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Easter Bunny Craft: no don't do it :)

April fools! A "special update" to my Easter Bunny post from earlier #clevernest #easterbunny #aprilfools #humor #lol

Happy April Fools! Yes, making literal dust bunnies out of vacuum fuzz is not cool, or festive, or sanitary. I can't fool most of you any more, but there was a bit of fun to be had over on Pinterest this morning.
April fools! A "special update" to my Easter Bunny post from earlier #clevernest #easterbunny #aprilfools #humor #lol

  Kate and Kierra were very disturbed (and for good reason!)
April fools! A "special update" to my Easter Bunny post from earlier #clevernest #easterbunny #aprilfools #humor #lol

Then the moment Kate senses something is up :)
April fools! A "special update" to my Easter Bunny post from earlier #clevernest #easterbunny #aprilfools #humor #lol

And the repins. I congratulate those that categorized my bunny under "What Were They Thinking?", and "Humor". 

April fools! A "special update" to my Easter Bunny post from earlier #clevernest #easterbunny #aprilfools #humor #lol

But it also made it onto "Easter", and "For the Kiddies". Don't do it Kristen!! For the good of humanity, reconsider!
April fools! A "special update" to my Easter Bunny post from earlier #clevernest #easterbunny #aprilfools #humor #lol

April fools! A "special update" to my Easter Bunny post from earlier #clevernest #easterbunny #aprilfools #humor #lol

I had a good laugh, and I hope you did too! Thanks for being such good sports :) and as always, say NO to resurrected vacuum cleaner fuzz creatures, lol.


    


Super Cute! Easter Bunny Craft {recycled materials)

Super cute and easy Easter craft! I love this darling bunny, you'd never guess it's from vacuum fuzz!! #clevernest #easterbunny #springcraft

Happy Easter week! 

I can't believe it's upon us already. I've been absent from the blog lately, mostly due to chasing around after these crazy munchkins all day long! :). They definitely keep me busy, but I managed to squeeze in a super cute Easter craft this week, while they were napping! And I'm excited to share it with you!

This little guy came to me when I was thinking of how I would spruce up my Easter/Spring tablescape. I didn't have time to make a run to the craft store, so I used things I already had on hand. Nothing beats free supplies!
Super cute and easy Easter craft! I love this darling bunny, you'd never guess it's from vacuum fuzz!! #clevernest #easterbunny #springcraft

What's fluffy, and free, and exists in copious amounts? In my vacuum??
Super cute and easy Easter craft! I love this darling bunny, you'd never guess it's from vacuum fuzz!! #clevernest #easterbunny #springcraft

You have to see what a cute Easter bunny craft comes from this vacuum fuzz! #clevernest #easterbunny #recycle

I scored big time, since I hadn't emptied my vacuum in awhile (yay procrastination!). Plenty of fluff to spare! I might make more of these little guys later to make into a whole bunny family.

I formed the fluff into a general bunny shape. I only had to pick out a few tell-tale chunks that this was from my living room floor, hehe ;) shhhh!
You have to see what a cute Easter bunny craft comes from this vacuum fuzz! #clevernest #easterbunny #recycle

I tried out some large google eyes, and it was cute! But they were a bit too big for his face.
You have to see what a cute Easter bunny craft comes from this vacuum fuzz! #clevernest #easterbunny #recycle

You have to see what a cute Easter bunny craft comes from this vacuum fuzz! #clevernest #easterbunny #recycle
Small eyes= much cuter!!

