Easter DIY Craft – How to Make a Resurrection Garden

Easter DIY How to Make a Resurrection Garden

Last year I shared with you our Resurrection Rolls and yesterday I shared with you another snack to use while teaching the Easter Story.  Today I am sharing an Easter DIY project that is one of my favorites!   A Resurrection Garden!  Just seeing this on our table reminds me of the true meaning of Easter and is a great reminder of so many things that I am blessed with!  It’s an amazingly easy project with lots of variety so feel free to make it your own!

You will need:

- A pot/saucer – Potting Soil
- A smaller terracotta pot
- Rocks (1 bag of small rocks and 1 large)
- Sticks
- Twine/Yarn
- Either Wheat Grass or Moss

Easter DIY How to Make a Resurrection Garden

First just put a little potting soil into your saucer.  Not a lot!

Easter DIY How to Make a Resurrection Garden

Next, lay your smaller pot on it’s side.  This will be your ‘tomb’.  Position it where you would like.

Easter DIY How to Make a Resurrection Garden

Now, lets add the rocks.  Use the small ones to create a pathway.  The large rock I rolled to the side of the tomb.  That way you can see inside that it is empty and that He is risen!

Easter DIY How to Make a Resurrection Garden

Fill in your garden with dirt.  You will want to go over the tomb!

Easter DIY How to Make a Resurrection Garden

To make the Crosses you simply break a stick and using either yarn, twine or even hot glut stick them together.

Easter DIY How to Make a Resurrection Garden

Originally we were going to plant wheat grass on ours.  It grows really quickly and is nice and thick.  But, instead we decided to go for the instant gratification of the moss. :)

Easter DIY How to Make a Resurrection Garden

Easter DIY How to Make a Resurrection Garden

Ta da!  A great reminder and teaching tool for the Easter Story!

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Easter DIY How to Make a Resurrection Garden

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No Bake Easy Easter Snack & Resurrection Activity For Kids

He He Risen Easy Easter Snack & Activity for Kids

Easter is one of my favorite holidays!  I love everything about it!  I try to make sure that the reason behind the season isn’t lost in all the jelly beans and Easter Eggs.  If you are looking for a quick and easy snack and activity to do with your children or a project for Sunday School at church this one is always a big hit!

No Bake Easy Easter Snack & Resurrection Activity For Kids

Resurrection Snack and Activity For Kids

Start with a Graham Cracker and spread on some green tinted icing.  Green grass is always very Easter-ish! :)

Easy Resurrection Snack and Activity for kids Easter

Then we add a doughnut to represent the tomb that Jesus was buried in.

ressurection snack and activity for kids

Then we added half of a doughnut hole to represent the rock that had been moved to reveal the empty tomb.  And for fun we added a toothpick with the words “He Has Risen!”.

He has Risen snack and Resurrection Activity

This project is quick to hold the kiddo’s attention, a great lesson, easy for the small kids to make and fun for the big ones to want to make one too!  Feel free to decorate with green coconut for grass, flower sprinkles, or fun Easter toppers!

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How to Dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties

How to dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties

Easter is April 20th this year and if you are out looking for fun ways to decorate your Easter Eggs then you have to try our favorite method!  Now, if you’ve been around for a while you know this is how we decorate our Easter Eggs each year and it is by far the easiest way and makes the prettiest eggs!

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties

How to dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties

First you will need a few supplies.

-Silk ties (make sure that they are 100% silk!)

-white fabric of some sort (we’ve used a flour sack, cotton fabric, and when we made these an old t-shirt that Josh has outgrown!)

-vinegar

-rubber bands

Caleb tie choice

I pick up my ties from the thrift store.  Honestly, the uglier the better!  :)

How to dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties

Flip your ties over and cut down the center to open them up.  (Make sure you don’t cut all the way through to cut them in half!  You just want to open it to lay flat.)  There is a lining inside.  Go ahead and take that out and throw it away.    Also, at this point start your water!  Add 1 – 1/2 cup vinegar and fill up a pot with water and bring it to a boil.

Then, place your egg on the widest part.  You can go ahead and cut it – you don’t need the whole tie.  Just make sure you leave enough to fully wrap the egg up!

