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Craft round-up - Easter

Easter bonnet, chicks, daffodils and eggs

For our eggs-ellent (yep, we went there) Easter round-up, we're handing over to the super-talented Chris Mosler of Thinly Spread. Her blog is full of family fun activities, tasty recipes, fab photos and ideas for getting creative everywhere from the kitchen to the garden. Pop over and take a look for some guaranteed inspiration, and follow @ThinlySpread for more tweeted treats.

 

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I thoroughly enjoyed wandering through all the blog posts linked up for the Easter crafty round-up and I am definitely in the mood for Spring now even if the weather isn't playing fair! With four children aged 7, 13, 15 and 16 I was looking for inspiration for all of them as well as myself and Mumsnet Bloggers certainly came up trumps!

 

There were lots of ideas for decorating eggs but Sonya's tattooed eggs over at The Ramblings of a Formerly Rock 'n' Roll Mum really caught my eye. I have seen these mentioned elsewhere but Sonya's are bright, bold and eye-catching and one my teens will definitely go for! They need nothing more than eggs and temporary tattoos, pop over and see how she did it!

 

 
 

I have long wanted to have a go at dying eggs naturally and Shea Wong's detailed 'How To...' is a godsend. Using only onion skins and beetroot, old tights and leaves she creates these beautiful 'Old World style' eggs. My children are very keen to have a go at these and we have been collecting onion skins for the last few days ready for when the holidays begin!

 

Old world dyed eggs
Hot noughts and crosses buns Edible crafts are always a hit in our house and if you can play with your food too, so much the better! Housewife in Heelz brings us 'Noughts and Hot Cross Buns', perfect! Her decorated eggs at the bottom of her post are also well worth a look!  
 

I've made my fair share of chocolate spoons over the years but Lucy's at Capture by Lucy are heavenly! I love that she has filled the bowl of a wooden spoon with chocolatey goodness. These bright, cheerful, edible delights would make a lovely alternative to the traditional chocolate egg! Do go and drool over Lucy's fantastic photography in this post!

 

chocolate spoons
chick egg holders

I like to decorate the house at Easter just as I do at Christmas so my next selection of crafts will come in useful, keeping the children busy and giving me some new decorations to boot! Maggy's Egg Carton Chicken egg cups over at Red Ted Art would make a lovely table decoration for Easter morning, I love their cheeky little faces! 

 

 
 

 

With a nifty bit of upcycling, Tamsyn G shows us how to make these adorable crocheted baskets - perfect for filling with eggs and other Easter treats.

 

 

 

Meanwhile, Jennifer's Little World brings us some simple paper mache gift bowls. The colours just shout SPRING to me and a few of these dotted about filled with goodies would cheer the place up no end!

 

Crochet Easter baskets

People who know me well know that I can't resist a pom-pom craft so this wouldn't be an Easter craft round-up for me without the appearance of a pom-pom or too! Three Kids and a Gluestick's fluffy Easter chick is a classic, shouldn't every child make a pom-pom chick with cardboard circles at least once in their childhood?!

 

 
 

Zing Zing Tree's drop dead gorgeous Diva duck is delightful (sorry, may have got carried away with the alliteration there!) and my girl and I will definitely be making her! I fancy making her an equally exotic Dashing Drake to partner her at the Easter Ball! 

 

We have a family Easter egg hunt every year and the children make their own baskets, this year we will be having a go at these lovely woven recycled newspaper Easter baskets from Elizabeth's Kitchen!

 

 
  Not everyone wants chocolate for Easter, I would be over the moon if someone were to make me some seed bomb Easter eggs like the ones you can see over at Me and My Shadow, such a brilliant idea!
Finally, at the end of a busy Easter Day what better way to unwind than having a soak in the bath? Rebecca at Here Come the Girls shows us how to make homemade Easter egg bath bombs, heavenly!  

   

That little list should keep us going but do check out the other entries on the linky too! There are lots of other ideas to keep little, and not so little, hands busy - especially if the weather keeps on misbehaving! If you do have a spare five minutes you could always have a go at our easy peasy fabric mache Easter Eggs too! I am determined to pretend that sunny Spring days are here at last!

 

Check out Chris' blog Thinly Spread for more great Easter craft ideas and year-round arty inspiration for all ages.

Thanks for all your wonderful posts. Keep an eye out for our next craft round-up theme coming soon. Remember, we can only include you in a round-up if you are a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network - so hurry and sign up here.

 

 

Last updated: 16-Apr-2013 at 11:48 AM