My Favorite Easter Crafts for Kids
As Easter approaches, I get out my trusty craft binder and look for the very best Easter Crafts for Kids. I've selected my favorites and am sharing them with you here. Some are my own ideas, some I've collected over the years from other crafters, and some are from trusted websites. I've added any hints and tips I've learned along the way to make these crafts as kid-friendly as possible.
I hope you find an Easter Craft that will work for you and your children or for a classroom full of eager crafters.
Stained Glass Window Eggs
Hang this Easter Kid's Craft in a window
Here's a craft that resembles a stained glass window when complete. This craft can be adapted for any holiday by changing the shape of the outline and the colors of tissue paper used. For Easter, use a cross or an egg shape: Here's an egg shaped template you can print out, then reduce or enlarge from FamilyFun.
Tips and Hints: the size of the "window" should be proportional to the age of the child. A young child may "burn out" before he or she is finished with a large window cut out. My 12 year old was able to make a full sized sun catcher from a 9"x12" sheet of construction paper. But a younger child will probably need a shape about 1/2 of a sheet of paper.
Clear Contact Paper
Glue or glue stick
Suction cup hanger
Colored tissue torn into approx. 1" pieces
1. Cut out an egg shape from the center of a piece of construction paper. Repeat, using the first sheet as a guide so the sheets are identical.
2. Cut out a piece of clear contact paper about an inch larger than the egg shape and attach it to one of the pieces of construction paper making a "window".
3. Have an assortment of torn tissue paper ready to use in various colors.
4. Attach pieces of tissue paper to the sticky side of the "window" of the egg shape until it's fully covered.
5. Using glue or a glue stick, glue down construction paper #2 to construction paper #1, lining up the eggs to match exactly. Be sure to glue right up to the edge of the egg shape. Allow to dry if using glue.
6. Cut another piece of contact paper a little larger than the egg shape and carefully press it down on top of the tissue covered egg to seal everything.
7. Trim around egg leaving about 1/2 inch of the construction paper for a border.
8. Punch a hole at the top of the egg and hang in a window.
Leave it plain or decorate it
Don't forget about the tried and true woven placemat. There are many methods for making placemats - this is the method I use with kids. You leave the main sheet of construction paper intact at one edge. You'll see what I mean.
We used Easter colors for this placemat. I made the strips rather wide at 1.5 inches (which works out perfect for 9 x 12 construction paper). I made them wide so that we could decorate it with thumbprint art on the resulting squares. Weaving in a strip or two of white paper is great for the thumbprint art since it shows up best on white paper.
For younger kids, weaving the placemat is probably enough for one sitting. Older kids could add the thumbprint art especially if they had 2 craft sessions. I've written an article (listed below) all about thumbprint art if you'd like to learn more, but here's a quick example of a cute cat to get you started.
Easter Paper Doll Chains
Three designs to choose from
Here's an Easter Paper Doll Chain which can be made from any number of simple Easter symbols. Kids always LOVE paper chains sometimes called paper dolls. We made this duck shape we found online, but bunnies, eggs or flowers would be cute too. I'm going to make a couple more and add them here.
I cut our paper to 10 inches long (it had been 11") and folded it back and forth every 2". This made 5 layers of paper. Or you can leave the paper 11" long and fold in half and half again to get 4 layers (refold to make accordion style). The more layers, the harder it is to cut. Use a copier to get your shape just the right width to match the width of your paper.
Decoupage Glass Bottles or Jars
This one is pretty simple once you've got your supplies ready. Spread out newspaper over work tables, portion out the Mod Podge (decoupage glue) to kids and this craft won't be as messy as you think.
Cleaned glass jar of any variety
Crepe paper (I call it streamer paper) or colored tissue paper torn into approx. 1 inch pieces
*I use Mod Podge brand in a matte finish. I like the matte finish better than the glossy. Mod Podge can be found at any craft store.
