Crepe Paper Flowers–Spring or Easter

This was always a fun Spring or Easter project with the special needs children that I worked with, camp kids and also my own children.  These flowers may require a bit of help from an adult with younger children, but most children of about 7 and up, can do these by themselves, once they get hang of it.

You can get help with visuals on this on Martha Stewart’s website  although done slightly different.

Choose Pastel pkgs. of crepe paper and also a dark green.

Leaving crepe paper folded as in pkg. , cut about 3″ to 4″ fold band of crepe paper.  You may flute edges by pinching them out using both hands to make to stretch slightly the top edge of paper.

Start gathering crepe paper at base at base and slowing gather to spread the flower petals out.  When desired size is reached, cut off the rest of the paper. Secure base of flower with fine wire.

Form stem with pipe cleaners and wrap these with green crepe paper, which has been reviously cut into a one inch strip. Wrap tightly among the stem and up to the base of the flower.  This makes a lovely, long lasting flower or flower arrangement.  GREAT GIFTS for Grandma and Grandpa!

(Contrasting center can be made by using different shades of crept paper on same flower).

See flowers on Paper Plate Hats!  This is another use for the flowers.

There are many fun Easter ideas and recipes.

Easter Egg Recipes for Kids


Use an tray with molded egg shapes( like one used for deviled eggs).  These trays can be found in most craft stores.

Melt chocolate, white chocolate or pastel colored compound coating (found in craft stores and some food stores).

Spoon into egg-shaped indentations and refrigerate until firm.  Remove unto waxed paper.  Press the 2 halves together with more melted chocolate, frosting or marshmallow cream.  Decorate with frosting decorating tubes.



Using a raw egg, poke a hole in both end of egg with a large needle, making little bigger hole in the largher end of the egg.  Place mouth over smaller end of egg and blow the contents of the egg into bowl.  Be careful not to squeeze the egg!  

After egg has had it’s contents removed, carefully rinse the egg shell.  The egg may be painted or decorated.  I have used small pieces of cut tissue paper and placed them on the egg with a paintbrush using watered down Elmer’s Glue or Decoupage acrylic or Liquitex.  When egg is dry, coat the egg with another layer of the gloss Liquitex. The tissue paper egg will appear like a stained glass window type design. you may also place a small photo on the egg.  If you coat the eggs with a washable varnish such as Liquitex, they will last for years and bring back memories each yr.

Would you like a good CRAFT book for your young children?


Paper Plate Easter Hats



Fun Project for young 2-8 yr. old children.  

Buy paper or plasic plates.  9″ ones are usually sold at the Dollar Stores.   Cut a hole in center large enough for the child’s head.

You can buy plastic flower bunches at the Dollar Store and cut them individually or you can make *crepe paper flowers (orange flower on the child’s hat).   Staple flowers to the paper plate and use masking tape to cover staples on the inside of the hat.  We used a roll dof green crepe paper to make the hat ties however inexpensive ribbon could be used.  My neighbor did this with Day Care chidlren and they loved it.  She fashioned a hat bill to the front of the boys hats.    

* Crepe Paper Flowers

Choose pastel packages of crepe paper.  Cut about a 3″ to 4″ band of the crepe paper, leaving crepe paper folded as packaged.  Start gathering crepe paper at the base of the flower, spreading out petals as you gather.  When desired sized is reached, cut crepep paper and secure base with fine wire or colored craft pipe cleaners.  Contrasting colors may be added as in adult hat below.

Larger dk. Blue plastic plate was used. 


Valentine Ideas for Children

CUPCAKES—You can make heart shaped cupcakes by placing paper baking cups into a cupcake pan.   Start pouring cake batter into paper baking cup.  When half full, place a glass marble between the paper liner and the cupcakepan.  During the baking process the cupcakes will take on a heart shape.  Decorate with frosting, deocrating tubes and candy.





 Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter–purchase

1  lg–6 oz. Red Jello (strawberry or Raspberry)
3 envelopes Knox unflavored Gelatin
Mix these gelatins together

Add to 4 cups of Boiling Water

Our into 9″ x 12″ pan and refrigerate for well set.  Cut with Heart shaped cutter.  Kids love the remaining scraps of finger jello.  Place hearts on a white plate for best presentation.     



Easy Bake Ornaments


Great for Children and something that will bring back memories for years.  Also great gifts for Grandparents or friends.

4 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 1/2 cup water

Mix well and roll to about 1/2 inch thick.  Form into shapes or use cookie cutters.
Insert a bent paper clip at the top of dough figure for attaching a hook to hang.  Fine wire can also be used. 

Bake at 300 degrees, 30 to 40 minutes.  Cool and paint with acrylic paints. Use a clear coat of water soluble Liquitex or decoupage varnish to preserve the colors. 

I still have some that my children painted  at different ages, starting at age 3.  Great treasures & memories.





Valentine Party Games for Kids

This is a really fun game for a group of youngsters from ages 3-7.


Needed: a bag or box of simple children’s Valentines. ( Dollar Stores usually carry these)

 Cut each valentine into 3 pieces.  Have one valentine per participant.  Mix all cut pieces together.

Have children sit in a circle on the floor.  Put all mixed up pieces on the floor –face down.  Have each child pick 3 pieces, but not turn them over.  When you say “GO” each child turns his/her pieces over, picking 2 and passing one to the child to the right.  They keep playing until each child has completed the valentine.
The one who completes her/his Valentine first is the winner.


CANDY GUESS  for children ages 7 and up.

Buy a bag/box of small candy hearts ( either cinnamon or ones with the sayings on them) .

Place candy in a clear bowl or container.  Have each person guess the number of candies in the container.  Closest to the correct number wins!



