Luck o’the Irish for Easter
Have you noticed that Easter is incredibly early this year? And that it falls just two weeks after St. Patrick’s Day? How convenient that two holidays, both religious in their foundation (though most Irish people I know consider St. Patrick’s to be more of a “partying” holiday, lol), should be so near each other. So when I saw the theme of this month’s Collectively Creative: The Lucky Edition, I knew I had to find a way to include both holidays. One, because I’m married to an Irish man, so we don’t skip St. Patrick’s Day, and two, because Easter is the most important holiday in our church.
The question was HOW? It had to be something my toddler could do with me, so food or a craft. But it had to tie both holidays together…and make sense doing so…maybe a countdown calendar of some sort? Involving treats? Of course!!! A “Lucky Bouquet” with treats for every day between St. Patrick’s and Easter! Apologies in advance for the red and white striped straws (we used what was on hand) and the Cinderella cup…Princess is just a LITTLE obsessed with princesses (betcha can’t guess her favorite!), so my boring shamrock vase was just not acceptable. (To view the full image, just click on the circle.)
Considering how much fun we had putting it together and how she’s been excitedly talking about how she can start opening surprises on “Daddy’s Day” (DH’s name is Patrick, so Princess has this cute idea that St. Patrick’s Day is her Daddy’s Day, lol), I’d say it’s a hit over here. Want to know how to make your own? Lucky you…here’s how we did it!
For this toddler-friendly craft, you’ll need:
- 15 treats; I had a mixture of fancy stickers and 3-d adhesive shapes (used for scrapbooking) from the clearance aisle at Michaels and Tootsie Rolls. I didn’t want it all to be candy, since Princess will be getting an Easter basket with treat, too. In fact, I only had 14 treats, since treat 15 is the Easter basket.
- Paper to wrap your treats in; you’ll also be writing your “I’m lucky for…” on this paper. I was really thrifty and used the brown packing paper I saved from our Amazon.com packages. You could really pretty this project up a lot (like I had originally intended) by using green paper or pastel Easter shades, cutting your paper into shamrocks or other fun shapes, but in the end, I figured, “this ain’t supposed to be no work of art…it’s just supposed to be fun” so I went the el-cheapo route. 😉
- Scotch tape.
- Stickers! St. Patrick’s Day and Easter themed, of course.
- Markers, glitter glue, or whatever else your heart desires for decorating your paper-wrapped treats.
- Straws. Or nice dowels rods. Whatever your style. We have a box of straws that I wanted to get rid of (we switched to silicone!)…using it for this craft made sense.
- A stapler. Or ribbons, if you want to poke holes in the bottom of your paper-wrapped treats and tie them to the
- A nice display vase. Or a princess cup. Whichever one is toddler-approved.
- Something to anchor your straws into the vase…like rice; over four years old or the type that always cooks up dry no matter how much water you add. Not that I have either of those in my house. 😀
1. To start, from everyone in your family, collect a list of things each person feels lucky for. Since there are only three of us in our family, I collected 5 from each of us. It’s best to do this over the dinner hour…because the next part of the project is done without your little helper.
2. Cut your paper so that you can wrap each treat in it. You want the bottom end open with extra paper, but you want the sides to overlap and tape up in the center back. At a minimum, you should double all your measurements and add an extra half-inch to the width (for overlap) and an extra inch to the height (so you can staple the treat to the straw). SO…for a 2″ wide x 3″ high sticker, I cut my paper to 4.5″ (4″ + .5″, to wrap all the way around my treat with a little overlap) x 7″ (6″ + 1″, to wrap from the top and bottom of my treat). Sometimes I cut a little more generously. I even cut one really short (it didn’t overlap)…just tucked a little slip of paper back there. No one knows it’s there except for me. And now you.
3. You don’t have to be accurate for all your treats! Save you have five packs of stickers…the largest is 2″ x 3″. Just cut five sets of paper to 4.5″ x 7″. Too big is better than not-big-enough-and-now-I-have-to-do-it-over-again.
4. Fold your papers in half height-wise and then fold the sides in so they overlap. If you want, check that your treat fits.
5. Open up the sides and write one of the things your family is lucky for. A cute one from Princess was “I am lucky for having strawberries to eat” (they’re not in season here and she’s clearly craving them something bad, lol).
6. Then, fold the sides in and tape it down.
7. Put the papers away until the next day, when you’re ready to get your craft on with your kiddo.
8. Now comes the fun part…decorating! Set out the stickers and markers and glitter glue (we opted not to use glitter glue for once) and let your kid go to town. Be sure they know that they only need to decorate the front.
9. When they’re done, slip a treat inside. Between the front paper and the middle paper. Not through the back, where you taped the overlaps…because then the treat would go through the top of your wrapper.
10. Stick a straw in the same space and staple it closed.
11. Pour some rice into your cup (or vase)…about 3/4 full…
12. …and stick the straws into the rice-filled cup.
13. Be sure your toddler shows off his/her handiwork to their friends.
14. Place on your dinner table and admire. I actually had to hide it this afternoon because Princess couldn’t keep her hands off of it…she’s really looking forward to her treat.
Princess had an “I’m lucky for” that was so sweet, it made my heart melt. Can you guess which one of these was hers?
Each day, starting with St. Patrick’s Day, we’ll pull a straw, open up the treat and read the “I’m lucky for…” together as a family. We all know who gets the treat. Lol. By the time we get to the last straw, it’ll be Easter morning! They’ll be an Easter basket, an Easter egg hunt, a big potluck and lots of hugs and kisses from mommy and daddy at the end of the rainbow!
You can’t get much luckier than that!
An interesting side note – while my ethnicity is definitely not Irish, you COULD say that I am part-Irish…a recent study found that mothers carry their children’s DNA for decades after their children’s birth! Want to learn more? Check out this 2010 Scientific American article and this 2012 article reposted from LiveScience.
Before you get started on your own “Lucky Bouquet,” push your luck (for more inspiration and ideas!) and check out posts from fellow bloggers participating in this month’s