Valentine’s Day Clothespin Wreath

closeupI’ve really had a blast making these cute clothespin wreaths. It’s an easy-to-follow “recipe”, allows for tons of creativity, and is a really inexpensive craft. In case you missed them, I also have a patriotic 4th of July version and a Christmas version if you want to check those crafts out. Even in the dead of winter, my 4th of July wreath is one of my most popular blogs posts and a lot of readers write in to request other ideas so I thought I’d share my latest version, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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What you’ll need:

  • 12″ Wire Wreath. These are sold in the florist section of any craft store or most Walmarts for around $3. You can also buy them on Amazon.
  • 75 Clothespins (you’ll use 69 but I spray up 75 to have extra to choose the best from). I found Walmart was the cheapest at $1.98 for a pack of 100.
  • Pink, white, and red spray paint. I went with Krylon Indoor/Outdoor since I wanted something to hang outside. I also went with high gloss but you can do whichever you like. My colors were Cherry Red, White, and Oxford Blue, all in Krylon Satin. They cost about $3.50 a can at Walmart. You’ll have a ton left over so keep that in mind for future projects or if you want to make extra for gifts.
  • Valentine’s Day decorations. This is where your creativity can really come out. I picked up some cute sparkly heart stickers from Michael’s that came in sparkly pink, red, and white. The pink didn’t quite work so I just used the white and red but you can really go nuts on the decoration. Walmart, Target, and even Dollar Tree each carry cute Valentine’s items that would be great to use. You can also opt to not add anything to the painted clothespins.
  • Hot glue gun & hot glue
  • Ribbon to hang the wreath
  • Premade bow or buy ribbon to make your own. Pick whatever bow or ribbon to make a bow that you like. I fell in love with this sparkly heart ribbon and made my own bow but Michael’s also has lots of adorable pre-made bows if you don’t want to go to the trouble.

Directions:

Spraying time! I suggest working outside and laying down some cardboard so you can chuck your items on it and spray to your heart’s content. Your wire wreath will be green so spray both sides with your Krylon white spray paint so the green doesn’t peek through.

Wire wreath

 

 

 

 

 

white wreath

Spray Paint Clothespins: You’ll need 23 red, 23 white, and 23 pink clothespins. FYI, not every wire wreath and clothespin measurement is identical so the total number needed might be off so I always spray 25 of each so I have a few extra. If you have a gap or the count was off a bit you can always hide it with the bow. 🙂

Krylon paints

plain clothespins

The clothespins come pre-clipped to a piece of cardboard so I left them attached and sprayed the uglier of the two sides first, let dry, gave it another quick coat, let dry again, then sprayed the prettier side with 3-4 coats, drying in between. The drying time is short so it’s really not that time consuming and when you have your assembly line of red, white, and pink clothespins side-by-side it’s pretty quick and easy. Be sure you spray at various angles to get the sides and crevices nice and coated. And avoid spraying paint into your open mouth like I did. Let everything dry completely before assembling.

red clothespins

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pink clothespins

Assembly Time: Now that your clothespins and wire wreath are ready, it’s time to put it all together. You’ll notice that your wreath is basically four rings. You’ll be attached to the center two rings which I’ll call #2 and #3 from top to bottom.

wreath with numbers

Pick a starting point (See above picture and start top and center and move to the right of the wire divider.) and pick one color to start with. If you look at the four rings from top down, clip your first clothespin to the 2nd ring.

first clothespins

first clothespins

With your second clothespin, clip it to the 3rd ring.

2nd ring

With the third, you’ll clip to the 2nd ring again and keep on alternating all the way around the wreath.

three clothespins

wreath

Add Ribbon: Cut a 17″ piece of ribbon and glue or tie around the back wire part of the wreath.

Hot Glue Time: It’s time for gluing! Work from the back and glue any loose clothespins to the back wire part of the wreath or in between the clothespins themselves, just to secure them on to the wire wreath.

