How to make an adorably simple Easter Jar Bunny { guest post }

A couple of years ago I met my lovely friend Caroline when our children were at kinder together.  Do you know how nice it is to come across someone in your everyday travels who shares the same interests, loves and passions – in this case a love of craft and kids parties topped the list!  She is a a very talented craftster and has her own online store where she sells top quality gorgeous stuff!  She and her two adorable daughters made these simple bunny jars for their school teachers last week and she has been generous enough to write up a very cute and clever tutorial for us to follow so that we can give them a go too!

How cute was that tutorial??!!  She’s going to teach me how to do fun stuff like that on my pictures too.  Don’t you love having talented friends?  Don’t you think she would be an awesome blogger?  For another quick and easy DIY Easter gift, Caroline has also designed some adorable printables to pop on top of a bag of marshmallows to gift a bag of bunny tails.  You can purchase them to print yourself at home from her online store.



This tutorial is part of a series of Easter posts where I am sharing lots of Easter crafts, recipes and activities here on the blog up until Easter.  School holidays are here in Victoria.  Have you got up to anything Easterish?  For the rest of the series click here…


If you’d like to submit a guest post for this series, just send me an email – I’d LOVE to hear from you!

EASTER HOT CHOCOLATE

The Christmas before last, the kids & I made some Christmas Cocoa in a Jar as gifts.  A little while ago, I came across some more DIY hot cocoa recipes via pinterest.  I thought they might be a fun & simple MOPS activity and a great gift idea as well.

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.  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 that I thought maybe it could be fun to gift some Easter hot chocolate!

We go camping* every Easter holidays with my family.  We’re heading off soon for a few nights away.  The kids are talking about nothing else.

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!

What are you up to this Easter?  Do you have a camping tradition?  What Easter traditions do you & your family have?

* the real deal kind of camping – in the middle of nowhere, no electricity, no running water, no showers and the shovel & toilet roll over your shoulder to find a good tree kind of toilet.

DIY BUBBLE BATH & BODY SCRUB

As mentioned previously, I am the ‘craft’ organiser this year for my MOPS group and the last time we met (just after Mother’s Day) we made our own bubblebath & body scrub from ingredients found around the house.


DIY Bubblebath
Ingredients:
1/2 cup shampoo
3/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon table salt
Method:
1. Gently mix the shampoo and water in a bowl.
2. Add salt and stir for approximately one minute or until mixture thickens slightly.
3. Pour into jar. This amount of mixture will be enough to fill 2 baby food jars.
4. Decorate your jar if desired.
* This would be even more fun if you used a clear or light-coloured shampoo and added some food dye. This way the bath would turn the colour of the food dye. You know I love that. Or if you added your own fragrance to an un-fragranced shampoo. I just used a pink, fragranced shampoo.

Of course, I had to test it out first with the kids & their little cousins and as you can see the bubbles most certainly worked. I will not be buying bubble bath again.
DIY Chocolate Body Scrub

We also made our own chocolate body scrub in baby food jars. Goose made some of these for her Aunties and Granny at Christmas time, thanks to this lady’s inspiration. We used the recipe at the bottom of this post and I think it would be fabulous with some orange essence, or essential oil of your choice, added.



These are both super easy acitivites for kids to do as well, to use at home or to give as gifts.

If you are interested in other craft activities that you can do with your kids, head over to our ‘Kids Craft’ page right here.
Or for others creative spaces for this week head over here.

COCOA IN A JAR…

One of the things we have been making for neighbours and friends for Christmas this year is ‘Cocoa in a Jar’. I’m quite into the ‘jar’ at the moment. This activity may in fact remind you of my ever favorite soup in a jar.

I found this idea here at one of my favorite printable party destinations.

It even comes with free printable gift tags and instructions!

It tastes divine too!
We had to make some first for ourselves, just to see if it tasted OK of course! Using a candy cane as a stirrer and leaving it in the mug…mmm… even better. I am a bit of sucker for hot chocolate.

You can vary the amounts to suit your jar size and add whatever ingredients you like, but mine has:

1/2 cup milk powder
1/2 cup cocoa powder (the unsweetened kind)
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 crushed candy canes
enough green & white mini marshmallows to fill the jar

The recipient just mixes it all together, puts a spoonful or two in a mug and just adds hot water.

Enjoy!


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