7 Cute Christmas Ornaments To Make With Craft Sticks

What are Craft Sticks?

Craft sticks are actually Popsicle sticks and tongue depressors like doctors use to check out our throats. Tongue depressors are wider than Popsicle sticks. There is no need to eat lots of Popsicles or swipe tongue depressors from the doctor’s office. Boxes of them are sold in the craft section of department stores and they are very inexpensive.

Other craft supplies to use for homemade craft ornaments include the following

  • pom poms in different sizes
  • wiggly eyes
  • paints
  • glue
  • ribbon
  • glitter
  • craft foam

Craft Stick Christmas Ornaments

Craft stick Christmas ornaments are easy for kids to make. Inexpensive materials and little preparation time make them a good choice for making Christmas ornaments with kids, especially as last minute ideas. Teachers and caregivers will appreciate these simple ornament ideas using craft sticks.

Craft sticks, along with other craft supplies will help kids create really cute homemade Christmas ornaments. Some of these ideas make great refrigerator magnets, Magnetic strips can also be purchased in the crafts section of department stores.

Parents and grandparents will cherish these ornaments or magnets for years to come. They will appreciate the teacher or caregiver’s efforts in helping kids make homemade Christmas ornaments. These are fun to make with your own kids too.

Craft Stick Tree Ornament

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  1. Glue three craft sticks in a triangle shape.
  2. Tuck in and glue a third craft stick.
  3. The kids can paint this shaped with green paint.
  4. Allow the paint to dry. Kids can decorate them with pom poms or other craft supplies.
  5. Add gold glitter on a yellow craft foam star for the top
  6. Add a ribbon hanger.

 

Craft Stick Rudolph Ornament

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  1. Glue craft sticks in a triangle shape.
  2. Leave an overlap for antlers
  3. Paint with brown tempera or acrylic
  4. Allow to dry.
  5. Glue on googly eyes
  6. Give Rudolph a red pom pom nose
  7. Add a festive green ribbon and hanger

 

Snowman Craft Stick Ornament

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  1. Paint a craft stick white
  2. Allow to dry
  3. Glue on eyes and buttons with small black pom poms
  4. Use a black Sharpie to add a mouth
  5. Glue on an orange pom pom for the nose
  6. Add a scarf of Christmas plaid ribbon
  7. Cut and glue on a piece of chenille stem for the earmuffs
  8. Add pom poms on each side to complete the earmuffs.

Craft Stick Christmas Snowflake Ornament

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  1. Arrange six Popsicle sticks in a hexagonal design.
  2. Paint with white tempera or acrylic
  3. Allow to dry
  4. Glue on clear beads.
  5. Add a hanger of silver rope thread

Peppermint Stick North Pole Sign Ornament

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  • Paint a craft stick with white tempera or acrylic
  • Add stripes of glue
  • Sprinkle on red glitter
  • Make a green construction paper arrow sign shape
  • Write ‘North Pole’ on the sign
  • Glue to the top of the candy cane pole

 

Manger Picture Frame From Craft Sticks

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  1. Form a square with four craft sticks that over-lap.
  2. Glue the four craft sticks together at the corners
  3. Glue on two extra craft sticks at the top in a triangle to form a roof
  4. Glue blue paper behind the ‘roof’.
  5. Add a craft foam star
  6. Add a photo from Christmas manger scene play
  7. glue magnetic backing or use as and ornament

 

Snowman Fridge Magnet

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  1. Glue 6 wide (tongue depressor) craft sticks onto a backing of 2 narrow (Popsicle)sticks. The Popsicle sticks provide support for 6 wide craft sticks.
  2. Glue a wide craft stick across the top horizontally, about 2 inches from the top.
  3. Paint the bottom white to represent the snowman’s face. Paint the top and horizontal stick black to represent the snowman’s hat.
  4. Allow to dry. Add googly eyes.
  5. Add craft foam shapes for hat band, carrot nose and mouth.
  6. Add a narrow black ribbon, and the magnet becomes and ornament.
  7. If desired, kids can personalize the front with name, date. Use a silver Sharpie.

