How to make eggshell fairylights


Although eggs are often associated with Easter, which does so happen to be just around the corner, these eggshell fairy lights can be used all year round for any night time celebration! Once it’s dark the hollow eggs are transformed into beautiful glowing balls of coloured light.  The affect is truly stunning.  They are pretty fragile being made of eggshells, but if you are careful they’ll last through a whole year’s worth of festivities!

You will need:

  • Eggs
  • Egg piercer
  • Bowl
  • Sewing pin
  • Coloured LED fairy lights
  • Hot glue gun

Part 1: Blowing the eggs

For this part you’ll need your eggs, an egg piercer and a bowl.
1.  Pierce a tiny hole in each end of each egg using an egg piercer (pictured above) or a sharp pointy ended knife.
2. Use the sewing pin to make the hole at the smaller end of the egg a little larger so that it will fit onto your fairy lights.
3.  Leaning over your bowl, put your mouth over the smaller hole and blow the contents of the egg  through the larger hole into the bowl.  You’ll have to blow hard!
4. Give your eggs a rinse and leave them to dry.

Part 2: Making your fairy lights

For this part, you’ll need your blown eggs, a hot glue gun and some coloured fairy lights. You’ll need to use LED lights, as they do not heat up, to prevent your eggs from cracking.
5. Place an egg over each light bulb on your fairy lights.  You may need to make the hole in your egg a little bigger with the sewing pin if it doesn’t fit.  Using your hot glue gun, place a small amount of hot glue where the hole in the egg touches the wire.
6. Hang your new eggshell fairy lights up and plug them in.  They may look like a bunch of eggs on a string (which do actually look kinda cool) but when it gets dark …..
… look what happens when you turn on the lights!  The effect is even more awesome in real life!  They certainly have the ‘wow’ factor and these lights are so festive they’ll make you want to go and organise a party straight away!
When is your next celebration?  What are you celebrating?
This post is part of the Frog Goose and Bear Easter Craft Series 2014.


Note:  Egg piercers can be found at your local kitchen or home supply store.  They make a very small hole which is perfect for blowing eggs and it means that there are very few breakages.  They are also fantastic to use when boiling eggs as they are much less likely to crack!

* This post was originally published on Kidspot.com.au in 13 March 2013. 


How to make an Easter Bunny Mask { guest post }

Today’s guest post is from the gorgeous Jo from the wonderful blog Little Melbourne.  I came across Jo’s very handy blog last year and have found it a wonderful resource on what to do around Melbourne with the kids.  With school holidays coming up here in Victoria, I suggest you quickly go over and like her facebook page so that you’re in the know about all that’s happening in and around Melbourne and then head back here for a great tutorial on how to make an Easter Bunny mask that she has put together for us!

There’s so many wild and wonderful things to make with a simple paper plate and this Easter bunny mask is no exception.  This is a pretty easy activity, one you could help your toddler with or your older child could make it on their own.

Here’s what you need to begin:
  • White and black Craft paper (or ordinary paper would do)
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Coloured texta’s
  • Paddle pop stick
  • Masking/Packing tape
How to:
  1. Begin by cutting a circle in the middle of the paper plate – large enough to see your child’s face.
  2. Using the white paper, cut out 2 ears and colour them in grey and pink then use the masking tape to attach to the back of the plate.
  3. Using the black paper cut out 6 long strips and gently curl the ends then attach with the glue.
  4. Attach the paddle pop stick using the masking tape.
  5. Bunny mask complete!
If you were keen to add to your bunny mask and ‘pretty it up’, some white cotton wool would be fun with added sequins or glitter, or, instead of the black paper as whiskers you could use black pipe cleaners.


































If you’re after an Easter Event to wear your homemade bunny mask to, here’s where to EXPLORE in Melbourne and beyond.
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This post is part of a series here on Frog, Goose and Bear of Easter crafts, recipes and activities.  If you’d like to share something Eastery with us here on FGB, I’d love to hear from you!  Just shoot me an email.  For more Eastery posts in this series, just click on the picture below …

Are you planning on attending any Easter events this year?

More Easter Crafty Fun …

I had the pleasure of creating some Easter crafty tutorials for Kidspot recently.  They are now up on the site and you can go and check them out if you like…

How to make an Easter eggshell vase

 How to make an Easter terrarium

Kidspot has also put out a free downloadable Easter mag.  You’ll see these two crafts in there along with many other awesome activities and recipes to have lots of fun with your kids this Easter!

There’s a bit of an Easter series going on here on the Frog Goose and Bear blog too.  You might like to check it out.  You’ll find lots of fun & easy crafts, recipes and activities to get you into the Easter mood …

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/search/label/easter%20series%202014
Have you started any Easter crafting?  Are you eating hot cross buns yet?  



