Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Make it Monday: Quick and Easy, Last Minute Easter Egg Baskets of Love and Appreciation

I'm super excited to be sharing an announcement, we are going to be starting a new series here on Ramblings of Mama, called "Make it Monday". We will have craft projects, educational projects, DIY home projects, you name it. If you want to know how to make something, let us know and we'll try to come up with the project with step by step instructions on how to make it! Here's our first installment of "Make it Monday", yes a few days late; because, as you all know, I'm an ace when it comes to punctuality and tons of other wifely duties. LOL!
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While I’ll admit I like sweets, I do get tired of the emphasis of candy during holidays. So, this year my children are giving message filled eggs as gifts for family, teachers and friends for Easter.


Supplies:
  • Paper (construction, scrapbook, plain standard printer paper – whatever you want)
  • Scissors
  • Glue (we prefer plain bottled glue because it can address
  • Pens, Crayons, markers, glitter pens, stamps. Basically anything you'd use for decoration.
  • Plastic eggs (the kind that come apart- Amazon has a couple of our favorite kinds HERE and HERE
  • Easter Basket Template (DOWNLOAD BASKET TEMPLATE HERE)  .

*If you do not have a printer that is currently working to print this template, then you will need a ruler and pencil to draw it out. 

Optional:
  • Ribbon for handle and/or decoration
  • Easter grass (you could just put the egg in the basket or use something else for filler)
  • Sharpies to design the outside of the Eggs (for your older group of kiddos)
Directions:
Let’s start with a simple paper basket. We just did a small basket to hold one egg beginning with a 6”X6” square. Download this template and print it – to make it super simple just print it onto whatever paper you want to make your basket out of.

1. Print template onto your paper and cut out the square.

2. Cut on the straight lines (using straight edge or fun craft scissors)

3. Fold in on the dotted lines
*if you want to decorate the outside of your basket, you'll want to complete this part now, as it's easiest to do while it’s still flat. Just decorate the center outside square of each side and when you fold the sides together make sure it is on the outside.
4. Put glue on one of the 2 inch squares that has been separated by cutting and fold a square next to it in to glue them together.


5. Repeat step 4 on the same side to connect together one side of the box (picture may clear up my meaning - cause I don't think I'm doing so well with words)

6. Repeat steps 4 & 5 on the other side of your square/box

7. You can leave your basket open without a handle like a little origami box or create a handle any way you like

8. Cut a strip of paper and write a message or draw a picture intended for the recipient of the egg


9. Roll/fold up paper so it will fit in the egg, then stuff the Egg

10. Put a little Easter grass or other filler in the basket and add your eggs to each of your baskets.  




Project Variations
Fill lots of eggs with messages and put them in a large basket by the front door. When people come by, you have them eachtake an egg. (great if you have others coming over for Easter)

Write a message and place the filled egg at each person’s place setting

For those of you wanting a larger basket or without a working printer just use a ruler do create your own template. The trick to this is that the square needs to be divided into 1/3 sections. The baskets we made began with a 6” square and are the right size for one to two eggs. The 6” size was easy since 1/3 of this size is 2”, so everything is 2” apart. However, you could easily use any size square and just do the math (that is if you are still able to do math despite severe mamma sleep deprivation)





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6 comments:

  1. That is so stinking cute. I bet my girls would get a real kick out of it.

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  2. This is very creative and quick. Easter is right around the corner and like most holidays comes so quickly. Such an adorable craft.

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  3. oh how cute! I don't have little ones at home anymore, but I'm sharing this for those who do! :)

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  4. How fun and easy!! I will have to make these! Super cute and fun for Easter!

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  5. How cute! This is simple enough for my kids to make.

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  6. Adorable! I'm going to show my daughter this tomorrow, so she has something to do while I blog after church ;)

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