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Easter Crafts and Decorations

Updated on March 24, 2013
Juju doesn't really get Easter yet, but he sure loves eggs!
Juju doesn't really get Easter yet, but he sure loves eggs!

This Easter I was asked by my church to help them with some decorations for their Easter celebration. I love doing crafty projects so of course I said yes and I documented my process just so others can create the same projects at home.

Of course since my decorations were for the church, they lean towards the more religious side of Easter--but the concept and designs can easily be altered into bunnies, eggs, or whatever else you associate with Easter if that's what you want. I also think the ideas can be used for other holidays as well, like Christmas.

I've included some links to other Easter projects I like and plan to do with my son closer to Easter.


By the way, I apologize for the horrible quality of my pictures! My good camera is currently dead and the one I'm stuck with has no flash and takes poor quality images. I'm so sorry DX

Marshmallow Peep Wreath

I think marshmallow bunnies and peeps are super gross...but they are definitely adorable! So when I stumbled across this super easy craft idea, I was all for it.

Alternatively, I bet you could use a Styrofoam ball instead of a wreath to create a peep kissing ball or bouquet.

Contact Paper Stained Glass Cross Mosaic
Contact Paper Stained Glass Cross Mosaic | Source

"Stained Glass" Mosaic

If you're on Pinterest, I'm sure you are already very familiar with this project, but if not this is a wonderful project you can do to decorate for Easter with the Kids.


Materials

  • Contact Paper (Or clear tape)
  • Tissue Paper
  • Scissors
  • Piece of cardboard or cardstock
  • Pencil
  • Ruler


How to Make Contact Paper Mosaic

  1. Draw your design on your cardstock or cardboard and cut out the shape.
  2. Peel your contact paper and lay cardstock/board on to it so the sticky side is facing up.
  3. Cut pieces of tissue paper and place them on the exposed contact paper. I did this very randomly, but you can make beautiful designs with it! If you're familiar with pixel art or latch/hook patterns think of it that way.
  4. Leave as is or cut off cardstock/board or create a border with it.
  5. Hang up in a sunny window and enjoy!

Cute Easter Bunny Bunting

Here is an adorable way to get crafty and subtly decorate for Easter. If you are not the type to go all out decorating for the holidays (like me), décor like this can dress up your home and get you in the mood without being obnoxious or overwhelming (or very hard to put up or take down).

I can see this in a nursery or at a baby shower as well. It is so sweet.

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Juju with stand alone cotton cardboard lambCut out cardboard form of lamb (or whatever animal you want) and fabric to cover parts that aren't wooly.  In retrospect I realized I should have painted the cardboard white so there would be no visible bald spots with cotton balls.Paint glue on to cardboard with a paintbrush.  Coat enough that fabric will stick securely.Paste fabric pieces on to cardboard and trim off excess.Repeat with all fabric pieces.Add felt fabric pieces for features.I used clear glue for the felt pieces so it wouldn't show up.  Tear up cotton balls.  This will create a more wooly effect and will also cut down on the amount of cotton balls you have to use to cover your lamb!Paint on glue.  Work in small sections because the glue will dry faster than you can lay the cotton balls.Lay down cotton balls quickly.Continue gluing down cotton balls in small sections until lamb is covered in them.  Fill in any bald spots with extra cotton balls.Glue cardboard on back to reinforce piece.Cut cardboard slits and add to legs to have lamb stand.
Juju with stand alone cotton cardboard lamb
Juju with stand alone cotton cardboard lamb
Cut out cardboard form of lamb (or whatever animal you want) and fabric to cover parts that aren't wooly.  In retrospect I realized I should have painted the cardboard white so there would be no visible bald spots with cotton balls.
Cut out cardboard form of lamb (or whatever animal you want) and fabric to cover parts that aren't wooly. In retrospect I realized I should have painted the cardboard white so there would be no visible bald spots with cotton balls.
Paint glue on to cardboard with a paintbrush.  Coat enough that fabric will stick securely.
Paint glue on to cardboard with a paintbrush. Coat enough that fabric will stick securely.
Paste fabric pieces on to cardboard and trim off excess.
Paste fabric pieces on to cardboard and trim off excess.
Repeat with all fabric pieces.
Repeat with all fabric pieces.
Add felt fabric pieces for features.
Add felt fabric pieces for features.
I used clear glue for the felt pieces so it wouldn't show up.
I used clear glue for the felt pieces so it wouldn't show up.
Tear up cotton balls.  This will create a more wooly effect and will also cut down on the amount of cotton balls you have to use to cover your lamb!
Tear up cotton balls. This will create a more wooly effect and will also cut down on the amount of cotton balls you have to use to cover your lamb!
Paint on glue.  Work in small sections because the glue will dry faster than you can lay the cotton balls.
Paint on glue. Work in small sections because the glue will dry faster than you can lay the cotton balls.
Lay down cotton balls quickly.
Lay down cotton balls quickly.
Continue gluing down cotton balls in small sections until lamb is covered in them.
Continue gluing down cotton balls in small sections until lamb is covered in them.
Fill in any bald spots with extra cotton balls.
Fill in any bald spots with extra cotton balls.
Glue cardboard on back to reinforce piece.
Glue cardboard on back to reinforce piece.
Cut cardboard slits and add to legs to have lamb stand.
Cut cardboard slits and add to legs to have lamb stand.

