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Apr 14, 201101:44 AMSecrets of the Frugal Moms

Frugal Easter Crafts

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Apr 14, 2011 - 01:44 AM

We all know that Easter is coming up and it is time to get crafty with the kids again.  My children love to make crafts, but my husband hates clutter so I try and make crafts out of everyday things we have around the house.  This Easter we are going to make cascarones, Kool-Aid eggs,  and a bunny cake.

Cascarones are also called confetti eggs.  It is a Mexican tradition that you dye empty egg shells and then fill them with confetti.  After the confetti is in the egg you make a wish and tap someone with the egg.  If the egg cracks and the confetti comes out the wish comes true.  I have never attempted this yet, but I plan to this year with my older boys since it is more involved than regular egg coloring.  The trick is to crack only one end of the egg and let the insides drip out, but not crack the entire egg.  Once the egg is empty, you can rinse it out, set it aside to dry and then dye it.  You can fill it with any type of confetti after the dye is dried and you just place a piece of tape over the end to hold it in.

Kool-Aid eggs.  I have been looking at my stash of Kool-Aid lately and thinking that I needed to do something with it. Turns out that I can color Easter eggs with the Kool-Aid!  All you do is hard boil the eggs like normal and then place the egg in a mixture of 1 packet of Kool-Aid to one (1) cup of warm water.  The longer you leave the egg in the Kool-Aid bath the darker the egg color is.  Another plus to this is there is no vinegar needed, so there is no foul odor.  Kool-Aid has been on sale and free many places lately, so this is an extremely frugal idea.

Bunny Cake.  My mother used to make a bunny cake every year.  It is extremely simple.  Make a cake of any type in a round cake pan and then let it cool.  Take the cake out of the pan when it is cool and cut it in half.  Place the smooth sides together and use some icing to get the sides to stick.  Cover the cake with icing and then sprinkle it with coconut to make “rabbit fur”.  You can use pink jelly beans for the eyes and nose, cut ears out of paper and color the insides a light shade of pink.  Sometimes my mother dyed some coconut green for grass.  One thing you cannot forget is to place a few raisins or chocolate cover raisins behind the bunny for “droppings”.

What are your favorite frugal Easter crafts? Share them with us!

Apr 14, 2011 02:50 pm
 Posted by  okcmomto3

I love these ideas! I would have never thought to use Koolaid. But we all know how much it can stain! I should have thought of that before!!!

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Karen Perea is the mom of three boys, Alex, age 13, Lee, age 11, and Jesse, age 3. Karen works for Necco & Byrd, P.C., as a Legal Secretary. When Karen is not working or spending time with her family she is also a student at Oklahoma City Community College where she is the Secretary of the Phi Kappa Theta Honor Society and a member of the Kappa Beta Delta International Honor Society. She also contributes and helps moderate ConsumerQueen.com which helps others across the United States find deals and bargains on items they use every day. Karen's busy lifestyle helps her understand that while we all want to save money, time is precious also. Karen is excited to share her tips through this blog and invites MetroFamily readers to comment back with questions or other tips.

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