How to Make a Washcloth Bunny

The cutest decorations sometimes come from the simplest places. This video tutorial on How to Make a Washcloth Bunny demonstrates how you can upcycle an old washcloth and turn it into one of the most adorable springtime crafts you’ve ever seen!

Not only is this spring craft adorable, it’s also easy to make and cost effective! In less than an hour you can create a fun and easy springtime craft that will cost you under $10 to create. How’s that for a thrifty craft? Try pulling out this project with your kids and grand-kids – they’ll love how easy and interactive it is! Soon you’ll have adorable bunnies littering your entire house. And what better way to celebrate the season than with a herd of the cutest rabbits you’ve ever seen? 🙂

Love it yet? Find Instructions at AllFreeHolidayCrafts.com!

Let us know—what’s your favorite way to decorate for spring?

Darling Daisy Easter Ornaments

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Show your Easter spirit with these cute studded clay ornaments! These fun DIY decor pieces are a great way to add a bit of sparkle and shine around your home, and the spring flowers add a cheerful touch! It’s an easy technique of cutting clay using cookie cutters, and then simply pressing in studs before baking.

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You can really make these ornaments any color you’d like, and use them to hang on indoor plants, on a fireplace, doorknobs, or drapes. Get creative with these! I also like to hang these from a light fixture over your Easter dinner table. The bright silver studs add a modern touch to otherwise traditional decorations.

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Step 1: Gather materials. You will need polymer clay (oven bake — I use Sculpey or Fimo), fine glitter, an assortment of mini cookie cutters or clay cutters (find at a food specialty store like Sur la Table or a craft store like Michaels) – I used an egg shape and then mini flower shapes – small studs (these were iron-on studs I found at Michaels), and finally organza ribbon for your top tie.

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Step 2: Make the glitter accents first. Roll out one color of clay until it’s about 1/4″ thick. Press and rub on glitter to the top surface until it’s adhered and sticking, covering the entire surface.

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Step 3: Press down the cookie cutter and cut out your first flower.

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Step 4: To cut more flowers, simply re-roll clay, add more glitter, and cut out.

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I used three flowers per ornament.

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Step 5: Roll out your base clay until it’s about 1/2″ thick. Use your egg cutter to cut your shape.

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Step 6: Line the outer edge with studs, pressing them down to embed them in the clay. Smooth out any imperfections in the clay.

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Step 7: Press your three flowers on top of the egg, firmly but gently to make sure they adhere to the surface.

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Step 8: Press studs into the center of the flowers. Poke a hole at top, and bake about 30 minutes at 125 degrees or according to package. When cooled, tie organza ribbon at top to create the ornament!

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Perfect for a kid’s craft, anyone can have fun making these home decor DIY pieces!! Mix colors (I’d stick with pastels) for a very Easter-type scheme.

You can view all of my other tutorials on my blog at quietlioncreations.com!

What’s your favorite thing about Easter?

10 DIY Easter Cards To Make Today

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Images courtesy of (from left to right): thefrugalgirls.com, vintagemusedesigns.blogsot.com, doeyandowlette.com

 

In case you missed it, Easter is sneaking up on us early this year and is on March 27th!  Are you like me and you automatically assume Easter falls in April or at least later in March, if so it’s time to get crafting for Easter if you haven’t already started.  When creating DIY paper crafting projects for Easter there are so many cute themes to choose from like bunnies, chicks, eggs, carrots, and flowers.  Unlike the previous holidays of Christmas, Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day where there is a set color scheme, with Easter projects you can choose to create your projects in a variety of colors in pretty pastels or brighter hues. Dig into your stash and pull out all of the pretty papers!

So what will you be crafting for Easter this year?  Will you be creating your own paper Easter baskets? If you are hosting Easter brunch this year you could make Easter treat boxes for your guests to take home.  I know I have said it before, but it just isn’t a holiday until you have created a paper garland (or two or three!). If the Easter time crunch this year leaves you with limited crafting time, use that time to create Easter cards for your friends and family.  Below are 10 of my favorite Easter card tutorials that range from super simple (so you can quickly create multiples) to  more advanced designs and techniques. Hop over and check them out!

Image courtesy of: northstory.ca

Image courtesy of: northstory.ca

Cute Homemade Easter Cards

Easter Treat Cards

Double Sided Step Card for Easter

Vintage Easter Card

Paint Chip Easter Egg Card

DIY Easter Cards

Hidden Easter Eggs Card

Hippity Hoppity Bleached Card

Cross Stitch Happy Easter Card

Bunny Card With Washi Tape

Plastic or real eggs, which do you prefer for your Easter egg hunt?

