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    As summer winds to a close (remember: there are still 21 days AFTER Labor Day!!), we are all in a rush to get through our bucket lists. This summer, I had a variety of projects on my roster, including my easy summer recipes and beautifying my yard. They all got done. And how. But I knew there was one project I really wanted to do before the weather turns chilly and we all take ourselves indoors.

    That project? DIY Tin Can Lanterns.

    It's a project that has been making the rounds on Pinterest for good reason. They look so magical glowing in a walkway at night or hanging from trees. Like twinkling summer fairies, they're perfect for a barbecue or end of the summer farewell blast.

    For this craft, I gathered:

    Soup cans Markers Hammer Nails Candles (battery-powered for the kid-friendly version)

    After collecting my tools, I pulled my kids in to complete this craft with me.

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    If you're anything like me then you might have some kids at home complaining about being hot and bored this summer! I'm always open to trying out new activities I see, and when "ice cream in a bag" pins started making their way through my Pinterest stream, I knew my children would love to try it!

    To start, I gathered heavy cream, vanilla, milk, and sugar. I added those ingredients to a small Ziploc bag, put that into a larger Ziploc bag, and covered it with ice and rock salt.

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    I've been looking to Pinterest for ideas for another great Fourth of July dessert to bring to this year's potluck.

    My red, white, and blue trifle was a hit last year and I want to bring something just as fun this time around! Luckily, there is no shortage of dessert ideas on Pinterest, and I was able to find a couple of really great recipes making American flags out of plain, old graham crackers.

    More From The Stir: 11 Red, White & Blue Desserts for a Very Patriotic July 4

    Since I couldn't narrow it down between two possible recipes, I decided to try them both and share which I thought was the winner of the two. See for yourself!

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    Picnics, potlucks, and summer festivals just got a whole lot easier! I love how the internet brings so many brilliant ideas and crafts together that I never would have considered before.

    Now that the weather is getting a bit warmer, it's time to start thinking about those outdoor eating arrangements, and as usual, Pinterest has offered some great suggestions!

    I particularly enjoy how easy the upcycled utensil holders look using soup cans!

    For this week's craft, I wanted to test whether or not these could turn out as nicely as they look on Pinterest. Are they sturdy? Would they support silverware?

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    I've been busy decorating my front porch with flowers and was thrilled to find a fun and easy way to dress up my old plain teracotta pots.

    A lot of people are covering their pots with fabric to give them a pop of color that will spruce up any home. I love this idea as a little centerpiece on a table or even next to my kitchen sink.

    My Mom loves gardening and I know this could be a gift she might really appreciate on Mother's Day.

    But first thing's first, does it actually work? I used a spray adhesive, some fabric I had on hand and a bit of mod podge to seal everything into place.

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    When I initially saw seedlings sprouting from eggshells, I thought they looked cute, but I wasn't sure why someone would go to the trouble of planting seeds this way. Growing plants inside eggshells seemed a little over the top, but once I realized people were doing this as a clever way to transport sprouting plants into their garden, it made perfect sense. Once transported, the eggshell actually feeds your garden!

    It's also helpful for people interested in growing herbs indoors, but don't have a garden. Growing them from an egg carton is a space saver and it's ecological and it can make for a lovely centerpiece.

    With this in mind, I grabbed a carton of eggs, top soil, and seeds and started my project!

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    Pinterest provides a ton of creative ideas to dye Easter eggs as an alternative to the traditional dye kit we can find in stores. When I saw the option to dye Easter eggs with shaving cream pop up again and again, I decided to give it a try! 

    I loved this idea because all you need to complete the craft is shaving cream, eggs, and food coloring -- things I already had on hand. After spraying shaving cream into a shallow glass dish, we added drops of food coloring, swirled it around and rolled our eggs through.

    After letting the eggs dry a bit with the colorful shaving cream in place, we wiped them off and were eager to discover whether or not the color actually stuck!

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    Easter is just around the corner, and Pinterest is brimming with fun kid-friendly potluck recipes to try. I couldn't resist the colorful spin on the traditional deviled eggs of these Jello flavored deviled eggs, and I quickly got to work!

    This could be a great after-school treat, a fun dessert, or even a great addition to our Easter brunch spread.

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    The garden hose wreath has been making the rounds on Pinterest this season and I just couldn't ignore it! After a long winter I was actually looking forward to adding a cheerful splash of color to my front door and a decorative wreath sounded like the perfect solution.

    I grabbed a 15-foot garden hose, a handful of flowers, a pair of gardening gloves, and some burlap ribbon, and I got to work!

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    I love the delicate look of the string Easter Eggs crafts I've been seeing on Pinterest and thought this week would be the perfect time to test them out! Whether you want to string together a garland for beautiful Easter decor or pop these string eggs in a bowl as a Springtime centerpiece, it could be the perfect touch in your home!

    I created a stiffener by mixing 3 tablespoons of corn starch, 1 1/2 cups of boiled water, and 1 tablespoon of flour.

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Kat Bouska

So many of us bookmark projects, crafts, and recipes we see online -- but rarely do we find the time to try them out. Kat Bouska is going to help us sort through which ones are really worth our time.

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