75+ Non-Candy Easter Egg Filler Ideas For All Ages

75+ Non-Candy Easter Egg Filler Ideas for All Ages75+ Non-Candy Easter Egg Filler Ideas for All Ages

How do you like your eggs? ¬†I prefer mine covered in glitter or stuffed with chocolate ūüėČ

The kids, well, they love their eggs filled with all kinds of fun.

I now have 13 years of Easter Egg fun under my belt so I figured it was about time to put together a giant list of non-candy Easter egg filler ideas. ¬†(Trust me – we stuff plenty with candy, but it’s nice to have some variety, right?)

Easter Egg Hunting Fun for Kids of All Ages

For the tiny ones:

Unique ideas to stuff your Easter Eggs this year

Preschool and Elementary Aged kiddos:

  • individually packaged snacks (fruit snacks, Goldfish, etc.)
  • powdered drink mixes (the kind the come individually packaged to use in water bottles)
  • coins
  • arcade tokens
  • stickers
  • temporary tattoos
  • rubber stamps
  • jewelry
  • Silly Bandz (THESE dinosaur ones look pretty cool)
  • glow sticks
  • Play Dough and Play Dough Accessories
  • arts and crafts supplies (googly eyes, pom poms, glitter glue, etc)
  • beads (to make their own jewelry)
  • stretchy bands for the Rainbow Loom
  • Perler beads and maybe print out some pattern ideas like these Disney Princess, Star Wars, or Pokemon perler bead patterns.
  • mini pens, markers or crayons
  • bath crayons
  • jump rope
  • chinese jump rope
  • sidewalk chalk
  • bubbles
  • bouncy balls
  • Hackey Sacks
  • set of jacks
  • sunglasses
  • swim goggles (THESE are a good choice for kids)
  • hair bows, hair elastics
  • Nerf gun darts
  • card games
  • travel games (THIS is a fun one I hadn’t seen before)
  • tiny party favor items (mini yo-yo, slinkies, etc)
  • puzzles (a few pieces in each egg)
  • Lego sets (a few pieces in each egg)
  • Lego figurines (like THESE from the Lego Movie)
  • Barbie/doll accessories
  • bicycle tire lights/decorations
  • army guys (one year I found a variation of these with construction guys at the dollar store – awesome)
  • plastic farm or zoo animals, dinosaurs, bugs
  • any small toy: ¬†I have found cars, Little People, My Little Pony and others already packaged in their own eggs. ¬†They tend to be in larger eggs which is great because then you can save those eggs and use them again next year. ¬†Other ideas for tiny toys include action figures, Littlest Pet Shop, Polly Pocket (they still have those right?), toy trains (one year I found a mini Easter themed Thomas the Train set). ¬†The sky is the limit on this one.
  • trading cards (Pokemon anyone?)
  • funny socks
  • scavenger hunt clues to find a larger item (free printables can be found HERE or HERE)
  • DIY coupons (like THESE fun printables)
  • small pool toys like diving sticks or splash balls
  • dress up accessories (policeman or fireman badge, pirate eye patch, tiara, hats, clown nose, etc)

Make your Easter egg hunt extra fun this year with these easy and unique non-candy egg filler ideas

Tweens and Teens

  • powdered drink mixes (the kind the come individually packaged to use in water bottles)
  • sunglasses
  • swim goggles (my swim obessed girl prefers these Speedo Vanquisher goggles)
  • headphones
  • fingernail stuff: ¬†small bottle nail polish, gel nails, stickers, decals
  • gift cards
  • Lego sets (a few pieces in each egg)
  • puzzles (a few pieces in each egg. ¬†Can you imagine how many eggs you could fill with a 1000 piece puzzle?!)
  • money
  • arcade tokens
  • Nerf gun darts
  • water balloons
  • flash drive
  • keychain
  • jewelry
  • wrist watch
  • funny socks
  • travel size items: ¬†lotion, soap, shaving cream, shampoo, hand sanitizer
  • perfume/cologne
  • lip gloss/chapstick
  • make up
  • bath bombs
  • scavenger hunt clues to find a larger item (you can find cute printables like THESE or THESE)
  • DIY coupons like THESE fun printables
  • card games
  • travel games
  • miniature flashlight
  • small sports items (golf balls, ping pong balls, mouth guards, etc)

 

So there you have it Рa giant list of non-candy Easter Egg filler ideas.  If you think of any I missed please feel free to share!

