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March 9, 2013

Decorating with Peeps: $5 Hatching Peeps Garden for Easter

The team here at Madame Deals have a challenge, who can create a cute Easter Centerpiece with only $5? Well here is My (Rachelle) Entry!

Hatching Peeps Garden for Easter

Peeps Project

How cute is this!? And I only spend $5 to make it! It was super easy and fun to make, Now if I could only keep my 4 year old from trying to steal the Peeps, we have already lost the hatching Peeps on top, they never had a chance. I fear the rest of them won’t make it to Easter.

Here is what you will need for this Easter Craft:

Easter Peeps

  • Peeps! (On sale, 2 for $1!)
  • Easter Grass ($0.33)
  • Easter Eggs ($0.88)
  • Vase ( $0.50 find at goodwill!)
  • Ribbon (FREE, I had it at home haha)

Directions for this Easter  Craft:

Easter Peeps

1. Start by opening the peeps (and trying not to eat them) and layering them in alternating colors until you reach the top!

2. Make sure you are layering the Peeps against the glass, so you have a nice hole in the middle!

3. Stuff the grass down in the hole and fluff over the top

4. Add a few eggs at the top, and open a few of them (depending on how big your vase is) and pop a few peeps in there, to make it look like the just “hatched”

Peeps Project

5. Add a decorative ribbon and tada! A super cute Easter Decoration for $5!

This Easter Craft would be great for a table, a mantle, or an Easter Buffet! Its pretty, and pretty cheap too!

Check out all of the other entries in our $5 Easter Challenge on our Easter Craft Page!

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Easter Straw Hat Decoration

Say Hello to Spring with this Adorable Easter Bunny Straw Hat Decoration!

Everyone will be all smiles when they see your door decorated with this Cute Straw Hat Decoration for St. Patrick’s Day. The best part is all items can be purchased at the dollar store and assembled in less than 15 minutes. It is so much better than window clings also because it is simple to store and reuse for next year.

straw hat decoration

Easter Bunny Straw Hat Decoration


Straw Hat Decoration Supplies List:

9 inch straw hat

Bunny Ears Headband

Pipe Cleaner

Googly Eyes

Black Permanent Marker

Hot Glue Gun or Tacky Glue  (Tacky Glue works best with kids but does take longer to dry. If you are using hot glue make sure to have something to press the objects down onto the hot glue or you will burn your fingers.)

19 inches of Ribbon for bow(width is your choice)

2- 8 inch pieces of ribbon for bow.

Pastel or White Pom Poms (amount is up to you)

Wire, bread ties or Pipe Cleaner (to create hanger for the back)

Straw Hat Decoration Directions:


Straw Hat Decoration Directions:

  • Run wire thru the back of the hat. If you are using pipe cleaners you will need to glue them to back of hat.

Tip: If you you have a peep hole make sure you do it so you can still see out .

  • Next glue the 2 – 8 inch ribbon pieces onto the bottom of the hat and trim ends at an angle.
  • Fold the 18 inch piece of ribbon in half and using a pipe cleaner (or wire) wrap it around the middle to secure. Glue on top of ribbon pieces.
  • Glue on eyes  at top of dome of hat.
  • Draw on eye lashes with magic marker. (you can also cut black pipe cleaner into small pieces and glue on)
  • Take 2 pipe cleaners and cut them in half. Glue 2 on each side of the center of the dome across from each other.
  • Glue on pom-pom(s) for nose on top of pipe cleaners
  • Cut off ends of the  head band to fit over top of hat and glue onto flat edge of hat above dome.

Hang up your Straw Hat Decoration and Enjoy the Easter Bunny every day!

Special Thanks to Judy H. for contributing.

Check out our Easter page for other cute $5 Easter Centerpieces and our other Easter projects!

Topic: Straw Hat Decoration

Decorating with Peeps : $5 Easter Centerpiece

Create a $5 Easter Centerpiece that looks Delicious!


easter centerpiece

We were issued a challenge to create a $5 Easter Centerpiece. I will be honest and admit that I lack the creative gene. I am the person who pins stuff on Pinterest because it looks cool but never gets around to doing any of it. To be honest,I don’t see why I need it because I have my mom. Don’t worry I don’t have her locked in a closet making crafts all day.  I let her out for meals and to sleep a few hours. Seriously though, she has the knack for creating cute ideas so I gave her this challenge. My daughter was over for the night so this is their $5 Easter Centerpiece!

Items Used for Easter Centerpiece

1 pack of Bunny Peeps – $1

1 bag of Easter grass – $1

1  bag of jellybeans – $1

Easter Egg Sticks- $1

Recycled Candle Holder -FREE (You can use one from the Dollar Store.)

This is a great project to make for teacher’s gifts, hostess gifts, or as a Get Well Present. What is perfect is your child or children can do this on their own because it does not involve any gluing or cutting. The only thing you may have to watch out for is them eating the candy they should be using in the craft. So get them the supplies and let them have at it and see what their Easter Centerpiece looks like.

