21 Fun & Simple Crafts for Easter


Easter has finally arrived and I hope you are enjoying a nice relaxing day with your family.  We’ll be returning sometime today from our annual Easter camping holiday.  

Over the last two months we’ve had quite the Easter fest here on Frog Goose and Bear with an abundance of Easter crafts, recipes and activities.  I love a bit of holiday creativity.  Thank you so much to all of the gorgeous people who shared their crafts with us by writing a guest post – it was muchly appreciated – you guys are awesome!

If you’d like to check them all out just click on the drawing of the Easter eggs at the bottom of the post or to go to each individual craft, you can click on each image to be taken to the individual tutorial. 

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/easter-craft-dip-dyed-easter-eggs.html

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/an-easter-craft-how-to-make-eggshell.html


http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/easter-craft-how-to-make-eggshell.html

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/make-your-own-hot-chocolate-this-easter.html

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/more-easter-crafty-fun.html

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/more-easter-crafty-fun.html

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/search/label/chocolate%20easter%20nest

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2013/03/an-easter-chocolate-gift-tutorial.html

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/fluoro-bling-bling-easter-eggs.html

Jar Bunny {guest post}

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/how-to-make-adorably-simple-easter-jar.html

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/how-to-make-gorgeous-easter-mug-guest.html
Easter Egg Garland {guest post}

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/how-to-make-easter-egg-garland.html

Pom Pom Carrots {guest post}

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/how-to-make-cutest-pom-pom-carrot-guest.html
Bunny Gift Bags {guest post}

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/03/how-to-make-easter-bunny-gift-bag.html

Easter Bunny Mask {guest post}



http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/easter-reflection.html
Floral Easter Crown {guest post}

http://froggooseandbear.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/a-recycled-paper-easter-nest-guest-post.html
That’s the end of the Easter Craft Series of 2014.

There’s still time to get some Easter crafting in (or to pin it for next year)!
If that isn’t quite enough for you, you can always check out my Easter pinterest board for a trillion other awesome Easter things to do.

What are you up to today?  
How do you celebrate Easter?  I’d love to know.

A recycled paper Easter nest { guest post }

Today’s guest post is from one of my very favourite bloggers, Steph from this Brown Wren.  Steph and I have been blogging buddies for years now and I have always adore the gentle approach to life that she has and her creativity is something that just flows from all that she does.  Steph takes the most beautiful photos as you can see below along with a beautiful Easter nest tutorial which she has made with her two adorable children from recycled newspaper that she has made especially for us.  


I remember placing the basket at the end of my bed and carefully creeping under the covers so as not to disturb it. Usually home for dinner rolls when my parents entertained friends it now, filled with shredded paper, waited patiently for the Easter Bunny’s foil encrusted bounty.  It was always a rather meagre offering compared to some of today’s standards but for my brother and I, it was plenty.  I can vividly recall that first cloyingly sweet mouthful of chocolate while I swept bed hair out of my face and sleep out of my eyes.

This year we’re hunting out fair trade chocolates to extend the spirit of Easter beyond our home.  We have created little paper nests from old newspapers and our babies will wake to a few small chocolates and something Mumma made…perhaps a little knitted bunny each. We will gift the littles in our extended family with small homemade chocolates and biscuits while the adults will receive a virtual chicken. A gift pledged to those in need to encourage hope, growth and new life; the true essence of this time.

A modest affair steeped in simplicity and resonating with our love of this earth and our fellow man.

Steph x
We used the local paper cut into small squares to make two small and one larger nest. The paper was soaked in boiling water for about ten minutes and then handfuls were blitzed in the blender with extra water. The pulp was pressed into a sieve to remove a lot of the water and when it was not too wet, not too dry, it was pushed into an oiled bowl. We took care to press everything together well to avoid cracks.  A few days drying and the nests were gently eased from their vessels. Some earthy paint and last year’s blown eggs and an Easter spirit is starting to glow in our home. 

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Thanks so much Steph for this beautiful post.  How adorable is that little tongue of concentration.  What a beautiful idea to purchase a virtual chicken as an Easter gift.  

As a little side, Steph has just this week opened a little online store selling beautiful handmade sleepwear for children from vintage fabrics.  You’ll love it!

