and be fabulous together.

Brittanica: I have always been a writer. Every since I can remember, I’ve been writing poems and music. I actually have a huge interest in journalism, so in addition to me being a full time fashion design student, I decided to write about my career…Fashion!

What advice would you give to someone looking to get into fashion blogging?

FAB Nation:  If you want to get into fashion blogging or blogging period, you should know that it is time consuming and is fun as well. You can use blogging as an open window for something that you love as well. People love reading articles and updates about something they have an interest in; so give them something to read about.

Brittanica: Find your thing, find your person and/or partner if you think you’ll do better with one, and never get discouraged. There are very successful fashion bloggers in the world, but you have to understand that it takes hard work. You can’t expect to post one thing and get a thousand followers the next day. Most of us aren’t that lucky, so stay positive. FAB and I are upcoming in the industry and we constantly remind each other that TIME and FAITH are the keys to success!

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Do you have any other creative hobbies aside from fashion blogging?

FAB Nation: Aside from blogging about fashion my creative hobbies are dancing, photography, sewing, making fashion sets online and off, creating designs in Photoshop, and also architecture floor-plan sketching.

Brittanica: Whew! This list could be long, so I’ll cut it short! I’m a writer, author, fashion designer, actress, and musician. I also have a huge interest in PR, so I stay involved in internships that’ll help me succeed in that industry as well as fashion.

What is your favorite type of Girl Scout cookie?

FAB Nation: My favorite Girl Scout cookie is the Shortbread. It’s so delicious and perfect at any time of the day.

Brittanica: Peanut Butter Patties! I’m a sucker for peanut butter!

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Thanks so much to Fab and Brittanica for being a part of Creative Babes! If you’re interested in being interviewed for a future feature, just email wattlebirddesigns at gmail dot com. And be sure to visit the ItSeamSew girls on all of their social media profiles below!

ItSeamSew: instagram // twitter

FAB Nation: instagram // twitter // facebook

Brittanica: instagram // twitter // facebook

itseamsew girls

Easy Pot of Gold Party Favors

tissue paper pot of gold

Here’s a super easy project that you can make to spruce up your St. Patrick’s Day festivities. Whether you’re having an actual party or just want to hand out some little holiday tokens to friends or family, this is a great way to do it. And you probably already have most of the supplies around your home anyway.

DIY Pot of Gold Party Favors – what you need:

  • gold/yellow tissue paper
  • strips of tissue paper in multiple other colors
  • scissors
  • small pieces of candy or other trinkets
  • yarn or ribbon

tissue paper rainbow

candy treat bags

st patricks day party favors

Step 1: Cut the tissue paper

For this project, you’ll need some squares of yellow or gold tissue paper. The actual size depends on what exactly you plan to fill it with. But if you plan to fill it with a couple small pieces of candy, then each side should be about 6 inches long. You’ll also need to cut some long strips of tissue paper in all the colors of the rainbow. The ones shown here are about a half inch thick and 8 inches long.

Step 2: Add the “gold”

In the middle of each piece of yellow tissue paper, place a few small pieces of candy or other trinkets that you want to give out to people on St. Patrick’s Day. A few of those chocolate coins could really fit with the whole “pot of gold” thing I think.

Step 3: Tie it all together

Tuck the ends of each colorful strip of tissue paper under the candy. Then fold the corners of the yellow tissue paper up over the candy, leaving the rest of the colorful strips of paper sticking out. Take a piece of yarn or ribbon and tie it around the top of the yellow paper to keep it wrapped around the candy. Cut away any excess yellow paper if it’s sticking out too much. But it doesn’t need to be too perfect, since people will be ripping it open to get to what’s inside anyway. But for those seconds before, it’ll look like a festive pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. Very festive!

pot of gold party favors