Easy Easter and Spring Crafts Using Recycled Material
Create A Fun Project by Recycling
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 CupsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Recycle Items You Already Have for CraftsClick thumbnail to view full-size
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!
Scissors for the Kids
Use Newspaper to Make Craft Eggs and Bunnies
Use Toilet Paper Tubes to Create A Family of BunniesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Is Easter a holiday you celebrate?
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 CartonClick thumbnail to view full-size
Make Your Own Easter Baskets with Shoe boxes
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 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 CupClick thumbnail to view full-size
Make a Bunny Face
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
Stop by my blog for more ways to recycle at home:
Hand Out Bunny Cards and Envelopes for A Special Some-bunny
Get Egg-cited for Easter and Spring Crafts
Don't Forget Food Coloring Gel
Make Spring Crafts to Teach Kids About the Seasons
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 BunnyClick thumbnail to view full-size
Use Leftover Paper and Scraps for Easter GrassClick thumbnail to view full-size
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!
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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