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7 of the best easter bunny craftsI don’t really know why but I always get much more excited about Easter crafts than I do about Christmas or any other occasion.  With this in mind, last week I shared some fabulous Easter egg decorating ideas and the week before I had some adorable Easter bunny card printables created especially for you.  This week I have another fab free printable coming for you but today I wanted to share some fun and unusual Easter bunny crafts to try out over the holidays.  I went looking and here are my favourites:

DIY bunny tshirt

This is such a cute idea to make your own bunny t-shirts.  You could actually make any item of clothing using the same idea. 

Easter treats for kids

I know Easter is all about indulging in chocolate but you can also have fun with healthier treats like these bunny bagels.  How cute are they?  Made with cream cheese and fruit, they look so adorable – I don’t think any little kid would be able to resist. 

DIY miffy bag easter

If like me you’re a Miffy fan, Easter is the perfect time to indulge in lots of Miffy shaped things like this cute DIY miffy bag perfect to fill with little chocolate eggs. 

DIY miffy bunny bunting

I did warn you that I was a bit Miffy obsessed so here is another Miffy craft.  This pastel Miffy bunting would look great for an Easter party or even as a year round kids room decoration and it comes with a free printable template making it super easy to make.

DIY Easter bunny envelopes

These DIY Easter bunny envelopes not only look cute but will keep little hands busy for a while.  This is one craft kids can make on their own and then fill with little toys or treats for themselves or for a friend.

DIY Easter bunny ears

Easter can’t be complete without a set of bunny ears for each of the kids and maybe even for the adults!  I’m loving these DIY bunny ears that are easy to make too.

DIY Easter bunny decorations

Last but not least are these fun bunny decorations to hang up over the Easter weekend.  Or instead you could just decorate paper plates in a similar way – add ears and a little face to the middle. 

These are some of my favourite Easter bunny crafts – I really want to have a go at making those ears and that Miffy garland.  Do you enjoy Easter crafts?  What crafts will you be doing this Easter?

P.S. Don’t forget to check out the best Easter egg decorating ideas and the free Easter card printable.

10 of the best easter egg decorating ideas

I can’t believe that we are just two weeks away from Easter.  I feel like the year has just begun but it’s already nearly April!  Easter is probably my favourite holiday not just because I love bunnies, eggs and chocolates but also because Easter takes me back to when I was a kid.  We always, always did some egg decorating and I loved it – right from learning how to empty eggs to painting them and of course breaking many along the way.  I’d like to do some egg decorating with Anya soon so I went looking for Easter egg decorating ideas and I found so much inspiration.  From simple coloured eggs to really fun faces painted on, there is so much you can do with the humble little egg.  Here are 10 of my favourite finds:

easter egg decorating ideas

How gorgeous are these Easter eggs?  I love the simple colour scheme of just two colours and the faces are just so sweet.

how to dye easter eggsThese Easter eggs have been dyed in various pastel shades and look so pretty.  You can of course choose any colours you like but I love the soft tones of these.

colourful easter egg decorating ideasFor something a bit quirkier try making these colourful easter egg sculptures.  They’d make such a fun and unusual table decoration for an Easter meal.

pretty easter egg decorating ideas

These Easter eggs have been decorated with felt tip pens and they look so great. I especially love the chick and bunny ones and the polka dotted ones.  So easy to do with any pattern you like.

easter egg decorating ideas for kids

I wish I had thought of putting mini party hats on to Easter eggs – the eggs look so darn cute!  To make these easier I wouldn’t bother with the bows as the hats are more than cute enough.

glitter easter eggs

I love a bit of glitter and sparkle for any occasion so I’m loving these glitter filled eggs.  The metallic colours look great with the other colours but of course the egg colours are entirely up to you.  I ‘m thinking lots of different metallic shades like copper, bronze, gunmetal and pewter.

