Friday Favorites No. 326

I've been so busy trying to get all my ducks in a row for my trip, I didn't even realize Easter was almost here. I knew it was this month, but that's about it. I guess it's time to come up with a plan, huh? I'm pretty sure all the ideas here could still be pulled off in time!

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I love the idea of coloring Easter eggs with natural dyes. I've talked about it here before, but I've still never tried it. I would never have guessed what Honestly Yum used to make this brilliant turquoise.

I know this centerpiece from Southern Living looks complicated, but what I was intrigued by was the carrots hanging underneath. I don't think "arrangement of your choice" on top means you have to DIY it, does it?

This project from Landeelu is a great example of how you can spruce up plastic eggs to use as decor.  Besides the baker's twine, you could use yarn, rope or even twisted fabric instead.

These yummy-looking ham and cheese scones from Baker by Nature would be perfect for an Easter brunch. Making a note on my grocery list. Ham, cheese, scallions...

If you have kids to entertain on Easter, and these coloring pages from Juliya S on Creative Market are a great way to do that. They're printable, so you can either make a book for their Easter basket, or just print out a few of your favorites to leave on the table with some crayons or colored pencils. In fact, I might need some of these myself!

You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!

Friday Favorites No. 325

The weather has finally taken a turn for the better here. A little less rain, a little more sun. I have my front door open as I write this, for the first time since last fall. Isn't it amazing what a little sunshine can do for your mood? Bring on more!

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This crocheted blanket from Dusty Geest on Ravelry looks cozy and is perfect for the spring season. Hey, not everyone wants a mermaid tail!

I love how this sign from Eighteen 25 has a modern look, while still keeping bright spring colors. 

I've seen lots of versions of drawstring bunny bags lately. I mean, those ears just make it perfect, right? Check out this one from We All Sew.

I'll admit, depending on the day I'm pretty easily amused, but these cookies from The Decorated Cookie cracked me up. Ba-dum-bum.

If you're making a stuffed animal for an Easter basket, there's no rule that says it has to be a bunny, or a chick, or a lamb. While there are plenty of sweet patterns for those out there, I vote for this dragon from Sweetbriar Sisters at Fabric.com.

You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!

DIY Easter Egg Fillers (that aren't candy!)

I'm making my third appearance on Afternoon Live today! No glue gun this time, so my nerves are a little calmer. My advice to anyone demonstrating a craft on live television is don't rely on a tool that has a questionable track record when no one is watching, because it's really going to act up when they are. 

(And here's the video, to prove I survived!)

Speaking of acting up, my topic today is things you can make to fill those kidlets' Easter eggs without adding to the day's sugar rush. I'm not against a few sweets, but we've all seen that flurry of Sunday clothes and plastic grass that happens when the safe jelly bean level has been exceeded. How about some ideas that not only have zero impact on their calm, but can also be fun to make? Here's a sneak peek!

Easter egg fillers you can make that aren't candy from craftystaci.com #eastercrafts #eastereggfillers

Bracelet Kit

Let's start with one that takes nothing but a trip to the craft store (or possibly just your craft room).  This is a good one for either big kids or little, just adjust your contents accordingly.

Gather beads, buttons, charms or any other trinket you can put on a string. Add some sort of twine or cord. Be sure there's some way to hook the ends, either with a macrame style loop and knot or, as I did, a lanyard hook and a key ring.  Another nice addition is a large, blunt needle, just be sure it will fit through the beads.

You can throw everything directly into a plastic egg, but keep in mind they won't know what's inside and won't open it with the care required, so you'll be looking for beads for days. I prefer to put the kit into a small plastic bag and put that inside the egg. 

Mini Paper Airplanes

There are two ways you can package these. Either fold the plane, if it's going to someone that doesn't quite have the dexterity required yet, or just cut out the rectangle and slip that into the egg for a DIY plane.  You can print the ones I used here.

