Easter – and the school holidays – are approaching rapidly. Stuck for activities to do indoors on a rainy and cold day? Why not get back to basics and decorate your own eggs, with Katy Stoddard’s tutorial below. Photograph: Katy Stoddard

Guests coming over? Run out of gift paper? Overloaded with cards? Some of the most creative interiors minds around (plus a couple of chefs) have the solution. So, for a stress-free Christmas, here’s what to do if…

Photograph: Sarah Morris for the Guardian

Back in 2008, Barack Obama fans were more than happy to get their craft on to elect the US’s first black president. This time around, they’ve not been so eager to crack out their needles. But their lethargy is nothing compared to the poor showing by the GOP’s craft contingent. There are no blogs or Flickr groups dedicated to getting Mitt Romney to the White House, and on the handmade marketplace Etsy there is twice the amount of homemade gear with Obama’s face, logo or slogans splashed across it.

What does this all mean for Tuesday’s polls? Who knows (I’m not sure the incidence of craft is exactly a reliable indicator of political outcomes)? But let’s not allow that to stop us celebrating the fact that there is some cracking craft out there related to this election

Kudos to Jeanette for making this intricate Hope quilt (if you’ve not patchworked before, you won’t have a clue how difficult it is to do something like this. I promise). See more amazing Obama quilts at the American Quilt AlliancePhotograph: Jeanette Thompson

There are so many things that need explaining in this paragraph - Leveson inquiry cake pops:

Ever wanted to bite Rupert Murdoch’s head off? Now you can, with the help of extreme baking website Eat Your Heart Out

Photograph: Thomas Poulsom

Birds made from Lego? Why not.

Lego-enthusiast, avian-admirer and professional tree surgeon Thomas Poulsom has taken inspiration from birds to create this brilliant series of (almost) life-size Lego models. He hopes to persuade the toy company to make his birds into official Lego kits - vote for him at lego.cuusoo.com

Knockout knickers

Jasmine Malone shows you how to make your own pretty panties.

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Naples, Italy: Figurines of Steve Jobs at ‘Maestri Ferrigno’, which opened in 1836. Christmas Alley, as it is known, is considered by many to be the world capital of the Nativity