Easter Egg Decorating- A New Technique to Us

Have you ever used the shaving cream technique to decorate Easter eggs?

We tried it! You might have seen it on Pinterest or other places around the internet, but we tried it! I thought it was fun. The kiddo not so much. He’s not one to get very messy…. The result is a very pastel egg…

Here’s what we did:

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We did them two ways… The traditional PAAS way and the shaving cream way. The used shaving cream, food coloring, a pan and a BBQ skewer. And of course, don’t for get the eggs because it ‘s very hard to dye eggs without eggs!

 

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Pretty easy…. Line the pan with shaving cream. Add food coloring. Swirl the shaving cream and food coloring combo with s bbq skewer (or anything for that matter). And lastly roll eggs around in the shaving cream.

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It is messy. If you don’t want to color your fingers, this project might not be for you! The kiddo thought it was the worst idea for decorating eggs ever and said he’d never do it that way again! He said, ‘Who came up with this idea anyway?’ Ha!

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Then you just let them sit. I let mine sit for about a half hour. Maybe if you let them sit for longer, they might become more vibrant… I didn’t have the patience to leave them fro too long!

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I decided to try it in yellow… Don’t recommend only yellow for this technique!

And the results:

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Pretty? Yes. Vibrant? Not so much… Fun experiment? I say so! there may be people who disagree (and I might just live with one of those characters!)

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The kiddo went back to the old fashioned way that he loves. And you can see the results are much more in your face. I guess it depends on the look you are going for.

How do you decorate eggs?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Easter Cupcakes

Have you started planning for Easter? Easter baskets, snacks? Family meals? Egg decorating?

I admit that I am not a great cake decorator, but we had fun with these cupcakes! I came up with three different ones! It was just one of those days where you weren’t planning on making something, but the idea came and you had everything you need. I love those days!

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So, I am trying to come to terms with my cake decorating limitations, but I have another kitchen flaw… I’m also not good at boiling eggs! It seems like one of those things that everyone can do. You put eggs in water and boil the water, right… Well, I still have not made a batch of hard boiled eggs without cracking at least a few.

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So I had an idea of what to do with those broken ones! I carefully cracked them and removed the eggs. Then cleaned out the shells and dyed them just like the hardboiled eggs. In the nice little old fashioned Paas dye kits!

For these I just filled the eggs with robin’s egg candy and secured the egg shell in the icing!

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Here’s the OMG moment when I realized I had a whole bag of pompoms down stairs! A bag of different sized pompoms, a bit of red paper and some hot glue and you’ve got some chicks!  Oh, yea! You know that crafty feeling I’m talking about, don’t you? I was running back and forth with this big cheesy grin, decorating cupcakes and making pompom chicks!

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And for my third idea…

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I wanted to make a birds nest! The kiddo says it looks like a birds nest…  With jelly bean birds eggs. I think they turned out cute, too!

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But I’m pretty sure the pompom chicks are everyone’s favorite!

 

No Sew Easter Egg Placemats- a Crafty Tutorial

I was all prepared to do a bunch of crafty Easter decorating, but I can’t kick this horrible cold. Needless to say, I haven’t gotten as many projects done as planned! But we did some sunny spring weather and we headed outside to do an Easter craft!

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First we did a fun and totally kid friendly project with stamping with toilet paper rolls. Then we glued them together with Speed Sew to make placemats!

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With eggs and without!

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Want to know what you need? Fabric for the front and back of the placemats, fabric paint, a bunch of toilet paper rolls, Speed Sew (you can sew these too, but I chose to use the Speed Sew). I also use toothpicks to spread the glue around, but they were MIA for the photo!

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First step… Cut your fabric into 13×19 inch rectangles.

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Put out the paint and get those rolls in there!

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How to get the egg shape? Just pinch one end. Or put a little more pressure on one side of the roll to squeeze the round shape into an egg shape. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s not hard!

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Then stamp! At first I thought we could use both ends of the toilet paper roll, but you can’t. You’ll want to use the top to add pressure to get your paint on evenly.

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I was going for a more graphic look. But my little helper went all artistic on me and started painting Easter Egg Heads! I was specifically told that this one CAN NOT become a placemat. It will be hanging on the wall!

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Iron a 1/2″ hem on each side.

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Now comes the Speed Sew! No sewing involved! (You can sew if you prefer, but now I have a way to not sew!) This step doesn’t need much glue. Just a little to tack it down.

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Glue the top and bottom together, wrong sides together. This step, I made sure to get really good glue coverage along the edges. Do this along each edge.

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And you’ve got some placemats! Yea!!

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We had fun making these! I wish I had had some cardstock with me to make cards, too. It would have been a great project for some easter cards, but we ran out of time before our family date night! What do think? Look like fun?

 

 

Easter is on It’s Way!

Today the kiddo and I went to see the Easter Bunny!

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I was recently contacted by Southcenter Mall about an opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny. I almost just said ‘Nope.’ But then I asked the kiddo and he was super excited! And full of questions. Is he going to be real? Or just a fake one to take pictures with??? I didn’t really answer the questions. I wanted to see his reaction!

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There were all sorts of cute eastery- details around the bunny!

