I’m Amanda, and I put the AMANDA in A MANDAtory Activity (and I like a good bad pun).
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Need to Add Some Pizazz to Your Easter Decor? Make Some Paper Easter Decorations for Free! If you have been following my blog or YouTube channel, you will have seen the growing selection of free paper animals I've been making. These are done with the free designs on the Canon Creative Park website. The site is […]
Need to Add Some Pizazz to Your Easter Decor? Make Some Paper Easter Decorations for Free!
If you have been following my blog or YouTube channel, you will have seen the growing selection of free paper animals I've been making. These are done with the free designs on the Canon Creative Park website. The site is packed full of fun projects, and I stumbled upon this design they call "Easter set". So, not only can you make adorable critters, you can make Easter decorations with paper too!
My first thought was "those eggs look like they would be a nightmare". And then I thought "how do you make it completely enclosed without a hole in the top or bottom?" "Where do you put your fingers while you are putting it together?" "How do you get them out?"
Eventually, I had so many "I wonder" questions, I decided I had to try it for myself. The eggs are a little bit of a nightmare, but really just the first one. Once you do one, the others are easy.
Easter Prep During Covid-19
I have tried hard not to focus blog posts on the current state of things, and to instead provide a respite and distraction for you. The only way I am going to get through it, is if I can escape and play every now and then.
Even though I did a significant amount of very early Easter planning, and got some goodies in advance, I feel a need to make things a little extra special this year. It's obviously just going to be my household for Easter this year, but in my mind and in my heart, I want to make it that much more special.
Basically, Easter is going to suck, and I want to make it less sucky.
Going for Normal
While you are visiting my blog over the next couple of weeks, you'll see a bunch of Easter projects, and cookies, that are intended to make things feel normal around here. I think I'm even going to make placecards just for the three of us...because that's "normal" for me too. Also, there's a design I've had my heart set on, and typically there's no turning back once I get there. Knowwhaddimean?
It's not going to be the lovely Easter with a dozen and a half friends and family and a giant Easter egg hunt for all the kids, but the "things" will be the same. The food will be familiar, and gosh darnit, there WILL be decorations!
Paper Decorations Are Beautiful!
I think this free Easter decoration project is lovely! Putting this together, and the little black and white dutch bunny in the beginning of the video (and pictured above), really helped get me in the mood.
So if you don't want to sit around with your shaving cream and food coloring this weekend, but still want some fun decorated "eggs", this is a great option. I leaned into the camera as close as possible to make it easy to follow along.
To make these paper Easter decorations, you literally just need to print it out, grab your scissors and some glue and follow along. I hope you enjoy and feel proud and a little more normal when you're done!
While you're at it, why not hit the subscribe button on my YouTube channel? I have a TON of Easter projects that I just need to edit and upload, which I hope to do in the next couple of days. There are also a few Easter cookie videos already up...I'm aggregating them all into a single blog post, so they made it to YouTube first. Click the bell notification and you'll get a little notification when there's a new one.