Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spring Has Sprung - Easy Easter Decorations

I love Easter… want to know why? Well, it’s one of those holidays that the kids get really excited about, but I find relatively stress-free. It’s a win-win for all of us! To me it’s a time for having fun with the kids and it signals the coming of spring, which, in and of itself is a wonderful thing!

Since Easter is right around the corner, I thought I’d share some whimsical spring-themed decorations to make with your kids. (And, even if you don’t celebrate, these are sure to brighten up any room!)

Paper Blooms

What you’ll need:
  • Various colors of tissue paper (the brighter, the better!)
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Plastic beads
  • Small pot with a piece of florist’s foam wedged in it
  • Fake moss
  • Decorations – i.e. gems with adhesive backings, small butterflies, bugs, etc. from craft store

String a bead onto a pipe cleaner to form the base of your flower. Cut flower shapes out of tissue paper then stack 6-8 cutouts, in alternating colors, on top of each other. Poke the pipe cleaner up through the middle then put another bead on the end of the pipe cleaner that is poking out the top of the paper flowers, sandwiching the paper between the two beads. Next, twist the end of the pipe cleaner around the top bead to secure (this forms the center of the flower). Scrunch the layers of paper to make the flower as full as desired, then “plant” it in the pot (optional). Fill your pot with as many flowers as you like, then cover the base of your flowers (to hide the florist’s foam) with moss. Add any other cute decorations you'd like, such as the butterfly and sparkly gems shown at left.

Sun Catchers

What you’ll need:
  • Waxed paper
  • Leftover crayon pieces 
  • Iron (to be used by adult, or under adult supervision)
  • Cloth
  • String
  • Suction cup hooks (optional)

Start off by grating crayon pieces into shavings, putting each color into a different bowl. Set out a piece of waxed paper in front of each child and have them draw a shape on the paper – an Easter egg, a flower, a race car or train… the possibilities are endless! Then, have them sprinkle the crayon shavings onto the paper (sparingly) within the shape they’ve drawn. Place the second sheet of waxed paper on top of the shavings, and then the cloth (as a protective layer between the waxed paper and the iron). With a warm iron, press down gently to melt the wax between the sheets of paper. Once it’s cool, cut around the outline of the shape and poke a hole and add the string. Decorate your windows by hanging them from suction cup hooks, or hang them like ornaments from large houseplants or indoor trees.

Did you know that another fantastic way to decorate is with our brand new line of Room-eez™ Wall Decals? They’re the decorations you can apply, remove, then re-apply whenever – and wherever – you want… without hurting your walls! And, we’ve designed a limited edition Easter pack of Room-eez wall decals that are available from now until April 8th for only $5 with any purchase – that’s half-price! To order, hop on over to oliverslabels.com.

1 comment:

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

Great post! Love the ideas :)