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Easter Baskets and Decorated Eggs

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There’s another craft challenge on the Tesco Magazine website.  We’ve given it a whirl of our own free will and added our own twists – so if you want something easy to do over the next couple of days here’s our take on Easter Baskets and Decorated Eggs.

The baskets are really really simple.  You need a flower template – I printed this one off and then used it to draw round onto card before cutting it out. You also need some cupcake cases to make the centre.  Oddly enough I have a few of these in stock(!) so we used some of my more robust cases.  If you’re using other paper cake cases (that don’t cost the earth!) you probably need to use 3 inside each other.

The Cheetah Keeper’s sister chose to cut her flower out of Easter paper and then made a stem and leaves out of green card.  She used pink floral cake cases (these are cupcake/muffin size ones) and then added lots of other Easter cutouts and a handle.  She was a bit suspicious of this activity (thinking it would be a bit easy for a very nearly 7 year old) but she had a lovely time doing it and was completely engrossed in getting it just ‘perfect’.  She found that PVA glue worked better for gluing bits on but a glue stick was best for sticking the case to the flower.

Not to be outdone, I obviously had to have a go!  I used lots of torn up mulberry and craft paper to cover my flower – using a mixture of PVA and water to cover bother sides and keep the edges blending into each other.  With the added water in the mix, this obviously took a bit longer to dry and I’d recommend using thick card as the base so it doesn’t get too bendy.  The glue mix was more than adequate to stick the muffin case on – I used a plain pink robust one – so only needed a single one.  It was rather therapeutic sticking all the bits on and once finished the effects of the paper looked brilliant (if I do say so myself).

The Cheetah Keeper was, to be honest, more keen on the mini-eggs but humoured us in doing a ‘boy’ one. He was very keen on making sure that his green textured paper fitted onto the petals and chose a silver cake case – all independent choices.

Here they are, very proud of the finished baskets and patiently waiting to be allowed to eat the mini-eggs!

If you want to watch the Tesco video, click here.  They’re also showing you how to decorate chocolate eggs with edible decorations and present them ready for Easter.  In that our chocolate mountain is already beginning to form and we have plenty of eggs we had a go at decorating some hard boiled eggs – using the same principles as the video but using craft embellishments and pens instead of sprinkles and icing!

The Cheetah Keeper made a Cheetah one (can’t you tell?)

His sister made a pair of friends

And I got all arty with some ribbon, beads, sequins and buttons and also with some pretty tissue paper papier mache.  The admittedly sticking them on was a bit of a challenge (!) but it was really nice doing it and it looks very pretty!

Happy Easter Crafting!

Author: Jenny

Life, photos and recipes mixed with family life, additional medical needs and a whole load of imaginary friends

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