Make some personalized placemats for each of the friends or family members that will be attending your Easter dinner! You can use photos, personal artwork, or Easter cards to make each placemat super special!
Select some special pictures from magazines, Easter cards, photos, or your own art collection, Cut them out in different and fun shapes. Glue the cut-outs onto a piece of light cardboard or construction paper in a decorative fashion.
Cover your collage with clear contact paper to seal the placemat. Be sure to date and sign it! Use your personalized placemats for your Easter dinner!
Grow a miniature meadow in an Easter basket! This is a simple idea that kids will love!
A week before Easter line a large Easter basket with plastic wrap and fill with vermiculite (about 2-inches deep). Sprinkle wheat seed on top of the vermiculite. Put the basket in the sink and add water until the seed bed is damp. You shouldn't have to water it again before Easter.
Set the basket in a pan and place in filtered sunlight. Cover loosely with plastic wrap or a clear plastic bag to keep moist. Remove the plastic after two days. The wheat should begin to sprout during the next few days. By Easter morning you'll have real Easter grass to hide your eggs in.
This is an Easter classic! Use a plastic strawberry holder to make an adorable Easter Egg basket!
Cut horizontal strips from the construction paper, about 1/2 inch thick. Starting at the bottom of the container, weave the paper strips in and out of the holes in the plastic. Work your way to the top, until the entire container is covered with the colored paper. When completed with all the strips glue the ends of the strips together to hold in place.
Use the pipecleaner or ribbon to make a handle for your basket, and fill with Easter "grass!" Now you're ready for your egg hunt!
Here is another option for a homemade Easter basket! This one is made with a small milk or juice container.You'll need:
Close the top of the empty carton. Position the carton on its side with the top closed edge vertical. Then on the side which is facing up, cut along the two long edges and the bottom edge. Hold flap up slightly and cut it to form two rabbit ears pointing away from the pointed end of carton.
Cover the entire outer part of the carton with cotton balls including the ears. Use a small piece of yarn to make outline of pink for the inner ear. Glue the googly eyes and pom-pom nose on to the pointed end of the carton. Use an extra cotton ball to make a tail. Fill your basket with Easter grass and candy!
Make an adorable bunny mask to wear on Easter Day!
Using the paper plate, cut out eyes and nose in the plate. Cut out bunny ears from pink paper and glue to the plate. Use pipe cleaners to make whiskers and attach them tothe plate by poking through and knotting at the back, or glue on. Tie a piece of yarn to each side of the plate, and tie the two pieces of yarn around your head to hold your mask on.
Chicks in a Basket
You can make several of these to use as a centerpiece for your Easter table, or write names on them and use them as placeholders!
Dip a Q-tip in yellow dye diluted with water, and use it to "paint" your cotton ball yellow. Let it dry.Cut out one egg "section" from the egg carton. Place a bit of shredded paper or Easter grass in bottom of the section. When the yellow cotton ball is dry, draw eyes on the top with a marker. Cut out very small triangle of orange paper and glue on the cotton ball to make your chick's beak. Sit your chick in the carton section and you now have a "chick in a basket!"
Paper Plate Bunny
This is a good Easter craft for younger children! The materials are probably around the house anyway, and smaller kids can easily glue the pieces together.
Using paper plates, glue small one to top of large one to form head and body. Cut out bunny ears from pink paper. Glue or staple to head.Draw eyes and nose on face of plate with crayons or markers. Glue a cotton ball on the back for a tail.
Easter Bunny Ears
Cut out bunny ears with the white and pink paper (pink should be slightly smaller) or use two tones of brown for a chocolate bunny. Glue the pink on white to make ears. (or brown). Make a 2-inch band long enough to go around your child's head. Staple in place. Attach bunny ears to band.
Bunny Candy Jar
Make this adorable Easter jar and fill it with jelly beans or other Easter candy! It makes a wonderful gift, or a holiday keepsake to use year after year.
Cut the bottom of the styrofoam ball just enough so it will sit flat on the table. Then draw and cut out white bunny ears with pink ear insides (both ears should be cut so the bottom of the ear is cut straight across).
Glue a cotton ball in the center of the styrofoam ball (nose) then glue a small pink pom-pom to the center of the cotton ball. Glue the eyes on to the styrofoam ball. While the glue is drying take the white bunny ears and the slightly smaller (should be same shape) pink ear insides. Lay the white ears down and glue a tooth pick (or two for more stability) to the front side of the white ear with half of the toothpick/s on the ear and half hanging off the bottom of the ear. Then glue the back side of the pink ear on top of the toothpick and white ear. Do this for each ear.
Next glue the styrofoam ball to the top of the jar lid which can be decorated with a paper doily, markers or whatever you may have. Screw the lid on and whichever way the bunny faces, on the other side glue a cottonball at the bottom of the jar (tail). When the ears dry stick the toothpick, that is hanging out from the bottom of the ears, into the top of the styrofoam ball. You can tie a ribbon around the edge of the jar lid for decoration.
