I admit it. Last Christmas, I was that mom who didn’t let Santa sneak any candy into the kids’ stockings. And you know what? They didn’t miss it! Not even a little bit. So in planning their Easter baskets, I’m doing the same and finding fun, festive, and healthy ways to fill up those baskets. This year we’re going with a whole fruit theme, totally inspired by our work with Wonderful Halos. Maggie’s basket is chock full of fun DIY projects that I created to go perfectly with those sweet little Halos mandarins that she loves to eat so much. And we love to let her eat them — they’re one of the rare sweet snacks that we can feel good about our kiddos eating.
I took inspiration from the vibrant color and fun shapes of Wonderful Halos to create a fun, fresh basket full of things that a kid would love, and a lot of encouragement to make healthy choices.
What You’ll Need:
- Wonderful Halos mandarins
- orange and green iron-on vinyl
- plain shirt and/or shorts
- cutting machine or craft knife
- iron-on letters
- hair clip
- orange and green stiffened felt
- glue gun
- orange and green crepe paper
- small toys
- fresh leaves
Make the Basket
Start by decorating your basket with some fresh leaves. We used leaves from our yard. Just clean off the leaves and add a small dot of hot glue to the back of each leaf as you add it to the basket. Cover as much or as little of the basket as you’d like.
Mandarin Hair Clip
Start with a blank hair clip. Cut out a small oval of orange felt in the shape of a mandarin. Then cut some small leaves from the green felt. Glue the leaves on the mandarin using small dots of hot glue, then glue the mandarin to the hair clip.
Mandarin Surprise Ball
Gather some small trinkets or toys — bonus if they’re orange and green! Place the first item on the end of a long strip of crepe paper. Start wrapping the crepe paper tightly around the toy and creating a ball. As you wrap around and around, include other trinkets by wrapping them in the crepe paper. Soon you’ll start to see the shape of a mandarin appear! Wrap until all your toys are included and finish the end of the ball by tucking the crepe paper underneath one of its layers. Create a small leaf from green crepe paper and tuck it under one of the layers. When the ball is being opened, the toys will fall out as the crepe paper is unrolled!
Start with a blank shirt or shorts. Use your cutting machine or craft knife to cut out a small orange oval and a small green leaf shape from the iron-on material. To ensure the leaf appears on top of the mandarin, place the leaf first onto the vinyl’s transfer paper and then the mandarin shape layered over the leaf. Cut around the mandarin shape on the transfer paper and place it right side up where you’d like it to appear on your item of clothing. Press firmly for 10-15 seconds with a hot iron to get the vinyl to adhere. Remove the transfer paper. To make our “Make Good Choices” shirt, use iron-on letters for the words (or make your own with a cutting machine!) and use the same technique to create mandarins for the o’s in “good.”
Add all of your fruity DIY projects to the basket and then fill it with Halos! We love Halos because they are in season from November through May and are sweet, seedless and easy to peel. I can’t wait to see Mags in those little bloomers with a tiny mandarin on the hem. And I think she’s going to be fascinated by the surprise ball. Most of all, though, I’m happy to be helping my children learn to make good choices when it comes to their own health! xoxo
This post is sponsored by Wonderful Halos. All ideas and opinions are my own. Thank you for being supportive of the partners who help keep Lovely Indeed rocking!