Lots of different craft ideas including decorating easter eggs, how-to make chocolate easter eggs, easter baskets and goodie bags, easter bunnies, and lots of other cool crafts stuff to make for easter
Use hard-boiled eggs for your easter eggs (raw eggs can break if pressed on too hard). Here are a few different ideas for decorating your easter eggs:
- simply use crayons or felt tip markers to draw designs on the eggs
- wet the eggs and place pieces of colored crepe paper on the eggs. When the crepe paper is removed the color will stay behind.
- soak different colors of crepe paper in hot water. Use a different bowl for different colors. Add the egg to the desired color and leave until desired color is reached.
- place the eggs in food colouring with a few drops of vinegar added. Leave the eggs in the dye until they're nicely colored.
- to dye your eggs more than one color just use scotch tape or masking tape to cover parts of the egg and dip into a light colored dye. When the eggs are totally dry leave the tape on but now add more tape and dip them again into a darker color dye. Continue doing this using more tape and darker and darker colored dyes until you have the effect you want. When the dye is totally dry then just peel off all the tape and you'll have beautifully colored easter eggs.
- Place eggs in egg cups. Fill paper cups about halfway with different colors of food coloring. Cut a sponge into small pieces and attach it to a clothespin and dip the sponge into the food coloring. Lightly dab the sponge over the top half of the egg. After the egg is dry then turn the egg over and repeat the procedure.
- Glue stuff on the easter eggs. Some ideas are: sequins, buttons, lace or ribbons, small pressed flowers, decals, stickers, glitter
Natural Easter Egg Dyes
Spring Chicken Yellow
- 1 ts Tumeric
- 2/3 cups Boiling water
- 1/4 ts Vinegar
Wash eggs in mild soapy water to remove oily coating which could prevent dye from sticking. .Add tumeric to boiling water, stir until dissolved. Add vinegar. Simmer for 20 minutes
Easter Bunny Brown
- 1 tb Instant coffee; heaping
- 2/3 cup boiling water
- 1/2 ts Vinegar
Wash eggs in mild soapy water to remove oily coating which could prevent dye from sticking. Add coffee to boiling water, stir until dissolved. Add vinegar. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Orange: Onion skins
Red: beets, raspberries, cranberries, grape juice, or red onions
Yellow: yellow onion skins, Golden Delicious apple peels, orange peels, saffron, lemon peels, shredded carrot, celery seed, walnut shells
Light Blue: frozen blueberries, thawed
Pale Green: spinach
1/4 ts Vinegar
Wash eggs in mild soapy water to remove oily coating which could prevent dye from sticking. Boil eggs with one of the above-listed ingredients. Add 1/4 tsp vinegar to water. Simmer for 20 minutes.
Have mom save and wash the eggshells she uses for making recipes using eggs. Place different colors of food coloring into different cups and dip each shell into a different color. Allow the shells to dry thoroughly and then crush them into tiny pieces. Draw a picture of an easter bunny, easter egg, etc on a piece of constuction paper and spread glue on the picture. Cover the picture with the colored eggshells.
Making Chocolate Easter Eggs:
Find any type of easter-related mould at the store. Melt chocolate and pour it into the mold.
If you have an easter egg mold and want to make a solid egg just fill the two halves with chocolate. After they have hardened, place the two halves together, turn the egg over on its side and holding the two sides together drizzle a thin coating of melted chocolate along the crack to glue the two halves together. Leave the chocolate glue harden by placing something on either side of the egg to hold it upright. When set turn the egg over and repeat the process. To make a hollow easter egg follow the same process but just coat the inside of the molds with chocolate instead of filling them right up.
Trace the outline of your hand with fingers spread out onto black constructiion paper and then have a parent help you cut out the hands and turn them upside down so the four fingers look like the legs and the thumb looks like the head. Then glue cotton balls all over and glue small pieces of white or pink construction paper for the eyes, nose, mouth and toes.
Easter Bunny Basket:
Fold a paper plate in half and staple the sides, leaving it open at the top.
Using any color construction paper, cut out ear shapes and a strap about 12 inches long.
Glue the strap into the opening on the curved side of the plate and glue on the ears to one side of the strap. Using a crayon, color an eye on each side of the plate. Glue on a small pink pom-pom for the nose, and a small black line on either side of the plate for the mouth.
Fill with Easter grass and load up with jelly beans, easter eggs, Hershey kisses, etc.
Brown Bag Bunnies
Trace a picture of a bunny on each side of a brown paper bag.
Glue the two pictures together, leaving the top open.
Stuff with cotton balls or shredded paper. Glue the top closed.
Decorate with paint, markers, lace, trims, pom poms, wiggle eyes, anything you can think of.
Growing Easter Baskets
Take empty 1/2 gallon milk cartons and cut down to about 4" high. With the leftover carton, cut a handle to staple to the basket.
Cover with construction paper and decorate as desired.
Fill about 2/3 full with potting soil, then generously cover with grass seed.
Water daily; grass will appear in 4-6 days.
Fill easter basket with decorated eggs.
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