FREE Easter printables designed for Parents magazine

For my “Crafty Easter Tabletop Ideas” article with Parents magazine we created a few FREE Easter printables. The “Happy Easter” wrap is perfect as a napkin ring, beverage wrapper, or

vase and craft jar wrapper. Download the Easter wrappers and two pattern sheets (used to make the mommy bird craft seen at the beginning of the article).

Other ideas for the table include surprising your guests by dressing up their cups with colorful straws and a Murray Sugar-Free Shortbread Cookie (YUM!),  

and by embellishing the backs of the chairs with fun and simple crepe paper ruffles. And if you didn’t see the other crafts included in the article, here’s a quick recap:

Make sure you hop over for your FREE Easter printables and as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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Easter chick cookie pops for Parents magazine

I’ve shared on numerous occasions that my youngest has severe food allergies. Well as you can imagine it breaks my heart when he can’t have something pretty and yummy like the other kids. With that in mind, I made these fun dairy and nut free Easter chick cookie pops for my article with Parents magazine.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Sandwich cookies (I used Oreos because they have no milk, egg or nut products), two per chick
  • Icing (I used Pillsbury white icing because it has no milk, egg or nut products)
  • Yellow and orange gel food coloring (liquid thins the icing)
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Orange non-perils
  • Resealable bag, icing connector and #2 and #46 tips

Easy steps:

  1. Open your sandwich cookies and lay a lollipop stick inside, pressing it into the filling
  2. Tint ¾ of your yellow icing in a microwaveable bowl
  3. Spoon out ¼ of the yellow icing, set rest aside, and microwave it for 8 seconds
  4. Spoon melted icing over lollipop stick, replace cookie top and allow them to cool for 5 minutes
  5. Melt remaining icing and spoon over each cookie pop; allow them to cool for a minute and then add eyes and beak
  6. After cookie pop is completely dry, pipe on wings (icing tip #46) and feet (icing tip #2)

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Easter egg flower craft for Parents magazine

This is probably the craft I loved creating the most for the Parents magazine “Crafty Easter Tabletop Ideas” article. These DIY felt and Easter egg flowers are so simple, the kids can help and you can color coordinate them to any Easter color palette!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Egg
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Craft paint
  • Hot glue
  • Lollipop sticks

Easy steps:

  1. Hollow out your eggs and wash gently (see the pictorial in yesterday’s post about the mommy bird egg).
  2. Let the kids finger paint the eggs and set them to dry on lollipop sticks. (You can also paint the lollipop stick to look like a stem if you want to display in grass or moss!)
  3. Cut petals out of felt.
  4. Hot glue petals to the base of the egg (near the larger hole) and display on lollipop sticks.

You can see more craft ideas and download FREE PRINTABLES from my article at parents.com. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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press: Easter ideas for Parents magazine

I couldn’t be more thrilled and feel more blessed to finally share that I wrote a contributing article for Parents magazine, titled Crafty Easter Tabletop Ideas. It’s currently the first idea listed under Easter parties on parents.com {still reeling from excitement}!

I would LOVE for you to hop over, scroll through the article and if you like what you see, click the facebook “like” button for me, or if you’re a parents.com member, leave a comment! And if you do, please let me know and I’ll send huge virtual hugs your way! Oh, and did I mention there is a FREE PRINTABLE in it for you? Yep! You didn’t think this was going to be all about me did you?!

The article includes a colorful Easter placesetting idea, two easy Easter craft ideas, a fun Easter treat idea and three FREE printable sheets.

And here are a few images to go with the “how to” steps listed for that cute little mommy “egg” bird in the feature image. By the way, step 1, hollowing out the egg, is actually pretty easy. You just pearce both ends with a needle, making one end large enough to put a lollipop stick in. Whirl the stick around a bit to break up the egg yolk and it will come right out. As the final step, wash the egg throughly, and gently, with anti-bacterial soap and allow it to dry before letting the kids finger paint the body.  

I’ll be sharing more images and details for the other crafts and ideas tomorrow.

