EASTER MAKE AND DO

03/04/2015

I am such a sucker for holiday themed crafting. So when the opportunity to review USBORNE book’s 50 EASTER THINGS TO MAKE & DO came about I literally jumped at the chance. Kids and grown ups alike will love getting stuck into all the colourful project ideas and activities ranging from fingerprinting techniques, garland and bonnet making, egg decorating ideas, gifts and card making ideas plus loads more. So to swing into Spring and celebrate the season I thought Bou and I would spend the upcoming week in an Easter crafternoonathon eggstravaganza using the book as our inspiration. And let me tell you, its been so much fun! Before we get stuck into our activities here’s a snap of our Easter mantle in all its glory featuring our yarn wrapped Easter tree.

 

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Nowadays there is plenty of information, ideas and inspiration out there on the inter web but when you’ve got little ones having an activity ideas book to hand is sometimes just what you need. A nice concise easy to access, put-your-hands to it kind of thing is exactly what a busy mama needs. Something to dip in and out of when you’ve got a little one who needs immediate attention and entertainment. The book is jam-packed full of ideas all featuring simple step-by-step instructions and diagrams plus hints and tips. There were so many projects to choose from we only managed to get through a few ideas. But that’s what’s so great about this book – it will continue to grow with your child as their interests and abilities improve each year they will always find something new to do!

 

CARDBOARD CUT-OUT DECORATIONS

 

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We decided to make some cardboard decorations using cookie cutters as templates, which we copied and cut out from recycled cardboard. We’ve got a big bucket of WILTONS COOKIE CUTTERS that have been indispensable in all our kitchen and craft related activities and I often find myself using them as stencils for arts n craft projects. Bou painted her cardboard cut-out bunny faces with craft paint, swirling in different colours from our Easter themed pastel palette. Top tip – plastic egg cartons make the best recyclable paint pots! I’ve been using this pot for a few months now. Once we’re done, I clear out any leftover paint, then cover with cling film till we need it again.

 

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To mix it up we tried some collage techniques on these easter egg cardboard cut-outs with some pastel coloured card. I think they look pretty cute and it was an opportunity for Bou to practice using the glue stick again – her new favourite tool!

 

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We used our cut-outs to make the Easter garland as suggested in the book. We punched a hole in the top of each cut-out and threaded ribbon for hanging. We actually ended up hanging these individually on our Easter tree but either way they looked great!

 

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EGG BOX PAINTING

 

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I was mega excited to see this one in the book as I’ve been collecting egg cartons from our local greengrocers with the view of using them for holding and displaying cupcakes. I did this last year and oh my gosh they were so cute and I got loads of compliments on them. Both Bou and I really enjoyed painting the boxes as it was relatively easy and quite relaxing actually.

 

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After we covered them with a coating of brightly coloured craft paint we left them to dry. Then we used some spongy brushes and acrylic paint to make some paint effects onto the outside of the cartons. I was going for a sort of polka dot effect here but Bou got quite carried away with the new brush so I let her do her own thing.

 

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As we’re off to another Easter party this year, I thought It would be a cute idea to paint our boxes and decorate them as suggested in the book with little paper cut-outs and ribbon. We found some brill scrapbooking paper die-cuts from Poundland which were ideal for sticking onto our printed boxes without all the fuss of having to snip and clip your own. I love a good shortcut, don’t you?!

 

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These looked adorable and Bou had so much fun choosing and sticking on all the little papers and sequins. I thought we could offer them up as party favours at our Easter gathering so guests can take home any leftover party goodies.

 

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EGG DECORATIONS

 

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I bought a bunch of polystyrene eggs from Poundland (again!) to make some DIY decorations as we had big plans this year to make our own Easter tree. Yup, there’s been lots of scavenging on recent trips to our local park and I just about managed to cobble together a decent amount of firm but branchy twigs that we wrapped with brightly coloured yarn and placed in a kitschy vase. To make the Easter chick egg decors shown in the book we used some yellow acrylic art paint to give them some proper coverage and again I used bamboo skewers to hold the eggs as I painted them and then left them to dry without smudging.

 

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We cut out paper wings and beaks from card stock (you could also use feathers) then stuck on googly eyes to finish. Bou got a real kick out of these little guys although I had to use my glue gun to attach the beaks and wings so Bou had to be patient and watch as I assembled them but as you can see she is smitten!

 

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We also made some garish sequin encrusted Easter eggs using the tissue paper technique from the book. We used a paint brush to cover the eggs in PVA then ripped up small pieces of tissue paper and stuck them onto the eggs, adding the sequins as we went along. Bou became really involved with this one didn’t complain once about the stickiness (something that usually upsets her) as she was so thoroughly engrossed! Again we used bamboo skewers to hold them in place as we worked and left them to dry overnight.

 

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To display all our handmade decors we used ribbon and dressmaking pins to make loops for hanging then strung them up onto our tree adding that extra homespun charm to our Easter decorating scheme and theme.

 

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We love honouring the seasons in our house with holiday and seasonal themed decorating and crafting so we really enjoyed using Usborne’s hands-on family friendly, 50 Easter Things to Make and Do. So much so, I can’t way to do it all again next year once spring fever sets in again as we had such an awesome time!

 

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