Easter Arts and Crafts: The Cutest Easter Craft to Make with Your Kiddos this Spring

This craft is a fun project for any holiday or season and makes a fun and festive wall hanging. It’s a great project to do with kids of any age for Easter this year!finishedSupplies

  • Model Magic dough – you can buy it or make your own, I used this recipe.
  • Spring or Easter shaped cookie cutters
  • Drinking straw
  • Craft paint and paintbrushes
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Dowel rod
  • Baker’s twine or yarn
  • Tarp (I use a garbage bag)

I got a variety of different spring and Easter shaped cookie cutters in different sizes, I used eggs, a bunny, a butterfly, and flowers. Model Magic dough works really well for this because it’s not too heavy when it dries. You can buy the Crayola brand or you can make your own. I split the recipe in half and still had a lot of dough. Make sure to roll out the dough evenly and thin. A few of my shapes were too thick and took a really long time to dry and then they ended up cracking when they finally did dry. The dough air dries but takes awhile, so you might want to prep this step ahead of time if you have impatient younger kids wanting to paint.
When your dough is still wet, take a drinking straw and poke a hole for hanging.

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I picked a palette of spring colors to use for painting the ornaments.

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You can have a lot of fun painting these, get creative and make some fun shapes that will really brighten up the room!

 

 

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My daughter insisted on using glitter but this step is definitely optional. She added it directly to the wet paint which works well to make it stick but still ends up with a big glittery mess. If you do use the glitter it might be a good idea to add a layer of Mod Podge over to top to seal them and hopefully keep the glitter in place!

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Once we had painted them all we created our wall hanging. I used baker’s twine because I love the spring colors and the twist of white, but really any yarn or string will work.

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Take a piece of twine and tie a knot on each end of your dowel rod, leaving some slack in the middle for hanging.

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I stringed the twine through the hole and then tied it to the dowel rod. I used a variety of the different sizes and hung the strings at varying heights.

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This was a fun and inexpensive way to add some Easter decor to the house and really get ready for spring!

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What do your kids love most about spring and Easter?


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Easy DIY Wreath with PEEPS

PEEPs 2014 Easter OfferingsThere’s no denying that PEEPS are an iconic family favorite for Easter. Chances are, if you’ve been in a grocery store around Easter at some point in the last sixty years, you’ve seen (and probably eaten) these delightful marshmallow candies. It’s safe to say that my sweet tooth is just as insatiable as a child’s, so when I was offered the opportunity to express my PEEPS-onality by taking my favorite Easter candy and turning it into a fabulous craft, I jumped at the chance.

In addition to plenty of the standard PEEPS chicks and bunnies, I received a package of the Party Cake flavored PEEPS, a Large Marshmallow Bunny, two chocolate-covered PEEPS, and a bag of the new Peepsters. I may or may not have eaten all of the Peepsters as soon as I got them.

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I’ve always wanted to try my hand at making a wreath, so I figured creating a PEEPS wreath was the most fun craft I could create. This wreath is easy enough that kids can help you make it, and you’ll be able to finish it relatively quickly. Plus, you can easily remove the PEEPS from the wreath when Easter ends, keep the wreath, and add new PEEPS next year!

Want to make your own DIY wreath with PEEPS? Scroll down for my tutorial!

 

Easy DIY Wreath with PEEPS

Materials:

  • 12″ styrofoam wreath
  • One skein of yarn (I used Caron Simply Soft. You can use any yarn you like, but different weights and textures may give you a different outcome)
  • Ribbon
  • 2 packages of PEEPS
  • Toothpicks
  • Wooden sign
  • Paint
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions:

1) Tightly tie your yarn onto the wreath in a double knot. Cut the tail of the yarn relatively short so you can easily hide it as you wrap.

2) Steady the styrofoam wreath with one hand (you may want to set the wreath in your lap or on a table for extra balance) and hold your skein of yarn in the other hand. Holding onto the skein of yarn, loop your yarn around the wreath a few (3-5) times. Pull the yarn tight and gently push the loops together so that no white space shows. Repeat this step until the wreath is completely wrapped with yarn. Take care to hide all the white space and do your best not to overlap your strands of yarn as you wrap. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you will want your wreath to look relatively smooth when you’re finished. When your wreath is completely wrapped with yarn, simple tie a knot and tuck the tail end so it doesn’t show.

DIY Wreath with PEEPS3) Insert toothpicks into your wreath. Make sure the toothpicks are arranged in a straight line so your PEEPS will look uniform when you place them.