 

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How to Make Your Own Spring Tulip Wreath

Make Your Own Spring Tulip Wreath

How to Make Your Own Spring Tulip Wreath

Spring is on its way (I hope, I hope, I hope) and what better way to get in the mood than by making your very own Spring Tulip Wreath?

I posted this tutorial last year right after I make this quick and easy wreath for my Mom, but the post seems to have been lost when switching blog hosts. ¬†Just in case it looks familiar too anyone ūüėČ

Tutorial for Spring Tulip Wreath

Making decorative items for spring is one of my favorite things to do.  There are just so many options and color combinations and ideas.   I have a soft spot for wreaths, so when my Mom asked me to put together a wreath for her similar to one she has spotted at Pier One, I was happy to accept the challenge.

Materials needed to make your own Tulip Wreath – a wreath base (grapevine in this case) and a while stack of silk flowers.

Want to know my favorite place to buy afforadable silk flowers? ¬†The dollar store. ¬†You can’t guarantee the selection, but often I get lucky and find some great options.

Spring Tulipe Wreath altered dollar store silk flowers

In this case, I picked up the flowers shortly after Valentines Day so they still had a selection of roses as well as other spring flowers.  I noticed that a lot of the roses were kind of tulip-looking and when I was only able to find a few bunches of tulips I decided to improvise.

It is a pretty simple to turn a silk rose into a pretty good imitation of a tulip.  I just remove a few of the petals, dicard the leaves, and cut the plastic around the base of the flower into a more compact rounded shape.

Tutorial How to Make a Spring Tulip Wreath like Pier One for Under $20

Once I had a nice stack of flowers with their stems trimmed to only a few inches long, out came the trusty glue gun.  I started glueing the flowers onto the grapevine wreath base, all facing the same direction and alternating colors and styles of flowers as I went.  I also added a few sprigs of silk grass here and there to give the wreath a little more texture.

How to Make your Own Spring Tulip Wreath AlaynasCreations

In under an hour and with less than $20 invested in materials…

Making your own Spring Tulip Wreath is easy and inexpensive using this tutorial

Ta-Da!

I’ve said it before (and will probably say it a hundred times again): ¬†making something pretty does not have to be hard or expensive. ¬†A little time, a little creativity, and a few tips along the way and you can make something beautiful.

I would love to hear about your favorite wreaths or other ideas for spring decorations.  Please feel free to share!

Or maybe you would like to check out some of my other DIY home decor projects like my 5 Minute Floral Arrangements, or Window Box Wall Decor.

 

Let’s go create something great, shall we?

 

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Spring Care Package – For St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and April Fool’s Day

Spring Care Package includes mini packages for Easter St Patrick's and April Fool's Day

Spring Care Package:
includes Mini Care Packages for Saint Patrick’s Day, Easter, and April Fool’s Day

Hello Spring! ¬†Well, close enough, right? ¬†I told myself to wait until the end of February before I could think about Spring but now that it’s March… ūüėČ

We may not see flowers popping up anytime soon (at least not here in Northern Utah) but all of the Spring holidays are certainly on their way. ¬†I often like to get the ideas flowing by looking at some of my past holiday ideas for Spring. ¬†And since I have yet to share the Spring Care Package I put together for my husband while he was deployed last year, let’s start there, shall we?

Spring Care Package includes mini packages for St Patricks, Easter, and April Fool's Day

Getting the timing right for sending care packages can be a tricky thing, especially if they are being sent overseas.  I found that I had to think ahead at least 3 weeks when sending packages for the last deployment.