Cardboard Lamb

This was my favorite project! A stand alone lamb for the little ones. Instead of a lamb you can follow the same process with a rabbit or whatever other animal you want (maybe for a farm themed party or something like that).


Materials

  • Cardboard (works best if it's not creased)
  • Box cutter
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Cotton balls (I had a jumbo sized bag and didn't even use half of it)
  • Paint brush that you don't mind getting glue on
  • Black felt fabric
  • White Fuzzy fabric
  • Hot glue gun


How to Make Cardboard Cotton Lamb

  1. Draw image of lamb on to a piece of cardboard. Don't know how? Draw one big fluffy cloud for the body and a small fluffy cloud for top of head, a curved teardrop for the tail and ears, four long ovals for the legs, and an egg shape for the face.
  2. Use box cutter and/or scissors to cut out lamb.
  3. Cut out pieces of white fabric to cover non-wooly areas of lamb.
  4. Paint glue on to non-wooly areas and lay white fabric over it. Press it down firmly and let dry. Alternatively you can hot glue it on, but this might leave raised marks on your piece.
  5. Once fabric is dried, trim off excess fabric.
  6. Cut out features like eyes, nose, mouth, and lines (to divide legs) out of black felt fabric and glue on to white fabric with clear glue.
  7. Tear up cotton balls. This will give your lamb a nice texture and actually save you a lot of cotton balls.
  8. Paint glue on to a small section of the cardboard and lay cotton ball pieces quickly and close together.
  9. Continue to work in small sections until lamb is covered. This may seem time consuming but since you have to work very fast it goes pretty quickly.
  10. Reinforce back of lamb with extra cardboard. This will prevent it from bending when it stands.
  11. Cut out two rectangular pieces of cardboard.
  12. Cut slits up the legs of the lamb and down the middle of the cardboard slits. Then slide pieces of cardboard between legs to have lamb stand.

Decorating on a Budget

With some creativity and vision dollar store finds can transform your home for the holidays at a super low cost.

I know going into dollar stores can be a bit overwhelming with all the stuff they have, but if you go in with an idea of what you're looking for and a clear cut budget of what you are willing to spend it will make things a lot easier.

Be innovative. Don't get stuck on what the true purpose of an item is. If you like the look of it think of different ways you can incorporate it into your decorating.

How Holiday Crafty Are You?

Do you like to spend a lot of time crafting for the holidays or do you prefer buying decorations you can just put up? Tell me why in the comments!