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Love the smug smile on the kiddo! Whenever we get these pictures it’s hard to get a real smile from him!

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The Easter Bunny will be at Southcenter Mall through April 4th. There are 5 different photo packages to choose from. A portion of the Easter Bunny photos go to Support Breast and Ovarian Cancer Non-Profit, Bright Pink! A great reason to go see the bunny!

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A little High Five with the bunny!

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Other Southcenter Mall Easter activities include:

Free Easter crafts: Westfield Southcenter will be offering a free Easter craft on Thursday, March 26 and Thursday, April, 2 from 11 a.m. to noon near the Easter photo set in the Children’s Wing.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: Join Cha! Cha!, the adventurous and brave red-eyed tree frog, and the Easter Bunny for an “eggstra-special” breakfast buffet at Rainforest Café on Saturday, March 28, Sunday, March 29 or Saturday, April 4 from 8-10 a.m. Families can also participate in an Easter egg hunt, as well as enjoy free goodie bags and a free Easter basket raffle. Reservations required.

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It wasn’t the ‘real’ easter bunny, but we had fun! After the pictures we headed to the craft store to get glitter to decorate eggs with. Seeing the bunny really put us in the Easter crafting spirit! Are you crafting for Easter yet?

 

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Happy Easter!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter with family and friends! I know we did!

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I had planned a bunch of crafty Easter posts, but that didn’t happen. At all. My poor crafty kid missed out on Easter crafts this year. Recovering from this surgery has taken much longer than I was expecting. I’m doing well and moving around, but my moving around is pretty slow going.

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One of the Easter crafts I had planned was decorating super hero Easter eggs. But the planning fizzled and we ended up with the regular ‘ole dying technique. Then one day I came home and looky who I found in the Easter basket! Spider Man!

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A couple of funnies from our day…

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I don’t know what possessed me to buy Peeps this year. I don’t know if I ever have, actually. I think I was curious to see if my son would like them. He found them in his Easter basket and his first response was, ‘Hey! We can make a garland out of these!’ I love the craftiness in this kid!

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The sun has been shining in Seattle. When the sun starts to shine and temps rise, the city breaks out into thinking it’s summer. Most of us forget that it won’t last for long and the rain will be back, but we enjoy it just the same. So needless to say that since we don’t see it so much, we forget what it does. As in keeping things warm. The chocolate bunny got put away ’til later… in the sun…. Oops!

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OK, obviously you know that super hero’s are a big thing at our house… Well, Look what the Easter bunny brought to Momma! We needed a little girl super power going on here and especially one that has her own invisible jet! I’ve ALWAYS wants an invisible jet. And now I have one! YES!!!! And so what if the box says it’s only for 1 to 4 year olds. hmph!

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We had a lot of good times this weekend. And it ended with an another Easter egg hunt with our good friends (and their crafty mom.. check out the bunny bags she had them make), good food, sun and just enjoying our families! Hope you had the same kind of weekend!

My Easter Decorating Woes….

Now, I’m sure really why the easter bunny delivers eggs. And where did the whole easter bunny thing come from anyway??

Anyway…. I feel like just throwing my hands up with my decorating for this holiday… Everything turned out halfway. In the world of the cup half full, that’s great. In the world of the cup half empty, it got frustrating. With these projects I seem to be teetering right there in the middle of the cup! 

I’ve never really decorated much for Easter, or really many holidays other than Christmas. But having a kid around makes decorating for holidays so much fun.

Project 1- I’m sure everyone’s seen these eggshell flowerpots from Martha Stewart.

The Half Full Part- We put our spin on it with dying the egg shells before we planted some cute little flowers. My son was loving dying the eggs and then planting the flowers.

The Half Empty Part- Well, most of ours turned out like this…

Project 3- Another Martha idea… Silk dyed easter Eggs.

The Half Full Part- I got a few silk ties from Goodwill and off we started on another project. It was fun, but…. Most of them turned out, but not quite as perfect as they would for Martha…. We were excited though. My son loved unwrapping them after they boiled!

The Half Empty Part- Of course my son picked his favorite to be the red tie. Which although it said silk, must not have been since those eggs didn’t get dyed. And of course, those were the ones we unwrapped first. Luckily the other ones worked and it wasn’t a complete disappointment!

Project 3- If you’ve read other posts, you probably already know I am a spray paint lovin’ kind of gal! And if you’ve read any of my other posts, you already know that I also love to upcycle and recycle anything I can. Yes, I love to buy new, too, but I really try to find things used first and make them exactly what I want.

That was a long introduction for my third Easter project I have to tell you about. Spray painted bunnies….

Here they are before.

Starting with the Half Empty Part-  And after…. From a distance they look nice, right.

Well, let’s take a closer look! Lesson Learned- When the spray paint says to sand glossy surfaces, they mean, sand glossy surfaces….

The Half Full Part- The ones that weren’t glossy turned out pretty cute!

All in all our table decoration turned out quite nice and probably a better size than I had originally planned…. I think it’s perfect despite our ups and downs of decorating.

So I’ve shared my blunders and my successes. Have you had any funny decorating mishaps that have turned out to just the right design? I’d love to hear!