How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

DIY Easter Bunny Gingerbread House

When Easter candy is as pretty as this, it’s just begging to be made into decorations. We had so much fun making gingerbread houses over the holidays that we decided we needed…

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

When Easter candy is as pretty as this, it’s just begging to be made into decorations. We had so much fun making gingerbread houses over the holidays that we decided we needed to make an Easter bunny house for Easter, decorated with all of our favorite chocolates! I confess, I find it deliciously therapeutic to decorate these things. And the delicious part is half the fun, because obviously you have to taste test your materials. Am I right?

It was like a pastel wonderland putting this together, with spring-colored M&M’s flying every which way. I’m not complaining, y’all. We stopped at Target to stock up and realized they have Vanilla Cupcake M&M’s for Easter, which are not only perfect for decorating an Easter bunny’s house but also crazy tasty.  We also stocked up on Mars Minis and Dove Chocolate Eggs for extra details and because they’re just so delicious. And bonus — if you use Target’s Cartwheel app while you’re snagging your candy you can save X% on the whole lot!

Materials

  • spring chocolate — we used M&M’S Milk Chocolate Candies (Pastel Colored), Dove Silky Smooth Milk Chocolate Eggs, Minis Mix Chocolates for Spring, and M&M’S Vanilla Cupcake
  • gingerbread house kit
  • colored cardstock
  • double-stick tape
  • scissors
  • tray or platter
  • optional: gold stickers

Make Time: 2 Hours

Easter candy

Easter candy

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

Step 1: Put together your gingerbread house walls and roof from  your kit. Build your house on your platter or tray.

Step 2: While your house sets, slice a few Mini Snickers bars to create “bricks” for a walkway. Set these aside.

Step 3: Use card stock to create a door and a treetop. Cut out the shapes with scissors. If desired, cut small pieces of your gold stickers to create a doorknob and a mail slot.

Step 4: Start laying the Snickers bricks to form a walkway from the area where the door will be, leading toward the edge of your tray. The Snickers will stick by themselves. Line the walkway with Dove Chocolate Eggs; place a small dab of the frosting from your gingerbread house kit on the bottom of each Egg to keep it in place.

Step 5: Decorate the roof of your house. We chose a rainbow pattern, but be creative! Place a small dot of frosting on each M&M and stick it to the roof until your design is finished.

Step 6: Add the tree and door to your house. On the back of each, cover a 1″ square area with double-stick tape. Then place a dot of frosting on the tape. The tape will keep the frosting from making a greasy spot on your paper. Press the door onto the house and the treetop onto a mini Twix bar. Place a dot of frosting on the bottom of the Twix bar to get it to stand up like a tree.

Step 7: Add any other details that you like! Stack a few M&M’s to make a small topiary, spread some green ones around the sides of the house like grass, or add windows and other decorations to the walls.

I love this! We added it to our Easter centerpiece on our dining room table and it’s so fun to have around. And it looks even better with a few little bowls of chocolate around it so you can grab a sweet snack as you pass by. 😉 Happy decorating, all! xoxo

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

How to make an Easter bunny gingerbread house

This post is sponsored by Target & Mars. All ideas and opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

DIY Printable Bunny Box

Here comes Easter! This is one of my favorite seasons. Everything is fresh, trees are blooming, and these days I get to play Easter bunny for my kids — which…

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Here comes Easter! This is one of my favorite seasons. Everything is fresh, trees are blooming, and these days I get to play Easter bunny for my kids — which is maybe the most fun of all. I’m finding that holidays are even better when you get to see them through your kids’ eyes. We are trying this year to steer clear of piles of candy and sugar around Easter, so I teamed with the gang at Wonderful Halos to come up with a simple, fun way to celebrate the holiday with healthy snacks. Halos are one of our go-tos around these parts – I toss them in my bag all the time to have on hand when Henry (or Ryan and I!) need a snack break. These printable bunny boxes just so happen to be the perfect size to house a Halo mandarin!

Materials

Make Time: 5 Minutes per box

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Step 1: Download and print our printable bunny box template onto your cardstock.

Step 2: Cut along all solid lines. Crease the box inward along the dotted lines.

Step 3: Place a Halo in the center of the box. Fold the vertical flaps inward and then the horizontal flaps over the top, forming the box. Slide the two interlocking pieces together to create the bunny shape.

Step 4: Use a small piece of double-stick tape on the back of each ear piece to affix it to either ear. Mix and match ear colors for a fun contrast.

