Looking for ways to keep the kids entertained over Easter? These fun projects will keep kids happy and busy, and adults may even find themselves getting stuck in, too.

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If you like these Easter craft ideas, be sure to head over to Gathered, where the craft team has rounded up the best easy Easter crafts for kids.

Easter crafts

1) Easy DIY bird feeder

DIY bird feeder, indoors

Treat the birds this Easter with this easy craft idea. Little ones will love watching the garden birds as they perch on the side, pecking away at the seed. It’s a great way to teach children about local wildlife and enjoy a fun afternoon of craft.

Takes 30 mins

To make an Easter bird feeder, you will need:

  • 1 large orange
  • 2 kebab skewers
  • Bird seed
  • String

What to do

  1. Cut a large orange in half and scoop out the middle (you can eat this as a snack).
  2. Poke a kebab skewer through one side of the orange and out through the other, then poke another kebab skewer through from the other side so the two skewers make a cross in the middle. Little birds can perch on these skewers while they eat the seed.
  3. Take two equal lengths of string and tie these onto the skewers on either side so you can hang it up. It might not balance with just one, so be sure to do both.
  4. Fill the orange with bird seed, then hang on a branch for the birds to enjoy.

2) Salt dough Easter egg decorations

Salt dough easter eggs

Make these easy salt dough Easter eggs by mixing flour, salt and water, then stamping out the shapes with a biscuit cutter. Once baked, paint them with acrylic paints or try acrylic paint pouring. It’s easy to do and the patterns will be different every time – just be sure to protect your surfaces first! For a full in-depth tutorial, head over to Gathered and learn how to do acrylic pouring.

Takes 15 mins, plus baking time

To make salt dough Easter eggs, you will need:

  • Plain flour
  • Salt
  • Water
  • Mixing bowl
  • Rolling pin
  • Baking parchment
  • Baking tray
  • Biscuit cutter
  • Acrylic paint
  • String

What to do

  1. Heat the oven to 140C/120C fan/gas 1. Mix two parts plain flour with one part salt and one part water. Once the dough starts coming together, knead the mixture with your hands – if it feels a little sticky, sprinkle in a bit more flour, or add a splash more water if it's crumbly.
  2. Roll the dough out on a lightly floured work surface until it's 5mm-1cm thick. Use an oval biscuit cutter to stamp out as many egg shapes as you can. If you want to make hanging Easter eggs, poke a hole in the top using a skewer or the end of a straw.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and arrange the salt dough eggs on top in a single layer. Bake for 2-3 hrs on the bottom shelf, or until the shapes are hard. Leave to cool completely.
  4. Pour over some acrylic paint, making sure to cover all the sides with colour, or paint normally. Leave to dry completely, then thread string through the hole at the top (if using) and secure with a knot before hanging.

3) Easter bunny

DIY Easter bunny

Growing cress is a great way to teach children about plants and how food is grown and harvested – it’s fast growing and they can munch on it as a healthy snack once it’s ready. Decorate the flowerpot with a cheeky bunny decoration for Easter. This is a lovely DIY decoration, and once the cress is eaten, the Easter bunny can be brought out year after year. If you like this Easter craft idea, check out these crackin’ cress heads.

Takes 30 mins, plus around 2 weeks' growing time

To make a cress bunny, you will need:

  • Small flowerpot
  • Cress seeds
  • Soil
  • Large pompom (for the body)
  • Small pompom (for the tail)
  • Felt (for the feet)
  • Pink felt (for the toe beans)
  • Ribbon

What to do

  1. Plant some cress in a small flowerpot following the instructions on the seed packet.
  2. Wrap some ribbon around the flowerpot. Glue a small pompom on top of a large pompom (this is the body and tail).
  3. Cut out feet from brown felt and toes from pink felt, then glue them together to make the bunny's feet. Glue these onto the large pompom body.
  4. Once the cress has grown, nestle the bunny into the pot. Hide some mini eggs in the cress and enjoy.

4) Marshmallow rabbits

Marshmallow rabbits

To make these marshmallow rabbits, join the marshmallows together using icing, then decorate with coloured icing to make a nose and some eyes. The best part is they’re edible, so you can enjoy them after Easter lunch.

Have fun making different types of animals, too, and don’t be afraid to cut the marshmallows if they’re not exactly the shape you want. If you love marshmallows as much as we do, why not try these marshmallows dipped in chocolate?

Takes 15-30 mins per bunny

To make marshmallow rabbits, you will need:

  • Icing
  • Food colourings
  • Large marshmallows (for the body)
  • Medium marshmallows (for the ears)
  • Small marshmallows (for the cheeks, feet, and tail)

What to do

  1. Divide the icing into three bowls. Use food colouring to colour one blue and one pink, then leave the third bowl plain.
  2. Cut a medium marshmallow in half to create the ears. Using the plain icing, stick the ears on top of a large marshmallow and let set briefly until the ears are secure.
  3. Stick two small marshmallows onto the rabbit’s face to make cheeks, then add a blob of pink icing for the nose and two blobs of blue icing for the eyes. Leave to set.
  4. Stick four small marshmallows onto a large marshmallow to create the body – two should be at the top for arms and two at the bottom for legs. Stick another small marshmallow onto the body at the back to create a tail.
  5. Using a generous blob of plain icing, stick the head onto the body, then leave to set completely.

5) Paper pinwheels

Paper pinwheels

Paper pinwheels are a simple and fun craft that you can make using drinking straws and paper. Download our free templates, then cut out the shapes from your favourite paper (or just colour in the template). Pop the finished pinwheels in a flowerpot and let the wind spin them round.

