Monday, September 24, 2018

How to make the yummiest Strawberry shortcake

It used to be that you could only get juicy, delicious strawberries in the spring.  Now you can get them at any time of the year. I usually make them for special birthdays and in my family there are a lot of birthdays in the fall and winter. And everyone loves strawberry shortcake so why deprive yourself of this tasty treat

Even though this is an easy recipe it tastes fabulous for one reason, you just don’t skimp on ingredients. Nothing but real whipped cream and butter will suffice. It is not exactly a diet food I know, but you know what they say about anything in moderation. The full recipe for the Strawberry shortcake is on a free printable recipe card for your convenience. 

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Recipe How to make a simple Greek Moussaka casserole

Being of Greek ancestry I have been around Greek food all my life.  My favorite dish has always been Greek Moussaka.  Moussaka is a savory cinnamon (secret ingredient) spiced eggplant dish.  The common recipe is kind of work intensive with several steps and plenty of layering. With this Moussaka recipe, however, you just toss the ingredients in a casserole with all the usual vibrant flavors!  Bake and enjoy!

Note:  After you dice the eggplant add salt and toss together. 

Easy Moussaka casserole


1 medium eggplant, peeled and diced into 2-inch chunks
1 sweet onion, chopped
1 ½ lbs. lean ground beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 small red potatoes microwaved about 5 minutes so they are partially cooked then diced into 2 inch chunks
1 jar of marinara spaghetti sauce
1 tsp. cinnamon
Salt and pepper to taste

For topping:

1 ½ cups milk
1/3 cup flour
1 egg, beaten
¼ cup grated parmesan cheese

In a large saucepan cook ground beef on medium heat until browned.  Drain.  

Add the onion and garlic and cook for a few minutes more.  Then, add the diced eggplant.  Finally, add the diced potatoes and cook until the eggplant is slightly soft.

Next, add the spaghetti sauce, cinnamon and salt, and pepper to taste, stirring it all together. Remove from heat.

Spray a baking dish with non-stick spray.  Add the eggplant/meat mixture into the pan and set aside.

In a small saucepan add ½ milk and the flour and whisk on low heat till well blended.  Continue adding the rest of the milk while whisking. Next, add the beaten egg and stir until smooth and thickened.  Add the grated parmesan cheese.

Spread the topping on the eggplant/meat mixture in the baking pan and place in a 350-degree oven. Bake for 40 minutes.  

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

How to make a quick and easy doggy treat jar

Updated July 2018

Make this quick and easy doggy treat jar for your best friend.  If you are like me you have little bags of treats all over the place.  Sometimes those zippers just don't seal well and you end up with stale and hard treats.  You don't want your little prince or princess to turn up his or her nose at them.  

So, you can quickly make a personalized treat jar using a simple wide mouth jar some photos of your pet and decoupage glue. You can purchase a jar at the dollar store or even recycle a clear food container.  Easy, inexpensive and so much fun.

You will need:

·      Glass or recycled plastic wide mouth jar (I found one for under $3.00 at Target)

·      Decoupage glue (I use Modpodge available in craft stores)

·      Small paintbrush

·      Computer and printer with all-purpose paper

·      Photos of your dog

1.     Prepare your jar.  If there is a label on a recycled one simply soak it off in some warm water.  If the surface is sticky from the label, rub some peanut butter on it, wipe it off and wash it. Rub down the jar with alcohol.

2.     Load your desired photos onto your computer and put them all in a strip collage using your favorite photo editing program. (This way the photos are all one size).  Simply add the photos and print on all-purpose paper.  You may need a couple strips depending upon the size of your jar.

3.     Cut out each photo.  On a curved surface it is easiest to add the photos one at a time smoothing out any wrinkles with your fingers. (Don't smooth them all out though, wrinkles give it character) It may get a little messy but it washes off your hands easily. Using the small paintbrush apply some decoupage glue on the jar where you would like your photos to go. Press the photos on the wet glue area one at a time. Add a generous amount of decoupage glue on top of the photos.  Keep adding until you have added all the photos you want and let it dry.

