Inspiration: Amazing DIY Easter Cakes

Easter has crept up on me this year, but it’s usually a time of year that I look forward to. I love the start of spring, when daffodils start to raise their heads, and the evenings get longer and lighter.

In anticipation of Easter family celebrations, I thought I would share my pick of the coolest DIY Easter cakes and biscuits, ranging from carrot cake toppers, egg nests, to bunny ear cakes. Yum!

Easter Cake Inspiration 2016 Shelley Makes

For full DIYs, visit:

1. Paper & Stitch, Easy Easter Carrot Cupcake Toppers | 2. The Cake Blog, DIY Easter Basket Cake | 3. Style Me Pretty, DIY Bunny Cake | 4. La Tana Del Coniglio, Cupcakes di Pasqua | 5. Migalha Doce, Chocolate Easter Cake | 6. Handmade Charlotte, Robins Egg Mini Blue Cakes | 7. La Recetade La Felicidad, Eater Bunny Loaf | 8. Tell, Love & Party, Modern Easter Cookies | 9. Zucker, Zimt und Liebe, Ostern Est Kuchen |

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DIY Origami Easter Bunny Baskets!

Happy Easter everyone! Today Jack and I went to a family meal for Easter Sunday. Not wanting to go empty handed, we quickly rustled up some mini DIY origami bunny baskets for each of the guests.

Bunny hamper

These are really easy to do – all you need is some coloured paper, white card, individually wrapped chocolates, scissors, pens or colouring pencils, and some optional Easter chicks for decoration.

Instructions:

Start by making simple origami boxes from squares of A4 coloured paper – 1 page (cut into a square) = 1 box. There’s a great how-to YouTube video from Origami Instructions here.

Cut out your bunny heads from white card – if you make one, you can then use this as a template for the others – and draw on their pink ears and whiskers using coloured fine-liner pens.

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Stick the bunny heads to individually wrapped chocolates (we used Ferrero Raffaello) using Sellotape sticky fixers, cut into small blobs, and there you have your rabbits!

Lastly, fill the boxes with shred, add your bunnies, plus any extra Easter things you have such as chicks and mini eggs – and there you have your rabbit hampers, or rabbit hot-tubs, as I like to call them!

Easter bunny hamper

We also had a go at making mini versions using a square from A5 paper (half the size), and left these on the neighbour’s door steps with a ‘Happy Easter’ message on an egg-shaped piece of paper:

Mini bunny

This is a really cost-effective way of giving everyone a special gift at Easter and people often care more about the time and thought put in, than about the amount of money spent.

Oh, and the bunny Easter cards and upcycled envelopes went down a treat too!

Shelley Makes… Easter Bunny Cards!

I can’t believe it’s Easter Sunday tomorrow! This year is flying by. I’m off to a family meal tomorrow, and so I finally got round to making Easter cards today, inspired by bunnies…

Card and envelope

Instructions:

I started by finding a bunny shape template on Google images, and then printed it out to the size I wanted, carefully cutting around the shape to create my own template to draw around.

Bunny template

I decided to create colourful bunnies, perfect for spring, by using floral pages from a magazine. Drawing around my template, I then cut out my own warren of rabbits!

I wanted my cards to fit into some upcycled envelopes that I’ve recently made from a beautifully illustrated family organiser, and so I cut some plain white card to size, folding in half.

Rabbit template

I wanted my bunnies to be slightly raised from the card to make them more eye-catching, so I used some Sellotape Sticky Fixers to give them that little bit of elevation.

I can’t rely on my hand-writing to look neat, and so last of all I printed out ‘Happy Easter’ in italic Kunstler Script onto sticky labels, and stuck these to the front of the cards. Et voila!

The end result looks simple, yet stylish, so I’m really pleased. Hope you like this simple Easter DIY.

Happy Easter everyone!

DIY Easter Egg Craft Ideas

Easter never used to be a big deal in my house, other than the giving and accepting of chocolate eggs. As I’ve grown up though, I’ve really fallen in love with the decorating side of it – partly due to my boyfriend’s mum, who paints easter eggs every year, and for the last five or so years, has roped me in too! She also decorates the dinner table beautifully, making Easter a real event.

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For tutorials, visit these blogs:

1. Egg Candles, Punchbowl | 2. Message in an Egg, Poppytalk | 3. Egg garland, BHG | 4. Gold Leaf Eggs, Sugar and Charm | 5.  DIY Easter Egg Drawings, Make Room for Design | 6. Sharpie Eggs, Mom.me | 7. Roy Lichtenstein Pop Art Painted Eggs, Art Club Blog