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Easy Easter and Spring Crafts Using Recycled Material

Updated on April 16, 2014
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Bernadyn is a writer who contributes her work to various websites and magazines and is the Owner/Director for the website, B is 4.

Create A Fun Project by Recycling

Recycle and reuse items to make crafts with the kids.  Things like toilet paper rolls can be turned into a fun project.
Recycle and reuse items to make crafts with the kids. Things like toilet paper rolls can be turned into a fun project. | Source

Honor Easter and Earth Day

Earth Day is April 22nd, just a couple days after Easter this year. Therefore, these Easter projects are perfect to honor Earth Day by using recycled material to make crafts and decorations while celebrating the Easter holiday.

Save Your Money for Easter and Save the Earth

Aside from the Easter celebration, Spring always reminds me of the gifts of nature, warm weather, soft, furry animals and fresh flowers blooming. It is a time that, to me, seems filled with hope and new beginnings. It is the season that kicks off the warm weather and the signal to spend more time outdoors with the kids to enjoy the sun and bright colors. When I am not outside, I like to celebrate the season and Easter holiday indoors. One of the ways to do that is to do crafts with the kids. They like to help decorate the house with their art work...and I do not mind because it is more sentimental and costs less than buying new décor!

For those who do not celebrate Easter, this season can still be a fun time to enjoy activities and make crafts with the kids...without frivolously spending on unnecessary items. Instead, use recycled material - a win-win for all!

Make Mini Easter Baskets Using Recycled Yogurt Cups

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Paint yogurt cups and use pipe cleaners as handles.  Stuff with recycled newspaper or scraps of paper.  You can put Easter eggs and candy inside.Reuse jars as vases for crafts and hosue decorations.  I used a turkey baster to easily put paint into the glass.  Tip it upside down and let it dry.
Paint yogurt cups and use pipe cleaners as handles.  Stuff with recycled newspaper or scraps of paper.  You can put Easter eggs and candy inside.
Paint yogurt cups and use pipe cleaners as handles. Stuff with recycled newspaper or scraps of paper. You can put Easter eggs and candy inside. | Source
Reuse jars as vases for crafts and hosue decorations.  I used a turkey baster to easily put paint into the glass.  Tip it upside down and let it dry.
Reuse jars as vases for crafts and hosue decorations. I used a turkey baster to easily put paint into the glass. Tip it upside down and let it dry. | Source

Recycle Items You Already Have for Crafts

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Recycle cereal boxes, oatmeal boxes and other food boxes to use for crafts.Use supplies you may already have around the house that you might normally throw away, like tissue paper and old buttons.
Recycle cereal boxes, oatmeal boxes and other food boxes to use for crafts.
Recycle cereal boxes, oatmeal boxes and other food boxes to use for crafts. | Source
Use supplies you may already have around the house that you might normally throw away, like tissue paper and old buttons.
Use supplies you may already have around the house that you might normally throw away, like tissue paper and old buttons. | Source

Get Creative and Eco-Friendly with Easter Crafts

Making crafts and working on art projects with kids is fun and gives them something to do aside from watching TV or playing video games. It also helps stimulate their creative juices, works on their motor skills and encourages them to unleash their imagination. It may help you get your creativity juices flowing, too! It gives you a chance to teach them about whatever holiday you may be celebrating while working on the projects. Also, when you are using recycled material, you are being Eco-friendly while putting to use all that excess around the house instead of just throwing it out!

Use Newspaper to Make Craft Eggs and Bunnies

Cut cardboard box into shape of egg and cover with various paper (newspaper, construction paper, paper doilies, etc.).  For the bunny: cut one small circle for head, one larger circle for body and two feet.  Use hole puncher to cut out  eyes.
Cut cardboard box into shape of egg and cover with various paper (newspaper, construction paper, paper doilies, etc.). For the bunny: cut one small circle for head, one larger circle for body and two feet. Use hole puncher to cut out eyes. | Source