DIY Wreath with PEEPSYou may need to test a few PEEPS on your toothpicks to make sure they will be close enough together. As you can see in the photos below, my PEEPS were too far apart on my first attempt. You want them to be very snug, like in the photo on the right.

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4) Cut a small strip of ribbon (enough to wrap around the wreath once and have a little extra) and a long strip of ribbon. The long strip of ribbon will be used to hang your wreath. Place the longer strip of ribbon so that it is centered at the top of your wreath. Place the smaller strip of ribbon around your wreath, covering the longer strip of ribbon. Hot glue the smaller strip of ribbon so that it holds tight. Make to glue the smaller strip of ribbon at the back of the wreath so the ends of your ribbon don’t show in the front of the wreath.

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5) Adjust the longer strip of ribbon so that you have an equal amount on both sides of the wreath. Fold down a small section of ribbon at each end and hot glue the ends together so that you form a loop. This is how you will hang your wreath.

DIY Wreath with PEEPS6) Paint your wooden sign and allow it to dry. Once dry, add the “Welcome to our Nest” lettering. There’s no right or wrong way to do this- if you have naturally stunning handwriting (unlike me) you can easily freehand the saying onto your wooden sign. If you were not blessed with pretty handwriting, simply use Microsoft Word or a similar program to print your text, cut it out, and use those letters as a stencil. Once your lettering is completely dry, hot glue your wooden sign directly onto your wreath.

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7) Hang up your hard work and get ready to celebrate Easter!

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The great thing about this DIY wreath is that you can ultimately customize it any way you want. I like simple home decor, which is why I chose to use the classic yellow PEEPS for this project, but you could certainly use any color combinations you want. For extra charm, use a different PEEP for each member of your family or add a few Easter-themed embellishments.

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When I was finished crafting my DIY wreath, I found a few miniature bird cages in my crafting room that were perfect for some of my leftover PEEPS! These little bird cages would be great for Easter brunches…especially because you can eat them for dessert!

Have you ever crafted with PEEPS?

 

Make Peeps Place Cards For Your Easter Brunch

This tutorial is brought to you by Maria Del Pinto.

Brighten up your Easter brunch with a delicious addition to your table – edible Peeps Placecards! The bright colors (and yummy taste) will make the day even more memorable.

Materials:

  • Peeps Marshmallow Bunnies
  • Peepsters Creamy Milk Chocolates
  • Wilton Candy Melts
  • Wilton Confetti Sprinkles
  • Box of Rice Krispies Treats
  • Asst Candy Sprinkles
  • Mini Robin Eggs
  • Toothpick
  • Place Card

 

Instructions:

Take three Rice Krispies Treats out of their packaging and put them on a piece of parchment. Place them in the microwave for five to eight seconds (depending on the microwave).  While warm, combine two of them and form into a nest or circle.  Take the Wilton Sprinkles and add them to the warm treats.

Take the third, split it in half and roll to form log.  Cut into three 1-1/2” pieces and put aside.

Heat some water and place in glass measuring cup.  Place a small amount of the candy melts into the plastic baggy and seal tight.  Place in the hot (but not boiling) water until it melts.

Cut the tip off the plastic baggy and use it as a piping bag by squeezing it to drizzle the candy melts onto the nest to attach the Peeps Marshmallow Bunny, the Peepsters chocolates and the Robin Eggs.

Use one of the Krispie Treats logs to secure the bunny by attaching it with the Candy Melts behind the Peeps Marshmallow Bunny.  Allow to harden.

Finish by adding your place card and attaching it with the tooth pick.

Surf’s Up! Take Your PEEPS To the Beach

This tutorial is brought to you by Maria Del Pinto.

Create a fun edible Easter craft by adding some PEEPS to your favorite pudding dish.

Materials:

  • Peeps Marshmallow Bunnies
  • Wilton’s Candy Melts
  • Keebler Vienna Fingers Cookies
  • White pudding (store bought or homemade)
  • Blue Food Coloring

 

Prepare your favorite pudding recipe (or store bought pudding) and add blue food coloring and stir until you get a nice shade of blue.  Place aside.

Crush 3 Vienna Fingers and place at the bottom of glass cup or bowl.  Then top with the pudding.

Place a few candy melts in a microwave safe bowl and heat for about 30 seconds to 45 seconds (amount of time may vary).  Take two of the Peeps Bunnies and use the candy melt to adhere a third to the top of the two.  Allow candy to harden.

