Ostara Crafts

Easter Baskets

 2 litre soda bottle 
 decorations of choice 
This is a project I tried last year at school. We took 2 liter soda bottles
and made them into Easter Baskets, The ways to decorate is endless. Hope you
have has much fun as we did. I measured up about 5" and cut the bottle, 
we also left 2 pieces about 1" wide for the handle.

Sugar Easter Eggs (NON-EDIBLE)

These make a wonderful decoration but remember these are NOT edible.


  1 beaten egg white 
  1/2 c. confectioners sugar 
  3 1/2 c. granulated sugar 

Beat egg white, add confectioners sugar, then add granulated sugar. 
Use food coloring if desired. Put in mold; let dry for about 1/2 hour;
 scoop out mold to the right thickness. I fasten the two halves of the
 eggs together with Royal Icing and decorate inside with scene and out
side with the icing. These make a great gift and can be stored for the
following year. People love them. 

 Easter Placemats

 Old Easter cards 
 Easter pictures from magazines 
 your childrens drawings 
 light weight cardboard or heavy construction paper 
 contact paper
Gather up Easter cards from past years, pictures from magazines or 
your children's favorite drawings. Glue onto light cardboard or 
construction paper in decorative fashion the size of a placemat. 
Cover this collage with clear contact paper to seal the placemat. 
Be sure to have your child date and sign it.
These make great gifts for grandparents.

  Easter Grass

               1 large Easter basket 
               1 lb wheat seed 
               1 lb vermiculite 
               plastic wrap or clear plastic bag

Grow a miniature meadow in an Easter basket it's real simple. A week 
before Easter line a large Easter basket with plastic wrap and fill 
with vermiculite (about 2-inches deep). Sprinkle wheat seed on top 
of the vermiculite. Put the basket in the sink and add water until the
 seed bed is damp. You shouldn't have to water it again before Easter.
Set the basket in a pan and place in filtered sunlight. Cover loosely
 with plastic wrap or a clear plastic bag to keep moist. Remove the 
plastic after two days. The wheat should begin to sprout during the 
next few days. By Easter morning you would have real Easter grass to 
hide your eggs in.

Woven baskets
   pastel colored construction paper two colors 
   glue or stapler 

Using one piece of paper cut horizontal straight lines about one inch
in from side to side across paper, about 1/2 inch a part from each 
other. The paper should be covered from top to bottom with these 

Next take the other color of paper and cut 1/2 strips. Weave these 
strips in and out of the slits in the first paper.

When completed with all the strips glue the ends of the strips to 
the first paper to hold in place. Next fold up the sides to make a 
basket shape. Staple or glue in place. With a contrasting color make 
a handle on your basket and staple or glue. Basket can then be filled
 with shredded paper to make a nest in the bottom.

   Easter Baskets and Bunnies
               You'll need:

               pint milk or juice carton 
               cotton balls
               pink yarn
               something to make eyes and nose (buttons, gumdrops or 
               other candy or whatever you like)
Close the top of the empty carton. Position the carton on its side 
with the top closed edge vertical. Then on the side which is facing 
up, cut along the two long edges and the bottom edge. Hold flap up 
slightly and cut it to form two rabbit ears pointing away from the 
pointed end of carton. 

Cover the entire outer part of the carton with cotton balls including
 the ears. Use a small piece of yarn to make outline of pink for the 
inner ear. Use buttons or whatever you chose to make eyes and nose 
on the pointed end of the carton. Place extra cotton balls for tail. 
Fill carton with Easter grass and candy. 

 Bunny Mask

               paper plate 
               pink construction paper 
               pink and/or white pipe cleaners 

Using the paper plate, cut out eyes and nose in the plate. Cut out 
bunny ears from pink paper and glue to the plate. Use pipe cleaners 
to make whiskers, attach to plate by poking through and knotting at 
back, or glue on. Use yarn to tie to either side of plate to tie on 
your little one's head.

               Chicks in a basket

               egg carton 
               cotton balls 
               yellow food dye 
               shredded paper (optional) 
               bits of orange paper 

Dip one large cotton ball in yellow dye diluted with water. Let dry.
 Cut egg carton so you have one section. Place a bit of shredded paper
 (color optional) in bottom of section. When yellow cotton ball is 
dry, draw eyes on top to make eyes. Cut out very small triangle of 
orange paper and glue on yellow cotton ball to make chicks beak. Sit 
chick in carton section to make the chick in the basket.
Note: Many people have commented that the cotton balls
 - once dyed - will not dry - or take forever - anyone out there have
 any suggestions on correcting this?

               Great Tip!! The best way to dye cotton balls is to put 
               them in a Zip lock bag with dry tempra paint. Place the
               coton balls in the Zip-lock bag with a few spoons of 
               dry tempra paint. Shake the bag to coat the cotton 
               balls. Remove the cotton balls from the zip lock bag 
               and shake off the excess paint. This works great. I 
               hope this tip will help.

