Easy Easter Craft: Knitted Bunnies

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rabbit3One of our favorite readers, Lisa from Tazmania is back, and this time she’s not talking about her amazing garden {although we love when she does!}. Today she is sharing a simple little knitted craft just in time for Easter. If you are looking for an easy. last minute Easter craft, do we have just the thing for you.

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I had been knitting bears for my husband to take to his hospital {he is a lovely RN} for any kids that have to go in for operations- also to put in the Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes – but this rabbit is 10 times faster to produce and they work out pretty cute!

Supplies:

A knitted square of any size
Matching wool
Polyester stuffing
Craft pom poms
Ribbon and colored thread {optional}

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Directions:

Using your wool, secure a strong knot at one end and then stitch a very big running stitch exactly across the middle of your chosen square {you can fold your square in half for accuracy}. Next, stitch to the center of the top of your square and back down to the beginning of your initial running stitch, forming a triangle.

Begin pulling the thread, creating a small pocket in your square {you can see the head and ears forming when you do this}. Before you pull it completely closed, place a small ball of stuffing into the head. Pull the thread tight, closing the head and make a few stitches to secure.

Next, stitch down the square section that makes up the back of the bunny back of the bunny, leaving a hole at the end so you can add stuffing. Stuff your rabbit’s body and then pull the thread tight so that the point comes up to the bunnies neck. Make a few stitches to secure.

Position the ears however you’d like them using a few stitches at the base of the ear.

Finish by using a few quick stitches to attach the pom pom tail. You can add ribbon or a few colored stitches to give your bunny some character/details and then, wallah! Easy and adorable bunny craft complete.

rabbit 1On a side note we had a typically Tasmanian day. Woke to a howling gale, no sun, pouring rain. The kind of day where you best put your head back under the covers.

All of a sudden at about 2pm, the sun came out and it was warm and windy enough to get a whole load of laundry done and dried!!

Have a lovely Easter Weekend.

Cheers,
Lisa

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Easter Roundup: Easy Crafts & Recipes For Easter

Here is a quick little recap of all sorts of Easter egg dying methods, crafts and recipes to make your holiday totally awesome. I hope you have a wonderful Easter, and don’t hit the peeps to hard or you’ll be paying for it later. Peep hangovers are nothing to mess with!

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Egg Dying Methods:

How to Make Polka Dot Easter Eggs

How to Dye Eggs With Natural Ingredients

How to Dye Eggs with Rubber Bands

Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs

Jelly Bean Mason JarSimple Craft Ideas:

Marshmallow Peeps Gift Idea

How to Color Shredded Coconut

Easter Treats in Glass Jars

Jelly Bean Mason Jar

How to Make a Fresh Flower Easter Centerpiece

baked pineapple recipeYummy Easter Recipes:

Baked Pineapple

Sweet Potato Casserole

Brown Sugar Glazed Carrots

The Best Carrot Cake I’ve Ever Made

How to Make Pickled Eggs

Rustic Split Pea Soup w/ Ham

Pineapple Buttermilk Pie

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Plus check out some fun Easter Trivia to make your Easter dinner conversation much more lively and a fun Easter Scavenger Hunt for your after dinner festivities!

Have a hoppy Easter.

Mavis

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Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs with Glow Sticks

glow sticks glow in the dark easter eggs

glow sticks glow in the dark easter eggs These glow in the dark Easter Eggs were such a hit with my kids last year I wanted to share the tutorial again for those of you with kids who are growing a little tired of the same of Easter Egg hunt. 

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This year instead of a traditional Easter Egg hunt on Sunday morning, I’ll be hiding Monkey Boy and The Girl’s Easter eggs after the sun goes down. They are teenagers, and getting them to go outside and hunt for candy filled eggs at the crack of dawn just isn’t as fun as it use to be. So in an effort to bring back some of that fun, I’ve decided to make egg hunting a little more exciting this year by making my kids hunt for their Easter eggs in the DARK! glow in the dark easter eggs glow sitcks How to Make Glow In the Dark Easter Eggs Supplies 12 plastic Easter Eggs 12 Glow Stick Bracelets a wee bit of candy Directions Open plastic eggs, snap bracelets to activate and stuff the bracelets in to the Easter Eggs along with a treat. glow sticks glow in the dark easter eggsHappy Hunting! ~Mavis

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Easter Scavenger Hunt

Easter Scavenger Hunt

Easter Scavenger Hunt

I know, I know, you probably are already hunting for eggs, but when my kids were little, we always had to wait for everyone to arrive BEFORE we could actually start hunting.  If you are in the same boat, here’s a quick scavenger hunt they can do while they are waiting for the big show:

  1. Basket
  2. Pastel colored ribbon {if you have little ones {or boys, ha!}, you may have to explain to them what pastel means}
  3. Jelly beans
  4. Carrot
  5. Chocolate Bunny
  6. Picture of Easter Bunny {they can draw it or take a picture of Easter decor}
  7. Marshmallow Peeps {everyone gets them, no one likes them}
  8. Plastic Easter Egg
  9. Something yellow
  10. Something green
  11. Something pink
  12. Something purple
  13. A sign of spring {tell them to think:  blades of green grass and hopefully not one of your tulips}
  14. A dyed egg
  15. Candy wrapped in foil

There are tons of things you can add to this list if it is nice enough to let the kids outside for a bit.  What would you add?