 

 

Thanksgiving Memory Tablecloth Idea

Start a Thanksgiving Memory Tablecloth

Because of distance or travel time, Thanksgiving may be one of the few times during the year that certain loved ones can get together. Since children,grandchildren, nieces and nephews grow and change each year, this year try starting a Thanksgiving Memory Table Cloth. It is an easy and inexpensive way to create a special family keepsake.

 

Materials for Memory Table Cloth

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1. Purchase an inexpensive linen-type white table cloth

2. Fabric paint in Fall colors

3. Fabric markers

4.Large size artists brushes

Directions

Spread brown fabric paint on child’s palm and thumb with the large artist’s brush. Then carefully paint each of the four fingers a different color such as yellow,orange or green. Have child to carefully press hand palm-down on a prearranged area. Wash hand! Child then uses fabric markers to embellish the “turkey” with eyes, comb and waddle. Maybe even a little Pilgrim’s hat one year to be different. Encourage each child to express their own creativity.

Be sure to have each child use the fabric markers to add their name, date and special yearly message if desired.

Thanksgiving Memory Place Mat

A variation of the Memory Table Cloth is a Thanksgiving Memory Place Mat.Individual children can do hand prints on 11-inch by 14 inch construction paper. Use Tempera or acrylic paint rather than fabric paint. Embellish with fine pointed colored Sharpies brand markers. Cover with clear Con-tact for durability. These would make great gifts for grandparents, aunts and uncles.

Imagine how valuable your Memory Table Cloth or Place Mat will be in years to come!

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Jack-o-lantern Cheese Ball For Halloween Parties

 

Pumpkin Cheese Ball For Fall

Turn your cheese balls into jack-o-lanterns for Halloween! This cute cheese ball will delight your guests, and if you are invited to a fall potluck event, it travels well.

Simply follow a cheddar cheese ball recipe and form the cheese ball into a pumpkin shape. Tinted cream cheese will give your pumpkin cheese ball a jack-o-lantern face. A green bell pepper’s stem become’s your pumpkin’s stem.

Use this same idea all through the harvest season into Thanksgiving by leaving off the jack-o-lantern’s face.

Ingredients for Jack-o-lantern Cheese Ball
  • 2 cups shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese, reserve 1/4 cup
  • 1 8 oz. container chive-and-onion cream cheese
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • stem of a green bell pepper
  • black and orange (red/yellow) food coloring

 

 

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Directions for Jack-o-lantern Cheese Ball
  1. Mix all ingredients and form into a ball
  2. Chill at least 2 hours
  3. Use a piece of string or yarn to make indentations like on a pumpkin
  4. Dye about a  fourth cup of cream cheese with black and orange food coloring
  5. Put the dyed cream cheese in a sandwich bag and snip the corner.
  6. Pipe on jack-o-lantern’s face.
  7. Insert bell pepper stem at the top
  8. Serve with crackers, veggies, apple slices

Christmas In July: A Complete Party Guide

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Have you ever celebrated Christmas in July? There are several reasons to explain this wacky holiday- from mission work to boosting slow mid-summer retail sales. Whatever the reason, it is a fun, refreshing celebration and a good excuse for a party.

Try it once and it will likely turn into a tradition. Here is a complete party guide to help throw this party without a lot of time and expense. Let this guide tickle the creative bone. I’ll bet that you come up with a few creative ideas of your own.

While traveling recently, I sauntered into a quaint little Gyro shop and laughed to see decorations from virtually every major holiday. There were Christmas lights, alabaster Easter eggs, grinning Jack-o-lanterns and more strung along walls and stuffed into corners. A sign reading ‘Welcome to Earl’s, Where Every Day Is A Holiday” hung above the bar.

The scene brought back a lovely childhood memory of Vacation Bible School as a kid. In July we had a few Christmas decorations, refreshments and played games. We collected items to send to worldwide missions for the real Christmas.

