Flower Candy Pretzel Bites

Happy Good Friday to you! In today’s post, I’ll be sharing a fun food craft that would be really great to share for your Easter celebration! These little “flowers” are so cute and taste so yummy with the combination of sweet and salty.

You need only 3 ingredients…square mini pretzels, white candy melts and a bag of spring colored M&M’s candy.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper or parchment paper. Place some pretzels on the cookie sheet. (I started out with a lot of pretzels at one time, but now I think it’s better to do a few at a time so you can keep up with the decorating while the candy is soft.)

The directions I read suggested laying 1 candy melt wafer on each pretzel.

I think it works better if you put 1 1/2 candy wafers on each pretzel.

Preheat your oven to 250 degrees F. While you wait for the oven to heat up, you can sort your M&M’s into like color piles. This will make it easier to find the same color faster.

Once the oven is warm enough, place the cookie sheet in the oven for about 3 minutes. The candy just needs to soften so you can put the M&M’s on the pretzels. I found it helpful to use a small spatula to spread the warm candy on the pretzel.

When the candy is softened, place 1 yellow M&M in the center of the pretzel. Then apply 6 more of the same color M&M’s around the yellow one, pressing down into the candy.

That’s all there is to it! Continue making as many flowers as you’d like to make.

Aren’t they so cute?! Spring flower candy bites are bound to bring a smile to everyone that sees them. Especially to those who TASTE them! Haha!

Maybe set a few out on a plate for the Easter Bunny! 😉 Happy Easter, everyone! 🙂

Pretty Easter Egg Craft for Kids

Easter is only a few days away now! Are you looking for another simple craft to do with the kids? Here’s a great one that I shared last year, but it’s so pretty it’s bears repeating! 🙂

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 !)

Draw some light lines on your egg to divide it into sections. Begin with your first color of tissue paper and tear it into strips. They DON’T need to be perfect or the exact 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.

Then I did a section in yellow.

Next was light green.

Orange…

Light blue…

Pink…

Darker blue and yellow…

And finally red again to finish. 🙂

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 Ideas From Dollar Tree

If you still need some ideas of fun things for the kids’ Easter baskets, head to your closest Dollar Tree store! The one I was in the other day had lots of things left and some of them look pretty cute! I wanted to share with you a few things I found and hopefully they will be available at your local Dollar Tree store too.

Easter bunny erasers. These guys are so cute!

Easter designs on pencils.

Scratch and find the bow-tie bunny.

Ice cube trays shaped like a bunny’s head. I think you could use these for making candy too.

Or there were ice cube trays of the bunny’s bottom! LOL If you use these for making candy, you could stick a tiny marshmallow on for the tail! 🙂

Glitter putty in an Easter egg.

2 different kinds of bubbles.

2 colors of Play-doh in the same cup.

Lots of soft and cuddly stuffed animals! So cute!

They also have things that aren’t made just for Easter but would still work great in an Easter basket. Like this “play clay” hair salon. We had a similar one in a Play-doh set and the kids had a blast with it.

There were little figurines that would fit inside a plastic Easter egg and some Silly Putty that always comes in an egg. And of course, they have LOTS of candy and plastic eggs for sale. 😉 Hope you can find just what you are looking for to fill those Easter baskets!

Easter Finds at Dollar Tree

I know that the Easter holiday isn’t until April, but I saw some fun Easter items at a Dollar Tree store today. If any of these look good to you, don’t wait too long to head to your local Dollar Tree store because they tend to sell out of items fairly quickly! The Dollar Tree stores close to us have increased their prices to $1.25 for each item. But that is still much cheaper than other stores.

Let’s start with this adorable Easter box. They had 2 sizes of boxes at our Dollar Tree store, but items can differ from one store to another. This is a square box that is open on the top.

They also have a TON of plastic Easter eggs!! The packages go from as few as 6 large eggs to as many as 18 smaller eggs.

Here are some cute bunny treat bags! There are 4 in a package.

This is what they look like. They are made from cloth and I plan to put Easter treats inside a plastic bag before I put them inside of the bunny bags.

I found some adorable stuffed animals! 🙂

Colorforms Sticker Story Adventure boards make for some great quiet time play!

And, of course, there is a LOT of candy! SweetTarts Jelly Beans looked pretty yummy to me.

Don’t forget chocolate bunnies!

I hope this will be some help for you as you plan your Easter shopping list of things to get for the kiddos’ Easter baskets! 🙂

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! 🙂

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! 🙂

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. 😉 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. 🙂

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!