20.4.14

21 Fun & Simple Crafts for Easter



Easter has finally arrived and I hope you are enjoying a nice relaxing day with your family.  We'll be returning sometime today from our annual Easter camping holiday.  

Over the last two months we've had quite the Easter fest here on Frog Goose and Bear with an abundance of Easter crafts, recipes and activities.  I love a bit of holiday creativity.  Thank you so much to all of the gorgeous people who shared their crafts with us by writing a guest post - it was muchly appreciated - you guys are awesome!

If you'd like to check them all out just click on the drawing of the Easter eggs at the bottom of the post or to go to each individual craft, you can click on each image to be taken to the individual tutorial. 


http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/easter-craft-dip-dyed-easter-eggs.html




http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/an-easter-craft-how-to-make-eggshell.html


http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/easter-craft-how-to-make-eggshell.html




http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/make-your-own-hot-chocolate-this-easter.html


http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/more-easter-crafty-fun.html


http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/more-easter-crafty-fun.html


http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/search/label/chocolate%20easter%20nest


http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/an-easter-chocolate-gift-tutorial.html


http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/fluoro-bling-bling-easter-eggs.html

Jar Bunny {guest post}

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/how-to-make-adorably-simple-easter-jar.html

Easter Fingerprint Mug {guest post}

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/how-to-make-gorgeous-easter-mug-guest.html

Easter Egg Garland {guest post}

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/how-to-make-easter-egg-garland.html



Pom Pom Carrots {guest post}

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/how-to-make-cutest-pom-pom-carrot-guest.html

Bunny Gift Bags {guest post}

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/how-to-make-easter-bunny-gift-bag.html

Easter Bunny Mask {guest post}




http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/easter-reflection.html


Floral Easter Crown {guest post}



http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/a-recycled-paper-easter-nest-guest-post.html

That's the end of the Easter Craft Series of 2014.


There's still time to get some Easter crafting in (or to pin it for next year)!

If that isn't quite enough for you, you can always check out my Easter pinterest board for a trillion other awesome Easter things to do.

What are you up to today?  
How do you celebrate Easter?  I'd love to know.

19.4.14

A recycled paper Easter nest { guest post }

Today's guest post is from one of my very favourite bloggers, Steph from this Brown Wren.  Steph and I have been blogging buddies for years now and I have always adore the gentle approach to life that she has and her creativity is something that just flows from all that she does.  Steph takes the most beautiful photos as you can see below along with a beautiful Easter nest tutorial which she has made with her two adorable children from recycled newspaper that she has made especially for us.  






I remember placing the basket at the end of my bed and carefully creeping under the covers so as not to disturb it. Usually home for dinner rolls when my parents entertained friends it now, filled with shredded paper, waited patiently for the Easter Bunny's foil encrusted bounty.  It was always a rather meagre offering compared to some of today's standards but for my brother and I, it was plenty.  I can vividly recall that first cloyingly sweet mouthful of chocolate while I swept bed hair out of my face and sleep out of my eyes.

This year we're hunting out fair trade chocolates to extend the spirit of Easter beyond our home.  We have created little paper nests from old newspapers and our babies will wake to a few small chocolates and something Mumma made...perhaps a little knitted bunny each. We will gift the littles in our extended family with small homemade chocolates and biscuits while the adults will receive a virtual chicken. A gift pledged to those in need to encourage hope, growth and new life; the true essence of this time.

A modest affair steeped in simplicity and resonating with our love of this earth and our fellow man.

Steph x

We used the local paper cut into small squares to make two small and one larger nest. The paper was soaked in boiling water for about ten minutes and then handfuls were blitzed in the blender with extra water. The pulp was pressed into a sieve to remove a lot of the water and when it was not too wet, not too dry, it was pushed into an oiled bowl. We took care to press everything together well to avoid cracks.  A few days drying and the nests were gently eased from their vessels. Some earthy paint and last year's blown eggs and an Easter spirit is starting to glow in our home. 