easter egg craft ideas for kids

Instead of an elf on the shelf, make an egg on a shelf!  I love how this egg is given so much personality just by adding legs and a body.  Any kid would love making this Easter egg craft.

painted Easter egg ideasThese bouffant hairstyle Easter eggs are just fab.  When I saw them, they instantly brought a smile to my lips.  For eggs that are a bit different from bunnies and chicks, these are my top pick!

fun easter egg decorating ideas for kids

Love these Easter eggs!  I’m not sure I have a steady enough hand to paint something as neat and perfect as this but a messier version will be just as fun to make.  In addition to the versions above, I think a Queens guard version would look so cool too.

easter eggs decoratingLast but not least are these fun circus eggs.  They come with free printables for all the circus bits so you just have to paint the faces and then dress the eggs.

These are my favourite Easter egg decorating ideas – some are more involved than others but they all look really fun to do.  Will you be decorating eggs with your kids this year?  Which one do you think you’ll make?  And don’t forget to check out my super cute free Easter bunny card printable

free printable easter cards

With Easter fast approaching (how did we get to March already?!) it’s time to think Easter crafts.  Anya loves all kinds of crafts but I know that Easter crafts are her absolute favourite – eggs, bunnies, chocolate – what’s not love?  So today I have these adorable free printable Easter bunny cards for you.  Anya’s already made loads to give to her friends – they’re super easy to make and look so cute!

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These free printable Easter cards have been created exclusively for my readers by a super talented graphic designer and architecture student called Annelies.  I stumbled across her site and I fell in love with her work so we collaborated and here are these cute little cards.  This is the first part of the collaboration – there’s another part coming soon. 

free easter printable card

To make these cards simply print out the templates provided and cut them out.  Stick the envelope part with glue or invisible tape, pop the card in and you’re done!  I have chosen to use pastel coloured card as these colours remind me of Spring but of course you can choose whatever colours you like.  I would suggest using something heavier than regular printer paper like thin card for best results.  Once printed, write your message on the back and give them to your friends or you could even make an Easter bunting by hanging these bunnies on to string.  They’d also make great gift tags and so much more.

I am so glad I discovered Annelies’ work and we managed to collaborate.  If you like pattern and design then don’t miss her blog A pattern a day where she creates beautiful new patterns every day.  Annelies is only 22 so I can’t even begin to image what great things she will get up to in the coming years!  And don’t forget, this is part one – part two of the free Easter printable is coming soon.

Here is the PDF – Annelies has created a few versions of the bunny cards each with slightly different patterns.  Print and enjoy for your own personal use:

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{all photos by ebabee}

DIY washi tape calendar

This is one idea I really wish I had thought of.  Especially in the last couple of months as we have been so unsettled.  We moved in to our new place in December but we always knew we were there temporarily till the builders arrived and then we would have to move out again which is what we have done recently.  Because I didn’t have a permanent space for anything, I stuck lots of pieces of paper and notes on the wall to serve as reminders.  But I wish I had created a simple DIY washi tape calendar like this one.

This DIY washi tape calendar is large (you could go even larger) so I love that the whole families appointments, dates, events can be put on the same calendar.  I would give each member of the family a different colour stickie so that there’s no confusion.  And then everything is visible in one quick glance.  Even if you’re not moving around like me, this is still such a great way to keep a track of the months events.  It looks good and would work great on a kitchen wall or in any shared family room.  Or even in a kids room purely to keep track of their activities.  It’s also great for rented accommodation as washi tape leaves no marks.  And at the end of each month, you just remove all the stickies and put in new ones for the following month.  Simple, practical and so useful to keep track of everything in one place.  When we move back to our home permanently I’m definitely making one of these.

entrance hall storage idea

I came across this fun entrance hall storage idea a while ago and have been meaning to share ever since.  This is such a colourful and fun way to get your kids organised.  Everyone has stuff they need to pick up on the way out or dump on the way in so instead of messily piling everything up on a bench or table you can make these really easy storage spaces simply separated by blocks of colour. Of course you don’t have to stop at the kids but each person in your home could have their own space.