How to make an Easter bunny gift bag {guest post}

Today’s guest post is from the ever so lovely Jacqueline from Zippy Zippy.  Ironically, one of my very first posts was an Easter related post and Jacqueline was the very first person, apart from my mother and my sister, to comment and start following my blog!  I’ll always hold a special spot for her because of that. xo  Jacqueline lives in country Victoria with her husband and three gorgeous boys and they have the most amaaaaazing veggie garden that I have always been envious of and if you’re after handmade fabric bunting – head over to Jacqueline’s made-it store right now!  Jacqueline is sharing with us how to make one of the most adorable little Easter gift bags I have ever seen that looks easy enough even for someone of my meagre sewing skills!  Thanks Jacqueline!

How to make an Easter bunny gift bag


I found a tutorial on how to make
and had the urge to make one.
I printed off the template, and as I was cutting it out,
thought I might try making it out of brown paper
rather than the denim I had in mind.
So here is my paper version.
(The original in the above link on Merrilee’s Blog is made of felt)
Trace the template onto a double thickness of brown paper,
but do not cut it out.


Sew along the traced line, stitching both pieces of paper together, 
but do not sew between the ears,
this is where you will put the goodies in.
Trim around the edge of the stitching – about 1/4 inch.

You can see from this pic,
you could also just use a paper bag and cut out the ears at the top.



Add some fabric onto the ears,
I used heat ‘n’ bond to adhere the fabric to the paper,
or you could use pretty paper or washi tape
Find some treasure to put inside,
pop them in through the opening between the ears.

Flex the ears, so the curve towards the front,
gather up the paper and tie with some pretty twine.

This project was easy and nice and quick,
the gift bag would also look great
made from coloured paper or baking paper.
Have a great Easter
Jacqueline

This post is part of the Frog Goose and Bear Easter craft series.  If you’d like to submit an Easter craft, recipe or activity to share here on Frog Goose and Bear, please email me!  To see the other posts in this series, click here.

Easter Craft: how to make a clucking chicken

This post was published back in 2011 (excuse the terrible photography) but it is still visited very often on this site and as chickens are particularly popular at Easter time, I thought I’d include it in our current series of all things Easter…

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/search/label/easter%20series%202014

This plastic cup looks and sounds just like a chicken! It really does. The sound is much more accurate than the looks if we’re being honest… ;)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Take one disposable plastic or polystyrene cup and poke a small hole in the bottom.

2. Tie a large knot in a piece of nylon string and thread it through the hole, leaving the knot on the outside so that the string won’t go through when it’s tugged on.

3. Decorate your cup so that it somewhat resembles a chicken. Stick on some feathers and some paper cut as eyes & beak or just drawing on with textas will do the trick.

4. Cut a small rectangular piece of kitchen sponge. You might like to tie it on the end of your piece of string so you don’t lose it.

5. To make the chicken cluck: slightly dampen the sponge, fold the sponge over the string (at the top) and run the sponge down the string holding it firmly with quick, short tugs and it makes a loud clucking sound.

N.B. the string really needs to be polyester (the shiny stuff) or the noise won’t be as effective (or it just plain won’t work!)


Do you have any fun craft activities of the chicken and egg variety?  You might like to join in the #getyourcrafton challenge over at Me and My Shadow or certainly head over for ideas if you don’t!

For more Easter related crafts, activities or recipes you might like to follow the current FGB Easter series.  You can be notified of a new post via email if you join our mailing list over there on the right or follow along on facebook or instagram.

Have you started eating hot cross buns and getting into the Easter spirit yet or am I killing you by starting you thinking about Easter far too early??

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/p/kids-craft.html
For more kids craft ideas, check out the FGB Kids Craft page here.

How to make an Easter egg garland {guest post}

This gorgeously simple craft today is from the lovely Brenda from 13acres.  Brenda was one of the very first bloggers I got to know when I first started blogging four years ago and we have remained friends ever since!  You can see the last guest post that she shared here.  Brenda is a clever creative soul and beautiful inside and out.  She and her family have recently embarked on a wonderful tree change and have just moved into their newly built farm house in country Victoria where she bakes delicious goodies, takes beautiful photos, grows her own veggies and even makes her own passata.  Whenever I visit her blog it always makes me smile.  I know you’d love it too.  

What you need 
  • coloured paper or old wrapping paper or old cards (anything really)
  • scissors
  • something to pierce little holes (baby hole punch or sharp knife) 
  • twine or jute string 

1. Make a template of an egg shape with a piece of cardboard.  

2. Use this to cut out egg shapes from your selection of paper.  


We used some old scrapbooking paper and old paper bunting cards that I used to make for markets.  


The bright colours were perfect for this Egg themed garland! 

