Easter Crafts For Kids

It’s that time of year again; Easter will soon be upon us! With Easter chocolates filling our supermarkets since the beginning of February, I know that I can’t wait to see the excitement on Annabelle’s face when she gets a visit from the Easter bunny.

Why not help the little ones in your life get into the spirit by getting them involved in these great Easter craft ideas! Here at swiish we’ve picked three of our favourite craft ideas, plus a great recipe that the kids can get involved in. You’ll need to get a few of the items in advance from a craft shop, if you don’t have them at home already. We like Clever Patch - www.cleverpatch.com.au

Bunny Envelope

Easy and fun to make, this Easter Bunny Envelope is a cute kids craft idea that they can put their choccies or knick-knacks in.

What you’ll need:

  • 4X6 envelope in a pastel shade
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Pink construction paper
  • White construction paper (optional for eyes)
  • Black construction paper (optional for eyes)
  • Red marker, pen, or crayon
  • Wiggle eyes, any size
  • Easter grass

What to do:

  1. Lick the envelope shut.
  2. Turn the envelope up long ways (portrait) remembering that most of the envelope will be the bunny ears.
  3. Leave about 2 inches to draw on the bunny face. Draw on ears and cut around the ears. This leaves you with a little opening for all your goodies.
  4. Cut out inner ears, using the pink construction paper and glue in place.
  5. Glue on wiggle eyes, or cut eyes out of construction paper and glue in place.
  6. Glue on pom-pom nose, or cut a nose out of construction paper and glue in place.
  7. Draw on mouth with red pen.
  8. Fill opening with Easter grass and Easter eggs or other goodies.

Chick and Bunny Treat Holders

Made using a paper cup, these little holders are great for all those Easter eggs your kids find!

What you’ll need for Bunny Cup:

  • White paper cup
  • White thin cardboard
  • Pink felt or pink cardboard
  • 2 wiggle eyes
  • Small pink pom-pom
  • Medium white pom-pom (for tail)
  • White pipe cleaner
  • Scissors, glue, glue dots or a stapler
  • Easter grass

What to do for Bunny Cup:

  1. From the white cardboard, cut 2 large white ovals for the bunny ears. Trim one side of the oval off so it’s squared off at the bottom.
  2. Cut 2 smaller oval shapes from the pink felt (or cardboard) for the inner part of the ear. Glue the pink ovals in the centre of the white ear shapes and set aside to dry.
  3. Cut white pipe cleaner craft stems into short pieces for the whiskers. Use craft glue or glue dots to attach the whiskers to the paper cup, and then glue the pink pom-pom on top for the nose.
  4. Attach the ears to the back rim of the cup with a stapler or glue dots.
  5. Glue the white pom-pom to the back of the cup to create a cotton tail.
  6. Fill with a colourful Easter grass and yummy treats!

What you’ll need for Chick Cup:

  • Yellow paper cup
  • Orange cardboard
  • Orange pipe cleaner craft stems
  • 2 wiggle eyes
  • Yellow craft feathers
  • Scissors, glue/glue dots, stapler or tape
  • Easter grass

What to do for Chick Cup:

  1. From the orange cardboard, cut a small triangle for the beak and glue it to the front of the cup.
  2. Glue the wiggle eyes above the beak.
  3. Cut six 3/4-inch pieces of orange pipe cleaner stem for the chick feet. Twist three pieces together at one end for each foot. Attach the feet to the front of the cup with glue dots or craft glue.
  4. Staple or tape a few feathers to the back edge of the cup, making sure they peek out over the top.
  5. Fill with a colourful Easter grass and sweet treats!

Marbleised Eggs

Decorate your home with this beautiful marbleised egg idea, where colours come together in beautifully abstract designs.

What you’ll need:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • White vinegar
  • Food colouring
  • Blown out eggs (you may need to help your kids do this. For more info on how to, visit here)
  • Olive oil
  • Fork
  • Paper towels

What to do:

  1. Prepare a dye bath in a small heatproof mixing bowl: Mix 1 teaspoon of vinegar and 20 drops of food colouring (use more to intensify colour) with 1 cup of hot water. Add an egg, and submerge it until it turns the desired hue. Remove egg; let it dry, about 15 minutes.
  2. In a shallow, wide bowl, prepare another batch of dye in a darker or different shade; this will provide the swirls. The liquid should be 1/2 inch deep. Add about 1 tablespoon olive oil (you may need more depending on the size of the container). Run a fork through this mixture, creating swirls of oil on the surface. Place the dyed egg in the marbleizing mixture, and roll it once around the bowl to pick up the oil streaks; remove, and blot gently with a paper towel. Let dry, 30 minutes.
  3. Try various colour combinations. Vary the base tints and the swirls to achieve contrasts both striking and subtle. You can add stickers to block out certain areas of the egg for more designs.

Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Turn your kids craft ideas into something they can eat as well with these scrumptious cupcakes. Makes 12.

What you’ll need:

  • 340g packet golden buttercake mix
  • 2 x 30g chocolate Flake bars, roughly crushed
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 24 strawberries and cream lollies
  • 24 blue mini M&Ms
  • 12 red mini M&Ms
  • 12 white mini marshmallows, halved crossways
  • 24 white tictacs
  • Rich chocolate writing fudge (from supermarkets)

Buttercream icing:

  • 150g butter, softened
  • 2 cups icing sugar mixture, sifted
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

What to do:

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/160°C fan-forced. Line a 12-hole, 1/3-cup capacity muffin pan with paper cases.
  2. Make cake mixture following packet directions. Fold in crushed flake bars. Divide mixture evenly between cases. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden and a skewer inserted in 1 cake comes out clean. Stand in pan for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, make buttercream icing using an electric mixer, beat butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add icing sugar mixture, milk and vanilla essence, beating until well combined. Reserve 1/4 cup icing. Spread cupcakes with remaining icing. Sprinkle with shredded coconut. Lightly press to secure.
  4. Trim 5mm from 1 short end of each of the strawberries and cream lolly. Using the picture as a guide, use a little remaining icing to secure two strawberries and cream lollies into top of 1 cupcake to form ears. Press 2 blue mini M&Ms on to cake to form eyes. Press 1 red mini M&M on to cake to form a nose. Press 2 mini marshmallows below nose to form cheeks and add 2 tictacs for teeth. Use chocolate writing fudge to pipe dots in centre of eyes to form pupils. Set aside for 10 minutes or until set. Repeat with remaining cupcakes, lollies, M&Ms, mini marshmallows, tictacs and chocolate writing fudge. Viola! Now you kids can enjoy their creations even more!

Wishing you a happy Easter from everyone at swiish!

**recipe courtesy of taste.com.au

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