Flowers Make A Difference


My house has been looking pretty depressing since I took all the Easter decorations down.  I decorate my home from the start of September all the way through Easter, so after Easter my house looks pretty bland.  My decor needed a face lift.

I saw a YouTuber use candlesticks to add height to different places in her home.  She did not put candles on the top of them though.  I loved the look and wanted to see what I could do to use the candlesticks I had.  I found some small vases at Target and wanted to redo a crate from Easter.  One quick online shop from Michael’s Craft Store and a curb side pickup and I was ready to get busy.


Now, I do not advise you leave the house right now during the quarantine for COVID-19.  I will say though that Walmart has craft stuff so if you are there for food you can venture over to the craft section.  Michael’s and Joann Fabric do curb side pickup if you order online and they have it in stock at the store.  Amazon is also another great option.

So onto the supplies you will need.  I picked up 4 vases from the Target Dollar Spot.  2 of each kind of vase.  Since I wanted to have some variety I used flower pots too.  I also wanted to redo the little mini crate I used to put Easter eggs in.  Now I have a ton of flowers on hand but I also picked up some from Michael’s online.  Please get the flowers you love.  I ordered some succulents from Amazon.   As usual, I used some chalk paint.  If you are going to paint things, just use the colors you like.  I also used some paint brushes, ribbon, twine, a bit of hot glue and floral foam.

Lets Get Started

 So my picture taking was at the bare minimum for this project for some reason.  I did not take pictures of me painting anything.  I will just explain what I did.  To start, I painted the flower pots all white with Waverly White Chalk paint.  It only took one coat because of the texture of the pots.  Next I painted 2 of the vases with Pool Waverly Chalk Paint, and 2 vases with the Rhubarb Waverly Chalk Paint.  All the vases took three coats of paint because the surface of the vases are smooth.  Now the paint will scratch off very easy.  If you do not want that to happen, you will have to seal it with something like Mod Podge.  I did not do this step.

While the pots and vases were drying, I cut all the stems off the bunches of flowers with some strong wire cutters.  From there I had to decide which kind of flowers to put in each container.  For the flower pots, I cut some floral foam and put it in the bottom.  Then stuck the stems in one at a time.  I used lavender for these.  They have a great look and color.  You can get them almost anywhere but Walmart has the best for the price.  After the stems were in place, I pushed moss into the cracks and across the top to cover the foam.  Please arrange the flowers to your liking.  It really is a personal preference.

For the vases after they were dry, I divided the flowers from the three bunches I had bought.  Then arranged the flowers in them until I was satisfied with how they looked.

The flowers in the vases looked plain.  I have some green and pink burlap from Dollar Tree and tried that on the vase.  It was not what I was looking for so then I tried some twine.  BINGO!!  That did it.  I tied knots on 2 of the vases and bows on the other 2.

Lets move onto the crate that I wanted to redo from Easter.  I cut floral foam to fit in the crate.  Then started picking and arranging the succulents in it.  There were several small gaps so I filled that in with moss.

Here is where you get to hear about one of my “OH CRAP” moments.  I tipped up the crate and realized it has open spaces in it so I could see the floral foam from the outside.  Yep it looked horrible.  I had 2 options.  The first was to take everything out of the crate, cut the floral foam down, put it back in, fill in around the foam with moss, and the put it all back together.  Or two, put something around the outside of the crate to conceal my mistake.

I chose to wrap some of the pink burlap ribbon around the crate and hot glued it.  I then added a bow made out of burlap.

Here are the final products!!  My husband said they look like things you could buy at the store.  They turned out great.  It was just what my house needed.  They were easy and this is something you can recreate with things you have at home.

I wanted to show you how I styled the flowers.  They are in my dinning room up against a bold blue accent wall.  It brightens up the room since sunlight does not enter the room at all.  I painted some of the candlesticks a long time ago and I did not like all of them having candles on them.  The flowers make a great addition instead of a bunch of candles.

I hope you love these vases and flowers as much as I do.  Please leave me a comment or find me on Facebook and Instagram under Yellow Butterfly Craft Designs.

Thank you for joining me!!

Please say safe and healthy!

