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Friday, March 3, 2017

Pretty Spring Mantel and Milka OREO Chocolate Bars

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We just can't seem to get rid of the gray skies around here this winter! Even if it's not actually raining, the sky just stays dark. So I figured what better way to cheer myself up than with some spring-y crafting, and some chocolate!



Let's start with the chocolate, then I'll get to details about my spring mantel. OREO and Milka Chocolate have teamed up to make these NEW delicious treats. There's the Milka OREO Choco-Mix Snack Mix featuring mini OREO cookies, chocolate buttons, and candy coated chocolate pieces. This would make a fun trail mix or snack for your family movie night. The Milka OREO Chocolate Candy Bar has OREO cookie pieces in vanilla cream, all coated in Euoropean Milka chocolate candy. This was really popular with my kids. Then my favorite was the Milka OREO Big Crunch Bar Chocolate Candy Bar was my favorite. I definitely enjoyed it while working on these projects. This bar has a crunchy layer of OREO cookies in the center. I found them all at Walmart in the candy aisle.



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Here's what my mantel looks like after me and the chocolate tackled it together. 


The large flower square is pretty fun - it's actually 4 plastic grids of flowers that I found at the craft store. They lock together, and I used a couple of small nails to hang it on the wall above my fireplace. 

To make the pom pom garland, I picked out the spring-colored felt balls from my collection and used a needle and thread to string them together. 



The round pink decoration is actually a plastic charger and I cut the word "Bloom" using my Cricut and gold glitter vinyl. I love the bit of bling it adds to the mantel!




The blue pom poms are made out of yarn, and they're really easy too, even if you've never made them before. You need a fork (I used a serving fork so it was larger than normal), yarn and scissors.

Start wrapping yarn around the fork, and go around about 40-50 times. Then cut the yarn off, and cut another piece about 4 inches long. Tie the extra piece around the yarn, going through the fork and slipping it off the end. 

Tie a second time, making it all as tight as you can. Use the scissors to cut through each of the loops, trim any long pieces, and fluff. Then you can string several together using needle and thread, just like with the felt balls.

The last really fun part of the mantel is my white bunny. My husband MADE it for me using his 3D printer. I'll have to write more about it in a future post. It's a pretty cool machine and technology. And it was pretty awesome that in the morning I said I needed a bunny, and by the end of the afternoon I had one :)




But between my new lovely mantel and some tasty chocolate, I'm feeling hopefully that warmer, sunnier weather is on it's way. And until then, I've got Milka OREO Chocolate Bars to get me through. Will you go try them too? Be sure to grab the ibotta offer!



Want more Spring crafting ideas? Try these posts:
Copper Pipe Bud Vase

Moss Bunny Silhouette

Coffee Filter Spring Wreath
Or take some spring cleaning time and organize craft supplies like your Washi tape
Washi Tape Shutter Organizer



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