How to Create your Easter Centerpiece

Pour Jelly Beans into Vase/Candleholder.

Take the Bunny Peeps and place them around the inside of the vase with their faces pointing outward.

Put your Easter Egg Picks into the Jelly Beans placing them how you want them.

Top with Easter Grass and you are done.

Display on table or dress up a cake plate with some Easter Grass and set it in the middle.

easter centerpiece

Disclaimer: No Mother’s were subjected to undo stress, work conditions, or cranky children during the making of this craft.


Check out our Easter page for other cute $5 Easter Centerpieces and our other Easter projects!

Topic: Easter Centerpiece

Easter Centerpiece: $5

Easter Centerpiece

 Easter Centerpiece

I had a challenge from my team can you create an Easter centerpiece for $5. I am Madame Deals so here is my entry. I used the items below with the help of three assistants to create an amazing centerpiece or hostess gift.

Easter Centerpiece

Here is what I had peeps $2, $1 lollipop sticks (I still have some left), cookies $1.00 (I bought the mix at the $1 store), glass bead $1 , scrapbook paper $.15, $.25 floral block the egg and oil $.20. The vase was from an orchid I got last year. I always save my cool looking vases. I got the peeps for free they were sent to me from Bj’s wholesale club. The pack of  50 peep is just $4.99. I know you have to buy yours so I used their price in my $5 challenge.

Easter Centerpiece

The first thing you are going to do is start putting the items on the sticks. I poked the cookies at the fattest part I could find. The I put the peeps on the sticks in singles and doubles.

Easter Centerpieces

This was a great centerpiece and a project to do with your kids. I love doing crafts with my kids and this was an easy one to accomplish! Then you will need to measure your scrap book paper and cut it to fit in the vase. YOu will need to add some in the back since it may not be long enough.

Then you will fold the paper a little bit so it stays in the vase. I added in the floral foam and then we put in our cookies and peep picks. The kids had a blast positioning them. This is part of letting them do what they want to do.

Easter Centerpiece

I just added a cute card that say’s Hoppy Easter I figured this would make a super gift. If you are placing this on your table you do not need a card. I think it is so important to involve your children in your decorating efforts and what better than to cook and create things for less that $5. If you make things and use your imagination you can live on less.That reminds me have you seen my $5 savings plan it helped me put thousand back into my pocket and it made my mailbox magical when I achieved financial success.

 Easter centerpiece

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Topic: Easter Centerpiece

March 7, 2013

St Patricks Day Lucky Shamrock Sprouts

Lucky Shamrock Sprouts


Isn’t this Shamrock Sprouts from Housing a Forest super cool? This is a  fun project that you can make with your kids for St. Patrick’s Day, not only will you have fun time doing this with them, you’ll also teach them how to take care of plants and cultivate their green thumbs.

For the instructions on how to make shamrock sprouts, check out Housing a Forest!

shamrock sprouts

Check out our St Patricks Day page for recipes, crafts and deals!


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Topic: St Patricks Day Shamrock Project

Pistachio Pudding Pie Recipe

Pistachio Pudding Pie Recipe

My mom started making these recipe years ago and it quickly became a family favorite. It is so simple to make and doesn’t require any cooking. I always keep the ingredients on hand so I always have an easy no bake dessert to make if needed .I even make it with different flavors of pudding. My favorite is always pistachio because it brings back memories of times I spent with my Grandmother. Every Christmas she would always buy a few pounds of pistachios and we would spend time together and eating pistachios was always a treat. It is also in a fun light green color that makes it a great St. Patrick’s Day treat.


A Picture of My Pistachio Pudding Pie

pudding pie


2 boxes of Pistachio Pudding

2 ¾ cups of Milk

1 cup mini marshmallows

Prepared Graham Cracker Crust

8 oz Cool Whip, thawed



Mix pudding and milk together (in medium bowl) until it begins to thicken.

Once pudding has thickened stir in mini marshmallows.

Pour pudding mix in Graham Cracker Crust

Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Top with Cool Whip before serving

Chill for 1 hour before serving.

Check out our St Patricks Day page for recipes, crafts and deals!

Hi I’m Gwendolyn and I have been a stay at home mom since 2009. I have been with my husband, James, for 10 years and we are proud parents of Jayme (8) and Nicholas (13). We are also parents to 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 hamsters, and a snake. My father-in-law lives with us so it is always non-stop at our house. I had the honor of becoming a step-parent when I got married and have a great relationship with my step-son. I always used coupons and shopped for bargains but was forced to step up my game when my husband was disabled in 2005. I get an incredible rush from saving money and finding great deals. My life is a constant journey and I look forward to sharing it with you all.

Topic: Pistachio Pudding Pie

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