4.       Brush a coat of decoupage glue over all the photos one last time and let dry.

5.     Fill with treats and let your pups enjoy their new jar!

Note:  Decoupage glue dries clear.  

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

7 simple tips for July 4th fun with family and pets

Make it easy crafts would like to wish you a very Happy July 4thholiday.  We hope you will enjoy the sunshine and other outdoor fun activities.  In addition, we are listing 7 simple tips for July 4thfun with family and pets.

We hope you enjoy this free printable Happy 4th of July coloring page with your family and friends.

Updated July 2018

7 simple tips for July 4th fun with family and pets

  1. Don’t allow children to ignite or play with fireworks.

  1. Keep a bucket of water handy and dispose of used fireworks properly after igniting.

  1. Keep pets indoors. Fireworks can terrify pets.  If you choose to allow your pet outdoors, make sure they are wearing an ID tag in case they become frightened and run away.

  1. Do not drink alcoholic beverages and ignite fireworks. Much like drinking and driving the two do not mix.

  1. Make sure there are plenty of outdoor games and activities to entertain children and guests. Print the coloring page and have a contest for the best one.  Games like badminton, volleyball, and even wading pools are great for family get-togethers.

  1. If you are serving salads at your event make sure any that include mayonnaise, dressings or easily contaminated dishes are refrigerated. Replace them under refrigeration promptly after serving.

  1. Never pick up a firework that has failed to ignite.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

How to make adorable patriotic horse show hair bows

patriotic horse show hair bows

So horse show season is in full swing and with the fourth of July coming up soon what could be better than some patriotic horse show hair bows?
The current style for little competitors is to wear two braids and huge bows with long tails in each braid.  These patriotic horse show hair bows would be perfect for all the upcoming shows. They would even be perfect to wear them separately on the Fourth of July holiday! 

  • ·      Mini Bowdabra
  • ·      Hair bow tool and ruler
  • ·      1 ½” wide patriotic grosgrain ribbon
  • ·      7/8” wide white satin ribbon
  • ·      ½” wide white ribbon with sparkle stars
  • ·      18” Bowdabra bow wire
  • ·      Charm or bead
  • ·      Ribbon covered alligator clip
  • ·      Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • ·      Lighter to seal the ends from fraying (You may substitute clear nail polish if desired)

1.    Gather your supplies.

2.    Cut 18” bow wire, fold in half and insert into the Bowdabra. You will have a loop on one side and two wires on the other.

  1. Cut a 15” piece of 7/8” wide satin ribbon. Fold the ends in half and cut at an angle to dovetail. Use a lighter to lightly go over the ends to seal from fraying. (You may use clear nail polish if desired) Fold in half to find the center and insert into the Bowdabra guiding the tails downward.

  1. Cut a 15” piece of 1/4” wide white ribbon with sparkle stars, and seal the ends with the lighter or nail polish as before. Fold in half to find the center and insert into the Bowdabra. Guide the ends down as you did before.

  1. Cut an 18 ½” piece of Patriotic printed wire edge ribbon. Seal the ends with the lighter. Fold in half to find the center and insert into the Bowdabra wrong side up. Bring the right end over and insert the tail end into the Bowdabra. (See photo)

  1. Bring the other tail end over and under the first loop forming an X and insert the end in the Bowdabra.

  1. Push down both pieces of ribbon into the Bowdabra forming the bow.  Scrunch down with the Bowdabra wand.

  1. Insert the two loose wires through the loop and while the bow is still in Bowdabra and pull tight. Remove from the Bowdabra, turn to the back and tie a knot. Adjust the bow and tails.

  1. Using the wires from the back, bring back around to the front and insert a bead or charm of your choice through one of the wires.  Bring the wires back to the back of the bow and tie a knot making sure the charm is centered on the front of the bow. Cut off any excess. Add an alligator clip, small elastic, or French clip to the back of the bow.  Repeat all the steps for a second bow.

Monday, May 28, 2018

We hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day

On May  28, 2018, we celebrate Memorial Day.  So, here at Make it easy crafts blog, we would like to thank and convey our deepest gratitude for those who sacrificed their lives protecting our freedom.  In recognizing this we participate in the Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance.  On this day at 3:00 p.m. local time we will observe a minute of silence in honor of those who gave all.