After a look at the calendar last year, I decided to hit all three of the big Spring holidays in one box. ¬†Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, and April Fool’s Day all got their own mini care package.

*Care Package Tip:  Use Flat Rate Boxes.

My favorite are the Regional Rate A b0xes (the catch with those is that you have to order them in sets of 10 online – but they’re free!) whose rates are based on how far away the box is being sent but still not tied to a specific weight. ¬†The Regional Rate A boxes are only slightly smaller than Medium Flat Rate boxes, but can save up to half the cost of the Medium Flat Rate shipping costs. ¬†The added bonus of the Flat Rate boxes of any kind is that they ship quickly, only 2-3 days in transit if shipping within the USA.

St Patrick's Day Care Package

First step for putting together a care package is decorating the box. ¬†I always try to use patterned scrapbook paper from my stash on the flaps and something fun/funny for the bottom of the box. ¬†In this case I had my daughter draw a picture for St Patrick’s Day with the stipulation that part of it should look like a pot of gold. ¬†Then we added chocolate gold coins (glue dots work great for keeping them in place), placing some beneath a slit in the paper along the upper edge of the “pot” so it looked like the coins were being held inside it.

Funny St Patrick's Day Card with Golden Retriever

Isn’t she cute?
Another integral part of the care package is the card. ¬†In this case I wanted to create a unique card for St Patrick’s Day. ¬†I took a photo of our dog for the front of the card and added the quote “I wanted to give you a big kiss for St Patrick’s Day…”

Make Your Own Saint Patrick's Day Card

and the inside reads “but I don’t have a LICKER license.”

Contents for Saint Patrick's Day Mini Care Package

Inside the box:

Items for the St. Patrick’s Day portion of the care package included beer-flavored Jelly Bellys, a couple of pin on buttons (in case the husband needed a touch of green), Lucky Charms cereal (printable tag found HERE), and a few more chocolate gold coins (of course!).

Easter Mini Care Package

Easter Mini Care Package

I wanted the Easter portion of the care package to have it’s own container so I cut down one of the Flat Rate boxes. ¬†Some more patterned scrapbook paper, some Easter basket “grass,” ¬†and the quote “Some Bunny Loves You” completed the decorations for the box.

Easter Care Package or Gift Basket

Inside: ¬†Easter candy! ¬†Some stuffed in plastic eggs, some left in it’s own packaging. ¬†His favorites include Robin’s Eggs, Reece’s Eggs, and Peeps. ¬†My husband also loves chocolate-covered gummies so I was happy to run across the bunnies at World Market. (Which is also where I got the Jelly Bellys). ¬†And of course, the kids and I each wrote a note inside some Easter themed cards I had in my stash.

Some Bunny Loves You Mini Care Package

Perfect fit!

April Fool's Day Open When Envelope for Deployment Care Package

April Fool’s Day “Open When” Envelope

April Fool’s deserves a nod, doesn’t it? ¬†I decided to keep it simple and just put together a small “open when” envelope. ¬†A fun meme and a box of Bean Boozled jelly beans are just the right size for the envelope. ¬†The jelly beans are the kind where you have to guess if you’re eating a good flavor or something crazy like ear wax.

Happy Spring Care Package for Deployment

And there you have it all together in the box Рa fun Spring Care Package for all the holidays.  As you can see, I added a few other things either as requests from the husband (the poster tack for hanging photos on his wall) or something I thought he could use (the coffee mug and a dish wand and soap so he could wash the mug himself as needed).  Round it out with letters from the kids and myself and the package was ready to go.

PS – I had a hard time finding stationary sets for the kids until I ran across these great Seal and Send sets (similar to THIS and THIS).

 

I hope this gave you a few new ideas for sending a little something to your loved one. ¬†We all deserve a little happy mail…or a gift basket? ¬†Something to think about… ūüėČ

Searching for more Care Package/Gift Basket Ideas? ¬†I’m developing quite the collection. ¬†Like the Beat the Heat Care Package, Half-Way There Care Package, or¬†Deployment Survival Kit (for the spouse at home).