I love these little guys! I think we might wrap up a whole bunch of Halos and give them to Henry’s little pals at school. They’re the perfect project for a crafternoon with the kiddos – let them help choose colors and cut out the shapes, and you can construct the boxes together. Pop those little mandarins inside and it’s an adorably healthy Easter gift. Happy making! xoxo

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

Printable Bunny Box for Easter

This post is sponsored by Wonderful Halos. All opinions are my very own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

Poppies and succulents, happy Easter text

Happy Easter

Every year on this day I leave you for the weekend with one of my favorite quotes, and this year is no exception. Wishing you an Easter weekend full of…

Poppies and succulents, happy Easter text

Every year on this day I leave you for the weekend with one of my favorite quotes, and this year is no exception. Wishing you an Easter weekend full of peace, joy, and renewal. Happy Easter! xoxo

For I remember it is Easter morn, and life and love and peace are all new born. 
-Alice Freeman Palmer

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Easter Brunch Idea // Waffle Croque Madames

When we’re in Paris, I just loooooove a good ol’ fashioned croque madame. It’s just a ham and cheese sandwich, but with that fancy Frenchy twist that makes it super delish….

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

When we’re in Paris, I just loooooove a good ol’ fashioned croque madame. It’s just a ham and cheese sandwich, but with that fancy Frenchy twist that makes it super delish. I was dreaming about whipping up a croque madame in waffle form, and thought it would make a perfect recipe for an Easter brunch! So if you’re looking for something special to serve this weekend, we’ve got you covered. Let’s make waffle croque madames!

Ingredients

  • waffle mix and mix ingredients
  • sliced ham
  • 1 c gruyere, grated
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 c milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • dash of nutmeg
  • eggs
  • optional: dijon mustard

Start by making your waffle mix, according to the instructions on the box. Heat up your waffle iron. Set aside while you make the bechamel sauce.

To make the sauce, heat the butter in a heavy saucepan over high heat. Once melted, stir in flour. Whisk for about two minutes. Add the milk and salt, whisking until it begins to thicken (a few minutes). Stir in the nutmeg and half the gruyere. Keep over low heat as you prepare the waffles.

Once the waffle iron is hot, spoon in about 2 tbsp of the wet mix into the bottom of the waffle iron. Place a piece of ham over that, and sprinkle the ham with gruyere. Spoon in another 2 tbsp of wet mix over the cheese. Close the iron and cook as you would a plain waffle. Remove from heat when the mix is cooked through. Make as many as you like!

Fry an egg sunny side up for each waffle. Drizzle a spoonful of bechamel sauce over each waffle and place the egg over the sauce. Serve with dijon mustard if you like.

Ohhhhh man these are delicious! Sometimes I put things in the wafflemaker and they end up not quite being winners, but this one is over-the-top delicious. And once your guests realize there’s a little ham and cheese surprise inside their Easter waffles, they’ll declare you a brunch superstar. (Psst – bonus, Henry inhaled these things! So they’re pretty kid friendly too, maybe just skip the raw yolk on the egg.) Happy cooking! xoxo

P.S. Edible floral waffles, too!

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

Waffle Croque Madames Recipe

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

It’s time for more eggs! You can make these with plenty of time to spare before Easter, and they’re so fun for spelling out messages from the Easter bunny! Funnest….

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

It’s time for more eggs! You can make these with plenty of time to spare before Easter, and they’re so fun for spelling out messages from the Easter bunny! Funnest. Egg hunt. Ever. I turned again to my new favorite way to color eggs — spray paint. You can’t beat it for quickness and color coverage! And it works perfectly with our sticker masking technique to make your alphabet of Easter eggs. Let’s make ’em!

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs Tutorial Images

Step 1: Place one letter sticker on each egg. Be sure to smooth the stickers down completely so that no paint seeps underneath. You might want to make a couple of alphabets so that you have lots of letters to spell with.

Step 2: In a well-ventilated area, lay your stickered eggs on a dropcloth or scrap of cardboard and spray with a light layer of paint. Allow them to dry completely; flip and paint the other side. After all paint is dry, check all angles of the eggs and add another light layer of paint to any areas that need more coverage.

Step 3: Once completely dry, peel the stickers slowly off the eggs.

Step 4: Spell out some fun phrases as you hide the eggs, or make an arrangement to display them saying something cool!

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

I love these! And they would go perfectly with our typography eggs from last year. I gotta tell ya, I was making myself totally laugh as I was spelling out phrases to photograph for this post! You have no idea some of the words that ended up on the cutting room floor. We’ll leave that for another day. What would you spell with your alphabet eggs? xoxo

P.S. More Easter egg ideas!