Memorial Day National Moment of Remembrance

Many people associate Memorial Day with Bar-b-ques and the beginning of summer.  While this is true, it is, however, a holiday recognizing those who lost their lives protecting our freedom.  A minute of silence recognizes the sacrifices of the brave soldiers who paid the ultimate price.

To learn more about Memorial Day moment of silence please visit the Memorial Day tribute site

Thursday, May 10, 2018

How to make polymer clay bow earrings for a perfect gift this Mother's Day

polymer clay bow earrings

If you are looking for a quick and beautiful gift for mom this Mother's Day look no further.  These earrings are easy to make and require very few supplies.  A gift from the heart, made with love, is so much better than store bought flowers that will wilt in a few days.  Mom will be wearing these earrings for years to come!

Make some extra pairs because these earrings make perfect gifts for teachers, grads and more!

Updated May 2018

Polymer clay bow earrings

You will need:

Polymer clay

Clay tools, (roller, pointed tool, craft knife, clay blade)

Waxed paper to cover work surface

Earring posts and backs

Gloss glaze for polymer clay


Aluminum foil to cover cookie sheet and home oven pre-heated to 275 degrees

E6000 glue

Masking tape to hold bows while applying the glaze

1.     Roll out your clay thinly.  Use the clay blade to cut two strips of clay 1/8” wide by 1 ½” long.  

2.     Fold one end into the center and press lightly to make a loop.  Fold the opposite end to the center to meet the first loop.  Press in the center with the pointed clay tool.

3.     Cut two more strips of the thinly rolled out clay 1/8” wide by ½” long.  Fold at an angle.  (See photo) Place the bow loops you just made on top of this piece and press to adhere. (Bow tails made)

4.     Make the center knot by attaching a tiny strip of clay at the top center and bring around to the bottom using the pointed clay tool.  Press lightly to attach a knot to each bow.

5.     Cover a cookie sheet with aluminum foil.  Preheat your oven to 275 degrees and bake for 20 minutes.  Do not over bake.  Do not use a microwave.  Let cool.

6.     Attach a piece of masking tape, sticky side up and place the baked bows on to hold while you brush on a coat of clay glaze and let dry.

7.     Add some E6000 glue to the back of your post earring findings and attach a bow.  Repeat for the second earring. Let dry completely. (E6000 glue is available in craft stores and discount department stores everywhere and works best)

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Tuesday, May 1, 2018

How to make a festive butterfly hair bow with Bowdabra

Cinco de Mayo is coming up and if you are thinking about having a fiesta you will love this festive butterfly hair bow.  Create this beautiful hair bow in minutes with some velvet or velour ribbon, or printed felt in your favorite bright color.
The festive butterfly hair is fun for Cinco de Mayo parties, however, it is perfect any time of the year!
So let’s get started…

Festive butterfly hair bow

butterfly hair bow

Bowdabra mini Bowmaker
Bowdabra bow wire
2 ½” wide velvet, velour ribbon, or optionally printed felt works great
White pipe cleaner
Butterfly pattern
Disappearing marker
5/8” yellow grosgrain ribbon (For smaller butterfly 3/8" or 1/4" ribbon)
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Two red rhinestones (or small beads if using the bow wire for antennas)
If using the Bow wire for antennas use a small paintbrush to twist the wire for the curl.
Alligator hair clip


  1. First, download the butterfly pattern. Trace each piece on to the velour ribbon and cut out. For smaller butterfly shrink the patter to 3/4 size.