It was a practice introduced to Calvary Baptist Church in Washington DC in 1942 by a minister who brought the tradition from his own church in Philadelphia. A Christmas service was held each along Carols and a few decorations. Donations were collected for missions to share with the needy worldwide on the actual Christmas.

Other Ideas on the History of Christmas in July

There are still other ideas on the origin of Christmas in July. December in Australia and the southern hemisphere is in the middle of Summer. The Aussies like to celebrate with Half-Christmas or Yule Fest. It is believed that Northern Hemisphere tourists, while traveling in the Blue Mountains one Summer were so thrilled to see snow in July they convinced the hotel proprietor to throw a Christmas bash. The idea caught on with the Aussies. They could join in on all the Winter Wonderland excitement of a northern hemisphere Christmas.

Still another account of the beginning of Christmas in July has the holiday’s roots from a girl’s camp in North Carolina in 1933 where a big celebration was held complete with a visit from Santa. It was such a hit the celebration gained attention from a national magazine. Still,today, a great Christmas in July celebration is held annually in the town of West Jefferson, North Carolina.

Then there is the theory that Christmas In July began in the western world as a way to boost sales during a slow period. With no major gift giving holiday between Father’s Day and Christmas merchants, began the campaign in the 1950s to rev up sales. They could offer discounts to clear Summer merchandise and make way for Fall and Winter lines.

Party Theme and Decorating Ideas

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Whatever the reason for Christmas in July it serves as a great excuse to party. Make your party a charitable event for an even better Christmas In July experience. After all, Christmas is about giving. There are two ways to go with the party theme.

1. There is no set date for Christmas In July. In 1944 and 1945 the United States Postal Service joined the armed forces with a huge Christmas In July luncheon. The idea behind the celebration was early Christmas mailing for the troops.

If American, why not deck the halls with flags of freedom and do the same? Pick the Fourth of July for your party, or keep Independence Day ” independent” and select another day in July. Just throw in a little green with the red, white and blue. Instruct your guests to bring items for mailing to the troops. Have a big box covered in leftover Christmas wrap for your guests to place their donations in.

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2. The folks Down Under love having Christmas in July. They can enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes associated with a cooler weather Christmas. In contrast, the majority of the northern hemisphere never experiences a tropical Christmas. You can with Christmas in July! Pick a tropical Christmas theme. Decorate with red and white silk-like tropical flowers. Let the host and hostess dress as Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Santa: tropical shirt, Bermudas, flip flops, Santa hat and sunshades

Mrs. Claus: grass skirt, bandanna bra, a lei and a flower tucked behind the ear.

Crank up the boom box with Jimmy Buffet’s Christmas Island CD.Instruct guests to bring a gift for a worldwide mission. Again, have a big box covered in Christmas wrap for donations.

Party Invitation Ideas

Party invitations are like a smile. Great invitations will set the stage for a successful party. Be sure to include the basics in the format of the invitations.

Name of the event

Name of host,hostess

Time,place, date

Special instructions (what to bring,dress, etc.)

Some ideas for invitations:

1. Recycle old Christmas cards. Type up the invitation and glue inside.

2. Write invitations on large balloons with an ultra fine point Sharpie. Instruct guests to blow up and read.

3. Send a message in a bottle invitation

Party Favors

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Party favors are optional. Here are some ideas to consider. Fill small sand pails with trial sized Summer items like sunblock and lotions or other goodies. Make the cute candy cane shades with white sunglasses and red electrical tape. Both the sand pail and sun shades can be found in stores that specialize in dollar merchandise.

 

 

 

Christmas in July Party Food

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Cold food, along with hot food from the grill is typical Summer fare. There is no need to change for Christmas in July. Simply grill the chicken, turkey or ham outdoors instead of in the oven. Wrap fresh veggies in foil and grill for side dishes.

 

 

 

Grilled turkey dogs will be a hit with the kids.

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Move over broccoli casserole! Add chopped red and green peppers to your favorite potato salad recipe for a bit of crunchy Christmas color.

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A peppermint ice cream igloo served with cupcakes iced in holiday colors is for dessert. For the “igloo” soften two pints of vanilla ice cream and stir in about two cups of crushed peppermint candy.

