Does the idea of crafting with young children fill you with dread? Take a deep breath and keep reading, because it turns out that not all DIY projects require making a special trip to the arts and craft shop and covering the entire kitchen with newspaper.
From egg shell painting to creating bubbles with just baking soda and vinegar, we've found 12 fun and easy Easter crafts that you can do with kids, mostly with objects you'll already have lying around the house! Have fun!
1. Patterned egg shells
You’ll need paper towels, a disposable plastic container, nail polishes in assorted colours, a wooden skewer, water at room temperature, fresh hollowed eggs or polystyrene eggs, a drinking straw and needle*.
Cover your table with paper towels to protect it then fill the plastic container three-quarters full with water at room temperature. (This is very important – if the water is too cold or too hot, the polish will sink or thicken too quickly). Pour a few drops of each nail polish over the water surface. The more you use, the darker and more covered the eggs will get. Lightly swirl the water with a skewer to combine the colours a little. Take care not to over-mix. Working quickly, dip an egg into the water, twirling it around until it’s covered all over with colour. Set the egg aside in the empty egg box to dry. Use the nail polish remover to get rid of any polish on your fingers. To hang your eggs, ask a grown-up to thread a long sewing/darning needle with thread before you do your marbling. Poke the needle through the hole at one end of the egg, and out through the other, then tie a large knot at the bottom to secure it.
TOP TIP TO HOLLOWING OUT EGGS: Pierce the top and bottom of an egg with a needle. Push the needle through one of the holes and swirl it around to break up the yolk. Working over a bowl, put the end of a straw over one of the holes and blow until all the contents have come out of the other end (keep the eggs in the fridge to scramble later). Repeat for all the eggs. Rinse out each egg with water and allow to dry overnight.
*Children should always be supervised by an adult when using sharp tools or components.
2. Simple science
These pretty bubbles look so fun and only require a few ingredients that you probably already have lying around the house! The trick to these funny fizzles is adding white vinegar to baking soda and food colouring and there you have it! Who knew science could be so fun? Get the full instructions from crafts blogger Makeandtakes.
3. Potato stamps
Grown-ups will need to make the actual potato stamps using a sharp knife and a felt tip pen but once that's done then the children are free to get busy stamping! Find out how to make the potato stamps from Mummies Club here.
4. Pin the tail on the rabbit
Not just a fun crafts idea for little ones to enjoy but a game, too! Draw a bunny outline for them, cut out a few squares of white paper and then watch as children try to pin the tail on the bunny. Pink Stripey Socks has lots of cute craft and game ideas for children that will keep them entertained while you're busy making Easter lunch!
5. Painted rainbows
These painted rainbows from blogger Artful Parent are so pretty and surprisingly easy to set up. Children and adults alike will love giving these a go!
6. Bunny handprints
These handprints look cute just as they are, or you can do as clever Kids Activites blogger has done and make them into bunny and chick puppets! Find out how at kidsactivitesblog.com.
7. Rainbow pull apart bread
Mini Rainbow Pull Apart Bread. �� This is insanely easy (just ONE ingredient)! And so much fun for kids to "paint" a rainbow on and watch puff up into colorful pieces of dough. Turn it into a treat spread with frosting and sprinkles. Hey it's still less sweet than cake �� See recipe and step by step pics on the site (link in profile). ��������
Can you believe these little bundles of joy only have one ingredient? Not only that, but little ones can gobble them up afterwards (try topping with icing and sprinkles for a tasty treat!). Find out how to make these rainbow pull apart bread rolls at hellowonderful.co.
8. Paper plate owls
Tiny tots will need some help assembling their owls but will have plenty of fun painting the plates and glueing the feathers on. Learn how to make these brilliant feathered owls.
9. Sun catcher
These tissue paper suncatchers aren't just fun to make but they'll look beautiful hanging in your window. Find out how to make them at artfulparent.com.
10. Bunny egg holders
Loo rolls certainly do come in handy for Easter crafts! These loo roll egg holders are simple to make and will look so cute on the dining table come Easter morning. You can just as easily make little chicks instead of bunnies, too. Find out how at pysselbolaget.se.
11. Paper plate Easter chicks
Children can help tear up tissue paper first and scrunching it up, before painting plates yellow and sticking the paper on. Here's how Clare's Little Tots made these sweet plates.
12. Hyacinth flowers
i heart crafty things made these adorable purple Hyacinth flowers by dipping the top of an empty water bottle in purple paint, then adding the green stems on after. Easy!