What to do:
1. Apply Mod Podge to glass jar with paintbrush one section at a time (so it doesn't dry out too fast).
2. Using your fingers, apply pieces of torn papers to wet Mod Podge overlapping paper pieces.
3. Seal paper pieces with another coat of Mod Podge on top.
4. Let dry
It's fine to decoupage the bottom of the glass jar too, just turn it upside down to dry.
Easter Flower Bouquet - Flower shapes OR egg shapes work well for this craft
Cut flower shapes out of colorful paper. I found these three flower shapes in an old clip art package. I used some cardboard to make sturdy templates of the shapes. For the paper, I used scrapbook paper, but construction paper or kid-colored flowers from a coloring page will work too. Tape the cut out flowers onto wooden sticks (I used wooden skewers because I had them handy). Stick them in floral foam or display them in a vase.
Tips and Hints: If you decide to use scrapbook paper or construction paper, PRE-CUT the paper into squares a little larger than the flower templates (as shown above) before handing it out to children. This will save them frustration from handling a large piece of paper and will save paper too as kids tend to trace things in the center of a sheet of paper - no matter how large it is.
Combine the 2 crafts above
Spring flowers in a pretty decoupaged bottle
I think this would be a fantastic project to make for an elderly person, a sick neighbor or a teacher or school principal. I stuffed white tissue down into the bottle because the sticks weren't long enough to make varying heights. This worked OK, but if the mouth on the jar had been wider, I would have put a piece of floral foam into it. I could have then adjusted the sticks much more easily.
Another idea (I hadn't thought of until just now) would be to decoupage the bottle with small pieces of the same scrapbook paper the flowers are made from. The flowers would match perfectly to the bottle. The paper pieces would have to be small though as that paper is thicker than crepe paper. If I attempt this, I'll post it here.
Easter Chick with Wings Craft
Card or Decoration
Note: Kaboose is no longer available so I can't provide a link to this template. It's not very difficult to duplicate though.
This Easter Chick Craft is from Kaboose and it gets a thumbs-up. The instructions call this an Easter card, but I'm simply using it as a decoration. You'll need a willing set of hands to be traced for the chick wings (shouldn't be too hard to find). My "baby" is almost as tall as I am, but still enjoys holiday crafts so I enlarged the egg shape on the provided template for a better match to the size of her hands.
Cotton balls and clothespins
This Easter Lamb Craft is irresistibly cute. I saw this craft in a girl's club workbook many years ago and have loved it ever since. This is one of my daughter's favorite Easter crafts. I think because the sheep are so cute.
2 clothespins per sheep
1. Trace sheep template onto white card stock and cut it out.
2. Draw in face of sheep with black marker on both sides of sheep's head.
3. Attach clothespins (sheep legs) to sheep body testing to make sure sheep stands up properly.
4. Using a zig zag or crosshatch pattern, squeeze glue onto sheep body.
5. Add cotton balls to sheep's body being careful to not cover the ears and tail. Cotton balls can be used full size or for smaller cotton balls, pull each cotton ball in half and re-roll into balls in the palms of your hands.
6. Let dry.
I don't have a pdf file of this sheep template to offer, but I scanned it and am posting it below. Feel free to right-click on the sheep and "save as" to use for this project. This will give you an outline you can tweak to your liking.
What's your favorite Easter Kid's Craft?
imagelist lm on April 08, 2013:
A really helpful lens...
gin001 on March 30, 2013:
Loved the decoupage bottle. Really nice lens. Thanks for sharing.
OUTFOXprevention1 on March 28, 2013:
I like the bottle craft. Thanks for the share.