Add Decorations: Glue your various Valentine’s Day decorations to the top, bottom, and middle parts of the clothespins. You can also leave decorations off completely or go nuts like I did.

Helpful Tip: See those nasty glue gun cobwebs? A very quick and easy way to get rid of them is to blow dry them away. Take your hair dryer and apply heat to any offending cobweb and it will shrink back up, essentially disappearing. Just be careful not to apply too much heat or it could remelt the glue you want to stay stuck. :)

Attach Bow: Finish by gluing or tying on your bow to the bottom of the wreath.

All finished! Just hang indoors or outdoors and you’re ready for Valentine’s Day! I hope you enjoy and if you end up making this wreath and want to share a picture, feel free to send me a private message with a picture or email me at missbutterbean(at)gmail.com. Happy Valentine’s Day and lots of love!

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22 Heart-Shaped Edible Valentines

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Whether you’re planning a romantic dinner for your honey or bringing in sweets for a classroom celebration, these heart-shaped valentines recipes are guaranteed to have everyone swooning!

 

 

 

 

 

1. Heart Shaped Strawberry Hand Pies

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Source: Well Plated

2. Mini Heart Cookies

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Source: The Dessert Lover

3. Chocolate Dipped Valentine Brownies

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Source: Recipe Girl

4. Rice Krispies Treats Hearts

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Source: Intimate Weddings

5. Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

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Source: Annie’s Eats

6. Chocolate Raspberry Hearts

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Source: Land O Lakes

7. Ding Dong Valentines Chocolate Hearts

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Source: OMG Chocolate Desserts

8. Valentine’s Heart Macaroons

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Source: Liv for Cake

9. Shot Through The Heart Cake Pops

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Source: Hello Little Home

10. Conversation Heart Cheesecakes

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Source: Hungry Happenings

11. Oreo Truffles Valentine’s Hearts

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Source: OMG Chocolate Desserts

12. Chocolate Heart Peanut Butter Cookies

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Source: Betty Crocker

13. Homemade Heart Marshmallows

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Source: Belly Full

14. Peanut Butter Chocolate Hearts

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Source: six sisters’ stuff

15. Heart Cupcakes Made with a Muffin Tin

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Source: Tastes Better From Scratch

16. Sweetheart Cinnamon Rolls

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Source: Lady Behind the Curtain

17. Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse Cups with a Sweet Berry Compote

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Source: Barbara Bakes

18. Heart Shaped Peanut Butter Cookies

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Source: The Semisweet Sisters

19. Peppermint Bark Candy Cane Hearts

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Source: Sweet & Crunchy Blog

20. Make My Heart Pound Cake

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Source: Pint Sized Baker

21. Strawberries and Cream Doughnuts

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Source: Thirty Handmade Days

22. Raspberry Mousse Meringue Hearts

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Source: Handmade Charlotte

 

 

2016 Cost of Flu Shots: CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, Costco, Sam’s Club, & More

Medical professional giving vaccination shot

Thinking of getting a flu shot? Don’t have insurance and not sure where to go for the best price? Flu season is in full swing so when it came time for us to get our flu shots, I priced out the cheapest options for individuals without health insurance for the regular flu shot. To help ensure accuracy, I called two different locations from each of the following stores and pharmacies (in Charleston, SC & in January of 2016) and was quoted the below prices. **I do not represent any of the companies listed below. Please note that prices may vary depending on your location and are subject to change at any time so I strongly recommend calling and confirming the price when scheduling your appointment, particularly since many stores run out of the different vaccination types. Some stores also run special promotions, offer coupons, or match competitor prices so always check before you head out the door.** 

This year’s best price winner is Costco at $14.99 for the standard trivalent flu shot. Check out my full list for other pharmacies and their price comparisons.

Flu Vaccination Types: (from the CDC website):

Standard (trivalent) and Quadrivalent:

Traditional flu vaccines made to protect against three different flu viruses (called “trivalent” vaccines) are available. In addition, flu vaccines made to protect against four different flu viruses (called “quadrivalent” vaccines) also are available.

