Adorable Easter crafts for kids
Feather your nest with papier-mâché
Take a page from the grade-school activity book with these delicate candy dishes, made using shredded brown lunch bags and sheets from an old dictionary. You can also use these nests to corral your decorated Easter eggs.
Step 1: Tightly cover a small bowl with plastic wrap, then flip the bowl upside down on wax paper. In another container, mix equal parts water and clear glue.
Step 2: Dip handfuls of shredded paper into the glue mixture, then immediately lay them on the bowl until it's covered.
Step 3: Lightly press dry paper strips along the outside to create a "nesty" look.
Step 4: Let dry for 12 hours; carefully pull the wrap off the bowl and away from the nest.
Goody bags for spring chickens
Step 1: Download and print the chick template. Cut as directed.
Step 2: Center the stencil on the front of a 31⁄2"W x 63⁄4"H white paper bag ($3.29 for 16; michaels.com for stores). Use a pencil to trace the chick outline onto the bag.
Step 3: Slide a small piece of cardboard inside the bag to serve as a cutting mat. Cut out the chick outline
Step 4: Cut a 3"W x 4"H square of cellophane. Using a glue stick like Elmer’s All Purpose ($2.92; acmoore.com), apply a bit of glue to your finger and run it around the perimeter of the chick outline inside the bag. Slide the cellophane square into the bag and press to adhere.
Step 5: Fold the top of the bag over, then use a hole punch to make two evenly spaced holes in the folded paper. Fill the bag with candy; finish with a ribbon. Repeat for each bag.
Pin on a playful Easter brooch
Follow the lead of Anthropologie stylist Halligan Norris, who fashioned this wearable collage by gluing a spirited mix of craft and floral supplies to a wooden egg-shaped disk (29 cents; michaels.com for stores).
Step 1: Using this photo to spark your imagination, gather your own embellishments—such as costume pearls, natural moss, vintage faux-flowers ($10 for six; tinseltrading.com), and plastic critters ($2.49 each; anwo.com).
Step 2: Arrange the items to your liking, then affix them to the disk with E6000 craft adhesive ($2.39 for one ounce; save-on- crafts.com), following package directions.
Step 3: With the same glue, affix a pin back ($2.29 for 60 pack; createforless.com) to a top center point on the disk’s back; let dry, then wear the brooch with your Sunday best.
The secret to these mini masterpieces? Foliage and flowers gathered from the garden. Blogger Sonia Bauer (bigsislilsis.com) of Oceanside, California, simply positioned a blossom or a leaf facedown against each egg, then wrapped the egg in a four-inch square of panty hose and secured it with a twist tie.
To achieve these earthy hues, Bauer whipped up her own dyes using purple cabbage, yellow onions, and cranberries.
Sonia Bauer’s recipe for making all-natural egg dyes
Step 1: Select produce based on your color choice: 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries; 1 head purple cabbage, sliced; skins from 3 yellow onions.
Step 2: In a covered, 8-quart stockpot over medium-high heat, bring 10 cups water and produce to a boil; let boil for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to low, then strain and discard produce. .
Step 3: Bring water back to a gentle boil, then stir in 3 tablespoons vinegar (1⁄4 cup for cabbage). Gently lower eggs into pot and boil for 30 minutes..
Step 4: Turn off heat, cover, and let stand for 2 to 3 hours, or until desired color is achieved. Remove eggs and transfer to carton; let cool.
Play it by ear
To stitch up one of these kid-friendly accessories, you’ll need a child-size headband ($3.99; drugstore.com) and 11⁄2 yards of 1⁄2-inch-wide double- fold bias tape. (For a range of prints, from $9.50 for three yards, visit etsy.com/shop/pollydangernotions.)
Step 1: Cut an 181⁄2- inch-long piece of bias tape. Hem the cut ends under 1⁄2 inch on each side, then stitch together the long side to form a casing. Fold the casing in half so that the ends touch and use a straight pin to mark the fold’s center.
Step 2: Feed an extra-thick, 12-inch-long pipe cleaner through one end of the casing, stopping at the pin. Feed a second pipe cleaner through the casing’s other end until it, too, meets the pin; remove pin. Bring the casing’s open ends toward each other and twist the exposed pipe cleaners together to form a rabbit ear shape. Repeat steps one and two to make a second ear.
Step 3: Cut a piece of bias tape the length of the headband, plus one extra inch. Wrap the tape over the headband, then use pins to mark the two spots where you want to attach the ears (use the photo at left for guidance).
Step 4: Remove the tape from the headband and stitch the long side together, from the pins out to both ends of the tape; stitch these ends closed, and remove pins. Twist the ears’ pipe-cleaner ends around the headband in the desired spots, then slide each end of the headband into the casing. Use a needle and thread to slip-stitch the tape around and between the ears closed.
Easy Easter eggs
They look elaborate, but all of these designs were made with plain old masking tape.
Step 1: Simply cut the tape into strips to create stripes and plaids, use paper punches for letters or plant and animal shapes ($9.99 each; eksuccess.com),and try craft scissors for the wavy bands at far right.
Step 2: Then apply the tape carefully to the shells of raw eggs, smoothing out any air bubbles, and tint according to the dye package’s instructions (we used Paas).
Step 3: Once the shells dry, blow out the yolks and remove the tape to reveal your motifs.
To transform a store-bought frosted cake into a colorful grand finale, roll out premade sugar cookie dough and use a three- to four-inch-long rabbit-shaped cutter ($13; coppergifts.com) to make seven cookies.
Step 1: Bake according to the package directions.
Step 2: Once cooled, top the rabbits with royal icing ($3 for a mix; kitchenkrafts.com).
Step 3: While the icing is still wet, dip the cookies in nonpareils ($2.50/four oz.; fancyflours.com) and attach a few confetti sprinkles ($2.50/two oz.; wilton.com) with more icing.
Step 4: Tie a short piece of ribbon around each bunny’s neck after they set (about 15 minutes). Adhere the cookies to the cake’s sides, using extra icing if necessary.
If you prefer to make everything from scratch, leave yourself an extra hour. Find recipes for the cake, sugar cookies, and icing at Get the Bunny Cake Recipe Here.
Make these pastel beauties last for years by first blowing out the egg’s whites and yolks.
Step 1: Insert a long needle into the bottom of each egg; make a small hole, then make a slightly larger one in the top.
Step 2: Move the needle around inside the shell to break the yolk.
Step 3: Blow over the smaller hole—feel free to use a straw if you don’t want to touch the egg directly—until the liquid drips out of the larger hole.
Step 4: Run the egg under water. Blow the water out, and let the shell dry overnight.)
Step 5: After coloring the egg, attach fabric scrapbooking flowers ($7/150; memoryvilla.com) with tiny dots of glue. Lightly press each flower with your finger, then release.
Almond joy wreath
Jordan almonds make an especially sweet spring decoration.
Step 1: Take a 12-inch Styrofoam wreath ($3.50; joann.com), and beginning with the inside circumference, hot glue the almonds in place, overlapping a few of them to add dimension.
Step 2: Continue in a circular pattern until the entire front and inner and outer edges of the wreath are covered.
Step 3: Hang with a sturdy piece of cotton ribbon, or over- size rickrack trim as shown.
To store the wreath, wrap it in paper, place flat in a box, and keep in a cool, dry spot. It should last for one to two years.