Easter Crafts – Mini Easter Treats

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With a few moulds, melted chocolate and lashings of hundreds and thousands… You can create your very own yummy Easter Treats.

You will need
Chocolate (I got Tesco own brand)
Hundreds and thousands (large tub from Iceland)

Tools
Small Easter Egg Mounds (Sainsburys)
Microwave
Mixing bowl
Spoons

Optional…
Tin foil or sweet wrappers
Ribbons

First melt your chocolate in the microwave (30 seconds to 1 minute is usually long enough).

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Now take your egg moulds and sprinkle with a thin layer of hundreds and thousands covering the surfaces of the mould.

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Now pour the melted chocolate into the moulds over the top of the hundreds and thousands.

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Now add a thicker coat of hundreds and thousands over the top of the chocolate.

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Pop in the fridge for a couple of hours (to speed things up you can put these in the freezer for a bit).

Once set gently remove treats from the moulds and use tin foil and ribbons to wrap if desired.

Simple but yummy

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Oh… These started off being lollypops only the sticks won’t lay flat in the moulds so my advice would be… Don’t even go there with the lolly sticks!

Cute Easter Egg Magnets

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These are super cute and easy to make. We made our egg shapes out of plaster and then stuck a magnet on the back of each. Its the perfect activity to do with kids both big and small.

To make these you will need some moulds, plaster, magnets, mod podge, paint and decorations.

To decorate our eggs we painted them and then used some pretty flat gems that are actually meant as nail decorations. These were actually perfect for the task at hand. Oh and let’s not forget the mod podge! All our magnets received a generous coating of mod podge gloss.

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So, Let your kids creative juices flow and get creative. Its a great fun activity for easter that produces sweet little keepsakes for your fridge.

These also make great gift ideas for granny or the cute alternative to chocolate making your dentist a happy bunny this Easter.

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How Too Make Pink Candy Hearts

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Recently I brought some candy melts from Hobbycraft, along with some heart moulds specifically designed to use with the candy melts, some lolly sticks and foil sweet wrappers

The candy melts were something I wasn’t familiar with but thought they would be fun to make with the kids.

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The whole concept is really easy. Simply pour the disks of pink candy into a non metallic bowl, melt in the microwave and then spoon into the moulds.

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I found that by spooning a small amount of candy into each mould and then banging the mould gently on the work-surface, the candy distributed much easier.

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While I was spooning in my last couple of hearts I noticed that those I had already created were already beginning to set. This was great but the melted candy mix in my bowl was also getting hard so I had to melt this in the microwave once more (which the packet states its fine to do).

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The instructions didn’t really indicate if these were ok to pop in the freezer but given the mixture was no longer warm I couldn’t see the harm in doing so.

This made the whole process much quicker and within about 30 minutes I was ready to remove these from their moulds.

I had decided that as I was just trying these out for the first time, I’d leave the whole lolly idea for another time.

One thing I must say is how easily these just popped out of the moulds. I didn’t really need to make an effort to remove them. They came out complete with no broken pieces left behind. I did however, have an air bubble or two leaving a small hole in the base of some pieces of my finished candy.

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As for the taste test, the kids thought they were ok but didn’t rave about them. Me I really didn’t like the texture nor the taste very much. I kind of expected these to be like lollipop candy but they were more like chocolate. They reminded me of them cheap white mice you used to get in a bag of penny mix.

There are more flavours in the range but I can’t see myself buying these again. They are a nice idea for birthday parties as with the moulds I guess you can create any shape or design of candy you desire but then again you can just melt down everyday chocolate for the same effect.

Its simple, these were not what I was expecting… Lollipop candy this was not!

Disclaimer: I guess this has turned into a bit of a review! Note, I wasn’t paid to write this nor did I receive a free product. The candy melts were an online order, that I paid for myself!!

Mothers Day Crafts – Mum Heart Magnets

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I love this craft idea by my 10 year old daughter..,.

Miniature mum magnets, designed to put a smile on any mummy’s face this Mother’s Day.

To make these cute set of three magnets you will need the following…

Plaster
Mini heart moulds
Assortment of acrylic paints
3 Alphabet acrylic beads in the letters (M, U, M)
Round magnets
Mod Podge

Additionally you will require some
Water (to create your plaster)
Old credit card (smooth of plaster)
Fork (to mix plaster)
Paint brushes
Additional brush for mod podge.

To make up you plaster see our last post (click Here) it simply involves just adding water.

Pour plaster into moulds & level of with an old credit card.

Leave to set, you can place in the freezer for a speedier process.

Carefully remove hearts from the silicone moulds.

Alice then used a range of different paints to decorate her 3 hearts.

Once your paint is dry cover in a coat of mod podge and secure one of each of your beads to the centre of each heart.