Nasal spray flu vaccine (also called flu mist):

All nasal spray flu vaccines for the 2015-2016 season will provide protection against four flu viruses: an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus and two influenza B viruses.

Sorted by Price (tax not included):

Costco: $14.99 standard. The two Costco’s I called said they do not carry either quadrivalent or the mist.

According to their corporate policy, ANYONE can use Costco’s Pharmacy where required by law, with no membership required. Yay!  If you don’t have a membership, it’s not a bad idea to print out their pharmacy policy to take with you just in case.  

Sam’s Club: $14.99-$20 standard, $30 quadrivalent. They do no carry the nasal spray vaccine.

*According to their site you DO NOT need a Sam’s Club Membership to use their Pharmacy for Rx medications. Although unclear whether flu shots are included in that rule, it does say at most a 10% service fee is added to all other nonmember purchases from the pharmacy so still a great deal. If you don’t have a membership, it’s not a bad idea to print out their pharmacy policy to take with you just in case.  

Target: $24.99 standard, $31.99 quadrivalent, $31.99 nasal spray vaccine. *If you have a Costco in your area, many Targets do price match. 

Walmart: $25 standard, $30 quadrivalent. They do not carry the nasal spray vaccine.

Kmart: $27.99-$29.99 standard, $37.99-$39.99 quadrivalent. They do not carry the nasal spray vaccine. *Please note that they offered a few trivalent options ranging up to $55 but the least expensive was $27.99-$29.99, though the pharmacists did confirm that prices vary by store. Please call ahead of time to confirm availability and price.

Rite Aid: $31.99 standard, $39.99 quadrivalent, $49.99 nasal spray vaccine.

CVS: $31.99 trivalent, $34.99-$56.99 quadrivalent. They do not carry the nasal spray vaccine.

Walgreens: $31.99 trivalent, $39.99 quadrivalent. Both stores I called no longer carried the nasal spray vaccine, and said Walgreens had only received limited quantities per location, and were unable able to quote me a price.

Have a store or pharmacy to add? Care to list a pricing update? Feel free to leave a comment below!

50 Kickin’ Super Bowl Recipes!

Okay, it’s tough to admit this but, for me, the best part of a Super Bowl party is the food. There. I said it. I love the commercials and getting together with friends but a party with lots of yummy appetizers is what gets me cheering. So as I started planning my own party this year, I figured I’d put together my personal top 50 list to share. If only there were enough people and enough crockpots in my house so I could make all fifty! Enjoy!

1. Slow Cooker Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sliders (From Hip2Save)

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2. Artichoke & Spinach Dip Restaurant Style (From AllRecipes)

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3. Hot Caramelized Onion Dip with Bacon and Gruyere (From Spicy Southern Kitchen)

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4. Cocktail Smokies (From Cupcake Diaries)

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5. Easy Guacamole (From AllRecipes)

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6. Easy Potato Skins (From iheartnaptime)

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7. Seriously Smooth Roasted Garlic Parmesan Hummus (From Sally’s Baking Addiction)

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8. Crab Rangoon Dip (From missbutterbean)

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9. Philly Cheesesteak Sliders (From home made interest)

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10. The Ultimate Bloody Mary (From Jo-Lynne Shane)

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11. Cheesy Bacon Spinach Dip (From Damn Delicious)

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12. Sweet & Spicy Sriracha Baked Chicken Wings (From Baker by Nature)

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13. Cherry Cheesecake Dip (From I Heart Eating)

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14. Sweet and Spicy Chicken Bacon Wraps (From 101 Cooking for Two)

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15. Meatball Sub on a Stick (From Cookies & Cups)

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16. Homemade Soft Pretzel Bites Recipe- Auntie Anne’s Pretzel Bites Copycat Recipe (From Midget Momma)

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17. Bourbon Maple Glazed Chicken Wings (From Simply Recipes)

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18. Turkey Bacon Ranch Sliders (From Wine & Glue)