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

DIY Alphabet Easter Eggs

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Easter Eggs

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Easter Eggs

One of my favorite tools for quick DIYs these days is a paint pen! It’s kind of the answer to everything. After our office supplies and pumpkins, I for sure wanted…

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Easter Eggs

One of my favorite tools for quick DIYs these days is a paint pen! It’s kind of the answer to everything. After our office supplies and pumpkins, I for sure wanted to try them out on some Easter eggs, and it turns out they work perfectly! Along with some spray paint (my go-to choice for coloring eggs this year), they make for Easter eggs that are super bold and fun. We made a little video to show ya how quick they come together, too!

Materials

Make Time: 30 Minutes (Plus Drying Time)

Watch our video for the super-simple how-to!

How are you decorating eggs this year? You should try paint pens! If you give it a shot, be sure to tag a photo of your creations on Instagram with #thelovelysquad so we can see and feature them on the blog! xoxo

P.S. Our favorite Easter egg decor ideas are all right here!

DIY Paint Pen Patterned Easter Eggs DIY Paint Pen Patterned Easter Eggs

Personalized Gift Basket

How to Make Personalized Gift Baskets for Easter

The Easter fun just doesn’t stop around here! I’m feeling particularly springish this year, so we put together even more Easter basket ideas for everyone on your list. These are perfect…

Personalized Gift Basket

The Easter fun just doesn’t stop around here! I’m feeling particularly springish this year, so we put together even more Easter basket ideas for everyone on your list. These are perfect if you are a bit of a traditionalist and like to use a good ol’ fashioned Easter basket, but want to kick it up a notch and make it extra special for your peeps (get it? Peeps?!).

Personalized Gift Basket

I used to live for the candy in my Easter basket when I was little, but this one even has candy on the basket! Double whammy! And there’s not much better than fresh flowers, like the one down below.

Personalized Gift Basket

Personalized Gift Basket

See how simple each of these is to put together over on the Harry & David blog. Each basket has its own simple tutorial, so pick your favorites from the links below! Then hop to it, because Easter is on the way!  xoxo

MAKE A WASHI TAPE EASTER BASKET

MAKE A CANDY-COVERED EASTER BASKET

MAKE A FLORAL EASTER BASKET

This post is in partnership with Harry and David. All opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

How to Make Rope Easter Baskets

DIY Rope Easter Baskets

Hey hey Easter bunnies! We have another cool little Easter basket idea for you, and this one you can use long after Easter is over. I’m loving these simple rope…

How to Make Rope Easter Baskets

How to Make Rope Easter Baskets

Hey hey Easter bunnies! We have another cool little Easter basket idea for you, and this one you can use long after Easter is over. I’m loving these simple rope Easter baskets — so much, in fact, that I have to confess I made a few more than I actually need. I just couldn’t stop, okay?

They’re beyond easy to make and only use three materials for just a few bucks. I love simplicity, don’t you? You can find the full tutorial over on eHow, and lend a helping hand to your friendly neighborhood Easter bunny this year! xoxo

SEE THE FULL TUTORIAL

How to Make Rope Easter Baskets

How to Make Rope Easter Baskets

How to Make Rope Easter Baskets

Modern Easter Basket Alternatives

Modern Easter Basket Alternatives

I have the best memories of hunting for Easter baskets with my sister when we were little! The Easter Bunny (AKA my sainted mother) would find the best hiding spots —…

Modern Easter Basket Alternatives

I have the best memories of hunting for Easter baskets with my sister when we were little! The Easter Bunny (AKA my sainted mother) would find the best hiding spots —  I’m pretty sure one year they were out in the barn on a stack of hay. That’s legit. I can’t wait to start playing Easter bunny for Henry, too! But for other friends and family, I like to give Easter treats in packaging that’s a little more modern. If your basket needs a makeover, try one of these rad Easter basket alternatives!

Go Shiny

These metallic bubble mailers are perfect for sending a bright Easter surprise through the mail, especially if it’s flat! My niece is super into stickers and paper these days, so I’m thinking I might give her a little something in one of these. Just pack your goodies in there with a little crinkle packing or some tissue paper and you’re good to go. Bonus points if you write the recipient’s name on the front in sequins!

Modern Easter Basket Alternatives

Modern Easter Basket Alternatives

Now You See It

I love the idea of giving pretty candies in see-through containers. These gold tins with clear tops are perfect for housing all kinds of treats, so stack a few up and give a rainbow of goodies.