3. Make two small holes at the narrower end of the egg as this is where you will thread the twine.  


4. Starting from the back, thread the twine in one hole and back through the other as this is how it will stay straight. 


Leave enough twine on either end for hanging and hey presto, your done!  An Easter Egg garland!  

This post is part of the Easter craft series here on the blog.  If you’d like to see more Easter crafts, activities or recipes from this series, click on the image below …


http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/search/label/easter%20series%202014
If you’d like to submit a guest post, please email me.  xo

Easter Craft: How to make eggshell candles









Last year, I discovered the art of candle making.  Who knew it was so easy?!  I am now addicted and looking for any container I can get my hands on to fill with melted wax and transform into a candle. Old jars, fancy tea cups and even eggshells.  Nothing is safe from being filled with melted wax!
If you’d like to give eggshell candles a crack (pardon the pun), here’s how:

You will need:

  • - eggshells
  • - food dye
  • - vinegar
  • - paper towel
  • - egg carton
  • - soy candle wax
  • - candle wick with metal tab
  • - hot glue gun
  • - wooden skewers

1. Clean your eggshells in some soapy water and rinse.
2. Place a few drops of food dye into a bowl of vinegar.   One bowl for each colour.
3. Place your eggshells in the dye bath and roll them through the dye for about 30 seconds.  Keep the eggshell in the dye for longer if you want a stronger colour.  You can use a spoon if you don’t want to colour your fingers.
4. Dry your coloured eggshells on some paper towel.
5. Place dried eggshells into an egg carton.


















6. Cut a piece of wick to 10cm in length and thread it through your metal tab.
7. Secure the metal tab & wick to the bottom of eggshell using a hot glue gun.
8. Tie the pieces of wick to a wooden skewer to keep the wick out of the wax.
9. Place your soy candle wax into a pyrex  jug (or a double boiler saucepan).
10. Place jug in boiling water on stove and wait until it melts.  It will become clear when it’s ready.  Take it off the heat as soon as it has melted.
11. Pour the melted wax into the eggshells as carefully as possible.
12. Leave your eggshells to dry for a few hours and once the wax is hard you can remove the wooden skewers and trim the wick.
13. Place your new candles in some ceramic eggcups or make your own candle holders.
14. Light your candles!


















My eggshell candles are now sitting on my kitchen windowsill alongside my eggshell succulents, but they’d make a great outdoor table centrepiece on a summer evening and you could even add some insect repellent essential oils!
If you wanted to shake it up a little you could:
-  Add scent to your wax.
Melt down an old candle or old crayons to add colour to your wax.
- Just skip the whole coloured bit and use plain eggshells.  Very stylish.
What would you make into a candle?  What is your favourite candle scent?
 This post is part of a series on Easter crafts, recipes and activities here on Frog, Goose and Bear.  You can click here to see all of the other posts in the series.  Even better, if you’d like to do a guest post for this series, I’d love to hear from you!



* I purchased my candle supplies from Spotlight, but I’m sure you’d be able to find them at your local craft supply store.

* This post was originally published on Kidspot Village Voices in 16 Nov 2012.

Make your own Hot Chocolate this Easter

Continuing with our series on Easter, here is an adaptation of a post I wrote two years ago about the Cocoa-in-a-jar gifts that we made as Easter gifts.  So yummy!  They’re not really just for Easter though.  I’ve made them a number of times since as Christmas or birthday gifts as they are a great little gift for any time of year and so very simple to make!


You can find the recipes to make your own mocha, peppermint, mexican or classic cocoa over here.  I halved the recipes to fit in these jars which are roughly 375ml.  Each of these particular cocoa blends are really, really delicious, but the beauty of these is that you can play around with the recipes to make your own perfect blend.  It’s a great activity for the kids to be involved in as well.
When we made our Christmas cocoa mix we filled the jar to the very top, making it tricky to combine the contents in order to make the hot chocolate.  The contents had to be emptied into a bowl, combined and then returned to the jar.  This time, I didn’t fill the jars as high so the ingredients could be combined by simply shaking the jar.
As chocolate is such a big part of the easter tradition, I thought maybe it could be fun to gift some Easter hot chocolate!

We go camping every Easter holidays with my extended family.  It is one of our favourite times of year and the kids have such a wonderful time getting dirty and finding their own fun in the Australian bush.

This is the perfect camping drink as it doesn’t require milk.  Cozy cup of hot cocoa by the fire in the evenings.  Can’t wait!

We love making things in jars here at FGB.  
If you do too, you might like to check these out:

I actually think I may have a pathological problem when it comes to jars.  I can’t throw them out.  There are those who think I am rather strange, but you just never know when a jar might come in handy!  Do you have a cupboard full of empty jars?  Boxes full in the garage?  Please tell me I’m not the only one….
I even found a post with 40 DIY Easter gifts in a jar if you’re interested!

