With all the time we’ve been spending at home, you might already have craft projects coming out of your ears.
But if you need a few new ideas, SJ at Ryedale Mumbler has put together this fab blog. She’s tried lots of these out herself and included some you could easily send to relatives, or use to decorate your window sills.
Have fun and let me know which ones are your favourite! Need more ideas for celebrating Easter at home? Find activities, recipes, games and more on our Easter at Home page.
Fork painting! This definitely our favourite, all created with paint and the back of a fork! You could also do an Easter egg, sheep, bunny – the possibilities are endless!
Butterfly Fold the paper and snip… Drawer the butterfly and starting on the outside of the wings, stick on. Finally, add the body and draw on the antennae, not forgetting to “fluff” up the folded wings!
Sheep Draw a sheep onto a paper plate, stick on the balls of cotton wool and colour the ears and feet, then stick on the eyes and mouth!
Bird Draw a bird shape on cardboard and cut out. Stick the template onto another piece of cardboard and fill with PVA glue. Stick seeds, lentils, grains of corn, pasta, rice (anything) on to decorate the bird and draw on the legs!
Stained glass eggs Cut out an egg on black paper and cut out the patterns. Stick tissue paper onto the egg to decorate and place in the window, watching the light shine through.
Loo roll animals We all seem to have a fair few loo rolls around… so here are a few ideas. You can make loads of animals with them… rabbits, chicks, ladybirds, caterpillars and much more! Wrap the loo roll in crepe paper and stick on the attachments to make it real! Don’t forget the googly eyes!
Easter Egg & Easter Bunny Designs
See who can design the best Easter Egg or Easter Bunny. You can decorate these however you wish; we used Washi tape, and felt tips. Once they are done, the rabbits can also be used as Easter bunting.
Here are some templates to use and print off….
Paper Plates and Easter Baskets
Take a paper plate and cut out a semicircle from the middle of the plate (see below). Next, draw several egg shapes on a piece of paper and decorate them using colouring pens or crayons. Then, stick onto the reverse side of the basket. You can also decorate the basket. This is a really easy task for all ages (with adult supervision for younger kids).
Paper Plate Easter Wreath
Take a paper plate and cut out a complete circle from the middle, leaving an outside edge (which will form the basis of your wreath). Then, draw some egg shapes (all the same size, use a homemade template to draw around) onto a piece of paper or card, and decorate them. Stick the eggs to the paper plate circle to make your wreath.
Paper Plate Chicks in a Basket
Cut a paper plate in half. Cut out some chick shapes and find any accessories you have to decorate. Then, stick the chicks in the basket. Feathers are great for this craft if you have any!
Lollipop Easter Friends
Make Easter lollipops using a lolly stick, pipe cleaners, paper and pens.
Handmade bunches of flowers
Tulips These are really easy – younger children will need a bit of help with the cutting but older ones will be able to have a go. Cut out the leaves and make the flower by cutting out the shape and folding 3 times. We used a green plastic straw (type with the bendy bit) which we won’t be buying again to help the environment – but we have them so we are using them up!
Daffodils Again very easy, and the children could decorate them with patterns, glitter, sticks etc. All you need is a lolly stick, petals (younger ones may need help cutting out), a circle and a cup case. The children loved using the glue sticks to assemble.
Handprint Flowers A lovely gift to make with your younger children. All you need is some paint in Mummy’s favourite colour and some green pipe cleaners. Make handprints with the little ones, allow to dry, cut them out and then attach to the pipe cleaners and add a card.
Fold the green paper in half and staple into a circle (top and bottom) then use the scissors to cut down (leave bottom 1 – 2 cm intact). It depends on how old your children are as to how much you will have to do. Then, they can decorate with stickers.
Finger Painted Cards Finger printing is so easy and lots of fun without the same mess – there are loads on Pinterest. We have made cards to send to people for Easter to keep in touch at this difficult time.
This is so much fun and so easy. All you need is the plant pot, seeds, compost, stick, something to decorate. You could have a competition over social media with your friends? We are very busy growing sweet peas and sunflowers as well as vegetables. The children can decorate the “flag” (what my kids call it) how they wish. They could decorate the pot too!
Fingerprint keepsakes are made from baking soda clay or salt dough. They are really easy and inexpensive to make. You could even mount them on a card or attach them to a bunch of Mum’s favourite flowers.
To make the clay you will need:
1 cup bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1/2 cup corn flour (corn starch)
3/4 cup of warm water
Simply add the bicarb and then the cornflour into a pan and then add the warm water. Stir over a medium heat until bubbles form and the mixture starts to pull away from the side of the pan,
Allow the dough to cool for a few minutes before giving it a kneed.
You can use the dough warm or cold. Create your shapes and press the fingerprints and make a hole for the ribbon before baking at 80 C for about 2 hours, turning once. Paint the next day once they have dried thoroughly.
*** Pictures courtesy of Pinterest and Mumbler’s own ***