Easter Crafts, Food, and Fun

pink ombre shaded egg
Photograph by Heath Robbins
Calling all cottontails! Get a jump on Easter fun with these adorable crafts, treats, and egg-decorating ideas.
Ryan Liebe
Ryan Liebe

Easter Grass Bowl

Don’t be surprised if your bunnies make a bunch of these!

Inflate a medium-size balloon and lightly tape it, tied-side down, on top of a mug. Brush on four thick coats of Mod Podge around the balloon, letting each dry slightly. Brush on another coat, then apply strands of paper Easter grass over the surface, leaving some ends loose. Keep adding layers until the balloon is covered. Let dry about 1 hour; when the glue has set but is still pliable, remove the balloon from its base, pop it, and discard. Flip your bowl inside out, and let dry.

Ryan Liebe
Ryan Liebe

Spring Wreath

The kids can make this leafy number from start to finish.

Lay out several sheets of white parchment paper; brush a different shade of green acrylic paint on each sheet. Once dry, coat a couple with Mod Podge Gloss; let dry. Use our leaf templates to create the greenery. Gather three leaves at a time, and attach to a foam wreath (ours was 13½ inches) with straight pins. Keep layering the bundles until your wreath is full and lush. To make the flowers: Flatten seven mini cupcake liners and fold each into a small triangle. Round off the top with scissors and open. For the leaf base, repeat with a full-size liner but trim it about ¾ inch from the point. Layer the liners and squeeze them together. Attach to the wreath with a straight pin. Repeat for each flower.

Ryan Liebe
Ryan Liebe

Lamb Purse

This is the perfect baa-g for little ones—and you can make it with a baby bib, felt, hot glue, and yarn.

Start with a white tie-on bib (ours was about 6 inches across); trace the outline onto two pieces of white felt to create the backing. Cut out and set felt pieces aside. Cut out shapes for the eyes, nose, and mouth from black and pink felt; attach to the center of the bib with hot glue (an adult’s job). For the “wool,” cut 8- to 10-inch lengths of white yarn; wrap around two fingers to make loops. Dot the ends and one side with hot glue and press around the face. Cut out ears from white and pink felt. Glue to the back of the bib. Glue the end of one tie to the opposite side to make a handle; snip off the other. Glue on both backing pieces to the bib, making sure to leave an opening at the top.

Ryan Liebe
Ryan Liebe

Easter-Egg Bouncy Balls

These favors will keep your little guests hoppin’!

To make them, simply wrap rubber bands around a papier-mâché egg (available at craft stores) in a crisscross pattern. Keep adding bands until all the gaps are covered. Wrap contrasting bands around the middle for stripes!

Ryan Liebe, Dining Table courtesy of West Elm
Ryan Liebe, Dining Table courtesy of West Elm

Carrot-Patch Runner

You’ll use this sweet table topper for years.

Just start with a plain white runner and stamp on carrots with fabric paint. To make the stamp, use our carrot template. Trace onto craft foam and cut out. Glue onto a small block of wood or sturdy cardboard. Attach green pom-pom trim with hot glue (an adult’s job).

Ryan Liebe
Ryan Liebe

Mini Strawberry Scones With Orange Glaze

What You'll Need: All-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, cold butter, strawberries, heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, orange zest, fresh-squeezed orange juice, vanilla

Ryan Liebe, Dining Table courtesy of West Elm
Ryan Liebe, Dining Table courtesy of West Elm

Chocolate Bunny Cutouts

What You'll Need: Butter, sugar, egg, vanilla, all-purpose flour, cocoa powder, salt, striped fruit strips, chocolate frosting, jelly beans

Ryan Liebe
Ryan Liebe

Raspberry Lemon Mini Tarts

What You'll Need: Mini phyllo cups, fresh raspberries, heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, prepared lemon curd

Ryan Liebe
Ryan Liebe

Mini Coconut Layer Cakes

What You'll Need: Unsalted butter, cake flour, baking powder, salt, granulated sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, coconut extract, coconut milk, shredded coconut, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar

Ryan Liebe
Ryan Liebe

Raspberry Lime Party Punch

What You'll Need: Limeade, ginger ale, raspberry sherbet, fresh raspberries, star fruit, kiwi

This yummy snack mix has a charming pastel look for Easter, using popcorn, pretzels, melted white chocolate, and M&Ms. Everyone will want to grab a handful—or three!

Photograph by Heath Robbins
Photograph by Heath Robbins

White-Rabbit Bars

Dotted with candy-coated sunflower seeds, these white-chocolate treats add homespun happiness to an Easter basket.

For the bars: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt 8 ounces white chocolate, then spread it 1/4 inch thick onto the parchment. Sprinkle on candy-coated sunflower seeds. Place the sheet in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Cut the hardened chocolate into bars (ours measure 5 1/4 by 2 1/4 inches). For longer storage, back each bar with stiff cardboard and wrap it with plastic wrap. Makes 3 bars.

