Happy Friday! I hope the end of the week finds you well and ready for Easter weekend. I always look forward to spring and Easter and what it represents to me. Easter is easily one of my favorite holidays and having kids to celebrate it with makes it even more special. And springtime is always a wonderful time of year, even if the weather is a bit fickle. At least there’s no snow, right? *wink*
It’s been a while since I did a Font Friday and I wanted to share some fun new fonts with you as you head into the weekend. If this is the first time you’ve ever heard of downloading and installing fonts on your computer, don’t be intimidated! It’s really easy and once you know how to do it, you’ll be installing new fonts left and right.
You can visit my tutorial HERE to learn how to download and install fonts.
All fonts listed below are free to download for personal use. Click on the name of the font to be taken to a link where you can download it.
So I’ve had my spring/Easter “mantle” up for a couple of weeks, but I’ve added a couple of pieces to it that I love and I didn’t want to show it to you until I was happy with how it looks. You’ll notice I put “mantle” in quotes because I don’t actually have a real mantle to decorate. Instead, we have a “credenza” which is basically a narrow table with storage cabinets. But I couldn’t very well title this post “Spring/Easter Credenza Inspiration”. So mantle it is. And I hope you’ll forgive me if you think the title is misleading and look at all the cute things I have to show you instead. *wink*
When I think of springtime, bright happy colors come to mind. So that’s what I did when deciding how to decorate. I’ve mentioned before that I like using classic pieces to decorate with, no matter what holiday or season I’m decorating for, which is what I did for spring/Easter.
The wreath is one I’ve had for a few years. (Usually it’s hanging on my front door during the spring and summer, but I’ve currently got a cute shamrock wreath there right now.) I made it using a grapevine wreath and wrapped a couple of 6-ft lengths of the yellow flowers around it and secured the ends by poking them into the wreath. I think it cost me about $15 to make. The wreath stand came from Rod Works.
The ‘tulip’ blocks were purchased from a cute website called Thoughts in Vinyl. They have a huge selection of wood craft kits at awesome prices. On the other side, it has the letters to make the word ‘Easter’. I opted for a more natural look and didn’t bother with painting the blocks. I just cut out the scrapbook paper and mod podged it on, then applied the vinyl. Total cost was about $12.
I recently picked up a ‘mini post’ (far left in main picture) from a local wood craft store called The Wood Connection. It has cute little wood cutouts that you can paint and mod podge and swap out for each month/season/holiday. The post was $10 and the cutouts range from $2-3.
The small white lantern came from Tai Pan and the white crate, burlap carrots and chick came from Hobby Lobby and each cost between $2-$10.
Another one of my classic pieces are the hurricane vases. I made these a few months ago and they are perfect for swapping out various holiday items. (See the tutorial here.) For Easter/spring, I bought some of the crinkle grass from the dollar store and I already had the plastic Easter eggs. I just put a little grass in, then an egg and so on until it looked the way I wanted. You could also use the mini plastic eggs.
The burlap table runner is another one of my DIY crafts you can find here on the blog. It is so easy to make and doesn’t cost much at all. I’ve been using it since October as the base for all my holiday/season “mantles” and I love that it adds just a little bit of rustic charm to everything. (See the tutorial here.)
And there you have it! I hope my mantle gave you a few ideas for your own spring/Easter mantle decorations!
Do you like to decorate for the holidays or do you keep the same decor up year round?
I feel like this year has been kind of a weird year when it comes to holidays. First, we had two holidays in a row in February, with Valentine’s Day and then President’s Day the day after that. This month, we have St. Patrick’s Day and then 10 days later is Easter. It doesn’t leave much time to enjoy the holidays when they are all smooshed together like that.
BUT…I really like to at least try and enjoy each holiday for what it is before moving on to the next one. That’s why I was so excited to find an Easter activity that was given to me by a friend in college. I’ve kept it for the last 10 years or so because I really wanted to do it with my kids, but the oldest is just getting old enough to understand that holidays generally have more meaning than just getting little gifts and candy.
Easter is easily one of my favorite holidays. I love what and who it celebrates and I love that it comes in the springtime. My hope is that through this activity, my daughter (and eventually my son) will be able to learn the reason we celebrate this holiday, especially since it is so central to our faith.
If you’d like to make this activity for yourself and your family, you will need to gather the following items:
- 12 plastic Easter eggs (Mine are mini, but you could also use the regular size)
- a sacrament cup
- 3 dimes
- knotted piece of twine
- piece of soap
- red piece of fabric or ribbon
- toothpick (& a small dab of glue to make a cross)
- pair of dice (only 1 fits in the mini eggs)
- small bag of dirt/soil
- white strip of fabric
- small rock
- bay leaf or herb
Print off this document. It has the scriptures that tell the story of Easter. Cut each scripture out into strips and set aside. (Each scripture is numbered so you know which one goes with what object.)
In each egg, you will put one strip of paper and the accompanying object:
- sacrament cup
- 3 dimes
- knotted twine
- piece of hand soap
- red piece of fabric/ribbon
- toothpick cross and nail
- pair of dice
- bag of dirt/soil
- strip of white cloth
- bay leaf or herb
As you fill the eggs with the paper and correct object, write the number on the bottom of the egg (using a permanent marker) so you know which is which when you do the activity.
And that’s it!
This particular Easter activity could be done a couple of different ways: as a countdown to the day of (similar to the 25 Days of Christ activity done at Christmas), or as a family night activity where all eggs are opened the same day. This year, we’re going to do it as a single family night activity since St. Patrick’s Day and Easter are so close.
I think this would make a great gift for family and friends and not very expensive at all to put together!
I hope you like the simplicity and beauty of this activity as much as I do.
Do you have traditions specific to the Easter story? Please share!