An Upcycled Easter: Fun Eco-Easter Crafts

Newspaper flower headband
Dane Tashima
Raid your recycling bin for everything you need to make these spring crafts with your kids.
Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Funny Bunnies

Paint cardboard tubes green with craft paint (inside and out) and let dry. Cut tubes to about 2 1/2 inches, then carefully snip angled vertical cuts to make a grass fringe around one end. To create the bunnies, cut 2 1/2-inch-high ear shapes from felt, pinch 1/4 inch above the bottom, and glue the pinched section to dyed eggs. Finish with black-marker dots for eyes.

Looking for an easy Easter craft that's worthy of display? You can make these egg-cellent bunnies in a snap.

Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Egg-cellent Napkin Holders

Trim individual cups from cardboard egg cartons to create these pretty petal-and-leaf napkin rings. Paint with craft paint, let dry, then hot-glue to segments cut from a cardboard tube.

Turn an empty egg carton into an Easter craft. Adorn your table with these cute and festive napkin rings.

Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Egg Nests

A paper shredder can turn brown bags into a sweet, Spring centerpiece. Run a flattened paper lunch bag through the shredder up to the folded bottom (do not shred bottom) and reverse to remove. Cut the bag down to 7 1/2 inches high and use your fingers or the edge of a scissors blade to curl the shredded pieces outward. Shred extra bags to make filling and add colored eggs to complete your nest.

Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Better Baskets

Each base for these felt totes is a common household container (we made ours with ice-cream and pretzel cartons). Covered in fuzzy felt, they make adorable Easter totes.

Transform recycled food containers into art. These upcycled felt baskets are the perfect addition to your Easter egg hunt.

Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Chipper Chicks

Upcycled glass jars become a family of spring chicks. If you want to place water inside your chicks, use enamel paint and follow package directions to cure it. Coat the inside of each jar with paint and let dry; re-coat until paint looks opaque. Alternately, you can use regular craft paint on the outside or place small vases inside the jars. Cut beaks, feet, and wattles from orange, yellow, and red felt and hot-glue to jars; finish with painted black eyes.

Dane Tashima
Dane Tashima

Flower Power

Humble newspaper is transformed into a jaunty Easter headpiece with a few snips and the aid of some basic craft supplies.

What You'll Need
Newspaper
Craft paint
Paintbrush
Scissors
Floral tape
Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
Headband

Make It

  1. Paint newspaper (green for leaves and colors of your choosing for petals). Let dry.
  2. Download, print, and cut out flower petal template at parents.com/easter-petal.
  3. Cut painted paper into 2 1/2" squares; stack squares, trace template onto top piece of paper, and cut out stack. Trace and cut leaves from green-painted paper.
  4. You'll need seven petals for each flower. Roll one petal into a cylinder; pinch and twist the bottom. Curve other petals around center petal, pinching their bottoms around the first petal.
  5. Tightly wrap floral tape around base of each flower to secure.
  6. Hot-glue flowers to headband facing forward. Glue leaves around flowers to mask their backs and bases.

Originally published in the April 2015 issue of Parents magazine.

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