 

 

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5 Minute Floral Arrangements

DIY 5 Minute Floral Arrangement

5 Minute Floral Arrangements

Add a little life to your home decor quickly, easily, and inexpensively by making your own 5 minute floral arrangements.

Quick and Easy Floral Arrangements

When we can’t find any signs of spring outside yet, it’s ok to fake it right?

Besides, I’m not the best at keeping house plants alive. (Tell me I’m not the only one!) I can force a bulb or two (check out my current amaryllis “race” on Instagram) but if someone gives me a ficus, that poor thing is bound to die of neglect a few months down the road. ¬†In fact, I’ve been known to purposely kill a plant or two when I got sick of watering them. ¬†Give me automatic sprinklers any day.

When I want to add a little color or greenery to my home decor, I almost always go for the stuff I can buy at the craft store.

Containers for 5 Minute Floral Arrangements

Aren’t those containers cute?

It’s my turn to host to host Bunco in March and my mom has been itching to have some girl time out shopping together so last weekend we headed out to find some Bunco prizes at a couple of my favorite places for home decor inspiration. ¬†Not only did we come home with a few things for the Bunco ladies, I couldn’t help but get inspired to make some quick floral arrangements for myself.

Tiny Teacup

I particularly fell in love with this tiny teacup with the ruffled saucer.

Add succulents to your home

And these succulents.  Super realistic looking right?

Succulents in home decor are everywhere the last couple of years and I have yet to hop on the band wagon.  Figured this was as good a chance as any.

5 Minute DIY Tiny Teacup Succulent Planter

Tiny teacup + succulent = perfection.

And so simple too!

Just 4 steps to Make Your Own 5 Minute Floral Arrangements

Need a tutorial? ¬†Naw, probably not, but I was in the mood to put together a quick infographic for you anyway. ¬†ūüėČ

Make your own 5 Minute Floral Arrangement in Just 4 Steps

  1.  find a container
  2. add floral foam (I like to use the kind you can add water to, not the styrofoam blocks). ¬†If you cut it to fit snugly in the container there is no need to glue it in. ¬†I love that. ¬†In case I’m ever in the mood to change out the arrangement or use the container without the arrangement, I can just slide the foam out again.Make Your Own Tiny Teacup Planter
  3. cover foam with moss.  I do use the hot glue gun on this step to attach the moss to the foam.  Cuts down on mess later and keeps it in place so you never see the foam.DIY Tiny Teacup Planter
  4. add your floral stems

Succulent in a Tiny Teacup

See?  Cute and easy (my Big Two when it comes to crafting!)  In less than 5 mintues I had this adorable floral arrangement.

 

Teacup Succulent

I had plenty of the succulent left to work with, so I used it again in a second container.  Same process as the teacup.

5 Minute Floral Arrangement Container

Container.

Moss is a great way to hide the mechanics of a floral arrangement

Foam and moss.

5 Minute Floral Arrangement with Succulents

Succulent floral stem.

Make Your Own Succulent Planter

Less than 5 minutes people – have I mentioned that?!?

And to change it up.  I added flowers to the little blue flower pot.

Easy and Inexpensive Floral Home Decor

In under half an hour I had almost half a dozen floral arrangements (that’s right – I haven’t shown a couple of them to you yet. ¬†Stay tuned!). ¬†It seriously took me longer to photograph everything than to put together the 5 minute floral arrangements. ¬†Probably spent less than $20 on all of them too.

White Spring Flowers in Small Turquoise Pot

Do I have you convinced?  You totally need to make one too, right?!

Well, go do that and report back. ¬†I’d love to see your takes on this simple and inexpensive project.

 

Let’s go create something great.

 

Looking for more DIY inspiration for you Home Decor?  Why not try your hand at this Farmhouse Barnwood Sign for the kitchen, update your Master Bedroom or Laundry Room, or get really ambitious and Reupholster a Chair.

 

 

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