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4 FUN EASTER CHICKS AND EGGS TO MAKE

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – fun Easter chicks and eggs to make.

I may not be able to answer that age old question, what came first – the chicken or the egg? But I can tell you that the decoration of eggs for Easter is believed to date back to the 13th century.

According to some, decorating eggs was a celebration of the end of the Lent period (the 40 days before Easter) when fasting meant certain foods, such as milk and eggs, were not consumed.

In some countries, such as Romania and Hungary, wooden eggs were painted with beautiful and elaborate patterns that helped to tell the story of Easter.

Russian rulers enjoyed the beauty of intricately designed eggs made by jeweller Carl Faberge.

These exquisite creations were made from precious materials such as silver, gold and gems.

The Wacky Workshops eggs are not quite so precious, made from recyclables and paper, but they are cute and easy for kids to make.

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5 BRILLIANT BUNNY CRAFTS TO MAKE FOR EASTER

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – bunny crafts for Easter.

With their relatively simple form, it’s easy to replicate bunny shapes using all different kinds of materials.

If you think outside the box a little, you can use those shapes for fun Easter gift presentation.

The bunny shape is also perfect for art projects that help with line drawing practice.

It can even be used to make a cute Easter bonnet or a fun Easter egg basket.

BRILLIANT BUNNY CRAFTS

Seems like we’ve barely recovered from Christmas when we turn our thoughts to Easter gifts.

I’m always on the lookout for clever ways to present alternatives to Easter eggs as gifts for my art students.

The criteria is the projects have to be easy, cheap and not involve food.

My first three projects tick all those boxes, though you can opt for little Easter eggs to replace my suggestions.

BUNNY CRAFTS – THE CRAYON CUDDLER

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I love this idea and, as I made dozens for my students, I can tell you it’s definitely cheap and easy.

MATERIALS

  • Cardboard Roll
  • Cardboard (like from a box)
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Gift of choice. I chose crayons and was able to buy little boxes on line for 60 cents each.

METHOD

  • Cut the cardboard rolls so that they are about half the length of a toilet roll. If you leave them too tall, your gift will be hidden from view.
  • Place a roll on the cardboard, circle side down and trace around it, creating two oval shapes at the front for the bunny feet (as in the picture).
  • Cut this out and use it as a template if you are making more than one bunny crayon cuddler.
  • Glue the roll to this shape.
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  • Cut two long ear shapes from the card for each bunny.
  • Glue the ears to the inside of the roll.
  • Use markers to add features, such as eyes and whiskers, to the bunny.
  • Fill the roll with the gift of your choice.
  • If you decide on crayons or pencils, add my printable bunny template which is perfect for children to practice drawing lines and creating patterns. You can download it here. Or draw your own simple bunny shape for the kids to decorate.
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BUNNY CRAFTS – THE CLEAN BUNNY

This is another ridiculously easy project and you can fill this bunny with eggs, or soap to go with the washer.

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MATERIALS

  • Face Washer
  • Gift – Easter eggs, soap – whatever you choose but it should be quite small.
  • Rubber Band
  • Ribbon
  • Googly eyes
  • Pom-pom
  • Double sided tape

METHOD

  • Place the washer flat in front of you with one corner facing you.
  • Starting from that corner, tightly roll the washer to the middle.
  • Repeat for the corner on the opposite side.
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  • Place your small gifts in the centre of the roll and pull each side up and over them, pulling tightly so the gift/s won’t fall out.
  • Secure with the rubber band, then twist the bunny ears around until you are happy with their position.
  • Tie the ribbon over the rubber band.
  • Use the tape to add the eyes and pom-pom nose. Glue will make it harder to clean and reuse.

BUNNY CRAFTS – THE HANKY BUNNY

This is an even easier version. All you need is your small gift and an unused hanky. Note: If giving something really small, like jewellery, or something hard, like a small bottle of perfume, wrap this in some wool or material first to ensure the bunny’s face stays round.

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  • Place your gift in the centre of the hanky.
  • Fold one corner over your gift and then the other.
  • Bring the two remaining corners up and tie together.
  • Add googly eyes and pom-pom nose as above.

BUNNY CRAFTS – EASIEST EVER EASTER EGG BASKET

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MATERIALS

  • 2 x paper plates
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pom-pom
  • Ribbon
  • Hole punch
  • Stapler

METHOD

  • Cut the top third from one plate and set aside the smaller piece.
  • Line up the large piece with the other plate – tops of plates facing each other and staple together.
  • Use a hole punch to punch a hole on each side the opening.
  • Thread ribbon through the holes and tie off to create a strap.
  • Cut two ear shapes from the plate offcut and staple them into place at the top of the bunny head.
  • Draw and glue on features as desired.

BUNNY CRAFTS – THE BUNNY BONNET

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MATERIALS

  • Paper plate
  • Paper cup
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Thin cardboard
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Pom-pom
  • Glue

METHOD

  • Place the cup, bottom side down, in the centre of the plate.
  • Trace around the cup.
  • Cut a hole in the centre of the plate, using your tracing as a guide.
  • Gently push the cup up through the hole in the plate – bottom side up.
  • Glue into place.
  • Use markers, paint, and stickers etc to decorate the plate
  • Cut long ear shapes from the cardboard and glue to the cup for the bunny ears.
  • Glue on the eyes and pom-pom.
  • Use the hole punch to make holes on either side of the plate.
  • Tie ribbon through the holes to create a tie for the bonnet.

Check my instructions for making a cuddly Easter bunny.

Go to my Pinterest page for more Easter inspiration.

Happy crafting and have a gleeful week, Tamuria.

HOW TO MAKE THE EASIEST EASTER CRAFTS EVER

 

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – making the easiest Easter crafts ever.

Sometimes the holidays and special events kind of creep up on us, don’t they?

It’s easy to think you’ve run out of time for creativity to mark an event.

These fun little projects just take a few minutes to make and will get you right into the mood for Easter.

As an added bonus, I’ll give you the link to download my free Easter maze and colouring page – fun to colour and to solve. Scroll to the end of this post to get your free maze.

 

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HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN CUDDLY EASTER BUNNY

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Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – how to make your own cuddly Easter bunny.

Don’t you just love bunnies? They are so soft and sweet and make wonderful pets.

We had a few when our kids were little and they were lots of fun.

The little ones in this week’s project are just as cuddly and the best part? They require no care.

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FUN AND EASY BUNNIES, BONNETS, CARDS AND MORE.

Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – Easter crafts.

This week we’re going to hop into the fun with bunnies, bonnets, cards and the cutest little serviette rings/bracelets.

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HOW TO MAKE GLAMGORGIOUS EASTER EGGS

Welcome to another Wacky Workshops project – Glamgorgious Easter eggs.

 

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It seems the Easter bunnies are arriving in shops earlier each year. I barely had time to recover from Christmas when they started appearing in the supermarkets.

Like all the big holidays, Easter has become a profit driven bonanza for retailers, putting a dent in the budgets of many households.

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