LynetteBell from Christchurch, New Zealand on March 25, 2013:
hovirag on March 25, 2013:
I found the Easter chick the funniest of all :)
anonymous on March 20, 2013:
Thanks for so many great craft ideas! With an infant in the house my 4 year old and I find ourselves home more so we are bored of our go to craft projects! Will be trying out most of these
anonymous on March 20, 2013:
nick-gondoras on March 12, 2013:
Going to share these crafts (this lense) with my eight year old
dellgirl on March 11, 2013:
Thanks for sharing these great ideas on Easter crafts for kids. Nice work.
Kay on March 11, 2013:
I remember how much I loved doing the placemats as a kid. Think I'll do this with my daughter this week. Have a very blessed Easter!
anonymous on March 11, 2013:
Very Interesting lens! Thanks allot for the info.
john9229 on March 11, 2013:
Great Ideas! My son going to love this crafts.
Deadicated LM on March 10, 2013:
Wow, the glass bottle brings back memories, it was one of the first craft project I remember doing in school. Cool selection of craft projects, thanks for sharing.
Sweetbunny LM on March 10, 2013:
Lots of great ideas, I especially like the paper ducks! Great lens! Thanks.
RetroMom on March 10, 2013:
Thanks for sharing these. My kids would love these activities.
WickedWoman on March 10, 2013:
These look like fun! I look forward to giving them a try with my kids :)
Elyn MacInnis from Shanghai, China on March 10, 2013:
Making stained glass windows is a lot of fun, but these are all ones kids would love. Me too!
elizajane202 lm on March 10, 2013:
So many to pick from. My kids will love this, I love all the pictures.
ericsdorsey on March 09, 2013:
The stained glass window eggs look like lots of fun. Great lens idea! Thank you for sharing.
rattie lm on March 09, 2013:
I used to make a stained-glass window with children using pastel crayons. The children covered their paper with abstract designs. We then 'painted' over them with vegetable oil and when hung on the windows, they looked amazingly like stained glass. Cleaning the classroom windows afterwards is another story!
Vera-S on March 09, 2013:
So many nice ideas. Easter lamb is my favourite.
liamsquidoo on March 09, 2013:
Great job on this lens. Keep it up!
The-Quirky-Banana on March 09, 2013:
Such a great variety of creative ideas! Congrats on Lens of the Day and on The Purple Star! :)
fifta on March 08, 2013:
These are great ideas. I love crafting as a small kid.
Mary Stephenson from California on March 08, 2013:
Some really cute ideas. Don't have any little ones, but I am sure people that do would have a lot of fun with these ones you have shown us.
mina009 on March 08, 2013:
Very nice ideas..
Genesis Davies from Guatemala on March 08, 2013:
Cute ideas that I'll be doing with my boys. When I was little, a babysitter helped us make chicks in eggs by cracking eggs and cleaning the shells, then painting a marshmallow yellow and sticking it into the shell and adding paper beak and marker eyes. Simple, but fun!
hotsquid on March 08, 2013:
Could use some of these great ideas myself this Easter!
Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on March 08, 2013:
Fascinating lens and ideas !
gradientcat on March 08, 2013:
I like the stain glass egg.
Bartukas on March 07, 2013:
nice ideas thanks for sharing
maryseena on March 07, 2013:
Fun ways to bring in the Easter spirit!
wordpress-guru on February 20, 2013:
great lens ! very interesting !
awesomedealz4u on April 16, 2012:
snappycanvas on April 11, 2012:
Kids will surely love all these stuff! And maybe they will try to make one since you have included here the ways on how to do it. Nice squid here!
anonymous on April 10, 2012:
Great simple but crafty tips here. *blessed by a squid angel*
AJ from Australia on April 06, 2012:
I love the stained glass eggs and have beautiful memories of making similar with my daughter when she was younger. Happy Easter and Easter Blessings.
Donnette Davis from South Africa on April 05, 2012:
themeanviolets on April 04, 2012:
Great ideas for Easter! Thanks for the post and congratuations on the showcase! Have a lovely Easter.
Mim Art on April 04, 2012:
Great concept! Great lens! Congrats on being Showcased in the Spring and Easter Crafts. Happy Easter!
