Easter Ideas: Egg Painted Tote Bag

Egg Painted Tote Bag

I’ve had a go at making printed canvas bags before (here and here), as they are such an easy little DIY project. Those bags were made using transfer paper, my printer and Photoshop, but this one is even more simple, as it’s been made with fabric paint and buttons. It’s just an easy Easter craft that can hold all the little chocolate goodies that we all crave over the holidays, so give it a go.

Supplies

  • A cotton tote bag
  • 2 pieces of white card
  • Fabric paint
  • A selection of buttons
  • Glue and scissors
  1. Make a template by drawing a couple of egg shapes onto a piece of white card and cutting out the centres.
  2. Place the other piece of card inside the tote bag to stop the fabric paint from seeping through to the back.
  3. Place the template on top of the tote bag and paint over the egg shapes with fabric paint using a paint brush. Move the template around and paint as many eggs on as you like.
  4. Leave the paint to dry.
  5. If you want your tote bag to be washable you’ll want to seal on the paint using an iron (follow the individual instructions on your paint).
  6. Glue or sew on a variety of buttons to decorate the eggs and the empty spaces in between (sew them on if you want the bag to be washable, otherwise just use craft paint).
  7. Leave it all to dry before using it to carry around all your Easter goodies.

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Photo Credit: Lucy

Easter Ideas: Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Truffles

These are the simplest little idea for an Easter snack I ever did see. And because they’re so cute and look like eggs, they also look great on an Easter table next to all the other decorations that you might have. Let’s be honest, no-one can resist eating chocolate for Easter, so there’s no point in even trying, you might as well embrace the delicious treats and think about all the exercise you’ll have to do at the back end of the month to work it off. This recipe is from Good Housekeeping Spring Cookbook.

Salty Chocolate Egg Truffles

Ingredients

  • 200g milk chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon flaked rock salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 100ml double cream
  • Food colouring paste in a Spring colour
  • 75g icing sugar
  1. Put the milk chocolate in a medium heatproof bowl, and add the salt and vanilla extract.
  2. Place the double cream in a small saucepan and heat until almost boiling, before pouring onto the chocolate and stirring until melted and smooth.
  3. Chill until firm (at least 4 hours).
  4. Rub a large smear of food colouring paste onto a plate and then top with icing sugar, rubbing to mix.
  5. When the chocolate mixture is firm, dust hands with icing sugar and roll teaspoons of the mixture into an egg shape. Then roll in the icing sugar and chill until ready to serve.

 

White Chocolate & Hazelnut Egg Truffles

Ingredients

  • 200g white chocolate, finely chopped
  • 25g chopped butter
  • 75ml double cream
  • 50g pre-chopped and roasted hazelnuts
  1. Put the chocolate, butter and 50ml of the double cream into a medium heatproof bowl.
  2. Place the bowl over a pan of gently simmering water and heat until just melted.
  3. Take off the heat and stir in the remaining 25ml of the double cream.
  4. Chill until firm (at least 4 hours).
  5. Put the hazelnuts into a bowl. Once the chocolate mixture is firm, scoop out teaspoons of the mixture and roll into an egg shape. Roll in the nuts and chill until ready to serve.

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Photo Credit: Lucy

Easter Ideas: Egg Garland

Egg Garland

You’ll know by now that I’m a garland fan (Christmas, Halloween, Valentine’s Day), so why wouldn’t I give one a go for Easter?! Again, this is so incredibly simple that it can barely be considered a DIY, but it’s something you’re making yourself that will make your home look pretty this season, so let’s not worry about the technicalities. You just need a needle, some thread and some appropriately shaped eggs for this project, and how far you go with it is up to you. I used two types of eggs for this: one was some pre-painted speckled foam, and one was yellow, glitter baking clay, which I pierced using a needle. Done.

Supplies

  • Baking clay
  • Foam eggs
  • Needle
  • Cotton
  1. Divide the baking clay into even pieces – I got 5 eggs out of mine, but if you make them a little smaller then you’ll get more.
  2. Pierce each egg with a needle to create a hole through the egg before baking according to the packet’s instructions.
  3. Once baked and cooled, collect together, alongside any other eggs you’ve chosen to use. Alternatively thread each type of egg onto the cotton using the needle, for as long as you want your garland to be.
  4. Hang in an appropriate spot in your home and enjoy.

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Photo Credit: Lucy

 

Easter Ideas: Spotted Egg Cookie Pops

Egg Cookie Pops

This is such a super simple recipe and it’s a colourful and fun treat for anyone to give a go, that’s there really is no excuse for not whipping up a little batch of these. You could even get kids involved, considering how easy it is.

Ingredients

  • Raw cookie dough (without the chocolate chips)
  • Sugar coated chocolate candy (such as Smarties)
  • Pop sticks
  1. Split the cookie dough into even sized pieces. Make oval shapes out of the dough, place them onto greased baking trays and flatten them lightly.
  2. Push a few sugar coated pieces of chocolate into the top of each cookie.
  3. Push a pop stick into the base of each cookie, ensuring it’s in at least 2cm.
  4. Bake as you would normally, cooling on a wire rack.

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Photo Credit: Lucy

 

Easter Ideas: Treat Box

Easter Ideas: Treat Box

I feel like Easter is the kind of holiday where kids should get involved in all the crafting. Everything is so colourful and filled with chocolate that how can they not want to be included in the festivities? That’s where super simple crafts come in, as they can feel like they’ve created something entirely on their own and come up with something pretty and practical at the end of it. These sweet little treat boxes fit the bill a treat, as they take the minimal amount of time to make, look so cute and fun and can be used for many Easters to come. And because all you need is a little cardboard box, a tiny amount of paint, some glue and pastel coloured buttons, it’s pretty much as cheap a craft as you can get. My cardboard box cost less than £1, but you can probably get them cheaper if you buy in bulk, and I think the paint and buttons should be in light, pastel colours, just to capture the feel of Spring and Easter.