Melissa McGuire


Small Vases- Target, Walmart, Amazon

Daisy Flowers- Michael’s Craft Store

Lavender Flowers- Walmart

Small Fake Succulents- Amazon

Crate- Michael’s Craft Store

Floral Foam- Dollar Tree

Moss- Dollar Tree

White, Pool, Rhubarb Waverly Chalk Paint- Walmart

Paint brushes- Walmart, Michael’s Craft Store, Hobby Lobby

Burlap Ribbon- Dollar Tree

Twine- Hobby Lobby, Michael’s Craft Store, Walmart

Surebonder Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue Sticks- Amazon


Tool Tuesday- Hot Glue Guns

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WARNING!!!  If you are like me, a hot glue gun can be dangerous.  I burn my fingers all the time when I use them but they are one of the best tools in my craft room.  Now not all hot glue guns are created equal.  Not all hot glue sticks are either.  I have had the cheap tiny guns and they will do okay but they are hard to use and do not stand up well.  They also drip glue.  It was because of this that I decided to invest in a new one.  After doing my research, I went with the brand Surebonder.

Surebonder makes several different size glue guns and also several different sizes glue gun sticks.  The bottom glue gun in the picture above has a fine tip for tiny details.  It is a high temp gun and does not drip.  The top glue gun has a stand and it is cordless.  Once heated up, it can go a full 2 minutes before you need to put it back on the stand to heat up again.  This is great for a craft desk like mine because I can put this thing anywhere and I do not get tangled in the cord.  It has a bit bigger tip to push out more glue.

Surebonder makes full size hot glue guns all the way down to the small mini ones.  They vary in tip sizes.  Some come with cords and some that are cordless.  There is even some industrial ones that work off of batteries.  They also have ones that have two different heat settings.  You have the option of a low heat setting and a high heat setting depending on your project.   I honestly have never used the low heat setting on a hot glue gun because for me it dries to fast.

Lets talk about hot glue.  Right now I have the Surebonder brand hot glue sticks and I love them.  It is just the basic glue sticks.  They come in mini sticks, ones that are about double that size and also long spirals.  I prefer the mini ones unless I am doing a lot of gluing.  There are other brands of glue sticks too like Gorilla Glue makes some that are extra strong.   The glue sticks come in different colors.  I have never used them but I think they would be great for the right project.  There is also different types of glue sticks depending on the material you are gluing together.  You can for sure find something that will work for you with any project.

Over the years I have found some things that make it easier when using a hot glue gun.  One is a silicon pad.

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I have a grey small pad and it works great.  They are not just for hot glue but for any kind of glue.  The pads come in a few different sizes.  I can see the value in having one that is bigger.  It would give you a big space to work on without worrying about glue sticking to your work surface and damaging it.  The hot glue or almost any kind of glue peals right off of the silicon without damaging it.  That also means if you are gluing a project together and the glue leaks out, the project will not stick to your work surface.  This pad is worth its weight in gold.

The other thing that Surebonder sells is attachment tips for their glue guns.

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I have these but have yet to use them.  I am curious about the flat nozzle.  I think it would be great for things like ribbon or thin pieces of wood.  You might see these in a future post.

Finally the last thing I want to talk about are tools you can use to keep you from touching the glue.  I am pretty sure I no longer have finger prints anymore because I have touched hot glue so much and have peeled the skin off of my fingers.  It happens every single time I used the hot glue guns.  So I was on the hunt to see what else I could use to hold small pieces in place while the glue sets.  I tried my scissors but then glue stuck to them along with what ever I was gluing.  There are silicon finger covers but I do not need 10 sleeves for one finger.  Then like always Dollar Tree to the rescue.  I bought one of their small silicon spatulas.  It works perfect.  That spatula saves my fingers because they are not even close to the heat.  It holds things in place without the glue sticking to it.  I am very happy with it.

I hope you enjoyed our little deep dive into the world of hot glue guns.  You can find Surebonder glue guns and glue on Amazon or at Hobby Lobby.  That is not the only brand out there though.  Walmart, Michael’s Craft Store and many other places sell hot glue guns.  Find what works best for you.

If you have any questions you can comment on here or you can find Yellow Butterfly Craft Designs on Instagram and Facebook.

Thank you for joining me again and as always stay safe and healthy!  I will have another craft project for you at the end of the week!

Melissa McGuire

Matte Eggs! Yes more Eggs!

