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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happy Easter {Activities}!

With Easter right around the corner, I thought I'd bring some creative Easter ideas to you! Feel free to post any other ideas you have in the comments, so we can share even more Easter love!

Easter Grass (do one week before Easter!)
Don't you just hate that icky, plasticky grass they sell for Easter baskets? Instead, try the natural stuff -- looks and feels great, not to mention, it won't be getting all over your floors! For your Easter basket, place a plastic liner in the bottom with a few rocks for drainage; then add soil (about 2 inches) and toss in some wheat (or rye grass, although this may take longer to sprout!) seed. Add water, and loosely cover with plastic wrap. Place in filtered lighting, and remove plastic wrap after 2 days (should see it start to sprout). The grass should be there by Easter!

how beautiful does that grass look?

Easter {Gift} Basket
Take a gift bag in the pattern/color of your choosing (I like bright solids, like teal, orange or fuschia), and cut the top 2/3 off with decorative scissors (scalloped, pinking shears, or make your own design). Cut a small slit on either side, and loop through some coordinating ribbon (the thicker, the more stable it will be) in both slits. Tie a knot to prevent your ribbon (handle) from slipping out. Use this little basket to deliver Easter cookies, treats or otherwise {you can also use as a traditional Easter basket if you're short on one!}. To get the kids in on this craft, let them decorate the basket with stickers, markers, glue and glitter or all of the above!

Bird Nest Cupcakes
Bake cupcakes as normal. Once cool, frost and put coconut (plain or toasted ~ whatever you prefer) onto the entire cupcake's top (this is your "nest"). Then add {small} jelly beans into the center for your "eggs" {cute as a button!}. Just did these yesterday with my 3yo, and he thoroughly enjoyed dipping the cupcakes in the coconut and topping with the jelly beans {although he enjoyed eating them even more}!

here are the nest cupcakes we did...we also did some plain for those who don't like coconut

Marbled Easter Eggs
Just take 1 tablespoon each of oil and vinegar and food coloring of choice into each cup you're going to use to dye the eggs. Add enough water to cover an egg and swirl around with a spoon. Quickly dip an egg in and out and pat dry with a paper towel. Repeat with as many colors as you like. (Read more on this here). Keep adding dye to your cups as necessary to maintain enough for the swirling effect.

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Kristie said...

I LOVE the real grass and nest cupcakes! How fun are those!