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Monday, April 7, 2014

Easter Crafts for Kids


Easter Garland
Our fun Easter garland is also an engaging hands-on project for the whole family! For extra Easter fun, tuck little treats inside the eggs before hanging, then invite kids to choose a critter to open for a sweet surprise. Make the garland: Use black and pink dimensional paint to draw facial features on one half of a plastic egg; let dry. Cut bunny ears, bird wings, and beaks from felt; glue pieces to eggs. Add white pom-poms for bunny tails. Insert a length of wire through the holes in the bottom of the plastic eggs, bending the ends into small loops to create feet. For the garland, cut a piece of string or yarn to the desired length. Using a needle, thread on pom-poms, buttons, and birds or bunnies.











Egg-Bunny Craft
Older kids will love putting together these hippity-hoppity Easter bunnies! Apply strips of double-stick tape to plastic eggs. Starting at the top, wrap the egg in white yarn until fully covered. Tuck end in. Cut felt shapes to make the ears, feet, and eyes (use black marker for the dots on the eyes); glue to egg. Cut pieces of fishing line and glue to egg for whiskers. Glue a small pink pom-pom for a nose and a medium white pom-pom for the tail.













Easter Carrot Pens
Your Easter bunnies will love these papier-mache-covered pens. Start by taping sprigs of plastic greenery to a pen. Mold aluminum foil around the pen to form a tapered carrot shape. Secure with masking tape. In a bowl, whisk 1/2-cup flour into 1/2-cup water. Dip strips of newspaper into the mixture, then wrap around the foil. When the foil is covered, let dry completely. To get the best color, first paint each pen white and let dry, then paint it orange. Using a fine paintbrush and brown paint thinned with water, decorate the carrot with little dots and lines.













Easter Egg People
Replicate the whole family for a fun Easter display! Using decorative kraft paper, cut out details, such as a hair bow, tie, collars, and buttons. Glue them onto blown-out eggs. For curly hair, coil paper strips around a pencil. Heart-shape cutouts glued to the bottom of egg cups make shoes, and googly eyes add a finishing touch.














Button-Embellished Easter Basket
Dig through your spare button stash for this so-easy kid's Easter craft. Choose a simple wooden basket, and glue buttons in all sizes and colors onto it for a unique and colorful look. When you're finished, let the basket dry completely, then wrap a bright ribbon around the handle and tie it in a bow for a finishing touch.














Lightbulb Lamb Figurines
These little lambs are adorable! Let your older kids create this cute Easter craft and recycle burnt-out lightbulbs (and you don't need many supplies to get them looking their best!). Paint a standard lightbulb white and let dry. Add a face with pink paint, then add more facial features with black and white paint. Wrap the metal screw top with white yarn to give the sheep a hat, then glue on black pom-poms for the feet and finish with a bow. Let kids decorate their lambs with other crafty embellishments, such as glitter or paint if desired.












Bottle-Cap Chick Napkin Rings
Kids will love helping out with setting the Easter table if it means they get to use these adorable napkin rings! To make, paint a bottle cap yellow and let dry. Use a black paint marker to add eyes and a small orange triangle of paper for the beak. Add a yellow feather to the back of the bottle cap, and glue the chick to a piece of wide ribbon about 4-1/2 inches long. Glue a second smaller ribbon to the back to tie the napkin ring together.







Embroidery-Floss Egg Garland
For an Easter craft the whole family can enjoy, try this easy garland of embroidery-floss Easter eggs. Prepare a bowl of stiffener mixture (we used 1 cup of liquid starch mixed with 1/2 cup of flour) and gently coil embroidery floss into the bowl. Blow up a water balloon to the desired size of your egg, and wrap the floss around the balloon, using multiple colors if desired. Let the finished product dry for several hours, then pop the balloon to reveal your egg. Hang several eggs with another strand of floss by tying the floss to the top of each egg.

Paint-Chip Easter Egg Art
This pretty Easter artwork can be made on the cheap with free paint-chip samples from home improvement stores. Have kids pick out a variety of colors to use, then cut them out using our egg and bunny templates (available below). Attach the paint-chip eggs to a 12x12-inch piece of scrapbook paper with adhesive foam dots. Frame the paper and hang for a so-simple crafty Easter decoration.

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