You don't even have to print these. You can cut a 2 1/2 x 2 3/4" rectangle from a magazine or even the right junk mail!

Seeds and Plant Markers

This is another super-easy one, and adjustable to the age and ability level of your recipient. Simply buy a package of seeds and add a popsicle stick or wooden ice cream spoon. You can either pre-decorate the stick as a plant marker, or let the kiddo do it (my personal preference!) I have great memory of a very tall sunflower my own little one grew one Easter.

Homemade Crayons and Printable Coloring Book

My kids used to have a big container of random crayon bits. Anything that was broken or without a wrapper went into it. My daughter actually took it with her when she left home. Those crayon box rejects would be perfect for making your own crayons.

Heat the oven to 300 degrees. Peel the wrappers off the crayons. Since I didn't have the tub anymore, I started with a box of 24, which took me an HOUR to peel. They mean for those things to stay wrapped. Break up the crayons and fill the cavities of a silicone mold. I recommend placing the mold on a cookie sheet, because trying to pull the floppy thing out of the oven when the wax has melted is impossible. Fact.

Bake for about 10 minutes, but keep an eye on it. Remove the crayons from the oven when they're just melted. Cool and pop out of the molds.

You can print the mini coloring book I made here. Try not to make fun of my art. 

You can also make your own - all it takes is a piece of paper and a black pen!

Wood Emoji Eggs

You can find wooden eggs in any craft store, in a variety of sizes. For these, I just painted them yellow with some craft paint, then added the faces with paint pens and a Sharpie.

Another option is to give the kids the bare eggs and some paint and help them create something fun.

Printable Egg Coupons

These might look like a little thing, but they have some big redemption possibilities. No chores for a whole day? A new book? Dinner of your choice? Sign me up. 

You can print out the ones I made here, or these blank eggs so you can write in your own.

Washcloth Bunny

Last but not least, I'm bringing back a little guy I shared in the olden days of the first month of this blog. I added a little tail there that I'm not doing today, so you can check that out there. All you need is a washcloth, a rubber band and a piece of ribbon to get started.

A small egg fits nicely on his back, which would be fun to fill with bath crayons or soap. I like that you can take him apart after the holiday and still use the washcloth. By the way, this idea also works with cloth napkins to decorate your Easter table.

There you are, and not a chocolate bunny or Cadbury egg in sight! I'd love to hear your ideas for filling those Easter eggs while keeping the level of sweets below DEFCON 1.  

Cross your fingers for me today!

Friday Favorites No. 324

Here we are, at the end of March, so the crafting world has turned its attention to the next big day on the calendar - Easter. Who are we kidding? That happened the moment the last of the Valentine's candy disappeared. I always feel we're a little more justified in doing that than the big retailers because, hey, it takes time to make stuff!

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Aren't these bunnies from Red Ted Art sweet? I think the main thing that drew me to them was the combination of fabrics. They look soft and cuddly, but that pop of color inside the ears really makes them stand out. 

This fold-away table from Woodworking for Mere Mortals would be a great solution to a lack of work space in a small sewing or craft room. I love how it looks like a window with shutters when it's down. On a side note, literally, how great are those crate bookshelves to the left?

You can file this egg-collecting apron from Heart Hook Home under things I didn't know I needed but are kinda awesome. Put it right next to a chicken coup with a red door.

Oh, Cadbury Creme Eggs. Thank goodness you're only around to taunt me once a year. Maybe I can squash that craving with these brownies from Cincy Shopper.

This festive pattern from TheSweetwaterCo on Etsy would be great for decorating the Easter brunch table. And each of your guests can take their carrot home! If I were you, I'd keep that bunny though... ;-)

You can find these, and my previous Friday Favorites, on my Crafty Staci’s Friday Favorites Pinterest board!