 For all of the other Easter related crafts, recipes and activities in this series, click here.  If you’d like to share an Easter craft with the lovely FGB readers, I’d love you to do a guest post (email me if you do!).

An Easter craft: How to make an eggshell succulent garden


Usually when we eat boiled eggs for dinner (a regular easy meal at our house) the kids like to turn the egg over when they’ve finished and pretend there is a new egg to eat. The unsuspecting recipient then gets a bit of a surprise when the spoon goes right through an empty egg shell.  They think it is hilarious and the joke somehow never fails to get old.  However, this time I asked the kids to keep their shells intact as I had a different plan for the eggshells…

Taking inspiration from around the web we made our own little mini eggshell succulent garden.
To make your own you will need:
- egg shells
- egg carton
- succulent cuttings
- soil or potting mix
How to:
1. Give your eggshells a quick clean (I just rinsed mine under the tap), let them dry and pop them into the egg carton so your egg shells remain upright.  If you don’t have an egg carton on hand, an eggcup or cardboard tube cut to size would also do the job.
2. Fill your egg shells with soil until they’re about 3/4 full.
3. Insert your succulent cuttings into the soil.  Succulents are one of those amazing plants where the roots just grow when a cutting is placed into soil.
4. Gently give your new creations a light spray of water using a spray bottle.  You will only need to spray your succulents every now and then as they do not like being too wet.
The eggshell succulents look pretty cool displayed in the egg carton and would also look stylish in ceramic egg cups.  We made our own egg cups by cutting a toilet roll into three and gluing on some origami paper.  I have a bit of a thing for origami paper, but you could use paint, fabric, wool or lace to decorate if you felt so inclined.   They are now proudly displayed on our window sill above the kitchen sink.
I was lucky enough to have a good friend who grows a great variety of succulents who gave me lots of small cuttings to play with, but if you can’t find any in a backyard near you, you will have no trouble finding them at your local nursery.
Have you ever planted anything in an eggshell?
You might like to try our mini Easter terrariums in a plastic egg too

I am currently running a series on Easter crafts here on the blog, so if you have an Easter craft you’d like to share in a guest post on Frog Goose and Bear – shoot me an email coz I’d LOVE to hear from you!

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/p/kids-craft.html

*This post was originally published on Kidspot Village Voices on 6 October 2012.

An Easter craft & ten things you can do with plastic eggs.


OK, so it’s a little early to be thinking about Easter.  Way too early for me, as I thrive on the last minute rush.  Well, maybe thrive is not quite the right word, but last minute is often the way we roll around here.  I’ve been writing a couple of Easter craft tutorials for Kidspot and so I’ve got into the Easter frame of mind a little earlier than usual.  


This year, here in Victoria, Easter is at the end of the school holidays which gives us a good couple of weeks of school holiday time to get into some Easter themed crafting with the kids.  For the next six weeks I’m going to be posting lots of Easter craft ideas.  This might also include some re-posting of a few from the FGB archives for all of my lovely new followers who might have missed them.  If you have a gorgeous Easter craft to share, I’d love to include some guest posts. 

I found these adorable clear plastic eggs at my new favourite, locally based, packaging supply store, Pack-it-in.  We made these Easter egg terrariums using fake moss and flowers, some foam eggs (purchased here) and made the nest using florist wire.

The possibilities of what you could put inside these as Easter gifts is endless!  I particularly like that they lend themselves to non-chocolatey goodies. I can imagine colourful confetti, balloons and mini streamers just for a colourful explosion of fun, filled with mini toys or a little game or activity like those we put in our bon-bons.  I actually found a list here of 40 non-candy items that fit inside a plastic egg.
I couldn’t resist including the photo above.  Little Miss Frog was feeling a little ignored as I was taking photos in the courtyard and it took me a while (observant parent that I am) to notice the cheeky faces she was pulling in the background. 
Here are ten cool ideas that I have come across in blog land using plastic eggs as the base for some awesome crafts and activities for both kids and adults:
  1. egg shaped bird feeders
  2. easter bath bombs
  3. easter seed bomb
  4. super fun egg maracas
  5. recreate the christian easter story
  6. bakers twine covered eggs
  7. fabric decoupaged eggs
  8. egg shaped rice crispies
  9. glowsticks in eggs for nighttime egg hunt
  10. an easter egg lunch hunt
Have you started thinking about Easter yet?  

Have you got any awesome Easter craft ideas?  I’d love to share them with FGB readers, so shoot me an email and we can organise a guest post!  You don’t have to have a blog to do this either.

If you’re looking for more Easter craft ideas, 
you might like to head to the FGB kids craft page.
http://www.froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/p/kids-craft.html

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