Use Toilet Paper Tubes to Create A Family of Bunnies

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A family of bunnies for Easter.  This craft is popular on Pinterest for Easter.Start with wrapping the tubes with wrapping paper or tissue paper.  Add small pom poms for the nose or you can just draw the whole face using a marker.  Use felt and other material for bows and bow ties.Cut toilet paper tubes in half to make smaller bunnies. Use any other material you have to add some character to the them!Use scraps of paper or construction paper for the ears.
A family of bunnies for Easter.  This craft is popular on Pinterest for Easter.
A family of bunnies for Easter. This craft is popular on Pinterest for Easter. | Source
Start with wrapping the tubes with wrapping paper or tissue paper.  Add small pom poms for the nose or you can just draw the whole face using a marker.  Use felt and other material for bows and bow ties.
Start with wrapping the tubes with wrapping paper or tissue paper. Add small pom poms for the nose or you can just draw the whole face using a marker. Use felt and other material for bows and bow ties. | Source
Cut toilet paper tubes in half to make smaller bunnies.
Cut toilet paper tubes in half to make smaller bunnies. | Source
Use any other material you have to add some character to the them!
Use any other material you have to add some character to the them! | Source
Use scraps of paper or construction paper for the ears.
Use scraps of paper or construction paper for the ears. | Source

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More Ways to Recycle on Easter

  • Recycle plastic Easter eggs and Easter grass
  • Recycle egg cartons - you can use them for more craft ideas and even to place small cupcakes like the ones in the photo below. These would be cute to give as gifts for kids or to another family on Easter!
  • Reuse Easter baskets, (especially ones that are not only meant for Easter) for Halloween or for next Easter. If not, donate them instead of throwing them out. Reuse the traditional Easter baskets - like wicker baskets - at home: for craft supplies, as a fruit basket, to hold hand towels, etc.

Put These Mini Cupcakes Inside an Egg Carton

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Mini Easter-colored cupcakesYou can bake these in lighter, pastel Easter colors and place them inside an egg carton to give as an Easter gift or serve at an Easter gathering.
Mini Easter-colored cupcakes
Mini Easter-colored cupcakes | Source
You can bake these in lighter, pastel Easter colors and place them inside an egg carton to give as an Easter gift or serve at an Easter gathering.
You can bake these in lighter, pastel Easter colors and place them inside an egg carton to give as an Easter gift or serve at an Easter gathering. | Source

Make Your Own Easter Baskets with Shoe boxes

Use a shoe box to make an Easter basket.  You can use it as house décor or as a centerpiece or decorate it really nice and sturdy for kids to use for the egg hunt.
Use a shoe box to make an Easter basket. You can use it as house décor or as a centerpiece or decorate it really nice and sturdy for kids to use for the egg hunt. | Source

Reuse What You Have At Home to Make Spring Decorations

In 2012, the Huffington Post reported through a survey that the total spending for consumers for Easter was expected to reach $16.8 billion for apparel, candy, food and decorations (Huff Post News and Trends).

If that is the case, you might as well recycle and save on decorations because many of these Easter crafts can be used for décor. These crafts are all simple to make and you can improvise using whatever you have readily available to you. As long as the kids have a fun time making them and learning about Easter and what that means to your own family, then that is all that matters!


Bunny Headband Using A Cereal Box

Use the sides of the cereal box to make this headband.  Depending on the size of the child's head, you may need to use two sides.  Measure the child's head, staple it closed and make the ears using the box so that they stand up straight.
Use the sides of the cereal box to make this headband. Depending on the size of the child's head, you may need to use two sides. Measure the child's head, staple it closed and make the ears using the box so that they stand up straight. | Source

Use These Crafts for Your Easter Party

Many of these craft projects can be used for an Easter party but also for other purposes:

  • Party Favors
  • Table seating
  • Gifts for grandparents or other family members and friends
  • Table setting during Spring season
  • Table centerpieces

Daffodil in a Recycled Yogurt Cup

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Paint yogurt cup, then place tissue paper to fill the cup.  Cut out petals with construction paper and glue white cupcake liner in the middle.  Use a green straw as the stem or a popsicle or lollipop stick. This is Another popular craft on Pinterest!Paint the inside of a jar to reuse it for decoration.  Tip: Use a turkey baster to easily drop paint into opening.
Paint yogurt cup, then place tissue paper to fill the cup.  Cut out petals with construction paper and glue white cupcake liner in the middle.  Use a green straw as the stem or a popsicle or lollipop stick. This is Another popular craft on Pinterest!
Paint yogurt cup, then place tissue paper to fill the cup. Cut out petals with construction paper and glue white cupcake liner in the middle. Use a green straw as the stem or a popsicle or lollipop stick. This is Another popular craft on Pinterest! | Source
Paint the inside of a jar to reuse it for decoration.  Tip: Use a turkey baster to easily drop paint into opening.
Paint the inside of a jar to reuse it for decoration. Tip: Use a turkey baster to easily drop paint into opening. | Source

