Category Archives: Spring

Are you looking for some free printables for spring? Then you’ve found the right page to discover ours. Whether you’re after Easter Bunny letters, May Day crafts or simply something to celebrate the spring season, we hope you’ll find a printable you like among the posts below.

Eggstraordinary! Beautiful and Unusual Easter Eggs

As we skip around the internet on our run-up-to-Easter coffee breaks, we can’t help noticing some weird and wonderful Easter eggs.  So we thought we’d share them with you.

Knitted Easter Eggs

There seem to be all sorts of knitted Easter eggs around (the picture below shows some from Poland) and when you think about it, they’re probably a great idea.  Sure, you could carefully create the gorgeous work-of-art type of knitted egg but you could also knit a more practical variety.  Soft, washable, and easy to pack away without breakage to use again next year.

Knitted Easter Eggs
Knitted Easter Eggs

Want to have a go? Here’s a free Easter egg knitting pattern from Little Cotton Rabbits.

Perforated Easter Eggs

These are just beautiful.  As if ordinary eggs weren’t fragile enough, these must be as delicate as you can get.

Perforated Eggs

You can make you’re own – even if they’re not quite as elaborate as those above. Like everything else worth doing, it just takes practice and time.

So how do you make them? Surprisingly, we couldn’t find that many online guides but it’s quite well described on this blog – the pictures help too.  (Tip: You may need to use Google Translate if the text doesn’t display in English.)  The biggest hurdle is that you’ll need a handheld milling machine of some kind to make the holes in the eggshell.  If you’re an ardent crafter whose got one already though, just bleach and blow some eggs then perforate away.

Embroidered Easter Eggs

For anyone handy with a needle and thread, here’s another charming idea.  I’m fairy useless at embroidery but these make me wish I wasn’t.

Embroidered Eggs

Look carefully and you can see how these are done. Eggs are blown, bleached then embroidered with a needle and colourful thread – often embroidery silks.  If you’re a beginner it may be easier to use goose eggs rather than duck or chicken eggs, as they are bigger and their shell is less fragile.

Straw Easter Eggs

Or rather, Easter eggs decorated with bits of straw.  Isn’t that clever?  And pretty too.

straw-easter-eggs

Fabergé Egg

Okay so you can’t craft this one, (or if you can you’re either a wizard or a genius), but we thought we’d mention it regardless.  After all, who can think of beautiful eggs without thinking House of Fabergé.  This one’s called the Winter Egg and in 1913 it was the most expensive Easter egg ever made.

Winter Egg by Fabergé

What Does the Easter Bunny Do?

Easter Bunny
The Easter Bunny

It’s a good question because around the world in different countries and even within different families in the same country, the answer varies quite a bit.

So, in our ever-growing global village, who is today’s Easter Bunny?

Here’s what we know…

Bunny Basics

Most of us, however, have the following rabbity experiences in common:

1. The Easter Bunny visits every Easter Eve.  (That’s the night before Easter rather than the day itself – like Christmas Eve.)

2. The Easter Bunny doesn’t visit grown-ups.  Sorry.

3. The Easter Bunny leaves presents.  Usually sweets or chocolate or both.

chocolate-easter-eggs

In some cultures, she also leaves toys, money, flowers and painted eggs.

money-flowers-easter-gifts

She doesn’t always leave his gifts in the same place.  In some houses he pops sweets into Easter baskets, boxes or bonnets (the ones your children made earlier, unless as in our family, you forgot to organise that one and had to rush out and buy the nearest thing the same night.  Easter flower pots were what we had last year.)

Fortunately if you haven’t had time to make a container of any kind,  he can also leave treats in a basket he made himself.  (Ours will definitely be doing that this time around.)

Easter-basket

Occasionally, the Easter Bunny also likes to leave her eggs in an Easter nest.

easter-nest

In other homes, she hides chocolate all around the house/garden so that the children wake up to an Easter egg hunt.  (A quick tip here – don’t let your Easter Bunny hide a cream egg anywhere it can be stepped into the carpet.  Cleaning up quite such a sticky mess does not put an Easter smile upon your face.  We speak from experience!)

4. The Easter Bunny can be male or female.  (In our house she’s always been female, as you might have gathered.)

5. The Easter Bunny is magical.  Obviously.  After all, she gets in without a key and manages to bring treats to all the good boys and girls in the world in one night.

