Boo-Boo Bunnies {{a fun & sugar-free Easter DIY & a free printable!}}

When I was little we had these little guys all over the house.  My super creative momma would make them for Easter gifts and they were always in our Easter baskets (mostly because while they’re intended to be used for boo-boos, I’d always play with mine instead…and I’m sure my brother would bury him along with the little green army men in the backyard).

In my head I have these dreams of actually sitting down and creating all of these fun mommy DIYs that I remember my momma doing from childhood or that I see on Pinterest, but the truth is I barely know what day it is and rarely do I get the chance to wash my hair.  So I was thrilled when my momma called to ask how many boys and girls were in Cohen’s class so she could make them each a Boo-Boo Bunny for their Easter party.  Considering they’re super cute and kids love them (and it’s an awesome break from all of the sugary-filled Easter eggs from this past week’s egg hunts and parties), I knew these would be a hit.  Plus, ALL kids get scraped knees, bumps and bruises – so putting an ice cube in the back of one of these is a great way to dry up the tears and replace them with a smile!

The best part…they’re super easy and only cost a few bucks to make!

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Standard sized washcloth.
  • Small rubberbands (the ones that are used for the Rainbow Looms are really great – and really cheap!)
  • Googly eyes
  • White pompoms
  • Ribbon
  • Glue

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STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS:

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{because I didn’t actually make Cohen’s bunnies and I wasn’t about to ask my mom to take a picture of each step, I found this awesome picture tutorial from The Southern Institute}

BRINGING THE BUNNIES TO LIFE (my favorite part):

Simply tie a super cute piece of ribbon around the bunny’s neck to hide the rubberband, glue googly eyes on the head, a small pompom on the front for the nose and a larger pompom on the back for the tail.  Easy peasy!  (If you’re as imaginative as my son, this is also the part where you give the bunny a name.  This is Cohen’s new bunny – let me introduce you to Sully…we’ve been watching a lot of Monsters, Inc this week).

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FREE DOWNLOADABLE POEM:

I knew from the look on my husband’s face when he came in and saw 10 washcloths twisted into bunnies that some people may not be privy to the Boo-Boo Bunny, so I found this adorable poem on Pinterest and created a 3×5 print to attach it to each bunny.  I just used a mini clothespin to attach the card to each of my bunnies, but ribbon or twine would look cute too!

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Get your free download of the poem HERE.

Because these were going to each kid in Cohen’s class, I put each bunny and poem in a cute Bunny treat bag, but my favorite way to gift them is to just nestle them into an Easter basket.

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Your kids will love it and trust me, when you’re little and scrape your knee, the Boo-Boo Bunny does actually make you feel better 🙂

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H A P P Y  E A S T E R!!

XO LJ

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F R E E LJDCo. Valentines Downloadable Print!

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It’s the second day of my favorite week of the year!!  Not only is it VaLeNTiNeS DaY on Saturday, but my birthday is Thursday, so I’m feeling extra celebratory!!

Along with the free printable tag in yesterday’s Valentine’s Day DIY Heart-Shaped Crayons post, this one is a true LJDCo. print!  There are 2 sizes available in this high-quality PDF download – the 4×6 is perfect for your Valentine’s Day Dinner place-settings or a special something to drop in the mail or in a lunchbox, just to remind the special people in your life how much you love them.  The larger 8×10 is great for around-the-house décor or a tablescape!  The color looks a bit brighter in the promo pic above – the actual background color is more of a coral, which I figured would be more appropriate to fit in with your décor than bright red.  So download, print and HAVE FUN with these – and Happy Valentine’s Day from me to you and your love!!

DOWNLOAD THE PRINTS HERE!

LJDCo. VDay Printable – 4×6  //  LJDCo. VDay Printable – 8×10

XO LJ

Valentine’s Day DIY Heart-Shaped Crayons {and a FREE Printable!}

When we were little, I remember my momma making homemade crayons for my brother and I.  She would put them in regular cupcake tins (which were still SUPER cool), but as I was trying to brainstorm a fun and unique Valentine that my 2yr old could hand out during his VDay party on Thursday, this crazy idea popped into my mind!  And it turned out AWESOME!  Be prepared to be the coolest momma ever (with incredibly minimal and inexpensive effort!  DOUBLE SCORE!!) when you make these custom crayons for your kiddos.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED (seriously, there are only 2 things on the list!)

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  • Crayons (I used new box of 64 Crayola crayons, but this is a GREAT way to use those millions of bits and pieces from broken crayons that you can’t figure out what to do with).
  • Silicone baking molds (I used heart-shaped molds that were on special at Michael’s because of the VDay holiday, but you can use any shape mold, custom for any event – just make sure it’s a silicone so it’ll be easy to pop them out once they’re melted).

WHAT TO DO

  • Peel the paper off the crayons.  This took the longest time (for 64 crayons, approximately from the beginning of Frozen until Elsa finished singing “Let It Go”).  The blue ones seemed to give me the most trouble…not sure why, I mean blue is my favorite color.  Oh, and MAJOR DISCLAIMER: don’t peel crayons after recently getting a new mani.  I’ve completely ruined the polish on my thumbnail.  Better yet, just let your kids peel them.  Done and done.

VDAY 2

  • Break each crayon into 4-5 pieces.  I found this to be a great stress-reliever.  Also, something my 2yr old could do to help ‘contribute’.
  • Fill the molds halfway with broken pieces.  You can be totally anal like me and pick and choose color schemes and fill each mold individually, or you can realize that kids don’t care one bit about the time you took to perfectly coordinate each crayon, and just fill them at random.

VDAY 3

  • Put the mold(s) on a baking sheet and bake at 400* until they’re melted (with my oven, it took about 10 minutes).
  • Take out and let cool COMPLETELY.

VDAY 5{{Don’t worry if they come out looking a little less than pretty.  This is what mine looked like and trust me – once you pop them out and turn them over they’ll be beautiful!}}

  • Once cool, pop out of the mold, and that’s it – YOU’RE DONE!

VDAY 6{{See…pretty!  I told you.}}

Now if you’re making this for Valentine’s Day, like I am, you’ll also need small baggies to package them in.  And what’s a Valentine without a cutesy saying to go along with it?  Click here for the FREE PRINTABLE VALENTINE TAG (hand lettered by yours truly!)

I used a small decorative clothespin to attach my tag to the bag, but ribbon would be super cute too!

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That’s it!  There are tons of silicon molds in various shapes and sizes, so keep this idea in mind when it comes to favors for birthday parties, homemade gifts or just for a rainy day activity with your little ones!

XO LJ