How to dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties

You want to lay your egg on the ‘color side’ so the colors can easily transfer to the egg.  Wrap the egg up tight and secure with a rubber band.

How to dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties

Now I will say we used Silly Bands (anyone else have a bazillion of those around their house?!)  DO NOT USE THEM!! They do not hold up in the boiling water!  Our eggs still came out, but not as well. :( You want to make sure that the fabric is pulled tight and the rubber bands have it well secured!

How to Dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties

Wrap them up with the white fabric and again secure with a rubber band.

How to dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties

Drop in the boiling water and just let it be!  I leave mine in for about 20 minutes.

How to dye Easter Eggs with silk ties

Time to pull your eggs out and unwrap them.  I would say that you should let them cool first (and you probably should…) but I’m not patient enough for that.  :)

How to dye Easter Eggs with Silk Ties

Here are some of our eggs.  You can tell which ones were done using regular rubber bands and NOT the Silly Bands!  It’s really important to get them nice and tight!  Don’t be scared to try ties that have lots of details!  Last year we did one with lots of men riding old fashioned bicycles and it looked awesome!

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We aren’t hard boiled egg lovers in our home so our eggs are strictly for decoration.  :)

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Party Bark Treat Recipe

Party Bark Blue Jar

Want to know my go to treat for any holiday or celebration?  Party bark!  It’s so easy to make (it takes just minutes to put together!) and is a fun, festive touch.  Plus, it’s delicious.  And incredibly addicting.  So if you are making for a big group make sure you double!

party bark ingredients collage

The ingredients are simple.  M&M’s, pretzels, white chocolate and sprinkles!

party bark step 2

Step 3 Rainbow Bark

Yeah.  It’s really that good.

party bark If you’ve made it this far without it disappearing – congratulations! :)

Rainbow Bark3

Rainbow Bark2

RAINBOW BARK JAR BLUE

At this point you have 2 options.  Put it out for everyone to enjoy or stick it in a jar so you can hide it.  You can tell which route I like to take.  :)

RAINBOW BARK LOOKING DOWN INTO JAR

Isn’t it pretty?  So colorful! Party Bark green

If you are looking for some fun ideas to customize:

Use holiday sprinkles (they even have themed sprinkles like butterflies, flowers, heck, they even have Spongebob sprinkles!)

Customize the M&M’s to your holiday or event (We’ve even made these as teacher gifts and made the M&M’s our school colors!) Amazon is a great place to order them!  You can order all blue, yellow, green etc.  You can order directly from M&M’s but it can get a little expensive!

Use food coloring to color the white chocolate.

RAINBOW BARK NAPKIN

If you are giving them as a gift you can put them in a treat bag with a colorful ribbon or even small Mason Jars.  I love the jars!  Print off a cute label for the tops and you have an instant adorable gift!

party bark blue Or you can leave it as is.  Because it looks pretty darn festive already! :)

Party Bark Green Jar

Party Bark Treat Recipe

Party Bark Treat Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12 oz of M&M Mini's
  • 2 cups pretzels
  • 16 oz white chocolate chips (1 1/2 bags)
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Line a 9X13 baking dish with wax paper.
  2. Spread 3/4 cup of M&M's out in the baking dish.
  3. Crumble up the pretzels and add to the M&M's. You don't want to crush them too much!
  4. Melt the chocolate chips. Just microwave for 30 seconds and stir until melted.
  5. Pour the chocolate on top of the M&M's and pretzel mixture.
  6. Top with the remaining M&M's and sprinkles.
  7. Put the dish in the refrigerator to set.
  8. After it has set, cut into pieces and it's ready to serve or gift!
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Silk Dyed Eggs – Easy & Mess Free!

Silk Dyed Easter Eggs Cover

Tonight we dyed our Easter Eggs.  Our tradition is dying them with silk ties.   You can find the instructions here.

Silk Dyed Easter Eggs 2

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Silk Dyed Easter Eggs

I wasn’t sure how this one would come out.  But I’m so glad I picked up this tie with the men riding the old fashioned bicycles!  Isn’t it cool?

Silk Dyed Easter Eggs Favorite

You have to have at least one tie with flowers on it!

