I love making crafts and decorating for any holiday. My kids love to bring their friends over to show off our house at Easter. I have some really cute bunny inspired crafts you can make with your children.
The Hippity Hop Family: I do this every year for the front porch. Our friends think it’s so cute that they use the Hippity Hop Family for their Easter pictures with their children each year. Who needs expensive photographers with a lame background?
1. Old clothing from each member of your family (I use old timey looking clothes I found at a thrift store).
2. 5 Hay bales ( If you don’t live in the country, you can buy them at Home Depot. You can also wrap them up in plastic and keep them in a dry place for next year).
3. Brown or white canvas cloth (Wal-Mart has this very cheap and I buy 1/2 yard for each bunny).
4. Cute props (My mother rabbit has a rolling pin, father has a pipe, sister has glasses and a book, and brother has a cowboy hat and cap gun in a holster. Just use anything that fits each member of your family.
5. Package of big elastic bands
6. Package of safety pins
7. Flexible roll of wire
8. Buttons, google eyes, markers, bits of yarn (anything you want to use to make your bunny faces)
You don’t have to sew anything, don’t worry! First, stuff the old clothes with hay from two bales. If you have a large family, you might need more. Put your bunny bodies on and around the three hay bales. I use safety pins to keep the pants and shirts together. Once you have your bunnies situated, you can make the faces. The easiest way to make the face is to stuff some hay into the center of the cloth, pull together and tie and elastic around the middle. Using more elastic, separate the cloth in half, and make ears. If you want them to stand up, just use a little bit of wire and make a long ear shaped hoop. Stick the bottom down in the elastic for each ear and safety pin the cloth around it. You can color eyes and a nose. I like to use buttons for noses and eyes, and a bit of yarn hot glued on for a mouth. Add your props and you have a really adorable front stoop or porch! Don’t worry about hay sticking out of the sleeves and pants. It’s cute. If you’re a perfectionist, you should have some leftover cloth. You can use elastics to create paws.
Bunny Lanterns: My family does Easter all day and into the evening. A really cute idea for an outdoor egg hunt or Easter dinner is bunny lanterns.
1. See Through Glass Containers (I like to use turquoise shaded mason jars. Use one glass container for each bunny lantern you want to make).
2. Bags of brightly colored marbles ( Enough to cover the bottom of each container. I use 5 or 6 per mason jar)
3. Roll of flexible wire
4. White candles (small enough to fit in your containers)
5. Cotton Balls
6. Hot glue gun
7. Pink Yarn
First, use the cotton balls to create a bunny head with cute ears on the front of each container. I like to put two bunnies on each one, but you don’t have too. Use the glue gun to secure the cotton balls. Next, snip tiny pieces of yarn to use for eyes and noses. Use a bigger piece for the mouth. Again, secure with the hot glue gun. Add marbles and candles to each container, setting the candles on top of the marbles. Using the flexible wire, make a basket for your container with a long handle to hang on nails or tree limbs. A safe distance from anything flammable! When you’re ready, light the candles. It looks absolutely adorable in the evening. We’ve had our same containers for five years now and light them every Easter. The kids love them because they remember making them with me.
Bunny Nests: You can use these cute bunny nests as decorations or for egg hunts. Little ones love finding a real bunny nest with eggs and candy! I made these for church one year and everyone loved them.
1. Styrofoam balls (small and medium)
2. Cotton Balls
3. Small fake birds nests, small wreaths, or even tall grass from your backyard or twigs
5. Jelly Beans and other candy for the eggs
6. Hot Glue Gun
8. Google eyes, small buttons, and pink yarn
First, gently pull some cotton balls until they’re fairly thin. Next, using a toothpick, attach a small and medium Styrofoam ball together. One for each nest. Place candy filled eggs into the nests. I use three in each nest normally. If your nest is too small, you can use the glue gun to keep the egg in place. I hot glue jelly beans around the eggs. If your children are really young, don’t do this because they will try to eat them. Cover the Styrofoam balls in the thin cotton using the glue gun. Next, attach a fluffy tale and pull two tufts of cotton up for ears. Last, glue on google eyes, a button for a nose, and yarn for the mouth. You can add anything to your bunnies. Hats, carrots, clothes…just be creative. Hide these bunny nests all over your yard for the kids or grandkids. Above all, have a blessed Easter!