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Stacey Solomon shares her best Easter creations from eggs to chocolate toasts


Stacey Solomon certainly put The X Factor into entertaining her children during lockdown.

The creative mum and star of ITV’s Loose Women – who has more than 4.3 million Instagram followers – is an absolute whizz when it comes to organising and sorting out fun things to do with her boys.

Here she shares some low-cost Easter DIY projects with Sunday People readers, and writer Hannah Verdier puts them to the test with her nine-year-old daughter Evie.

Tap to Tidy by Stacey Solomon is out now (Ebury Press, £14.99). See Stacey on Sort Your Life Out on Easter Monday at 6.25pm on BBC1.



Tap To Tidy is out now
Tap To Tidy is out now

Easter egg flavours

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Plastic eggs (you can buy crafty ones that open into two halves)
  • Yarn or string
  • Fake flowers, to decorate


The Easter Egg Favours
The Easter Egg Favours

Stacey says:

Cover the outside of each half of your egg with a bit of glue, then carefully coil yarn or string (I like the natural-looking twine) around it, until it’s all covered. I will stick a few flowers on there too, and the eggs look really pretty arranged in a basket. You can put treats inside them, and use them as favours for the Easter table.



Hannah Verdier and her daughter Evie Paterson trying out some of the crafts projects
Hannah Verdier and her daughter Evie Paterson trying out some of the crafts projects

Our verdict:

Popping plastic eggs in a basket is as far as I like to go with crafting, so it’s no surprise Evie and I came a little unstuck as we tried to wind the wool and string around them. Well, not so much unstuck as got in a gluey mess – and our flowers fell off! If you’ve got more patience and tolerance of sticky fingers than us you’ll probably make an eggy masterpiece.

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Easter chocolate pots

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Small, clean plant pots
  • Chocolate cake or similar (anything sweet, brown and crumbly will do)
  • A small carrot per pot


The Easter Chocolate Pot
The Easter Chocolate Pot

Stacey says:

Another thing I love to do is make edible plant pots. You can buy a little plant pot or use your old ones (just make sure to wash them out thoroughly). Fill them with edible “soil”, your crumbled chocolate cake or whatever. Finish by burying a real carrot.



Stacey has shared her best Easter crafty ideas
Stacey has shared her best Easter crafty ideas

Our verdict:

I’d never thought of crumbling chocolate brownies to look like soil, but that’s one way of keeping the kids away from my sweet treats. Evie added a bit of greenery and a carrot and the result looks good enough to eat. And we can confirm the carrot and chocolate combo is strangely delicious.

Easter bunny toast

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Slice of toast
  • A little oil, for cooking
  • Egg
  • Cucumber and Coco Pops, to finish


The Easter Bunny Toast
The Easter Bunny Toast

Stacey says:

Cut a rabbit-head shape from the centre of a piece of toast (I just used a knife. I have a thousand cookie cutters but not one bunny one, believe it or not! But a bunny head is easy – it’s just an oval, with two long ears on the top). Put the toast with the hole in a pan coated with a little bit of oil and push down firmly. You’re going to add the egg to cook it just like you would do a fried egg – but pour the white of your egg into the bunny shape first, before adding the yolk separately, so you can position it as the bunny’s nose. Once cooked, carefully remove from the pan and finish with thin strips of cucumber for some cute whiskers, and a couple of Coco Pops for eyes (you could use raisins or anything like that, though).

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Hannah and Evie attempting to make the Easter Bunny Toast
Hannah and Evie attempting to make the Easter Bunny Toast

Our verdict:

Uh-oh, this is where I ended up with egg on my face. As well as the bunny’s face. My cut-out toasty bunny head was just about recognisable, but when I tried to separate the yolk, it was more abstract rabbit than cute cottontail. Luckily, Evie said it tasted better than it looked.

Rabbit Sock Bunny

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Old sock (I like spring colours like yellows and duck-egg blues, but you could do little black or white bunnies if they’re the socks you’ve got lying around)
  • Uncooked dry rice
  • Couple of elastic hairbands
  • Ribbon, to decorate


The Easter Sock Bunny
The Easter Sock Bunny

Stacey says:

Cut off the end of the sock under the heel, and fill it with rice. Then tie a hairband around the middle to make the bunny’s body, and tie another hairband around the sock a bit higher up, to make its head (keep a bit more rice in the bottom half, so the body’s bigger than the head). The leftover bit of material at the top is going to be the bunny’s ears – just cut the spare material in half (up to where it goes to the hairband). Then shape each half into a long ear shape (you could sew around the edges, or glue them into place). Finish with a cute ribbon bow.



Evie trying to make a rabbit sock bunny
Evie trying to make a rabbit sock bunny

Our verdict:

I’m somewhat lazy in the cleaning department and there was no way I’d want the kids spilling rice everywhere, so I tried to get a head start with the sock stuffing. It looked a bit wonky, but Evie soon swooped in to help me out, transforming it from a black blob to a cute bunny by adding sparkly pipe cleaner ears and a fluffy cotton tail.

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Easter Chick Jar

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Clean jar
  • Yellow spray paint
  • Felt tip pens or markers (black and orange, if you’ve got them)


The Easter Chick Jar
The Easter Chick Jar

Stacey says:

This is a fun, easy one to do with kids. Spray paint a clean jar yellow, then draw on black dots for eyes and a little orange triangle for a beak. Fill it with Easter treats.



Evie trying out the Easter chick jar
Evie trying out the Easter chick jar

Our verdict:

Fun and easy? We’re in. Evie read out the instructions, but when we got to the words “spray paint” my inner Mrs Hinch recoiled. So we used bright yellow acrylic paint, which worked fine and Evie found it easy to draw the eyes and beak on. The result: a cute jar which would make an ideal Easter gift filled with treats.





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