Easter Basket Projects for Kids

There are lots of fun craft projects that you can do at Easter with your kids.  They can make Easter baskets large or small.  These projects are all easy for kids of all ages.  Best of all you can use the time you are doing crafts together to create life long memories.
Bunny and Chick Easter Cups-If you are looking for a smaller size Easter basket your children will enjoy making these paper cup Easter treat holders so much that they may want to make one for each guest at your table!
What you will need:
  • Yellow or white paper cups
  • Construction paper, craft foam or felt; pink, white or orange
  • 2 wiggle eyes per cup
  • White or pink pom-pom for bunny
  • White or pink chenille stems-optional for bunny whiskers
  • Craft feathers for chick
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Stapler
  • Tip: glue dots are great for this craft
Instructions for the project: To make the chick-From the construction paper, cut orange triangle for the beak and a heart for the feet. Staple few feathers to the back on the edge of the cup.  Keep in mind that you will want them sticking out from the top of the cup. Now you glue the beak and the eyes to the front of the cup. Be sure that you glue the base of the cup to the heart so that the edges stick out in front to create feet. To make the bunny-Cut two white ovals, two smaller pink ovals and heart from either color of the paper, craft foam or felt. Then you can glue the pink onto the white and set them aside to dry. Next you will need to cut strips of paper for the whiskers or use a chenille stem. Carefully glue the whiskers on the cup and then the nose on top of the whiskers and then add the eyes. Then you can glue or staple the ears to the back edge of the cup (glue dots are great for this part)! Glue the base of the cup to the heart so that the edges stick
out in front to create feet.  Now you can fill your new Easter friends with grass and fill with treats!
Coiled Easter basket-You can make your child’s Easter morning hunt eggs-tra special with a colorful basket she can craft herself.
What you will need:
  • Long strips of 1/2- to 3/4-inch-wide cotton cloth torn across the grain
  • A blunt, wide-eye tapestry needle
  • Approximately 7 yards of 3/8-inch stiff rope
  • Scissors
  • Time needed: About 2 to 3 Hours
Instructions for the project: Thread the needle with a strip of cloth, carefully pulling a few inches of the material through the eye of the needle. It is important to not tie a knot in the cloth. Starting at the very end of the rope, help your child begin wrapping the free end of the cloth strip around the rope.  It is important to make sure to overlap the cloth each time around to hide the rope. Once she has covered several inches of the rope, help her begin coiling it into a tight disk. She can then bind the coils together by passing the needle and cloth strip through the inner coils of the rope and pulling the cloth very taut. You can then make a second wrap over the first to secure it firmly. Continue wrapping the rope with the cloth strip, binding the covered rope to itself every inch or so. To add a new color, you will simply begin wrapping a new strip around the rope, covering the previous strip by an inch. When the basket is as high as your child likes, help her create a handle. First, you can secure the rope in place by binding it to the last coil of the basket. Then carefully arch the wrapped rope over the basket to the other side. You will then form a small loop to sit just inside the rim of the basket and secure it in place by binding the cloth to the top coils of the basket. Reversing direction, you can then arch the rope over the basket again, twisting it around the first part of the handle. Cut the covered rope (a parent’s job), but leave it long enough to make a small loop at the end, like the one on the other side of the basket. You can then bind the rope to the basket and secure the end in place, tucking in any stray fabric ends.

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