entrance hall storage idea

In this entrance hall created by small fry, I love the bold colours they’ve used and the painted stools that match the walls.  But if stools don’t provide enough storage for you then you could do the same with shelves or small storage cabinets.  And you can of course choose colours according to each persons favourite.  It looks so striking and will encourage the kids and even you to be neat!  This simple idea can also work in a shared kids room or any room where each person needs their own little space.  You’ll find all the how to’s over at small fry.

valentines card free printable - ebabee

Do you celebrate Valentines day?  I don’t like the whole commercial side of it but I do like the sentiment behind the day.  And now with a child in the mix too, it’s more a day to celebrate love not just between a couple but all kinds of love.  That sounds a bit cheesy I know, but you get what I mean right?  I especially like the act of giving a simple card to loved ones so I asked the very talented Lucy Monkman who is a designer and illustrator to come up with a Valentines card printable for all of you.  Lucy has designed a super cute fairy scattering hearts which you can print out and the kids can simply colour in or you can make it in to a Valentines card to give out to whomever you like.

free valentines card printable - ebabeefree valentines card printable - ebabee

This cute free Valentines card printable is available to download in two sizes – A4 and A5.  To download just click the PDF in the size you want and print it out, ideally on to card.  For the A5 one you will have to choose A5 as the paper size on your printer settings before hitting print.  We have printed loads and Anya wants to give them out to all her besties at school.  A big thank you to Lucy Monkman for making this card exclusively for my readers.

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make your own tic tac toe game-ebabee

This is such a simple DIY that I wasn’t sure whether I should post it here.  But I decided that since it’s quick and easy and you get a fun little game out of it, I would share it.  In fact it’s easy enough for the kids to do by themselves so with that in mind here is our Valentines inspired DIY tic tac toe game.

DIY valentines crafts for kids - ebabee

We are big fans of all kinds of games in this house – from the more involved to the really quick ones.  But I find that when time is short and Anya is still insisting on playing a game (like at bedtime) I like to pull out the quickest little games.  The ones that we regularly play are snap, connect 4, tic-tac-toe and a few others.  Since I have all the other games but not a tic tac toe board I thought why not make one.  And with Valentines day coming up, I chose to go with heart counters.  So you can make this for Valentines but of course you can play with it for ages after.

DIY tic tac toe game - ebabee

The instructions are very simple. The make this DIY tic tac toe game I bought some wooden heart craft shapes from ebay which I painted red and black.  I then got some thick card to make the board.  I cut the card in to a square and also cut strips of the same card to make the dividing lines.  You can also use washi tape for the lines as I was planning to but then I quite liked the simplicity of the black and red colour against an all white background.   And that is all there is to it!  I think it makes a sweet little Valentine craft for kids to do with or without you.

unusual kids room decor ideas

It’s finally Friday!  It feels like it took a little longer to come this week, but it’s here.  Today I’ve got some fun things from around the web to make you smile.  To begin with, this room has to be one of the most playful kids rooms I’ve come across.  So much fun and personality to this room where anything goes and yet it all comes together as a dream space for any little kid.  To see more of this room and loads more images of seriously cool kids rooms visit Nynneetliloujos

This head teacher shows us the ultimate way to announce that school is closed due to snow (hilarious – watch it!)

Got loads of broken crayons lying around?  Turn them in to this cute heart shaped Valentines DIY.

How many of these lies have you told your kids?  I’m guilty of nearly all of them and often everyday.

Looking for some kids fashion inspiration? Check out how this mum beautifully styles her little girl.

For a Valentines sweet treat, it has to be said that this is too stinkin’ cute!

I never thought I would say this about clothes hangers, but these DIY ones are so pretty!

