Citrus Carrot Favor

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Citrus Carrot Favor

We’re nearing the end of winter and I’m ready to welcome the season of gardening, planting, and flowers! I might be jumping the gun a bit, but is anyone else over the frigid temps and grey skies? Easter is much earlier this year as well, so all the more reason to jump on it. Typically, Easter means the arrival of all sorts of sugary sweets. Chocolate eggs and jelly beans galore. So here is your healthier alternative: Citrus Carrot Favors are made of three different varieties of citrus fruits to build this sweet carrot! Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for sugar, but we thought we’d create a more refreshing alternative to mix things up. Bring these Citrus Carrot Favors to the office, the classroom, or to your neighbors as a seasonal treat! Chances are they’ll appreciate the sentiment and the juicy fruit!

Get the easy how-to after the jump!

Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath

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Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath

Mark your calendars! Easter is April 1st this year. It’s much earlier than usual which means we all need to stock up on Cadbury Eggs ASAP. Jelly beans and chocolate eggs aside, I love Easter! To me, it marks the official start of Spring, I’m just hoping the weather doesn’t miss the memo. This year we’re decorating with this Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath! We skipped the dying for this project to eliminate the mess and allow the wreath to keep for years to come. Naturally dyed eggs have such pretty texture. We tried to recreate that look with paper. We textured a rainbow of crepe papers using bleach and paint to achieve the desired effect. With the addition of some paper leaf boughs, this is a step above your average Easter wreath! Brighten up your dreary winter days with this Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath and a handful of jelly beans 😉

Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath

Get step-by-step instructions and photos to help you make your own Rainbow Easter Egg Wreath!

Chocolate Hazelnut Mud Cakes

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Chocolate hazelnut mudcakes by Sarah Coates of The Sugar Hit

There’s something about the coming of Spring, the Easter season, and the flowers in the air that says one thing: chocolate. It’s definitely the chocolate time of year, and these dark, fudgy little cakes are just the ticket. They would be perfect on at almost any event. They make as elegant an end to dinner, as they do a decadent addition to high tea. I particularly love these as an alternative to the more boring traditional gift of store-bought chocolates. Imagine receiving a cake box with four of these lush cakes instead of a boring foil-wrapped bunny, now that is a hostess gift! And I say four, because this recipe makes eight, meaning you get to keep some for yourself.

3D Easter egg cupcake toppers

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3D easter egg cupcake toppers

We had such a ball making some 3D Easter egg place cards that we had to make more! We topped off our cupcakes with some adorable mini Easter egg toppers. They’d also be fun as a garland or sprinkled on an Easter table.

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Materials:

  • scrapbook paper in pastel shades (we used mint, yellow, pink, and peach)
  • Easter egg template and flag template (download here)
  • sewing machine with threads in pastel colors
  • toothpicks
  • glue gun

Instructions for 3D Easter egg cupcake toppers 

  1. Cut out 2 to 4 egg shapes for each name tag. You’ll have to sew through each one so if you’re sewing machine can’t handle that many, take it down to 3.
  2. Sew a line right through the center of each egg.
  3. Distribute the paper around the center of the sewn line.
  4. Glue the egg to the inside of one of the sides of the egg and to the toothpick.

Voila!
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photos and crafting by Ashley Isenhour

DIY paper Swedish Easter tree

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Last year I had a reader ask if I could come up with a cheap and easy Easter centerpiece for the table. Well, a year later it’s coming true! Påskris it is! This one is cheap and easy though a bit time consuming.

Påskris is a Swedish Easter tree that I caught wind of while living in Scandinavia. I’ve been wanting to do my own version for ages now so this year was the year! They’re usually made with real feathers and painted Easter eggs, paper roosters, pipe cleaner witches, crochet catkins, and yarnball chickens (????) but I decided to keep it to paper feathers. I love the movement they created.

It would make a great centerpiece for an Easter table or just a fun decor statement for the house. And if you’re making decorations for a party, just make the arrangement smaller in scale to cut down on labor and costs.

Giant Arm Knit Bunny

Giant arm knit bunny

Last year I got to work with one of my favorite people, Anne Weil of Flax and Twine, on a fun project in addition to the book I styled for her, Knitting Without Needles. She popped into town to do some Easter projects. One of them being this amazing giant arm knit bunny. Isn’t it to die for? 