For the wrapper: Cut white card stock (ours measures 5 1/4 by 6 1/2 inches) to wrap around each bar and secure it with double-sided tape. Tape oval ears inside the wrapper. With tacky glue, add string whiskers and a pom-pom nose. Draw on eyes.

Photograph by Heath Robbins
Photograph by Heath Robbins

If Your Peeps Love Peeps ...

... then sweeten up a drink with this trick. Use an oiled chopstick to pierce a channel in a marshmallow bunny, then insert a straw and serve with milk.

Photograph by Heath Robbins
Photograph by Heath Robbins

Candy Caddies

Here's how to recycle yogurt cups into bowls; you can tuck a place card between the ears as a sweet way to mark seats at your Easter table. To make one, start with a clean 32-ounce yogurt cup (look for a white cup with a label that can be removed). Apply a cutting guide using 1-inch-wide masking tape: adhere a strip at the bottom edge, then add two vertical strips, about 1/2 inch apart, for the ears. With sharp scissors, cut away the container's top rim (an adult's job), then cut along the guide with child-size scissors. Round the tops of the ears. Peel off the tape and add eyes with a permanent marker.

Add some Easter love to the kids' lunch boxes by creating rabbit shapes with a cookie cutter from slices of white and wheat breads. On the side, serve mini versions of bunny's fave food.

Photograph by Heath Robbins
Photograph by Heath Robbins

Waiter, There's a Hare in My Lunch

Add some Easter love to the kids' lunch boxes by creating rabbit shapes with a cookie cutter from slices of white and wheat breads, then mixing them up in sandwiches (we gave each rabbit a black sesame seed eye). On the side, serve mini versions of a bunny's fave food: use a toothpick to pierce holes in baby carrots and insert parsley stems. We also shaped cuke slices with a small cutter.

Photograph by Heath Robbins
Photograph by Heath Robbins

Rickrack Attack

Festoon your fiesta with this garland made from simple shapes. Cut circles and ovals (craft punches get this done ultra fast), plus elongated oval pieces for the ears. Use glue dots to attach the ears to the circle backs. Draw the eyes. Adhere the eggs and the bunny heads to a long length of rickrack, using more glue dots. Tie or tack above your table, in a window, or wherever your home could use a little bunny style.

Photograph by Heath Robbins
Photograph by Heath Robbins

Funny Bunny

Slip on some whiskers for extra giggles at the egg hunt.

Cut teeth from white card stock or a paper plate (we cut a square shape, then trimmed out a piece on the bottom to make two teeth). Use a pushpin to make two holes side by side at the top, then thread a 20-inch length of elastic cord through them and knot it into a loop. Run a line of hot glue (an adult's job) between the cord's holes and teeth, and adhere 2 large white pom-poms.

With hot glue, adhere three 8-inch lengths of 32-gauge white cloth-covered floral wire or pipe cleaners, crossed at their centers to make whiskers, onto a small pink pom-pom nose. With another dab of hot glue, stick the nose to the mask. Have your child try it on carefully; trim the whiskers if needed so they stay clear of your child's eyes.

Photograph by Heath Robbins
Photograph by Heath Robbins

Get-the-Message Egg

Start with hard-boiled eggs cooled to room temperature. Look in magazines for terms related to Easter or springtime and clip them out (or customize an egg for each family member, choosing words to describe personalities and interests). Apply a glue stick to the backs of the clipped words, then smooth them onto an egg.

Photograph by Heath Robbins
Photograph by Heath Robbins

Margarine-Marbled Egg

Start with hard-boiled eggs cooled to room temperature. In a glass measuring cup, mix 1 cup cool water with 20 drops food coloring and 2 teaspoons white vinegar. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt 1 tablespoon margarine (use the stick type). Stir it into the dye. With tongs, quickly dunk an egg in and out of the mixture three times, then let it soak 3 to 5 minutes. Remove it and let it dry. Gently rub away any margarine with a paper towel. Tester note: We found that different egg, dye, and margarine brands produce varied marbling effects. All turned out lovely!

Photograph by Heath Robbins
Photograph by Heath Robbins

Tissue-Speckled Egg

Start with hard-boiled eggs cooled to room temperature. Stack a few layers of tissue paper, then punch dots with a hole punch. Separate the layered dots. Working in sections, apply a glue stick to a dyed egg, then roll it in the dots or dab them on with a glue-sticked finger.

Create a beautiful ombré effect on an Easter egg with one simple trick.

Photograph by Heath Robbins
Photograph by Heath Robbins

Ombre Egg

Start with hard-boiled eggs cooled to room temperature. Place an egg on a bottle cap inside a wide, flat-bottomed 8- or 10-ounce glass. Make the dye solution: to 1/2 cup boiling water, add 1 teaspoon white vinegar and 40 drops food coloring. Carefully pour the mixture along the inside of the glass until a quarter of the egg is covered. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Next, carefully add clear warm water, again pouring it along the inside of the glass, until the egg is half submerged. Let it sit 3 minutes. Add water for one or two more stripes, waiting 2 minutes after each addition. Remove the egg with tongs and let it dry.

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