Make Easter Cards

Surprise your family and friends with a home made Easter card

Making your own Easter cards is a simple and cost effective way of wishing Easter cheer to friends and family. It’s also an ideal way to give kids something to do over Easter.

Create your own cards from cardboard and decorate them with an Easter theme. Easter designs could include the Easter bunny, Easter chicks, Easter eggs or spring time flowers.

Free Easter Clip Art for making your Easter cards.

You could also try cutting the card into Easter themed shapes before decorating with paint, glitter, tissue paper, flowers or anything else you fancy.

It’s also fun to create your own Easter poems for your cards. Here’s one to get you started.

The Easter bunny brought me an Egg
If you want a piece you’re gonna have to beg

Make an Easter Bonnet

Make your own Easter Bonnet and hold an Easter Bonnet Competition

Easter bonnets arose from the tradition of wearing something new to celebrate the coming of Spring. This has evolved from simple wreaths of flowers and leaves worn on the head to more elaborate bonnets.

An Easter bonnet is themed around spring and Easter icons such as eggs, chicks, bunnies and flowers. It can be made easily by making a basic hat shape out of cardboard and sticking decorative items to it. Decorative items could include flowers, glitter, paint or crayons, ribbons and bows. The idea is to be bold and fun with designs.

Hold an Easter bonnet competition for your children and their friends complete with a judging panel and Easter themed prizes.

Decorate an Egg

Show off your artistic talents with Egg Decorating this Easter

Decorating eggs can be really fun for children allowing them to come up with elaborate or whacky designs.

Decorations can range from a simple two tone design to a more elaborate multi-coloured egg. Simply coat the egg in one colour, allow this to dry and then apply as many other colours and designs on top as desired using. Use paint or pens to decorate.

A great way to help provide ideas for decorating eggs is to give a theme. For example, nursery rhymes (Humpty Dumpty), favourite films or tv programme (an egg Yoda or Teletubby), or family and friends. This encourages more creative egg decorating where pieces of cloth and felt can also be used to make clothes and hats for the egg characters.

Egg cups and egg box squares provide the perfect stand for showing off your finished eggs.

Before starting to decorate the eggs, make sure that you either hard boil or blow them first to avoid egg explosions.

Blowing an egg is simple. All you need to do is make a small hole in the top and bottom of the egg using a pin or needle. Then carefully holding the egg over plate or bowl simply cover the top hole with your lips and blow the contents out.

Make Easy Easter Cupcakes

An easy cupcake recipe for Easter Parties

Easter cupcakes make lovely treats for kids throughout your Easter activities and are great alternative to overdosing on chocolate throughout the day. They can be made up to a couple of days in advance and stored in an air tight container.

Decorating the cupcakes is simple once they have cooled. Designs can be based on Easter themes using any of the many cake decorating bits and pieces available from Supermarkets and cook shops. Designs could be of animals, people, Easter nests etc.

Here’s an easy cupcake recipe for children that makes 12 small cupcakes.

Easter Cupcake Ingredients

2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla essence
125g/4oz caster sugar
125g/4oz soft margarine
125g/4oz self-raising flour

Baking utensils

A bun tin or cupcake tin
Paper cupcake cases
A wire cooling rack

Cupcake Decorations

Basic icing (icing sugar mixed with water or margarine for a butter icing)
Marshmallows
Cupcake sprinkles, selections are available from most Supermarkets and cook shops
Tubes of writing icing
Sweets, mini Easter eggs

Making the cupcakes

Start by pre-heating your oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.

Then crack the eggs into a large bowl and add the sugar, vanilla essence and margarine. Beat these together until you have a smooth mixture.

Next sieve the self-raising flour into the bowl and beat the mixture together until it’s smooth.

Place a paper cupcake case in each of the bun tin holes and half-fill each of the paper cases with the cupcake mix.

Bake the cakes in the middle of the oven for around 18 to 20 minutes, or until they have risen, become a golden colour and spring back into shape when lightly pressed.

Once cooked, remove from the oven and place the cakes on a wire cooling rack to cool before decorating.

When cool the cupcakes can be decorated using a basic icing plus any of the edible cake decorations.

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