Smart way to reuse vacuum fuzz! Cute easy Easter craft, and the kids can help! #clevernest #easterbunny #springcraft

Smart way to reuse vacuum fuzz! Cute easy Easter craft, and the kids can help! #clevernest #easterbunny #springcraft
Last minute inspiration: I added a real life baby carrot to give it some flair. With a little bit (more like a lot) of hair spray it held together perfectly! I can't wait to use him on my Easter tablescape. He will fit right in with the other decor.
Smart way to reuse vacuum fuzz! Cute easy Easter craft, and the kids can help! #clevernest #easterbunny #springcraft

Happy "hoppy" Easter my friends! I hope you have a wonderful week. Don't forget to share on Pinterest! :)

    
Smart way to reuse vacuum fuzz! Cute easy Easter craft, and the kids can help! #clevernest #easterbunny #springcraft

P.S. I also took a stab at dryer lint as a possible medium (which was coincidentally the exact same color as the vacuum fluff... teal much Alyssa??) It worked ok, but didn't have the same dimension as the vacuum stuff.
Smart way to reuse vacuum fuzz! Cute easy Easter craft, and the kids can help! #clevernest #easterbunny #springcraft

Vacuum fluff and dryer lint Easter bunnies! These are so cute, you have to check them out!  :) #clevernest #springcraft #recycle
Glad I went the vacuum route instead!

Rustic Nativity {and my first ever craft event!}

I could never find a nativity set that I liked, until I saw this style! I love it so much! #rustic #nativity #clevernest #woodennativity

The last couple months I've been keeping pretty darn busy, doing a lot of cool stuff! Making Emo Pumpkins for Joann Fabric, celebrating our 6th wedding anniversary, hosting family, celebrating Thanksgiving, and most recently, putting on a craft night for my MOPS group!

Whew!! a really satisfied whew, not an exasperated whew. This is what I love.

We made Nativity sets for our craft night. I fell in love when I saw these rustic nativity sets from Kennakee and ThatsSewPersonal Etsy shops, and was inspired to try putting together one of my own.
I could never find a nativity set that I liked, until I saw this style! I love it so much! #rustic #nativity #clevernest #woodennativity
So adorable, right? Here's mine
I could never find a nativity set that I liked, until I saw this style! I love it so much! #rustic #nativity #clevernest #woodennativity
I'd never put on a craft night before. Overall it was super fun, and I learned a lot about how to make it easier/faster/simpler the next time around. I hope I get the chance to do something like that again!
I could never find a nativity set that I liked, until I saw this style! I love it so much! #rustic #nativity #clevernest #woodennativity
A lot of pieces to assemble! All for one craft too, holy moly. In hindsight this was probably not the best option for a large group. Oh well, we had a good time!

I could never find a nativity set that I liked, until I saw this style! I love it so much! #rustic #nativity #clevernest #woodennativity

I could never find a nativity set that I liked, until I saw this style! I love it so much! #rustic #nativity #clevernest #woodennativity

I could never find a nativity set that I liked, until I saw this style! I love it so much! #rustic #nativity #clevernest #woodennativity
Success!
I could never find a nativity set that I liked, until I saw this style! I love it so much! #rustic #nativity #clevernest #woodennativity

Here's how we made our Nativities. It looks like a lot of directions, but that's just because there are 7 characters and a sheep and all their accessories. Get your glue gun cooking, roll up you sleeves, and let's roll!

Rustic Nativity Set
Supplies:
  • Seven 1 1/2" wooden ball knobs, found mine at Hobby Lobby
  • 3/4" round wooden ball, Hobby Lobby
  • 2x2 board, 96"long, Home Depot
  • 1 1/2" x 3/4", 6" long
  • 1/4 yd. white burlap
  • 3"x 9" muslin fabric (optional, for Jesus' swaddle)
  • Four 1x1 wooden blocks
  • 46" jute cord, cut into two 15" and three 8" pieces
  • 8" stick, from a tree ;)
  • Craft paint in light gray, medium gray, and dark gray
Other stuff you'll need:
hot glue gun, paint brush, sand paper

1. Cutting
I really wanted to use the power saw for this project, but Jason in his infinite wisdom wouldn't let me anywhere near it. So aggravating! What?? You want a wife with all her fingers still attached? such artificial standards men have these days. I begrudgingly let him cut all the boards for me. Thanks, Babe, you are probably right about me and saws. Gimme a high 9!

