It’s nearly Easter - yay! That means it’s time for easter hunts, egg painting, chocolate eating and lots of fun and laughs. There are plenty of ways to get your green fingers involved during Easter as well, and spend some time gardening with the kids.
This fun idea can be given as a gift - it won’t take up too much space and you get to use those old wicker baskets you’ve had hidden in the cupboard for years.
Kiddies will love being able to paint their own designs on the eggs and show their creativity with this portable miniature garden!
So let’s get cracking...
- Wicker basket with a handle
- A pretty, tall plant with a drip tray (preferably white flowers and a creeper; we used white Gaura)
- Pretty, colourful plants (we used pink Gypsophila)
- Weed barrier cloth
- Potting mix
- Easter eggs / egg toys
- Acrylic paints in various colours
- Paint brush
- Some rubber gloves (optional)
- Some water to rinse hands
How it’s done
- First, lay some newspaper on a table (or on the ground) and if you’re a little stressed about getting paint on your childrens’ hands, help them put some gloves on. Acrylic paint is easy to wash off and safe for kiddies, so gloves are totally up to you.
- Get your kids to start off by painting their first layer of their favourite colours on each of the eggs and laying them very carefully on the piece of newspaper.
- While the first layer of paint dries on each of the eggs, cut the weed barrier cloth to fit the size of the basket and place the drip tray on top of it inside the basket.
- Let your kids fill the basket with potting mix, stopping a few centimetres before the rim of the basket.
- Then let them plant the Gaura in the middle, making sure the roots are nicely covered.
- Place the rest of the plants around the centre plant, to make a pretty display.
- Give your plants a bit of water.
- Now comes the egg-citing bit! Let your kids lay the eggs around the plants so that they are visible. Then get the paintbrush again and get your kids to paint pretty patterns on the eggs, ensuring they don’t get soil on the paint brushes. If you are worried that this will be too messy, paint the patterns on the eggs while they’re still on the newspaper and wait for them to dry, before placing them in the basket.
- Tie a bow around the top of the basket handle and put your Easter egg basket somewhere that everyone can see, or give it to your kids to give to friends as an Easter gift.