6. Though often depicted as white, the Easter Bunny can be any colour.  She sometimes carries an Easter basket full of chocolate or painted eggs.  She isn’t generally depicted wearing an Easter Bonnet, which, when you think about it, is a bit of a pity.

easter-bunny-in-a-bonnet

Paws for Thought – Bunny Differences

There are of course, some ways in which Easter Bunny traditions differ wildly.  Here are a few examples:

In Australia, the Easter Bilby is sometimes the visitor of choice to deliver the children’s Easter eggs.  Due to the environmental impact of rabbits and the need to support the endangered (and very cute) bilby, many Australians would like to see it replace the Easter Bunny altogether.

Easter Bilby
Easter Bilby

In France the magical Flying Bells (les cloches volantes) deliver the eggs instead of a bunny.  The idea is that shortly before Easter, all the church bells fly away to Rome and then on their way back, they drop the eggs with which they have been blessed while in the holy city.  (We’ve never been in France over Easter but it seems as though if you’re out and about on Easter Eve, it may pay to take an umbrella.)

Easter in France: Flying Bells
Easter in France: Flying Bells

If you’re wondering how the Easter Bunny gets around the world on the night before Easter, there are different traditions about that too.  Some say that she has a secret network of tunnels running all around the world – even under the oceans.  If you like that idea, this free printable letter from her backs it up.

Easter Bunny on her way around the world
The Easter Bunny on her way around the world through his secret network of tunnels.

There are those who say that like Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny travels in a sleigh but instead of reindeer, it is pulled by magical flying hedgehogs.

We’ve also heard tell that he travels on the back of an Easter dragon – which is a rather lovely idea – and on the more outlandish side, that she owns a giant magical flying carrot.  And after all, why not?  It could be quite useful.  No need to stop for snacks if you can simply take a bite out of your vehicle as you glide around the globe.

Easter-Bunny-riding-Magical-Carrot

However she gets around, you can be sure it’s the dead of night and that she doesn’t need a Rudolph-type helper to see in the dark.  Not with all those carrots she eats!

 

 

Valentine’s Day Printables

Happy Valentine's DayValentine’s Day is always a difficult one for us because as you’ve probably realised if you’re reading this, our site is geared towards kids’ printables.  Generally speaking, we find most people don’t think of it as a celebration for children.  Once upon a time, it was deemed to be a day for the lonely-hearted to find the courage to secretly send a card to someone they admired.  Over the last couple of decades however, it seems to have morphed into a day which emphasises the celebration of love between couples.  Either way, it’s still largely one for the grown-ups.

Having said all this, we do often get requests for something to print out for the children… so perhaps the whole day is becoming something of a family affair.  For those of you who have asked, here is a small collection of what we do have in the way of printables suitable for Valentine’s Day.  We hope you enjoy them and of course, that your day is filled with love.

Write a Poem for Valentine’s Day:

Poetry is a traditional part of Valentine’s Day and you may want to find one online or write your own inside a card.  If you’ve no idea where to start, you could always take look back into history.  For example, have you ever heard a rhyme which starts, “Roses are red, violets are blue”?  Well, its roots are probably older than you think.  It has been traced back to a very long poem called “The Faerie Queene”, which was written by a man named Edmund Spenser and published in England in 1590.   Just shy of a couple of hundred years later, a more modern take on the rhyme appeared in a collection of English nursery rhymes called Gammer Gurton’s Garland:

The rose is red, the violet’s blue,
The honey’s sweet, and so are you.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,
And Fortune said it shou’d be you.

Obviously given its age, the verse above is now in the public domain, so feel free to use it yourself in any way you choose.  Or, like so many before you, you could copy the first two lines then write your sweetheart a special version it to keep for their very own.   We can’t think of a more romantic gift!

 

Popular Printables for Spring

Every so often, we create a quick list of the most popular printables around the Rooftop Post site.  Obviously, what people find useful  changes from season to season but here’s what  our visitors are downloading so far this spring:

Spring Party Bags

spring-party-bags

 Printable party bags for Easter or spring parties.  All you need to do is print, fold, then stick together with tape or glue.

Easter Colouring

Printable spring pictures for kids to colour in.

Easter Bunny Note:
Be Good Until Easter

A magical little note from the Easter Bunny reminding your child to be good until Easter.

Pastel Alphabet Bunting

Perhaps it’s the soft spring colours that make our printable pastel alphabet bunting a popular download at this time of year.

Tooth Fairy Notes

Notes from the Tooth Fairy

These little notes from the Tooth fairy never stop being popular, no matter what the time of year.  At the moment, they are among our top five most visited pages.