Easy Easter Crafts for Kids

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When it comes to crafts, the more, the merrier! This was the idea when I worked on some Easter-themed projects with my nieces as we welcome spring. These ideas are a great springboard for other spring/Easter crafts and are easily adaptable to all ages.

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We found these oversized foam eggs at A.C. Moore for $1 apiece and the girls loved them. Younger kids can color them with washable markers for less mess, but we dove in with our smocks and paint. The paint is acrylic and was also purchased for a few dollars at A.C. Moore. (They often have great coupons available, so be sure to use them on your bigger ticket items like paint or paint brushes.)

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Next, we tackled “Q-tip painting” on some paper eggs we cut out with our Cricut cutting machine. We cut egg shapes out of pink and purple scrapbook paper and used Q-tips to decorate the eggs with paint.

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After they dry, they can be used as a simple garland by hole punching the eggs and stringing with twine, or they would make adorable Easter place cards. This is a great craft for younger children as they like painting with a smaller item.

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Finally, we made our own Easter egg potato stamp! Again, this one is great for older and younger kids and the stamps can be designed any way you like. An adult should cut a raw potato in half and cut out a design in each half of the potato. Once the design is cut, dry the “stamp” part off with a paper towel and apply paint. There should be a nice, even layer of paint and assist the child, as needed, with stamping the potato down firmly. We chose to make some greeting cards with our potato stamps to send for Easter. (Our craft paper cards were purchased at Michaels.) You could try using fabric paint and make some festive cloth napkins or tea towels.

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Keep it simple, keep it fun! The girls were occupied with these crafts for about 45 minutes and loved getting “messy.” It helps kids work on fine motor skills and you have some adorable decor for years to come. Win-win!

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Freezer Paper Onesies

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Everyone loves a new baby. My sister recently welcomed her third child into the world and I was so excited, but at a bit of a loss for an appropriate gift. Don’t get me wrong, I love a cute stuffed animal, a new book or a nursery item but with two big sisters, the newest little one didn’t NEED much. Then it struck me: I will make a gift, of course.

I loved the idea of making some art for her room but wasn’t feeling totally inspired. I had seen some posts online on how to create your own onesie and that seemed like a great project. But why stop at one? I decided I would buy a few packs of white onesies and decorate them with cute designs.

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Items needed:

Start by pre-washing your onesies, as directed. Be sure they are dry before beginning with any paint.

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We used a Cricut machine and cartridges to cut our designs out of the freezer paper. We went with very simple images, such as a bunny, an ice pop, a crown, to ensure a bold image and less detail to paint. Put the paper shiny side down on the mat and cut! If you are freehanding, use an x-acto knife on a cutting mat or you can print images and trace them onto freezer paper, then cut.

Insert a piece of cardboard into the onesie, to ensure your paint doesn’t bleed through to the back of the onesie. Iron your stencil onto the onesie with the shiny side down. Be careful to ensure a good seal around all edges, so no paint leaks through the edge of your stencil.

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Once your stencil is ironed on, you are ready to paint! I used Tulip Soft Matte fabric paint, which comes in a lot of great colors. Dab the paint on gently with a foam stencil brush. You may need a second coat, depending on the color paint you are using or the color of your onesie.

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To be on the safe side, I allowed my onesies to dry for a few hours before peeling the stencil off. For some of the details on my designs, like the center of the flower and the polka dots on the seahorse, I used a clean pencil eraser.

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That’s it! It’s a simple project that has a big impact and allows you to be really creative and give a personal gift. This would be fun to make custom birthday t-shirts for kids, or bachelorette party t-shirts… endless possibilities.