Make a Bunny Face

Use a popsicle stick, pipe cleaners and a pom pom to make this easy bunny face.  Don't forget to add the bunny ears headband!
Use a popsicle stick, pipe cleaners and a pom pom to make this easy bunny face. Don't forget to add the bunny ears headband! | Source

Make an Easter Card for Some-bunny Special

Some ideas to write on Easter cards:

  • Have a hopping Easter
  • Have an egg-citing Easter
  • Wishing you a hoppy Easter
  • Some bunny loves you
  • Wishing you an egg-cellent Easter
  • You're my special some-bunny
  • I have a tweet for you
  • A special tweet from me to you

Hand Out Bunny Cards and Envelopes for A Special Some-bunny

I made these cards using oatmeal boxes, used wrapping paper and construction paper.  Put cotton balls for tails and write a message or sign child's name.  My daughter helped glue all of this - her favorite part of crafting!
I made these cards using oatmeal boxes, used wrapping paper and construction paper. Put cotton balls for tails and write a message or sign child's name. My daughter helped glue all of this - her favorite part of crafting! | Source
Make these bunny envelopes using old envelopes from birthday and anniversary cards.  Inspired by twigglemagazine.com
Make these bunny envelopes using old envelopes from birthday and anniversary cards. Inspired by twigglemagazine.com | Source

Get Egg-cited for Easter and Spring Crafts

My daughter made these Spring crafts at our church nursery.  They said she loves doing crafts.  The same goes for when she's at home - any time there is glue and paper involved, she is egg-cited!
My daughter made these Spring crafts at our church nursery. They said she loves doing crafts. The same goes for when she's at home - any time there is glue and paper involved, she is egg-cited! | Source

Make Spring Crafts to Teach Kids About the Seasons

My daughter likes butterflies so I helped her make this one using the back of an oatmeal box, tissue paper and pipe cleaners for the antenna.  She wanted to paint flowers at the bottom, giving it a true Spring feeling!
My daughter likes butterflies so I helped her make this one using the back of an oatmeal box, tissue paper and pipe cleaners for the antenna. She wanted to paint flowers at the bottom, giving it a true Spring feeling! | Source

More Ways to Recycle Egg Cartons for Kids' Crafts

Many Ways to Recycle Egg Cartons

We go through a dozen eggs every week which means a lot of empty egg cartons. There are plenty of ways to reuse them, as I have been discovering.

  • Use them as paint containers to separate colors and to control how much paint is used.
  • Put glue in it and have kids use a paint brush, toothpick or their fingers instead of constantly squirting out glue from the bottle, which can be tough for the younger kids.
  • Flip egg carton over and poke small holes on the bottom of it to keep food that are on sticks standing straight (like marshmallow pops or cake pops).
  • When decorating cookies or cupcakes with sprinkles, pour small amounts of sprinkles into egg carton for kids to keep from pouring out too much from the container.
  • Use egg cartons to hold cupcakes - good idea when bringing cupcakes somewhere or giving them as a gift
  • Play counting games with the help of egg cartons.
  • Endless craft ideas that use egg cartons: flowers, bugs, Easter, Spring, etc.
  • Find more at sites like Pinterest.com

You can also drop them off at grocery stores like Publix that has a drop-off box for egg cartons.

Fingerprint Bunny

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Paint the child's top part of her thumb and place it onto the paper for the bunny's face.  Next, paint the top part of the pointer finger to make the ears.  You will have to paint the finger again for the second ear.  This would be a nice card, too.
Paint the child's top part of her thumb and place it onto the paper for the bunny's face.  Next, paint the top part of the pointer finger to make the ears.  You will have to paint the finger again for the second ear.  This would be a nice card, too.
Paint the child's top part of her thumb and place it onto the paper for the bunny's face. Next, paint the top part of the pointer finger to make the ears. You will have to paint the finger again for the second ear. This would be a nice card, too. | Source

