DIY Easter Basket Craft for Kids
Easter is such a fun time for crafting with kids and making Easter egg baskets is always a favorite activity. This year we decided that instead of printing off a ‘traditional’ Easter basket template, we would make our own using old egg cartons. We always save our egg cartons, as they are a great recyclable material for craft activities, and they just happen to hold regular-sized Easter eggs perfectly!
This activity works for any age and can easily be modified to make it easier or more complex. I completed this one with my 3-year-old and we stuck with one color for the basket and simple decorations like stickers and pom-poms for decorations. For older children, they could cut out pictures to glue on (supermarket catalogs are great for this) or use markers for decoration too.
What you need:
- An old egg carton
- Paints – acrylic works best on the egg cartons. If you use poster paints, you will need several coats to get a dark color.
- Pipe Cleaners/chenille stems
- Shredded paper (you can make your own by shredding old paper of junk mail).
- Pom poms
- Craft glue
- Craft chickens (optional – my kids love these things so they were a must have for us)
- Easter stickers
What to do:
- Cut the top off your egg carton
- Paint the egg carton in your choice of color
- Allow the carton to dry for a few hours. Overnight is even better.
- Decorate! Let the children choose what they want to decorate the carton with. Let them be creative! We always have a box of Easter craft items and I let them go through and choose what they want. For the one we made we used pom poms and stickers.
- Fill the bottom of the egg carton with the shredded paper.
- Glue the chickens on the top of the egg carton.
- Twist the pipe cleaners together (we used 6 altogether).
- Make a small hole in the sides of the egg carton
- Twist the pipe cleaners through the holes and shape them into a handle.
- Wait for the Easter Bunny to arrive!
I hope you enjoy making this DIY Easter basket. These are great for use in classrooms and child care centers as they are a low-cost activity, and you don’t need to use up your printing budget either! Have a great Easter!
Guest post by Carol Jones from My Bored Toddler.
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