The warmth and renewal of spring really gets the creative juices flowing. Break away from the dyed Easter eggs and try these unique craft projects that are just as much fun for mom as they are for the kids.
“Advent” Calendar. At Christmastime, many use advent calendars to count down the days to the big holiday. Why not create a similar calendar for Easter? This whimsical craft only requires a few inexpensive supplies to create. First, remove the lid from an old egg carton. You can let the kids paint the outside of it if desired. Next, fill each divot (where the eggs normally sit) with a little toy, piece of candy or other treat. You can fill all 12 slots for well under $10. Next, cover the top edges of the egg carton with white glue and apply a sheet of tissue paper to cover it completely. Finally, add cutout numbers (1-12) to the divots. Now the kids just punch through the tissue paper starting 12 days before Easter to reveal a special little surprise each time.
Jelly Bean Mosaics. Purchase jelly beans in a variety of colors. Next use a piece of cardboard to draw a simple design. Easter eggs, rainbows and flowering trees are all good examples. Now glue the jelly beans mosaic style to the cardboard. White glue works just fine. Let the creation dry and you have a beautiful (and great smelling) piece of Easter artwork.
Mesh Easter Eggs. This somewhat messy craft is as much fun to make as it is to display. You will need white string, a balloon, white glue and glitter. Pour about half a cup of the white glue into a plastic container. Add about a teaspoon of glitter and stir to combine. Blow the balloon up until it is about the size of a softball. (Water balloons work especially well for this.) Next, place about a yard or so of string in the glue mixture, coating it completely. Remove excess glue by pulling it through your thumb and forefinger. Now get creative! Just wrap the balloon over and over again with the string until the entire string is wrapped around the balloon. Be sure to cross back over the string to create a “mesh” look. Let the string dry overnight. Then just pop the balloon and remove it. You are left with a lovely, unique mesh Easter egg.
Easter Grass Nest. You will need a lovely place to display your colored Easter eggs and this craft fits the bill. All you need are basket-style coffee filters, Easter grass and glue. Using a paintbrush (or your fingers!) spread white glue all over the inside and outside of the coffee filter. Next, press wads of the Easter grass onto the coffee filter, covering it completely. Let the filter dry in the basket shape and you have a super cute “nest” for your Easter eggs.
Jelly Bean Bracelet. Jelly beans, and all their wonderful colors, work great as beads for creating a cute Easter bracelet. Using a large needle, string jelly beans onto elastic string. When you have your jelly beans strung on the elastic (available at craft stores), tie it securely and then use a dollop of hot glue to make sure your knot stays. Sure it will only last one season, but you’ll want to make new ones next year anyway.
Easter is a great holiday to celebrate by making fun crafts with your kids. Use these unique ideas for awesome Easter crafts. What Easter project will you tackle?