If you don't feel like giving out chocolate this Easter, how about making some lovely home-made gifts? You don't need to be super crafty to make these and they're all really affordable.
1. Framed bunny art
If you're looking for an inexpensive Easter gift that can be kept forever, try making your own bunny art:
- Make an outline of the back of a bunny using coloured paper, magazines or newspaper
- Cut it out and stick onto some white card using glue
- Take a lump of cotton wool and stick it onto where the tail should go.
- Frame it with or without the glass pane depending on the size of the tail
You can re-use an old frame or pick up a cheap one from IKEA or Poundland. This simple design will look lovely in any home!
2. Lavender Eggshell Candles
These beautiful lavender candles from A Pumpkin and a Princess are surprisingly very easy to make. For the shells, you'll have most items in your kitchen cupboard already: eggs, food colouring, vinegar and water.
For the inside, you'll need soy candle wax flakes, candle wicks and adhesive. All of these are cheap and readily available at craft shops and big online retailers like Amazon, eBay and Etsy.
Follow their easy step-by-step guide to making these Lavender Eggshell Candles and present them in a painted egg box or egg cups.
Image: Natural New Age Mum
3. Quick Sew Sock Bunny
Got some odd socks and a spare afternoon? Even if you're not a master-sewer, you can make this adorable sock bunny for your loved one.
You'll need two pairs of socks, sharp scissors, cotton wool or stuffing, needle and thread, and wool. Follow the tutorial by handmade4all on YouTube.
4. Easter Biscuits
Say it with shortbread biscuits this Easter. This recipe is really simple so you can get the kids involved, too. For the biscuits you'll need:
- 225g butter at room temperature
- 110g caster sugar
- 275h plain flour
- optional ground spices or grated zest
- Preheat the oven to 170C/gas mark 3
- Cream the butter in a bowl until soft and creamy
- Add the caster sugar and beat until fluffy and pale
- Sift the flour and optional spices in and fold together to form a dough
- Flatten with a rolling pin and make shapes with cutters
- Bake on a tray for 13-15 minutes or until golden
- Transfer to a wire rack for cooling
For decorating, you can whizz up some icing yourself (there are some good recipes on BBC Good Food) or you can buy it pre-made - I like Dr Oetker.
Decorate with different coloured icing, sprinkles, chocolate and sweeties. Sweetopia have some amazing ideas for 'wet-on-wet' icing effects including how to marble and add dots or flowers.
5. Edible Jelly Bean Bracelets
These bracelets from MomLuck are so quick and easy to make. Make them with the kids and they can hand them out to friends as Easter gifts.
Take a fine needle and thread then thread through different coloured beans. Tie a knot at the end and add a ribbon bow for a sweet finishing touch!
6. Bunny Treat Jars
These jars are really sweet and so simple to make. All you need is some old jars, paint, glue and plastic bunny figurines. You can get these from Amazon or most kids shops. Follow Cheryl from A Pretty Cool Life 's guide to making these Easter Bunny Treat Jars and fill them up with chocolate and other treats. The sweets may not last long but the jars will be around forever.
Thanks for reading! Do you have any alternative Easter gift ideas?
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