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Spring is one of my favorite seasons (just behind fall). The serenity of of the rain gently hitting the deck, the smell of the freshly planted flowers, the sounds of laughter as children come out of hibernation and start playing outside – it makes me think of new beginnings and reasons to celebrate.
Each spring, our family celebrates Easter. As my daughter grows older, she’s starting to be able to participate in crafts and activities that help develop her fine motor skills.
I was trying to find a fun craft that she could assist with that we could then gift to her grandmas for Easter. Inspired by the sights (and tastes) of spring, we married fresh flowers with Easter candy to make candy flowers – both pretty and tasty.
Flowers You Can Eat: Easy Easter Gift
What you’ll need (makes 2 gifts):
- 6 bags of Skittles
- 6 sleeves of Starburst (use Tropical and Regular to add depth of colors)
- 2 tin flower pots
- 2 3×2″ foam disc arrangers
- Easter basket Funfil (non-toxic/no loose strands)
- Colored toothpics
- 1 piece of printer paper (not pictured)
I found the all the non-edible ingredients at a local craft store (with the exception of the toothpicks and the skewers, which I picked up at the grocery store). Since I needed a bunch of green Skittles and flower petals made of Starburst candies, I picked up a Skittles & Starburst 30 Pack from Sam’s Club, perfect for crafting.
1. Open 6 bags of Skittles (I chose to open 3 bags of Original and 3 bags of Berry). Pick out the green Skittles from 3 bags and set aside. Repeat for second “plant.” Grab a plastic bag with zip-top and dump the remaining Skittles to snack on later (no need to waste them!).
2. Unwrap your sleeves of Starburst (tip: each pack contains 3 of each color). Gather the like colors in sets of 6 along with 1 yellow candy per flower.
3. Grab 3 toothpicks in similar colors to the Starburst candies. With your thumb and index finger, hold the yellow candy for a few seconds to “warm” it, making it easier to penetrate with a toothpick. Shove the toothpick horizontally in the yellow Starburst directly in the middle. Add 1 Starburst on both sides of the yellow. Then, stick two more toothpicks diagonally through the yellow (see above). Add the remaining 4 Starburst candies on each end of the 2 toothpicks. Put each completed “flower” to the side (you will end up with 6 flowers in total).
4. If you have a little helper, let her play with the candy by doing a color sorting activity (obviously, with adult supervision since these can be choking hazards). My daughter had a lot of fun opening the packs and sorting, but didn’t understand why she couldn’t eat all the candy. I can’t blame her for thinking that way!
5. Drop the foam disc in the tin pot. Take the piece of paper and rip it in half. Gently cover the foam disc with the paper (this will prevent the debris of the foam from getting all over the gift). Then, cut 3 skewers to different lengths. With the pointed end, pierce the paper and foam with the 3 skewers all the way down to the bottom of the pot. Repeat for the other pot.
6. Take each flower and pierce the yellow center one more time with a toothpick. Use that hole as a guide and place the flower on the skewer. Repeat with the remaining 5 flowers.
7. Take a handful of green Funfil and gently arrange it atop the paper. Take the green Skittles and place them on the green “grass.” Repeat for second “plant.” Be sure to use non-toxic Funfil if you plan on eating the Skittles.
Voila! An easy, super fun craft that didn’t break that bank and that will bring a smile to Grandma’s face!
My mom turned 60 last week and I was honestly stumped thinking about what to get her. I didn’t have a ton of money to spend and I wanted to get her something that was meaningful and from the heart. I searched on Pinterest for “60th birthday gifts,” “grandma gifts,” “grandma birthday,” but didn’t find anything that really spoke to me. So I went back to the drawing board and tried to think of something that would be creative and would include something about turning/being 60.
I came up with an idea to have Bear hold letters that would spell out something. I originally was thinking about her holding letters that spelled out GRANDMA. But once printed, it would be tough to find a frame that was long and skinny to hold the photos. So I settled on “HAPPY 60TH,” which would fit nicely in a 12×12 scrapbook page frame.
It was much more difficult finding the letters than I thought it would be. I visited Target, specialty toy stores, and discount stores in search of classic letter blocks – but no luck! I was at Walmart last Monday shopping for Bear’s Easter basket when I stumbled upon foam bath letters in the Baby section. Perfect! But I didn’t look closely enough at the packaging, which stated they were a choking hazard for children under the age of 3 (still confused why this is so).
I still used them for the photos, but proceeded with caution and full supervision. I didn’t allow her to put them near her mouth, but only placed them in her lap while Daddy distracted her with a toy as I snapped the pictures. Then they went directly into storage until she turns 3. **I don’t recommend using these foam letters with kids under the age of 3 due to the choking hazard.**
I took a ton of photos. Probably over 100. Before the shoot, be sure to count the number of letters in the phrase you plan on spelling out to ensure you have more than one shot when a letter is repeated. In this case: H x2, A x1, P x2, Y x1, 6 x1, 0 x1, T x1. I also made sure to select a background and outfit for Bear that was a subtle color (cream and light pink) so that the letters would stand out more.
Once you selected the photos, create a new Photoshop document size 10″x7″ and place eight (8) 2.5″ x 3.5″ photos to be printed on one sheet. Be sure to use a paper cutter to cut the wallet size photos so they are nice and straight.
Then line up the phrase and measure how long and tall it is so you can decipher what size frame you will need. My phrase turned out to be 12″ x 8″ so I opted for a Scrapbook size frame (pretty much a 12×12 shadow box).
Now it’s time to decorate! I chose a white piece of scrapbook paper with some texture so that the paper wouldn’t compete for attention with the phrase (the object is for the phrase to stand out the most, then your child, then the background, clothing, paper, etc.). I found some flower embelishments and Hobby Lobby to add to the “whitespace” to balance out the artwork.
Tip: Symmetry is overrated. Try to place the embellishments in a way that isn’t completely symmetrical.
My favorite thing about this project was capturing a variety of my daughter’s expressions. I often try to get the “perfect” pose – looking directly at the camera, smiling. But now I have my own collection of many of her expressions as a 7-month-old.
You could try this project with different letters for numerous occasions – Birthday, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day (“I Love Daddy”), Grandparents Day, Wedding, Anniversary, you name it! It’s all about being creative with your saying. You could even create this as artwork for your child’s nursery spelling out his or her own name.
Total Cost: $15
Time Commitment: 1 hour (less shopping time)
Frame, scrapbook paper, and embellishments were purchased at Hobby Lobby.