Pam Irie from Land of Aloha on April 04, 2012:
I still have paper lambs my kids made me for Easter long ago.
anasaj on April 03, 2012:
great easter lens,..:))
WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on April 01, 2012:
Easter is a great time for kids to make crafts. The Easter Lamb Craft is very cute. Blessed!
anonymous on March 27, 2012:
I like making bunny barrets with little clips and
futureme lm on March 14, 2012:
A great Easter lens, thanks.
gravityx9 on March 13, 2012:
great Easter lens! Shared @ Pinterest!
coloringpages24 on March 07, 2012:
Nice ideas, especially the Easter lambs.
Eileen from Western Cape , South Africa on February 28, 2012:
Lots of great ideas for kids to explore and to have fun with .
anonymous on April 20, 2011:
dodgerz on April 18, 2011:
my son will surely love making these stuffs with me.. Thanks for the idea!
bestkidsfun on April 16, 2011:
You are very creative.
anonymous on April 16, 2011:
Great Easter crafts for kids, I think these would be great projects.
anonymous on April 12, 2011:
I really like the flower bouquet and the placemat. Great crafts to do with your kids. And yes, crafting with your kids is a wonderful opportunity to build great memories.
grandma deal on April 11, 2011:
Great crafts for the children - and for grandmas, too. I can appreciate all the time it took to gather all of these.
Stephen Carr from Corona, CA on April 10, 2011:
Great crafts, awesome lens! Congrats!
cinstress on April 07, 2011:
nice stained glass craft... and the others argreat too
purpleslug on April 05, 2011:
Thanks! This is such a fun lense. You gave me so many things I can do with my grandkids.
jfeets726 on April 04, 2011:
I love this lens. I liked it the other day, but came back. I just added it to my Featured Lens section on own Easy Easter Crafts for Kids page.
dahlia369 on April 01, 2011:
Nicely done & great resource. ***Angel blessed*** as part of the April Fools' Quest & featured on "My Life with Angel Wings" lens ... :)
GrowWear on March 22, 2011:
You do great work here at Squidoo. Happy Easter, and happy crafting. :)
Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on March 17, 2011:
Adding a kiss for luck on this St. Patrick's Day!
JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on March 13, 2011:
We have many favorites, but thanks for the new ideas to try! Adding this to 'Christian Easter Crafts'. : )
Miss_Organic on February 25, 2011:
I love all these craft ideas! I think my favorite is the stained glass one. I will have to try that with my 2 youngest daughters when they are home on Easter break.
Senora M on February 01, 2011:
GREAT Lens!!! I wonder if my 2 year old can do the egg stained glass... Might have to try that one out! Thanks for the ideas!
enhancedcsn on April 13, 2010:
Good ideas. I like best creative. Your lens rating:5*****
Go ahead with your own ways.
Thanks for sharing good lens.
WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on April 11, 2010:
Wow! Congratulations for your Purple Star, too!
wishgirl on March 29, 2010:
I really enjoyed this lens and found the craft ideas very inspiring. Can't wait to try them out with the kids! Lensrolled to Let's Celebrate Easter, which has lots of Easter ideas and info. 5*
LastingLegacy on March 27, 2010:
Cool! I like the ideas you have suggested. Creative and yet not overly costly. Congratulations on LOTD! Still new and feeling my way around :)
lasertek lm on March 24, 2010:
The Easter crafts you have featured on this lens brings back all the happy memories of my childhood. Might as well make these lovely crafts with my children and make new memories. 5*
ShortSaleRealtor on March 24, 2010:
Greal lens hi 5 for you
WindyWintersHubs from Vancouver Island, BC on March 24, 2010:
Congratulations on LOTD. :)
dustytoes on March 24, 2010:
Many of these projects my kids have done over the years ..and you've added some that are new to me. Very crafty...congrats on LotD!
eclecticeducati1 on March 24, 2010:
Congratulations on your LOTD!!! I really like the crafts on here. Great lens. Blessed by an Angel.
anonymous on March 24, 2010:
What a lovely and fun lens to visit and a LOTD! Woot!
