Sooooo although I’ve been a busy bee (although not much to do with crafting) and with Easter already upon us, I feel I have to do something about this. Plus with the hours I spend roaming the Internet for inspiration, which is just increasing my ‘to-do’ list.

So my plan of getting to the studio will become reality this weekend, however I came across some really simple Easter crafts that all the family will enjoy:

1) Dyed Eggs

Dyed Eggs

A simple but effective, love this old school craft plus if you use edible friendly day such as food colouring then you can eat them after mmmmm perfect for picnics.

What you need:

  • Hard boiled Eggs – cooled
  • 1 tsp Vinegar
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • Dye
  • Bowl/cup
  1. Cover the surface with some form of protection.
  2.  Fill a bowl/cup with the water, vinegar and food colouring (about 20 drops but this is your egg so you can put as much or as little as you like, the darker the water the more the egg will show the colour) *you will need one bowl cup for each colour used*
  3. Pop the egg in the bowl and leave for at least 5 minutes, the longer you leave it the deeper the colour it will.
  4. Once you’re happy with the colour, pop the egg on the protective service and leave to dye.
  5. To make them even cooler you can check out this link below: http://lilluna.com/subway-art-painted-easter-eggs/

2) Cress Heads

Cress Heads

This another Old School craft, which is always a fave with the kiddies plus you can always make some yummy cress and egg sandwiches (I use the term yummy loosely as this was never my fave sarnie filling).

What you need:

  • Clean hollow egg shells ( you can make it even more fun by using the eggs, from eggs and soldiers just have to be careful when taking the top off)
  • Cotton wool dipped in water
  • Cress seeds
  • Pens/ decorations for the face
  1. First, make sure the eggshells are all nice and clean.
  2. Decorate the egg anyway you like.
  3. Dampen the cotton wool in the water and place in the bottom of the egg.
  4. Sprinkle the cress seeds over the cotton wool.
  5. Place all the finished eggs in either egg cups or an egg box, use something that will keep them sturdy.
  6. Place on the windowsill in the sunlight and watch the hair grow.

3) Yummy Bird Nest Cakes

Rice Krispie Cakes

So these are really really really simple to make, and make a lovely yummy little snack. Plus the kids will love licking their fingers afterwards. Be prepared for mess!

What you need:

  • Rice Krispies/cornflakes
  • Bowl
  • Cake cases
  • Chocolate
  • Decorations – I love using mini eggs or sprinkles
  1. First you need to melt the chocolate. You can do this in 2 ways: either by breaking the chocolate into a small bowl and then balance the bowl over some simmering water. You don’t want the water to be boiling or the chocolate could burn. Or you can pop it in a microwave for 30 seconds stir then repeat, I normally use this method and repeat about 3 times then just stir the chocolate until the remaining lumps have melted.
  2. Transfer the chocolate into a large bowl (unless the bowl you melted the chocolate in is big enough), and just poor some Rice Krispies in. It’s not an exact measurement but you want enough to make the cake crunchier but not too many that the chocolate isn’t covering them fully.
  3. Now spoon into the cake cases and decorate. Once happy with the decoration pop in the fridge to chill. This should take a couple of hours then you can tuck in and enjoy!

4) Easter Masks

Easter Mask

Okay, so this is a cheap and quick craft that will keep the kids happy for a while. I used to make these at play school and primary school and loved it.

What you need:

  • Paper plates
  • Paper
  • Paints/glitter/cotton wool
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Elastic
  1. So hold the paper plate up against your face and use a pencil to mark where the eyes will need to be cut out of the paper plate, if you are keeping the plate whole the you will need to make a mark for the mouth, otherwise cut the plate in half.
  2. Now you need to carefully push the scissors through the paper plate and cut out little holes, repeat for the mouth.
  3. Now cut out ears from the spare bit of paper and stick to the plate.
  4. This is the fun part, it’s time to decorate with paint/glitter or whatever takes your fancy.
  5. Once you’re happy with your mask, you will need to make 2 holes on each side of the plate and thread through the elastic through the holes and tie a knot at each end. Voila! One face mask!!!

5) Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Egg Hunt

This is the ultimate Easter egg activity, the Easter egg hunt kids and adults alike will love it.

What you need:

  • Chocolate eggs
  • Hiding spaces

This is nice and simple, just need to hide all the eggs around the house and/or garden or any space you like really. Now you can let the kids loose and watch their faces light up every time they find an egg.
If you want to make if even cooler, check this link out showing how to do an evening Easter egg hunt. I’m soooooo doing this!

http://blog.1000bulbs.com/glow-in-the-dark-easter-egg-hunt/#.VR7l2Rz3-iw

Happy Easter, Southend! :)

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