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Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Cascarones, or “shell hits”, are said to bring luck and fortune to the person whose head you break the egg over. Typically Cascarones are filled with confetti, but I decided to add a couple of treats and turn these eggs into a countdown to Easter: the Easter Egg Surprise Countdown. While we won’t be breaking these eggs over our head, I did want to make these creations exciting for my 4-year-old. Here’s how I made them…

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- a dozen-ish eggs

- egg dye

- confetti

- mini mini toys that can fit inside an egg + stickers + chocolate

- mod podge

- paper

- optional: tissue & glitter

Directions:

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- First, let’s prep the eggs. Tap the “bottom” (opposite of the pointy/skinny end of the egg) with a butter knife. When you make a little break in the egg, use your fingers to chip away the shell to make a 1/2 inch to 1 inch wide hole (the size depends on what you’re putting in the egg). Wash the eggs with soap and water (inside and out) and let dry completely. Psst: why not make some fried rice with the egg yolks?

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Set up your egg dye and dye the egg shells. Let the eggs dry completely (maybe overnight).

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Fill the eggs with the confetti, stickers, chocolate, and mini toys. My kiddo REALLY wanted to help me with this part, so I let her put all the confetti in. When she wasn’t looking, I popped in the toys/stickers/chocolate and it will be a fun surprise for her!

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Let’s seal the eggs. I punched out some 1.5 inch paper circles and mod podged them over the hole.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Optional: you can just stick with the paper over the holes here, or you can cover up some more! I chose to cover the paper with colored tissue, them brushed a layer of Mod Podge over the tissue paper and dipped into a cup of glitter.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Let the glue dry completely, and start your Easter countdown!

I only made 8 eggs, so I’m going to have to hear my kiddo asking, “Is it time to start the Easter countdown yet?” For a couple more weeks. Whoops.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Side note: I have seen a few creations that put bird seed in the cascarones, instead of the confetti. That way if you do break them outside, it’s not littering (and hard to clean up) if you leave some seed for the birdies.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

Good idea: Teddy bear toast snack for the kiddo.

Good Idea: Bear Toast // thepapermama.com

Teddy Bear Toast: Not that I need any help getting my kiddo to eat toast with peanut butter, raisins, honey, and bananas… BUT, it’s adorable. It was quick and made the kiddo giggle. I found this idea forever ago on Pinterest here.

- Chelsey

P.S. This would be a cute Valentine’s Day Morning surprise for any kiddo. I’m going to have to think of another animal to create for that day.

Good Idea: Bear Toast GIF // thepapermama.com

Strawberry Valentine // DIY with free printables!

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

Valentine’s Day is this Friday! You know what’s super exciting? My kiddo is in preschool and get’s to share Valentines with her classmates. This is so fun for both of us. She helped me come up with the Strawberry Valentine treat idea! She always says, “You’re berry sweet!” instead of “very” (because of a certain strawberry cartoon…). Ok, check out below to make your own with some free printables!

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- free strawberry Valentine printables: strawberry front, strawberry back, leaf front, leaf back, and gift tag.

- green embroidery thread

- embroidery needle

- scissors

- hot glue

- yummy Valentine goody

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

Directions:

1. Print out your free printables (all linked in the supplies: click link and right click + save). Optional: make your printouts double sided. I provided fronts and backs for both the leaves and berry. Just be sure to click “two-sided” when printing.

2. Cut out the leaves and strawberry. Just follow the lines of the image on the front side of the printables.

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

3. Fold the berry printable (see image above).

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

4. Hot glue the folded flap to the inside of the opposite edge (see image above).

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

5. Thread the embroidery thread onto your embroidery needle. Tie a large knot onto the end of the thread. Choose one berry “petal” to start with. Poke the needle through the back side to the front side of the printout.

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

6. Continue threading the back of each petal through the front. When you’ve threaded four petals, place your treat in the strawberry.

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

7. Continue threading the berry petals, and tie a knot to secure it.

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

8. Grab your cutout leaf and poke the needle through the back in the center. Then, poke the needle through the back of the gift tag hole and push to the top of the strawberry. Poke the needle back through the top of the leaf. Tie a large knot on the back of the leaf. Cut the thread. Done. Optional: for a more secure leaf, put a couple dots of hot glue behind the leaf and secure.

9. Optional: Want to skip the “sewing”? Well, use hot glue for steps number 5 – 8. Before you glue down the final petal, push a tied off section of embroidery thread through the inside of the strawberry. Push it back through the strawberry top and tie off the thread to make a loop. 

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

Strawberry Valentine DIY with Free Printables // thepapermama.com

Done!

- Chelsey

P.S. Turns out I was not the only one with the paper strawberry idea. There’s a TON out there. My fave was definitely the paper strawberry made by Mini-eco for Oh Happy Day.

Unicorn Cupcake Toppers

Unicorn Cupcake Toppers // thepapermama.com

Unicorn Cupcake Toppers // thepapermama.com

My darling kiddo turned four in December. She’s CRAZY about unicorns (OBSESSED). We had a fun Unicorn Extravaganza party to celebrate her day with family and friends. We kept the decor pretty simple, but I did make these little unicorn cupcake toppers. They made me giggle. They made my daughter confused…. “Ummm, why are they on their heads? They should be walking on their feet!” Well, I thought they were silly. Hee. I thought maybe I should share these with you guys… just in case you have a crazy unicorn girl (or boy) in your life.

Unicorn Cupcake Toppers // thepapermama.com

It’s so easy to do. Just cut out the little unicorn shapes and hot glue some toothpicks to the heads. Stick in some cupcakes, done. Just click here, right click + save to get your printout. ENJOY!

Unicorn Cupcake Toppers // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

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