Kid’s VALENTINE Recipes

1 6 oz. pkg. red Gelatin (strawberry, cherry or raspberry)
3 envelopes Knox unflavored Gelatin
(Mix well together– dry)
Pour into 4 cups boiling water–mix until dissolved
Pour into rectangular pan so that jello mixture is no more than 1/3 inch thick. Refrigerate until jelled.
Cut with heart shaped cutter and place on white serving platter. The extra pieces, left around heart shapes, will be happily eaten by the participating kids. GREAT, HEALTHY SNACK for kids!
(I made these with my 3 yr. old grandson when it was not even Valentines Day and told him to keep it a secret until dinner. He was so excited about it that the minute our daughter got home he ran to the door and said “Mom we made you jello Valentines”).
Needed: large funnel–old Tupperware funnel is ideal
rice Crispies
1/2 cup margarine or butter
1 10 oz bag of marshmallows or 4 cups Miniature marshmallows.
5 cups rice cereal

Melt butter in large saucepanusing low heat. Add Marshmallows and stir until completely melted. Remove from heat and add rice cereal. Mix well.
Butter hands and push mixture into funnel. Tap out onto plastic sheet and go on to next one. When all of the mixture has been made into the funnel shape, wrap each with aluminum foil and put in a paper at the top with the child’s name on it.
Very cute for parties with each child guest’s name on one.








Homemade Gifts/Decorations made by Kids


Cut strips of construction paper in strips about 1/2 to 3/4 ” wide and about 5-7 ” long.  The child puts glue on one end, folding the opposite end into a circle and hold until stuck together. ( Put the next strip through the circle and just keep going alternating colors of chosen paper).  It can be as long as you want or as long as the attention span lasts.  They can hang over the branches of the tree.  These of course do not last as long as other decorations, but help with eye-hand coordination and makes the child very proud to have something he/she made.

Holiday Placemats  (ages 4 up)

Needed–any combination of these:  Old Christmas Cards, Holiday wrapping Paper, stickers, ribbon, etc.
Poster Board (the heaviest available)–white, red, green, gold, silver
Glue Stick
Roll of CLEAR Contact Paper  ( Home Depot carries it–by shelf paper)

Have the child cut out several things or use the fronts of the cards as they are.  Cut a placemat sized rectangle out of posterboard ( no larger than 16″ in length). Have them do a layout. Then use a gluestick to attach the cards or designs to cover the poster board.  Let is set to let the glue dry.  Then with adult help, cut contact paper so that it is larger than the Placemat. Pull off the backing  of contact paper, lay and flat then place one side of  placemat on the contact paper, making sure you have edges left all around it. Repeat for back of Placemat.  Cut the edge of the contact paper, leaving about 1/4 inch on all edges.  You now have a washable Christmas placemat.

Baked Ornaments  ( Ages 4-up)
These are fun, easy and will last for years.  We have our children’s ornaments from 1970’s that we still put on the tree.
2 cups flour
1 cup salt
3 cups water

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

Mix all together–should be pliable–if not –add a little more water. You can either paint them after baking or add food coloring to dough when mixing.
2 methods:
(1)  Roll it to about 1/3″ thick and use Christmas cookie cutters to cut out designs.  Paint after Baking.
(2) Roll into “snakes” and twist together to  make Candy Canes, wreaths or twist to make a frame for a chosen picure.  (I love these as we have our children’s picures in them and now grandchildren have made them)

Curve a paper clip into a holder for ribbon. I cut the ends of of the clip so that I have a long U shaped wired.  Push into top of ornament, leaving a little out to attach ribbon.  Bake about 30-35 minutes at 300 degrees.  Do not let them become brown.

Cool and paint or put small photo you have chosen behind the frame.


Gift Coupon Book for Parents or Grandparents. ( ALL Ages)

Depending on children’s ages they can design a little stapled “coupon gift book” for parents or grandparents.

Some ideas: Help with dinner, do dishes,help with groceries, sweep floor, help a neighbor, not arguing with siblings, or have one where the recipient has a choice of task.  The ideas are numerous.
The child can decorate the cover of the coupon booklet or the pages of the booklet themselves, using old wallpaper, constuction paper, wrapping paper, etc. (the child, depending on his/her age, may need some ideas that are age appropriate).
When they give you the booklet the recipient picks the day in which to use a particular coupon.

Our children did this several times and it was a “giving gift” and helped with responsiblity and costs the child nothing, but time.


Ghostly Halloween Recipes

Easy Ghost Suckers

Need round suckers such as Tootsie Pops.
Kleenex Tissue
Licorice whips or orange yarn
Black Marker

Wrap tissue over Sucker and secure at base of sucker with licorice whip or orange yarn.  Make eyes with black marker.



3 lbs of white chocolate
15-20 wooden popsickle sticks ( usually at craft or Dollar stores)
6 oz. bag of chocolate chips
Aluminum foil


Melt white chocolate until smooth.  Cover baking sheet with foil and grease lightly.  Arrange sticks on baking sheet about 4″ apart.  Spoon melted chocolate in ghostly shapes over tops of sticks.  As they solidify, place chocolate chips for eyes.  Other candies may also be used to decorate.



HALLOWEEN PATTERNS for Yard Designs (cut from wood)

Patterns Include: 23 ” GHOST,  23″ TOMBSTONE,  15″ Ghost Crossing Sign (point it to sidewalk), small designs for Bat, Cat, Trick or Treat Bag, Ghost with pumpkin and baby ghost.  FUN and EASY to Make!  These will last for years!

Instructions and colored photo of several extra desings included.

$18–Includes shipping   ORDER Your Halloween Kit will be sent within a couple days of order receipt.

Questions: call Marty at 928-252-2895