Congratulations, this lens deserves it acclaim. Cool! 5*****
Tony Payne from Southampton, UK on March 24, 2010:
Great lens, 5*****. Congratulations on LOTD.
Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on March 24, 2010:
These are great Easter crafts! Lensrolling with my Easter DVDs for Kids. Congratulations on LotD!!
norma-holt on March 24, 2010:
Nice lens, congrats on LOTD, well deserved
anonymous on March 24, 2010:
Congratulations on your LOTD, what a fantastic lens! Well done! - Kathy
Mary from Chicago area on March 24, 2010:
I'm kinda picky about crafts, but you've got some cute ones! We have all sorts of traditions around The Eggs...but could add a craft or two. Congrats on LotD and 5 big *!
hayleylou lm on March 24, 2010:
Some great craft ideas here - I am favouriting this lens so that I can easily return - my boys will love these ideas - thanks - 5 stars too
seegreen on March 24, 2010:
These really bring back memories. Congrats on LOTD
Amy Fricano from WNY on March 24, 2010:
almost makes me wish the kids were still little! excellent.
Sue Dixon from Grasmere, Cumbria, UK on March 24, 2010:
Great lens- congratulations on LOTD
Bellezza-Decor from Canada on March 24, 2010:
These are adorable Easter Crafts and congrats on Lens of the Day!
anonymous on March 24, 2010:
I love easter. Congrats on LOTD.
Lisa Marie Gabriel from United Kingdom on March 24, 2010:
Congratulations! And it's a beautiful lens too :) 5*
blujeanmomma from Rocky Mountains on March 24, 2010:
Great ideas & love the way you show the steps with pictures.
Congratulations on LOTD!
Marelisa on March 24, 2010:
My sister has two little kids. I'm going to share this lens with her. Of course, I'm going to help make these crafts, because they look like a lot of fun!
Kiwisoutback from Massachusetts on March 24, 2010:
Congratulations on LOTD! Great ideas.
Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on March 24, 2010:
Congratulations on a well deserved Lens Of The Day with this great Easter Kids Crafts!!!
LoKackl on March 24, 2010:
So adorable! I don't know how a toddler's or older youngster's parents could resist these Easter Kids Crafts! Congrats on LOTD!
HorseAndPony LM on March 24, 2010:
Congratulations on LOTD! These crafts are so cute.
happynutritionist on March 24, 2010:
This is beautiful, I have such nice memories of doing crafts with my children when young, cherish those days, they go so quickly! Congrats on LOTD ~claudia
stacy mcdaniel on March 24, 2010:
Congratulations on lens of the day. These are great ideas. Thanks for sharing.
Violin-Student on March 24, 2010:
Very nice lens. Interesting crafts for the kids. Very nicely presented. Thanks very much for your hard work.
justholidays on March 24, 2010:
Oh my... these are crafts I haven't done for ages! I think I miss my work in schools a lot! These were funny crafts to make and always pleased to parents! Definitely inspiring!
Congratulation on your LOTD!
June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on March 24, 2010:
These crafts are wonderful, and so is your lens. I'm definitely gonna adapt some of these ideas for cards to send to kids. I'm favoriting this lens. Five stars. Congrats on LOTD. Well deserved.
Spook LM on March 24, 2010:
Congratulations on LOTD.
Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on March 24, 2010:
Congrats on LOTD! Great job here. I love that stained glass egg and the valentine one you did too!
puzzlerpaige (author) on March 24, 2010:
@Sylvestermouse: To Sylvestermouse and everyone,
Thank you - more than words can say. I am rejoicing too - this has made my day. My Squidoo friends have an extra special place in my heart - a space that grows larger every day!!!