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Saturday, February 4, 2012

EASTER CRAFTS






Materials
  • eggs
  • newsprint
  • egg dye
  • paper towels
  • birthday candles or crayons
  • pipe cleaners
  • fishing line
  • black acrylic or tempera paint
  • brushes
  • orange paper
  • glue
Instructions
  1. Blow the Egg: Wash and dry the raw egg. Cover your table with newsprint and set out bowls, pushpins, and paper towels. Shake the egg to break up the yolk. Next, the kids can pierce the top and bottom with a pushpin, making the hole on the wider end a bit larger. Position the egg over the bowl and blow through the small hole, allowing the inside of the egg to seep into the bowl. Set the empty egg, with the large hole down, in an egg carton to dry. Be sure children wash her hands after handling raw egg.
  2. Degg-orate the Egg: Let the kids paint half of the egg, stand it atop a bottle cap to dry (use a hair dryer to speed things up), then paint the other half. Centering the face on either hole, paint on features with contrasting colors. Start with a plain white egg. Paint on black eyes. Glue on an orange paper beak and white feathers underneath the egg.
  3. Take Flight: Tape a long length of fishing line to the end of an unfolded paper clip. Starting at the small hole, thread the line through the decorated egg and out the large hole. To keep your flying critter upright, tape the fishing line just above the hole in the critter's back. Hang it from the ceiling or an egg tree.








LITTLE GROW PEEP TUTORIAL
Materials you need:
4- inch Green Flower Foam
Newspaper ( for quick and easy cleanup)
41/2 X 5 green mini flowerpot
11 inch dowelGreen Paint (I used Delta Creative Ceram Coat in “Leaf Green”)
1/2″ paintbrush
Hot Glue gun and Glue sticks
6″ plastic embroidery hoop 
3 packages of 5- count yellow chick Peeps marshmallow candies
Decorative Easter Grass
Ribbon (Green or Yellow)
HOW TO ASSEMBLE YOUR PEEP TOPIARY 

Step 1. First, Lay down a piece of newspaper on your table. This will help keep your table clean from paint and glue. It will also provide for quick and easy cleanup. Next, Place the green foam length wise into your pot. Make sure it fits snugly and isn’t visible over the top of the edge of your pot.
Step 2. Paint your wooden dowel green and let it completely dry. 

Step 3. Take the inside piece of the Embroidery loop out and discard it or save it for another craft. After you have separated the embroidery hoop, apply a generous amount of hot glue to the top of the dowel and secure it to the screw at the opening of the embroidery hoop. Let Dry.

Step 4. Remove Peeps from the package but DO NOT SEPARATE!! Apply a thick line of hot glue to 1/3 of the front side of the embroidery ring. Gently press on a group of five peeps onto the glue with beaks facing the center of the circle, slightly bending them to cover the ring. Let Dry. I held mine in place for a few minutes until the Glue hardened. Repeat with the other two groups of peeps.
Step 5: Stick the bottom part of the dowel into the center of the foam so that the stem stands upright. Cover the top of the pot with green Easter grass. If desired, lightly mist the Peeps Flower with a Craft Sealer to Preserve it.
Step 6: Take your ribbon (any Color) and tie a bow or a knot in the middle of and around your wooden dowel for a little extra pizazz and cuteness.




A bag of seriously old-school jelly beans. 
Boxes of Peeps, or any other festive marshmallow-y type confection. You’ll need 6 or 7 boxes. buy a few different colors so you can make a flower-y pattern..

A styrofoam flower ball. You can find these at any big craft store.

A stake or dowel. Your Peep topiary is going to be heavier than you think by the time it’s done, so you’ll need a sturdy stick to hold it up.

A flower pot. You want it to be about the same size as your top topiary ball, so it’s stable enough to hold up the ball. So, for a 7-inch styrofoam ball, I grabbed a 6-inch pot. It worked out great. If you want to, paint the pot, cover it in glitter. Go nuts.

A box of regular old wooden toothpicks.

Here’s howto make a Peep topiary. Improvise and change around the ingredients as you like. 

