Think fast: What’s the first thing that comes to mind when someone says Easter?
If you answered church bonnets, Semana Santa, Easter baskets or pernil, you’re not alone. Easter is a festive holiday marked by the start of spring and time spent enjoying good food with family and friends.
Make the most of that time with fun decorative, edible, and activity-based DIY projects made from M&M’s and guaranteed to make your loved ones happy.
More than merely edible, this fun Easter craft for kids also makes a great centerpiece for a buffet table or casual Easter brunch.
You will need:
6 small terra cotta pots
6 colorful cupcake wrappers
6 thin carrots, each at least 5 inches in length, with tops on
6 2-oz. bags M&Ms, green M&M’S separated out
- Paint your pots black and set them aside to dry.
- Once dry, place the pots inside decorative cupcake holders.
- Push the end of one carrot through the small hole in the bottom of the pot so that it is firmly in place and stands upright without support.
- Fill the pot with green M&M’S.
- Repeat with each pot. (Use remaining M&M’S to fill plastic Easter eggs or make Piñata Cupcakes!)
M&Ms Piñata Cupcake
Piñatas are a staple at kids’ parties in Mexico. Surprise your littlest Easter guests with an homage to that great tradition, the M&M’S Piñata Cupcake.
You will need:
Cupcakes – here are some recipes
M&M’S Milk Chocolate Minis
¾ inch circle cutter
- After you’ve baked your cupcakes and allowed them to cool, use your circle cutter to create a hole in the center of the cupcake. It should extend from the top to the bottom of the cupcake.
- Remove the cake inside the circle cutter. Slice off a 1-inch piece and set aside. (You can eat the remainder or toss out.)
- Pack the hole in the cupcake with M&M’S Milk Chocolate Minis.
- Close the hole in the cupcake with the 1-inch slide you set aside in Step 2.
- Ice the cupcake, sprinkle with Mini M&M’S, and serve. (Be sure the recipient eats the cupcake with a fork so the contents don’t explode!)
M&Ms Family Challenge
Of all the things you can DIY, activities that bring the family together – no cell phones, iPads, or game consoles allowed – are the most precious. The M&M’S Family Challenge will spark laughter and sharing and make this Easter one to remember.
You will need:
Several pieces of thick paper (equal to number of family members)
2 to 3 2-lb. bags of Milk Chocolate M&M’S
To create your cards:
- Brainstorm ideas for “sharing.” Examples: What is your favorite family memory? What is your favorite Easter dish? Show us your coolest dance move. Tell your favorite sound and why.
- Select six ideas for sharing from your list, one for each of the M&M colors – brown, yellow, red, orange, green, blue – in a bag of Milk Chocolate M&M’S.
- Draw 6 small circles in a vertical line along the left margin of each piece of thick paper. Be sure to space your circles evenly and distribute them from the top to the bottom of the paper.
- Color each circle according to the six M&M’S colors listed in step 2. (If you are creating your cards on a computer, simply write the words Brown, Yellow, Green, Red, etc. in a vertical line and color them accordingly.)
- Write (or type) one sharing idea beside each circle.
To play the family challenge:
Pour your M&M’S into a bowl and give each family member a paper.
Pass the bowl around the table so one player draws one M&M and shares according to the instructions on the paper beside the color he or she draws.
After sharing, eat the M&M and pass the bowl to the next family member.
Continue playing until there are no more M&M’S.
(Plot twist: If a family member draws the same color a second time, he or she can eat their M&M or assign it to another family member.)