Simple Handmade Easter Boxes

If you’re looking for a quick last minute craft for Easter, you might like these easy little Easter Boxes that are perfect for some small Easter treats.

You’ll need a piece of cardstock or heavy paper, a ruler, pencil, glue and scissors. Start by making a square out of cardstock. I made mine 8 1/4″.

Draw lines to divide the square into equal thirds in both ways or into 9 equal squares. For the 8 1/4″ square you’ll need lines every 2 3/4″.

You will need to make 4 cuts. Choose a side to cut and then cut on both sides of the middle square on one outside row. Cut in only as far as the edge of the center square.

Make the same 2 cuts on the opposite side of your paper.

That is all the cutting you’ll need to do. Now place your ruler on the line under one row of squares.

Bend those 3 squares up against the edge of the ruler.

Remove the ruler and press each of those 3 squares flat and make a firm crease with your fingers.

Do this bending and creasing for all 4 sides of your paper.

Next, fold in and bring together 3 flaps to form a side of the box.

Now we’ll glue them together. Fold in one flap and apply glue to the top side.

Lay the 2nd flap onto the glued section and press together.

Now apply glue to the top side.

And press down the 3rd flap. The edges of the box should match up evenly.

Repeat these steps for the other side of the box. Turn the box over so the freshly glued side is down against the table and press firmly with your fingers.

And there is your box! πŸ™‚

You can use the box as it is now or you can add a handle to it. If you’d like to have a handle, cut a strip of cardstock for it. Mine was approximately 1 1/4″ wide by 8″ long.

Put glue on approximately 1/2″ of one ends of the handle strip. Place the glued section on the inside side of the box close to the top edge.

Bend the handle over and apply glue to the other end for approximately 1/2 ” Hold in place as the glue starts to set up.

Your Easter box is finished! Well done! Now let’s add some Easter grass…

And last, but not least, add some Easter goodies!

You can decorate your box or write the recipient’s name on it or leave it plain. I hope you’ve enjoyed making these cute Easter boxes with us! πŸ™‚

Beautiful Paper Easter Eggs

Let’s decorate some eggs today that are not the edible kind. πŸ˜‰ There are many variations in how you can make these eggs, so read through this post and decide what supplies you’ll need. Let’s start out by drawing some egg shapes on a piece of white paper. You can draw them freehand or trace around an egg shaped cookie cutter. OR here is a link to a free page you can print out that has different templates for different sizes of eggs. (Thank-you to firstpalette.com!)

https://www.firstpalette.com/printable/easter-eggs.html

Ready? Let’s get started creating!

Here is the page from firstpalette.com that I chose to print out.

Hold your egg paper up to a window and trace the egg shapes on the back side of the paper.

Using 1″ strips of scrapbook paper, glue the strips to the front side of the egg. Allow the strips to hang over outside the lines of the egg shape.

Be careful not to cover up any of the other egg shapes on your paper. Another way to use the strips of scrapbook paper is to glue the strips horizontally across the egg.

I left 2 spaces between the strips that I colored in using markers.

Cut the 2 egg shapes off the paper away from the other eggs.

Now turn the eggs over to the backside and cut out the egg shapes using the lines you drew on the back.

And there you have 2 adorable eggs! πŸ™‚

Go ahead and cut the rest of the egg shapes out, but leave a little extra paper around the outside edges of each shape. For the rest of the eggs we are making, we will put the glue on the FRONT side of the egg shape and then put it on the BACK side of the materials we’ll be using. Spread the glue right up to the edge of the egg shape.

For the next egg, I used a piece of origami paper.

Remember to glue the egg to the back side of the origami paper.

Use your scissors to cut out your egg, again using the line you drew on the back of the paper. Isn’t it pretty?

For egg #4 I used a piece of printed felt. Glue the egg to the back side of the felt. You can see the paper sticking out around the edges of the felt.

Go ahead and cut out your egg. You might need a pair of adult scissors to be able to cut through the felt. I love this egg because I love paisley!

For the next egg, I used a scrap piece of leftover kids’ fabric.

Reminder…glue the egg to the backside of the fabric. Position the egg on the fabric so you get the part of the picture where you want it to be on the egg.

A word of caution…the glue may leak through the fabric some so its a good idea to have some wax paper underneath of it. Cut your egg out. πŸ™‚

Just one more egg to show you. For this egg I used yellow construction paper.

Before gluing the egg to the construction paper, I used markers to color little dots all over the paper.

Then I glued it on and cut it out.

For some extra fun, I added a pair of wiggly eyes. πŸ™‚

Which egg is your favorite? Use your imagination and see what other supplies you might have around your house that you can use to make beautiful Easter eggs! Enjoy!

Things to Put Inside Plastic Easter Eggs

Do you buy the plastic eggs for Easter? Do you use those for your Easter Egg Hunt? Do you have a hard time coming up with things to put inside the plastic eggs? I want to share a few suggestions for you here.

#1.) Candy. A lot of moms and dads want to cut back on the candy their kids get at Easter time but everyone wants a little candy, right? There are lots of kinds of candy that are small enough pieces that they will fit inside an egg. One suggestion is jelly beans. There are many flavors of jelly beans so if you don’t like the first ones you see, keep looking. These jelly beans are actually Sweet Tart flavors.