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Standalone Cardboard Crosses.Fold paper in half and cut out a cross shape.Trace shape on to cardboard, cut out four crosses.  Tape off edges with masking tape to smooth out.Cut cut pieces of tissue paper.  I found keeping the tissue paper folded while cutting the easiest way to do this.Paint glue on cardboard in small sections.Brush over tissue paper with glue to keep paper lying flat on board.Work around the edges.Build up the layers.Fill in cross OR......create a design.Add glitter if you desire.For the backs of my crosses I cut out larger slips of tissue paper.Then I glued it on as I had before.I continued to lay the tissue paper until the whole thing was covered.To make them stand, hot glue the tops of the front and back together, than connect them at the bottom with a piece of cardboard to stabilize them.
Standalone Cardboard Crosses.
Standalone Cardboard Crosses.
Fold paper in half and cut out a cross shape.
Fold paper in half and cut out a cross shape.
Trace shape on to cardboard, cut out four crosses.  Tape off edges with masking tape to smooth out.
Trace shape on to cardboard, cut out four crosses. Tape off edges with masking tape to smooth out.
Cut cut pieces of tissue paper.  I found keeping the tissue paper folded while cutting the easiest way to do this.
Cut cut pieces of tissue paper. I found keeping the tissue paper folded while cutting the easiest way to do this.
Paint glue on cardboard in small sections.
Paint glue on cardboard in small sections.
Brush over tissue paper with glue to keep paper lying flat on board.
Brush over tissue paper with glue to keep paper lying flat on board.
Work around the edges.
Work around the edges.
Build up the layers.
Build up the layers.
Fill in cross OR...
Fill in cross OR...
...create a design.
...create a design.
Add glitter if you desire.
Add glitter if you desire.
For the backs of my crosses I cut out larger slips of tissue paper.
For the backs of my crosses I cut out larger slips of tissue paper.
Then I glued it on as I had before.
Then I glued it on as I had before.
I continued to lay the tissue paper until the whole thing was covered.
I continued to lay the tissue paper until the whole thing was covered.
To make them stand, hot glue the tops of the front and back together, than connect them at the bottom with a piece of cardboard to stabilize them.
To make them stand, hot glue the tops of the front and back together, than connect them at the bottom with a piece of cardboard to stabilize them.

Craft Crosses

Here are some cardboard crosses that stand up on their own. The concept seems simple enough now, but man I sure had a hard time coming up with these! My husband had to help out. These could be used for Christmas or other religious holidays. You could also change the design to an egg or bunny for Easter if you want to.

Materials

  • Tissue paper or paint
  • (optional) paintbrushes is painting
  • Paint brush for glue
  • Cardboard
  • Box cutter
  • Scissors
  • Paper around the size you want your crosses to be
  • (optional) Glitter
  • Glue
  • Masking Tape
  • Hot glue gun


How to Make Standing Cardboard Crosses

  1. Fold paper in half and draw half of your cross design along the crease. Then cut out your design.
  2. Trace your design on to cardboard. I did four separate crosses, but I realize now that I could have drawn two of the crosses attached at the tops, since they get glued together at the top anyway. If you like this better go for it.
  3. Cut out your crosses then use masking tape to smooth the edges of the cross.
  4. Cut pieces of tissue paper. I found it easiest to keep the paper folded and cut it.
  5. Paint glue on to cardboard in a small section then lay tissue paper on quickly but carefully. You can work in one colour as I did or in a pattern or randomly, the choice is yours.
  6. Layer pieces of tissue paper around the cross. Fill it in or create a design, it's up to you.
  7. Alternatively you can paint your crosses instead of using tissue paper.
  8. When tissue paper (or paint) is dry you can add glitter if you want.
  9. Repeat with all four crosses, but they don't all have to be the same.
  10. When your crosses are decorates and dry it's time to make them stand. Start by hot gluing the tops of two crosses together.
  11. Then take a rectangular piece of cardboard and fold it so it makes a [ shape. Glue flaps of cardboard pieces to the inside of the crosses, make sure cardboard piece is lying flat on the ground. this will stabilize your piece and keep it from tipping over. The goal is to create a triangular shape with your crosses and cardboard.
  12. Stand your cardboard crosses where you want them.

