In the build-up to Easter, it’s fun to get crafty with your children and create all sorts go bunny, chick and egg creations. But which crafts are the easiest and most fun to do?
We’ve tested loads out, picked our 5 favourites – and pulled together a step-by-step guide on how to do each one.
Here are 5 of our best tried-and-tested Easter crafts for children
1. Bunny Envelopes
“The cutting out is very easy for little ones and all the pasting is fun, too.” Eileen, mum to Caitlin, 2
- large envelopes
- pens, pencils or crayons
- 3 different colours of card or foam (Caitlin used pink, yellow and green)
How to make your bunny envelope:
- Lick your envelope shut, then turn it to a portrait position.
- Draw a pair of bunny ears on the envelope, leaving room for the face below, and then carefully cut them out.
- Cut out some inner ears from your card or foam and glue into place on the ears.
- Make eyes from 4 circles of card or foam: 2 large circles in one colour, and 2 smaller circles in another colour. Glue the bigger circles to the envelope. Then glue the smaller circles on top.
- Cut out a little foam or card in a heart shape for bunny’s nose.
- Use a pencil, crayon or pen to draw on the mouth. You can also draw on whiskers and goofy teeth, if you like.
Our tester mum’s top crafty tip: “You can make the bunny look up, look down, look to one side or even look cross-eyed by how you position the smaller eye circles.”
2. Easy Marbled Egg
“Making this with Adam was really easy and good fun. I didn’t think it would work as well as it did. Adam had a great time rolling the egg round and watching the pattern take shape.” Debbie, mum of Adam, 5
- acrylic or poster paints
- foil takeaway tray or Tupperware box
- greaseproof paper
- egg cup (Thomas the Tank Engine design optional!)
How to make your easy marbled egg:
- Boil the egg in a saucepan for around 10 minutes, until it is cooked right through. While you’re waiting, squeeze a few blobs of different coloured paints into the takeaway tray or Tupperware box.
- Wait for the egg to cool. Once it’s cooled down, pop it in the tray/Tupperware box and get rolling. Tip the tray from side to side or use your fingers to roll the egg around in the paint.
- Once the egg is completely covered in paint, leave it to dry on greaseproof paper, turning it if necessary, for a few hours or preferably overnight.
Our tester mum’s top crafty tip: “If you’re using acrylic paint, I’d water it down a bit first. Ours took a long time to dry as the coating was so thick!”
3. Gummy Drop Chicks
“This is super-fun to make. The boys were so excited!” Angie, mum of Gabriel, 3 and Alex, 1
- bag of gummy drops or other small sweeties (such as Dolly Mixtures or Jelly Tots)
- sandwich bags
- rubber bands or pipe cleaners
- PVA glue
- orange or yellow pompoms
- orange or yellow card or foam
- googly eyes
How to make your gummy drop chicks:
- Pour the sweeties into the sandwich bags and gather them into 1 corner of the bag. Tie each bag around the top of the sweetie pile with a rubber band or pipe cleaner (this will act as a little necktie for your gummy drop chick).
- Use scissors to trim the excess plastic bag, leaving about 1cm above the band or pipe cleaner. Fan out the top of the sandwich bag as if to open it and then squeeze a generous blob of PVA glue into the middle of the fan. Wait a few seconds for the glue to start drying and then pop a pompom on top. This will be the chick’s head. Leave it to dry.
- To make wings and feet, draw 3 heart shapes on the card or foam. Cut out the 3 hearts and place 2 next to each other on the table – these will be your chick’s feet. Glue the gummy drop filled sandwich bag on top of the feet so that the rounded edges of the hearts are poking out from underneath the chick’s body.
- Cut the 3rd heart in half – these two pieces will be your chick’s wings. Glue 1 to each side of the gummy drop bag.
- From the leftover foam or card, cut a small triangle – this will be the beak. Glue the triangle onto the pompom head.
- Stick on the google eyes.
Our tester mum’s top crafty tip: “Don’t water down the PVA glue – it needs to be sticky to keep the head on!”
4. Painted Egg Place Settings
“This craft is very easy and good fun but very messy!” Eileen, mum of Caitlin, 2
- kitchen roll
- acrylic or poster paint
- ice lolly sticks (1 for every egg)
- kitchen roll
How to make your painted egg place settings:
- Make a small hole at the bottom of the egg and drain out the inside (this is definitely a job for Mum or Dad!) Rinse it out with some water and dry it off with kitchen roll.
- Decorate the eggs however you like with the paint. Paint the whole egg 1 colour or make your own patterns.
- Poke the ice lolly stick through the hole (be careful not to crack the shells) and leave to dry.
- Once dry, write names on the eggs, so they can be used as place settings.
Our tester mum’s top crafty tip: “When you’ve emptied and washed the eggs, leave them to dry for a while if you have time. We put ours in an old egg carton, so all the water inside drained right away.”
5. Finger Paint Card
“This is such a simple, sweet way for a toddler to make a great Easter card for Granny and Grandpa!” Helen, mum of Ed, 2
- A4 card
- yellow, orange green, blue and white paints
- tissue or kitchen roll
How to make your finger paint card
- Folding the A4 card in half.
- Dip an index finger in the yellow paint and dab 2 circles onto the card, almost on top of each other (1 circle is the chick’s body, the other is the head).
- Dip a little finger in the orange paint. Dab the edge of this finger onto the top yellow circle (head) for the beak. Wait for the paint to dry before you use crayons to draw on eyes, legs and wings.
- Use your fingers to ‘paint’ on the blue sky and green grass. While the blue sky is still wet, dip a bit of tissue or kitchen roll into some white paint and dab on the card to make clouds in the sky.
- Write your message across the front of the card.
Our tester mum’s top crafty tip: “Make sure you’ve got lots of tissue handy or even a pack of baby wipes: this craft gets very messy.”