Use Leftover Paper and Scraps for Easter Grass

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Instead of store-bought Easter grass, use the scraps of paper left from your crafts or newspaper as grass/filler for baskets.  Just crinkle strips by folding them into small folds.I painted my son's foot and had him step onto the cereal board.  He wanted to his footprint  into a bunny.Another bunny my son created with his painted foot.
Instead of store-bought Easter grass, use the scraps of paper left from your crafts or newspaper as grass/filler for baskets.  Just crinkle strips by folding them into small folds.
Instead of store-bought Easter grass, use the scraps of paper left from your crafts or newspaper as grass/filler for baskets. Just crinkle strips by folding them into small folds. | Source
I painted my son's foot and had him step onto the cereal board.  He wanted to his footprint  into a bunny.
I painted my son's foot and had him step onto the cereal board. He wanted to his footprint into a bunny. | Source
Another bunny my son created with his painted foot.
Another bunny my son created with his painted foot. | Source

Wishing You an Egg-cellent Easter!

Whether you celebrate Easter, you can always do these crafts with kids to celebrate the season of Spring, which is my favorite season. Everything just seems more colorful, bright-spirited and happy. Spring is also a good time to do some Spring cleaning, re-organize and figure out what to do with things you have not touched in six months or six years! Make use of some of those items by doing crafts with the kids and teach them a couple facts about Spring or Easter.

Wishing you all a happy Spring and egg-cellent Easter!


©BNadyn 2014

Fill Your Easter Basket with Some Marshmallow Peeps

History of Easter Bunny

The Easter bunny originated from German immigrants when they arrived to the United States in the 1700s. They brought over their tradition of a hare that lays colored eggs. The hare was called "Oster Hayes" or "Oschter Haws." Children would make nests for it to lay its eggs in but over time, the Easter baskets replaced the nests and chocolate and candy became part of the tradition to receive on Easter from this Easter bunny.

Read more at History.com: Easter Symbols and Traditions.

More Fun Facts About Easter

Here are more things you may not know about Easter, which can also be found from the above article in History.com:

  • "The largest Easter egg ever made was over 25 feet high and weighed over 8,000 pounds. It was built out of chocolate and marshmallow and supported by an internal steel frame."
  • According to some sources, the tradition of decorating Easter eggs dates back to the 13th century and may have began as a way to mark the end of the period of penance and fasting.
  • Easter is the best-selling candy holiday in America, following after Halloween.
  • For the past decade, the marshmallow Peeps have been the top-selling non-chocolate candy.

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    Hopeloveee 3 years ago

    You too, and have a Happy Easter!

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Thank you, have a wonderful weekend!

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    Hopeloveee 3 years ago

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing!

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hi, Chitrangada, thank you. Kids can learn plenty while working on arts and crafts and they are a lot of fun for them, too. My kids like getting a little messy and know it's okay while doing this! It's good to teach them to help the environment, also, while they are young. Thanks for reading, voting up and sharing. :)

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hello, Eddy, that's exciting to have your grandkids over and I think they'll enjoy these easy crafts! Thanks for sharing and enjoy the holiday with your family. :)

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    Hi, Sharon, yes, I agree, we don't need to spend so much money for these holidays. It really does help us get more creative when we look at how we can simply reuse other items and the kids don't care one way or the other. Thanks for reading! Enjoy the rest of your week. :)

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    Chitrangada Sharan 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

    All these ideas are so very creative and look beautiful. It's a good idea to use recycled materials for these projects. Good for the kids to learn and good for the environment too.

    Thanks for sharing! Voted up and shared on HP!

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    Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

    What a wonderful hub ; so colourful with easy to follow instructions ;just in time too as our grandkids come to stay for Easter tomorrow.

    Voted up and shared.

    Eddy.

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    Sharon 3 years ago from Perth

    Great ideas for recycling for easter. To much money is spent on these things, we have to be more creative and this article should help.

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    Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

    That's a great idea, I was thinking about doing that! I do have another one I'd like to write about this week. I've been inspired since my little girl is so hands on now with making crafts since she began going to our church nursery. Thank you for the suggestion, I appreciate it. :)

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    Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

    I love the recycling angle to this craft hub. Perhaps that would be a great niche for you to write about...various craft projects using recycled items...I don't think I've seen others write about it. Just an idea.