Modern Easter Basket Alternatives

Modern Easter Basket Alternatives

Go Bow Crazy

Bow, schmow — wrap up an Easter gift with a smorgasboard of fun materials. Metallic cord and mini tassels should be a pretty good place to start. Use a container with an unexpected shape, like these bentwood boxes, and go to town with your fun extras until it’s plenty festive. We made these little cascading tassels by attaching individual tassels to the box, each with a small glue dot. Then wrap some wired cord or ribbon around a few fingers, spread to create a pretty tangle, and attach it to the top with a larger glue dot.

Modern Easter Basket Alternatives

Modern Easter Basket Alternatives

When In Doubt, Gold it Out

Pretty sure these gold bar boxes don’t need much jazzing up — they’re beyond cool all by themselves. Wrap individual gifts in each box and hand over a stack of gold bars instead of your usual Easter basket. Guaranteed win!

Modern Easter Basket Alternatives

Modern Easter Basket Alternatives

And now the important stuff — what are you gonna put inside?! I used to wait on pins and needles, hoping and hoping for a million jelly beans in my Easter basket. The Bunny never disappointed. Happy Easter! xoxo

This post is sponsored by Paper Mart. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY Icon Easter Eggs

DIY Icon Easter Eggs

Have I got an Easter project for all of you nerds out there! Addicted to your iPhone? This one’s for you. Decorate yourself some Easter eggs that really speak to…

DIY Icon Easter Eggs

DIY Icon Easter Eggs

DIY Icon Easter Eggs

Have I got an Easter project for all of you nerds out there! Addicted to your iPhone? This one’s for you. Decorate yourself some Easter eggs that really speak to what’s down deep in your heart. Ya know, stuff like texting and location settings. The important things. But seriously, tell me these don’t make you chuckle! Let’s make some icon Easter eggs, y’all.

Materials

Make Time: 1 Hour

DIY Icon Easter Eggs

Step 1: Color your Easter eggs! You can use your favorite egg dye, or do like we did and spray paint those suckers! I’ve never spray painted eggs before this project but I love it now. They come out so smooth and with such a saturated color. Just be sure to spray light coats and do it in a well-ventilated area. And obviously, if you use spray paint, these eggs are not edible after decoration. Duh.

Step 2: Download the file right here. Note: This is a special file meant to work with Avery’s Design & Print Online platform, so don’t fret if it seems like they didn’t download properly! Just carry on to the next step.

Step 3: Open the files at avery.com/open.

Step 4: Choose the file and print on the Avery Clear Address Labels (product #18660). If you’d like to print more than one set, adjust the print settings to have the icons repeat on more labels.

Step 5: Use scissors to trim around the edges, very close to each icon.

Step 6: Once your eggs are dry, peel the icons off of their backing like stickers and gently stick them to the eggs.

DIY Icon Easter Eggs

Which one is your fave?! I don’t know why, but I’m totally partial to the mute button egg. It’s like, “Shhh. I’m focusing.” Ha! And btw, don’t we live in a weird world? A totally weird world where these symbols have become as common as the written word and we all know exactly what they mean. I feel like kids know these symbols before they can actually read these days. Crazy! But I digress. Maybe next we should do app eggs! Tiny little Instagram and Snapchat icons. I’ll get right on it! xoxo

P.S. More Easter egg ideas!

DIY Icon Easter Eggs

DIY Icon Easter Eggs

DIY Icon Easter Eggs

This post is sponsored by Avery. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the brands who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!

DIY Embroidered Easter Sweater

DIY Embroidered Easter Sweater

Ryan and I were shopping the other day and came across a whole table full of embroidered sweaters with French sayings on them and cracked up laughing. Mostly because I…

DIY Embroidered Easter Sweater

DIY Embroidered Easter Sweater

Ryan and I were shopping the other day and came across a whole table full of embroidered sweaters with French sayings on them and cracked up laughing. Mostly because I wanted every single one of them. What is it about French words that get us all so riled up?! Do you think French girls are walking around with English phrases plastered all over their shirts? I have no idea and I don’t really care, because I think it’s adorable. Anyway. I got inspired to make a little Easter number and this was born! It says “I Love Bunnies” in French, and I know for sure because I double-checked my work with my mother, who used to be a French teacher. So there.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, I asked Ryan to snap some photos of the final project and he was goofing around so much all I have are photos of me laughing like a maniac. So thanks for that, husband.

DIY Embroidered Easter Sweater

You can find out how to make it over on Darby Smart, and order your supplies too if you want to make one! J’adore les lapins! xoxo

DIY Embroidered Easter Sweater