This craft is part of an Easter series here on Frog Goose and Bear and in this last week before Easter we have been sharing an Easter themed craft or activity every day, so if you’d like to see the rest of the posts in this series, just click here …

How to make the cutest pom pom carrot { guest post }

Today’s guest post is from my new clever blogging buddy Clare who lives all the way over in the USA.  It’s spring there and the weather is warming up.  It’s cold here today and I’m sitting here all rugged up with my slippers on.  I wish I was in Clare’s neck of the woods right now.  I was introduced to Clare’s lovely blog, Cats Eat Dogs, when I did the recent online blogging course called Blog with Pip (which, by the way, has been a wonderful resource and I would recommend!).  She has written a lovely little tutorial for us on how to make the cutest pom pom carrots that I’m sure every little Easter bunny will just love! If you head over to her blog, she has also made a cute little pom pom rabbit. Thanks Clare!



Springtime brings Easter and baby chicks and lambs and veggies galore!  The weather is warming and everything is growing, so what better use of a pom pom than to make carrots.

Here’s how.

Make three pom poms in graduating sizes, I used a cereal packet to cut my pom pom bases out and increased the size of each circle by 2cm each time, ending up with 4cm, 6cm and 8cm discs. I used orange fluffy wool but any orange wool will be great. 

For the leafy top, I loosely wrapped some green wool around my hand a few times in an uneven manner and tied it like a pom pom and trimmed open the ends. Almost like a very loose freeform pom pom.

Sew them together using the wool already on the pom, include the ‘leaves’ as you sew the three together.

When the pom poms are sewn into the carrot shape, trim them to get that lovely carrot shape.  

Arrange your carrots with some Easter bunnies for a super cute Easter arrangement.

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Pom poms are really fun to make and if you haven’t made them before, you’ll find a simple tutorial here.  You can also make them using a fork or on your fingers as well.

This post is part of a series of all things Easter here on FGB.  If you’d like to check out the rest of the series, just head on over here …



Are you in Easter overload yet?  I hope not, because this week we are celebrating and counting down the days until Easter, by having an Easter crafty post every day until Sunday, so come back again tomorrow for even more Easter fun!  Perfect for Easter holiday crafting with the kids.

How to make a gorgeous Easter Mug { guest post }

Prepare yourself for an overload of Easter crafts, activities and recipes as we end this Easter craft series with a bang! We’ll be sharing a new craft every day until Sunday!

Today’s guest post is written by my beautiful friend Cathie from Melbourne Epicure.  Many of you will know her as the best baker around and she shares many of her delicious recipes on her blog, the generous soul that she is.  Cathie and I share a love of all things craft and parties and she has been kind enough to share an adorable Easter activity that she did with her children.


Bunny Thumbprint Mugs
I absolutely love using the kid’s handprints and footprints to create art, it’s something that just says childhood to me.  
Maybe it’s my childhood memory of finger-painting or maybe just because it’s cute.
Here’s a little quick craft we did with the kids for Easter.  
It really is quick and can make a perfect last minute gift.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Cup or plate
Ceramic paint
Ceramic marker
Paintbrushes
A few little thumbs and fingers!


What to do:
Using your paint brush, paint your child’s thumb and index finger.

Gently press onto mug first with their thumb and then with their finger.  Allow to dry.
Continue until you have as many bunnies as you’d like.

When the paint has dried, paint on some bunny tails with white paint.


Allow to dry and then draw on the bunny ears.


Follow paint manufacturer’s instructions on bottle on setting paint.

There you have it, just in time for someone special this Easter.
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Thanks so much Cathie – so adorable!

This post is part of an Easter craft series here on the blog.  If you’d like to see more posts from this series, just click on the pic below.



How to Dip Dye Easter Eggs

Decorating eggs has been an Easter tradition in our family for as long as I can remember. The classic dip-dyed method is one of the easiest ways to decorate eggs.  It’s timeless and will always be the best in my book.  When I was younger we used rubber bands to make patterns, but I always had trouble with getting them to stay on, so this time I’ve gone with the simple and effective crayon drawing which has a guaranteed effect.  You can blow the eggs if you’d like them to last a long time, or simply use hard boiled eggs.

You will need

  • eggs
  • a white wax crayon
  • food dye
  • white vinegar
  • paper towel
1. Draw on each egg with the white crayon.  At this stage you’ll hardly be able to see the crayon, but don’t worry, it won’t stay this way.
2. Place a few drops of food dye into a bowl of vinegar.   One bowl for each colour.
3. Place your eggs in the bowls and roll them through the dye until the eggs are the desired colour.   You can use a spoon or wear rubber gloves if you don’t want to colour your fingers.  You’ll notice that the dye does not colour the wax from the crayon.
4.  Place your eggs on paper towel to dry.
5.  Your eggs are done!  All ready for the Easter fairy to deliver ;)
These dip dyed eggs in a bowl make a lovely Easter decoration, or if you use boiled eggs you can serve them up to your kids for lunch or even have an Easter egg and spoon race!
Is egg decorating a tradition in your house?
This post is part of an Easter series here on Frog Goose and Bear.  To see all of the Easter crafts, recipes and activities in this series, you can click on the image below.


