M, B and I had a lot of fun making up these sweet Easter treat bags for all of their little cousins. This project combines food and art to create a thoughtful, homemade (well mostly homemade) gift.
Making Mini Birds’ Nests
We started off by making the birds’ nests. All you need to make them are chow mein noodles, some melted dark (or milk) chocolate, and a muffin tin.
First, I melted the dark chocolate in the microwave. I put it in for 30 seconds, then stirred it, and put it in for an additional 20 seconds. Make sure to set your microwave for short intervals, and to stir often, to avoid burning the chocolate. Once the chocolate is melted, M started adding the chow mein noodles to the bowl (we used about half a bag). He made sure to coat each of the noodles really well with the melted chocolate.
Next, M put the chocolate covered chow mein noodles into the compartments of the muffin tin.
Normally when we bake, I let M lick the spatula clean, but in this case he used his hands so…
Then I put the muffin tray into the fridge for an hour or so to let the nests harden. When they were ready I turned the muffin tray upside down, pressed on the bottoms of each compartment, and the chocolate nests popped right out!
Marbled Easter Bag Toppers
To make the bag toppers we used scrapbook paper (cut into rectangles to fit the top of our zipper seal bags), shaving cream (unscented), food colouring, a shower squeegee, a flattened cardboard box (you could also use a tray), and some Easter theme stickers.
I placed a flattened diaper box on the table, then squirted a generous mound of shaving cream on it in front of each of the boys. M added a few drops of food colouring onto the shaving cream. When he was finished, I gave each of my bugs a piece of the scrapbook paper to press and wriggle into the shaving cream.
Once the papers were covered in shaving cream, we used a squeegee to swipe it off in order to reveal the cool marbled pattern beneath.
The boys made enough marbled bag toppers to use for each of their cousins’ Easter treat bags. Each bag topper turned out unique and lovely!
Assembling the Easter Treat Bags
- Chocolate birds’ nests
- Green Easter grass
- Mini Eggs
- Chocolate eggs
- Gummy worms
- Marbled Easter bag toppers
- Easter theme stickers
- Zipper seal bags (medium size)
Assembling the treat bags was really simple. I just added some green Easter grass to each bag and placed a chocolate birds’ nest on top. Then M placed a few Mini Eggs into each of the nests and added some gummy worms and chocolate eggs to each bag as well. Next, I folded our marbled bag toppers in half and stapled them onto the tops of the bags. M added some Easter theme stickers to each bag topper for the finishing touch!
I was really pleased with how the Easter treat bags turned out, and I was even happier that this gift was something the boys MADE and enjoyed doing!
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Thanks for visiting, and HAPPY EASTER!