Blog Round-up: Easy Easter Crafts for kids from teeny to tweeny

The Easter holidays are in full swing and the Easter weekend is fast approaching. Although the weather outside is surprisingly nice for a school holiday its always good to have activities ready to entertain the kids when boredom creeps in. I came across a photo recently of the Easter bonnets we decorated when the kids were at nursery (it’s the photo at the top of this post) and that got me thinking about Easter crafts again.

As a dedicated Pinterest addict I constantly find and pin great craft ideas so I thought I should share some of my findings with a round-up of a few blog posts I’ve come across for kids of all ages.

For little ones…

These two ideas from How Wee Learn and Becky from Crafting Chicks (on the fun365 website) are similar in approach – both need some contact paper (also known as sticky back plastic where I come from!) and some tissue paper. In one of these variations you stick the tissue paper onto the adhesive paper, add the other layer on top to make a sandwich, then cut it out in the shape of an egg. In the other you use one layer of the adhesive contact paper and let the kids layer up tissue paper to make a textured egg. Either would be a great mess-free craft for little hands without too much expense and the finished products will brighten up a sunny window.

For keeping them occupied…

These easy cardboard lacing Easter bunnies are a great idea – use up cardboard and bits of wool, string or thread you have lying around and you can keep small hands and minds occupied, building dexterity and giving you a few minutes to catch up on life! The reason I like these is that kids can make them as neat or as messy, as simple or as complicated as they want and you can undo and re-use them – they would be great when you are stuck in traffic on an Easter getaway. Once you have completed them they will easily hang around the house for Easter.

Cardboard lacing cottontails from Our Kid Things

https://ourkidthings.com/cardboard-lacing-cotton-tails/

For Easter Fun…

These super cute and funny bunny nose masks from Kids Craft Room (originally from funforlittleones.com) would be fun to make and great if you are having family and lots of kids over for Easter. You can make this activity a bit longer (and messier) by painting the sticks or just use coloured craft sticks for a super fast bunny nose. Now all you need is a list of high energy bunny activities for the kids to burn off their chocolate eggs hopping around the garden!

For bigger fingers

Im not sure how much help little ones would need to make these sweet Easter chicks (perhaps that depends on how much of a perfectionist the parent is) but for slightly older children making these circles and folding them neatly would be a good skill to practice and give them a quiet time activity. All that is needed are matching circles of paper or card, folded and glued to form the body. Add beaks and tails and draw on the eyes and you have some simple but really effective Easter decorations.

Chick Easter Decoration from Red Ted Art https://www.redtedart.com/easy-paper-chick-craft/

For tweens and teens…

There are lots of simple craft ideas for little kids but as my daughter is getting bigger (she is now in double digits) I know those don’t inspire her any more, so im starting to look out for ideas that will keep her crafting into her teenage years. This blog round-up post
20+ Cool Easter Crafts for Tweens to Make by Kitchen Counter Chronicles has lots of ideas, two of my favourites are the Easter bunny pom poms from Ikat Bag and the Easter bunny T-shirt from Cutesy Crafts but go and check out the post to see lots more ideas and to get the links to the original tutorials.

That’s all for now but you can check out all the kids craft blogs in find on my Pinterest board I add to it all the time so if you are on Pinterest follow my board to stay up to date with my finds.

Happy Easter everyone!

March Meet the Maker

So this year I’ve decided to join the #marchmeetthemaker Instagram challenge created by Joanne Hawker which involves a new Instagram post each day so people can get to know a bit more about the story behind the maker and connect with lots of amazing new creatives along the way. I remember following the whole thing last year but didn’t feel brave enough or organised enough to commit to joining in, so this year I’m taking the next step.

The list of prompts for the whole month is on the http://www.marchmeetthemaker.com website, so anyone joining in can plan ahead – there are some I can instantly think of the answer to but some might need some more planning so I’m going to need to get organised.

Day 1, already on my Instagram feed was favourite to make. I shared my most recent custom order – they are my absolute favourites and I love making unusual requests for people. Today, day 2, is all about how I started. I actually ‘started’ as a child, growing up in a creative home with a mother who was very talented and active in her sewing and making (she makes great cakes too!) so I was always surrounded by the interest, inspiration and materials to get creative.

As you grow up and do sensible stuff like getting a job, a house, some children the creative things often fade away – there isn’t time for that sort of stuff any more. However when my daughter was small I was inspired to make her a simple little felt doll. After I made it I thought of all the ways I wanted to make it better, so I made a second one and then a third and from there the idea of turning this into a regular activity, and then selling what I make started.

