Easter crafts are a fun way to get kids excited about the holiday while keeping them occupied for a few hours. These crafts are perfect for home or school and can be used as decorations or gifts.
Cut 2-inch thick strips of pastel construction paper or colored computer paper. Kids can make Easter chains by taping or stapling the strips of paper to form links, alternating between colors. Pastel yellow, pink, green, blue and lilac are ideal Easter colors; you can also use patterned or metallic paper, but make sure it's two-sided. Hang Easter chains on windows or over bulletin boards.
Help kids form flowers out of pipe cleaners by showing them how to pinch a pipe cleaner into a zig-zag shape and twist together the two ends, creating petals. Then show kids how to wrap a green pipe cleaner around the bottom of flower, creating a stem. If desired, they can twist a leaf from the green pipe cleaner. Kids can make a pipe cleaner bouquet from different colors of pipe cleaners, wrapping it in tissue paper for a finishing touch, or stick pipe cleaner flowers into a green foam block to form a pipe cleaner garden.
Kids can make a colorful Easter cup by decorating an empty, rinsed can. Use a glue gun to attach paper to cans and then let kids decorate the cans with construction paper, pretty ribbons, stencils, buttons, sequins and other embellishments. Kids can make Easter-themed cups with eggs, bunnies or chicks, or they can make abstract designs with Easter colors. Kids can use their Easter cups to display pipe cleaner flowers or hold pencils and pens.
Cut egg-shaped ovals out of thick cardboard and let kids decorate them with construction paper, tissue paper, markers, crayons, acrylic paint, glitter paint and ribbon. After the eggs dry, attach a strip of magnetic tape to the back of the cardboard. Display egg magnets on the refrigerator or on metal cabinets.
Your kids will enjoy pretending to be Easter bunnies in homemade bunny headbands. Let kids cut bunny ears from pink construction paper. If desired, help them cut a second shape from white construction paper and use a glue stick to attach it to the first piece of construction paper. Tape the paper ears to a kid-sized headband. If you want to make bunny ears that are more durable, cut the ears from felt and hot-glue them to the headband.
Transform basic dyed eggs into artistic masterpieces by adding paper embellishments. Make an egg bunny by cutting two ears from construction paper or scrapbooking paper and gluing them to back of the smaller end of an egg dyed pink. Draw two eyes with a marker and glue on a small triangular nose and thin paper whiskers. Make an egg bird or chick by gluing wings and a beak to an egg dyed blue or yellow and drawing eyes with a marker. Alternately, let kids get creative and invent their own egg animals, such as egg pandas or egg elephants.