Last year during Easter, one of my favorite things to do was paint Dollar Tree picks with chalk paint.  I prefer the Waverly brand chalk paint that is sold at Walmart.  The paint is thick and covers most things with one coat.  I love painting the picks with it because it makes them look like they are made from cement.  The glitter on the picks gives the eggs texture which helps make it more like cement.  Please read on to see how I made these!

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I do not advise you go out during COVID-19.  Please shop your stash at home and stay safe and healthy.

I had a ton of large and small egg picks from Dollar Tree on hand.  I also used White, Merlot, Steel, and Pool Waverly Chalk Paint.  Use any colors of paint you have on hand.  Once you pull the picks off you will need some wood filler.  Finally, paint brushes.  I have several on hand but I like the ones that are a big thicker because it puts the paint on thicker.

Lets Get Started

I left the eggs on the picks to start.  The white chalk paint makes a great primer.  I gave each of the eggs a good thick coat of white chalk paint.

Once the white paint dried.  I started painting the eggs different colors.  Now I used small flower pots and a cup to prop up the eggs.  It is a great way to let them dry.  I added 2 coats of paint to them and let the eggs dry in between each coat.

We are almost done!  After the eggs are dry, pull the picks out of them.  Now if you do not mind the paint coming off and there being a small hole on the bottom of the eggs then you are done.  But if you are like me, that hole would drive me crazy.  So I too some wood filler and covered the holes up.  After the wood filler dried I painted over it with the what ever color the egg ways.

Image (77)Once the eggs dry you are good to go.  I have them in my very bare tiered tray.  They have a great farmhouse look to them but with a splash of color to them to make them look more like Easter eggs.

Thank you for joining me again.  I am on Facebook and Instagram.  Please like and comment on this post.  Also if you have any questions please ask away.  Let me know if there is anything you would like to see on the blog.  I am always open to suggestions.

Stay Safe and Healthy

Melissa McGuire


Large and Small Egg Picks- Dollar Tree

Waverly Chalk Paint in White, Steel, Merlot, and Pool- Walmart

Wood Filler- Dollar Tree

Paint Brushes- Any Craft Store, Walmart

It looks like Chocolate!!

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I was watching a tutorial on YouTube a few weeks ago by Courtney from the channel Creative on the Cheap.  She used foam bunnies and painted them to look like chocolate bunnies.  I have never seen this done before so I thought I would give it a try.  The bunnies look good enough to eat!



I do not advise that you go out and buy any of these products during COVID-19.  Please stay safe and healthy.  I had all of this stuff on hand.  I used the bunny and large egg picks from the Dollar Tree.  Along with 2 plaques from the Dollar Tree and one from Target.

You will also need a craft knife, hot glue and hot glue gun, paint brushes, sand paper, Mod Podge and scrapbook paper.  To make the bunnies look brown, I used brown Truffle Chalk Paint and  for the plaques you will need White Chalk Paint by Waverly.  As for the words on my plaques, I used rubber stamps and a Versafine Onyx Black ink pad.  Please feel free to use stickers or write your on words on them.

Lets Get Started

I started by deciding how many bunnies and eggs I needed.  Keep in mind you are cutting them in half so you will get 2 bunnies or eggs out of 1.  I pulled the picks out of two bunnies and one egg.  The bunnies have eyes and a fluffy tail so I pulled those off too.

Now it is time to cut the bunnies and egg in half.  There is a seam where there are two parts to each figure from where it was glued together.  Cut on that seam very carefully.  You can always sand down the backs of the figure later if they do not cut even.

Image (41)Here is where you get to make these bunnies and eggs look like chocolate.  I used a paint brush and the Waverly Truffle Chalk paint to paint them all.  It took 3 thick coats to cover all that glitter.  By the way, I hate glitter so any reason for me to cover it up is a good reason!

It is time to get our plaques ready to go.  First you have to remove the embellishments  that are on the plaques.  I use a scraper to do that.  If the paper on the plaques tears then use a bit of sand paper to smooth it out.  These signs had some pretty bright and bold prints on them so I painted them with Waverly White Chalk paint.  Just one coat will do the trick and hide that color.

Once the paint was dry, I picked out a few pieces of scrapbook paper from the mounds and mounds of paper that I have.  My husband calls it my special paper.  He thinks he is funny.

