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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

Day 12: Painted Silhouette Kid Craft

Painted Silhouette Kid Craft // thepapermama.com

Day 12 of my 50 DIY Days of Christmas: Painted Silhouette Kid Craft! It’s a fantastic present for the grandparents (or aunts/uncles/friends). I love my daughter’s artwork… so much, but I wanted to created something for my mom that she’d love to hang up in her living room (not to say that she doesn’t love my kiddo’s drawings, but those all end up on the fridge). This is one of my mom’s (the kiddo’s grandma) gifts this Christmas. I’m betting she’ll love it, especially since my daughter is so proud of it! Want to make one for someone special in your life? Well, it’s easy. Follow the directions below.

Supplies:

- One piece of small birch or oak plywood

- Contact paper

- Acrylic paint

- Scissors or X-acto knife

- Printer + computer + camera/phone with camera

- Someone to take a photo of

Directions:

Painted Silhouette Kid Craft // thepapermama.com

- Put your kiddo (or whoever… cat … dog … husband … chicken) in front of a bright window. Using a camera (the camera on your phone will work), focus on the background of the image (outside). This will make the person in front of the window look dark. Perfect for a silhouette!

- Print out your photo. Following the outline, cut out your silhouette shape. Note: if your subject has messy hair (like my kiddo) you can just cut a smooth line over that messy part. 

Painted Silhouette Kid Craft // thepapermama.com

- Trace the cut out silhouette shape onto a piece of contact paper. Cut out the traced shape with your scissors. If you’d like to get more detailed with the cutting, I suggest using an X-acto knife.

- Peel back the paper portion from the contact paper.  Press the outer portion of the cut out silhouette onto your plywood. Be sure to press down the edges VERY well. The more the contact paper is pressed down, the better chance you won’t have paint leaking under the contact paper. Note: if there are any portions of the plywood that are still showing (and you don’t want painted), cover with painters tape. My kiddo is crazy with the paint and I wanted to make sure she only painted the silhouette portion. 

- Set your kiddo up to paint! Since this is a gift for my mom, I gave her paint that I know would look good in my mom’s home. Some blues and gold. Let them go to town!

- When they are done painting, let the silhouette dry for about 24 hours. Carefully peel off the contact paper. I suggest tracing your X-acto knife along the silhouette edge to separate the paint from the contact paper.

- Optional: use E6000 to glue on a picture hanger to the back, OR use some temporary Scotch wall hangers to hang. 

Painted Silhouette Kid Craft // thepapermama.com

- You could be done here, or there’s one more step… Since we used some light paint the silhouette blended into the wood color. I used a pencil to trace the edge.

- Done.

Wrap up this sweet thing and give to a favorite person… OR keep for yourself. Hee.

Painted Silhouette Kid Craft // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

To keep up with the series, click here or on the image below!

50 Diy Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

P.S. I do have a couple of spots open for the DIY Days, so if you think you have the perfect project to share send me an email. First, check out theDIY/Submission section in my FAQ’s for a bit of post submission info.  If you’d like to reminisce in the past 50 DIY Days of Christmas… here you are: 2011 & 2012.

For another AWESOME silhouette DIY, check out our ebook (comes with free printables):

Make Your Day // makeyourdaydiy.com

Day 10: Wolf Mittens

Wolf Mittens // thepapermama.com

Day 10 of my 50 DIY Days of Christmas: Wolf Mittens. Woof! I made these for my kiddo. It’s getting colder and we gotta keep those little hands warm. Instead of boring little grey gloves, my daughter needed something a bit cuter. The cost of this project was $1. These would be the most adorable gift! Here’s how I made it:

Supplies:

- One pair of mittens

- 2 different colors of felt

- Embroidery thread

- Needle

- Optional: hot glue

Directions:

-  On a piece of paper, trace a line around one of your mittens. Cut this shape out.

Wolf Mittens // thepapermama.com

- Draw on the muzzle, thumb bit, triangle nose, and a couple triangle ears.

Wolf Mittens // thepapermama.com

- Cut out your drawn on face bits. Trace those patterns onto your felt. Cut out the traced felt pieces.

- Optional: Use a couple dots of hot glue to position the felt pieces onto the glove (this will help with the embroidery part).

- Embroider on the felt pieces. Embroider on the black eyes.

Wolf Mittens // thepapermama.com

- Optional: Cut out a felt heart. Cut it in half and stitch it on the palm side of the mittens.

Wolf Mittens // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

To keep up with the series, click here or on the image below!

50 Diy Days of Christmas // thepapermama.com

P.S. I do have a couple of spots open for the DIY Days, so if you think you have the perfect project to share send me an email. First, check out theDIY/Submission section in my FAQ’s for a bit of post submission info.  If you’d like to reminisce in the past 50 DIY Days of Christmas… here you are: 2011 & 2012.

Jack ‘O Lantern Coloring Page for the Kiddos

Jack 'O Lantern Coloring Page // thepapermama.com

Jack 'O Lantern Coloring Page // thepapermama.com

I created these little pumpkin faces for a Better Homes and Gardens post a couple of weeks ago… turns out it’s also an awesome coloring page for the childrens. My kiddo has loved these little printouts. All the coloring for her!

SO, I’m going to share these printouts for you. I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of buying all those coloring books. She tends to get tired of them ASAP and never finishes the book. That’s why printing out coloring pages is awesome. Saves a bit of paper. At least that’s what I like to tell myself. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get out of purchasing My Little Pony coloring books. Ha!

Click here to download one and two. To download right click + save the image. Enjoy!

Happy Halloween!!!

- Chelsey

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