Easter Crafts and Decorations
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.
"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.
- Contact Paper (Or clear tape)
- Tissue Paper
- Piece of cardboard or cardstock
How to Make Contact Paper Mosaic
- Draw your design on your cardstock or cardboard and cut out the shape.
- Peel your contact paper and lay cardstock/board on to it so the sticky side is facing up.
- 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.
- Leave as is or cut off cardstock/board or create a border with it.
- Hang up in a sunny window and enjoy!
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).
- Cardboard (works best if it's not creased)
- Box cutter
- 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
- 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.
- Use box cutter and/or scissors to cut out lamb.
- Cut out pieces of white fabric to cover non-wooly areas of lamb.
- 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.
- Once fabric is dried, trim off excess fabric.
- 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.
- Tear up cotton balls. This will give your lamb a nice texture and actually save you a lot of cotton balls.
- Paint glue on to a small section of the cardboard and lay cotton ball pieces quickly and close together.
- 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.
- Reinforce back of lamb with extra cardboard. This will prevent it from bending when it stands.
- Cut out two rectangular pieces of cardboard.
- 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!
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.
- Tissue paper or paint
- (optional) paintbrushes is painting
- Paint brush for glue
- Box cutter
- Paper around the size you want your crosses to be
- (optional) Glitter
- Masking Tape
- Hot glue gun
How to Make Standing Cardboard Crosses
- Fold paper in half and draw half of your cross design along the crease. Then cut out your design.
- 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.
- Cut out your crosses then use masking tape to smooth the edges of the cross.
- Cut pieces of tissue paper. I found it easiest to keep the paper folded and cut it.
- 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.
- Layer pieces of tissue paper around the cross. Fill it in or create a design, it's up to you.
- Alternatively you can paint your crosses instead of using tissue paper.
- When tissue paper (or paint) is dry you can add glitter if you want.
- Repeat with all four crosses, but they don't all have to be the same.
- When your crosses are decorates and dry it's time to make them stand. Start by hot gluing the tops of two crosses together.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.