DIY Easter

Easter may have just happened, but that’s no reason why you can’t still be crafty. There are many treats, decorations, and baskets, you can make at home for your family, and friends.

Here is one easy treat you can do for Easter: “Easter Krackle Bars.”  The materials you’ll be needing are:

  • 2 cups dark chocolate pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup rice krispies
  • 3 tbls shortening, divided
  • pinch salt
  • food dye
  • pastel or Easter sprinkles
  • Silicone Easter bark mold

Here are the 8 steps to make this:

  1. Lay out the silicone Easter bark mold, and add a good amount of sprinkles. There would also be some sprinkles mixed in.
  2. Then, in a microwave safe container, add the white chocolate chips and 1 tbsp shortening.
  3. Put the heat on high for 30 seconds, and stir. Then, return to the microwave in 15 second, stirring until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  4. Reserve around 1/2 cup of the melted white chocolate, and spoon the rest into the mold and smooth into all the crevices.
  5. Then, add a few drops of dye, and drop the colored chocolate into the mold and carefully swirl it around with a fork or knife. Then, place the mold into the freezer for 10 minutes to let that layer harden.
  6. While the mold is in the freezer, melt the dark chocolate, with 2 tbls shortening, and salt into the microwave just like the white chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted smooth stir it into the rice krispies.
  7. Now, remove the mold from freezer, and quickly add the rice krispies layer on top and spread it evenly over the layer of the white chocolate.
  8. Now, put it back into the freezer for about 30 minutes to let all the chocolate cool. Once it’s chilled, twist the mold slightly to loosen the bar and turn over gently onto a cutting board. Use a knife to cut the bars. Then, store the bars back into the fridge to keep them from melting.
  9. Now, it’s all set!

One decoration you can do is, “Paper Straw Easter Bunnies.” It’s really simple and easy to do. The materials you’ll need are:

  • Double sided tape 
  • Painter’s tape
  • Paper Straws
  • Bunny template
  • 2 Scissors (smaller one and bigger one)
  • Frame (that you’ll like)
  • CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk Paint (optional)
  • Hot Glue
  • Stenciled letters (optional)

Here are the 13 steps to make this:

  1. Print out a template of a bunny, and cut it out.
  2. Then, cover it with double-stick tape, and start sticking on the straws. The straws should go over the edges. Begin placing the straws in the middle section, covering the part in between the ears.
  3. It’ll be easier to stick, and just a few sections of straws at a time, which will be easier to cut. Now, use the big scissors to cut the straw along the curve at the top of the head and along the ears, as well as along the bottom curve.
  4. Then, keep adding straws along the sides, covering up most of the bunny. If there’s a little bit of the template of the bunny sticking out, use the scraps that you just trimmed off.
  5. If the straws starts to come off, along with the double sided tape, then just tape it back up with the painter’s tape.
  6. Once you have most of the bunny done, peel off the cardstock template, which you could also use again. Then, use the smaller scissors to clean up your cuts, mostly around the neck and ears.
  7. Then, continue making more with different colors.
  8. This is optional, if you want more “cheeks” or “hips” to the sides of the bunny, you can go ahead and do so.
  9. Now, get the frame that you chose to use, but make sure it fits all your bunnies. You can choose to use the CeCe Caldwell’s Chalk Paint and paint the frames, but it’s optional.
  10. Line up your bunnies and make them straight. Then, cover up the bunny with hot glue, covering all over the side but not with the painters tape. This layer will dry, and keep the straws together.
  11. Add another layer of the hot glue on the top of the first layer, and quickly flip it over and position it in place, and press down.
  12. Then, check if it sticks in a little bit, and add more glue if there are certain spots that’s still loose. Then, remove the tapes which should reveal your finished bunny. Repeat it to your other bunnies.
  13. For the sign, you can use the Stenciled letters, or do creative writing of your own, and say anything that you’d like onto a fabric. Then, put the fabric over a cardboard and hot glue the sign beneath the bunnies and you’re all set!

There are so many things you can do for Easter, and just have fun!

Additional information can be found at the following cites:

http://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com/easter-krackle-bars/

https://www.brit.co/homemade-easter-candy/ (More ideas for treats if interested)

http://www.diyncrafts.com/4897/homemade/80-fabulous-easter-decorations-can-make/2 

http://sillypearl.com/2013/03/craft-tutorial-paper-straw-easter.html

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