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Make Your Own Easter Baskets

Make Your Own Easter Baskets Make Your Own Easter Baskets
These two variations make wonderful Easter baskets. Not only will your children love what’s inside, but also the container that the treats came in! In this tutorial, I’ll be showing you how to turn a sand bucket and a popcorn container into adorable Easter baskets that any kid is sure to love!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Container (Popcorn Container, Sand Bucket, Etc)
Yellow and Orange Felt
Yellow Paper
Foam Stickers
Ruler
Tape
Craft Glue
Googly Eyes
Glue Gun

Things to do:
Sand Bucket Easter Basket
1. For a sand bucket Easter basket, simply decorate the bucket with foam stickers. You can use carrots, rabbits, eggs, etc. This idea is great, because your kids will love to play with the sand bucket at the beach all summer long.

Popcorn Container Easter Basket
1. To make the popcorn container into a chick, start by covering the sides of the container with yellow paper. I’ve found that tracing the sides to get a perfect fit is the best method. Simple trace the sides, cut them out, and secure them with tape.
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2. Cut out a pattern for the feet by cutting a 2″ by 2″ triangle and trace it onto a piece of gold felt. Cut out the shape.
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3. Cut out a pattern for the beak by creating a 3” by 1 ½” diamond. Trace the pattern onto a piece of orange felt and cut it out. Glue the beak in half, using craft glue.
4. Cut a square that is 1 ½” out of gold felt. Cut ½” slits around the edge of the square.
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5. Glue the square along the top of chick’s head. Finish the face by adding wiggly eyes, the beak, and the feet. I’ve found that hot glue works best.
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6. Fill the basket with candies and treats and enjoy!
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DIY Twine Easter Egg Banner

Twine Easter Egg Banner DIY Twine Easter Egg Banner
This banner is perfect for Easter, or any time of the year. I’ve hung this garland above my hutch during Easter, and also for birthday parties. The simple steps are fun for kids of any age, making this a wonderful family craft.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 1 hour
Age range: 5 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Water Balloons
Butcher’s twine
Vaseline
½ tsp. Craft Glue
Acrylic paints
Scissors
¼ cup flour
Water

Things to do:
1. The first step is preparing the ingredients. Mix the flower, water, and glue together to create a paste. Once you reach a slightly runny consistency, mix in a color of paint.
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2. Blow up a water balloon and apply Vaseline to the outside of it. The Vaseline will keep the string and paste from sticking to the balloon.
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3. Cut 3 yards of string and submerge it in the paste mixture until it is completely covered.
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4. Find the end of the string and wrap it around the water balloon. Continue wrapping the string until you’ve covered a large portion of the balloon.
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5. Allow the balloon and string to dry completely. I’ve found that hanging the balloon from a clothespin works best.
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6. Once the paste is dry, pop the balloon and remove any excess waste.
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7. After you’ve made several balloons, you can string and hang them up.

Easy Foam Easter Wreath

Foam Easter Wreath Easy Foam Easter Wreath
This Easter wreath is made out of foam eggs and is the perfect decoration for any spring party. Let your kids help customize the colors and stickers to create a look that everyone is sure to love.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 5 and Up *Younger ages may need help with the hot glue.

Things you’ll need:
Foam Easter Eggs
Foam Stickers
Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun

Things to do:
1. Arrange the foam eggs in a circular shape, creating a wreath. I’ve found that it is best to complete the entire wreath before gluing the eggs together. You want to be sure that you like the shape and that they fit together perfectly.
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2. Use a hot glue gun to attach the foam eggs. Continue around the circle until the entire wreath is glued.
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3. Decorate the wreath with foam stickers.
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4. Create a hanger by hot gluing a piece of ribbon to the top of the wreath.
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DIY Egg Candles

April 14, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Spring Crafts

DIY Egg Candles DIY Egg Candles
Perfect for an Easter or Spring Dinner party, these egg shaped candles are a snap to make using empty eggshells as the mold. Be sure to clean out the eggshells well with hot water before using them to make the candles.

Things you’ll need:
Empty eggshells with the open part at the top of the egg
Candle Wax
Wicks
Double boiler
Spoon

Things to do:
1. On a covered work surface, place the eggs in a bottle cap or egg cup to hold it steadily upright.
2. Melt the wax gently in the double boiler. Once melted. Spoon a small amount into the bottom of the egg and drop the wick in, holding it in the center of the egg until it hardens to hold the wick in place.
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3. Fill the egg the rest of the way with wax.
4. Allow the wax to harden completely before peeling the shell away. Display in egg cups on your table.

