Rising springtime temperatures and the arrival of budding trees and daffodils can only mean one thing in Georgia: Easter is just around the corner! Below are a few fun craft ideas to do with the kids to celebrate this special time of year!
Easter Egg Button Décor
Buttons have been making a comeback in crafts recently and crafters have been getting more and more creative with incorporating buttons into decorations. For this project you’ll need:
~Assortment of buttons in three colors
~1 sheet white cardstock
~Glue (Elmer’s or Hot)
~Picture Frame (If Desired)
– image via A Cultivated Nest
*Outline a large egg shape onto a piece of cardstock and lightly divide the egg up into three different sections: top, middle, and bottom. Assign each section one of the button colors and allow each child to start gluing the buttons to the cardstock. Giving each child their own section of color will allow them to (hopefully) work without any squabbles with siblings and will also showcase their talent and difference in age.
*For little ones, consider taking over the glue and asking them to put a button on each dot of glue that you put down. After drying, hang this piece of art on the fridge or pop it in an old frame for some instant spring decoration!
Toilet Roll Rabbits
If you have kids you know that you go through a lot of toilet paper! Instead of tossing the toilet paper rolls into the trash, consider saving them for this ultra-cute project! For this project you’ll need:
1 toilet paper roll
2 sheets of cardstock (choose different colors)
1 sheet black cardstock
2 googly eyes
–image via Prima
*Cut one color of your paper long enough to wrap around the toilet paper roll. Be sure to allow enough extra paper at the ends of the tube so that you can wrap the paper around the edge. Glue that paper into place. Next, draw two ears and two feet on the other sheet of paper. Cut those out and glue the ears to the inside of the top of the roll and the feet to the bottom of the roll. Stand up the roll on its edge to make it look like the rabbit is sitting with its feet tucked underneath.
*Kids can then paint the rabbit using a q-tip as a dabber. Allow them to dab the paint in polka dots all around the body and ears of the rabbit without painting the feet. Cut 6 short strips of black cardstock. Once the paint dries, glue on the eyes and black strips of cardstock to look like whiskers just below the eyes: 3 strips on the left and 3 strips on the right. Cover the button in paper and glue the button nose onto the central point where the whiskers touch.
This is a great project that will look so adorable sitting on a shelf or as a seating placement at your Easter dinner. Kids will enjoy that they get to paint and you’ll save money by repurposing things from around the house.
Yarn Easter Eggs
Another fun project to do with older kids is to create large Easter egg décor perfect to put out on a porch or patio. For this project you’ll need:
~5-6 latex balloons
~1 bottle modge podge
~Variety of different colored yarn
-image via Craft Whack
*Blow the balloons up to be the size of the egg.
*Pour some modge podge into a shallow pan.
*Wrap the yarn around the balloon in a criss cross and diagonal pattern so that the yarn covers all areas of the balloon. Allow the balloon to dry out in the Georgian sun and be sure to turn the balloons over so that the bottom of the balloon can dry as well.
Please see full detail on craft at Craft Whack – link above.
Popsicle Stick Chicks
No Easter would be complete without a baby chicken craft! Make this cute craft with the following materials:
~1 sheet of yellow paper
~1 sheet of orange paper
~5 popsicle sticks
~Yellow craft paint
~Small foam paint brush
–image via Play Ideas
*First, paint 5 popsicle sticks yellow on one side and around the edges. While that is drying, trace and cut out your child’s handprints on the sheet of yellow paper. Also cut a small circle to make the head of the chick. Cut two small legs and a small triangle from the orange paper to make the legs and beak of the chick.
*Configure the popsicle sticks into a triangle form by overlapping and gluing the ends of the popsicle sticks on top of each other. *Once dry, cut a triangle piece of paper and attach to the back of the sticks to form the body of the chick.
*Glue the circle to the top of the triangle and mark two eyes with the black marker. Glue the beak underneath the eyes and add the legs to the bottom popsicle stick. Finally, glue your child’s hands to the back of the chick on each side to look like feathers. You’ll end with a darling Easter craft that incorporates your child’s hand prints: perfect for an Easter gift!
Easter is a great holiday to get crafting with your kids and the possibilities are endless in celebrating this time of year. Look for easy crafts to do with little ones and more sophisticated home decoration crafts to do with older kids. Include your kids in the preparation of Easter by making their crafts the centerpiece of the Easter dining table.
Kath Johnson is a loving mother, avid gardener, and regional representative for LawnStarter Atlanta. When she’s not tending to her organic vegetable garden, she can be found exploring nature by bike or boat.
AlpharettaMoms is working with Kath Johnson as a contributing author. We thank her for her article on fun Easter crafts!