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19. Slow Cooker Brisket French Dip Sandwiches (From Neighbor Food)

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20. Seven Layer Taco Dip (From AllRecipes)

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21. Pepperoni Pizza Football Cheese Ball (From Mom on Timeout)

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22. Ham & Cheese Pretzel Bites (From Pip & Ebby)

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23. Easy Jalapeño and Red Pepper Cheese Ball (From Averie Cooks)

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24. Hissy Fit Dip (From Plain Chicken)

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25. Bacon Wrapped Tater Tot Bombs (From Damn Delicious)

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26. Easy Vegetable Pizza (From Wannabite)

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27. Homemade Mac And Cheese Bites (From chef in training)

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28. Pepperoni Cheese Stick Roll Ups (From The Girl Who Ate Everything)

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29. Ham & Swiss Sliders (From Cincy Shopper)

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30. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip (From Gimme Some Oven)

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31. Baked Firecracker Chicken Tenders (From Creme de la Crumb)

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32. Copycat Olive Garden Toasted Ravioli (From Frugal Coupon Living)

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33. Buckeye Dip (From Stockpiling Moms)

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34. Cream Cheese Ranch Roll-ups (From Stephie Cooks)

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35. Chili’s Queso Dip (The Girl Who Ate Everything)

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36. Crockpot Sesame Meatballs (From Little Broken)

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37. Cheesy Party Burgers (From Kevin & Amanda)

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38. Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Crisps (From Spend With Pennies)

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39. Mexican Street Corn Salad (From Cooking Classy)

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40. Jalapeno Popper Dip (Cook Crave Inspire)

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41. Loaded Buffalo Chicken Nachos (From Host the Toast)

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42. Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls (From Carlsbad Cravings)

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43. Mini Corn Dogs (From missbutterbean)

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44. Runzas (From Her View From Home)

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45. Baked Bloomin’ Onion (From Gimme Some Oven)

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46. Cheese and Garlic Crack Bread (From Recipe Tin Eats)

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47. Cookies and Cream Dip (From Penney Lane)

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48. Bacon-Wrapped Smokies with Brown Sugar and Butter (From Tasty Kitchen)

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49. Thai Firecracker Shrimp (From Steamy Kitchen)

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50. Tex Mex Hushpuppies (From Lemons for Lulu)

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What a difference a century makes!

With the start of a new year, I thought it might be fun to do something a little different and take myself (and possibly you) on a fun history lesson. Instead of looking at what the most popular fashions, music, and fashion were from 2015 or predicted for 2016, why not look at what was popular a hundred years ago? So here’s a fun little list of the most popular fashions, foods, and music “pins” from 1916.

So what was life like in 1916? To start, the United States had just entered World War I, unlike anything the world had ever experienced before. Patriotism in the U.S. was at an all-time high and citizens were encouraged to help with the war effort by enlisting, planting gardens to help with the diminishing food supplies, purchasing war bonds, and much more. Women and African Americans were encouraged for the first time in our nation’s history to work the types of jobs that had typically only been offered to White men.

WWI Propoganda WWI Propoganda WWI Propoganda

1916 President

Woodrow Wilson

President Woodrow Wilson

1916 U.S. Population

101,961,000

1916 Music

The biggest hit of 1916 was M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me) by Henry Burr. The song was on the U.S. Billboard’s coveted #1 slot for 11 weeks!

1916 Fashion

With women entering the workforce, uniforms became quite the novelty and even little girls would sew uniforms for their dolls. The U.S. saw women’s hemlines shorten to allow for more movement when working and helping support the war effort and hairstyles also started to shorten. Despite the war, women’s fashion grew while becoming more practical. Even though corsets were still worm by most women clothes became less fitted.

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1916 Hollywood

The most popular movie of the year was D.W. Griffith’s “Intolerance” which cost $385,907 to make, considered one of the most expensive movies at its time.

Charlie Chaplin was the most popular actor, followed closely by Mary Pickford.

