Thursday, 28 March 2013

Easter Fun

I think I have mentioned before that I am a Lone Guide Leader (as in Girl Guides). Part of the role of Lone Guide Leader is creating a monthly newsletter for your unit who in our case are spread all over QLD with one girl in Vic and providing fun activities along with helping the girls to gain badges. Here are the two Easter activities I sent to the girls in my unit along with the water balloons and thread to make the eggs with. I hope they enjoyed it.

Embroidery Thread Easter Eggs

Things Needed:
  • Water balloons (or very small regular balloons)
  • PVA Glue/ White Glue/ Wood Glue/ Fabric Stiffener (such as Stiffy, available at craft and fabric stores)
  • Embroidery Thread in various pastel colours
  • Scissors
  • Pin
  • String

What to do:
1. Begin by blowing up the balloons. Only blow them up part way, until they are the size of an egg. Tie them shut.
2. Cut ahead of time 1 to 2 foot lengths (done for you) of embroidery thread. It is much easier to have them cut ahead of time because your hands will be getting very messy.

3. Pour some glue/fabric stiffener into a little cup or dish. Then, soak a length of thread in the cup. Pull out the thread through your fingers, removing the excess glue/fabric stiffener.
4. Now, wind the thread all around the egg. Continue will the other pieces of thread until the egg is as covered as you want. Different shades look great together, or you can do the egg one solid colour. Different shades of one colour look good too (like light pink and dark pink).

5. Tie a string around the knot of the balloon and hang them to dry overnight.
6. The next day, pop the balloon with a pin. It will crinkle up and shrink in side, pulling with it any excess glue/ fabric stiffener that was on the sides of the balloon. Then, carefully remove the balloon through one of the openings in the floss.

7. Now your egg is done. They can be displayed in a basket, or you can tie a thread to them for hanging.
The thread and water balloons for this craft are in one on the eggs in your package. The other egg has some Easter bits that you could use to stick on a card or another craft.
Bird’s Nest Dessert (Macaroons)



What you will need:

2large egg whites
Pinch of salt
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
285g unsweetened coconut
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp flour
What to do:
1     Preheat oven to 150°
2    Separate egg whites in a large bowl and add the pinch of salt, whisk until frothy
3    Add sweetened condensed milk and vanilla and mix well
4    Fold in coconut then sugar and flour
5    Line a baking tray with baking paper
6    With wet hands place a heaping tablespoon onto the lined baking tray
7    Push together and then push your finger into the center to form little nests big enough to hold your small eggs
8    Bake for 25 minutes or until the edges are golden brown
9    After they cool completely place your small eggs inside the nest (Suggestion Cadbury Mini Eggs)

For more Easter ideas check out here or here . There are some great ideas. You might even be able to find something that you could make using the eggs or you could come up with an activity yourself.


  1. The bird's nest dessery look so cute and perfect for Easter. Have a great long weekend.

    PS: I'm currently hosting a new Fitskin giveaway, open to Australian residents only and I hope you will enter!

  2. I love both those easter ideas. The eggs look great and so do the nests. My neighbour made something similar for us, a nest made out of chocolate covered noodles :)

  3. Love the idea with the balloons. Keeping this idea for a classroom activity next year - thanks for sharing.

  4. Thanks everyone and I hope you are enjoying your Easter as well.


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