DIY Felt Easter Bunny Treat Bag

Felt Easter Bunny Treat Bag DIY Felt Easter Bunny Treat Bag
Are you looking for the perfect Easter basket to give your kids this year? This bunny bag is irresistibly cute and just the right size for hiding sweet treats. Your kids are sure to love the bunny bag as much as they love what’s inside.

Time to complete: 20 Minutes
Age range: 12 and Up
Difficulty level: Beginner

Things you’ll need:
Glue gun
Yarn Needle
Ruler
Newspaper
6 inch Circle Pattern
Hemp Cord
White and Pink Felt
Pom Pom
Google Eyes
Pen
Tacky Glue
Scissors
Awl
Ribbon
Blush

Things to do:
1. Trace a 6 inch circle pattern onto a piece of newspaper to create a pattern. I’ve found that it’s best to create a pattern on newspaper for the ears as well. Freehand ear shapes until you find a look that you’re happy with. Attach the ears to the circle to create a full bunny pattern.
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2. Trace the bunny pattern onto two pieces of white felt and cut out the patterns.
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3. Cut out two pink ears that are ¼ inch smaller than the white ears. I’ve found that it is helpful to make a pattern for these as well.
4. Hot glue the smaller, pink ears onto the large, white bunny pattern. Hot glue the google eyes onto the face of the bunny pattern. Allow the pieces to dry completely.
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5. Cut pieces of hemp cord to make the whiskers of the bunny. Once you’ve secured them to the face of the bunny with hot glue, hot glue a pom pom over the center of the whiskers to create a nose.
6. The last piece of the bunny face is the mouth. Use tacky glue and secure hemp cord in the shape of a smile.
7. The next step is securing the back of the bunny face. Use hot glue and apply a thin line of glue around the bunny face up to about ½ inch from the ears. It is important to remember to leave a small hole at the top, so you can put candy and treats inside the bunny bag.
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8. Use the awl and poke a hole in each ear. Attach a piece of ribbon to create a handle and tie it in a bow to finish the project.
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Simple Easter Silverware Display

Easter Silverware Display Simple Easter Silverware Display
This cute carrot patch is functional and decorative on your Easter buffet table! In a few simple steps, you can transform ugly, plastic silverware into an irresistibly cute and festive display.

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: 15 Minutes
Age range: 8 and Up

Things you’ll need:
Basket
Basket filler
Carrot Seeds
Green Silverware
Orange Napkins
Green Pipe Cleaners

Things to do:
1. Fold down the top corner of your orange napkin and place a collection of silverware, including a spoon, knife, and fork, diagonally on the napkin. We’re folding down the top corner so that the top of the silverware can poke out.
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2. Wrap the napkin around the handles of the silverware until they are complete covered. Be sure to leave the point at the end of the silverware bunch, so it looks like a carrot!
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3. Take two pipe cleaners and wrap them around the silverware packet. Leave about two inches of pipe cleaner loose and twist them around to secure the pipe cleaner.
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4. Pull the ends of the pipe cleaner out, creating the look of leaves. This is the final step to creating your carrot. Repeat steps 1-4 with all of the silverware that you have.
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5. Once you’ve wrapped all of your silverware, stuff a basket full of brown, crinkle confetti and place your “carrots” around in it.
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6. Tape a carrot seed package to a small stick and place it alongside your carrots, creating an adorable carrot patch for your Easter buffet table!

Washi Tape “Silly String” Easter Eggs

Washi Tape String Easter Eggs Washi Tape Silly String Easter Eggs
Spring is coming and that means Easter and all the fun of decorating eggs eggs eggs! I love to find new and unusual ways to decorate our Easter eggs and this combines the mess free aspect of washi tape with the look of a string covered egg, plus it’s a great project to do with kids as they can wrap and wind the tape and if the “strings” break, you can just press the end on top of the broken spot and keep winding!

Difficulty level: Easy but requires adult supervision.
Time required: 10 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Washi tape
Craft knife and cutting mat
Ruler
Hard boiled eggs

Things to do:
1. Allow your eggs to cool down to room temperature to help the tape stick well.
2. Stretch lengths of tape out onto your cutting mat, you’ll want it to be at least an inch shorter than your ruler is for ease of cutting.
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3. Measure out and cut long, thin strips from the tape using the ruler and craft knife.
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4. Peel up the strips one at a time and wrap around the eggs, either in even stripes or in a random pattern. The tape will stretch slightly so can make nice curves for wilder, more abstract looks.
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5. Smooth down the tape and get ready for some Easter fun!
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DIY Spring Faux Floral Wreath

spring wreath DIY Spring Faux Floral Wreath
Spring is here and nothing announces your ‘spring-i-ness’ like a pretty wreath overflowing with flowers. This relatively simple craft needs nothing more than an idea, a color scheme, and your imagination to turn into a reality!