As always, I hope you’re inspired and thank you so much for supporting me and my dream. You all make my heart sing every day with your follows, likes, tweets and sweet comments! I couldn’t ask for a better support system!

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simple & colorful Easter table

This simple, yet beautiful, idea from Family Circle caught my eye a few weeks ago when I was rummaging through some spring back issues. I just love how they introduced such vibrant colors with totally inexpensive items: Easter eggs, flowers, ribbon and paper chains. 

This is an idea that anyone could easily and inexpensively execute for a wow-worthy Easter brunch surprise. LOVE it!

And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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creative carrots for Easter

I’m always looking for fun ways to celebrate holidays with my boys and honestly that does often come down to us playing around with goodies in the kitchen. So when I saw the carrot patch (top) idea from Family Fun I just fell in LOVE. My boys are going to have a blast putting these together.

And the one on the bottom left is from Parents.com. How clever and simple is this little circus peanut cupcake?!

The top right idea, the big eared bunny and egg carrot from Martha Stewart, isn’t a treat, but I couldn’t resist a great egg craft. I whipped up a few myself that I’ll be sharing soon.

And for those of us, me included, who want our little bunnies to eat a few healthy things this Easter, this carrot and hummus dip idea from Family Fun is simply brilliant!

As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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mini Easter pails

We’ve crafted and shot several Easter ideas (including a free printable), soon to be revealed, but in the meantime I wanted to share these adorable little pails with you. I picked them up at the Dollar Store (3 for $1) several months ago and when we were styling our Easter ideas I played around with them a bit. I didn’t end up using them in the final shoot, but I couldn’t resist sharing them. Fill them with chocolate egg candies or colorful jelly beans and they’re perfect for an Easter brunch favor!

As always, I hope you’re inspired.

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sneak peek: special delivery

We’ve been working on several new ideas and collections over the past few weeks, one of which is this Special Delivery baby shower collection (invitations and thank yous already in the shoppe). I’m in love with the little hippo, the “special delivery,” and his mom, but I chose to develop the printables around the stork and the flowers giving this collection more range than just for baby showers. Several of the printables, along with the purple polka dot table decor, are perfect for a spring tea, Mother’s Day luncheon or Easter dinner.

Much more to come on this baby shower collection and a new birthday collection soon! And as always, I hope you’re inspired!

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crack! a filled Easter egg

Can we say OH MY! and HOW CLEVER! I love this idea and the photograpy from Not Martha. You must hop over and see many many more pictures including step-by-step instructions and pictorials on how to make this simple and smart idea for your Easter celebration this year!

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IRISH I had a cookie

My cookie partners at Sweet Tooth Cottage, the super talented bakers that hand-ice our On the Farm, Princess Castle, Science, Tree House and holiday collections (with more coming soon) are gearing up for St. Patty’s Day and Easter!

And these are the same melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies that Sue and her team whip up for us. They’re much softer than sugar cookies and Sue and her team take great care to package them so that there’s no breakage. Once dry, each cookie is heat sealed in a 4″ cello, perfect for our cello toppers, and then attached to a board with an adhesive dot so that they don’t shift during shipping. The cookies are then placed in a sturdy white baker’s box and packed inside a shipping box with foam. They’ll even hand write a note in case you want to send them as a gift.

Shamrock Cookies – Box includes 15 hand-iced butter cookies for $26 (Order by: Thursday, March 10th for shipping to most areas to arrive by St. Patrick’s Day. Order by: Monday, March 14th for local pick-up in the Columbus Ohio area on March 16)

 

I’m in LOVE with those carrots and aren’t the bunnies just adorable! I may have to have some for our Easter baskets this year. And in keeping in the true spirit of the holiday, her crosses are perfect! Easter assortment – Box includes 15 hand-iced butter cookies for $26- $28 (Order by: Saturday, April 16th  for shipping to most areas to arrive by Easter.)

The best way to order is to call Sweet Tooth Cottage at 614.361.6166 or e-mail Sue at  sue@sweettoothcottage.com. As always, I hope you’re inspired!

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