This post was originally published on Kidspot.com.au in March 2013.


How to make a Floral Easter Crown { guest post }

Today’s Easter guest post is from the delightful Melissa Mander-Jones who blogs at Miss Sew & So. She describes herself as loving styling, crafting, living & laughing by the sea and every time I visit her blog or see her pics on instagram I wish I didn’t live so far away so I could pop over for a craft session and a glass of wine in her relaxing & gorgeous abode.  

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Everyone needs a Floral Easter crown…

This Easter craft is super quick…and CRAZY cute, once you have all your *bits* together.

We are making this at Audrey’s 9th Birthday with her *bestie gang* from school.

I’m going to have each place sorted, and set up with all they’ll each need to make their own.

I can’t wait to see how they put their’s together…undoubtedly I’ll be sitting on my *helping hands*!!

I’ll be thinking balance and they’ll be thinking *go-for-it-fun*!

The girls sweet-as crowns will have a creative energy, that as party-planner,  mine will not!

What you need:

-fabric flowers…all sorts, go as simple or indulgent as you like!

-craft wire for the actual head piece {I found some in our fabric store covered in soft white fluff stuff!}

-garden ties



What to do- building that crown!

-remove all the fabric flower heads from their stems, leaving a small green end to tie onto the crown keeping the flower in firmly in place.

-measure your craft wire for the head to be crowned…

-cut to size and join so all the sharp ends are covered and tied. Lay on the table with all your inspiration {flowers, vine leaves…etc etc}

-using the green garden ties, firstly tie your vine leaves as the base and build up using your larger then smaller flowers to fill the spaces in between.

-be sure to tuck all the garden tie ends in upon themselves, so there are no sharp ends!

Put on head in your dressing gown…giggle and enjoy!

This is one of the simplest, prettiest easter/birthday crafts we’ve done.

It’s super inexpensive and almost built from what you may already have around your home!

Enjoy!

Melissa & Audrey 

xox

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How cute is that giggling almost 9 year old Audrey?  Thanks so much for sharing Melissa!

This post is part of an Easter craft series here on Frog Goose and Bear.  To see all of the other crafts, recipes & activities in the series just click on the image below.



Fluoro Bling bling Easter Eggs

Every Christmas my mother-in-law makes Christmas tree decorations with the kids by using little pins to add sequins and ribbon to polystyrene balls of varied sizes. Admittedly the kids often lose interest about half way through (as the balls are too big and the sequins so small) and Grandma or I end up finishing them off, but they do enjoy the process and it is simple for even the youngest of crafters to have fun with (although I probably wouldn’t attempt with kids under 3 years of age).  

When I spotted these polystyrene eggs at Spotlight my mind went straight to those Christmas decorations and I wondered if we could do the same thing for Easter decorations.  A few steps further in the store and I came across some neon sequins (just for fun) and when looking for pins discovered that there is such a thing as sequin pins which are perfect as they are much shorter than your usual sewing pin and are therefore not going to poke through the other side of your eggs!  The eggs are pretty small so the kiddos didn’t lose interest and they looked great whether placed in a pattern or randomly spread.

These would look cute in a little bowl or you could hang them by adding some ribbon folded in half and attached by a pin to the top of the egg.

This post is part of an Easter series here on Frog Goose and Bear. School holidays started here in Victoria yesterday and I plan to do LOTS of Easter crafting so come on back for a visit for more over the coming fortnight! Just click on the pic below for lots more Easter themed crafts, recipes and activities. 

Have you been getting your Easter craft on?  If you’re up for sharing – I’d love to see pics of what you get up to!





In other news, this Wednesday I am lucky enough to be able to help out at The School’s  Kids Holiday Club with the clever Ms Candy Sparkles and fifteen 5-12 year olds at the Abbotsford convent where we are going to make sparkly terrariums and amazing dream creatures.  There are still spaces for the Tuesday and Thursday full day workshops – see here for details if you think your kids would LOVE it.  I think they totally would!

How to make eggshell fairylights


Although eggs are often associated with Easter, which does so happen to be just around the corner, these eggshell fairy lights can be used all year round for any night time celebration! Once it’s dark the hollow eggs are transformed into beautiful glowing balls of coloured light.  The affect is truly stunning.  They are pretty fragile being made of eggshells, but if you are careful they’ll last through a whole year’s worth of festivities!