#2.) Mini Fruit By the Foot. Depending on the size of your plastic eggs…and how much you squish them…these will fit inside an egg. πŸ˜‰ At least I got them inside our eggs! Lol

#3.) Kid Band-Aids. These are Toy Story ones so, of course, they are cool.

#4.) Stickers. I found some colored Easter egg stickers, but there are a million kinds of stickers out there! We also had kittens and puppies and dinosaurs and Minions and…yep, you got the picture.

#5.) Pom-poms. These are great for making crafts or the larger ones make very soft balls for throwing in the house.

#6.) Pipe Cleaners or Chenille Stems. Yep, just wrap them up in a circle and they’ll fit inside a plastic egg.

#7.) Letter Stickers to spell the child’s name.

#8.) Puzzle pieces. This one is fun because after the Easter Egg Hunt is done, there is a puzzle to put together.

#9.) Loom Bands. Do your kids make bracelets out of these colorful little rubber bands? Hide some in an Easter egg.

#10.) Hair barrettes, clips or pony tail holders.

#11.) Small Lego sets. This is a larger sized egg that this Lego set is pictured with. But how cool would it be to find Lego in an egg?!

I hope these few suggestions help you find things to fill your plastic Easter eggs. There are tons more things you could use, so just spend a little time wandering down the aisles of your local store and I’m betting you’ll find plenty of ideas. πŸ™‚

Taste Testing Tuesday #34 Cereal

Welcome once again to our weekly Taste Testing Tuesday post! Hope all is well in your world! Today we are testing cereal. Some folks call it dry cereal, some call it cold cereal and some just say cereal! We’re talking about the kind that comes straight out of the box and is ready to eat. Most people like to pour milk over it. Some people use it for snacking. Several kinds of cereal are even made into treats. (Think Rice Krispies treats!) I would like to suggest using some small paper cups or a small bowl and let the kids try the cereal dry or with some milk added or maybe both ways. For our test today, we have 4 kinds of cereal. Here we go!

#1.) General Mills Corn Chex. There are many flavors of Chex cereal now. There are Corn, Rice, Wheat, Honey Nut, Blueberry, Peanut Butter, Chocolate and Cinnamon and maybe some I’ve forgotten. Some of them are even gluten free which is great for those on a gluten free diet. Chex cereals can be used to make the delicious Chex party mix.

#2.) Kellogg’s Raisin Bran. We just have the regular Raisin Bran, but I see there is also Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch and Kellogg’s Raisin Bran with cranberries.

#3.) Quaker Life. We have the original Life cereal here but there are also Cinnamon Life and Vanilla Life.

#4.) General Mills Multigrain Cheerios with Real Strawberries. This cereal was new to me so I bought one to try. Tasty!! There are several kinds of Cheerios too…like Honey Nut, Multigrain, Oat Crunch, Cinnamon Oat Crunch, Very Berry, Frosted, Apple Cinnamon and maybe more. My favorite kind of Cheerios is the Honey Nut flavor.

So there you have our cereal taste test for this week! What kind of cereal do you like? There is always at least one whole row of types of cereal at the grocery store so there are many, many kinds to choose from! I hope you have fun trying out some new kinds of cereal and picking your favorite! πŸ™‚

Easter Egg Craft for Kids

Hoppy Monday! (It’s almost Easter so I just had to use Hoppy for Happy.) πŸ˜‰ It’s that time of year again when Easter crafts are all the rage! So here’s a fun one that turns out looking really cool! (In my humble opinion, of course.) Don’t you think it looks pretty neat?

You’ll need a few colors of tissue paper, a piece of white paper, a pencil and glue. A computer and a printer will make it easier but isn’t necessary. To begin…draw the shape of an egg on the piece of white paper. Or do like I did and go to: https://www.firstpalette.com/printable/easter-eggs.html

You can print out an egg for free. How nice is that?! (Thank you, http://www.firstpalette.com !)

Using your pencil, lightly draw a few lines on your egg to divide it into a few sections. It might be a little hard to see the lines in my picture.

Pick your first color of tissue paper and tear a few strips. They don’t need to be perfect or exactly the same size.

Next tear the strips into smallish pieces. Again, no need for perfection here!

Apply some glue to a small area of the first section of your egg.

Take one of the ripped pieces of tissue paper and wad it up into a little ball. Yep, squish it up! Then press it down into the glue. This picture is 3 balls.

Continue making paper balls and gluing them onto the egg shape. Press them close together so there isn’t much of the white paper showing through. I changed colors for each section but you can make your design however you like. Here is the first section done in red.

Next I did yellow.

Then light green…

Orange…

Light blue…

Bright pink…

Dark blue and yellow… (I forgot to take a picture after the blue section! Haha!)

And finally red!

Doesn’t it look great? You can make lots of different colors and designs for as many eggs as you want to make. Have fun!

Easter Basket Stuffers at Joann Fabric Stores!

Easter is just over a week away! Are you still looking for some fun crafts for the kids to stick in their Easter baskets? Then take a look at what I found at our local Joann Fabric Store! These prices are amazing! Up to 70% off the original price! WOW!!

