Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Excellent Easter Gifts: DIY Silly Putty & Squashy Eggs

Every Easter we do a little gift bag for my niece & nephew and they do the same for our kiddies. I try to come up with fun themed items, but I wanted to do something a little unique this year. I mean how much candy, plastic trinkets & egg shaped balls can a kid have (or a parent stand for that matter)? Enter these easy homemade goodies: DIY Silly Putty & Squashy Eggs.

For the putty, you just need white glue, liquid starch & food coloring.

To make enough for a plastic egg, the recipe calls for 2tbl glue mixed with 1 tbl starch and a few drops of food coloring. Personally, I used a heck of a lot more starch because it was way too watery with just 1 tbl of it, so I recommend adding a bit at time until it seems right.  You'll have to knead it quite a bit to get it nice & thick.  It's a little more slimy than rubbery, but that probably makes it more appealing for kids anyway.  Pop it into some plastic eggs (and who doesn't have some of these lurking around the house!) and now it's Easter ready.

The squashy eggs are just like those stress balls for grownups. Hmmm....I may need to make an extra one for me.  Just take a balloon &, using a funnel, fill with 1/2 cup of sand or cornstarch.

 Carefully squeeze out the air & knot balloon. It's not exactly an egg, but close enough. 

I'm also going to make a few carrot & bunny shaped chocolate suckers with colored melt wafers (using molds I bought last Easter).   Just melt in the microwave and pour.  Original, inexpensive & fun for the kids.  Yay for an easy Easter!  

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  1. Cheryl,

    You won't believe this, but my son asked me for one of those the other day!

    You're a life saver! I had no idea one could actually make them at home!

    Now, I just have to get me some liquid starch and I'm off! :)

    Thanks so much for linking up to the party and for displaying the party button on your post! Yay!

    Love and thanks for the tips on an easy Easter!

    Oh, are you planning on posting your chocolate treats too? ;)

  2. Just wanted to thank you for the Hairdo Hat which arrived in today's mail. The "little girl in my life" is due to arrive in July - our first grandchild and this will be part of her mother's shower gift. Thanks again! Love being a winner...

  3. My husband and I decided to do a "Giving" theme to our baskets this year- our girls are 7 & 5 yrs. old.

    I will be posting on this soon- but am very excited to do the baskets with all kinds of items that represent a form of giving to charitable causes we love! :)

    But- I may just make some putty eggs for giggles! Thanks! :)

  4. such a great idea! I am so doing this with my girls...

  5. Hello! stopping by via SITS!

    I just was given this recipe a few days ago! funny......

    we are totally going to make some!

  6. This is a great idea! I've been looking for Easter egg stuffers that aren't candy.

    Stopping by from SITS :)

  7. great ideas... you are right I have too much plastic eggs and candy..this is a fun idea.

  8. Great idea! I wish I would have thought of this. I just sent off my Easter Egg Hunt for my nephew who is back in Canada. He would have loved this. I'll have to keep in in mind for next year. Thanks for linking up. I hope you'll join me next week for another Tot Tuesday!

  9. I love this idea. Thanks for sharing how you made it.

  10. I love this!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party!
    Don't forget to enter my giveaway! I'll announce the winner at my next week party.

  11. I have made the silly putty before with my kids. They loved it. Thanks for the great tips!

  12. Very fun ideas! I will have to try the silly putty! : )

  13. These are great!!! :)

    Stopping from SITS.

  14. My kids would love these! Looks like I will have to go buy the supplies! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com.

  15. This is so cool! I am going to have to try this for my 7 year old nephew! Thanks for sharing! Come and see me...I am a new follower for you.


  16. Hi Cheryl,
    You've been FEATURED on Tot Tuesdays this week. I hope you'll stop by & grab a Featured Button from the top left side of my blog. Happy Easter!

  17. Thank you so much for bringing up this it was so cute adorable. Anyway,will certainly visit your site more often now.


  18. Those balloons are perfect for sensory experiments...I made some a while ago and filled them with different things in the kitchen. I'm not sure who loved to squeeze them more-me or my boys :).


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