Age range: Adults
Approximate time: 30 minutes
Difficulty level: Intermediate

Things you’ll need:
Silk Flowers
Floral tape
Floral wire
Wire cutters
Safety glasses
Styrofoam wreath form

Things to do:
1. Lay out your wreath and flowers; play with placement and design. Start with the largest flowers first. You will use smaller flowers and greenery to ‘fill in’ between the bigger flowers. Wreathes tend to be ‘heavier’ on the bottom. This means there should be more flowers and visual weight on the bottom of the wreath than the top. The fun of silk flowers is you can ‘pop off’ flowers or leaves and add different things to a stem. There really is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong,’ if you like it, it looks great!
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2. Wrap your wreath with floral tape. This gives you something to tuck stems in to or to secure additional elements.
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3. We created two stems with nothing but big lilies. This gave us a skeleton of the biggest flowers. Pull off the greenery and attach additional flowers to the stems. Curve the stem to match the wreath’s curve. We taped the stems to the wreath with floral tape to make changing our minds easier!
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4. Start filling in the gaps with smaller flowers and greenery.
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5. Hold your wreath up once in a while to check how it’s coming along. It’s easy to get focused on the individual pieces and ignore the big picture. You might set it by your door and see how it looks in place.
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6. Don’t forget the greenery; add clumps of leaves once in a while!
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7. When you’re satisfied with the wreath, use floral wires to secure the elements to the wreath. Just wrap them around the stems and wreaths and twist. Use two floral wires at the top to make a hanger: Wrap them around the wreath leaving equal lengths to twist. Twist together the entire length of wire. Bend the twisted ends at 90-degree angles and ‘hook’ them to each other. Twist those ends together securely. Open the loop you’ve created to hang the wreath.
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9. Hang your wreath on your door and prepare to receive compliments!
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** You might want to keep your wreath from away from a 1-year old puppy or other destructive force of nature! This explains the teeth marks and missing chunks of Styrofoam in our photos!

Scrap Nest Builder

April 3, 2014 by Jessica Christman  
Filed under Spring Crafts

Scrap Nest Builder Scrap Nest Builder
It’s spring! All around our house the birds are busy getting ready for new babies by building nests up in our trees. To help them get ready we’ve been setting out little baskets of fluff and yarn. If you are a fiber person at all I’m sure you’ve got lots of scraps and bits sitting around and the birds at your house are sure to be thankful for this bounty and as spring progresses you and your little ones can watch the trees for brightly colored bits in the nest!

Difficulty level: Beginner
Time to complete: less than 5 minutes

Things you’ll need:
Yarn, fiber and ribbon scraps
Suet basket

Things to do:
1. Cut up your bits of yarn and fiber into small pieces so they birds can pull them out easily. Pull them apart and mix up to fluff them.
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2. Fill the basket as full as you can with the material and close.
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3. Hang the basket into a tree near your bird-feeders.

Twine Nest Wreath

Twine Nest Wreath Twine Nest Wreath
Create this Nest Wreath to add a touch of spring to your home. This basket-like nest and robin-egg-blue eggs will brighten up any wall. Bring a bit of nature into your home with this crafty wall piece.

Difficulty level: Intermediate

Things you’ll need:
Twine
Paper mache eggs
Light blue tissue paper
Mod Podge
Foam brush
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors
Craft wire (to make a hanging hook)

Things to do:
1. Begin by cutting your blue tissue paper into small, thin strips.
2. Start applying Mod Podge to a small area on one of your cardboard eggs.
3. Begin layering strips of blue tissue paper and Mod Podge on your egg.
4. Apply tissue paper and Mod Podge to your other eggs and set them aside to dry.
5. To begin making your nest, band one end of your rope and fold it over about 1-2 inches and secure with hot glue.
6. Continue wrapping the rope around itself in a winding, circular pattern while securing the shape with hot glue.
7. Use your eggs to measure how wide you would like the base of your nest to be.
8. When you reach the appropriate size base of your nest, begin building up the sides by winding the rope at an angle on top of the layer of rope below it. Continue securing each layer of rope with hot glue.
9. When the height of your nest is appealing and you wish to finish building up your nest, use the scissors to cut off the remaining rope. Glue down the end of your nest with hot glue.
10. When your eggs are dry, arrange them in your rope nest and use hot glue to secure their position.
11. To add a wall hook to your nest, loop and twist craft wire to make a small wall hook. Flip your nest over and hot glue your wire hook onto the back.
12. Hang your nest on a door or wall to welcome spring into your home.

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