Easter Craftapalooza

Easter is coming and it is a great time for crafts! Great weather, bright colors, and down time because of the holiday. Here are two awesome crafts that you can do by yourself or with the kids. 

Rainbow Waffles- All you need is your traditional waffle batter ingredients (you can use a store bought mix to save time) and food coloring!

  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of Baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cup milk 
  • 1/2 cup of melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 pack of food coloring
  • 3-6 small bowls (this is to make the different colors)
  1. In a large bowl, mix together flour, salt, baking powder and sugar; set aside. Preheat waffle iron to desired temperature.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs. Stir in the milk, butter and vanilla. Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture; beat until blended.
  3. Divide your batter into your bowls and add food coloring.
  4. Ladle the batter into a preheated waffle iron in your desired design/pattern. Cook the waffles until golden and crisp. Serve immediately.

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Don’t mind the blurry picture crumbsnatcher’s children’s hands are so fast!

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Now you have red food coloring on your hands and syrup on your face. You need to take a shower well good thing you have some Easter egg soap! Oh, you don’t? Let’s change that.

What you need

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  • A large heat resistant measuring cup (Pyrex is good)
  • A Microwave or double boiler
  • A sharp knife
  • Melt and pour soap base (you can find this at your local arts and craft supply store)
  • Scent of your choice (you can use essential oil or a fragrance oil from the same arts and craft store)
  • Color (DO NOT use food coloring. Why? Soap isn’t food. You can look up natural alternatives like paprika or soap approved color from you guessed it the arts and craft store)
  • A spoon for mixing the base
  • Soap making mold or a silicone candy making mold
  • Any additive you would like (i.e Orange zest, herbs, oatmeal)

Color and scent are completely optional but it is so much fun!

You need to find out how much soap is needed to fill your molds. I  do this by filling the mold with water and then pouring the contents into a measuring cup.

  1. You can melt the base in a double boiler or the microwave. If you choose the microwave, cover the pyrex bowl you are melting the soap with plastic wrap to keep the excess moisture from evaporating out. Cut base in smaller pieces for quicker melting then simply microwave on high for one minute. If not melted stir with a spoon and put back into the microwave.
  2. If you add fragrance oil and/or color, add it after the base is fully melted. Stir until the fragrance is fully incorporated.
  3. If you are adding additives (say that 3 times fast) put in the mold before you pour in the soap so it can be on top. Pour your soap into the mold.
  4. Let your soap harden after a few hours and it will be ready to use. Enjoy your soap!

Here is a quick video of the tutorial. DIY Soap: So fresh, So clean.

If you live or visiting NYC we currently have “The Big Egg Hunt,” which is huge Fabergé eggs hidden throughout the 5 boroughs for wanderers to find and possibly win prizes. Although it may be too late to enter the contest all all the eggs will be placed in Rockefeller Center until Friday, April 25. Good place to check out.  Find out more here. Visit http://thebigegghunt.org. Here are some I found throughout my travels.

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Happy Easter!

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