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Spring will soon be upon us which will bring green grass…..tulips….dogwood blossoms……and Easter. I was browsing through some photos today and saw several things that would make cute Easter decorations……always have to have something special for the little ones))) And, the not so little ones too!

This great idea is on the Better Homes and Gardens site and gives instructions. Jelly beans are hot glued to an initial. Matt, one of our grandsons is staying with us today because of Strep infection and he likes this initial, but says his “M” would have to be covered with jelly beans in all colors……are you listening Easter Bunny??

Wouldn’t this chick make a great finale to an Easter egg hunt! Adorable! Instructions at Better Homes and Gardens. You know, you could change up the colors in this pinata a bit and do an Angry Birds theme……just a thought))

This one of my favorites…..who doesn’t love polka dots! Another great project by the guys at Better Homes and Gardens. Polka dots were made using a punch to cut circles out of double sided tape. Position the dots on the egg and roll in glitter, brush away the excess. Visit BHG for more instructions…….looks easy enough to me….this is a definite for my Easter baskets this year.

Note ** Cindy Clark just dropped me a note and said….instead of punching out circles of double sided tape…you could use glue dots or “Zots” as they are called.”” Thank you Cindy!

These “Bunny Tails” are a really cute idea from The Idea Room. The instructions and a download for making the bag topper is on the site. You could also use miniature marshmallow. These cute little bags would make great little inexpensive happy’s for the preschool and kindergarten groups….or even the Sunday School class. I always liked packing a few marshmallows in my bag for our daughter when she was growing up for church services, etc…..they can be eaten quietly and you don’t have that rustling around in the sack sound like you do from crackers or cookies.




These beautifully decorated cone trees were created by Cyndy at The Exchange. Her blog gives a completely detailed tutorial on how to create these gorgeous and inexpensive decorations made out of poster board, fabrics and trims. The cone trees are sitting on top of  assorted candle stick holders. We all have some of those tucked back on shelves collecting dust! What a nice way to re-purpose them!

This cone tree project would work for all sorts of celebrations…..imagine solid color cones with contrasting polka dots for birthday parties….black cones with feathers and bling for Halloween…..school colors…..the possibility are seemingly endless! And talk about ease of storage! Just slip them off their candle holders and stack to put away. I like this project!


Be sure to drop by Cyndy’s Blog The Exchange and see more photos and details of this great project. There are tons more crafting ideas and projects…..enough to keep you busy for a while! Tell her Trendy Tree sent you)))



Browsing on Pinterest for a few moments led me to these great simple and easy decorations from Better Homes and Gardens.

I love these little pumpkins nestled among orange crinkle paper. To make it even simpler, you could use a bed of raffia or wood wool which is easy to find.  Looks like the pumpkins were cut from the bottom. Battery powered votives or tea-lights would make the display safe. Adding a sheet of tissue paper to the inside of the pumpkin diffuses the light and hides your tea light better.

These BOO candles were made made wrapping colored tissue paper around glass pillars. The lettering here was done by adhesive letters, but you could find a scary Halloween font and print your own letter. Nice thing about this candle display is that when Halloween is over, you just remove the paper and get ready for Christmas candles!

These candles were made similar to the BOO candles, but be sure to visit Better Homes and Gardens for the free template on the lettering of this one! Love free templates! Parchment paper would work on this project too.

There are many more frugal decorations on the BHG site…..these are just some quick ones that got my attention. I love making things that can be re-used for another season.


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This stunning autumn decoration was created by Lynn Carey, The Wreath Artist. For a brief time there are a couple of videos that you can watch to see how to create a grapevine witch hat like this one. Be sure to visit Lynn’s Blog page, The Wreath Artist,  and her Etsy store to see more of her beautiful creations.

Spent a little time on Pinterest tonight and ran across this beautiful arrangement…..a pumpkin holding some Mums.

This gorgeous arrangement was created by Dana at Circa Dee. She has complete instructions on how to do this with more great photos. I love it!

Be sure to visit her blog and check it out.

This lovely photo is from Aunt Ruthie’s Sugar Pie Farm House Blog. Visiting her blog will be time well spent if you’re looking for fall decorating ideas…..stunning designs and great photographs of a beautiful home.

This bucket of branches was made using twigs gathered from her back yard and a galvanized pail. Lighted branches were mixed in with the real branches and pumpkins scattered around. A stunningly easy decoration to make. And probably the more rustic pail or old bucket the better the look. It just needs to be tall enough to hold the branches securely.

We have several styles of lighted branches in stock…..brown with clear lights as shown in the photos, frosted branches, silver, lime green, pink, brown with red and green lights, or brown branches with orange lights for Halloween.

But, if you want your floral arrangement to set on a table or an areas where there isn’t easy access to an electrical outlet…you can use the new battery powered branches. These are new from RAZ this year and are brown twig branches with 60 clear lights. They operate off three AA batteries. raz battery powered lighted branches

Be sure to check out the Sugar Pie Farm House for more great fall decorating ideas.