Easter LEGO Creations

LEGO bricks are classic toys, and they’re truly perfect for kids of all ages! Recently, I met fellow grown-up LEGO enthusiast, Carlo Pandian. Carlo put together a collection of cool Easter LEGO creations, and he offered to let me share them here. Enjoy these amazing builds, and get inspired about your next LEGO project!

6 Unique Easter-Themed LEGO Sculptures

There are a few holidays that seem to have a bigger presence for LEGO creations than others. This is in part due to the fact that many of these holidays have to do with giving something to someone else. The winter holidays are probably the most obvious with all the presents that change hands. Halloween has its tricks and treats while Valentine’s Day has surprises for loved ones. If you subscribe to the Easter basket idea, you have a lot of room for creativity and, of course, more gifts.

Bunnies seem like an obvious choice at this point. As you will soon see, there is room for much more than floppy ears and bushy tails. The real question should be, “Where do you start?”

Some view Easter as an outdoor event. All the egg hunts and picnics are hard to resist. What happens when the weather is bad? You could always head inside and find something fun for the whole family to work on. Of course the builders here took this idea to a whole new level. They turned their passion for building and made it a festive event.

Easter Egg Hunt

First up is an Easter Egg Hunt made by Nathan Sawaya with help from the Lancaster Museum of Art. Sawaya built over 500 LEGO eggs. They were then hidden throughout the museum along with regular plastic eggs. Each egg could be taken apart by the kids that found them. The eggs were built in a variety of colors.

Easter bunny and basket
Easter bunny and basket

Easter Egg

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LEGO Easter Egg

You may not have access to a famous builder at your museum to make special eggs. Thankfully, David Luders has come to the rescue. He gives fans step-by-step instructions on how to build your very own Easter egg. This project uses a very interesting layering method that creates an uncanny realism to every egg.

Flower Basket

Flower-Basket
LEGO Flower Basket

Easter means spring time and nothing says spring like a flower basket. Horhat Razvan has built an absolutely gorgeous model depicting a flower basket. From the elegant designs to the careful color selection, Horhat’s design is so much more impressive since it needs to look good from all angles. It also has the added bonus of being hypo-allergenic.

Mini Chick

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Mini LEGO Chicks

You don’t have to go big in your creations. Jen demonstrates this with the Mini Chick. This petite model not only shows a clever design, but clearly embraces the Easter spirit. All those eggs have to come and lead some where. This model not only connects to this, but can most likely fit in one of the eggs for a double special surprise.

Carrot and Egg

LEGO Easter egg and carrot
LEGO Easter egg and carrot

Sometimes all you need is a symbol, or maybe a sign that someone famous stopped by. The builder known as atotheh has created a spectacular couple of items that fit the bill perfectly. Not only do you have the iconic painted egg, but there is a carrot. It’s a good bet that the Easter Bunny has either stopped by and forgot his lunch or is possibly still in the area.

Easter Bunny

Easter-bunny
LEGO Bunny and Easter Eggs

It has been hinted at this entire blog and now he’s here. However, not just anyone can make an epic bunny. Therefore, you have to go to the Master Builder at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Dallas Forth Worth to find a model built to impress. This is truly the center piece of any Easter display.

potraitAuthor Carlo Pandian is an adult fan of LEGO and freelance writer, and has previously published on The Brick Blogger, Bricks of The Death, and Socialyzer. Follow him @carlopandian

Credits
Easter Egg Hunt | Easter Egg | Flower Basket | Mini Chick | Carrot and Egg | Easter Bunny

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Romance by the Numbers

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and you might be wondering about the secrets behind a successful romance. Here’s a helpful infographic from Happify, which presents some interesting statistics about successful, satisfying relationships.

In a nutshell:

  • Spend time talking
  • Do fun stuff together
  • Have sex weekly
  • Celebrate one another
  • Share laughter
  • Defuse anger
  • Put a positive spin on it

love infographic from Happify

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Minecraft Birthday Party

Minecraft partyMy middle son just turned twelve, and we had a Minecraft birthday party for him. He chose the theme, and set up the LAN game for his friends. My part in the celebration was to provide Minecraft decorations and treats. Challenge accepted!

First of all, let me admit that I’m not a super-crafty “Pinterest” mom who does this kind of thing very often. But since this boy didn’t get a birthday party last year, I felt like making a bit more effort for him this time. The project ended up being really fun, and he was excited about the results.

Since I had to search and gather the elements for these crafts, I figured I’d put them together to share. If anybody else wants to use them, go right ahead. I hope you enjoy these free Minecraft printables.

Minecraft Birthday Invitations

Here is the invitation I made: Blank Minecraft Printable Invitation. I found a Minecraft dirt and grass background, put a text box on top of it, and then just printed it out. I downloaded a free Minecraft font to use for the text.

Minecraft Potion Bottle Labels

minecraft-potions

These cute bottles of punch are just perfect for little Minecraft potion labels. The kids thought they were amazing! It was quite easy to make them. I found images of the different Minecraft potions, put them into rows on a page, printed it, cut it into strips, wrapped them around the bottles, and taped them together in the back.

Blue Minecraft Potion Labels
Green Minecraft Potion Labels
Purple Minecraft Potion Labels
Red Minecraft Potion Labels

Minecraft Creeper Face Cupcake Picks

Print this page of Creeper faces onto cardstock, cut the faces apart, and tape them onto toothpicks. Then poke the picks into your cupcakes or other treats.

You can also print this onto plain paper and cut strips of faces to wrap around water bottles or other drinks. The kids love “Creeper Juice.”

Minecraft Creeper Face Page

 

Those are all of the printables I made for this Minecraft party. I’ll do a separate post on how I made the dirt and grass blocks. They were cute and delicious (and gluten-free, if you’re concerned with that kind of thing). [UPDATE] Here is the recipe for the Minecraft dirt and grass treats!

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March 3 is Girls’ Day, so Happy Hina Matsuri!

hina dolls

Hina Matsuri is one of the prettiest Japanese holidays, in my opinion. I love the pink colors, and the beautifully elaborate doll displays. Also, it’s a nice reminder that spring is on its way! Here is a little bit of information about Hina Matsuri, if you’re wondering what it’s all about. This is from PingMag.jp:

The overall idea of Hina-matsuri is to wish girls a healthy growth. In a family where a baby girl is born, parents give a set of dolls called “Hina-Ningyo” to the baby at her first Hina-matsuri hoping that she will grow happy, healthy and beautiful. Every year they keep decorating the dolls on the day of Hina-matsuri and hold a party to celebrate the child’s growth with some cake or tiny rice cakes.

I remember those special sweets and treats from a trip my family took to Japan when I was in elementary school. It was such an amazing experience to see, touch, taste, smell, and hear all of the elements of the celebration, especially when we visited the home of some long-lost relatives. I was about ten years old, and it made an indelible impression on my young mind.

Happy Hina Matsuri, everyone!

Here’s my elf dance. Let’s see yours!


You’ve probably seen the OfficeMax commercials for Elf Yourself. It’s a web application that lets you upload your own photo, crop it to fit an elf hat, and then watch yourself do an elf dance with up to three of your friends. Silly, but so fun! I did one with my own face first, and then I made one with my kids (above). Aren’t they cute?!

I’ve heard that people without high speed connections aren’t able to enjoy the show, so keep that in mind. You can see my elf dance here, or make your own. [Edit: Sorry, but the ElfYourself service must have been just for the holidays. It doesn’t work anymore, but it was fun while it lasted!]