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Thanks so much Steph for this beautiful post.  How adorable is that little tongue of concentration.  What a beautiful idea to purchase a virtual chicken as an Easter gift.  

As a little side, Steph has just this week opened a little online store selling beautiful handmade sleepwear for children from vintage fabrics.  You'll love it!

This craft is part of an Easter series here on Frog Goose and Bear and in this last week before Easter we have been sharing an Easter themed craft or activity every day, so if you'd like to see the rest of the posts in this series, just click here ...



18.4.14

Some easy peasy Easter recipes to make with kids.

Earlier this week we had a lovely time with some of our favourite little friends making these simple chocolate Easter nests that have become an annual tradition in our house.








200g of melted chocolate, mixed together with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter and a packet of Chang's Oriental Fried Noodles, spooned onto some baking paper.  Place some Cadbury mini eggs on top to look like little eggs in a nest and pop it in the fridge to set and your done!

MORE EASTER RECIPES:

mini Easter chocolates

We made these little Easter chocolates earlier this week when my 2 year old niece came over.  It is as simple as pouring melted chocolate into a mould.  We used vintage moulds that I kept from my childhood to make these.



mini marshmallow nests

Another twist on the Easter nest are these scrumptious looking marshmallow nests made by my clever friend Lucy the Kitchenmaid containing only rice bubbles, marshmallows and butter.  My kids would love these!


Chocolate marshmallow eggs

While we are on the topic of Lucy and her delicious recipes, she also shares the recipe for this deliciously beautiful homemade chocolate marshmallow egg over on her blog.  This one does look ever so slightly trickier and is probably one for the adults to attempt, but looks oh so worth it!


Hot cross buns

These hot cross buns from Cathie of Melbourne Epicure also look delicious and fun to make with the kids.  Along with the recipe, she also includes how to make them egg and dairy free.



Do you have any Easter recipes that have become an annual tradition at your house?

This post is part of an Easter series.  For more Easter crafts and recipes, click on the image below.  All simple activities that will keep you & your kids busy over the school holidays right up until Easter Sunday.


17.4.14

How to make the cutest pom pom carrot { guest post }

Today's guest post is from my new clever blogging buddy Clare who lives all the way over in the USA.  It's spring there and the weather is warming up.  It's cold here today and I'm sitting here all rugged up with my slippers on.  I wish I was in Clare's neck of the woods right now.  I was introduced to Clare's lovely blog, Cats Eat Dogs, when I did the recent online blogging course called Blog with Pip (which, by the way, has been a wonderful resource and I would recommend!).  She has written a lovely little tutorial for us on how to make the cutest pom pom carrots that I'm sure every little Easter bunny will just love! If you head over to her blog, she has also made a cute little pom pom rabbit. Thanks Clare!



Springtime brings Easter and baby chicks and lambs and veggies galore!  The weather is warming and everything is growing, so what better use of a pom pom than to make carrots.

Here's how.


Make three pom poms in graduating sizes, I used a cereal packet to cut my pom pom bases out and increased the size of each circle by 2cm each time, ending up with 4cm, 6cm and 8cm discs. I used orange fluffy wool but any orange wool will be great. 


For the leafy top, I loosely wrapped some green wool around my hand a few times in an uneven manner and tied it like a pom pom and trimmed open the ends. Almost like a very loose freeform pom pom.


Sew them together using the wool already on the pom, include the 'leaves' as you sew the three together.


When the pom poms are sewn into the carrot shape, trim them to get that lovely carrot shape.  


Arrange your carrots with some Easter bunnies for a super cute Easter arrangement.

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Pom poms are really fun to make and if you haven't made them before, you'll find a simple tutorial here.  You can also make them using a fork or on your fingers as well.

This post is part of a series of all things Easter here on FGB.  If you'd like to check out the rest of the series, just head on over here ...



Are you in Easter overload yet?  I hope not, because this week we are celebrating and counting down the days until Easter, by having an Easter crafty post every day until Sunday, so come back again tomorrow for even more Easter fun!  Perfect for Easter holiday crafting with the kids.

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