Easter Crafts for children
Easter is a wonderful time for spending a few hours with the children making decorations or doing arts and crafts with them. Going out for walks and collecting branches to decorate and small leaves and flowers to use as patterns on coloured Easter eggs is a great way to get some fresh air after the long winter months of being indoors, and children love to gather things as they go out for a walk. If the weather is not so nice then get out papers, pencils, bits of fabric, scissors and paints and let them get to work on making Easter decorations to brighten up the house, it is a good way to get their imagination going. Below we have listed a few ideas to get them started, if you have any more that you would like to share please send them in to us below. Have Fun !!
Paper Chicks and Bunnies
Draw out a template of a Chick and a Bunny Rabbit either by hand or trace the outline of one from a picture. Transfer this onto a piece of strong cardboard and cut out around the outline, this will act as the stencil for the children to draw around. From this they can cut out the shapes from coloured paper or card and use these in many different ways. They can pierce the top and tie a piece of ribbon so that the shapes can be displayed in the windows or hung from the ceiling. The shapes can also be pasted onto the front of a card to make a home-made Easter card. Children will have great fun colouring in the eyes, beaks and whiskers or sticking on cotton wool balls to form the tail of the rabbits or feathers for the chicks wings. The shapes can also be threaded onto a piece of string or glued onto a length of ribbon to make a colourful Easter garland. Children will have many more ideas what to do with these simple shapes and they will be so much more special than a shop bought one.
Fluffy Pompom Chicks
Some crafts never go away and pompoms are still as popular today as they ever were. Get little fingers busy with these cute, soft chicks that can be made in an assortment of colours to brighten up the Easter table. They are also idea for hanging from branches of an Easter tree as they are so light. Before you begin you will need an assortment of double knit yarn, scraps of felt, craft glue, card, pencil, scissors. On a medium strength card draw two circles of 5cm and two of 2.5cm. Cut out smaller circles inside to form rings of these four. Use the larger of the two sizes and place the two cardboard circles together. Start wrapping the wool through the middle and around the circle until it is fully covered, the fuller the circle is with wool the fluffier it will be. Do the same with the smaller circle. When they are both completely full very carefully cut the edges of the wool all around the outside of the circles. Gently prise the two pieces apart until you are able to tie a piece of wool tightly around the middle of the wool to keep it secure before removing the card completely. Fluff out the wool and repeat with the other pompom. Using the craft glue, stick the smaller ‘head’ onto the ‘body’ and leave to dry fully. Cut out a diamond shape from orange felt and fold in half to form the ‘beak’ of the chick secure with a spot of glue and place it into the wool at the front of the ‘head’ of the chick. From black felt cut out tiny circles for the eyes and secure them inplace with the glue. For the wings cut out two small circles in the colour of your choixce, and pinch the edge together and secure with a spot of the glue. Part the wool and place the wings on either side of the body of the chick. Leave to dry fully. These lovely chicks can be placed in Easter baskets, or among a bowl of coloured eggs on the Easter table. To hang from a branch of an Easter tree, use a long piece of wool threaded through a needle and making a knot at one end take it through the complete body and head of the chick. Make a loop at the top and secure with a knot, your chick is ready to display.
Easter Egg Tree
Cut a few branches of pussy willow or a blossom tree also looks lovely. Place in a large heavy bottomed vase. To make the coloured eggs you will need: eggs, poster paints, colourful ribbons, scraps of lace, beads, paper doillies, paintbrushes, a long darning needle, craft glue, scissors, a drying rack ( you can use an old cake cooling rack or take a piece of polystyrene or foam and place several toothpicks into the foam which can be used to place the eggs on to dry after painting). Pierce a hol;e into the top and the bottom of the egg very gently with the point of a sharp knife or a skewer. blow the contents of the egg out into a bowl and wash the eggs in warm water. Set aside and leave to dry out full y overnight. Paint the shells with the poster paint in various colours and allow to dry. (Here is where the drying rack will come in handy so that the paint will not be smudged). Cut the ribbons into lengths of around 30cm. Tie a knot in one end. Thread the ribbon onto the needle and pull it through the egg from the larger hole at the base to the top. Remove the needle and fold back the ribbon the egg and glue in place to form a loop. Decorate the eggs now with cut outs from the paper doillies, the lace or decorate with beads glued into place, a small bow from the same colour ribbon glued at the top of the egg will give a neat finish.
These easy to make decorations will brighten up the table for Easter and be a hit for young and old alike. Draw six petals of a daffodil flat on a piece of card to use as a template. Useing this draw and cut out several petal circles from various coloured pieces of card. Taking cupcake cases paste one in the centre of the petal circle as the trumpet of the daffodil. The cupcake cases can be filled with orange jelly beans, or small sweets of your choice to match your colour scheme. This is a very simple project for small fingers to work easily on, but be aware that you may not end up with as many jelly beans as you started with!
Colouring hard boiled eggs
Coloured eggs have long been a traditional symbol of Easter and is a fun project to do with the children. They make a beautiful display on the Easter table when placed into a nice basket or bowl and the many different colours complement each other. They also make great gifts and you can really go to town on decorating them and giving a unique Easter present. Keep the decorated eggs in the fridge so they stay fresh until ready to display or give away. Prepare your eggs by boiling them for ten minutes and then plunging them into cold water straight away. Leave to go thoroughly cold before begining to decorate them. There are colouring kits available to buy but if you canot find any then the small bottles of food colourings are just as good. Place newspaper over the table to prevent stains. Place food colouring, or pellets if using a kit, into plastic glasses or bowls deep enough to take enough water to cover the eggs, add a tablespoon of vinegar (this helps the colour to set). A wire rack is ideal to place the eggs on after colouring and allows the colour to dry without getting smudged.
Lower each egg into the coloured water and leave until the desired depth of colour is reached. Take out the egg and place on the rack to dry.When dry decorate the egg as you wish. If you want to make decorations on the eggs before colouring you can place rubber bands around the egg before dipping into the water this gives a very pretty effect. Leaves are also very effective and can be placed on the side of the egg, then place the egg into an old stocking and tie the end tightly to keep the leaf in place before dipping into the colour. intricate designs can be made be drawing a design onto the eggshell with wax before dipping, the colour will not take over the wax. Natural dyes can also be used to colour the eggshell, a good strong colour can be achieved by using the skins of red onions. The brown onion skins give a beautiful yellow colour to white eggs. Blueberries give a gentle lavender colour, for a pink add beetroot juice, full strength cranberry juice leaves eggs light pink, a few tablespoons of paprika powder makes a brick red colour, and turmeric will produce a yellow-green, red cabbage will turn eggs blue, and four cups of spinach will give you green eggs and full strength red wine gives deep purple, don’t forget to add a tablespoon of vinegar as well to set the colour fast.