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Once dry add a second coat of mod podge.

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Stick your magnets to the back of each heart.

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Now place on the fridge.

There are many ways to give these magnets an element of surprise.

Check out what Alice did for me!

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Miniature String Hearts And Magnets

I love hearts and have lots of pretty hanging hearts (shabby chic style) around the home. Today I’ve decided to make my own string hearts & some mini magnets out of plaster.

Here’s what you’ll need to make these.

Bag of plaster
Small heart silicone moulds
String or twine
Assortment of paints (acrylic)
Round magnets
Mod podge
Porcelain pens (optional)

Tools…
Paint brushes
Old mixing bowl
Something to stir the plaster (I use a fork)
Scissors
Water (for plaster)

First make up your plaster with the water adding the water slowly in till the plaster forms a thick spreadable like paste, then pour it into you heart moulds.

Take your string or twine and place it so the string runs along one row of your hearts. The string should be slightly submerged in the plaster, work quickly as the plaster dries fast. Use a wet paint brush to cover the string in plaster.

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Take an old credit card and run it along the hearts taking off excess plaster to create a smooth finish.

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Leave to set… Tip: Placing in the freezer makes this a much faster process. Once set, carefully remove the hearts from the silicone moulds.

You should now be left with a string of unpainted hearts plus single hearts that will soon become magnets.

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Use your paint brush to paint your hearts in any designs you like. Give two coats as a base for a good strong colour. Leave the hearts to dry for around 25 minutes in between coats.

I gave mine 2 coats of ivory and then added baby pink to detail. I also used a porcelain black pen to add detail to some of my hearts.

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Once all the paint is dry, you will then need to give your hearts two coats of mod podge as a finish. Allow about 20-30 minutes drying time between coats.

Once fully dried you can use some mod podge to stick on the round magnets. Self adhesive magnet tape isn’t strong enough for these hearts as they are too heavy.

Hang your string of hearts from a dresser, hook or handle. Place your magnetic hearts on a magnetic notice board or maybe your fridge.

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You can decorate your hearts any way you like. Experiment with colours, pastels or bold. I’m currently making some pastel pink hearts for my daughter. I plan to secure some miniature craft pegs to the back of each heart so that it works as a memo or somewhere to display artwork. Given shes very girly we may even add a touch of glitter.

Love to know what you think?

Savvy Teacher Treats

So, as the end of term was fast approaching, I needed to pull together some teacher gifts on a budget.

Little man is in a independent special school that currently only caters for around 20 or so children. The teacher to pupil ratio is much greater meaning little man is receiving a high level of support when needed. He has great respect and fondness for all the teaching staff and I’ve gotta admit… I can see why! His progress has been amazing, especially considering that educational Psychologist, teachers and other various professionals openly predicted that little man was a child who’ll never be able to fully reintegrate back into a classroom setting. They stated he stood little chance off making friendships or maintaining those he did make.

Well… They were wrong… Totally wrong.

So… With so many teachers in his school the idea of creating teacher gifts on a budget was challenging.

But… Come on we love a challenge and I’m pleased to announce that we passed by coming up with the cutest little gift to thank the staff for all their wonderful work.

Ours was intended for Christmas but this idea can be used at the end of the school year when children move on or just to say thanks every once in a while.

So here’s what we made…

Pretty Cellophane chocolate bags, tired with pretty red ribbon.

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Our bags were perfect for Christmas with a red and white theme, but you could make these for Easter and other occasions just by changing the colours to suit the season or occasion.

What we used to make 10 chocolate bags…

10 cellophane clear presentation bags
10 red ribbon ties

Contents….
Large bag of chocolate Christmas mix (or whatever you prefer)
20 homemade chocolate acorns (that we made from acorn moulds)
Large bag of chocolate peanuts

Optional extras…
Vintage gift tags ( one for each bag)

These are really very simple to make. Just line up and open all ten bags.

Share the contents of sweets between the bags (you should have some left as you don’t want to over fill, just fill 1/4 of the way).

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To finish tie off each bag with the pretty red ribbon. If using gift tags then add message and attach to ribbon before tying.

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The cellophane presentation bags came together with the ribbon in a pack of 20 for just £1 from the wonderful PoundLand… Total bargain.

The acorns were made with one large bar of cadburys diary milk costing £1.

Chocolate peanuts cost £1 per large bag.

Christmas chocolate mix cost £2.49

We didn’t use gift tags but these are easily brought for no more than a £1.

To make 10 bags it cost me £5.49 making each Individual bag cost less than 55p each.

Other ideas…

For Easter fill with mini eggs or chocolate eggs.

Christmas time, use gold coins or chocolate tree decorations.

For the summer use fruit jelly sweets.

For kids parties fill with Haribo or penny mix up.

For weddings fill with sugar almonds.