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Choose two bowls to use as molds, one bowl larger than the other. Add a tablespoon of water in each bowl before filling with the softened ice cream. Refreeze the ice cream for an hour or two. Remove from the freezer and unmold.

 

 

 

 

 

Love hot cocoa in Christmas mugs? Fill those mugs with peppermint chocolate shakes for a cold cup of cocoa.

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Idea: Go potluck with this party and have guests bring a dish of their choice. Provide a main dish.

Party Activities

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A few directed activities can really add to a party. Try these ideas for your Christmas in July party.

1. Have Christmas Carol Karaoke. Home Karaoke machines will have them.

2. Play Bad Santa. Have guests bring a fun, inexpensive wrapped gift. The host or hostess opens the first gift and then chooses someone to open a second gift. The second guest can keep his gift or swap gifts with the host or hostess. The second guest then chooses the next guest to open a gift. This guest continues the game.

3. Kids at the party? Set up a Christmas cookie decorating or ornament making station.

4. Everyone will enjoy a water balloon snowball fight. Fill up lots of white balloons and choose teams.

5. Set up the den or TV room with a classic Christmas movie for guests to wander in and watch as they wish.

6. Sparklers and a few fireworks can close the party after dark.

 

There! Now wouldn’t you like to do this again next year? You have started a new tradition!

Firecracker Popsicles and Sparkler Cookies For July 4th

It’s hard to believe, but the 4th is just around the corner.

This year, make something,  especially for the kids. Letting them help you would make it even better. They’ll love you for it, and it will make them feel special on this truly meaningful holiday.

Sure, they’re sugary, but hey, Independence Day is up there on the list of major holidays.

Firecracker Popsicles are created by layering Berry Blue Typhoon, Fruit Juicy Red Hawaiian Punch and Gatorade Frost freezing one layer at a time. Add a red Twizzler “fuse” just before fully frozen.

Sparkler cookies can be made with sugar cookie refrigerator dough, frosting, sprinkles and sugars in patriotic colors. If you have a favorite sugar cookie and frosting recipe, and the time, that would make this project even more special.

I used the refrigerator dough and a ready-made buttercream frosting.

How to Make Homemade Firecracker Popsicles 

 

 

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  1. Fill individual Popsicle molds 1/3 full with the red Hawaiian Punch.
  2. Freeze until solid.
  3. Pour cold, semi-frozen Gatorade Frost for the next 1/3.
  4. Insert a piece of red Twizzler candy before thoroughly frozen.
  5. Pour on the blue Hawaiian Punch and freeze until solid.
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Freeze layers of Hawaiian Punch
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Twizzlers are the firecracker fuses!

4th of July Sparkler Cookies

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  1. Slice refrigerated cookie dough in 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Flatten with a rolling pin on a floured bread board.
  3. Roll up into pencil-sized “snakes.”
  4. Cut into about 3-inch lengths.
  5. Bake according to package or recipe directions.
  6. Cool. Frost the ends  and decor
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Roll up strips of cookie dough for sparkler cookies.

 

Easy Bunny Rolls Recipe Using Crescent Rolls

Walmart’s Bunny Buns

I saw Walmart’s cute life hack idea for bunny buns made from Crescent Rolls while at the checkout for my last Easter shopping. The line was long enough to see it three times on the Walmart Advertising screen.

They looked so cute and easy, now I had to stop at another store on the way home for Crescent Rolls and raisins. The directions were to:

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  1. first roll out a triangle into a long rope.
  2. pinch off a bit to form a little ball for the tail.
  3. then roll the long rolls up in a swirl like a number 6.
  4. now form the bunny ears by splitting the top.
  5. add a raisin eye.
  6. brush on an egg white wash
  7. bake at 350 for 8 to 12 minutes

Easter Bunny Buns for Kids to Make

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Walmart’s bunny buns are great for the kids to help make. Most of our’s turned out cute. But you have to have an eye for perspective when putting them together. They weren’t as effortless as the Walmart ad video makes them look. Some of ours looked more like snails with a ball on their neck. So you have to take care to put the tail in the right place.

