Sunday, March 28, 2010

Easter Crafts for Kids

A great Easter project for kids is Jewelled Easter Eggs. They are fun to make, so will keep the kids entertained for hours, and the kids will love showing off their handiwork afterwards! The following tutorials are from Kaboose.




What you'll need:

  • Boiled or Chocolatescape Eggs (see tips below)
  • Glitter paint with tip (on bottle)
  • Flat sided jewels in multiple colors and sizes
  • Egg cartons, empty
  • Tweezers, optional
  • Ice pick (if using Chocolatescape Eggs)


How to make it:

If using Chocolatescape Eggs:
Click here for directions on how to make Chocolatescape Eggs.
You will need to let the eggs dry once you decorate them. Use the ice pick to poke a hole in the parts of the egg carton that stick up (dividing the eggs). You can then place the stick through this hole to allow your decorative egg to dry.
If using boiled eggs:
You will need to decorate only one side of the egg at a time. Let dry either on egg cartons turned upside down or a cooling rack. Decorate other side when first side is dry.
  1. At the top of the egg, make a scalloped circular design with the glitter paint, if desired. Make sure there is a "puddle" of paint on the top. Place a jewel on the top of the egg in the puddle of paint.
  2. Make a "puddle" of paint on the side of the egg. Place a jewel in the "puddle". (Note: You can make the "puddles" as small or as large as you wish, just make sure it is large enough to hold the jewel in place.)
  3. Repeat as many times as desired around the egg. (Reminder: If this egg is not on a stick, you will need to leave one side empty until it is dry.)
  4. Let dry as described above.
  5. Place on a decorative plate, an Easter basket, or make an arrangement for your table.


Tips:

We tried using glitter glue but found that it was much runnier than the glitter paint. You could dye or color (if using Chocolatescape Eggs) the eggs before using the glitter paint and jewels. (Don't dip Chocolatescape Eggs in dye!

What you'll need:


  • White poster board
  • Pink construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tacky glue or school glue
  • Tape or stapler
  • Easter stickers, optional
  • Markes, crayons, or colored pencils; optional


How to make it:

  1. Cut a strip of poster board about 2" wide by about 24" long.
  2. Cut out 2 ears out of poster board each about 8 1/2" long x 3 1/2" wide.
  3. Cut out 2 smaller ears out of pink construction paper.
  4. Glue the pink ears inside the white ears.
  5. Glue the ears inside the band, positioning to fit behind the child's head.
  6. Let the child decorate the head band with stickers, markers, crayons, or colored pencils if they wish.
  7. Tape or staple the band to fit the child. Cut off any excess.





What you'll need:

  • Cotton balls
  • Foam (polystyrene) egg
  • White chenille stem (pipe cleaner)
  • Thicker pink chenille stem (pipe cleaner)
  • Wiggle eyes
  • Small pink pom-pom
  • Thin wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Fabric or lace


How to make it:

  1. Glue cotton balls on a foam egg for tail and feet.
  2. Bend white pipe cleaner around a thicker pink pipe cleaner for the ears. Stick a pair at the top of the egg. 
  3. Add wiggle eyes, a small pink pom-pom nose and thin wire whiskers.
  4. Place on a cardboard circle with hole cut out for base of egg to rest in. The cardboard can be covered with fabric or lace.


Tips:

Tacky Glue is better for crafts than hot glue, which kids can easily get hurt using; it's thicker and tackier than white craft glue and dries quickly.

For more great Easter craft projects visit: http://crafts.kaboose.com/holidays/easter/

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