July 25, 2014

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Fun Easter Crafts

Bunny Easter Basket

CRAFT MATERIALS
  • Scissors or craft knife
  • Half-gallon milk or juice carton
  • Stapler
  • Pastel construction paper
  • Glue or double-sided tape 
  • Hole punch 
  • Pipe cleaners 
  • Google eyes

1. With scissors or a craft knife (adults only), remove one panel of the carton (on the same side as the open spout) and save it to make the handle. Staple the open spout closed.

2. Cover the sides of the carton with one color of construction paper, using glue or double-sided tape to affix. Trim to fit.

3. Punch a hole in the center of the spout ridge and insert pipe cleaners for whiskers. Glue on a pair of large google eyes.

4. For ears, cut out large paper ear shapes from the same color you used to cover the carton. Cut pink shapes a size smaller and glue them in place in the middle of the ears. Staple the ears to the top of the bunny base so they stand up.

5. For a handle, trim the cut carton side. Cover it with paper, and staple it to the basket.

Potted Flower Springtime Basket

CRAFT MATERIALS:
  • Terra-cotta flowerpot
  • Acrylic paint 
  • Puff Paint 
  • Construction paper 
  • Scissors 
  • Large lollipop 
  • Tape 
  • Pen

1. Paint the pot with nontoxic acrylic paints. Once it has dried, add an Easter greeting with puffy paint.

2. For the flower, cut out some paper petals and tape them to the back of an oversize lollipop, wrap the lollipop stick with green paper to make a stem, then plant it in the pot.

3. To personalize the pot, write the person's name on a simple green construction paper leaf or paint their name on the flowerpot.

Note: To complete the flower theme, fill the "Easter pot" with gummy worms, ladybug stickers, candy eggs and butterfly barrettes.

Baby Chicks Hatching from an Egg

CRAFT MATERIALS:
  • Kitchen shears
  • Small basket 
  • Yellow work glove 
  • Craft glue 
  • Scissors 
  • Felt 
  • Small google eyes 
  • Easter grass 
  • An empty egg carton

1. Use a yellow work glove and cut off the fingers. Stuff each finger with cotton balls so it stands up on its own.

2. Take an empty egg carton and break apart the egg cradles into separate eggs. Cut the edges to look jagged like a cracked egg.

3. Glue each stuffed finger into its own egg shell.

4. Cut five small triangular beaks out of the orange felt and four small combs out of the yellow felt.

5. Glue the combs to the tops of each gloved finger; glue the beaks onto each "face."

6. Complete each face by gluing on a pair of google eyes.

7. Place the hatching eggs inside an Easter basket.

8. Add a small handful of Easter grass around the chicks in the basket.

9. Add candies and other treats to the basket for a fun surprise.

Make-Your-Own Easter Bonnet!
CRAFT MATERIALS:
  • Straw Hat
  • Artificial flowers, ribbons, buttons, bows, etc.
  • Glue and Glue Gun
  • Elastic thread or pretty ribbon 

For an easy Easter bonnet, many craft stores carry plain white straw hats, cloth fake flowers, and easy glue guns.  You can pick out what you think it prettiest and get a parent’s help to glue the flowers on.  Don’t forget to get a pretty ribbon to tie the bonnet under your chin.  This can easily be stapled to the hat and covered up with a small flower.

Color & Decorate Your Eggs

EGG DYEING DIRECTIONS:

1. Start with clean, cool, hard-boiled eggs.

2. PAAS Coloring Alternatives:

    a. For Ultra Vibrant Colored Eggs – add a tablet and 3 tablespoons of vinegar to a 1 cup container.

    b. For Traditional Colored Eggs – add a tablet and 3 tablespoons of lemon juice to a 1 cup container.

    c. For Pastel Colored eggs, add a tablet and 3 tablespoons of water to a 1 cup container.

    d. Once the tablet has dissolved, add a ½ cup of water and stir gently.

3. Bend egg dipper. Gently place egg in color bath until desired shade is obtained. The longer the egg stays in the bath, the darker the shade will be.

4. Remove egg, drain well, place in drying tray and let dry.

Note: Some store bought kits have elaborate decorations in them such as beads, stickers, stencils, glitter, wrap around sheaths, and paints.  You can get these at most stores during Easter, or go to the craft store and get your own raw supplies.  Get creative and let your imagination run wild!

For more egg dying, decorating tips, and supplies, visit PAAS online.

How to Stuff an Easter Gift Basket

Sure, you can go out to the store and buy a ready-made Easter basket, chocked full of candies and toys, but it’s really fun to do this yourself.  The same concept as stuffing a good stocking at Christmas applies here on Easter.  Fill the basket with lots of treats and even try to personalize the basket to the person who is receiving it. 

First, get a basket of any size or color. If you want to put a bunch of treats in it, get a big one.  If you’re on a budget, find a smaller one.  Pick color appropriate for the person receiving the basket, i.e., pink for girls, blue for boys, or pick the person’s favorite color.

Line the bottom of the basket with fake Easter grass and begin adding your treats to the basket.  Put bigger things in the back and small presents up front.  Stacking items according to size makes it look pretty and appealing.  Fill in empty spots with chocolate foil-wrapped candies, jelly beans, or smaller treats.  Wrap a big ribbon around the base or handle of the basket and tie it into a ribbon to give it a finished look.

Here are some items you can consider stuffing an Easter basket with:

  • Chocolate bunnies
  • Chocolate Easter eggs
  • Peanut butter cups
  • Candy bars
  • Plastic eggs filled with jelly beans, M&Ms, or Reese’s Pieces
  • Sugar-free gum
  • Coloring Books
  • Stuffed Bunnies, Chicks or Ducks
  • Play or real jewelry
  • Books
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • A Kite
  • Pens, pencils, and little notebooks
  • Lip glosses (for girls)
  • Toy cars and soldiers (for boys)

Note: A lot of fun treats and toys can be found at your local dollar store and candy shops.  You know the person you are giving the basket to, so just pick things you think they will enjoy most.

More Easter Crafts Links:

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Holiday Film Favorites

We've made a list of Christmas movies (and checked it twice) that are sure to help you get in the swing of the season. From traditional classics to some you may not have forgotten, we've got you covered!

Babes in Toyland
A Christmas Story
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Frosty the Snowman
Christmas with the Kranks
Elf
Home Alone
The Holiday
The Family Man

Looking for more? CLICK HERE for more holiday film favorites!