This could be because there are two ears but only one eye. But the raisins would obviously be too big to use both. One option is to make one ear for a bunny profile. But this makes it look a little like a normal snail.

All in all, our Walmart bunny buns were a success. They’re a bit abstract, but they resemble rabbits well enough. And the recipe is easier than many other bunny bun recipes I’ve seen.

I highly recommend Walmart bunny buns.

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Best Easter Ham Glazes

Easy Pineapple Cherry Ham Glaze

Now is the time to start planning your Easter dinner. What will be your main dish? Ham is a popular choice. A slow-cooked ham with a tasty glaze and attractive garnish will be a beautiful addition to the Easter Holiday table.

My favorite glaze for ham is a pineapple cherry one that I use to baste a fruited ham. The glaze is made with the juices drained from a 10-ounce jar of Maraschino cherries and a 20 ounce can of sliced pineapple. Following are the ingredients and directions for pineapple cherry ham glaze.

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Ingredients for pineapple cherry ham glaze
  • one 20-ounce can pineapple slices, drain and reserve juice
  • one 10-ounce jar Maraschino cherries, drain and reserve juice
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • one cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • one tablespoon corn starch
Instructions
  1. drain juices from pineapple and cherries
  2. add juices to saucepan
  3. add the other ingredients
  4. heat on medium heat. stir until the mixture boils.
  5. boil for one minute. remove from heat

Basting Ham with Pineapple Cherry Glaze

I cook my ham in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes per pound. I first put a cup of water in the roaster and place the ham in fat side up. I remove the ham half way through the cook time and score it. Then I begin lovingly basting it with the glaze. I continue to cook and baste two or three more times to ensure a juicy and succulent ham.

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Garnish for the Ham

About a half hour before the cooking time ends I remove my ham once more. I garnish my ham with the pineapple slices and Maraschino cherries. I return the ham to the oven to finish baking. I turn off the oven at the end of the cooking time and let the ham slowly cool down. And, you guessed it, I baste it yet again with the pineapple cherry glaze.

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Best Deviled Egg Recipe

I place my ham on a bed of greens such as endive. I surround my Easter ham with deviled eggs dusted with paprika. The Easter Ham is ready. Now all I need to do is plan is some side dishes. There are so many tasty dishes to go with ham! That should be easy!

Mom’s Best Deviled Egg Recipe:

  • 10 hard boiled eggs
  • one tsp dry mustard
  • one tsp celery seed
  • one tsp parsley flakes
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • paprika

After cooling the boiled eggs, peel and halve them. Scoop out the yolks and place in a bowl. Mash the yolks using a fork. Add the other ingredients and mix well. Fill the egg white halves with the deviled egg mixture with a spoon or a pastry bag. Dust the eggs with paprika.

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Other Ham Glazes

Other Ham Glazes:

Cola Glaze:

This recipe uses maple syrup, brown sugar, cola and Dijon mustard for a truly unique ham glaze.

Honey Glaze:

Dark corn syrup, honey and whole cloves will produce a glaze that mimics the famous one baked with honey!

Orange Glaze:

Apple cider, orange juice and orange marmalade mixes together with mustard and ginger. The result is a tangy sweet ham glaze.

Mango Orange Glaze:

Orange marmalade and mango chutney together with cloves and brown sugar will make a delicious glaze with a tropical twist.

Best Ever Ham Glaze: Orange marmalade and honey mustard must go great together in this truly unique ham glaze recipe.

Make these cute Deviled Egg Easter Peeps to go with your ham.

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How To Make Mosaic Easter Eggs With A Stained Glass Look

Stained Glass Mosaic Easter Eggs

If you are like me, Easter really sneaked up and took you by surprise this year. Seems like just yesterday I was packing away Christmas.

I love a pretty basket of traditionally colored Easter eggs, but with all the “blingy” egg ideas out there, I started feeling a bit like “EbanEaster Scrooge” or The “Grabbit That Stole Easter”.

