How to Turn a Messy Sideboard into a Delicious Spring Centerpiece

Many thanks to ALDI for inspiring me to turn my messy sideboard into a delicious spring centerpiece! While I was compensated to write this post, the opinions are, as always, all mine.

Welcome spring with a delicious spring centerpiece using chocolates, printables, and flowers.

How to Turn a Messy Sideboard into a Delicious Spring Centerpiece

Spring is the perfect time to take a long hard look at your house and jump into cleaning and decluttering. I admit that I sometimes have a problem with piles. Getting to them is always on my list…it’s just never very high up and I can always find an excuse for not tackling my clutter.

Create a fun Easter Display with chocolates, bulbs and printables. How cute is this

Take, for instance, my sideboard. While I don’t have an official sideboard per se, I do have an IKEA cart that I use plan to use as one. Instead of having a cute little sideboard area, thought, my cart is most often just a mess –  piled “important” papers, school book, blogging supplies, and more. I recently cleared off ALL of the clutter and finally turned it into the cute sideboard I had envisioned in my brain! I repurposed items I found around my house and used a free printable picture I found at On Sutton Place, hyacinth bulbs, and ALDI Choceur Easter chocolates.


I love the ALDI Choceur Easter chocolates, because, in addition to being about the cutest little things I’ve ever seen, they are also made in Germany and are UTZ certified (which means they are made with sustainable cocoa). I really appreciate ALDI’s commitment to environmentally responsible practices.  It makes me a happy ALDI shopper.

For my “sideboard” transformation, I picked up ALDI’s Choceur Premium Chocolate Easter Bunnies for $1.99 each, Choceur Hollow Chocolate Easter Eggs for $2.99 a bag, Choceur Solid Milk Chocolate Eggs for $1.69 a bag, and cute little Choceur hollow bunnies & duckies for $1.99 a bag.

Spring Easter Display Ikea Cart Hack

I was thrilled to use the ALDI Easter chocolates for decor, as I always put them in goodie baskets for Easter. I love them so much and I knew they would be beautiful to add to my spring centerpiece. I’m always thrilled when items have more than one purpose!

 Here’s what I did to transform my messy cart into a delicious spring centerpiece:


First, I removed everything from my cart and gave most of it a new home. Yes – that is seriously what my cart looked like before. Don’t judge me; I’m just keeping it real here! Then, I went on a shopping trip around my house. I picked up a beverage dispenser and added paper grass filled it with the large hollow chocolate eggs. I turned the beverage dispenser’s spout to face the wall so it looks like a large glass jar instead of a beverage dispenser. I put small solid chocolate eggs and more paper grass in a quart sized Mason jar. After googling free Easter printables, I found a gorgeous “Think Spring” picture at On Sutton Place and printed it out. An old frame that used to house a mirror became the perfect new home.

When I went outside to feed my chickens, I found a lovely piece of wood that I set the chocolate Easter bunnies on. My daughter schlepped that wood home from Missouri last fall and it is absolutely perfect in my Easter centerpiece! Finally, I added a piece of burlap and a few hyacinth bulbs for the final touches! I’m really thrilled with the transformation of my old IKEA cart and love its new, fresh spring look!

Welcome spring with a delicious spring centerpiece using chocolates, printables, and flowers.

So, are you ready to transform a mess into something pretty and delicious? I hope you’re inspired! And seriously, add some of those cute ALDI chocolates to your decor or your kids’ Easter baskets. You won’t be disappointed. 🙂 


15 Fun Science Experiments Using Eggs!

Looking for hands-on and fun science experiments to do with your kids? These 15 ideas using eggs are easy to accomplish and can help teach your kids the scientific method.

Fun Science Experiments
Easter’s a great time to bust out the eggs and learn a little science! We’ve done quite a few of these projects already but I’m always shocked to learn about all the amazing things you can do with eggs. Check out this awesome list of science activities that all ages of kids (and adults too) will enjoy!

15 Fun Science Experiments Using Eggs
Egg & Science Experiment

The Floating Eggs Experiment – Layer of Learning

How to make bouncy eggs – Parenting Chaos

The Naked Egg Experiment – The Science Kiddo

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How to Dye Easter Eggs with Kool-Aid

A few years ago, we used natural material to dye Easter Eggs. I thought about doing that this year, but when I looked through my panty and cupboard, I couldn’t come up with much to use and I really didn’t want to spend any money to dye eggs this year. Instead, I found a whole bunch of kool-aid packets I got for free last year after sales and coupons. We used it last year to dye beautiful Waldorf silks, but I had a bunch left over. Since I won’t let my kids drink the nasty stuff (mean mom…), I decided to use it up on Easter Eggs!

To make your own Easter Egg Kool-Aid dye – just mix a packet of Kool-Aid with one warm cup water. I also added a splash of vinegar, but I don’t think that’s necessary.  You don’t need to leave the eggs in the dye very long. If you leave them in the dye for a while, the water starts to bubble and they get speckled. It’s almost like the vinegar is eating the color. I’m sure it’s some sort of chemical reaction with the vinegar…but I’m not a scientist and don’t know. If you happen to know, leave a comment! Our very speckled ones were left in the dye for 10 minutes.

We colored some of them with a white crayon first to get designs.

We used mason jars and slowly lowered the eggs with spoons.

Flat Stanley came to visit from St. Louis and wanted to help dye eggs before he goes home.

Of course, anytime the camera comes out, my kids get silly…

Our eggs! The red ones on yarn are eggs we did last year! We’re not finished yet. The kids would like to blow a few eggs and dye them for the Easter tree we’re working on. Pictures when it’s finished!

Do you dye eggs? What technique do you use?

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