However you get it done, get the 2x2 board cut into 7 pieces, or bases.
Three 5"- Mary, Wise Man #1, and Wise Man #2
Two 5 1/2"- Joseph, Shepherd
Two 6"- Angel, Wise Man #3

Cut the 1 1/2 x 3/4 board into two pieces
2 1/2"- sheep
3"- Jesus

2. Fabric
You can eyeball it on your own, or download the templates I made here, and here. The Angel wings and Mary's veil are burlap, and Jesus' swaddle is the muslin.
Rustic Nativity set with downloadable templates #woodennativity #clevernest


3. Assembly Time!
All the characters follow the same steps.

Joseph
Paint a 5 1/2" base with one light coat of medium gray. I made my coat light so I could see the wood grain underneath, and it would be easier to sand once dry. After a couple minutes it should be dry enough to sand the edges, and some other spots here and there, and glue a large wooden ball "head" on.

Mary
Paint a 5" base light gray, one light coat like Joseph! Sand the edges and glue a head on (here after S&G!). Gluing on the veil is a bit tricky, my advice is to start conservative with the glue and add dots here and there until it looks right! I glued the top and back of Mary's head first, then added glue to the sides of her head, and sides of her body.
I die over these rustic Nativity figures! Directions for the whole set, even a sheep! #woodennativity #clevernest

Jesus
Paint the 3" wood block white. S&G* the small head on. It might help to sand down one side of the ball so it rests flat on the block. Glue the swaddle to the base, leaving enough room for it to fold over Jesus' head a bit, and crisscross over his body. I did this on one set, and decided I liked it better without. There was just a lot going on between Mary's veil and Jesus' blankets, haha. Totally personal choice! Finally, glue Jesus to Mary.
*see Mary's directions
I die over these rustic Nativity figures! Directions for the whole set, even a sheep! #woodennativity #clevernest

Shepherd and Sheep
Paint one 5 1/2" base dark gray. S&G. Glue the stick to the front and tie a 15" jute tie around Mr. Shepherd's waist. Paint the 2 1/2" block and one 1x1 wood block white. Sand the edges and glue the block "head" to the sheep.
I could never find a Nativity set that I liked until I saw this style, and now I am in love! The shepherd's staff is driftwood from the beach. I'm so happy how the whole set turned out! #rusticnativity #clevernest

Angel
Paint a 6" base white. S&G. Tie a 15" jute tie around his waist and glue the wings on the back.
I could never find a Nativity set that I liked until I saw this style, and now I am in love! The shepherd's staff is driftwood from the beach. I'm so happy how the whole set turned out! #rusticnativity #clevernest

Wise Men and Presents
Wise Man #1- paint a 5" base light gray, S&G.
Wise Man #2- paint the last 5" base medium gray, S&G.
Wise Man #3- paint the last 6" base dark gray, S&G.

Tie three 8" jute ties around three wooden blocks, and glue one to the tallest Wise Guy.
I could never find a Nativity set that I liked until I saw this style, and now I am in love! The shepherd's staff is driftwood from the beach. I'm so happy how the whole set turned out! #rusticnativity #clevernest

This is my favorite Nativity of all time, totally digging the rustic look and the grays! #woodennativity #diynativity #clevernest

For kicks I made a set in color as well as the grays. Which one is your favorite?
This is my favorite Nativity of all time, totally digging the rustic look and the pops of color! #woodennativity #diynativity #clevernest

This is my favorite Nativity of all time, totally digging the rustic look and the pops of color! Shown in grays too #woodennativity #diynativity #clevernest

This is my favorite Nativity of all time, totally digging the rustic look and the pops of color! Shown in grays too #woodennativity #diynativity #clevernest

This is my favorite Nativity of all time, totally digging the rustic look and the pops of color! Shown in grays too #woodennativity #diynativity #clevernest

I had such a great time crafting with my MOPS ladies! By the way, if you have preschoolers and you've never been, MOPS rocks! They have them all over, and it's a fantastic friend base and support group. I heart my MOPS <3.

Have a great week! Happy December!!





    
This is my favorite Nativity of all time, totally digging the rustic look and the grays. Too bad my husband wouldn't let me near the power saw. Apparently he prefers me with all my fingers still attached. #woodennativity #diynativity #clevernest

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