Charlie Chaplin Mary Pickford

1916 Cars

The Ford Model T Touring Car was #1 in America.

Ford Model T

1916 Baby Names

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The top five girl names were Mary, Helen, Dorothy, Margaret, and Ruth. The top five boy names were John, William, James, Robert, and Joseph.

 

1916 Recipes

And last, but not least, here’s a fun digital copy of one of the more popular cookbooks of the time, Good Housekeeping Woman’s Home Cookbook with such American favorites as Cottage Pudding, Sweetbread Salad, and An Inexpensive Cake.

An Inexpensive Cake Recipe

Amazing how much has changed in 100 years and yet a lot is very much the same–we still come together as a nation during war and still love to cook delicious recipes for our families, wear the latest fashions, watch movies (now talkies in color!) and listen to music. Here’s to another 100 years!

4th of July Clothespin Wreath

Update: I was honored to have my blog and 4th of July clothespin wreath craft featured in American Profile’s Community Table Magazine, Parade Magazine, and Real Simple. At the request of readers, I have also created a Christmas version with instructions here and a Valentine’s Day version with instructions here.

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With 4th of July just around the corner, it’s time to start decorating with some red, white, and blue! I saw a similar patriotic clothespin wreath and thought, Hey, I can do that! so hit up Michael’s and Walmart to pick up my supplies and whipped up a few.

 

For those DIY’ers, here’s what you’ll need to make your very own 4th of July Clothespin Door Hanger. Since I’m a visual learner, I took lots of snaps of each step to help you along the way.

What you’ll need:

  • 12″ Wire Wreath. These are sold in the florist section of any craft store for less than $3.
  • 70 Clothespins (give or take one or two). I found Walmart was the cheapest at $1.98 for a pack of 100.
  • Red, white, and blue spray paint. I went with Krylon Indoor/Outdoor since I wanted something to hang outside. I also went with country colors instead of traditional but you can do whichever you like. My colors were Burgundy, Ivory, and Oxford Blue, all in Krylon Satin. They cost about $3.50 a can at Walmart. You’ll have a ton left over so keep that in mind for future projects.
  • Star Punch. A 1/4″ star works great so I bought an $8 Fiskers hand punch.
  • Ivory/Cream textured card stock. When I bought my wreath at Michael’s, I swung by the scrapbooking section and picked up a piece of cardstock that was textured to make the stars pop a bit more.
  • Gel Super Glue
  • Hot glue gun & hot glue
  • Ribbon to hang the wreath.

Directions:

Spray stuff! I suggest working outside and laying down some cardboard so you can chuck your items on it and spray to your heart’s content. Your wire wreath will be green so spray both sides with your Krylon Ivory spray paint so the green doesn’t peek through.

Wire Wreath: Before
Wire Wreath: Before
Wire Wreath: After
Wire Wreath: After

Spray Paint Clothespins: You’ll need 25 red, 25 white, and 20 blue clothespins. Since not every wire wreath and clothespin is identical, the total number needed might be off by one or two clothespins so I suggest making two extra blue just in case. The clothespins come pre-clipped to a piece of cardboard so I left them attached and sprayed the uglier of the two sides first, let dry, gave it another quick coat, let dry again, then sprayed the prettier side with 3-4 coats, drying in between. The drying time is short so it’s really not that time consuming and when you have your assembly line of red, white, and blue clothespins it’s pretty quick and easy. Be sure you spray at various angles to get the sides and crevices nice and coated.

Krylon Paints

Burgundy Clothespins

Ivory Clothespins

Oxford Blue Clothespins

Punch Stars: Using your Fiskers start punch, punch out 100 stars out of your cardstock (5 stars for each of the 20 blue clothespins).

Fiskers

Textured Paper

Using the gel super glue, glue your stars onto your blue clothespins. I did 5 per clothespin, alternating each one.

I really like Loctite ’cause it’s a gel and less messy and it has comfort squeeze sides on it.