My basket of eggs seemed a bit sad, and well…plain.

Here is what I came up with as a solution to my Easter decorating woes.

This is SO fun and SO cool. The idea is for making stained-glass mosaic Easter eggs.

Stained glass mosaic eggs are a quick and easy way to brighten your holiday table. They will look best mixed in with some “plain” dyed eggs in complementary colors. The only thing needed is tissue in bright colors,Mod Podge, (or even Elmers glue and water will do), hard boiled eggs, a small brush and clear sealant spray like Krylon.

Pretty Easter Table Centerpiece

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Stained glass mosaic eggs are like little church windows. Mix them in with some brightly colored “plain” eggs in a pretty basket with Easter grass. They will look lovely along with some fresh flowers, perhaps daffodils or Easter lilies.

Now you have a pretty centerpiece for Easter brunch on the deck or even a formal Easter dinner. Follow the steps below to make these easy and unique Easter eggs.

Cut bits of brightly colored tissue. Make some smaller ones to fill in tiny spots. Make them all in different shapes.

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This looks a bit like papier mache, but it is much simpler. Just brush on a solution of white glue and water or Mod Podge.

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There is no need to toss out slightly cracked eggs when making stained glass mosaic eggs. The tissue paper will cover the cracks.

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Spray on a clear sealant spray.

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Bling Your Easter Eggs With These Ideas

Easter Bunny Cupcake Centerpiece

Edible Easter Table Centerpiece

Here comes Peter Cottontail hopping down the Bunny Trail. This year, he has brought a bunch of his frisky friends to help hide eggs in the grass for a really cute edible centerpiece. Use this centerpiece to decorate your Easter dinner table.

There are many,many ideas on how to create cute bunny cakes and cupcakes. They are all adorable, and picking the right Easter bunny cake idea can be a bit daunting.

This year, let the kids help put together some Easter Bunny cupcakes using our own unique method. They are easy to make and look really great. The kids will be so proud to have been a part of this project when it’s time for Easter dinner.

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Our unique way to create cute Easter Bunny cupcakes is achieved with a few special secrets .

First of all, the inside of a cupcake is as important as the outside. l love strawberry cake and I use strawberry cake mix for yummy Easter bunny cupcakes.

Our bunny cupcakes have ears cut from one side of a Vienna Finger cookie. The special secret is cutting the cookie halves the correct size. If you cut about one-third of the cookie away, the cookie will be a perfect “bunny ear” size. Any more, the bunny will end up looking like a long-eared donkey. Any less, he will look like a little white mouse.

Use the vanilla creme icing scraped away from the cookies. Tint pink with red food dye.

Secret two is in using white mini-marshmallows. One mini-marshmallow sitting on the flat-side-up on each side of a jelly bean nose gives him fat bunny cheeks. Another mini-marshmallow placed round side down and flattened makes two front bunny-teeth when divided with a line of black decorating gel. The decorating gel doubles as a way to add bunny whiskers.

Let’s get started.

Cupcake Baking With Kids
  • Older kids can mix batter.
  • Adults supervise baking, removal for cooling.
  • Younger kids sort jelly beans and M&Ms.
  • Adults supervise and help frost cupcakes.
  • Adults and older kids add features.
Ingredients For Easter Bunny Cupcakes
  • One package strawberry -flavored cupcake mix, eggs, water and oil as given
  • One package jelly beans, assorted
  • One can cream cheese frosting, prepared
  • one tube black decorator gel
  • mini-marshmallows, white
  • miniature M&Ms, green, blue and brown
Instructions
  1. Prepare your favorite strawberry cake mix as directed for cupcakes. Bake.
  2. Let cupcakes cool. Frost with cream cheese or vanilla frosting.
  3. Add features. Jellybean nose, miniature M&M eyes, puffy marshmallow cheeks and rabbit teeth with mini-marshmallows.
  4. Add whiskers and a line to form bunny teeth with black decorator gel.
  5. Frost and add cookie ears. Insert into slits made with a butter knife.
  6. Add Peter Cottontail and his friends around a green flaky coconut lawn with hidden jelly bean eggs.
Vienna Finger Bunny Ears

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Bunny Cupcake Facial Features

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Insert Bunny Ears

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Peter Cottontail Complete With Whiskers and Big Tooth

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(Optional) Sprinkle Bunny Cupcakes with Finely Shredded Coconut

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Place all the Peter Cottontails, all with different eye and nose color combinations around a green flaky coconut lawn with jelly bean eggs all hidden and ready for an Easter Egg Hunt!

