5 Ways to Get Colorful and Creative this Easter

The holiday comes on the early side this year; prep yourself with hands-on family activities to make the most of an upcoming spring break.

For many of us across the country, the timing of Easter symbolizes the start of the colorful, fresh season of spring. Due to the early March 27th date of the holiday this year, though, that may not be the case in many regions, but the idea itself remains the same and there are some great crafts your family can take part in, as some time off from school or work is enjoyed. The best part is that the following activities can be conducted indoors if spring hasn’t, well, sprung, in your neck of the woods quite yet. Read on!

  1. Jellybean Bracelets

If there’s a jellybean fan in your home, and we’re guessing there’s at least one, consider this festive jewelry craft. These are very cute, and very easy to make. All you will need is some jellybeans of course (you can use same colored ones, or a variety pack depending on the final look each person’s going for), stretch cord, and a sewing needle. Cut the elastic cording to about 6” in length, and tie a few knots at the bottom, keeping these an inch or so from the end. Help your child by threading the cording through the needle, and thread each jellybean through the needle, onto the cording. This process is easier if a hard surface, such as a tabletop, is used to press the bottom of the needle into. When the stringing process is done, measure the bracelet on your child’s wrist. Once you have enough jellybeans to wrap around, triple knot the bracelet together and trim off the excess. Voilà – a ready-to-go Easter accesory!

  1. Wine Cork Chicks

Are you a mom who likes her wine? Do you think this is a silly question to even be asked? Well, if you save your wine corks, here’s a great Easter activity that can put them to good use. You will need a wine cork, yellow paint, orange/white construction paper, scissors, and a black Sharpie. Start by having your child dip the end of the wine cork into yellow paint, and stamp it on a white piece of paper. Once the yellow paint dries, draw two little legs and feet on the chicks with the black marker. Fold a piece of orange construction paper in half and cut out little triangles to make beaks. Now time for the wings; you will need to use the edges of the wine cork and kind of make little lines coming out from the sides.

  1. Easter Egg Garland

Who said garland is only for Christmas? Not us! Grab some paint chip samples/swatches from your local hardware store, or simply use heavier construction paper. Create an egg template that your child can trace on the chip or construction paper, then he or she can cut out the egg shapes. Punch two small holes in the top of each egg with an extra small hole punch, and thread the eggs onto a piece of waxed cotton.  Once all your eggs are strung up, you just have to find the perfect spot for them. Consider the fireplace; it has possibly felt a bit lonely in the months since Santa’s visit.

  1. Carrot Napkin Holder

This craft is not only fun, it serves a purpose when you host Easter brunch. All you need is orange construction paper, tape or glue, green napkins, and an orange marker. Cut your construction paper into a cone or “carrot” shape, and roll up the paper to look like a carrot. Glue or tape will secure it. If the end of your carrot is a little uneven, you can trim it with scissors. If you wish, use an orange marker to make “carrot” lines on your paper. Then, unfold your green napkin once, so that it makes a long rectangle. Gather it in the middle, and insert it into your paper carrot.  

  1. Handprint Lamb

A craft involving a child’s little handprint makes a wonderful gift, or a sentimental item to hold onto, symbolizing a holiday of a certain year. This particular craft requires construction paper, cotton balls, white glue, black acrylic paint, a small wiggle eye, a black Sharpie, a paintbrush, and ribbon. Start by writing your child’s name, age, and year of the project on the back of the construction paper. Use the paintbrush to cover the palm of your child’s hand with black paint. Immediately press the child’s hand onto the construction paper to create the handprint. After a good hand washing, your child can then glue cotton balls to the palm print, overlapping the fingers a bit. Next, glue a wiggle eye onto the “thumb,” and use the marker to draw on an ear. Tie 6” of ribbon into a bow, trim off any excess, and glue it onto the “neck” of the lamb. Again use the marker, this time to write “Happy Easter” across the top!

These Easter-themed crafts require just a few supplies, and are simple and a whole lot of fun to do. Whether you’re seeing bright sunshine and vibrant flowers, or still some snow (ugh!) outside your window this Easter season, the meaningful theme of spring can be celebrated regardless, thanks to the festive ideas presented here.

About Susie Almaneih

Susie Almaneih spent several years during her young adulthood teaching children dance at her church group, as well as other cultural-based activities. Susie now spends as much time as she can giving back to the families in her community. Over the years, this love for community has evolved into a deeper love for delivering positive and creative content and awareness to families of all ages.

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