My first official PepperPot doll was the one I now use as my profile picture on social media – she sits on my bookcase and watches over me as I work. I have made replicas of her for other people but the original little lady will always stay with me. So here she is, and her picture will be going out today as my second #marchmeetthemaker post.

So why not come and join in – you can just follow along if you like. You can go to Instagram and find #marchmeetthemaker to see posts from creatives all over the world making all kinds of things, or visit the official website to find out more.

And please follow along with my posts too – I’m on Instagram at www.instagram.com/pepperpotcrafts but I’m also posting my updates on my twitter feed at www.twitter.com/pepperpotcrafts

Crafty Kids and April Showers – fun Easter crafts

Easter is fast approaching, and so are the holidays. I’m looking forward to some time off and hopefully some beautiful spring weather but most holidays come with some rainy days and my kids love getting creative, so here are some ideas for some crafty Easter fun…

I looked back at my old blog and found a post about the Easter bonnets we made when they were really little. Lots of craft shops sell plain bonnets and decorating them can be fun (as can wearing them round the supermarket).

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We’ve been trying out some more crafts lately that are perfect for Easter. Pom Pom animals are great – you can buy Pom Pom makers in various sizes or make your own out of cardboard. Add on a face and some feet, put two together to make a head and body, put lots together and make a caterpillar – it depends how adventurous you are! You can make eyes, mouths, ears, feet – whatever your creature needs – and glue them on. Use buttons, beads, or cut shapes from felt or even paper – here are some we made earlier….


Pom poms are simple to make but they can take a lot of time, and kids don’t always have the will to finish them, so for a really quick option wind wool around your fingers instead – tie in the middle and cut the ends to make simple Pom poms – this little guy took us a few minutes to make.  532A35D6-2325-4B69-9E00-B70A9A3A54C2
You can’t mention Easter without chocolate, so why not make some chocolate treat bags – cut felt shapes and sew, or even glue together and add the eggs. You could do egg shaped bags, or bags with bunny ears. These carrot treat bags with a little felt bunny are in my Etsy store right now


Easter is all about spring too, so there are lots of fun flower crafts you can do together. My daughter comes up with the most amazing craft ideas by herself – she used some jumbo pipe cleaners and tissue paper to make me some flowers on Valentine’s Day, and recently drew some flowers, cut them out and stuck them to twine to make a flower headband.


If you want to make flowers then try cutting simple shapes from felt, add some beads or buttons and stitch on some embellishments. Use strong glue to attach them to florists wire, or even paper straws and put them in a vase, or add a brooch back for a pretty flower pin for your coat or bag.  These are some I made…


If you want to make ones like these you can buy a craft kit in my Etsy store.

Happy Easter crafting!

Brighten your day – a wet felting tutorial 

It’s a cold grey February day so I’ve been trying to brighten things up making felted wool balls.


There are loads of tutorials around for making wet felted balls, you can make them in the washing machine, or even shake wool around in a pot, but this is how I like to make them.

All you need is some wool roving, hot and cold water and washing up liquid.
Take a small section of wool roving – it needs to be quite loose with soft edges. Obviously it depends on the size you want the final item to be but a piece about as large as my hand was enough to make the balls that were approx. 1cm in diameter. If you want them to be larger it is often better to make a smaller ball then add more layers – otherwise the centre may not be firm enough.


Start with 2 bowls – one with hot water (as hot as possible for your hands to go in) and the other as cold as possible. Put some soap on your hands and very gently roll the roving, keeping your hands a little apart, until it begins to form a loose ball shape. I once read a tutorial that said to imagine you are rolling a baby chick in your hands – I remember that comment each time I do this…

From there it is about dipping it in the hot and cold water bowls alternately, rolling the ball round in the palms of your hand in between – the longer you roll the firmer the ball gets and the harder you can begin to apply pressure to it. At first it will be very squishy and hard to keep in a ball shape, be patient it will suddenly begin to firm up.

Dipping it in the different temperature waters it will help the felting process, it will also help to get rid of the soap as you progress.Keep rolling until the ball feels really firm. You will need to leave it for several hours to fully dry out.


My daughter loved joining in on this activity too – a great idea for a rainy day craft. I was very impressed with her finished leaf and flower!

There are loads of things you can do with your finished balls – create bouquets of flowers, garlands or even rugs. I use lots of colours, gradually layered together to make the balls and flowers in my Etsy shop:

 

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