Hosting a party this Easter?
For an adventure-packed time that children will love, discover these great ideas for an epic egg hunt as well as cute makes to bring out their creative side.
Ready, steady, go...
EASTER EGG SUN CATCHERS
Hang these stained-glass-effect eggs near a window and watch them catch the light.
1. Take a few pieces of tissue paper in a selection of colours and cut into small pieces with scissors – a range of different shapes is best.
2. Cut open a plastic folder to give you 2 sheets of plastic. Using a black permanent marker, draw egg shapes on the plastic, then turn it over.
3. Using a brush, fill in one of the egg outlines with PVA glue, then cover it in some of the tissue paper shapes, overlapping the pieces as you stick them down. Make sure to take the tissue to the edge of the outline. Paint another layer of glue over the whole egg shape.
4. Repeat with the other eggs, trying out different patterns of paper.
5. Leave to dry completely. Carefully peel each paper egg away from the plastic. Use scissors to trim round each egg shape to neaten it up.
6. Use a gold pen to draw a thick outline around the edge of each egg. Finish off by threading lengths of gold thread through the top of the eggs for hanging.
THE GREAT EGG HUNT
An Easter party isn’t complete without an egg hunt. Hide wrapped eggs outside or around the house, give every child a basket, then let them see what they can find. Or split your ‘egg hunters’ into teams and see how quickly they can fill up their baskets. If older kids find the eggs too easily, up the challenge by giving them Easter-themed clues to lead to the hidden treasure.
These sweet chick and bunny finger puppets are fun to make from felt – though a grown-up might have to help with the stitching.
You will need:
Bunny and chick templates - print onto A4 paper.
15 x 10cm rectangles of yellow and grey felt, plus smaller pieces of pink, white, green and light yellow
Yellow and grey embroidery thread
PVA or fabric glue
Small white pom pom
1. To make the chick puppet, print and cut out the templates below. Take the yellow felt and fold it in two. Place the template onto the felt and pin in place. Cut out (you can draw round the template first, if you like), along with the four wings and beak.
2. Place two wings on top of the body and stitch in place using a running or cross stitch (alternatively, simply glue them in place). Repeat with the second body piece, making sure you place the wings on the opposite side this time.
3. Glue the beak onto the reverse of one of the body pieces.
4. Place the two body pieces together, so both the wings are on the outside, and sew around the edge with a running or over stitch. Continue sewing until you’ve gone all round the edge, making sure to leave a gap at the bottom to put your fingers. Glue an eye on each side of the chick’s head.
5. To make the flower decoration, cut a circle of felt about 3cm in diameter. Then cut a spiral into the felt (see picture). Roll up the spiral from the outside end, hold between your fingers and glue the bottom in place. Cut a couple of leaf shapes, place onto your chick head then glue the flower on top.
6. To make the bunny, repeat the above steps but with the bunny template and felt. Glue two pink ears in place and, when you begin stitching around the body, stick a small white pom pom on its bottom. When you reach the base of the ears, stitch across the head (as opposed to around the ears) so the ears can move freely. If you have some pink nail varnish or a pink pen, draw a small nose on the bunny, too.
bunny treat holder
Turn an empty plastic drinks bottle into a cute bunny container that’s ideal for filling with mini eggs.
1. First, print out the templates onto A4 paper, and cut out with scissors. Wrap the main bunny template around the bottom of an empty, dry 1.5L clear plastic drinks bottle, positioning it so that the front of the rabbit shape aligns with 2 of the ‘feet’ of the bottle. Use sticky tape to join the template at the back.
2. Carefully cut the bottle around the template with sharp scissors. Discard the top part of the bottle.
3. Use a paintbrush to paint the inside of the bunny holder with acrylic paint – it’s best to paint several thin layers, letting them dry in between.
4. Using the other templates, cut a circle of white felt for a tummy and 2 pieces of pink felt for the ears. Use PVA glue to stick these in place on the front of the bunny, then glue a pompom or cotton wool ball to the back for a tail.
5. Glue on 2 googly eyes and add pink nail varnish cheeks and a nose. Finally, dot in eyelashes and whiskers with a black permanent marker.
This cute rabbit pompom disappearing into a 'burrow' is fun to make and will be a cute decoration for your Easter table – simply fill the pots with chocolate treats.
You will need:
For the flower pot
Old plastic soup pot or tin can
For the bunny bottom
Cardboard (old cereal boxes work well)
Small white pom pom or cotton wool ball
Felt (the same colour as the wool)
1. To cover the pot, cut a piece of paper big enough to cover the sides of the plastic pot. Fix in place using double-sided tape. Cut a second piece of paper large enough to go around the top of the pot, and fold down inside the pot. Fix in place with double-sided tape and fill the pot with scrunched up paper or mini eggs.
2. To make the bunny bottom, use this template to cut two pom pom makers out of card. Place the two pieces of card together so the slits line up.
3. Start winding the wool around the cardboard circles. Keep winding until the circles are full (the slits in the cardboard should help wind the wool more easily when the makers get full).
4. Carefully snip the wool around the edge of the cardboard circles – keep cutting until you see the cardboard.
5. Take 50cm wool and carefully feed it between the two circles of cardboard around the middle. Tie a tight knot and then wind it back on itself and tie a double knot as tightly as possible.
6. Remove the pom pom from the cardboard, trimming if necessary. Glue the small white pom pom or cotton wool ball in place, on one side of the pom pom.
7. Next, make the feet. Use the template to cut two feet from the felt. Add small dabs of glue to create a paw print and cover with glitter. Shake off any excess and leave to dry.
8. When dry, place the feet either side of the tail and glue. Place the finished bunny on top of the flower pot.
To create a wonderful centrepiece for your celebrations, let the kids choose their favourite hanging decorations to adorn this pretty tree, then arrange cute chicks and rabbits underneath. Easter tree*, £5; bunny, Easter egg and glitter egg hanging decorations*, £1 each; hopping bunny and chicks*, 47p each; glitter carrots**, £1; character fillable eggs*, 47p each.
Layered paper cake cases create pretty flowers for these fun-to-make cards – just the thing to give to someone special.
1. To make the flowers, take a selection of coloured paper cupcake cases. Using scissors, cut round a few of them to make them shorter, and cut out petal shapes in a few more.
2. Put a spot of glue in the bottom of a whole cake case, then position a trimmed case inside. Repeat with another trimmed case, if you like. Decorate by drawing dots inside the finished flower with felt tip pens.
3. Repeat to make more flowers, varying the colours of the cupcake cases and the shapes you cut out.
4. Fold a piece of white card in half and lay flat with the crease to the left. Spread glue on the base of each cupcake case flower, position on the front of the card and press down to make sure it sticks. Leave to dry completely.
5. Use felt tip pens to draw stems and leaves onto the card.
From pretty ribbon to fun kits, we have a great range of craft essentials to keep little ones busy. Set up a table at the party with a selection of kits, glue and scissors – and let the kids get creative...
From below left: Foam ribbon*; gingham ribbon* (4-pack); foam shapes* (3-pack); £1 each. Easter pom pom characters kit*, £1 (2-pack).
After all that drawing, folding, cutting and sticking, your little crafters deserve something special to say ‘well done’.
There will be smiles all round when you serve the party drinks in these fun chick and bunny mugs. Chick mug, £3.
Fun & fluffy
Marshmallow bites with cheeky faces. Asda Chick Mallows, £2.
Treasure seekers will love these fruit flavoured, carrot-shaped jellies. Asda Jelly Carrots, 89p.
*Available from 1 April 2019.