Easter tree and salt dough egg decorations

If you’re looking for a simple arts and crafts activity to do with your child, that won’t result in another papery, cardboard mess stuck onto your fridge look no further. These little decorations make a lovely tribute to Christmas time while keeping with a Springtime and Easter feel.

 

Easter tree

 

Simply get a good looking branch from outside. Make it a sturdy one, with a few strong branches (these will hold your eggs!).

Paint it white, or another pastel shade and leave to dry  standing up in a vase.

Place pebbles, or sand at the bottom to give your tree some extra sturdiness.

 

Salt dough Easter eggs
For the dough:

1 cup of flour

½ cup salt

½ cup of water

 

Equipment:

Rolling pin

Ruler

Egg shaped cookie cutter

Spatula

Straw

Baking sheet, with greaseproof paper

Acrylic paint

Clear nail varnish

Ribbon

 

Method:

Preheat your oven to 120 degrees Celsius. Stir together the flour, salt and water until a dough forms. Knead the dough a couple of times to make a smooth finish. Rollit out to ¼ inch thick, and cut into egg shapes. Place the cut-outs onto your baking tray (and greaseproof paper) and cut a hole out in the top of the egg using your straw. Bake for about two hours.

 

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Once the eggs are thoroughly baked, dried out and cooled it’s decorating time! Spray paint will be a quick way to get this done, but if you want your child to help use acrylic paints and regular brushes.

Top tip: Paint pens will create some really nice, fine details on your egg like neat zig-zags, dots, and swirls.

 

When the paint is dry, cover with clear nail varnish to give a glossy finish. Loop ribbon through the top of your egg and hang on your Easter tree and voila! It’s like Spring has taken root in your home.

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