I found a picture online of a great winter greens hanging basket, so I enlisted the help of my Aunt (who is a florist) for some help on this. We gathered greens and berries from the grounds of a historic home in Louisville. I think it’s a great way for you to teach kids about nature as well as get their help to put these great baskets together.
Let one of my favorite Momma’s teach you and your kids a fun craft this Easter!
Guest post by Brooke Widmer.
When my friend Natalie invited me to do a guest post on her blog, my first reaction was to look behind me to see who she was really talking to. Intimidated as I was, I have to admit that this activity is too much fun not to share. And what a great activity for Easter or Spring Break! I first did this project with my oldest daughter about 4 years ago when she was 4, and now that my youngest is 4 I decided to go really big and do it with her whole Pre-K class. Those kids are precious, and I think they had as much fun putting these together as I did. It’s hilarious to have conversations with little ones about shells and seeds…you wouldn’t believe the things they think they can grow!
Here’s what you will need to make your family of Egg Heads
Egg Shells, rinsed and allowed to air dry. Maybe you want to make an omelet or quiche for breakfast? Or maybe you are better at peeling boiled eggs than I am. Either way, the more of the shell you can keep whole, the better. It will have to hold water to work.
Alfalfa seeds (seeds can be found in several grocery stores, I found mine at Whole Foods)
Google eyes or a marker to give your Egg heads some personality
Something as a base for your egg to rest in/on. You can use the egg carton itself, mini cupcake liners or these cute Easter chicks that I found at a dollar store in packs of 3. Whatever you have on hand to keep them upright.
Here is your step by step Tutorial
Once you have assembled your clutch of egg shells you will glue (or draw) eyes on their faces.
Now stand them up in your base of choice. I found sticky play foam to be a great medium for getting them to stand up and keep them in place.
Next soak your cotton balls in water and squeeze slightly so that you can carefully stuff the wet cotton inside the shells. Generously sprinkle the seeds over the wet cotton and set your Egg Head Family in a sunny window to watch them sprout full heads of hair!
Make sure to check the cotton daily and spritz with water to keep moist. Of course be sure to name your little guys. They are great conversationalists.
Modge Podge your favorite memories to a old chair!
This chair has been following me around for 10 years! I honestly never thought that when I saved this chair from our family yard sale that it would still be with me.
My college roommate, Amy, probably thought I was crazy when I brought a old chair to college. Then one day we had the genius idea to spruce up this old chair and get ride of some of the clutter in our desk drawers. So with our compilation of high school and college CDs we came up with great quotes, pictures & song lyrics we loved from all our favorite CD covers. Now when I look back at this chair I think back on all the time we spent making it together & all the songs, artist and movies that made up my high school and college experience.
Now I know that most people don’t actually buy CDs any more, we just download them. But just in case you have a old chair hanging around you may want to try it and spend some quality time with the kids, your girl friends or even your husband!
Here are some other ideas to use on your chair:
-Old movie tickets, I know I keep all of mine, do you?
-Notes or cards from friends and family
-A old book that is falling apart or that you are missing parts of
-Your Journal, I’m not brave enough to let others read mine but you may be
-Kids art work
-Print out your favorite quotes
The tutorial for this project is very simple:
Buy Modge Podge, read directions and get to work!