 

Chevron Easter Egg Hoop Art

It's spring! It's spring! It's spring! Uh, I mean, hey, did you notice it's spring already? Yeah, me either. I'd just love a little more of that colder-than-usual weather we've had all winter, and the fact that it's been raining most of the time since September doesn't bother me. At. All. Did they come up with that sarcasm punctuation mark they were talking about? I sure could use one right about now.

I didn't let what's happening outside stop me from celebrating the springiest of holidays with this month's hoop art, but it did have a rocky start. I knew I wanted to make an Easter egg with an oval hoop. The first version was a fail, because my hands could NOT get a grasp on what brain was trying to do. It just wasn't working, so I actually moved on to a different idea, but I kept looking at the hoop I'd already painted white. I realized I really had my heart set on the egg, so look for the alternate project next month, because I love it too. Today though, Easter Egg 2.0.

To make this, you'll need:

  • one 9 x 5" oval embroidery hoop

  • white paint

  • ribbon

  • felt

  • 2 1/4" fabric squares:

  • 10 pink

  • 10 blue

  • 8 purple

  • 8 green

Paint the embroidery hoop with the white paint. The only parts that are really important are the front and outside of the outer hoop. You can leave the rest unpainted. I just realized that, right now.

Match up the fabric squares so you have one row of five pink/green, one row of pink/blue, one row of blue/purple and three sets of purple/green.

Lay each pair of squares with right sides together. Draw a diagonal line in the center.

Pin the pieces together. Stitch 1/4" from either side of the line you drew.

Cut on the drawn line. Press each square open with the seam to one side.

Trim the seam tails. Repeat with the other 17 pairs. 

Lay out the squares so they look like this. You'll have one square left over.

Sew the squares into rows. Press seams.

Sew the rows together and press the seams. You don't need to worry if it's not straight because you're putting it into the hoop and no one will know. Unless you post it on the internet for all to see your saggy left side.

Cut 18" of ribbon. Wrap it around the outer hoop, centered at the top. Tie a knot just above the hoop to hold it in place.

Center the fabric on top of the inner hoop. Slide the outer hoop over the top. Adjust the fabric as needed and tighten the screw. Trim away the excess fabric at the corners on the back. It doesn't have to be precise or fancy.

Cut the felt to match the hoop.

Hot glue the felt to the back of the hoop a bit at a time, working your way around the oval and tucking in the fabric as you go.

Tie a bow or knot in the top of the ribbon for hanging.  I'm so glad I didn't give up on this little egg!

Friday Favorites–Easter

Before I get into all the Eastery goodness I’m here to share today, just a quick reminder – today is the last day to use the free shipping codes in my Etsy shop.  Use the code SPRINGSHIPPING for free shipping on any order within the United States.  For my international customers, use the code SPRINGWORLD for a $4 discount on shipping.

All items in my clearance section are 50% off, but the codes can be used on anything.  There are some great Mother’s Day, graduation, teacher appreciation and Father’s Day gifts still available!

Now, on to the difficult-to-narrow-down Easter projects!

10 Easter Crafts and Recipes - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

Why should bunnies get all the love on Easter?  These Easter Chicken Pouches from Ulla’s Quilt World sit perfectly on top of an egg, as any good chicken should.

Quilted Easter Chicken Pouch by Ulla's Quilt World

This little guy might look good enough to eat, but instead Sew Many Ways has come up with a great outdoor decoration that will likely keep his head.

Faux Chocolate Easter Bunny by Sew Many Ways

My husband says he remembers making these DIY Egg Planters in Sunday school when he was a kid.  If, like me, you aren’t familiar with them, let Hello Home Shoppe show you how it’s done.

DIY Egg Planters by Hello Home Shoppe

The sheer volume of Easter candy can get a little overwhelming.  Try filling a few eggs with these Easter Egg Coupons from U Create instead.

Easter Egg Coupons by UCreate

Don’t let your carefully decorated Easter eggs sit around in a basket somewhere.  Give them some wheels with these printable cars from Mr. Printables.