I painted a thin layer of Mod Podge over the plaques and set the paper on top of them.  You do not need to cut the paper to the size of you plaques.  We will worry about that later.  Make sure to push all the bubbles out if you get any under the paper.  LET THIS DRY!  Once it is dry, take sand paper along the edges of the plaques in a downward motion and it will sand the paper off.  This will leave you with a very clean edge.  You can put a layer of Mod Podge over the top of the paper but I did not.

I put hot glue on the back of the bunnies and egg and placed them on the plaques were I wanted them.  For the words I used a old rubber stamp set that I have had for a while.  I stamped the sayings on white paper with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  Then I cute the paper down into strips and glued them to the plaques.  On the small bunny on the top right, I stamped everything on the plaque itself.  In place of the stamps you can print sayings from the computer, or use stickers.  Either will work.

And that’s it!  You have bunnies and eggs that look good enough to eat.  I was amazed at how real these chocolate like figures turned out.  The texture from the glitter gives the figures some depth.  It adds to the realness of them.  This was one of my favorite Easter crafts to do.

Thank you for joining me.  If you are looking for more fun Easter DIYs please look back at my last few blog posts.  You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram under Yellow Butterfly Craft Designs.  As always please stay safe and healthy.

Melissa McGuire


Bunny and Egg Picks- Dollar Tree

Plaques- Dollar Tree and Target

Pinblade Craft Knife- Amazon

Waverly White Chalk Paint- Walmart

Waverly Truffle Chalk Paint- Walmart

Paint Brushes- Craft Stores, Walmart

Surebonder Hot Glue and Glue Gun- Hobby Lobby, Amazon

Scraper- Dollar Tree

Sandpaper or Sanding Block- Dollar Tree

Mod Podge- Dollar Tree, Craft Stores, Walmart

Stamps- Not sure.  There is no company name on them

Versafine Onyx Black Ink- Michael’s Craft Store, Hobby Lobby

Eggs of Twine

I love to do crafts with the plastic Easter eggs every year.  This year I did not have any ideas so  I went to Pintrest to look for inspiration and like usual it did not disappoint.  There were eggs covered in so many different things like lace and fabric, but the ones I liked the most were the eggs covered in twine.  I do not have a shortage of twine that’s for sure which meant I had the supplies on hand.  I must say though I do not advise you go out shopping.  Please stay at home and be safe and healthy and shop your crafty stash.


For this project you will need plastic Easter eggs, Mod Podge, and of course twine.  I will be using a crate and moss because I wanted something to put my eggs in once they were done but you do not need to do this step.  If you use a crate of some sort then you might need paint if you want to paint it.  It would be handy to have a paint brush or a paint sponge if you have them.  I also used a craft knife and scotch tape but those are optional too.

Lets Get To It

Now this is not a fast project.  It does take some time and some patience.  I started by threading the twine up though one of the holes on the inside of the plastic eggs and putting some scotch tape on the inside of the egg to hold it in place.  I did change things up  some after my first egg though.  I did not like that the hole was not in the cent of the top of the egg so I used a craft knife to make a hole in the top and bottom of the egg to string the twine though.

Once the twine is secure take your brush and load it up with Mod Podge.  Paint it onto the top of the egg so that it is covered.  Then start twisting the twine on the top of the egg in a circular motion to make a spiral.  I used a skewer and a small silicone spatula to help press the twine onto the egg because my finger kept sticking to the twine and pulling it back off the egg.  Continue the process of adding some Mod Podge all around the egg and then wrapping the twine around it.

Do the egg in two parts.  First wrap the top part of the egg in twine and then cut the twine leaving about 3 inches to tuck inside the egg.  Then start the bottom part of the egg by doing the same steps as you did to start the top.   Once you have secured the twint inside the egg, place the left over piece from the top of the egg inside and close it up.  When I got to the middle of the egg with the second piece of twine, I made sure the egg was covered well with the twine and then cut the twine and pushed it down well against the egg trying to get it in between the twine that I have wrapped around.  Then I covered the ending with Mod Podge.  I also covered the whole twined egg with Mod Podge to make sure it was all secure and let it dry on parchment paper.