A Pop! Basket Glitter Art Kit and a Pop! Flower Glitter Art Kit. Remove the paper over all the stickers with the same number and sprinkle on the glitter from the little glitter packs. Regular price on each is $3.99, but I only paid $1.19 each.

A Pop! Butterfly Felt Sewing Kit and a Pop! Butterfly Melty Bead Kit. (Similar to Perler beads) Original price $3.99, on sale for $1.19 each.

A Pop! Butterfly Foam Glasses Kit and a Pop! Bunny Foam Glasses Kit. Original price $2.99 each, sale price $.89 each.

A Pop! Butterfly Foam Door Hanger Kit and a Pop! Cracked Egg Foam Kit. Originally $2.99, on sale for $.89 each.

A Pop! Felt Birdhouse kit. Regular price $5.99, on sale for $1.79! Yes, really!

A Pop! Unicorn Foam and Felt Kit and a Pop! Fairy Foam Kit. Both regularly priced at $2.47, on sale for $1.85.

Little Makers Unicorn and Mermaid Foam Mosaic Kit. Makes one of each. Regular price of $2.47, on sale for $1.85.

A Pop! 100 piece Easter Chick Puzzle. Regular price is $1.99, I got it for $.59.

I bought 1 more item that is not listed as Easter, but will work great for some fun on Easter. This adorable 101 piece puzzle also has 101 things to spot in the garden after you’ve put the puzzle together. Regular price is $6.99, it’s on sale for $4.89.

I bought all these items $21.14, plus tax! I was pretty excited! Hope this will help you find some fun things for your family’s Easter baskets!

Taste Testing Tuesday #33 Muffins

We’re baaaaaaack with another Taste Testing Tuesday! Are your taste buds ready to go? What is your favorite kind of muffin? Maybe we can help you find a new favorite flavor or at least expand your horizons a little! We’re going to look at 4 kinds of muffins that I made today.

Don’t forget to make yourself some kind of a chart so you can keep track of what you think of each kind of muffin. Something like this will work but you can make a simpler one, if you like.

Here’s how we did a chart for carrots, in case you want to follow this example for muffins.

Ok, here we go! Drum roll, please!

#1.) Cinnamon Streusel Muffin.

This one came from a Betty Crocker muffin mix. A prepackaged muffin mix is a great way to help your kiddos learn how to bake muffins.

#2.) Wild Blueberry Muffin

This kind is also from a Betty Crocker muffin mix. Yummy!!

#3.) Banana Streusel Muffin

This one is made from scratch and they are really tasty! Just look at them…mmm!

#4.) Cornbread Muffin

Ooo! Bring on the butter and maple syrup! I tend to make cornbread in a square pan most of the time, but baking them as muffins really makes them quick and easy to eat!

So there you have our muffin taste test. I would have a really hard time picking my favorite! There are so many kinds of muffins you can make! There’s chocolate chip, pumpkin, apple-cranberry, chocolate, coffee cake, applesauce, lemon poppy seed and the list goes on and on! Which kinds will you try for your Taste Testing Tuesday? πŸ™‚ Make your taste buds happy!

Drawing Owlvin Owl for Kids

How about some drawing fun today? Owls are such awesome animals that I think it would be great fun to draw one. As the title of this blog post tells you, I named my owl Owlvin. (Of course, you can name your owl something totally different.) Grab a piece of paper and a pencil and let’s start with a nice plump oval shape which will be the owl’s body.

Next we’ll add a wing on each side of the body.

Add 2 circles towards the top of the oval for eyes. And put a little black dot inside each circle.

Draw a triangle for a nose and add a little mouth.

Let’s add a couple of little tufts at the top of his head.

Now you can add a little tummy.

Draw 3 toes on each side for his feet.

A few lines can be added to make him look more like he has feathers.

Once you have the drawing just the way you want it, you can go over all the lines with a black pen or fine line black marker.

After the ink is completely dry, you can very lightly use an eraser to remove any leftover pencil marks that you can see. Last but not least, give your owl some color.

All finished! Great job! What color is your owl? And what did you decide to name him or her? I hope you’ve had fun learning to draw owls! πŸ™‚

Tongue Twister Time!

Let’s see how nimble your tongue is today! See if you can say these crazy tongue twisters 5 times fast!

1.) Susie sells seashells down by the seashore.

2.) Toy boat. (I know, it looks easy, right? Say it 5 times as fast as you can and see what it sounds like!)

3.) Billy Bob blabbered boldly.

4.) Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. IF Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?

5.) If a dog chews shoes, whose shoes does he choose to chew?

6.) He threw three free throws. (I think my brain just exploded trying to say that one!)

7.) Rubber baby buggy bumpers.

8.) Chester Cheetah chews a chunk of cheap cheddar cheese.

9.) The bottom of the butter bucket is the buttered bucket bottom.

10.) I wish to wash my Irish wristwatch. (Ok, I’m having trouble saying this one SLOWLY!)

How did you do? Is your tongue tired? Mine is!! Be sure to try these out on your family and friends! πŸ˜‰