Yarn Eggs with Candy

These yarn eggs are so pretty and can work in a fun kid friendly setting just as well as they could work in a more mature and sophisticated setting.

I think the yarn eggs alone could make really interesting décor all year long, but with the addition of candy it makes it a fun décor piece just for Easter.

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Tie Dye CupcakeAdd food colouring to your favorite cupcake mix.  The more food colouring you add the deeper the colour will be when it bakes.  For pastel colours only add a few drops.Pour layers of batter one by one into cupcake pans.Bake as normal and decorateFor a two tone effect have two people pour cupcake batter at the same time.
Tie Dye Cupcake
Tie Dye Cupcake
Add food colouring to your favorite cupcake mix.  The more food colouring you add the deeper the colour will be when it bakes.  For pastel colours only add a few drops.
Add food colouring to your favorite cupcake mix. The more food colouring you add the deeper the colour will be when it bakes. For pastel colours only add a few drops.
Pour layers of batter one by one into cupcake pans.
Pour layers of batter one by one into cupcake pans.
Bake as normal and decorate
Bake as normal and decorate
For a two tone effect have two people pour cupcake batter at the same time.
For a two tone effect have two people pour cupcake batter at the same time.

Tie Dye Cupcakes

Colourful cupcakes could be a fun springy Easter treat. If you never made them before they're actually quite simple!

All you need to do is take your favorite cupcake recipe and divide batter into as many bowls as you want colours. Then add a few drops of food colouring to each bowl of batter--the more food colouring you add the darker the colour and vice versa.

Pour your batter colours layer by layer then bake as normal. The outside of your cupcakes will be layered colours, the insides will be tie die.

For two tone cupcakes pour two bowls of colour at the same time.

Decorate with cute Easter inspired decorations and colours to really get in the spirit!

Edible Egg's Nest

Pair your tie dye cupcakes with these yummy Easter treats.

If I don't try out this recipe this year I'll definitely give it a go next year. This messy recipe is probably really fun for kids to help make, haha. They sound super delicious too.

More Easter Crafts

40 DIY Easter Craft Ideas - So many great ideas! My personal favorite is the adorable round bunny cookies, so cute!

Sweetless Egg Stuffers - If you're worried about your kids rotting their teeth and getting sick off of jelly beans and sweets you should definitely check out these egg stuffer ideas. Some of them I think kids would love way more than candy anyway!

Framed 3-D Easter Cross - I really loved how beautiful this project looked, but it is really easy to do too!

DIY Salt Dough Egg Ornaments - I really HAVE to make at least one of these with my son this year.

Easter Cupcakes Baked in Eggshells - When I first saw this it blew my mind! It's kind of a waste of eggs if you plan to make a whole bunch of them and don't eat a lot of eggs, but I'm thinking since my son loves to eat eggs I can make a couple of these without being wasteful.

Happy Easter!


I'm sure I'll be updating this Hub at least once a year so be sure to check back next year to see if I've come up with anything new. :) You can also check out my Pinterest board on Easter for even more Easter craft and activity ideas.

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      Samantha Harris 2 years ago from New York

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Stefan 2 years ago

      I found some very beautiful Easter videos on youtube.

      That's a great opportunity for the lazy ones too ;)

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_PzqS7AOPo

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks!

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      These are a lot of really cute ideas ^_^ I especially like the big lamb you made. Voting up and pinning!

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      Samantha Harris 4 years ago from New York

      Thanks! Hopefully I'll be able to add at least one more before Easter.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sam,

      Love all the ideas you have put together here! The lamb is so cute, love the budget tree idea and the cupcake tie-dyed! What a clever lady you are! Voted ++++++ shared, pinned!