DIY family Easter activities on a budget: Cheap and easy craft ideas for kids!

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For us, Easter is just another excuse to get crafting and have some fun. If you’re craft crazy too (or the kids are driving you nuts stuck indoors!) here are some cheap and cheerful activity ideas to get you started. From baskets, to printable paper chains, bonnets, egg blowing, piñatas, wreaths and lots more – there’s something to entertain everyone!

Make an Easter wreath

A DIY wreath is a beautiful way to decorate your front door – you could go with an Easter theme, like the ones below, or opt for a spring flower theme. If you’re blowing eggs they’ll be a great place to start, but you can also buy decorative eggs cheaply from places like Amazon, The Range, Poundland or Hobbycraft too which you can re-use year after year. (These can either be plain for you to paint yourself or pre-decorated.)

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Create your own Easter egg hunt

Making your own signs and clues for an Easter egg hunt is a great way to spend an afternoon keeping the kids entertained! For younger ones, you could use printable colouring pages to keep it simple. Whilst older children could make their own posters and signs using craft bits or cardboard from the recycling bin and some poster paints.

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Do some junk modelling

Get the kids to raid the recycling box and see what they can create. Have an Easter or spring time theme and let them loose with boxes. If they need a little inspiration – use cardboard loo roll inserts to create bunnies or chicks, or cut a cereal box in half and have a spring garden making competition.

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Make a paper chain

Paper chains are so easy and my two love them. Download my free printable, Easter paper chain strips – print onto coloured paper, get the kids to colour them in and they’ll be occupied for ages! Plus, the paper chains will make the house look lovely too – it’s such a cheap and cheerful way to make the house Easter ready!

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Make an Easter egg piñata

Easter is actually the perfect time for a DIY piñata – balloons make a great egg shape with paper-mache, and filled with yummy goodies it’s a fab Easter treat for the kids. They can spend a fun afternoon creating and decorating it – and then have even more fun destroying it with their friends or cousins over Easter weekend!

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How to make an Easter egg paper mache piñata

Step 1:  Mix one part water with one part flour to create a gooey paste.

Step 2:  Blow up a balloon and cut newspaper into strips.

Step 3:  Dip the newspaper strips into the paste, squeezing off any excess. Apply to the balloon.

Step 4:  Repeat Step 3, layering the newspaper on until the balloon is covered with three/four layers. Leave an opening at the top for the sweets.

Step 5:  Let it dry for at least 24 hours. Then pop the balloon and attach the string.

Step 6:  Fill with goodies and tape up the opening.

Step 7:  Decorate to suit your chosen theme!

 

Decorate Easter cards

We make cards continuously in our house – whenever the kids say they’re bored, out comes the craft box and I invent a reason that someone needs a card! 😂 Easter is the perfect excuse to go crazy with the glitter and felt tips!

So, make some colourful Easter cards – it’ll keep the kids busy and be a lovely surprise for your family when the postman delivers! If you need to stock up, Amazon have some great deals on coloured card!

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Decorate the house with bunting

Cut old fabric into triangles, or chop pieces of coloured card for the kids to decorate – you could even make them egg shaped! Attach to string or ribbon and wallah you have some beautiful bunting to decorate the house or garden.

 

Blow eggs

Blown eggs are the perfect Easter craft decoration and they look so adorable. They can be hung up around the house or on an Easter tree, popped onto sticks in plant pots or made into a table display.

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Here’s how to blow eggs:

1. Sit an egg in an egg box to steady it. Hold the egg still and gently push a hole in the top centre with a safety pin. Then, carefully push one end of the pin in as far as it will go to widen the hole.

2. Take a toothpick and insert it into the hole. Give it a quick stir around to help break up the yolk and make it easier to remove the insides.

3. Flip the egg over and make a second hole on the opposite side with your pin. This hole needs to be a little bigger, than the one at the top, but be careful not to crack the shell. Stir the yolk again with your toothpick.

4. Hold the egg over a bowl with the biggest hole at the bottom. Use a straw to remove the contents of the egg by placing the tip of the straw over the top hole and blowing hard. The egg white will come out first, followed by the yolk. Be patient as it can often take a little while to get the yolk moving.

When the egg becomes lighter and you’re just blowing out bubbles of egg white, followed by air, then it’s done.

5. Next you’ll need to clean out the shell by holding it carefully under the hot tap. Then, wipe it gently with kitchen paper and leave it to dry.

6. Once the egg is dry, decorate with paint, pens, stickers, sequins, glitter or whatever else takes your fancy!

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Try a themed craft kit

Hobbycraft, The Range and Wilko have some great craft kits and paint-your-own Easter bits for just a couple of quid – the perfect way to spend a chilly afternoon snuggled up at home.

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Create plant sticks

Plant sticks are a lovely way to decorate a bunch of spring flowers or plant pots around the house. Simply draw or print Easter shapes onto card, get the kids to paint or decorate them and attach to a wooden skewer.

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Make nature art

Getting the kids outside is always at the top of my to-do list. So when the weather’s good and the flowers are in bloom, why not collect bits to create a spring time nature picture? It’s a great excuse to put on some wellies and go for a ramble. You could even create a centrepiece for the kitchen table ready for Easter Sunday lunch.

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Build an Easter basket

You can buy Easter basket kits, like the one below, from Amazon – or raid the craft box for some strong card (or use old cereal boxes) to make your own from scratch. The kids will love collecting their chocolate eggs in the special baskets that they created themselves.

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Make a bonnet

An Easter bonnet competition is great fun, so grab the craft box and get decorating! You could make from one scratch using cardboard, or buy a pre-made bonnet and add the decorations.

A range of Easter bonnets and kits are available on Amazon – with prices starting from about £5. Stow the bonnets away after Easter for future years too, to save money and reduce waste – you can always add new decorations next year!

 

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