Use a Vienna Finger cookie for a surfboard.  Reheat the left over candy melts to put some onto the Vienna Finger cookie and adhere the stack of bunnies to it. Allow candy to harden.

Place the Surfing Bunnies onto the top of the blue pudding to create a fun dessert.

 

Note:

  • An alternate ideas is to decorate the bunnies with Candy Melts in different colors to create swimsuits and place them directly into the pudding to look like they are sitting in a Jacuzzi.

Eat, Craft, Repeat – Celebrate Easter With PEEPS

This tutorial is brought to you by Maria del Pinto.

Here is a super quick and easy portable Easter treat for your celebrations.

Materials:

  • Peeps Dark Chocolate Dipped Chicks
  • Cake Sprinkles
  • White Icing (store-bought or homemade)
  • Cake Mix (plus water, eggs, and vegetable oil)
  • Flat-Bottomed Ice Cream Cones
  • Cupcake Pan

Preheat your oven. Take the cones and place them standing up in each slot on the cupcake pan. Then using mix together the cake mix ingredients. Pour the batter into each of the cones until the cones are around 3/4 full.  Bake the batter and cones as you would cupcakes.  Once they are baked, allow them to cool.

Take each cone and frost it with white frosting.  Place the Dark Chocolate Dipped Peeps in the top center of the cone.  To finish, decorate around the Peeps Chick with the Wilton Sprinkles.

How to Make a Hoppy Easter Banner

This tutorial is brought to you by Latrice Murphy from Any Occasion.

Easter is fast approaching! I’m excited to share this project with you because I feel it’s the best banner I’ve ever made. Start with simple white paper and layer other colors.

Materials:

  • Cardstock
  • Patterned paper
  • Adhesive
  • Die cutting machine or templates
  • Ribbon
  • Gemstones
  • Sewing machine (optional)

Instructions:

Start off by either die cutting or using a template for all of your pieces. I chose four shapes from Silhouette for my banner.

Next, you can start layering the pieces. This one was banner piece, bracket topper, fancy egg and then the letters were attached with 3D squares for dimension.

I prefer sewing my banners together, but you can also use a stapler for this part.

Finish the banner off with a couple buttons on the crosses and a small gemstone on the bracket toppers. Hang with pride!

16 Unexpected Easter Egg Decorating Ideas

The Easter bunny will be hopping around before we know it! There’s no better time than now to start looking into egg decorating ideas to surprise the family with. Go old-school and dip your eggs in dye, or try one of the craftier methods we have rustled up for you. Egg decorating ideas come in all forms, whether you’re using hard boiled or plastic eggs. 

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How to Hard Boil the Perfect Egg

Tips to the Perfect Hard Boiled EggHard boiling eggs may be second-nature to some, but many of us struggle to get it right. Always end up with the perfect egg, and take a few hints from our guides below. This year, the first step to the ultimate Easter egg will also be the easiest.

  1. Tips to the Perfect Hard Boiled Egg
  2. How to Boil Eggs for Easter




Coloring Easter Eggs

Natural Dye Easter Egg Tutorial The traditional way of coloring Easter eggs is to take hard boiled eggs and dip them in various dyes. While we have a blast every year dip-dying, there are so many fun ways to color your eggs! Try turning Dad’s old ties into an amazing Easter decorating tool, using a Sharpie to doodle on your eggs, or using Jell-O to tint them.

  1. How to Dye Easter Eggs with Old Ties
  2. Sharpie Doodle Easter Eggs
  3. Jell-O Dyed Eggs
  4. Natural Dye Easter Egg Tutorial


Perfect Plastic Eggs

Fabric Covered EggsWho says that Easter eggs are only for eating? You can use fabric, Sharpies, glitter–practically anything–to dress up a set of plastics eggs for Easter! The ideas below will inspire a new and improved Easter egg hunt that the family will love.

  1. Fabric Covered Eggs
  2. Altered Plastic Eggs
  3. Glittered Easter Eggs
  4.  Baker’s Twine Easter Eggs
  5. Yarn and Fabric Covered Eggs



Egg Cozies and Wraps

Simply Pretty Crochet Egg CoversSwaddle your eggs with yarn to give them a soft and cozy look with this warm Easter egg designs. Keep your eggs safe with these cozies; they’re functional and also make for a fun way to decorate.

  1. Chick Egg Cover
  2. Simply Pretty Crochet Egg Covers
  3. Stripe Teapot Cozy and Egg Cozies
  4. Egg Cozy Chick Family
  5. Granny Crochet Easter Eggs

 



What’s your go-to egg decorating method?