5 Fun Easter Crafts

Since Easter is right around the corner, here are some egg-themed, spring-time crafts to play with and put you in the mood for sunshine.

• Make an Easter wreath for your front door. Use the trendy color bronze for the base of your wreath by either wrapping bronze ribbon all the way around or simply tying off the top with a bow. Add in some painted wooden eggs in your favorite Easter pastel (bird’s egg blue looks quite nice!) and you’ve got the perfect decoration. Attach the wooden eggs using hot glue or wrap them tightly with clear fishing line to secure, especially if you’re hanging it from a door that is frequently used.

• Decorate hard-boiled eggs with crayon instead of the usual egg dye. This craft idea is great for little ones who don’t have the patience to wait for the liquid dye to set in and are already familiar with holding crayons.

Just hard boil the eggs (about 15 minutes) and immediately place them into an egg crate. While the eggs are still very hot (so use caution that little fingers don’t touch them!) begin to color on the shell. Kids will be fascinated at how the crayon wax melts on contact so it is almost like painting.

• Craft an egg topiary. Pick up a Styrofoam cone, some shredded paper “grass” and some foam or plastic eggs. Using a hot glue gun, attach the eggs to the cone starting from the bottom and fill in the gaps with the grass. Top with a Peeps candy bunny.

• Make Rice Krispies Treat nests. Follow the recipe on the Rice Krispies cereal box and press the mixture into a muffin tin instead. Use a spoon to indent the center and make the mold into almost a cup shape. After they’ve cooled, remove from the pan and place jelly beans or candy eggs inside. To make this even more fun, add food coloring to the butter and marshmallow mixture to dye the nests bright pastels for spring.

• Kids love to stamp, so make your own egg stamps out of raw red potatoes. Simply cut the potato in half leaving an egg-shaped flat surface. Use a paring knife to carve out zig-zag lines or other patterns on the flat part of the potato. Then, dip the pattern side into washable or acrylic paint (or for fancier designs, use a paint brush to apply) and press onto fabric or paper. You can even carve a handle out of the rounded side for little fingers to more easily grasp.

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