When American Girl came out with their Spring Releases my daughters and I got very excited over the double boiler and egg decorating set. Making chocolates is a huge activity over any holiday in our home. Good Friday is always reserved for a family egg decorating get together. However, when we started looking at Kit’s double boiler set we were disappointed at the price and the fact that Kit hates pink…why would American Girl make Kit a pink dress? The egg decorating set is very cute, but my daughters wanted something a bit more realistic….and at a cheaper cost. Here is what I surprised them with…
I made two different double boilers. The first one is made out of two coffee scoops stacked on top of each other. I found these scoops at WalMart. The second double boiler has a base that is a glass tea-lite candle holder. I made the handle out of a clear plastic fork. The next step you will need help from an adult: I took a lighter and briefly ran it back and forth under the handle of the fork where I wanted to cut…this only takes a few seconds. Once this handle is soft I cut it with a pair of scissors. Doing this keeps the cut smooth and the utensil from cracking. Then with glass glue I glued the handle to the candle holder; I added a clear pony bead above and below the handle to keep it secure. The top of this double boiler is a small spice dish / condiment bowl. The lids are made out of recycled packaging plastic. I used a silver sharpie on the outer edge for detailing. I stacked pony beads and buttons for handles. I filled each bottom pot with clear resin, once dried a swirled gloss mod-podge on top to give a look of boiling water.
I used oven baked clay for the chocolates. I used a regular candy mold for the chocolates. I brushed each mold with cornstarch before pressing the clay into the mold; doing this will help with the release of the clay from the mold. I baked the clay according to the directions on the package.
I used oven baked clay for the chocolates. I used a regular candy mold for the chocolates. I brushed each mold with cornstarch before pressing the clay into the mold; doing this will help with the release of the clay from the mold. I baked the clay according to the directions on the package. Once cooled, I painted the white clay a shade of vanilla. I then put a layer of matte mod-podge over all the clay. The chocolate melting chips were made out of clay as well. I used a large straw as my cutter. I also took clay and made the “melted chocolate.” I used paint to spread on the spoons to look as if the doll was stirring the chocolate.
The extra treats were so much fun to make too. I found bubble gum eggs at my local dollar store; the containers were perfectly sized for dolls. I removed the gum and made new labels. The little plastic eggs were found at Michaels craft store. The egg cups are lids to bead containers. The food dye containers are jars that contained nail art beads found at the dollar store. I filled the egg cups and mini jars with colored resin. The bottle dye holder is the plastic part of an orange push up. I cut the center pole down and glued a tri-bead on top. I made the red and black wax pencils and white crayon out of shish-kabob skewers cut down and colored in with sharpies. The plastic eggs were decorated with nail stickers and a white marker pen. The egg scoops are made from actual scoops; using wire cutters, I cut the smaller end off and then used needle nose pliers and bent the cut ends over. For even more detail I cut down a paper towel into doll sized ones. I placed a fingertip of resin dye onto the paper towel to resemble the drying eggs. You don’t have to use resin for this craft; you could use any type of paint too.
The Easter cookies were made with Wilton Mini Spring Cutters. I baked the clay according to directions on package. I frosted with puffy fabric paint. The glass bunny was bought as a set at LillianVernon.com.
I love how it all turned out! The dolly baskets are full….and my daughters are ecstatic! Enjoy!