8 Fun and Creative Easter Party Ideas

Since my kids are always down for another Easter egg hunt, we decided to invite some friends over this year on the Saturday before Easter.  I’ve been scouring Pinterest looking for creative ways to make the party fun for the 2-8 year olds.  Here are some of my favorites.  More to come after I start making and prepping for our party!Creative Easter party ideas | lisaplusthree

White Clay Bunny Dishes via Alice and Lois | Pancake Bunny via Handmade Charlotte | Pastel Layered Rice Krispy Treats via Yellow Bliss Road | White Duct Tape Bunny Basket via Mer Mag | Mini Egg Pinatas via Oh Happy Day | Origami Bunnies via Studio DIY | Peep Cupcake Toppers via Mommy Savers | Rubber Band Resist Dyed Eggs via Real Simple

DIY Frozen Snowflake Hair Clips

Frozen Hair Clips

For Ella’s sixth birthday party this year, she of course insisted on having a Frozen theme!  Just another opportunity to wear her Halloween costume, so sure, why not?  Since I booked her party at a ballet studio, I wanted some quick and easy crafts that I could prep and bring with us.

Materials

What you’ll need:

  • Snowflake hole punch
  • Hair clips
  • Glue dots (1/2″)
  • Jewels or buttons
  • Purple and blue cardstock paper

Punch Snowflakes

1.  First, punch out a bunch of snowflakes out from the cardstock.  I chose to use purple, light blue, and teal blue colored cardstock.

Glue Dot

2.  I decided to use 1/2″ glue dots instead of glue because they were easy and fast to use.  They are also super sticky, so everything will stick together nicely.  Just make sure that the kids don’t try to apply them with their fingers.  Use the glue dots to adhere the paper snowflakes to the hair clips and layer on jewels.

Frozen Hair Clips Finished

3.  Here are some of the different types of hair clips we created after layering the buttons and jewels on the snowflakes!  Quick, super easy, and the girls were in love.  They all wore their new Frozen snowflake hair clips home, along with some teal fleece no-sew scarves that the girls hand-cut as well!

12 Clever DIY Valentine’s Day Treats

As I’ve been scouring blogs and Pinterest for clever, fun, and easy DIY Valentine’s Day cards, I have found a bunch!  So I just wanted to share all of my favorites.  Most of these are aimed towards kid’s classroom ideas, but there are a couple that are great for co-workers and friends (like the succulents & donuts).  So cute, some of these could make great party favors as well!

lisaplusthree.com

Oranges via Craftaholics Anonymous | Succulents from See Kate Sew | Perler Beads via Camille Styles| Donuts via Sugar & Charm | Mad Lib cards via Made Vibrant | Racecar via Real Simple | Have a Ball via The Macs | Awesome Applesauce via Delia Creates | Starbursts via BHG | Socks Valentine via Crafting Chicks | EOS lip balm cards via By Dawn Nicole

9 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

How is your holiday shopping going?  I’ve been avoiding all malls and stores, opting to scour the internet for good deals.  So far, it’s been pretty easy!  Everything has arrived to my door step and all I’ve been doing is wrapping.  I’m been pinning some great wrapping ideas, so I just wanted to share!  Now I can put all my baking twine, clothespins, gold bells, and chalkboard pens to great use.

9 Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

Chalkboard Wrapping Paper via Going Home to Roost  | Grosgrain Ribbon and Bells via Freckles Chick | Clothespin Gift Toppers via Creature Comforts | Twine Snowflake via Fellow Fellow | Pom Pom & Twig Gift Topper via Rue Coco | Paper Strip Wreaths via A Subtle Revelry | Crepe Paper Holly & Pom Pom Toppers via The House That Lars Built | Winter Scene Photo Toppers via Design Sponge | Foil Baking Cups via Hey Look

DIY: Happy Birthday Hat Banner

DIY Happy Birthday Banner

When Kellan turned one, I made this adorable garland to hang up!  It was so easy and just brought the party to life with all his toothy smiles & grins.  Fortunately, his face was quite round, so the circle hole punch worked perfectly!

Materials

Here’s what you need:

  • Patterned paper
  • Triangular hole punch
  • Round hole punch (2″)
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Baker’s twine
  • Tape
  • Scissors

First, print out paper with the child’s face on it in black and white.  Use a round 2″ hole punch to punch out the child’s head!  Either use scissors or a triangular hole punch to make the party hats out of patterned paper.

Tissue Paper

Next, cut up colored tissue paper into small strips and cut small fringes along one side.  Then glue the faces and hats and fringed tissue paper together to make lots of cute little faces with party hats on!  Love the photos that I used with his tongue out and in a mid-squeal…

Faces

Faces

 

 

DIY: Lego Magnet Favor Kits

DIY Lego Magnet Favor Kit

These Lego magnet favor kits were super easy and the kids loved them!  Lucas had a blast kitting all the little baggies up for his friends and he couldn’t resist making all his family members their own custom Lego magnets.