Star Blue Clothespins

Assembly Time: Now that your clothespins are ready, it’s time to put it all together. You’ll notice that your wreath is basically four rings. You’ll be attached to the center two rings which I’ll call #2 and #3 from top to bottom.

Painted wreath

Pick a starting point (See above picture and start top and center and move to the right of the wire divider.) and pick either red or white to start with. If you start with red then you’ll end up with white or visa-versa so it doesn’t really matter. If you look at the four rings from top down, clip your first clothespin to the 2nd ring.

Start

2nd Ring

With your second clothespin, clip it to the 3rd ring.

2nd clothespin

Second clothespin

With the third, you’ll clip to the 2nd ring again and keep on alternating until you have 5 white clothespins clipped.

2nd clothespin

White section

Now it’s time to swap colors. Keep alternating rings and colors until you’ve clipped all 25 red and white clothespins. Finish by clipping the starred blue clothespins for the last section.

Finished wreath

Add Ribbon: Cut a 17″ piece of ribbon and glue or tie around the back wire part of the wreath.

Ribbon Glued

Hot Glue Time: It’s time for gluing! Work from the back and glue any loose clothespins to the back wire part of the wreath or in between the clothespins themselves, just to secure them on to the wire wreath.

Glue

Helpful Tip: See those nasty glue gun cobwebs? A very quick and easy way to get rid of them is to blue dry them away. Take your hair dryer and apply heat to any offending cobweb and it will shrink back up, essentially disappearing. Just be careful not to apply too much heat or it could remelt the glue you want to stay stuck. 🙂

Hairdryer

All finished! Just hang indoors or outdoors and you’re ready for the 4th of July!

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Cilantro Lime Cream Sauce

plated foodWhether I’m making fish tacos, chicken enchiladas, or spicy shredded beef tacos, I always pair my Tex Mex with salsa! I like to play around with my salsa pairings, sometimes going traditional tomato or mixing it up with pineapple or mango. What’s become a staple on Tex Mex nights is this spicy cilantro cream sauce concoction. This simple sauce is super simple to throw together but packs some serious flavor and completely replaces the need for a dollop of sour cream. I usually make a double batch so I can use it as a dressing to drizzle over taco salads the next night.

  • 4 ounces (1/2 a package) cream cheese
  • 3 Tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro (use more or less to suit your taste)
  • 1/4 small jalapeño, seeded (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin

Directions (SUPER SIMPLE!)

1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blitz until smooth and creamy!

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2. Pour into a serving bowl or store in an airtight container to serve later. Enjoy!

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60 Awesome Easter Recipes

With Spring officially here, I’ve seen so many adorable Spring and Easter holiday ideas so put together a list of my favorites to share with you all. Whether you’re looking for a kid-friendly craft, Easter Sunday recipes, or just something cute for your office potluck, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for in this list!

Meringue Bunnies
meringue bunniesSource: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/meringue-bunnies

Bunny Carrot Cakes & Cookies
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Source: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/bunny-carrot-cakes—cookies

Easter Basket Cupcakes
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Source: http://www.bloglovin.com/frame?post=2516583885&group=0&frame_type=a&blog=407329&link=aHR0cDovL2ZlZWRwcm94eS5nb29nbGUuY29tL35yL3NraXB0b215bG91YmxvZy9-My9rT0ZFaWh4Z09qby8&frame=1&click=0&user=0

Rabbit’s Easter Cupcakes
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Source: http://family.go.com/food/recipe-632897-rabbits-easter-cupcakes-t/

Little Lamb Cupcakes
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Source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/little-lamb-cupcake-recipe.html

Floral Cake
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Source: http://www.delish.com/recipefinder/spring-floral-cake

Easter Chicks Nest Cupcakes
Cupcakes with an Easter theme
Source: http://ruthblackphotography.com/image/easter-chick-cupcakes-2/

Carrot Cake Cupcakes
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Easter Chick Cupcakes
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Source: http://www.annabelkarmel.com/recipes/chick-cupcakes