  1. Next, Cut a piece of Bowdabra bow wire 18” long. Fold it in half and insert into the Mini Bowdabra.  You will have a loop on one side and two loose wires at the other side, which will be your slipknot.
festive butterfly hair bow

  1. Now, insert the bottom downward facing wing piece into the Mini Bowdabra pinching in a mountain fold. Then, insert the top wing piece pinching in the same way you did the bottom wings.

festive butterfly hair bow

festive butterfly hair bow
  1. Scrunch down with the Bowdabra wand.
festive butterfly hair bow

Create the butterfly

  1. Insert the two loose wires through the loop and pull tight while the butterfly is still in the Bowdabra. Take it out of the Bowdabra and separate the ends.  Turn it to the back and tie a knot and clip off the excess wire.  Adjust your butterfly’s wings.
festive butterfly hair bow

  1. Take a 6” piece of pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Use the hot glue gun to glue it to the center back of the butterfly. To make the antennas with the Bowdabra bow wire, trim the bow wire ends to 2 1/2" long.  Add a tiny bit of glue to each end and thread a small bead through.  Clip the excess.  Then, using the end of a paintbrush twist the wire around into a springy curl.  Adjust the antennae on each side.

Finishing the hair clip

  1. Attach an alligator clip, which is covered with ribbon to the back with some hot glue. (You can buy them already covered at the craft store)

festive butterfly hair bow

festive butterfly hair bow
  1. Finally, cut a piece of 5/8” grosgrain ribbon and glue to the center back over the open alligator clip. Then continue to bring it to the front and glue it to where you started on the back. This way the alligator clip is extra secure.

festive butterfly hair bow
  1. Curl the pipe cleaner antenna and glue a rhinestone on the ends. Or optionally for the Bow wire antenna follow the instructions in step number 6.
festive butterfly hair bow

We hope you enjoyed this festive butterfly hair bow tutorial.  We love comments and suggestions!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

How to easily make a cheerful spring daffodil headband

Spring daffodil headband

Now that is spring, soon all the daffodils will be popping up.  In fact, mine have been trying to pop up for a couple days now.  So to liven up your moods this Easter in lieu of an Easter bonnet why not wear a cheerful spring daffodil headband instead?

This little daffodil flower is super easy to make and the spring daffodil headband would look great on a baby as well. 

So lets get started!


1 ½” wide yellow wired ribbon
1” wide dark green grosgrain ribbon
White sparkle tulle cut to 1 ½” wide about 8 inches long
Yellow yarn
Headband in a spring color
Pinking shears (paper shape cutters will not work on the ribbon)
Clear nail polish (or lighter)


1.     Gather all your supplies.

2.     Prepare all your ribbon pieces.  Cut three pieces of green grosgrain ribbon 5 inches long.  Fold and cut in the opposite way you make a dovetail to make a point on each end.  Set aside.  Seal the ends with a lighter or clear nail polish.

spring daffodil headband

3.     Next, cut three pieces of yellow wired ribbon 5 ½” long.  Using scissors cut around each end to make a curved shape.  Brush the ends with some clear nail polish to seal.  Set aside.

4.     Now, cut 2 more pieces of the 1 ½”yellow wired ribbon 3 inches long.  Curve the ends with pinking shears.  Use clear nail polish to seal the ends.

spring daffodil headband

5.     Cut a piece of sparkle tulle 1 ½” wide x 8 inches long.

6.     Cut a piece of yellow yarn, fold in half and insert into the Mini Bowdabra.  You will have a loop on one side and two loose ends on the other, which will be your slipknot.  Tuck the ends under to keep out of the way while you make your daffodil.

7.     Now, insert the green grosgrain ribbon pieces, pinching to a mountain up fold as you insert them. 

spring daffodil headband

8.     Then insert the longer pieces of yellow ribbon into the Mini Bowdabra.  Next, insert the smaller pinked edged pieces of yellow ribbon into the Mini Bowdabra.

spring daffodil headband

9.     Finally, insert the tulle from the top like an accordion.  Scrunch down with the Bowdabra wand.  Insert the two loose pieces of yarn through the loop and pull tight while the daffodil is still in the Bowdabra. Remove from the Bowdabra, separate the ends, turn to the back and tie a knot.

spring daffodil headband

spring daffodil headband

10. Now shape your daffodil.  Fan out the petals and cut the center around the tulle.  Since the petals are wired it is very easy to shape. 

spring daffodil headband

spring daffodil headband

11. Use the excess yarn to tie to a headband.  If this is for an infant the yarn is gentle on the babies head.