You can use any kind or color of twine for this project.  If you have neutral decor, you could use just the regular brown twine.  This project is very customizable to the decor and colors in your home.

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Now lets work on the crate.   I only want to stain the crate.  I did not want an opaque look to the paint.  So I took Antique Wax paint and added a lot of water to it and mixed it together.  You can turn almost any kind of paint into a stain by adding a lot of water to it.  The more water you add, the less color you will get when you paint your project.

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The final step is to add moss to the bottom of you crate and add the eggs to it.  This has been a great little addition to my Easter decor.  I love the eggs and they were fun to make.  I hope you love this project too.  It is a perfect one to do while watching TV.

Thank you for joining me and please stay safe and healthy.

Melissa McGuire


Plastic Easter Eggs- Dollar Tree, Walmart, Target

Twine- Any craft store or place like Walmart

Mod Podge- Dollar Tree, Walmart, craft stores

Foam Brush- Dollar Tree, Craft Stores

Wooden Crate- Michael’s Craft Store

Antique Wax Waverly Paint- Walmart

Paint Brush- Walmart, Craft Stores

Moss- Dollar Tree

Craft Knife- Craft Stores


Tool Tuesday-Trinket and other dishes

New Series

Tools are an important part of crafting.  The bad thing is there are so many out there that I thought I would break it down for you all.  I call the series Tool Tuesday.  I will do a post every Tuesday explaining a different tool each week and why I use it.  Keep in mind these are the things that are staples in my craft room and they might not work for you.  Also do not feel like you need it all.  Crafting is my passion and job so I have an abundance.  With that said I thought a series would be a great way to show you all the things I use in my craft room.

Trinket trays and other Dishes

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Trinket trays are a main staple in my craft room.  I use them every single time I craft.  They hold my paint, die cut pieces, and anything else I need them too.  I have them in several different sizes.  As you can see from the picture I use these trays for several different projects.

When I am making cards or scrapbooking I used them to hold die cuts, small pieces of paper and other small embellishments.  They keep me from losing things on my desk.  It keeps them all together so I do not throw important things away.

The major thing I use them for is paint.  I can put several small dabs of paint on one tray.  This keeps them in one spot and from me spilling the paint and getting it everywhere.  They are also great for mixing paint in them.

Now lets look at the small cups and jars.  I use the small cups for water to wash brushes in or just as water for water color painting.  I love the small jars or any container with a lid to mix paint to make new colors in them.  This means I can save and store the new paint color instead of having to throw it away.  I also use very small red solo cups to put paint and water into too.

I hope this gives you some ideas on how you can use trinket trays and other small containers.  The trays I get at the Dollar Tree, along with some of the small containers.  Other small containers I have re-purposed from things I have ran out of or eaten.  Any small jars or cups will work.

Thank you for joining me my first series post.  I hope it helped and that these trays and dishes are something that will help you out in your craft room.

Stay Healthy and Safe

Melissa McGuire

The Big Egg!

There will be several Easter crafts on the blog this week.  I must start off by saying that I do not advise going out of the house right now to get craft supplies.  With Covid-19 please stay safe. We are going to start off with the biggest and easiest craft first.  I am also giving you a bonus craft in this post.  It is just as easy as the first one.



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For this super easy project you will need is an egg.  I found this egg at Target.  You can cut one out of foam board from the Dollar Tree.  You will also need some white paint or what ever color you want to paint your egg. Finally, a paint brush or two.

Lets Get to the Project

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Would you like to know how easy this project is?  All I did was paint it.  Now I did change gears on the paint after I did not really like the all white egg.  I added in some liquid teal water color to the white paint and lightly mixed it.  As I painted the egg it blended and left streaks.

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And here it is!  I love the color and it will make a great back drop for the next few crafts that are coming up this week.


Since each of these crafts are so simple I decided to put them both in the same blog post.


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For this craft you will need a small wooden plaque and some stickers.  These stickers are from Dollar Tree.  You will also need some paint.  I used Antique Wax by Waverly.  Finally you will need some water if you decide to just wash the paint on instead of getting an opaque look.

Lets Get Started

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I stated off by mixing the paint with a lot of water.  I wanted the paint to look like a stain, not a thick paint.  Then I took my paint brush and did a light wash of color over the plaque on all sides.  After it dried completely, I added one of the stickers to the inside of the plaque.  That’s it!! Another project done.

