Quick and Easy Recycled Cheerful Easter Baskets

I just realised this morning that we have been so caught up in our Passover preparations that we had forgotten all about Easter. We needed a really quick craft made from things we already had.
We thought that one thing we would definitely need are some fun and colourful Easter baskets to collect eggs, and so we had a quick look through our recycling box and craft cupboard.
I love the result, our brilliantly cheerful, super speedy ten-minute Easter baskets!

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All you need to make one of these fun baskets is:

One plastic water bottle, with the top cut off,
Colourful beads
Pipecleaners
Scissors
Poster paints
Permanent markers

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How to:

Start by painting the inside of your bottle with the poster paint. It is really important that you paint the inside and not the outside, as otherwise it will be very tricky to decorate the basket later.

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Let your paint dry. When the paint has dried, decorate your basket with the permanent markers. We added colourful patterns and decorated our baskets just like we would decorate an easter egg.

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After decorating the whole basket, use scissors to carefully cut a little slit on opposite sides of your basket and attach one end of the piecleaner to it. To do this, thread a bit of the piecleaner through the slit, bend it up and wrap it around the long pipecleaner bit. This will be the handle for your basket.

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Now use beads to decorate your basket’s handle.

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When you have finished decorating the handle, just thread the other end of the piecleaner through the remaining hole and secure it by wrapping it around itself.

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Now you are ready to collect easter eggs!

If you are interested in what we have been up to for Passover, take a look at our Passover Crafts Category.

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Giveaway – Meet The BritPack – EggNogg Easter Colouring Bundle

A little while ago we were asked to join a brilliant collection of bloggers to help support British companies. As you know, we really try to buy locally as much as possible and support small businesses and creative ideas.
It’s important to us, and so of course we were happy to join forces with others to help spread awareness about some creative, unique and trustworthy British companies who make things for little ones.

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The companies who are currently part of The BritPack are GrubbiesEggnoggHelen GordonPicaloulouTweedies OriginalsImminkWhite Rabbit EnglandFunky Feet FashionHop & PeckCarddies,Project JellyWild Things Funky Little DressesMichiko and Me, and Little Ponchos.

To celebrate the launch of The BritPack we are having a fun Easter Blog-Hop with a new and fantastic prize to be won each and every day!
For today’s giveaway we have teamed up with EggNogg. We thought EggNogg would make the perfect partner, because around here we just absolutely love to colour and be creative!

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EggNogg are a British company who create beautiful, creative and fun colouring sheets, greetings cards and other fun activities for children.

Easter bunting

For this Giveaway EggNogg are offering an amazing Easter Activity Pack worth £30, including a colour-in Easter bunting and themed colour-in Easter decorations, a super fun Easter egg hunt with colour-in Pocket Treasure Hunt clues providing double-the-fun for the egg hunt and beyond, and a fantastic tea-time colour-in Tablecloth!

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All you have to do for your chance to win is enter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
(Please note EggNogg’s twitter handle is @EggNoggUK, the prize draw might have the wrong name in it, it is being changed by #TheBritPack people.)

A winner will be picked at random in two days!
Good Luck!

The next prize to be won can be found tomorrow morning over at I Always Believed In Futures!

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Grateful Friday

This week was slow, gentle and quiet. Everyone seems to feel much better today, which is a blessing.
Even during those difficult days with little sleep and poorly little loves there is always much to be grateful for.
I am grateful for more empty spaces in our home, and for friends who walk out of our door not only full of food and tea, but also with bags full of books, toys and clothes.
I am also grateful for craft supplies we discovered while looking for some more things to donate. They have been a life-saver on a day where no one was well enough to do anything but everyone wanted to do something.

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I am very, very grateful for tea, soft quilts, stories in bed and some much needed rest and sleep.

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I am grateful for a return to a more simple life, for wool and felt and wooden toys, for songs, rhymes, and, finally, for finding our way back to a more Waldorf inspired life. We lost our way for a little while, trying to work around special needs and outside pressure, but it feels good to be back where we feel at home.

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Life is good, dear friends, and I hope you are well!
Have a beautiful weekend.

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