March 2012

Pass the Doily From the Left-Hand Side

Spring Craft Shows Offer Easy Gifts and Local Support

Whether you’re seeking some homemade candles, a huggable handcrafted toy or two, or just something made with absolute love and care, spring craft shows are the places to go. Unlike fall craft shows, which are usually held outdoors in the Midwest, spring craft shows often take place inside high schools, YMCAs, or other local centers in order to protect patrons from falling rain. This also allows patrons a place to safely browse without worrying about dropping a wallet or money outside, or having a gust of wind whisk it away.

How to Make an Easter Piñata

Piñatas aren’t just for Birthday parties. Since Easter is known for its abundance of candy, you can make a piñata that is in the shape of an Easter egg. Kids will love helping you with this craft, as it is quite messy.

You will need the following items to make your Easter piñata:
  • An oval shaped balloon
  • Water
  • Large bowl
  • Flour
  • Newspaper strips
  • Scissors
  • Tempera paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Individually wrapped pieces of candy

Easter Bunny Potato

Sometimes the best crafts are the ones you create while improvising. I found an Easter Bunny craft that was made out of Play-Doh. Unfortunately, the Play-Doh we had was old and dried out. That is when I took stock of my resources and decided to use a potato.

Keep in mind that potatoes will eventually begin to sprout and go bad. Using a potato to create an Easter Bunny is a temporary craft. I take great pleasure in creating memories with my girls, which is why we do so many crafts together.

Tissue Paper Easter Egg

There are so many different ways to create an Easter egg decoration. This time I’m going to focus on a tissue paper Easter egg. Children between the ages of 5 and 10 will especially enjoy this craft. I found younger children may get a bit frustrated with how long it takes to complete one egg, so I don’t recommend it for kids under the age of 5.

To begin you’ll need to cut a large egg shape out of a piece of construction paper, or poster board. I prefer the poster board because it has a thicker back. Once you have your egg shape, you need to cut a large amount of 1-inch squares from various colors of construction paper.