Egg People on the Road by Mr Printables

I’d love to try dying Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid, as shown on Totally the Bomb, just for the smell alone.

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid by Totally the Bomb

Nothing but Country shared this Magic Jelly Bean craft for May Day, but it would be a sweet Easter activity as well.  Click through to find out what grows when you plant magic jelly beans.

Magic Jelly Beans by Nothing But Country

Not only do these Orange Bunny Rolls from Budget Gourmet Mom sound yummy, but they actually look pretty easy.  A couple of twists, a tail, and you’ve got a bunny.

Orange Bunny Rolls by Budget Gourmet Mom

After the kids have found all the eggs and, if they’re my kids, hidden them and found them a couple more times, keep them busy with this Pin the Tail on the Bunny Game from Lil’ Luna.

Pin the Tail on the Bunny by Lil Luna

These Peep S’mores from Eclectic Recipes are pretty simple, but I had to include them here after my husband and I laughed a little longer than we should have at this photo of the smushed Peeps.  I know – so wrong.

Peeps Smores by Eclectic Recipes

Have a wonderful Easter!

Friday Favorites–Carrots

You know how most people have a certain food or two that they just can’t tolerate?  That one that you can’t even eat to be nice?  My big one: cooked carrots.  I can manage if they’re minced up small and mixed with other stuff, but plain – there’s just no way.  Taste, texture, it’s the whole package.  Oddly, I like them raw and even more weird, I love carrot cake.  Fortunately, there are many ways to enjoy the beauty of a carrot without having to choke one down all by itself. Friday Favorites - Carrot Crafts and Recipes - Crafty Staci

I’ve seen many versions of carrot-in-dirt cupcakes lately, but these Carrot Top Cupcakes from Hungry Happenings seems the easiest to actually pull off.  For those of us who are not naturally talented cake decorators at least.

Carrot Top Cupcakes by Hungry Happenings

When I switched to K-cups a while back, I was left with part of a Costco-sized package of coffee filters.  These Coffee Filter Carrots from Urban Comfort would be a great way to use a few up.

Coffee Filter Carrots by Urban Comfort

This Carrot Cake Fudge from Inside Bru Crew Life looks fabulous.  Anyone know where to find the Carrot Cake M & M’s?

Carrot Cake Fudge by Inside Bru Crew Life

These little Thread Spool Carrots from Crafts by Courtney are made using washi tape, but lots of other crafts supplies would work if you can’t find it in orange.

Thread Spool Carrots from Crafts by Courtney

I love how each piece of this Pineapple Carrot Cake from Just a Taste looks like a carrot.

Pineapple Carrot Cake from Just a Taste

These Springtime Baby Carrots from Carolyn’s Homework are a great Easter decoration when you’re going for a more grown-up look.

Springtime Baby Carrots from Carolyns Homework

Just try and keep all the little bunnies out of your kitchen after you make these Carrot Cake Truffles from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen.

Carrot Cake Truffles from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Better yet, let them in and put them to work making Fingerprint Carrot Cards from Sassy Dealz.

Fingerprint Carrot Card from Sassy Dealz

This cute Carrot Bunting from Fiskars would be an easy way to add a little color to your Easter decor.

Carrot Banner from Fiskars

These Carrot Easter Eggs from A Night Owl are just adorable!

Carrot Easter Eggs by A Night Owl

So tell me, carrot fan or not?

Friday Favorites–Bunnies

Is is just me, or are there a ridiculous number of really cute Easter crafts and recipes out there this year?  I’m going to blame Pinterest for that one, because it seems like ever since it rolled into town there’s just more of everything.  Especially food.  Seriously, can we all agree to stop posting delicious-looking things late in the evening when I’m trying not to snack? 

Friday Favorites - 10 Bunny Crafts and Recipes - Crafty Staci

Almost anything that involves coconut is a-ok with me, but these Easter Bunny Tail Truffles from Pizzazzerie are cute to boot.

