3 EASY EASTER CRAFTS FOR KIDS

Posted: March 20, 2018 by Katelyn Masters

I’ve always loved a good craft session, where you set out all of your supplies and sit around creating little works of art with friends or family.  This year, for Easter, I planned out three different springtime creations that are easy enough for toddlers and little kids to join in on the fun.

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Each of these projects uses very basic supplies that you could get locally, at the last minute.  You could certainly pick just one of these cute Easter projects to work on, or do all three if you are feeling super crafty.

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COTTON LAMBS

SUPPLIES
6″ WHITE PAPER PLATES
COTTON BALLS
GREY CARDSTOCK
GOOGLY EYES
LIQUID SCHOOL GLUE

DIRECTIONS

  • For the legs, cut a sheet of grey cardstock paper into thin strips about as wide as your pinky finger and roughly 4” long. Fold each strip in a fan-fold fashion to create a zig-zag leg and set aside.
  • For the head, print out and use my template below or cut out an oval (or slightly more heart-shaped oval) about 2-1/4” wide by 2-3/4” high from the grey cardstock. Then cut out tear-drop shaped ears about 1” tall and ¾” wide at the widest part. My ears were shaped more like a balloon than a complete circle.
  • Glue the ears to the back of the head shape and set aside.
  • Glue the cotton balls to the small paper plate.  You can either glue them as is, or carefully stretch out the cotton ball to make a flatter, softer looking coat of fur.
  • Glue the legs to the lamb, either on the front or back (up to you!).
  • Glue the head onto the lamb and then glue the googly eyes on the head.
  • Optional: To display, punch a small hole at the very top and thread some string or twine though it in a loop for hanging. 
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TISSUE PAPER CHICKS

SUPPLIES
YELLOW CARDSTOCK
ORANGE CARDSTOCK
LIGHT YELLOW TISSUE PAPER
DARK YELLOW TISSUE PAPER
ORANGE PIPE CLEANERS
YELLOW OR ORANGE FEATHERS
GOOGLY EYES
LIQUID SCHOOL GLUE AND/OR MOD PODGE
FOAM CRAFT BRUSH

DIRECTIONS

  • For the body, cut yellow cardstock paper into circles about 5” in diameter or print out and use my template below. You will need two circles per chick.
  • Next, cut out little triangles from the orange cardstock paper for beaks.
  • Cut the yellow tissue paper into 1” squares.  We used a lighter yellow and a darker yellow tissue paper for interest.
  • Cut pipe cleaners about 2-3/4” long for the legs and cut a 1-1/2” section in addition, for the feet. To assemble, tightly loop the smaller piece of pipe cleaner around the longer piece. Slide toward the bottom of the leg and adjust to make it look like three spread out chick toes.
  • To feather your chick, use mod podge or dilute school glue, half and half, with water. Spread it onto one yellow round of paper in small sections and place squares of tissue paper onto the glue.  You can lay them flat, or crumple them up a bit before sticking to the glue for more texture.
  • Continue gluing the tissue paper onto the circle in small sections until the chick is covered. You may choose to do another layer or two for added depth.
  • Next, flip the chick’s body upside down and, using a tacky school glue, glue two of the pre-assembled legs on, in addition to two feathers (one on each side) for wings.
  • Then, take a second yellow paper circle and glue it to the back of the chick, on top of the feather and pipe cleaner ends.
  • Flip your bird back over and glue two googly eyes and an orange paper beak on.  You could also make a beak out of a small piece of orange pipe cleaner shaped into a triangle.
  • Optional: To display, punch a small hole at the very top and thread some string or twine though it in a loop for hanging. 
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PATCHWORK EASTER EGGS

SUPPLIES
WHITE CARDSTOCK
COLORFUL SOLID AND PATTERNED SCRAPBOOK PAPER
MOD PODGE or LIQUID SCHOOL GLUE (dilute glue 50/50 with water)
FOAM CRAFT BRUSH

DIRECTIONS

  • To make the eggs, we found something egg shaped and traced it onto a piece of white cardstock paper and cut it out.  Our final egg was about 5-3/4” tall by 3-7/8” wide at the widest part, although you can make them as big or as small as you’d like. To mimic the eggs here, print out and use my template below.
  • Next, cut colorful scrapbook paper into geometric shapes (I did mostly trapezoid and triangle shapes) about 3/4” to 1-1/2” in size.
  • To decorate the eggs, simply glue the small pieces of scrapbook paper onto the egg shape using a foam brush dipped into mod podge or diluted school glue. Apply the glue directly to the scrap of paper and place onto the egg. Continue doing this all over the egg, making sure to overlap the pieces so that none of the bottom white paper shows through.
  • Allow to dry and then flip the egg over.  Cut around the original egg shape, snipping off any scrapbook paper edges.
  • Optional: To display, punch a small hole at the very top and thread some string or twine though it in a loop for hanging. 
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To use this template, save the photo to your computer, and then print it out.  It is designed on a regular 8.5″ by 11″ sheet of printer paper and should fill the entire piece of paper.  For sizing reference, the CHICK BODY circle should be just under 5″ across.

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Of course, you might have a few original ideas come out of your craft fest, like my dad’s abstract works above.

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To display these little creations, I recommend using a small hole punch to punch a hole in the top of the egg, lamb, or chick, and then thread some twine through it and tie it in a loop. Then you could hang the art anywhere you like!

I love the simplicity of these projects so much, I might have to repeat them in a few years when I have another little tot of crafting age. Keep in mind that you can prepare much of the materials in advance, such as the lamb’s head and legs and cutting out the tissue paper squares and egg shapes. If you have older children who need something to do, leave all of the work for craft day, but if you have an impatient toddler like me, I recommend preparing materials in advance!

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