Pinwheel template

Takes 15 mins

To make a paper pinwheel, you will need:

  • Paper pinwheel template
  • Scissors
  • Drinking straw
  • Split pin (also called a ‘brad’)

What to do

  1. Download and print the free paper pinwheel template, above.
  2. Use the template to cut the shape out from a piece of patterned paper, or simply colour it in and cut it out.
  3. Make a hole in each of the arms and in the middle.
  4. Flatten the end of a paper drinking straw and make a hole in the top.
  5. Bring the edges of the paper pinwheel to the middle and poke a split pin (brad) through the holes, joining it together. Poke the split pin through the hole in your drinking straw, then open it to secure, and stop it falling out.

6) Marbled decorative eggs

Cover empty eggs with a pretty marbled effect to decorate your Easter table or use as markers for a chocolate egg hunt.

Takes 1 hr

To make marbled eggs, you will need:

  • Fresh white eggs
  • Disposable roasting tin
  • 1 can of shaving foam
  • Food colouring gels in various colours
  • Skewer or toothpick
  • Kitchen paper

What to do

  1. Empty the eggs of their yolks and whites using our egg-blowing guide, then wash and leave to dry.
  2. Cover the base of the roasting tin with shaving foam. Sprinkle over drops of food colouring gels in your chosen colours and use a skewer or toothpick to marble the colourings into the foam slightly. Bright neon food colourings produce a stronger end result, while pastel colourings result in more delicate patterns.
  3. Roll each eggshell all over in the foam, place on kitchen paper and leave for 20 mins. Wipe off all the foam and use to decorate as desired.

7) Chocolate bar cards

Give one of these easy to make chocolate parcel cards as a personalised alternative to a traditional Easter egg.

Takes 15 mins

To make chocolate cards, you will need:

  • Brightly wrapped chocolate bars
  • Brown paper
  • Stickers and stamps
  • Ink stamping set with ink
  • Set of patterned notecards and matching envelopes
  • String

What to do

1. Wrap the chocolate bars in brown paper, then address them to friends or family and decorate with stickers, rubber stamps or pretend postage stamps.
2. Line up each parcel on the card where you would like it to be positioned and mark a dot on each side with a pencil where you want to tie it. Use scissors to poke a hole through each dot on your card (put a blob of modelling clay behind the dot on the card to do this easily and safely).
3. Cut a length of string long enough to wrap around your parcel and tie a ribbon. Thread it through the holes, then use it to secure the chocolate parcel in place by tying in a bow or knot.

8) Bunny and chick sweetie jars

Make these chocolate-filled jars for your children to give to their teachers, or hide on an Easter egg hunt in the garden.

Takes 1 hr, plus drying time

To make bunny jars, you will need:

  • Glass jar with screw lid
  • Craft paint suitable for glass
  • Permanent marker pens
  • Patterned card
  • Glue
  • Pompom (chick only)
  • Chocolate eggs and chocolate coins

What to do

1. Paint the lids and jars, leaving a circle at the front of the jar unpainted. Leave to dry completely before applying a second coat.
2. Once dry, draw faces on the front to make a bunny or chick using permanent marker pens.
3. Cut out bunny ears or chick party hats from patterned card. Glue pompoms to the party hats, if needed. Bend back a 1cm-wide flap of card at the base of each ear or party hat and glue to the jar lids. To finish, fill the jars with chocolate.

9) No-sew felt bunny ears

Customise these bunny ears for your children and their teddies, no sewing machine required. You can play around with the colour of the hairbands and felt, plus the size and position of the ears, to create your own unique designs. *You will need an adult for the glue gun and ironing.*

Takes 30 mins

To make bunny ears, you will need:

  • A4 sheet of tracing or plain paper
  • Sewing pins
  • A4 pieces of felt in contrasting colours
  • Fabric scissors and/or pinking shears
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Iron
  • Plain headband

What to do

  1. Draw a bunny ear shape onto your paper, then draw a smaller inner ear shape next to it. Adjust the length of the ears according to the age of your child and personal preference, then add an extra 1cm length to each ear template – these will be folded under the headband as flaps. Cut out both shapes.
  2. Use pins to fix the ear templates to your felt and cut out two big ears and two inner ears. You can use pinking shears, if you have them, to give a zigzag effect to the inner ears.
  3. Attach the inner ears to the outer ears using a hot glue gun and leave to dry. Snip a small triangle, about 1cm high, from the centre base of each ear.
  4. Fold the ears lengthways down the middle, inner ears facing inwards, then use a hot iron to press along the outside of the crease. This will give your bunny ears a bent look when you unfold them.
  5. Fold the end of each ear under the headband and attach to the band with a hot glue gun. You can fold under from either the front or from the back then choose to either overlap the two ears or stick them apart depending on the look you want to achieve. In the picture, the ears on the girl’s headband are folded under from the front and overlapped while the teddy bear’s are folded under from the back and set apart.

10) Easy Easter table nests

Use cut foliage to decorate ramekins and add personalised painted eggs for an easy way to set your Easter table.

Takes 30 mins

To make Easter nests, you will need:

  • Cut foliage, such as ivy
  • Gardener's twine
  • Ramekins
  • Gold shredded paper
  • Fillable plastic eggs
  • Chocolate beans
  • Craft paints suitable for plastic
  • Permanent marker pen

What to do

  1. Twist lengths of ivy around plain ramekins, fixing them in place with gardener’s twine (or use a food bag tie to secure it in place).
  2. Fill the ramekins with shredded paper.
  3. Fill the plastic eggs with chocolate beans. Paint with drawings of bunnies or sheep and, once dry, add details with a permanent marker pen, alongside the names of family and friends. Sit each egg in its nest as name place holders for your table.

We hope you’ve enjoyed these Easter craft ideas. If you’re looking for some similar projects you can do with the kids, then why not try these brilliant craft ideas:

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