3D Easter egg name tags

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3D Easter Egg paper name tags

SPRING! Even though there’s still snow on the mountains and always, always a few more snowstorms before we finally hit good weather (Utah is a little trickester), I’m celebrating like it’s here forever! Hooray! Spring means pastels and wonderfully shipper projects. Lucky us get St. Patrick’s Day AND Easter all in the same month this year. But we’re kicking it off with Easter! These 3D paper Easter egg name tags are perfect for your Easter party or table setting.

3D Easter Egg paper name tags

Materials:

  • scrapbook paper in pastel shades (we used mint, yellow, pink, and peach)
  • Easter egg template and flag template (download here)
  • sewing machine with threads in pastel colors
  • white paper
  • black pen
  • glue gun

3D Easter Egg paper name tags

3D Easter Egg name tags

  1. Cut out 4 to 5 egg shapes for each name tag. You’ll have to sew through each one so if your sewing machine can’t handle that many, take it down to 3.
  2. Sew a line right through the center of each egg.
  3. Distribute the paper around the center of the sewn line.
  4. Cut out the flag out of white paper.
  5. Write the name of the person
  6. Glue the flag to the Easter egg.

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Photos and crafting by Ashley Isenhour

DIY bunny party hats

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As you know, it’s my personal belief that all holidays deserve a party and Easter is no exception. That’s why I came up with this DIY bunny party hat to celebrate in true bunny style. They’re perfect for an Easter hunt or sporting at the dinner table. No big pink bunny costumes (a la a certain Christmas movie) needed! See below for the full tutorial.DIY bunny hatsDIY bunny hats

I used the new Bunny Burst Tic Tac® mints to inspire my color palette for the bunny hats. They are a blend of artificially flavored green apple and grape mints and, of course, I ate a few along the way, to really get into the spirit. These little mints were the perfect confetti accessory for the table scene. Wouldn’t they be cute left out as a surprise for your guests mixed with the party hats?!DIY bunny part hats

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Materials:

Step 1: Make the party hats with this template. Any classic party hat template will do.

Step 2: Cut out eyes and noses for the bunny with simple circles and triangles and long thin pieces for the whiskers.

Step 3: Attach the eyes and nose with glue dots.

Step 4: Draw in a simple mouth with your permanent marker.

Step 5: Cut slits in the side of the hat with your craft knife.

Step 6: Cut out ears and fold at the bottom about ¼” up.

Step 7: Insert the ears and secure with tape inside.

Step 8: Attach twine to the sides of the inside of the hat to tie around the head. Secure with tape.

Voila!

Enjoy the Easter party with your new bunny hats!

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Photography by Trisha Zemp

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Botanical Easter eggs

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botanical easter eggs

I’ve been wanting to try these botanical black Easter eggs since last year when I become obsessed Molly Peacock’s book about the 18th century paper artist Mary Delany, The Paper Garden. In fact, I even suggested we start a book club with this title and then I just NEVER followed through. Because it’s my blog and I can do whatever I want. So I bought Easter eggs, painted them black, lost them, then rebought and painted new ones last week, AND THEN found last year’s. Always, huh?! Well, if you need any botanical Easter eggs, you know where to find them. These are a great idea if you like to spend a bit of time on an art project. I realize the detail is a bit more advanced, but you can simplify with easier color blocks and shapes to cut down on time. These could be great for kids in this simplified way. I give some suggestions below.

DIY origami surprise box for Easter

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For the last two years I’ve been creating tutorials for the Laura Ashley blog and I’m continuing this year with some fun projects made with their gorgeous wallpapers and fabrics. Hooray! The first one up for the year is here and it’s an origami surprise box. Have you ever made these before? I remember making them as a kid, but I never knew what to do with them. So, we decided to fill them up with some Easter goodies. Wouldn’t it be such a kick for a kid to blow it up and find some things inside? Find out how to make it below and head on over to the Laura Ashley blog for more fun pics and to shop the look.

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Photography by Trisha Zemp  |  Craft assisting by Alexa Jorgenson

Click below for the full tutorial

DIY Easter egg name settings

To top off the spring party spread (see previous posts here and here), I made these mini Easter egg name settings. You know me, I love things either really big or really small–it just makes things more whimsical. So, I came up with these little name tags that would be a cute topping for a plate setting.
Materials: acrylic paints, paint brushes, wooden eggs (I got mine from here), black pen
Step 1: Paint the eggs in a solid color.
Step 2: After drying, paint on an oval shape in a coordinating color. I chose colors in similar tones.
Step 3: Top it off with a simple monogram for each person at the table.
Donzo. I love ’em simple!

I wish this spelled something…missed opportunity. Sigh.