Peep topiary
1 6-inch pot
1 7-inch styrofoam ball (for topiary top)
1 4-5 inch styrofoam chunk (for inside the pot)
1 12-inch wooden stake or thick wooden dowel
1 box of wooden toothpicks
6-7 boxes of marshmallow Peeps
1 bag of jelly beans

Gather all your ingredients together on a workspace.

Poke the stake or dowel into the styrofoam ball, about into the center.

Give it a quick check to be sure you’re happy with the basic shape.

Wedge a piece of styrofoam in the bottom of the pot. You want it to be really snug, so it doesn’t move at all. This is going to anchor your topiary. I cut this piece of styrofoam from a larger piece to ensure a snug fit.

Cover the ball with Peeps
To begin, set the ball in the flower pot, so you can work on the center of the topiary.

Poke 3 toothpicks into the ball in a triangle, about an inch apart from each other. Insert them about halfway into the ball. This is the center of your topiary.

Insert 10 toothpicks in a large circle around the triangle. Make them about an inch or so apart. Don’t make yourself nuts with precise spacing. You’ll be able to adjust them later if you have gaps.

Do the outer ring first. Stick one Peep onto a toothpick. Do it so that the toothpick goes through the center of the Peep, up through his head. This will give him the strongest anchor.

Smoosh him down gently to be sure he sticks.

Repeat with the rest of the Peeps.

Next, do the center. 

Nestle them together. If you need to, remove and readjust the toothpicks so that there are no (or very few) gaps.

To do the rest of the ball, you’re basically going to place each layer of Peeps in between the Peeps on the previous layer.

Once you’ve completed each layer, start on the next.

When you’ve covered one side of the ball, it’s time to put it in the pot. Insert the stake or dowel into the center of the styrofoam in the flower pot. Stick it down far enough so that the topiary stands upright and is stable.

Work your way around the ball, alternating rows of Peeps until the entire ball is covered.

A note on the very bottom of the ball. Some of your Peeps may fall off the very bottom. When the whole ball is covered, they do a nice job of sticking together and holding in place. However, if you do lose a few to gravity, I think that’s just fine. When the whole thing is complete, the bottom of the ball is actually very hard to see.

When your ball is totally covered in Peeps, it’s time to finish the display.

Finish the Peep topiary
Cover the styrofoam with colored tissue paper or a few paper towels.

Pour in the jelly beans to cover.

And…voila! One Peep topiary!





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Silk Dyed Easter Eggs

Materials and Tools
-Raw Eggs
-Glass or enamel pot (but pretty much any non-aluminum pot will be fine)
-Silk ties, blouses, or boxers, cut into pieces large enough to cover an egg
-An old white sheet, or pillowcase, or tablecloth, or random fabric, cut into pieces to cover silk-wrapped eggs
-Twist ties or string
-4 tablespoons of white vinegar
-Warm water
-Vegetable oil
-Paper towels
-Tongs or spoon

1. Remove seaming from ties and any lining on the inside. You just want a piece of the silk. Cut silk into a square (or a piece) large enough to wrap around a raw egg.

2. Wrap an egg with a piece of silk, making sure the printed side of the material is facing the egg. Silk can still be used if it doesn't fit perfectly around egg. Just try to make as much smooth contact with the fabric to the egg as you can. The pattern will transfer better if it is right up against the egg. Any part that is folded or wrinkled will leave kind of a tie-dyed pattern (which is a good thing, it’s pretty that way) Secure with twist-tie or string.

3. Place the silk-wrapped egg in a piece of white sheet, pillowcase, or old tablecloth and secure tightly with another twist-tie or string. 
4. Place the egg(s) in the pot. Fill pot with water to cover eggs completely. Then, add the 1/4 C of white vinegar.

5. Bring water to a boil, turn heat down, and simmer for 20-25 minutes.

6. Remove eggs from water with tongs or spoon and let cool on a pile of paper towels or in a colander.

7. When eggs are cool enough to handle, you can remove the fabric.

8. To add a little bit of lustre to your eggs, put a dab of vegetable oil on a paper towel and rub onto the egg.





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Easter wreath made with a bent wire hanger and Dollar store loofahs. 


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