I might have went overboard, but enjoyed every single minute of creating gifts for my kids for their Easter trays. It was a bit hard to sneak it in to my schedule while the kids were awake, but my hubby knew how important it was for me to do it. I hope that this is the beginning of a new tradition.
The wooden tray: I purchased these from Hobby Lobby and used to use them for soap displays at the market. We don't use them anymore and have a lot of them.
The peg dolls: I made a gnome, fairy, and a baby for each kid. The embellishments are made out of felt. I had printed felt with butterflies on them and that worked perfectly for the wings. After Easter, the kids added clothes and wings to their gnomes and babies. They made little houses and food for them.
The felt eggs: These are made out of felt and a glue gun. I was going to sew them, but my machine isn't that strong. They fit a little candy and/or treat in them. Now the kids are using them as blankets for their peg dolls.
The nest: Stick wreaths I had in my craft closet just waiting to be used for the last 2 years. Perfect for fairy nests! I added a couple of star anise for a decoration.
The kids loved all of it! The best part was that there was nothing to clean up. No plastic wrapping, no twistie ties, no plastic grass, no last minute filler toys with teenie tiny pieces that would eventually end up in the garbage.
Read my post here about no plastic: http://www.nakedbeautybathandbody.com/3/post/2013/04/i-shook-on-it-no-more-plastic.html