Supplies

  • A small oval shaped cardboard box
  • Paint, preferably in a light, pastel shade
  • Craft glue
  • A selection of buttons
  1. Paint a light coat of paint on the outside of the box and on the top and sides of the lid. Don’t worry about painting the inside, the cardboard finish looks pretty nice. Leave to dry.
  2. Paint a light coat of craft glue on the top of the lid and then arrange a selection of buttons on top, adjusting as necessary so that most of the space is filled. Some of the buttons might slightly hang over the edge, but the basic egg/oval shape will be shown so don’t worry. Also, try not to leave too much space in between the buttons, but a little won’t matter as the paint makes a lovely background.
  3. Let it dry and fill the box with little Easter treats. As it’s quite small, you will only get a few eggs or coins in there, which is great if you’re trying to limit the amount of treats you’re handing out. You could opt to fill it with something other than chocolate if you’d rather, anything that fits really.

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Photo Credit: Lucy

 

Different holiday destinations

When looking for somewhere to go on your summer holiday, often the most difficult part is deciding on a destination. If you’re looking for somewhere a bit on the unusual side, then look no further than the choices below. They all offer beautiful beaches and gorgeous sunshine, with the option of sight-seeing if you’re not one for laying by the pool all day.

Morocco

Morocco’s introduction to the mainstream holiday market in the late Nineties added a new genre to the library of world travel. Suddenly, holidays were scented with spice rather than sun cream, and the soundtrack of waves was remixed with calls to prayer. Today, more than eight million tourists come to the country every year in search of a beach break with a twist. Most people choose Agadir as their base, and for good reason. The stretch of coast here unravels for six miles and basks in 300 days of sunshine a year. The city itself eases you in to Moroccan culture gently by offering up European-style cafes and smart hotels alongside its bustling souks and Moroccan restaurants. Agadir is also close to the shape-shifting sands of the Saharan desert. And, the dramatic High Atlas Mountain range is about four hours’ drive away. Head a little further north from the mountains, meanwhile, and you’ll reach Marrakech. The highlight of this chaotic city is the market place in Jemaa el-Fna square. Even if you don’t have an eye to buy it’s still worth a visit. You’re likely to see bejewelled belly dancers and snake charmers cajoling cobras from wicker baskets.

Croatia

Croatia turned up on the UK’s tourism timeline fashionably late. In fact, it was only in the last years of the Nineties that the country started to find its feet in the mainstream market. Nowadays, though, more than 10 million people holiday here every year. A large part of Croatia’s appeal comes from its coastline. The seaside here stretches out for 1,778 kilometres and 1,185 islands float off the shores. In places like Porec, Rovinj and the Makarska Riviera, the white sand and soft pebble beaches are backed by waves of pine groves and lined with cosy cafés and restaurants. The sunbathing scene is just the start of Croatia’s story. The country is an up and coming diving destination. The shallow waters of the Istrian Riviera and Dalmatian Coast are ideal for beginners, while the deeper waters in the south offer more experienced divers the chance to explore coral reefs, caves and shipwrecks.Then there are the historical sites to consider. You could run yourself ragged in Split and Dubrovnik alone. Croatia is also great walking territory. The vineyards, pine forests and national parks here beg for the tread of walking boots.

Cape Verde

Floating 500 kilometres off the coast of Senegal, the Atlantic isles of Cape Verde have been dubbed the African Caribbean. They’re still fairly new to the travel circuit, but with their out-of-this-world beaches and lively surf, they’re quickly making a name for themselves. Cape Verde’s most popular island is cosmopolitan Sal, which is known for its striking, lunar-like landscape. It’s dotted with colourful, cobbled towns, like Santa Maria on the southern shores, where you’ll find surf shops, traditional restaurants and a pretty square lined with al fresco cafés. The main attraction, though, is the beach, which stretches along the coast for 8 kilometres. You’ll find plenty more in the way of beaches over on Boa Vista, which translates as ‘beautiful view’. The sands here halo the coastline for 55 kilometres and easily rival those you’d find in the Caribbean. Praia Chave deserves a special mention, thanks to its snow-white swathes and shape-shifting dunes. Whichever island you opt for, expect a melting pot of cultures. The Portuguese originally discovered Cape Verde, so there’s a mixture of African, Brazilian and Portuguese influences. You’ll see it in the island’s music, fashion and – perhaps most clearly – the food.

Sardinia

If you’ve never been to Sardinia before, you might expect the island to be a condensed carbon copy of the Italian mainland. But you’d be wrong. The differences start with the language. Sardinian or Sardo is as commonly spoken as Italian here. Sardinia’s architectural offerings are different to the rest of Italy, too. This is because the island was once the natural pit stop for empires journeying through the Mediterranean Sea. The Phoenicians, Vandals and Byzantines all left their mark on the place. But the influence that’s most obvious is the Spanish one. Alghero was colonised by the Spanish Catalans for hundreds of years. The town’s street signs are still written in Catalan and the design of the cathedral shouts about its Catalan roots. Another thing that really sets Sardinia apart from the boot is its beaches. The island’s north coast alone is scalloped with 80 coves. The fishing village of Isola Rossa lays claim to one of the most seductive stretches of sand. The water here is gin-clear, too, which makes it a great place to snorkel. What Sardinia does have in common with its Italian neighbours is its passion for food and wine. The island’s cookbook-worthy dishes include roast suckling pig and myrtle-stuffed wild boar.

All photos and information from Thomson.