Upcycled DIY Bunny Pom-poms

Upcycled DIY Bunny Pom-poms

There is a feeling of newness whenever Easter is approaching. The flowers are in bloom, the weather is warming up and we (including the environment) are finally leaving winter behind us. Easter fun is more than just egg coloring, egg hunting and chocolate eating. This year make your own upcycled DIY bunny pom-poms made from scraps of yarn.

Materials you’ll need:

  • scraps of yarn (any color)
  • recycled craft paper or colored paper
  • scissors
  • glue stick

To start, fold the craft paper in half and trace out bunny ears. use scissors to cut them out. Place a piece of yarn in the fold and glue the bunny ears together (this will keep the yarn in place so it can connect to the head of the bunny). Remember, you’ll use the leftover string that’s sticking out of the ears to tie the head and body together. You may need to trim the edges of the ears if they are not aligned well enough. To complete the ears, cut out an inner ear piece that’s a different color and glue onto the ears.

Upcycled DIY Bunny Pom-poms

Next, you’ll want to make two different sized pom-poms, one for the head and the other for the body. Since the scraps of yarn may be different sizes, you can use two fingers, a fork or two empty toilet paper rolls (to make larger pom-poms) for this next step. Wrap the yarn around the fork a few times before tying it in place with a small piece of yarn (shown below).

DIYbunnypompom_fork Try this: wrap two different colors for fun color combinations!

DIYbunnypompom_body After making the head and body pom-poms, tie the ears around the existing leftover string that’s on the smaller pom-pom ( aka the bunny’s head). Once the ears are attached to the bunny’s head, take that remaining tail of yarn and tie together to attach the larger pom-pom ( aka the bunny’s body). Now that you’ve attached the ears, head and body together, fluff out the pom-poms by lightly shaking them about. Add a nose by cutting out a tiny piece of paper and gluing it onto the head.

Upcycled DIY Bunny Pom-poms Your DIY bunny pom-pom is ready for the Easter bunny! For additional help making the pom-poms, you can see more step-by-step instructions via www.handimania.com. Now, let’s hop to it! Easter is right around the corner!

5 Reasons Dogs are Smart

Dogs are smart animals. Ever wonder what they’re thinking? Us too! Their keen sense of smell and amazing hearing capabilities make us sometimes question whether or not they have superpowers. For instance, scientists have performed a few studies to see if dogs can detect cancer in patients by using their noses. We may never know what they’re really thinking but we do know they are capable of thinking, interpreting and understanding the world around them. Dogs may be more intelligent than we realize. Scroll down to see five reasons why dogs are such smarty-pants or, what we like to call, smarty paws!

5 Reasons Dogs are Smart Dogs are capable of understanding up to 250 words and gestures; count up to the number five; and solve simple math problems.

5 Reasons Dogs are Smart Police dogs are responsible for most drug busts.

moscowdogs Stray dogs in Moscow have learned to ride the subway.

5 Reasons Dogs are Smart Dogs can detect low blood sugar and sense when a seizure is about to happen.

dog comfort human They empathize with our pain and show eagerness to comfort us in times of need.

DIY Egg Coloring with Natural Dyes

DIY Egg Coloring with Natural Dyes

Change things up this year by trying DIY egg coloring with natural dyes! The bright side of natural coloring is that dyes can be made from a variety of ingredients found in your kitchen. Though it may take a little longer, it is sure worth the wait. Plus, it’s such a surprise to see how bright or light the colors turn out, depending on how strong you make the dyes.

Items you’ll need to get started include:

  • A dozen of hard boiled organic eggs, cooled
  • White vinegar
  • Several bowls to mix the dyes
  • Rubber gloves if you don’t want colorful fingers
  • Recycle paper towels or cloth towels
  • Save your egg carton for drying
  • See below for dye ingredients

DIY Egg Coloring with Natural Dyes

Color ingredients: There’s a few different ways to make the colored dyes. For instance, you’ll need to mix frozen blueberries in water to make natural blue dye. On the other hand, you’ll need to simmer yellow onions and mix with white vinegar for natural orange dye. Check out Better Homes and Gardens for instructions on how to make the colored dyes you want to use.

Tips to consider:

  • Frozen or canned fruit tends produces stronger colors
  • Allow eggs to sit overnight in the dye for a darker color
  • Once the egg is colored, rub a tiny amount of oil for a shinier egg.

You might be wondering what the dark side of artificial food coloring is all about. It may make your food look more appetizing but it’s linked to serious health risks. In 1983, the FDA found Red No. 3 is linked to causing tumors and Yellow No. 5 to hives. Recently, the Center for Science in Public Interest is petitioning to phase out eight artificial food dyes.

DIY Egg Coloring with Natural Dyes

Remember, using natural ways to color your food is better for you and the environment. Also, it’s an opportunity to spend more time with your family and teach them about natural and eco-friendly activities.

Four Forgotten Energy Saving Tips

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When it comes to saving energy in your home, the basics are fairly easy to turn into habits. This includes turning off the lights when leaving a room, closing doors and windows, monitoring your thermostat, etc. But we could always use more energy saving tips. What else can you do to make your home smarter and more energy efficient? Thomas & Betts Corporation has been a global leader in the electrical power industry for over 100 years so they know a thing or two about saving energy. They reminded us about the four “forgotten” energy saving tips most people don’t think about:

  1. Replace your light bulbs with flourescent bulbs.
  2. Clean out your refrigerator by vacuuming dust and removing residue from the coils to ensure your fridge stays cool.
  3. Replace extension cords with a floor box because the cords lose energy when it’s continuously plugged into appliances.
  4. As summer approaches, airflow can escape through small entry points in your home (see image below). Sealing electrical boxes is more efficient and will make your home cooler in the summer (vice versa for winter).

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