This month's wishlist is completely devoted to Easter which, just so everyone knows (since the date changes every year) is April 5th! I've got some tasty goodies, crafts, and decorations.
A Wish for Adorable Easter Yummies:
Nutter Butter Chicks from Sweet Simple Stuff
I know that the Easter Bunny is not the real reason for the season. I get that, but some of the Easter Bunny stuff is just too cute to pass up. These chicks are made mostly from Nutter Butter cookies, yellow candy melts, and Reese's Pieces candies. They're so simple and yet so creative and Bailey loves Nutter Butter cookies so these are sure to be a hit with her. I'm thinking I might set these up so Nana and Bailey can make them together.
Flower Pretzel Bites from Two Sisters Crafting
Another simple treat that kids can help make. Again, these are only three ingredients. The flowers are spring colored M&M's and they're glued onto the square pretzels using white candy melts that I'm sure could be swapped for a Hershey's Kiss or even Rolo candies. You could switch the M&M's for peanuts or almonds. They're pretty and impressive but easy to make. And, BONUS! They're that wonderful salty/sweet combination I love so much. I'm excited to try them out!
Bird's Nest No Bakes from Root and Blossom
This one's not quite as easy to make, but is still in the easy-intermediate range. If you've never had chocolate peanut butter no-bake cookies you should know that they're not at all difficult to make. Actually, the most difficult part for me is waiting for them to set up because they're one of my favorite cookies. They're made with cocoa powder, peanut butter, and rolled oats and have a similar consistency to fudge. In fact, you can find them in the bakery or deli section of most grocery stores although they may be called "novaks" if you buy them pre-made. These little nests are easy to assemble as all you need to do is place some sort of egg shaped chocolate candies in the cookies before they are set. I would suggest using a mini muffin pan to get the proper shape because these cookies tend to spread randomly around the waxed paper as they set up.
A Wish for Kid Friendly Crafts:
Easter Bunny and Chick Fingerprint Craft from The Chickabug Blog
Kids love to put their fingerprints on everything. I remember when I was in Kindergarten half of our day was spent tracing letters in fingerprints if not just finger painting in general. With the exception of Bailey who doesn't like to get her hands dirty with paint or ink, most kids enjoy this kind of art. These don't take much time or energy on either the part of the kids or the parents. They don't require much in the way of supplies either, just some plain paper, pink and yellow ink pads, and a marker for the details. It's a great way to preserve a bit of your child's size as well because as we all know, they grow up way too fast.
Easter Bunny Silhouette from Katie's Crochet Goodies
I saw several versions of this craft when scanning Easter crafts on Pinterest. This one is done with yarn and tape. I saw others done with paper and glue. Obviously this is a bunny but I also saw lots of eggs done the same way. You could even do different holidays or seasons. What about leaves for fall or shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day? However you choose to make yours I'm sure it will be beautiful.
A Wish for Cute Easter Decorations:
Spring Baby Grass Wreath from Capture the Details
Wreaths have become a year round thing rather than just Christmas and I have found the cutest one! This is so cool, partly because the grass itself is one of those yarns that I have no idea how people knit or crochet with. I always see fuzzy yarn at the craft store and wonder how in the world I could make anything with it without it turning out looking like matted fur. I just think this is beautiful and would look lovely on anyone's front door.
Easter Peeps Centerpiece from Taste of Home
Layered Candy Filled Vase with Flowers from Creative Juice
I have no idea why but these layered vases really appeal to me. These are the first layered vases I've seen made with candy and they're perfect for Easter. Jellybeans and Peeps just scream Easter to me. These would make excellent centerpieces for your dinner table or decorations for the buffet table at your Easter dinner.
Jelly Bean Candles from Bossypants via Hub Pages
I've loved candles since long before my parents allowed me to keep my own in my room when I was 14 years old. I've always wanted to make my own (you know, real ones as opposed to melting down my old ones and combining them in a jar) and these are so colorful and playful.
That's all for this month but I'll be back on the first Wednesday of April with a non-seasonal wishlist!
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