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The Friday Five – Easter Crafts

The Friday Five - Easter Crafts | Squirrelly Minds

Easter cupcake stand from Wayfair by A Bubbly Life / Eggheads printable from Sweet Paul / Easter egg hunt bag from Purlbee / Bunny clay bowls from Alice and Lois /
Figurine cake dome from Sugar & Cloth


Easter DIY’s are in full swing, and these are my favourite non egg dying crafts out there. Can you tell bunnies are dominating my Easter centred mind right now? I actually had to try hard not to make every craft bunny centred. They’re just too adorable and the perfect symbol for the holiday don’t you think?

I don’t know about you, but I definitely have an urge to hunt thrift shops for ceramic bunnies to convert to cupcake stands or cake domes.

If you haven’t already, check out current and past Easter DIY’s and recipes from Squirrelly Minds:


And check out more Easter ideas on my Easter Pinterest Board

What’s on your easter crafting agenda this weekend?

DIY/Holiday | Confetti Eggs Easter Advent Calendar

DIY Confetti Eggs Easter Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
I had so much fun making advent calendars every week last Christmas and was really sad when it was over. Then I got thinking – why does it have to end? And so, the easter advent calendar was born. And it’s filled with confetti.
DIY Confetti Eggs Easter Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
Since the kiddos (and adults) will probably get enough chocolate on easter day, I opted for each egg being filled with a fun activity instead. Each day on the week leading up to easter, crack open an egg to a colourful explosion of confetti and an easter activity to do for the day!
DIY Confetti Eggs Easter Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
Some activities can include:

  • Going to the park for easter activities
  • Making crafts together
  • Colouring book time
  • A movie night
  • Going to the petting zoo to cuddle some bunnies (my personal favourite)
  • And for the last one – an easter egg hunt!

Search for easter events in your home town to include. The options are endless.

DIY Confetti Eggs Easter Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
So let’s get crackin’!
…I’m sorry. I can’t resist puns.

Materials

  • 7 white eggs
  • Confetti
  • Strips of paper
  • Tissue paper in various colours
  • White glue
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Pen

DIY Confetti Eggs Easter Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds

Steps

DIY Confetti Eggs Easter Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
DIY Confetti Eggs Easter Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
1 Create a nickel sized hole at the bottom (larger) end of your egg by lightly tapping it against a hard surface, then peeling away the shell. If it isn’t already, break the membrane and drain the egg into a bowl. Wash with clean water and leave to dry. FYI – eggs take forever to dry. I used a blow dryer and left them in sun and after 5 hours they still weren’t dried out! It would be best to do this the night before.
2 Cut 7 strips of paper and write activities on them, then cut 7 shapes (I used a fancy edge circle puncher) and write the numbers 1-7.
3 Place a strip of paper inside each egg until it fits in completely. If you want to do certain activities on certain days make sure you remember which egg you put the activity in so you can put the proper number on the outside.
4 Fill the egg to the rim with confetti!
DIY Confetti Eggs Easter Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
5 Use a brush to place a small amount glue around the hole.
6Cover the hole with a piece of tissue paper, then paint down the edges with the glue brush. You may do this again to ensure the hole is properly covered.
7 Glue tissue paper on the rest of the egg, placing glue on any ends that stick up. Leave it to completely dry.
8 Place double sided tape on the back of each number.
9 When dry, place a number on each egg. Crack each day leading up to Sunday the 20th!
DIY Confetti Eggs Easter Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds
I may have made crushing a glue covered egg look easy in the above gif, but don’t let me fool you. It’s actually surprisingly difficult! If you have little hands opening the eggs, tell them instead to poke a hole in the bottom and pry it open.
However, if you dear adult want to exert some force and feel like superman, crush away.

DIY Confetti Eggs Easter Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds

DIY Confetti Eggs Easter Advent Calendar | Squirrelly Minds

What fun activities would you put in your easter eggs?

A huge thanks to The Confetti Bar for providing the sparklies!
And if you like the cursive font in the gif, my friend at Cocorrina made it and you can have it too!

DIY/Holiday | Golden Eggs

Golden Eggs | Squirrelly Minds
You know the tale of the goose who lays golden eggs? Well grab a can of spray paint and make your own!
Aside from blowing out the eggs (worst light headedness/headache inducing activity in history) this easter egg ‘dying’ is probably the easiest ever.
Golden Eggs | Squirrelly Minds
Place your eggs in an egg carton, spray paint the top and let it dry, then flip them over and spray paint the other side. Check for any places the paint didn’t reach to spray a bit extra on. Voila!
Golden Eggs | Squirrelly Minds
I like it because the spray paint gives it an uneven, almost marbleized texture. It would be neat to try it with different layers and colours of spray paint too! But I couldn’t resist just going all gold…
Golden Eggs | Squirrelly Minds
A short and simple post for a sweet and simple DIY!

Have you started making easter eggs yet?

Eat | Single Batch Mini Cakes

Single Batch Mini Cakes | Squirrelly Minds
I’m always looking for shortcuts when I bake, and I knew that when I decided I’d make three different mini cakes for my brother’s birthday, there was no way I’d make three separate batches. That’s just too much work, and too much math when dividing a batch by three! Instead I made one base batch, then split it up into three and adjusted accordingly.
It worked perfectly.
Single Batch Mini Cakes | Squirrelly Minds
I made chocolate cake with mint icing, vanilla cake with lemon icing and lemon cake with cream cheese icing. Here’s how I made the base batch and divided it into three separate flavours.
Single Batch Mini Cakes

Ingredients

  • Base Batch
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 1/3 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • ADDITIONS
  • Vanilla Batch
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • Lemon Batch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon yellow gel dye
  • Chocolate Batch
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Base Icing
  • 2 cups butter
  • 4 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ADDITIONS
  • Mint Icing
  • 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon green food colouring
  • Lemon Icing
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • Cream Cheese Icing
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease 3 tin cans
  2. Whisk the milk and apple cider vinegar in a large bowl. Set aside for a few minutes to curdle
  3. Add the sugar, oil and vanilla to the milk mixture. Sift in the dry ingredients and beat until there are no large lumps left (small ones are fine)
  4. Evenly separate into three batches (two extra bowls) and add your additional ingredients for a vanilla, chocolate, and lemon cake
  5. Pour each batch into a tin can and bake for 40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. When ready, transfer to a cooling rack and let it cool completely before cutting the cake into three parts
  6. Spread a generous amount of icing on each cake slice and layer.
  7. Icing
  8. Cream the butter thoroughly using a stand mixer or hand blender. 1/2C at a time, add the icing sugar and keep mixing until you get your desired icing texture.
  9. If it becomes to stiff, mix in a tbsp of water at a time to make your icing softer.
  10. Separate into three batches (two bowls) and add the additional ingredients for mint, chocolate, and cream cheese icing. Mix thoroughly
http://squirrellyminds.com/2014/03/27/eat-single-batch-mini-cakes/
Single Batch Mini Cakes | Squirrelly Minds
Andif you want to add a little fun, top your mini cakes with this tassel garland. It just instantly turns cute into even cuter.

Happy baking!

What are your top 3 cake flavours?

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