Sunday, April 10, 2011

Easter Cards

I think Easter Cards are a lovely thing to be presented with at Easter.  I love my kids putting their personal touches on things and they can really do whatever they want with cards.  For this activity though we decided to use "Food Colour" for painting to make our eggs: 

(see earlier post "Food colour painting"

What you will need:
  • Cardstock / Coloured Card
  • White paper
  • Food Colour mixed with a little water
  • Paint Brushes
  • Embelishments / glitter / ribbon etc
  • Scissors / ruler
  1. Put paint all over the paper randomly.  Wait to dry and then cut into egg shapes.
  2. Fold a sheet of coloured paper in half.
  3. Tear around the edges of another piece of coloured card so that it fits within the dimensions of the front of the card.  (use a ruler to use as a tearing guide or use scissors if you wish)
  4. Add your egg shapes where you wish.
  5. Stick on your embelishments / glitter / ribbon etc.
Easy pain free activity the kids and card receiver will love.  Here are some different examples:

Terracotta Pot LollIpop Easter Egg Baskets

These will make great gifts for easter and thanks to for the idea.

What you will need:
  1. Paint the terracotta pot
  2. Cover the stem of lollipop in green tissue paper (or green ribbon or equivalent)
  3. Enlarge the flower template so that it is bigger than the head of the lollipop and then cut it out.
  4. Tape or Glue the Flower onto the head of the lollipop.  You can add another flower or circle to the inside of the lollipop if you feel the lollipop itself isn't enough.
  5. Cut out one or 2 leaves out of green paper and add a message for the person it was made.  When finished Sticky tape it onto the covered stem.
  6. Finish decorating the dried pot with some decorations of your choosing.  We used flower cut outs.
  7. Add some tissue paper of your colour choice to the pot and then half fill with pebbles so that the lollipop is stable.
  8. Finish off by filling the remainder of the pot with small easter eggs. 
A lovely gift to give a loved one this easter. xx

The pot above had an accident and had to be reglued with PVA.  To reinforce it further I covered the whole thing in red tissue paper.  There was lots of tears about the broken pot so we needed a quick fix.  Turned out ok all things considered.  Maybe I should have been a recontructive surgeon.....NOT!

Easter Egg Baskets

These baskets are so effective and it was a joy to make them actually. 

Materials needed:
  • Square sheet of cardstock (I cut mine down to 27cm x 27cm)
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors or a guillotine
  • Stickers / items to glue on
  • Shredded paper

There are a couple of really good sites that will show you how to do these see one link below:

Each square equated to 9cm by 9cm.  I basically divied up the 27 x 27 cm sheet into 9 equal squares.  It shows which lines needed to be cut on the S.E.I website.  See their pic below. 

Very easy once scored and cut to bring it all together.....

These are a couple we made that we filled with shredded paper after decorating with stickers.  Each child had letter stickers to add their names to their baskets.

I think the kids will find them perfect for collecting those eggs during their easter egg hunt!!!