Favourite Easter Treats

One of my favourite memories as a child during Easter long weekend is making DIY Easter eggs & treats. Pinterest is an excellent source for inspiration for fun DIY projects for kids and adults alike. Here are some of my favourite Easter treats to make over the long weekend.

Two Peas and their Pod’s
Salted Caramel Easter Popcorn

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This pop corn is the perfect festive Easter treat. It’s an easy recipe you can modify to suit your needs. I like to use mini eggs (because I’m addicted) instead of M&M’s. You can also add sprinkles for more colour. Here are Two Peas in Their Pod’s Instructions

Ingredients:

6 cups plain popped popcorn
2 cups coarsely chopped salted pretzels
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt, plus more for sprinkling
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup miniature marshmallows
Drop of red food coloring-if you want to make the popcorn pink for Easter
1 1/2 cups Easter Pretzel M&M’s

Instructions:

1. In a large bowl, combine popcorn and pretzels. Set aside. In a medium saucepan, bring sugar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and water to a boil over medium high heat. Boil, undisturbed, until mixture is amber in color, for about 8-12 minutes. Remove pan from heat and slowly pour in the heavy cream. Be careful because the mixture will bubble up. Stir until smooth and add vanilla extract, marshmallows, and drop of red food coloring-if using. Stir until marshmallows are melted and mixture is smooth.
2. Pour caramel mixture over popcorn and pretzels and gently stir with a rubber spatula until popcorn is well coated. Stir in the pretzel M&M’s. Transfer mixture to a large baking sheet and sprinkle with sea salt. Let cool completely.

Recipe & images by Two Peas and Their Pod

Camille Styles’ Nail Polish Eggs

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These Easter eggs marbled with nail polish are the perfect decoration for a centre piece for Easter Sunday brunch.

Instructions:

1. Pour a few drops of each nail polish colour onto the water surface. Be sure to experiment with the step as the order you pour the colors results in varying marbleization.
2. Use a stick to swirl nail polish around.
3. Carefully submerge the drained egg into the water until completely covered, then quickly pull out.
4. Set egg aside to dry. Scoop out nail polish from water surface between eggs, and repeat steps 1-4 for each.

Read more on Camille Styles

Almost Makes Perfect DIY Printable Easter Treats Bags

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Directions
Print out the toppers (link below) and carefully cut along the edges. fold in half.
Fill your bag with treats, and cut down in height if you’d like.
Staple or apply your double sided tape and attach.
Write your very lucky recipients name on the back

Print out Almost Makes Perfect’s DIY Printable Easter Treat Bags here
Images & Directions by Almost Makes Perfect

Miss Renaissance’s Metallic Eggs

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Another fun & pretty way to decorate Easter eggs. I love the use of metallics to add a little shine to your Easter decor. Here are Miss Renaissance’s instructions:

Instructions:
For the metal-leafed eggs I like to use  Mona Lisa Speedball Metal Leaf. It’s not too pricey, comes in different metal shades & it’s easy to use. Simply spray your eggs with a bit of spray adhesive, wait a few minutes for it to get tacky & apply the metal leaf carefully by hand. All you need to finish it is a super soft brush (I like to use a big make-up brush) to press the metal leaf into place an BAM – amazingly shiny eggs! To create simple patterns on the metal-leafed eggs like I did, just use a strip or two of Washi Tape & remove the tape after you’ve finished leafing – the contrast between the white egg shell and the shiny metal is really stunning!

Recipe & images by Miss Renaissance

Bunny party favour bags

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Directions

1. Draw two eyes and a nose/mouth near the bottom of the bag. I kept my face below the fold line near the bottom.
2. Open up your paper bag. Fold out the folds of the paper bag.
3. Cut out a triangle from the paper bag.
4. Stand your paper bag up.
5. Put a small strip of pink tissue into the bag.
6. Tie the ears together, and gently twist and fold the ears so they are facing outwards with a little pink tissue poking up.

Studio DIY’s Sprinkle Egg

DIY-Sprinkle-Covered-Easter-Eggs3How-To-Cover-Eggs-in-SprinklesThese Easter Eggs are a little more challenging to make, but the finished result is beautiful. You can also reuse them next year if you use styrofoam eggs.

Ingredients:
Pastel Nonpareils sprinkles
Eggs (Hard-Boiled or blown) or Styrofoam Eggs
Glue
Paintbrush
Spoon

Pour your sprinkles into a medium size bowl. Squeeze some glue out of the bottle onto freezer paper or wax paper. Using your paintbrush, cover your egg in a good, even layer of the glue. Now dip your egg in the sprinkles and press down firmly, covering about half your egg in sprinkles.

Let go of your egg in the bowl, and using a spoon, cover the other half of the egg with the sprinkles. Now for the most important part! After your egg is fully covered in sprinkles, firmly press the arc of the spoon against and around your egg, “sealing” the sprinkles on. If you don’t do this step, your sprinkles will fall off very easily. So do it!

Let your egg dry partially right there in the bowl of sprinkles (You can use a large bowl so you can do multiple at once). Once the sprinkles are mostly set, if you want, you can carefully lift it out and allow it to dry completely on a wire rack.

Recipe & images by Studio DIY

The Curvy Carrot’s Birds Nest

I absolutely loved making these as a kid. They are a delightful Easter dessert, and are perfect to place on everyones plates before Easter brunch.

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, for greasing the muffin pan
6 ounces (1/2 bag) of semi-sweet chocolate chips
6 ounces (1/2 bag) of butterscotch chips
1 cup creamy peanut butter
6 ounces (1/2 of a large bag) of chow mein noodles
36 mini Cadbury eggs

Instructions

1. Generously grease the wells of a muffin pan with the butter (this will help later when you are taking out the chilled nests).
2. In a large microwave-proof bowl, heat the chocolate and butterscotch chips in 30 second intervals until thoroughly melted, stirring after each increment.**It only took me two 30-second intervals.
3. Once melted, add the peanut butter to the chocolate/butterscotch mixture, mixing well until smooth and completely combined.
4. Carefully add the chow mein noodles, stirring with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula, until completely coated.
5. Using a large spoon, mold the mixture into the wells of your muffin tin, indenting the tops slightly with the back of the spoon.
6.  Chill the nests until hardened, about 1 hour or so.
7.  Once chilled, gently remove the nests from the muffin tin. I used a butter knife as a lever to pop them out-this seemed to work.
8.  Place three eggs (or colored jelly beans!) on the tops of each nest.

Recipe & images by The Curvy Carrot