Bunny Tail Treats from Pizzazzerie

I kinda love how The Frugal Girls made Peeps seem almost healthy with these Peep Fruit Kabobs.

Peeps Fruit Kabobs from The Frugal Girls

Okay, everybody look at this Lop Eared Sock Bunny from Craft Passion, then say it with me – Awwww!

Lop Eared Sock Bunny by Craft Passion

I can’t even imagine how long it must have taken to make this Candy-Coated Easter Bunny Cake from Party Pinching, but it’s adorable.  I wouldn’t let anyone cut it.  Ever.

Candy Coated Easter Bunny Cake from Party Pinching

This Peeps Garland from Pillows A La Mode makes me think of paper dolls.  Or paper bunnies, in this case.

Love me some Nutter Butters.  That’s why you’ll find none of them in my house.  However, after seeing these cute Nutter Bunnies from Plain Chicken, I might have to go out and buy some.

Nutter Bunnies from Plain Chicken

These Hungry Bunnies from Lil Blue Boo look like they were modeled after a well-loved stuffed animal.

Hungry Bunny from Lil Blue Boo

Sometimes it’s just the simplest thing that spices up a table, like these Bunny Tail Drink Stirrers from Pizzazzerie.

BunnyTail Drink Stirrers from Pizzazzerie

Bunnies don’t always have to be sweet.  Check out these Easter Bunny Stuffed Eggs from My Fudo.

Easter Bunny Deviled Eggs from My Fudo

But sometimes they need to be completely made of sugar, like these sweet Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops from Dollhouse Bake Shoppe.

Easter Bunny Marshmallow Pops from Doll House Bake Shoppe

I’ve been working to get my Etsy shop ready for spring this week by adding some new fabrics and a bunch of new ready-to-ship items.  I decided there were some things that need to find homes, so starting today…

Etsy Clearance Sale Spring 2014 - Crafty Staci

Friday Favorites–Easter

Easter happens to fall on the very last day of spring break for my kids this year, which means my husband and son will be arriving back home from their camping trip and my daughter has to head back to start her next college term.  On Easter.  I heard there was some talk of trying to make the Monday after the Super Bowl a holiday – how about the Monday after Easter?  Who’s with me?

When I’m not whining about our messed up Easter, I’ve found lots of cute things to make.  Trying to stay in balance you know.  Let’s start with these Bunny Cookies and Milk from Munchkin Munchies.  Cookies and milk makes everything better.

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I found these adorable Droopy Ear Sock Bunnies on Craft Passion when I was looking for sock monkeys.  These almost made me change my mind and make them instead.

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Little kids hopped up on sugar all day on Easter isn’t nearly as much fun as it sounds.  Balance it out with this Easter Egg Lunch from Ramblings of a Handbag Designer.

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These Sleepy Bunny Goody Bags from Probably Actually look easy to make.  I could see kids storing treasures in them after Easter is over.  You just might want to check and make sure those treasures aren’t meant to be refrigerated.

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Tired of those solid colored plastic eggs?  Try taking them up a notch with these Fuzzy Easter Eggs from Pajama Crafters.  They still open!

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This Crochet Bunny Hat from Fashion Crochet Design would be cute anyway, but that flower…love!

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It’s hard to believe the simple materials that go into making these Easter Décor Carrots from The Creek Line House.

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If you’re visiting friends or family for Easter, this Hostess Gift for Easter from ‘A Casarella might come in handy.

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My husband loves carrot cake, so I think these Inside Out Carrot Cake Muffins from King Arthur Flour will be on the menu for our late-day brunch.

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If you’re a knitter, these Juicy Fruit Bunnies from Petite Purls are for you.  And if you’re looking to get rid of one, feel free to send it my way.  I didn’t notice at first, even though the name should have given it away, but their hats are fruit!

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Have a wonderful Easter!