Crafts

How to Grow Your Own Easter Basket Grass | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

It’s Real Easter Basket Grass! What could be more fun and Earth friendly than growing your own Easter basket grass?!?! Easter is ten days away, but you still have time to do this fun project with your kids! Supplies: Easter basket Plastic liner, container, or pot that fits inside your Easter basket Potting soil Grass […]

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How to Make Baumschmuck for Christmas | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Baumschmuck is German for “Christmas Ornaments” Last year, one of the craft classes at our homeschool co-op had these put out for display for a craft day. They called them baumschmuck, but when I looked up the meaning of that word in German, it just means “Christmas tree ornaments”. I thought they were very pretty […]

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How to Dry Orange Slices in the Oven | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Dried Orange Slices Make Beautiful Natural Christmas Decorations One of my favorite natural Christmas decorations is dried orange slices. Not only are they beautiful for Christmas, but they have many other uses as well. You can use them to add color and flavor to drinks, to top salads, to add to baked items, like scones, […]

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How to Make Paper Star Lanterns | Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Festivals of Light No matter what culture you are from or what religion you belong to, most holidays at this time of year have one thing in common and that is light. Whether it is a menorah for Hanukah, Christmas lights for Christmas, lights for Diwali, a crown of candles for Santa Lucia Day, or […]

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Kid-friendly Thanksgiving Tablescape | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

The Kids Table Dilemma Where do your kids sit during Thanksgiving Dinner? Do they sit at a kids table or do they sit at the main table with the adults? Regardless of where they sit, a major stress for parents can be just trying to eat their Thanksgiving dinner without any crises. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving dinners, […]

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