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How cute is this?!  I love it and it was so easy.  Crafting does not have to be hard or time consuming.  Things can be easy and fast and still look great!

I hope you enjoyed this simple projects and will shop you craft stash and see what you can come up with that is easy to do.  Thank you for joining me again and please stay safe and healthy

Melissa McGuire


Project 1

Egg- Target

Waverly White Chalk Paint- Walmart

Paint Brushes- Any craft store, Walmart, and Target

Teal Liquid Water Color- Hero Arts

Project 2

Wooden Plaque- Michael’s Craft Store

Easter Stickers- Dollar Tree

Antique Wax Waverly Paint- Walmart

Paint Brushes- Any craft store, Walmart, and Target



Plant an Egg!

Hello and I hope you all are safe and healthy.  Easter is fast approaching but there is still lots of time to get crafty.  Now I do not advise going out and getting craft supplies.  What I do advise is that you shop your craft supply stash.  I have a ton of supplies just laying around waiting to be used.  I also did a Easter shopping trip before for craft supplies before all this craziness  with COVID-19 started.

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Can you plant an egg?  No not at all but you sure can make it look like it.  Chickens too!!   As I was looking at all the craft supplies I have, I came across some little flower posts and also some figures that I was going to paint for my tiered trays.  After playing around with them for a bit, I figured out that they would look cute stacked together. So I got to crafting.


For this project you will need 3 small flower pots and three figures.  Also assorted colors of paints, paint brushes, and hot glue gun and hot glue.  Later I figured out I needed something to put inside of the pots to set my figures on so I used the tumbling tower blocks from Dollar tree.  I then used some moss to cover the blocks up.

Lets Get Started

I stated by doing what they call “dry brushing” on the pots.  You do this by getting a very small amount of paint on the brush, I even dab some of the paint off on a scrap piece of paper to make sure there is very little paint on it.  Then lightly brush the flower pot with the brush.  I used chalk paint for this.  You are looking for very light coverage.  This makes the pots look worn and aged.  You can do this with any color paint you want to or have on hand.  Also add as much or as little paint to the pots to get the look you like.

Lets move onto the figures.  I had two little chickens and an egg on hand.  First I pulled out the top piece that had the hanger on it.  It comes off really easy.  Then I used several different kinds of paints from a few different companies.  Some were metallic and other acrylic.  I just shopped my paint stash so that I had a wide range of colors.  To paint these figures, I used very small brushes.  The small brushes force me to slow down and take my time so I do not get paint everywhere.

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Once the pots were dry I needed something to put in them for the figures to sit on.  I almost always have tumbling tower blocks on hand all the time from Dollar Tree.  I took 5 blocks and hot glued them to the bottom of each pot.

I put the figures on top of the blocks but they were still not sitting up high enough.  So I took some moss that I had (I have lots of it) and pushed it in between the blocks and the sides of the pot.

From there I put A LOT of hot glue on top of the blocks and added moss to the top.  I did this a few times to get the height I wanted. Once the figures were completely dried I added hot glue to the bottom of the figures and stuck it on top of the moss.  After the glue had set, I turned the whole thing upside down to shake off the extra moss and trimmed around the pot so that there was not any moss hanging over the edges of the pots.

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Not bad for shopping my stash of craft supplies.  These are small enough for tiered trays or to set up around other decor.  I have them up on a bread box in my kitchen.  They are very cute!

Just because you might not have these same supplies does not mean you can not be crafty.  Look at what you have in your craft stash, or even look for things in your home that you can re-purpose.  Crafting is relaxing and can cheer you up.  You accomplish something plus create something new in your home to make you smile.

Thank you for joining me!  Please stay safe and healthy!

See you all soon!

Melissa McGuire


Figures- Dollar Tree

Flower Pot- Dollar Tree

Several Colors and Kinds of Paint- Use what you have or places like Walmart carry paint.  Michael’s Craft Store is doing curbside pick on online orders.

Waverly White Chalk Paint- Walmart

Surebonder Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue- Hobby Lobby, Amazon

Paint Brushes- Dollar Tree, Craft Stores, Walmart

Moss- Dollar Tree

Tumble Blocks- Dollar Tree