Silk Dyed Easter Eggs Green Paisley Favorite

And of course a paisley print!

Silk Dyed Easter Eggs Its a Fabulous Life

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Resurrection Rolls – A Fun (and Yummy) Easter Tradition

Resurrection Rolls a fun and yummy way to teach the Easter Story

I wanted to make sure to share with you one of our favorite Easter traditions – making Resurrection Rolls!  This is such a fun and yummy way to teach the Easter story!  Plus, it’s so incredibly easy! :)

Resurrection Roll ingredients

You will need:

1 package Crescent rolls (here is a coupon)
8 Marshmallows
4 tbsp melted butter
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon

The How To:

Melt the butter and put the cinnamon sugar mixture in a bowl.  Grease your baking pan and pre-heat the oven according to the crescent roll directions.  (You can read John 19 if you would like!)

Give your child a marshmallow and explain that it represents Jesus.  After Jesus died on the cross he was prepared for burial.  Back then that meant using oil (the melted butter) and spices (the cinnamon sugar mixture.)

Resurrection roll butter

(Dip the marshmallow in butter and then roll in the cinnamon sugar mixture)

Then he was wrapped in linen cloth.

Cinnamon coated marshmallow Resrrection Roll

(Place the marshmallow in the crescent roll.  You will need to wrap it up tightly and pinch it shut.  You will want to make sure that it is sealed!)

resurrection roll

(Place on a cookie sheet.)

Then, he was placed in a tomb (represented by the oven) and a large rock was placed to block the entrance (the oven door).

(Close the oven door and cook according to crescent roll’s package instructions)

On Sunday morning, the third day, Mary Magdalene and several other women went to the tomb.  When they arrived, they found the tomb had been opened already.  When they went in, they did not find Jesus’ body and the wondered what had happened.

Suddenly, two angels appeared.  The women were terrified, but the angels said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead?  He is not here; He has risen!  Remember how He told you that He would be turned over to sinful men, be crucified, and rise again on the third day!”

The women ran back to tell Jesus’ apostles what they had seen.  Peter and one of the other apostles went to the tomb to see for themselves.  They looked in and saw the linen cloths that Jesus’ body had been wrapped in but nothing else.

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(Open your roll!  Jesus – represented by the marshmallow – is not there! He has risen!  All that is left are the linens he was wrapped in – the roll.)

We do this every year and it never gets old!  It’s such a fun way to bring the Bible alive and really helps kids understand the Easter Story!

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Amazon: Hop just $9.99 (DVD) or $14.99 (Blu-Ray) SHIPPED! Perfect for Easter!

HOP

Hop

Hop is a super cute movie that we love at our house!  From the makers of Despicable Me comes a comedy about candy, chicks and rock ‘n’ roll! He was destined to be the Easter Bunny, but all he wanted to do was rock! When teenage E.B. (voiced by Russell Brand) leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a rockstar drummer, he meets Fred (James Marsden), an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals. Together the two encounter a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures and in the end help each other recognize the importance of family.

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Easter Egg Decals + Glow in the Dark Easter Eggs

Egg Decals

 

How fun are these Easter Egg decals?  We bought a few sets to jazz up our plastic eggs.  I’ve been anti-plastic eggs for a while but I saw the most brilliant idea on Pinterest (go figure.  Do you know how many great ideas I’ve found on there?)

Are you ready?

Glow in the dark Easter Eggs

(photo from Mommy Savers)

Awesome huh?  So we bought decals from Very Jane (8 styles, 10 color choices).  You get enough decals for 12 eggs for only $1.50 (plus $1.00 shipping for the first item, $0.50 for an additional sets).  We got the mustaches and the Star Wars.

I picked up some plastic eggs the other day at the dollar store.  (I made sure to get the light colored pastel eggs – I’m thinking the glow sticks will light up better!)  Here are the glow sticks I ordered.  You get 100 glow sticks for $9.97 - 2 day shipping is included for  Amazon Prime and Amazon Mom. If you are not an Amazon Prime or Amazon Mom member you can sign up for a free trial!  I figured with that many glow sticks we can stash some back for the 4th of July! Or not if the kids find them! :)

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