Easter 2016 is almost here, and anyone searching for some last-minute and easy DIY craft ideas need look no further.
Easter is one of the most craft-friendly holidays, with everything from bunnies to eggs to spring flowers lending themselves to crafting. Most of these craft ideas are very simple — ones you can make yourself or with just a few bucks and a quick trip to the nearest craft supply store.
Here are some Easter craft favorites, plus some links at the end to more craft ideas.
DIY Easter Crayons
This is a creative and colorful way to get the kids involved, and it’s a great solution to any family with a lot of broken crayons (which is pretty much any house where young kids come into contact with crayons).
It does require a silicone Easter bunny baking mold, but that can usually be found at specialty food stores.
Here are the instructions (via Moonfrye):
Step 1: Break crayons into small pieces. We choose bright and pastel colors for an Easter feel.
Step 2: Fill each mold to the top and mix and match different colors in each.
Step 3: Bake the crayons at 300°F for 10 min. Let them cool completely.
Step 4: Take the crayons out of the mold and let your coloring adventure begin!
Decoupage Easter Eggs (Martha Stewart)
Martha Stewart offers a cool alternative to dunking eggs in cups of dye, showing how to make decoupage eggs using a printed napkin. The video is extra useful because Martha Stewart explains how to blow out an egg, a method of emptying the white and yolk so the decorations can be used year after year.
Homemade Easter Basket
Tesco Lifestyle posted a how-to video on how to make an Easter basket with some simple art supplies, starting with a plastic tub. It’s a great way to spend the day before Easter, and it’s also an affordable alternative as a last-minute Easter craft idea. The project allows kids to get a bit creative and arrange their bunnies and flowers on the basket.
Easter Basket with Recycled Supplies
For those who are a little more ambitious, Love Doing Craft has a video on how to make Easter baskets from recycled materials. The project calls for a plastic jug and a number of colorful plastic bags, and though it calls for a glue gun, if you don’t have one you could get by with superglue.
Pom Pom Easter Bunnies
Another video, from BeforeAndAfterTV, shows how to make some fun and simple pom pom Easter bunnies and chicks. Again, this uses simple and cheap art supplies, and it is a simple idea that can keep the kids busy for an hour or so.
A fun Easter craft idea from Everyday Dishes, this one requires just a few instructions and produces an adorable keepsake that you can include with the decorations ever year.
Here’s a description from the site:
Bunnies, flowers, Easter eggs and chicks will brighten up any room as long as there’s some sunshine. Card stock, colored tissue paper and transparency cutouts make it a fun, inexpensive craft that’s easy for the kids to do.
Cut out lots of brightly-colored tissue triangles in different sizes and have the kids overlap them onto the template to create a colorful suncatcher.
Full instructions can be found here.
More Easter craft ideas
For anyone looking for more ideas for simple Easter craft ideas, Country Living has a list of 50 different crafts at varying degrees of simplicity. The Huffington Post also has a list of 19 different ideas.
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