Please understand that I have good intentions when it comes to crafting with my kids; it’s just that I really suck. I believe Martha Stewart should still be in jail if only for making mothers everywhere feel inadequate. Who makes their own marshmallows for hot chocolate?!
Thankfully, I’ve met some super creative ladies via blogging, and they’ve inspired me, shown me, and/or pointed me in the direction of Craft Heaven. And by heaven, I mean a craft that has less than 5 steps and doesn’t make *that* big of a mess. Suck it, Pinterest.
I got the idea I’m sharing below from the beautiful (and pregnant! Squeeeeee!!) Anka; you can read about it HERE., and I’ve seen a lot of cool things (that I probably can’t manage) on the innately creative and talented Melissa’s blog HERE.
I would now like to share a secret with you. Come closer.
A little closer…
I despise dying Easter eggs.
I know, I know. SHUN HER! So this year we opted to plant a lollipop garden. EXCEPT that because our winter has lasted a little longer than we anticipated, so we cultivated lollipop plants instead. See below for a how-to step-by-step guide on making a pretend plant that will leave kids buzzing with a sugar high all day.
As many pots/planters (your choice of size) as you have children. You will thank me later.
Soil/dirt (spoiler alert: you’re not really growing anything so the dirt is inconsequential)
1 bag of jellybeans
1 bag of lollipops as per your kids’ preference
Your camera–super cute photo opps
1. Toss jellybeans into planters
2. Cover tossed jellybeans with soil
3. Recruit help as needed, i.e. if your child (or dog) attempts to eat jellybeans or soil, have an extra adult standing by for clean-up because you will be busy taking pictures if you’re a good parent.
4. Water (do not saturate) soil.
5. Optional–wear bucket on your head and then stare at soil for adorable picture.
6. Put kids to bed, cultivate lollipops. Ta-da!
7. Also optional–get a shot of the first glimpse of sugar crop.
P.S. If you add too much water or put lollipops in directly after watering, the sticks will be flimsy and gross.
Happy Easter, everyone!