DIY Surprise Ball Twist: DIY Surprise Carrots With Trolls

diy surprise ball carrot-spring-and-easter-craftWe just can’t stop that happy feeling when we think of Trolls. We loved those crazy and colorful-haired toys when we were younger, and then a couple years ago, Dreamworks introduced a whole new family of Trolls, and our kids fell in love, too. The happy, glittery and music-loving Trolls are the source of inspiration for our latest DIY spring project, DIY surprise carrots with Trolls.

We’ve seen creative DIY surprise balls where kids unwrap, unwrap and then unwrap some more to unveil a special gift in the center of the ball. We made a modern and spring (Easter) twist on the DIY surprise balls with these DIY surprise carrots. The stem of a carrot has never looked for bright with hues of pink, teal and black Troll hair; however, the fun of unwrapping remains solid!

We can’t wait to see Trolls World Tour. And, we’re thrilled it’s (almost) Spring! Celebrate with these surprise gifts.

DIY Surprise Carrots with Trolls

Materials:

  • Orange crepe paper streamer, WalMart
  • mini Trolls (these, or these)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paintbrush

Directions:

Step 1: Begin by unraveling a bit of the orange crepe paper streamer. Place the mini Troll on the end of the orange paper, and begin to roll and wrap, and wrap and wrap.

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper

 

Step 2: Continue to wrap tightly (don’t pull too tight to rip the crepe streamer), as you form the shape of a carrot. No carrot is perfect, so there will be lumps and bumps. Wrap the crepe paper around the Troll, and then wrap it below the Troll. Make this part thicker since there is no “base”.

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper-dreamworks trolls world tour

Step 3: Once the crepe paper looks like a carrot, cut the end, add a dab of Mod Podge, and stick it to the bottom of the carrot. Then, top it off with a brush of Mod Podge, so it stays in place.

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper-dreamworks trolls world tour

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper-dreamworks trolls world tour

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper-dreamworks trolls world tour

Step 4: You now have the cutest little garden of DIY carrots that have a surprise inside!

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper-dreamworks trolls world tour

DIY trolls surprise carrots with crepe paper-dreamworks trolls world tour

 

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Beautiful DIY Bean Art The Whole Family Can Create

DIY bean art for kids and tweens

Handmade Charlotte inspired us to create with beans after we saw their amazing masterpieces based on Dr. Dolittle. It’s a great movie for kids, by the way. Our kids loved it! There is always major creativity and talent happening at Handmade Charlotte, so check it out.

So, we recently invested about $8 in a couple bags of beans, and had so much fun. Gabriella and I spent the afternoon creating unique art…with beans! You can do this year-round, and all ages will enjoy it. No glue-gun needed. Just basic Elmer’s for this.

We shared all the details here, at Momtastic.

We Are Majorly Crushing On This DIY Confetti Frame

DIY heart confetti frame for valentines day

We collaborated with the wonderful women at AVYN, who make comfortable and stylish bras for the modern mom, with a special craft for Valentine’s Day. The founders of AVYN are two women (and moms) trying their best to do their thang with their business and families, and we’re also trying our best to do our thang with our businesses and families! We love to support each other.

Last time we guest posted on AVYN, we were gaga over these DIY bunnies we shared. This time, we traded balloons and bunnies for confetti hearts and photos. Check out the DIY confetti frame post here, so you can make them for friends and family.

We had a memorable trip to Florida in 2019 to celebrate our parents wedding anniversary. Bianca Merrell captured beautiful photos our family will treasure forever. We made these precious moments extra special with glitter confetti! We hope you can find special memory (or two) to frame, too.

Check out AVYN on IG, too. It’s an uplifting account with inspiration for women and mother’s everywhere.

DIY heart confetti frame for valentines day

Christmas Home Decor: Mini Gingerbread House Village

diy bird house gingerbread houses (2)

I’m not only in a bell phase this Christmas season, I’m having a gingerbread moment, too. First it was our DIY gingerbread paper bag advent calendar, and now it’s a cute mini DIY gingerbread village made from tiny wood bird houses. I’ve never made homemade gingerbread, and I actually don’t like the taste of it. But, I love how festive the houses are, and can’t resist a homemade gingerbread house. This gingerbread house village is so easy, and so cute. You don’t need to worry about candy getting stale, because nothing is edible on these tiny houses. You can give these as gifts, or set them up year after year with your holiday decor. Plus, you can do it this weekend with the kids. It would be really fun to see all the colors and designs the kids come up with.

Stick around for the bottom of the post if REAL gingerbread houses are more your jam. Some really talented pastry chefs, and members of the Vail community displayed some amazing Gingerbread Houses at the Vail Library in November as part of Revely Vail

gingerbread house- christmas decor

DIY Gingerbread House Village Made With Mini Wood Birdhouses

Materials:

  • mini wood bird houses, Walmart or Amazon
  • acrylic paint
  • paint brush
  • Elmer’s white paint pens, fine tip
  • glass cookie jars, Walmart
  • mini bottle brush Christmas trees

Instructions:

Step 1: Paint the houses. I had to do two coats of paint per house. I used a two different colors of brown paint to get a “gingerbread” color.

mini wood gingerbread houses for christmas decor

Step 2: Once the paint is dry, begin to draw/doodle decorations on the house with the paint pen. I drew it free-hand, and it worked out great. Draw swirls, icicles, windows, doors, hearts, candy canes, etc. on the front, back and top of the house. Make each house different.

gingerbread house- christmas decor

gingerbread house- christmas decor

Step 3: Set the houses on a cake stand with bottle brush trees, twinkle lights and fake snow. Or, make a pretty glass jar display with all the fun winter accessories, and twinkle lights, too.

gingerbread house display

gingerbread house display

 

Revely Vail Gingerbread House Competition (just a small snippet of the 30+ entries):

 

Hovey & Harrison

Hovey & Harrison

 

The Arrabelle at Vail

The Arrabelle at Vail

 

The Sebastian Hotel

The Sebastian Hotel

 

Gru's Christmas House, 3rd graders

Gru’s Christmas House, 3rd graders

 

age 6-10 entry, Sweet As Can Be

age 6-10 entry, Sweet As Can Be

 

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DIY Winter Wreath With Bells

diy modern wreath with bells

If you didn’t pick up on from a recent post, I’m having a bell obsession. Yes, I want them everywhere. I like to hear them, I like to see them – on place cards, garlands, doors and wreaths. So, it’s no surprise I made a trio of DIY winter wreaths with bells to decorate an empty wall in my house. I actually made the wreaths last year, and upgraded them this year with the bells. After I made them, I saw them on sale at a boutique store for $65-$85 per wreath. I like to think I saved money with this craft (it’s what I’m telling myself for yet another Amazon order at my doorstep) since these wreaths cost less than $10 each, and I made a chic new addition to my holiday home decor.

diy winter wreath with bells

DIY Winter Christmas Wreath With Bells

You’ll Need:

Here’s How To Do It:

Step 1: Buy 3 different size metal loop from Michaels. I spray painted mine copper, but any color will work.

Step 2: Next, buy faux greenery, (such as pine or any other winter greenery) and floral wire. Cut and add pieces of the greenery on the wreath, and wrap the stems in wire around the metal hoop. It’s that easy!

As for the bell, wrap twine through the bell, and then around the hoop. Listen for the sound of bells all season. It will make you smile. I know just looking at the bell decor makes me smile. Jingle all the way this Christmas season!

diy modern wreath with bells

diy modern wreath with bells

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