Published: 14 March 2024

So, the Easter holidays are upon us once again! It may only feel like five minutes since half term, but we love this time of year. The weather is cheering up, the garden is springing into life, and everything feels so much more optimistic. And, of course, Easter is just around the corner! So, if you have children, Easter crafting can be a great way to fill a quiet afternoon. And we have a couple of simple suggestions to get your creative juices flowing. 

Five Easter Crafting Ideas for Young Families

Nature eggs

If you’re looking for some truly sustainable Easter crafting, why not get your little ones to try their hands at making some nature eggs? Either look around your garden for some flowers, leaves, grass, and twigs you don’t mind being cut, or go out for a nature walk and gather some natural treasures along the way. When you get home, raid your recycling bin for some cardboard, which you can cut into egg-shapes. If the card is unprinted, your children can get straight to work, gluing their flowers and leaves into place. Alternatively, you can paint the cardboard before sticking. Once your eggs are dry, punch a hole in the top and thread through some string. You can they hang your eggs wherever you wish! We’d recommend popping some sticks in a vase for a complete Easter decoration. 

Just remember – if you are collecting wildflowers, never take more than two or three flowers from each cluster. You not only need to leave some blooms for the early bees and other pollinators. You need to leave some flowers to produce seeds for next year.

Easter egg wreath

@Craftmonsterz gave us this idea, and it’s fabulously simple. All you need to do is cut out 10-12 cardboard egg shapes. Let the kids decorate the eggs in any way they wish, then leave them to dry. Once they’re ready, cut a ring shape out of an old carboard box and arrange your eggs around it to create a wreath shape. Then top with a ribbon to hang it from. Simple, fun, and beautiful.

Salt dough Easter shapes

Salt dough is a really easy, fun, and versatile crafting option for kids. And it doesn’t contain any nasties. Simply mix a cup of plain flour with half a cup of salt and half a cup of water until it forms a ball. Bring it together with your hands, and roll it out until it’s about half a centimetre thick. From there, your children can use cutters or a blunt knife (with supervision) to create Easter shapes. We usually stick to eggs and bunnies, but you can do whatever you choose. Place the shapes on a lined baking sheet and put them in the oven on the lowest setting for three hours. Once they have thoroughly cooled, your littlies will love painting them.

Pro tip: If you have a gingerbread man shape, turn it upside and you can create the perfect Easter bunny. Just bend the legs slightly to make ears. And roll up a small ball of dough to act as an egg for the bunny to hold in his arms. This also works well with vanilla biscuit dough and chocolate eggs in shells!

Leaf bunnies

Easter is one of our favourite times in the Holker gardens, because everything is so fresh and green. But that also means that if you like natural crafting, you have a lot more materials available to you! And one of our favourites is to make leaf bunnies. Look around your garden – or go for a walk – and see if you can find any plants with large leaves. Gather a few up – at least six leaves for each crafter. Find yourself some card or paper, then arrange your leaves to make a bunny. It’s OK to use your scissors to make the perfect shape, but if you’re careful with your leaf selection, you won’t need to. Stick them all into place, then choose a special leaf or flower to make a fluffy tail. You can make all kinds of animals this way, but for Easter, we like bunnies and chicks the best!

Egg blowing

And, of course, it wouldn’t be Easter without a little egg blowing! However, it’s important to do it safely. So, to avoid salmonella, only use fresh eggs, and don’t put your mouth directly onto the egg. Here’s what you need to do.

  1. Start by using a pin to make a small hole in the top and bottom of your eggs.
  2. Use a cocktail stick to widen the hole slightly, and mix the insides of the egg. Breaking down the yolk and white will make it easier to blow.
  3. Place a straw over the top hole, and holding the egg over a bowl, blow hard, until the shell is empty. 
  4. Wash the egg in warm, running water.
  5. Get decorating!

Just make sure that you remind the kids that the shells are still fragile and can easily crack.

Easter crafting can be a lovely way to spend time together in the Easter holidays. You might even create a lasting keepsake. So, what will you make?

Need plans this Easter weekend? Check out the Holker Hall Easter Weekend event here and book your tickets today!