This should be a great addition to the Easter decor for your holiday table. The kids will be proud to have helped with this family project.

Happy Easter!

Easy Easter Desserts For Kids To Make

Easter Cooking With Kids

Easter is almost here! It’s Spring Break, or soon will be, everywhere. The kids are home from school for the week. (well, the little ones anyway!) Little kids just love Easter and it is a great holiday to create memories for them.

As with every holiday, the kitchen is the best place to be. Make sure to take time out of your busy schedule to spend some time cooking with the kids this Easter. There are many great recipes available that require minimal help from adults.

 

Easy Cinnamon Bunny Buns

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These “Cinnamon Bunny Buns” are created from refrigerator (canned) biscuits. The little kids can safely participate by cutting the biscuits with a butter knife. They will love putting the “ears” on the cinnamon bunnies’ “heads”. These bunny biscuits will surprise you.

The slightly melted mini marshmallows will make them taste like iced cinnamon buns. Don’t think that each and every bunny must have 3 raisins and 2 mini-marshmallows. The kids will want to add more once they taste one bunny, and that’s OK! Won’t these go great for Easter Breakfast or Brunch?

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  • 2 – 12 oz. cans refrigerator biscuits, one cake makes 5 bunnies
  • 1/4 cup each cinnamon and sugar, for sprinkling on bunny buns
  • 30 raisins, for 10 bunny buns
  • 20 mini marshmallows, for 10 bunny buns
  • 1/2 cup melted butter, for brushing on bunny buns
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  1. Open biscuits and spread out on a cutting board.
  2. Cut 5 biscuits in half for each of the other 5 biscuits.
  3. Place on greased cookie sheet and form “heads” with “ears” from one whole biscuit and two biscuit halves.
  4. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar mixture.
  5. Add 3 raisins for the “eyes” and “nose.” Add 2 mini-marshmallows for the “whiskers” the last minute of cook time.
  6. Follow baking directions on the refrigerator biscuit can. An adult will take Bunny Buns in and out of the hot oven.Let cool and remove with a wide spatula

Easter Cupcake Ideas for Kids

Easter just wouldn’t be Easter without a batch of pretty cupcakes. Provide kids with frostings, sprinkles, jelly beans, green coconut and whatever cake decorations you have on hand.

Just follow the directions on a package of cake mix. You will need eggs and cooking oil. An adult will assist by blending the batter with a mixer. The kids can line the muffin tins with cupcake liners. Show them how to fill the cupcake liners two-thirds full of batter. An adult will place and remove the cupcakes from the oven. Kids can frost and decorate!

Here are two ideas for Easter cupcakes:

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Hidden Egg Cupcakes

Fill cupcake liners one-third full of batter. Place an unwrapped chocolate egg on top. Fill with two-thirds of the batter. Bake as directed. Cool and frost with chocolate frosting and add colorful sprinkles.

 

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Easter Basket Cupcakes

Bake any flavor cupcake mix as directed. Cool and frost with white frosting. Tint coconut flakes green with a small amount of food color. Top the cupcakes with “grass” and jelly bean eggs. Use red licorice laces for “handles.”

 

Creative Easter Cupcakes

Kids will enjoy designing their own cupcakes. Make a few pretty baskets and then let them loose! You will be surprised at how creative they can be. They will love designing a cupcake for someone and then another to eat themselves. This is what makes Easter memories special. Hang out with the kids in the kitchen this Easter. It’s the best place to be on a holiday!

 

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Morgan’s Easter Cupcake
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Annie’s Easter Cupcake