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|February 28, 2015||Posted by Tracy Knutsen under Crafting and DIY, Holidays|
Every year I struggle with trying to decide what to give friends and co-workers for Easter. You know, just a little token of the holiday. And I don’t mean that I think Easter is summed up by “Jesus is coming! Trap all your chocolate bunnies in jars!” as my sweet daughter so eloquently accused. I’ve simply had this adorable project pinned on one of my boards for a while, and now is a good time to try it!
No one really had anything but photos of these, so I’ll share the low down on how I made them. It’s super simple.
1. Gather your stuff. To make 12 jars you’ll need:
- A dozen pint sized jars with lids
- 12 small chocolate bunnies
- A couple of packages of edible Easter grass (I found mine at Target, but I’ve seen it at WalMart, too.) Regular Easter grass would work just as well.
- Small candies of your choice. I picked M&Ms, but jelly beans are cute. Skittles? SweetTarts?
- Fabric squares for the lids (optional)
I was so happy to find this edible grass! Hubby and I were excited when we identified the flavor of each color – apple, strawberry and blueberry, only to have our bubble burst when we saw the flavors written right on the top of the package. Oh well. Give the old people credit for trying!
These chocolate bunnies were $1 each at Target, but I’ve seen them all over. I think Peeps would be super cute, too. Check the packages carefully to make sure they aren’t broken before you buy them. My husband said these cuties look creepy. I think they’re adorable.
2. Put the edible grass at the bottom of each jar.
(Although the picture above shows several bags, I used less than two. I probably could have gotten away with just one had there not been so much sampling going on!)
When you take this stuff out of the package, it’s already wound up pretty nicely and is easy to get apart. Wrap a small bunch (maybe 6-10 strands) around your fingers to make it closer to the size of the jar and then push it down to the bottom. I used the handle of a wooden spoon to help arrange it, but I soon learned that unless you’re super OCD, neatness doesn’t really count. It all sorts itself out without a whole lot of shenanigans.
3. Carefully unwrap your bunnies and stand them up in the center of the jar.
Their little ears will probably stick out at the top, but that’s ok. Then, start pouring in your candy. Not a ton, but you’ll know when you’ve got enough when you see it. You can give the jar a little shake (hold on to the bunny) to get the candy settled in.
Aren’t they looking cute?!?
4. Next, set your jar lid, without the ring, on top of the bunny, then set a fabric square on top of that.
My squares were 4″x 4″ and simply leftover scraps from a quilting project. (If you don’t want to use the fabric, raffia is also very nice if you tie it around the jar ring once you close it.)
5. Line up the jar ring over the fabric, press the lid down if it sticks up a little, and tighten the ring on the jar.
I found that I could put a decent amount of pressure on the top of the bunny without it breaking the chocolate. Don’t be scared. The bunny will just scootch (spell check says this isn’t a word, but you know it is!) down where he belongs.
And that folks, is pretty much it. Continue the same way through the rest of your jars. Best part, you get to eat the leftover M&Ms!
I think I might try this with a really big jar and a large chocolate bunny to make a centerpiece.
Let me know if you try this one – I’d love to hear about it!
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|September 15, 2014||Posted by Tracy Knutsen under Crafting and DIY, Reduce/Reuse/Recycle, Sustainable Home, Try Something New!|
When I was a kid, I remember seeing Dad’s work clothes coming back from the dry cleaner – crisp, collared dress shirts on wire hangers, tucked neatly away beneath billowy tents of plastic. Mom saved all the hangers and removed all of the protective paper covers so she, my sister and I could macrame yarn onto them.
At first, Mom would have to get the hangers started for us, but as we got older we were able to take over the set up and make hangers whenever we wanted. We’d macrame a lot while driving in the car when we went on family vacations…well, when I wasn’t reading a Nancy Drew book, anyway!
Mom still makes these hangers for us – she gifts us a set when we visit. She usually makes random colors, but sometimes we’ll get a bunch made from our college colors – LSU, Texas A&M and University of Georgia. Sometimes she hits us with black and gold New Orleans Saints hangers. (I’m noticing a football trend here…hmmm.) Whatever it may be, I love these hangers and love even more that they were made by my mom. They’ll always be very special to me and bring back lots of good memories.
Want to make some of your own? They’re easy to make and great for giving as gifts. Here’s all you’ll need to make your own:
Yarn (this Red Heart yarn is recommended because it’s thicker and won’t break as easily) in two colors that are the same weight
2 wire hangers that have the same shape – you think I’m kidding, right? All wire hangers are not created equal. 🙂
Scotch or masking tape
To start making your macrame hanger, tape hangers together in several places. I tape the top ends first and then the two corners of the hanger. Add tape in a few places in between so that they are firmly attached to one another side by side.
Measure about 8 yards of yarn in each color. Roll each color yarn into a ball or something similar to what’s shown in the picture. Mom and I find it easier with the long shape to pass the yarn through as you work.
Time to get the hanger started. Begin by cutting a piece of yarn from each color that’s about 1 to 1-1/2 inches long. Add a bead of white glue along the end of the hangers and press the ends of the yarn onto it. Allow to dry. Add more glue along the opposite side, wrap the yarn around the tip and press it into the glue. Again, let it dry. Finally, glue each short piece of yarn to the sides of the end of the hanger. You guessed it, let it dry. (It’s really not as awkward as it looks/sounds. You’re just covering the end of the hangers in yarn.)
Take your time when you start to get a good finished end.
Now, if you have ever done macrame, it is exactly the same process. Tie your first knot and tighten it so that it sits almost to the end of the hanger – yes, right on top of what you’ve just glued on. Make sure to pull each knot firmly so that it is not loose. But wait! How exactly do you make those knots? (if you know that part already, skip down a little to the quick video that shows you how to get things started.)
Here’s how to make each knot:
1. Start with a figure “4” as shown with the purple yarn.
2. Bring the end of the yarn back under the area of the hanger you’re working on and up through the loop on the opposite side.
3. Pull the yarn snugly against the hanger. And boom! You made your first knot.
4. Repeat using the other ball of yarn (pink, in this case.)
Now, begin your knots so that they cover the end of the hanger and simply make your way around. (Enjoy the groovy music!)
Continue to alternate colors with until you have made your way all the way around the hanger to end. Here is the master (my mom) in action again.
Tie off the yarn so you have a knot facing the side that you want to be the front of your hanger. Leave about 8 inches of yarn so you have enough to tie a knot then a pretty bow or you can make a quick pom pom.
I do a little happy dance (ok, a BIG happy dance) every time I get a bunch of these from my mom! Imagine all the people you could make dance during the holidays. These are awesome gifts for any family member, and make a perfect hostess gift.