Fill your bunny with jelly beans, or M&Ms;! You can also get really creative and decorate the jar with stickers, pieces of tissue paper or cotton balls!.
Every little girl needs an Easter bonnet to go with her fancy Easter dress! This one is very easy to make, and especially fun to wear!
Decorate the paper plate however you wish! Get creative with your crayons and markers. Glue on pieces of pastel paper, draw flowers onto your plate, use your imagination! Punch a hole on opposite edges of the plate, and tie pieces of yarn to each side of plate so it can be tied under child's chin.
A great way to use up the remains of the Easter eggs. Children will love breaking up the eggshells.
On a piece of paper have child draw a simple design (e.g.flower, balloon, kite, egg). Spread glue in design area. Sprinkle bits of broken eggshells onto glue. Allow to dry then hang and enjoy!
What would be Easter without decorating and coloring eggs? Here are are some homemade dyes you can use and some different decorating ideas:Hardboiled Eggs or Hand-Blown Eggs
The first thing you need is either hard boiled or blown eggs. If you use hard boiled eggs hey must be kept refrigerated if you intend to eat them. Do not eat your eggs if they have been left our or painted with acrylic paints! If you want to keep your decorated eggs it is best to use blown eggs. However, blown eggs are much more fragile and harder for young kids to handle.
To make a blown egg poke a small hole in each end of the egg with a large needle. Push needle into egg and twist around to break yoke. Hold the egg over a bowl and blow hard through th hole until the shell is empty. Rinse eggshells well and allow to dry. (save the raw eggs and scramble for breakfast).Natural dye
Pour 1/2 cup water in each sauce pan. Add cut-up fruit, vegetables or plants (carrots, blueberries, grass, coffee all work well). Bring to a boil and simmer until water turns color you like. Remove from heat and strain reserving water. When water is cool add boiled or blown eggs. Let sit until they turn the desired color. Remove with slotted spoon and allow to dry. Polish with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth.Crepe paper dye
Soak crepe paper in hot water in individual bowls or cups for each color. Add eggs and allow to sit in water until he desired color is achieved. Remove with slotted spoon and allow to dry. Polish with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth.Food coloring dye
For each color measure 1/4 tsp. food coloring in small bowl. Add 3/4 cup hot water and 1 tbsp. white vinegar to each color. Add eggs and allow to sit until they are the desired color. Remove with slotted spoon. Polish dry eggs with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth.
Draw a heavy crayon patter on hard boiled egg. Dip egg in egg dye preferably a dark color. Leave in dye until desired color is reached. Remove with slotted spoon and place in 200 degree F oven for a few minutes until wax is melted. Wipe with paper towel and dip again in lighter dye to fill in pattern where wax was. Polish finished eggs with cooking oil and soft cloth.
Grate peeled crayons over waxed paper. Fill jar with very hot water. Drop bits of grated crayon into water. Add hard boiled or blown egg as soon as crayon begins to melt. Twirl egg in water with spoon. the wax should make a design on the egg. Carefully remove egg and set upside-down in egg carton to dry. Once dry spray with clear acrylic to seal.
Sponge painted eggs
Place hard boiled or blown eggs in egg cups. Partially fill paper cups with different colors of paint. Clip a piece of sponge to a clothes pin and dip into paper cups, use the clothes pin as a handle. Lightly dab the sponge over the top half of the egg. Let dry. Turn egg over and repeat procedure. Let the egg dry completely. If using blown eggs, spray with acrylic spray for a permanent finish.
World's Best Chocolate Easter Eggs
These delicious cream filled eggs taste just like a very famous store bought one. They are easy to make and kids and adults love them.
What you do:
Beat butter, salt and vanilla until fluffy. Add milk, beat in sugar. Blend until stiff. Dust with brown sugar. Knead until smooth.
Set aside more then 2/3 of mixture. To the remaining mixture add yellow food coloring. Blend in well. Divde yellow and white into 16 or 24 pieces. Shape yellow into ball, mould white around yellow to form an egg shape. Dry at room temperature on paper towels for 24 hours.
Melt chocolate in double boiler or in microwave until smooth. Dip eggs in chocolate. (parafin wax may be added and melted with chocolate to prevent chocolate from melting in your hands). Once dipped cool at room temperature. Refrigerate after cool.
When sliced these eggs will have a white cream filling with a yellow filling that appears to be the yolk. They look nice sitting in an Easter basket!!
Bird Nest Cupcakes
Bake your cupcakes. When cool frost with white or chocolate frosting. Decorate with coconut around the outside circle of cupcake. Place colored jelly beans in centre. Coconut can be toasted if you prefer a brown nest!
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