You will need:

  • Eggs
  • Egg piercer
  • Bowl
  • Sewing pin
  • Coloured LED fairy lights
  • Hot glue gun

Part 1: Blowing the eggs

For this part you’ll need your eggs, an egg piercer and a bowl.
1.  Pierce a tiny hole in each end of each egg using an egg piercer (pictured above) or a sharp pointy ended knife.
2. Use the sewing pin to make the hole at the smaller end of the egg a little larger so that it will fit onto your fairy lights.
3.  Leaning over your bowl, put your mouth over the smaller hole and blow the contents of the egg  through the larger hole into the bowl.  You’ll have to blow hard!
4. Give your eggs a rinse and leave them to dry.

Part 2: Making your fairy lights

For this part, you’ll need your blown eggs, a hot glue gun and some coloured fairy lights. You’ll need to use LED lights, as they do not heat up, to prevent your eggs from cracking.
5. Place an egg over each light bulb on your fairy lights.  You may need to make the hole in your egg a little bigger with the sewing pin if it doesn’t fit.  Using your hot glue gun, place a small amount of hot glue where the hole in the egg touches the wire.
6. Hang your new eggshell fairy lights up and plug them in.  They may look like a bunch of eggs on a string (which do actually look kinda cool) but when it gets dark …..
… look what happens when you turn on the lights!  The effect is even more awesome in real life!  They certainly have the ‘wow’ factor and these lights are so festive they’ll make you want to go and organise a party straight away!
When is your next celebration?  What are you celebrating?
This post is part of the Frog Goose and Bear Easter Craft Series 2014.


Note:  Egg piercers can be found at your local kitchen or home supply store.  They make a very small hole which is perfect for blowing eggs and it means that there are very few breakages.  They are also fantastic to use when boiling eggs as they are much less likely to crack!

* This post was originally published on Kidspot.com.au in 13 March 2013. 


How to make an Easter Bunny Mask { guest post }

Today’s guest post is from the gorgeous Jo from the wonderful blog Little Melbourne.  I came across Jo’s very handy blog last year and have found it a wonderful resource on what to do around Melbourne with the kids.  With school holidays coming up here in Victoria, I suggest you quickly go over and like her facebook page so that you’re in the know about all that’s happening in and around Melbourne and then head back here for a great tutorial on how to make an Easter Bunny mask that she has put together for us!

There’s so many wild and wonderful things to make with a simple paper plate and this Easter bunny mask is no exception.  This is a pretty easy activity, one you could help your toddler with or your older child could make it on their own.

Here’s what you need to begin:
  • White and black Craft paper (or ordinary paper would do)
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Coloured texta’s
  • Paddle pop stick
  • Masking/Packing tape
How to:
  1. Begin by cutting a circle in the middle of the paper plate – large enough to see your child’s face.
  2. Using the white paper, cut out 2 ears and colour them in grey and pink then use the masking tape to attach to the back of the plate.
  3. Using the black paper cut out 6 long strips and gently curl the ends then attach with the glue.
  4. Attach the paddle pop stick using the masking tape.
  5. Bunny mask complete!
If you were keen to add to your bunny mask and ‘pretty it up’, some white cotton wool would be fun with added sequins or glitter, or, instead of the black paper as whiskers you could use black pipe cleaners.


































If you’re after an Easter Event to wear your homemade bunny mask to, here’s where to EXPLORE in Melbourne and beyond.
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This post is part of a series here on Frog, Goose and Bear of Easter crafts, recipes and activities.  If you’d like to share something Eastery with us here on FGB, I’d love to hear from you!  Just shoot me an email.  For more Eastery posts in this series, just click on the picture below …

Are you planning on attending any Easter events this year?

More Easter Crafty Fun …

I had the pleasure of creating some Easter crafty tutorials for Kidspot recently.  They are now up on the site and you can go and check them out if you like…

How to make an Easter eggshell vase

 How to make an Easter terrarium

Kidspot has also put out a free downloadable Easter mag.  You’ll see these two crafts in there along with many other awesome activities and recipes to have lots of fun with your kids this Easter!

There’s a bit of an Easter series going on here on the Frog Goose and Bear blog too.  You might like to check it out.  You’ll find lots of fun & easy crafts, recipes and activities to get you into the Easter mood …

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Have you started any Easter crafting?  Are you eating hot cross buns yet?  



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