Bird Nest Cupcakes
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Source: http://www.gotchocolate.com/2011/04/recipe-birds-nest-easter-cupcakes/

Easter Bunny Truffles
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Source: http://candy.about.com/od/eastercandyrecipes/r/Easter-Bunny-Truffles.htm

Easter Egg Truffles
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Source: http://easter.betterrecipes.com/cornflake-coconut-easter-egg-truffles.html

Easter Egg Marshmallow Truffles
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Source: http://www.tasteandtellblog.com/easter-egg-marshmallow-truffles/

Jelly Bean Bark
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Source: http://everydaysavvy.com/jelly-bean-bark-recipe/#_a5y_p=1385728

Easter Marshmallow Bark
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Source: http://www.butterwithasideofbread.com/2013/02/easter-marshmallow-bark.html

Easter Pretzel Chicks
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Source: http://www.isavea2z.com/easter-pretzel-chicks/

Peeps Bunny Patch Cake
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Source: https://www.marshmallowpeeps.com/cookin-with-peeps/recipe-detail/peeps-bunny-patch-cake

Peeps Sunflower Cake
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Source: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/peeps-sunflower-cake

Easter Basket Cake
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Source: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/easter-basket-cake/0809420e-5cd6-45fd-9e90-0c159be8d598

Hidden Rainbow Easter Egg Cake
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Source: http://boulderlocavore.com/2013/03/hidden-rainbow-easter-egg-cake.html

Bunny Butt Cake
Bunny Butt cake
Source: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/bunny-butt-cake/09cd82c8-ada0-4de7-bd85-2cd60ef67b7f

Cheesecake Carrots
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Source: http://www.hungryhappenings.com/2014/03/orange-cheesecake-carrots.html

Easter Marshmallow Pops
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Source: http://celebbabylaundry.com/2014/03/easter-marshmallow-pops/

Almond-Butter Cookie Bouquet
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Source: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/almond-butter-cookie-bouquet

Little Peeper Cookies
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Source: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/little-peeper-cookies/913d2091-1592-4cef-b3f2-69f40f1ce1dc

Easy Easter Cookie Pops
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Source: http://dailycrave.wordpress.com/2012/04/03/easy-easter-cookie-pops/

Robin’s Eggs in Brownie Nests
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Source: http://www.babble.com/best-recipes/easter-eggs-in-brownie-nests/

Easter Nest Cookies
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Source: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/easter-nest-cookies/bc3bbf3c-d16a-4799-bc1c-5eecd08f5cf0

Easter Oreo Cookie Suckers
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Source: http://www.howdoesshe.com/easter-oreo-suckers-and-apron-giveaway/

Bird Nest Cookies
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Source: http://peasinapod.typepad.com/peas-in-a-pod/2011/03/birds-nest-cookies-recipe-how-to-tipjunkie-easter.html

Hidden Surprise Easter Egg Treats
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Source: http://www.ricekrispies.com/recipes/hidden-surprise-easter-egg-treats

Easter Basket Cookies
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Source: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/easter-basket-cookies/e52af434-f444-452a-bf18-95c4cccd5202

Easter Bunny Tails
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Source: http://www.keyingredient.com/recipes/322846611/easter-bunny-tails/

Easter Egg Cookies
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Source: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/easter-egg-cookies/3d11f867-1b64-48e2-afad-f69cba4d23b4

Easter Bunny Cookies
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Source: http://www.createdby-diane.com/2012/04/bunny-cookies.html

Bunny & Chick Cookies
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Source: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/bunny-chick-cookies/601072ee-d66c-40fb-9428-c7111709ceee

Robin’s Egg Nest Treats
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Source: http://www.ricekrispies.com/recipes/robins-egg-nest-treats

Rainbow Cookies
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Source: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/rainbow-cookies/3ab61bac-2fcc-42fc-89fe-6341deccd540

