I adore Easter. I know it’s about so much more than all the Easter egg hunts and kiddies’ crafts, but I love that it’s a time where we can take a break as a family and recharge for a bit. No one really rests over Christmas and New Years and by April we’re well tired again. Easter is a welcome reminder of what’s important and a teeny tiny pause from the hustle and bustle of everyday life to let us catch our breaths again.
It’s also a lovely time to start celebrating the warmer weather… but just not this year… BECAUSE IT IS SNOWING! AGAIN! But with any other year, this is the time where we Brits come out of hibernation and actually go outside to play and have barbeques again. We’ve all done some spring cleaning and our gardens have transformed into mini meadows as the daffodils start blooming. It might just be me, but I can feel the mood lift across the country as dreary winter ends and Easter approaches.
I’m part Danish and German, so taking the time to decorate my house for Easter with an Easter tree and other crafts is something that’s very important to me. Creating that exciting, warm feeling that lets you know “spring is in the air” makes me very happy, so I reached out to Baker Ross to do a collab. Whether you just want to decorate your house, or get the kids involved in a tradition (read, keep them entertained in this sucky weather), I’ve got three Easter craft ideas for you that’ll do the trick.
DIY Easter Egg Baskets
These paper baskets from Baker Ross are precut and scored, so all you need for assembly is a little bit of glue. I filled them with shredded tissue paper, chocolate Easter eggs and fluffy chicks. They looked so cute and well presented but it literally only took me five minutes to make four.
They are the perfect craft for all ages. You can glue them together for the littlies and let them fill it themselves, and older kids can do everything on their own. The baskets make cute gifts for class mates or teachers, or you could use them as place holders on the Easter table.
DIY Painted Egg Cups
Baker Ross have LOADS of ceramic and plaster of paris objects for you to paint. From coin banks, bird feeders and tea light holders – they’ve got it all. They also have some really cool porcelain paints and pens. These Pebeo Porcelain Paints are water based, but dry to a gloss. This means you don’t have to glaze the items that you’ve painted. The paints are available in bold, pastel, and metallic colours.
I painted the entire egg cup orange before painting the white bunny over it. It only took two layers of white paint to become completely opaque so I’m very chuffed. The paint dries really quick and a little bit goes a long way.
The mini flower pot egg cups are the perfect size for Easter eggs as well as chicken eggs so once all the Easter fun is over, we’ll use these for breakfast.
DIY Easter Tree
Traditionally, an Easter Tree is just a few branches taken from outside (usually from an apple tree) and then decorated with real eggs that are painted after blowing out its contents. This is a bit gross for me, so I like to paint porcelain eggs instead. This year though, I wanted something unique and I found just the thing at Baker Ross with their Bunny Pine Cone Kit.
The Bunny Pine Cone Kit comes with everything you need to make them, except glue. The ribbon, ears and whiskers are all pre-cut but you’ll need some super glue to stick them to the pine cones. They are a bit fiddly though, so they won’t be suitable for children younger than seven, but that doesn’t mean the smaller kids can’t help hang them up.
To make my tree, I spray painted the branches white and placed them in an ordinary clay pot plant. I used shredded tissue paper to keep the branches upright in the pot and this doubled up as a nest-like situation, so I placed some chocolate eggs on it. I decorated my tree with the pine cone bunnies and little furry chicks. So simple but so cute.
I hope you all have an amazing Easter (if you celebrate) and happy crafting!