We’re counting down the days till Easter. Join us for this week’s round-up of spring and Easter-themed crafts, recipes and activities. We’re starting with this adorable tree of nesting chickies – fantastic centerpiece, don’t you think? – courtesy of those clever folks at Family Fun magazine. Here’s how to do it!
ROCK-A-BYE BIRDIE MATERIALS:
Colored tissue paper
Colored card stock
Pinking shears or decorative-edge craft scissors
Glue stick, markers
1. For each birdie, cut a cup from the egg carton and punch 3 holes, one in the top of each little cup tab (you’ll be stringing the hanging ribbon through these — see photo).
2. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon, each about 9 inches long. Thread an end of each piece through a hole in the carton and knot it, then tie the other ends of the ribbons together.
3. Cut two 2- by 6-inch rectangles of tissue paper, one with the pinking shears. Lay the pinked rectangle on top of the other. Wrap the papers around a blown egg so that the pinked edge peeks out from behind the straight edge. Secure with the glue stick.
4. Place the wrapped egg in the cradle. Use the glue stick to attach a small tuft of feather and a card stock beak and eyes to the egg. Make pupils on the eyes with the marker.
To use the Rock-a-Bye Birdies for a centerpiece, anchor a tree branch in a pot of sand or pebbles, glue on a few tissue paper “leaves” and hang the little birds in their nests.
For more ideas, pick up this month’s Family Fun, or check out their Easter crafts web site. And come back tomorrow for more.