Homemade Cadbury Eggs
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Source: http://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Cadbury-Creme-Eggs/

Nutter Butter Easter Chicks
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Source: http://www.food.com/recipe/nutter-butter-easter-chicks-492743?soc=pinterest

Bunny Biscuits
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Source: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/bunny-biscuits

Easter Bunny Rolls
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Source: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/easter-bunny-rolls

Easter Bunny Treats
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Source: http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/easter-bunny-treats

Spring Celebration Brownies
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Source: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/spring-celebration-brownies/317e19d7-e33d-4c99-b555-9b06a438309a

Marshmallow Chocolate Peeps
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Source: http://www.raininghotcoupons.com/homemade-chocolate-peeps/

Peeps Pudding Cups
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Source: http://www.shortcutsaver.com/peeps-pudding-cups/

Fruity Spring Animals
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Source: http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/fruity-spring-animals/02959284-2462-4d4c-bdd5-56db43595953

Easter Chick Sugar Spoons
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Source: http://www.hungryhappenings.com/2013/03/Easter-crafts-sugar-eggs-sugar-cubes.html

Easter Pizza
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Source: http://www.sugarhero.com/fruit-pizza/

Easter Veggie Pizza
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Source: http://www.hungryhappenings.com/2012/03/this-easter-have-fun-decorating-easter.html

Easter Centerpiece
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Source: http://catchmyparty.com/photos/551735

Bunny Bottles
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Source: http://followpics.net/diy-quick-and-easy-easter-bunny-made-from-water-bottles/

Easter Chicks Deviled Eggs
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Source: http://athriftymom.com/easter-chicks-deviled-eggs-diy-simple-money-saving-recipe/

Easter Party Carrot Cutlery
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Source: http://adiamondinthestuff.com/2011/04/easter-party-carrot-cutlery.html

Carrot Bags
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Source: http://creativeorganization.blogspot.com/2010_03_01_archive.html

Easter Peep-Za
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Source: http://blog.cookingchanneltv.com/2012/04/06/easter-peep-za-dessert-pizza-recipe/

Rainbow Easter Eggs
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Source: http://choosetothrive.blogspot.com/2011/04/rainbow-easter-eggs.html

Swirl Easter Eggs
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Source: http://athriftymom.com/swirl-easter-eggs-how-to-dye-easter-eggs-with-shaving-cream/

Pucker Up Buttercup-cakes

two cupcakesLove is in the air…or is that just the smell of cupcakes in the oven? Either way, these cupcakes will have you channeling St. Valentine in no time. A classic vanilla cupcake combined with the tartness of pink lemonade is just the incentive needed to pucker up and smooch somebody. This lemony tart concoction is perfectly complimented by a sweet butter cream frosting and packs a deliciously sweet and sour punch. Oh and they’re super easy! They’re perfect for a Valentine’s party or for making for your sweetheart.

Pucker Up Buttercup-cakes
Makes 24 cupcakes

Ingredients: 

Cupcakes

  • 1 box of vanilla cake mix
  • 3 Tablespoons powdered pink lemonade mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • red or pink food coloring

Frosting

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 4-5 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • yellow food coloring
  • sprinkles and edible Valentine’s decorations, optional

Directions: 

1.  Preheat oven to 350°F. Line your cupcake pans with paper baking cups.

2. In a large bowl, combine cake mix, pink lemonade mix, eggs, oil, and water and beat for several minutes, until combined. Add a few drops of food coloring, until batter is the desired shade of pink.

3. Scoop batter into lined cupcake pans and bake for 15-20 minutes. Cool completely before frosting.

4. Frosting: In a large bowl, cream together the butter and shortening. Gradually add in the cups of powdered sugar and salt. Beat in the milk and add more powdered sugar if necessary. Add a few drops of yellow food coloring until it’s your desired shade of yellow.

5. Frost the cooled cupcakes with a piping bag or with a spatula. Decorate with optional sprinkles and edible Valentine’s decorations.

It’s time to pucker up! Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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