~Mavis

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Easter Trivia

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easter triviaI love to have little bits of trivia to share at each holiday.  It always a conversation filler, and it gives my kids a reason to roll their eyes at me.  Ha!

Here’s some cool little facts about Easter that are sure to impress {I tried to keep it non-secular, so as not to offend/exclude}:

  1. How did Easter get its name?  {from the Anglo-Saxon goddess Eastre}
  2. What is the most popular color of jellybean?  {red}
  3. Why is an egg associated with Easter?  {It was the symbol associated with Eastre and is a symbol of “rebirth”}
  4. What group brought the Easter rabbit to the U.S.?  {The Germans, around the time of the Civil War}
  5. 76% of people prefer to eat what part of the chocolate bunny first?  {The ears}
  6. Is Easter on the same day every year?  {No, it occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox}
  7. How much do Americans spend on Easter candy every year?  {$200 millionHoly Cow!}
  8. How many chocolate Easter bunnies are sold each year? {1 million}
  9. In the song, “Here Comes Peter Cottontail,” he’s got eggs for who?  {colored eggs for Sue}
  10. A female rabbit is called what?  {Doe}

Happy Easter!

~Mavis

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Dye Eggs With Natural Ingredients

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Easter is right around the corner so I thought I would re-post this easy How to dye eggs naturally post.

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Did you know you can dye eggs with natural ingredients?

Since my chickens lay brown & green eggs, last year I decided to splurge and buy 2 dozen white eggs at the store and give it a try.  I was worried if I used the brown eggs the dye would not be as vibrant, and in the end, I’m glad I went the white eggs {even if they were not as fresh as homegrown laid eggs}.

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The process is surprisingly easy. Here are the simple directions:

Blue Eggs: Combine 2-3 cups chopped red cabbage, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and simmer for 3o minutes.  Drain colored water in a large bowl and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 3 hours {less time if you don’t want dark blue eggs}.

Yellow Eggs: Combine 2 teaspoons turmeric, 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 2 hours {less time if you don’t want dark yellow eggs}.

Red Eggs: Combine 1 cup shredded beets {2-3 beets} , 3 tablespoons of vinegar and 4 cups of water and simmer for 3o minutes.  Drain colored water in a large bowl and steep the desired number of hard-boiled eggs in the colored water for 3 hours {less time if you don’t want dark pink eggs}.

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*Keep in mind that the longer you keep your eggs in the colored water, the deeper your eggs shells will turn out.

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Dry your eggs on a cooling rack.  Once the eggs have completely dried, use a paint brush to brush away any extra bits. See, I told you it was easy.

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Have you done this before?  What did you think?  Pretty easy huh?

Looking for the ceramic egg rack featured in this photo? Amazon has it HERE.

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How to Color Shredded Coconut

How to Color Shredded Coconut

How to Color Shredded Coconut

Colored shredded coconut makes awesome bird’s nests for Easter themed crafts. It kind of makes me want to try to make a completely edible Easter basket.  How cool would that be? 😉

How to Color Shredded Coconut

You’ll Need:

  • Shredded Coconut
  • Water
  • Food Coloring
  • Paper Towels
  • Bowls
  • Paper Plates
  • Spatula

How to Color Shredded CoconutDirections:

First, put water in the bowls.  How much water totally depends  on how much coconut you will be coloring.  You don’t need a ton, though, just enough to soak the coconut through, not enough to give it a full water bath.  Add 2-3 drops of food coloring to the water.  Add the coconut and press it down with the spatula, so it soaks up all the water and color.  Allow it to sit for a bit, until you are satisfied with the color.

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Then, put 2 or 3 paper towels over the top of the bowl.  On top of the paper towels, place the paper plate.  Now, gently turn the bowl over, like you are removing a cake from a pan.  The water and coconut should flip over onto the paper towels and paper plate.  Now, just leave it there to dry completely.

Here’s to an edible Easter,

Mavis

How to Color Shredded Coconut

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Easter Crafts For Kids – Marshmallow Peeps

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~Happy Easter to one of my favorite PEEPS~

I posted this easy peasy Easter Craft last year and thought I would share it again for those of you who might have missed it.

All you need are a few “snack size” ziplock baggies, a few boxes of brightly colored marshmallow peeps, and this free printable peeps topper.

Simply place 1 row of peeps in a snack size ziplock bag and close it tight.  Then staple {or glue} the printable peeps topper and you are good to go.

Mavis

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