Have a wonderful weekend friends and don’t forget our shop sale is still on.  See you next week – nomita x

A couple of years ago for Anya’s birthday, Richard and I thought that she would love a dolls house so we decided to make one as that is so much more personal than buying one.  Richard painstakingly made the dolls house out of some wood he bought, we ordered wallpaper samples to line the walls and we even made teeny tiny furniture from bits of wood and small toy blocks.  We had my mum-in-law knit mini blankets and we made little cushions and pillows from foam and fabric scraps.  Because it was going to be a surprise for Anya, we did most of the creating at night, often staying up till the early hours to get it finished on time.  Lots of love, effort and time went in to this handmade DIY dolls house.  On her birthday with much excitement and anticipation we gave it to her.

Anya’s initial reaction was one of joy and we felt happy she had a dolls house as we knew that every little kids loves a dolls house, right? Wrong. After playing with it for about half an hour, the dolls house was never looked at again.  Ever.  It’s now been given to charity and I am hoping some other little kid is enjoying it.  That’s the thing about kids though – you never know what they will like!  We will not be making any more dolls houses ever again (we are scarred for life : )  but if you want to try and make one here are some fabulous ideas to get you inspired and I really hope you have better luck then me:

DIY cardboard dolls house

A DIY cardboard dolls house is an inexpensive option and you can be very creative with it like these two examples show.  The first cardboard dolls house is a simple construction from cardboard boxes.  I love the colourful windows and doors but you don’t have to stop there – you can add as much colour as you like.  Maybe paint the whole house white and then add the colours around the windows.  In the second dolls house, each room is made out of a basic box and if you tire of one room you can just get another box and make a new one.  Also there’s no limit to the number of rooms you can add.

DIY house shelf dolls house

This is such a simple and cute idea.  Really easy to make, these DIY house shelf dolls houses can be decorated with wallpaper samples or paint and you can even have different floors on the larger shelves.  I love the idea of hanging these on the wall so they are at the perfect level for play and they look great too. 

DIY bookshelf dolls house

Using an old bookshelf is another way to make a fabulous dolls house.  But like the picture above you can easily turn an old bookshelf in to a fire station or police station too.  I love how the roof is painted on the wall so you don’t need to create a roof from additional wood and the bigger the book case, the more rooms you can have.

"Ikea hack DIY dollshouse

This is a fantastic Ikea hack.  This is a basic Ikea bedside table that’s been turned in to a modern and fun DIY dolls house.  The furniture too is from Ikea but you could always make your own.

DIY dolls house in a suitcase

Last is this really clever DIY suitcase dolls house.  It’s as fun as any of the others and it’s so easy to store away too.  The front of the house can be decorated with chalkboard paint and chalk like this one or you could create windows and doors with washi tape and add lots of colour too. 

There you have some of really fun ideas to get creating your very own DIY dolls house.  Even though I won’t be making anymore dolls houses anytime soon, I’m still loving these ideas.  My favourite is the house shelf – I think it looks so adorable and doubles up as really cute decor too.  What’s your favourite?

"mini tree DIY Christmas garland"

Do you remember my DIY mini forest advent calendar?  Well, I had all those mini origami trees floating around so I had to do something with them.  With our recent house move, I knew there would be no tree this year but I did have 24 of these mini trees which I wasn’t ready to get rid of just yet.  So I decided to simply make a little mini tree garland.

"DIY christmas tree decoration"

If you’re starting from scratch you’ll have to make the origami tree’s first of course.  But after that it’s really simple.  All you need is a needle and thread and just string the trees together at the top.  Super easy, peasy!  I had the green trees from my advent calendar but you could easily make the garland in any colour you like – perhaps a black and white one or even a gold one.  Alternatively these little trees could also become tree ornaments – again just thread from the top and hang from your big tree.

"DIY CHristmas garland"

What else would you use these little trees for?  Name place holders?  Table decorations? Anything else?

{all photos by ebabee}

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