Easter Character Treat Cups

I have one last Easter post for you.  I actually made these several weeks ago but somehow forgot to post them.  So here is a last minute, non-candy Easter gift idea.

easter 5I used some cupcake containers (what are they called?) and covered them with some colored scrapbook paper to match the different Easter Characters.  And then attached the animal parts to them.  I picked up these containers at Wal-Mart but also found some here on Amazon:  cupcake cups.

easter bI filled these cups with Homemade Play Dough using our VERY favorite recipe! This play dough is so easy to make at home and is so smooth and soft.  It will last for a very long time if kept in a sealed, air-tight container.  We make ours with a packet of Kool-Aid which colors it and gives it a great smell.  You can find the recipe here: Home Made Play Dough.

easterIf you don’t want to make the play dough, you can fill the cups with some small cookies, a cupcake or some colored candy!

If you would like to download the Easter Animal Printables, click on the link below:

{Easter Animal Printables}

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DIY Burlap Bunny–Easter Decor

I don’t really do any decorating for St. Patrick’s Day.  It is not a holiday we really celebrate other than a small visit from the Leprechaun, turning a few items green and wearing green so we don’t get pinched.  So I have already started pulling out my Easter décor.

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I have been updating my Easter décor this year and getting rid of a few really old items that I just wasn’t in love with any more.  Here is my first Easter décor item I want to share with you today.  You can make one too!

easter-decor This framed Burlap Easter Bunny is not a new idea and I have seen several versions floating around the internet…here is my version.

I started with an old 12 x 12 picture frame that I had laying around and I spray painted it white.  I can’t remember the last time we had nice enough weather in a February in Utah to be spray painting outside! But I am not complaining!

easter-decorationsThen I took some burlap (which can be purchased at most craft or fabric stores) and cut it to fit into the frame.  I attached the burlap to the cardboard that came with the frame with a glue stick just so that it would lay down nicely and let it dry.

easter-craftsThen I cut this bunny silhouette out on my Cricut Explore and used the vinyl as a stencil.  If you don’t have a cutting machine, I have made it so that you can download the bunny as a pdf and make your own stencil the old fashioned way with a pair of scissors and some cardstock.

Stencil the bunny onto the burlap with white craft paint and let it dry completely.  Then simply glue a regular cotton ball or a white pom-pom onto the bunny’s tail with the hot glue gun.

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If you would like to download the patterns for the Burlap Bunny Easter Decor, click on the link below and follow the directions carefully.

{Burlap Bunny Easter Decor}

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CRE8TIME Movement–Easter Craft

Back in August I had the opportunity to head out to Dallas, TX and spent some time with some of the amazing people that work with Michaels.  They are so creative and so much fun and we had a good time creating together.  While there we were able to participate in the Michaels Leadership Conference and Holiday Show.  We also met the CEO of the Craft & Hobby Association, Andrej Suskavcevic, who shared with us an amazing campaign called CRE8TIME.

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CRE8TIME is a movement, a movement supported by a group of people who want to make a positive social change. As our lives become increasingly crowded with “responsibilities,” we tend to ignore ourselves and find it difficult to justify creative pursuits; they seem “selfish” and are often the first things we discard.  It’s time to reclaim our creativity!  CRE8TIME is a movement, a movement supported by a group of people who want to make a positive social change.  It is designed to help people recover eight hours a month and devote it to their particular craft, and to create a place for them to share their experiences – the joys, lessons, and results – with the creative community at large.  Learn more about CRE8TIME in this video.

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Now, I tend to spend a lot of my time creating, so finding myself creating for an hour a day is not unusual.  It helps that I am a creative blogger by trade.  But what about you? Do you find time to create in your lives?  I know that most of you LOVE to create, which is why you may find yourself here…on my site.  How does being creative make you feel?  For me, creativity is a way to unwind and relax.  A way for me to connect with who I am outside of all of the other roles I find myself in.

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As part of the CRE8TIME project and my partnership with Michael’s, I came up with a project that I would like to be able to share with you.  And, if you are interested, hopefully this project will help you to be able to find some time to add some creativity to your life if you are not already doing so.  Tomorrow I will share with you the printable pattern, photo tutorial, and the cookie recipe I used so that you can make some too.


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What is your favorite way to spend some time creating?  How does being creative make you feel or enrich your life?  I would love to know!

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