Magnet Materials

Here’s what you need:

  • Glue gun
  • Square Lego boards
  • Magnets
  • Small Lego pieces
  • Clear bags

The hardest part about this kit is just gathering all the pieces!  The magnets are easy to find at Michaels or on Amazon, but the square Lego boards were a little harder to find.  I ended up finding a checkerboard set on eBay that consisted of a bunch of black and white Lego squares!  Lucas and I visited the Lego store and filled a small container with all the tiny Lego pieces we could cram in.  To transform the Lego squares into magnet bases, we just hot glue gunned the magnets to the back.  And then we kitted everything together for the kids to take home.

Lego Race

The other games we played at Lucas’ 7th birthday party included:

  1. Lego Chopsticks Pick-up Game:  We split the kids up into three teams.  We put a bin of Legos in front of each team and when we said “Go!”, the kids would pick up the chopsticks and try to transfer Legos from the bin to a plate.  Each kid had 30 seconds and then they would pass the chopsticks to team member.  At the end of three minutes, we counted each’s team’s Legos on the plate to see who won!
  2. Lego Tower Game:  We split the kids up into teams of two and gave them a minute to build the tallest Lego tower.  Tallest tower won.
  3. Lego Car Ramp Race:  We game each kid five minutes to build the fastest race car.  Then they took their creations outside and raced them down our homemade ramp.  Check out the cool creations the kids made!

For more Lego party ideas, check out the Lego Crayon favors and the Lego Gummy Cupcake Toppers!

DIY: Lego Gummy Cupcake Toppers

DIY Lego Gummy Cupcake Toppers

These fun gummy cupcake toppers were so fun to make for Lucas’ 7th birthday party!  The kids ate the berry flavored gummies and had a blast biting off the heads of their Lego men.

Gummy Lego Man Materials

Here’s what you need:

  • Jello (one 3 oz bag)
  • Gelatine (two 1/4 oz packages)
  • Water
  • Syringe
  • Silicone Lego mold (I bought mine on Amazon.  Here is a link for both molds that I used for the party)

Place 1/3 cup water in a small sauce pan. Sprinkle the Jello and gelatine over the water. Let sit 5 – 10 minutes.  Place the pan over medium heat and stir until the gelatine is dissolved, about 2-5 minutes.  After everything has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat.  Use a syringe to fill the molds and let it cool for 20 minutes.  The silicone molds make it really easy to pop out the finished gummies.  Top the cupcakes with the Lego men and serve!

Cupcakes and Lucas

For decorations, we built some Lego utensil holders, printed a Lego mini figure garland, and printed some brightly colored paper with a Lego brick pattern.  I used the printed paper to wrap juice boxes and packs of strawberry and mint gum.

Lego Party Decorations

 

For more Lego party DIY favors, check out the Lego Crayons post or the Lego Magnet Kit post!

 

 

DIY: Lego Crayons

DIY Lego Crayons

Lucas has been obsessed with Legos since he was 4…so for his 7th birthday, we finally threw a Lego-themed birthday party at the house!   We like to get ready for parties months in advance, so one of the first things we made were Lego crayons as part of the favors.  This was a great opportunity to find that bag of broken crayons that the kids refuse to use anymore, but I couldn’t bear to throw away.

DIY Lego Crayons

Here’s what you need:

  • Crayons (with wrapping peeled off)
  • Silicone Lego mold (I bought mine on Amazon.  Here is a link for both molds that I used for the party)

We wanted to make solid colored crayons, so we separated our crayon colors and chopped them up pretty small.  At the end, we did end up mixing some of the colors up and making swirly Legos!

Lego Crayons

Just add a couple sheets for the kids to color and pack into a little clear bag.

Lego Crayon Coloring Kit

For more Lego party decoration ideas + a DIY Lego mini figure gummy tutorial, go to the Lego Gummy Cupcake Topper post!

 

DIY: Sparkly Pipe Cleaner Crowns

Sparkly Pipe Cleaner Crowns

Sorry it’s been awhile since I last posted!  Been a busy year, what can I say.  But let’s continue where we left off, with sparkly pipe cleaner crowns that are great as birthday party activities or as an accessory for a Halloween costume.  Best of all, these are super easy, quick and low cost to make.

1_Materials

Here’s what you need:

  • Plastic headbands
  • Sparkly pipe cleaners
  • Adhesive glitter foam stickers
  • Scissors

I would recommend this DIY craft for kids ages 5-8.  The fine motor skills required to twist the pipe cleaners around the headbands are more advanced that you would think.  But kids of all ages will be happy to wear the creations!

Layer the pipe cleaners on top of each other and trim as necessary.

2_Step1 3_Step2

To add stickers, pinch the stickers together and sandwich the pipe cleaner ends.  Try adding hearts, stars or cut your own animal ears out!

4_Step3

Ella was in love with her birthday crown and the girls at her birthday party wore their crowns around the house with pride because they made their own unique headbands all by themselves.

Ella with Crown