               Another idea! For the cottonball to be dyed yellow,
               wipe off some powdered yellow pastels/chalks with the 
               cotton ball. See if this could work.

  Paper plate bunny

               large paper plate 
               small paper plate 
               pink construction paper 
               cotton ball 
               crayons or markers

Using paper plates, glue small one to top of large one to form head 
and body. Cut out bunny ears from pink paper. Glue or staple to head.
Draw eyes and nose on face of plate with crayons or markers. Glue a 
cotton ball on the back for a tail.

         Easter Bunny Ears

               Construction paper (pink, white and/or brown) 

       Cut out bunny ears with the white and pink paper (pink 
       should be slightly smaller) or use two tones of brown for a 
       chocolate bunny. Glue the pink on white to make ears. (or 
       brown). Make a 2-inch band long enough to go around your 
       child's head. Staple in place. Attach bunny ears to band.

 Belly Bunny


               Large Styrofoam Ball 
               A plastic or unbreakable jar with a screw on lid (ex. Mason Jar, Jelly jar,
               Peanut butter jar, etc.) 
               Construction Paper, White, Pink, and either Black, Blue, Brown, or Green 
               Cotton Balls 
               A pink, blue or yellow ribbon (optional) 

 A grown-up should cut the bottom of the styrofoam ball just enough so
 it will sit flat on the table. Then have the kids draw and cut out 
 black, blue, brown, or green eyes, (if you want them to match your 
 child's eyes), white bunny ears with pink ear insides (both ears 
 should be cut so the bottom of the ear is cut straight across), and 
 a pink nose.
 Glue a cotton ball in the center of the styrophom ball (nose) then 
 glue the small pink nose to the center of the cotton ball. Glue the 
 eyes on to the styrofoam ball. While the glue is drying take the 
 white bunny ears and the slightly smaller (should be same shape) 
 pink ear insides. Lay the white ears down and glue a tooth pick (or 
 two for more stability) to the front side of the white ear with half 
 of the toothpick/s on the ear and half hanging off the bottom of the
 ear. Then take and glue the back side of the pink ear on top of
 the toothpick and white ear. Do this for each ear.

 Next glue the styrofoam ball to the top of the jar lid which can be 
 decorated with a paper doily, markers or whatever you may have. Screw
 the lid on and whichever way the bunny faces, on the other side glue
 a cottonball at the bottom of the jar (tail). When the ears dry 
 stick the toothpick, that is hanging out from the bottom of the ears,
 into the top of the styrophom ball. You can tie a ribbon around the 
 edge of the jar lid.

 Fill your bunny with jelly beans, or M&M's or a treat like raisin's 
 or dried fruit. The child can take the bunny to school and share 
 their treats with the class. It is really cute and if the child wants
 to get creative they can decorate the jar with stickers.               

Paper Mache Eggs

             Paper mache paste 
               1-inch pieces newspaper, newsprint or paper toweling 
               pie tin 
               paint brushes 
               colored tissue paper (optional) 


               Paper mache recipe

               1 cup water 
               Mix in 1/4 cup flour until thin and runny

  Stir this mixture into 5 cups lightly boiling water. Gently boil 
  for 2-3 minutes. Cool until you can dip paper into mixture without 
  burning yourself.


               Make paper mache paste as above. When cool pour into pie tin. Blow up a
               balloon and tape to a table. Dip strips of newspaper in paste and place
               carefully on balloon. Continue overlapping pieces of newspaper on balloon.
               Cover balloon completely and let dry. It may take overnight to dry,
               particularly if children have use lots of paste. Once dry decorate the dried
               ballon with paint or colored tissue in pretty pastel Easter colors. Finish
               with shellac for a shiny, glazed effect.

Easter parade bonnet Paper plate construction paper crayons or markers glue yarn Children can decorate the paper plate any way they wish. Glue on pieces of pastel paper, color flowers on plate, use your imagination. Tie yard to each side of plate so it can be tied under child's chin. or construction paper crayons, markers or stickers tape or stapler scissors elastic thread or ribbon Let children decorate a piece of paper. Make hat by folding paper into a cone shape, tape or staple together. Cut bottom so it is even. Staple a length of elastic thread or ribbon on each side to hold hat on. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -- Bunnies, Ducks and Baskets Paper plate Bunny Masks: staple ears to a paper plate - ones that look like rabbit ears cut out eyes, glue or draw on nose and mouth cover plate with cotton balls for fur attach string to hold up around head ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -- Paper plate Duck Masks: same idea as above , but use yellow feathers instead of cotton balls ( also, they don't have to be masks). ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -- Egg carton Mini-Easter Baskets: use individual egg buckets (from egg carton) ribbon for handle put in easter grass, jelly beans, etc. We've always done an Easter tree using budding branches from outside, place them in a vase and decorate with homemade or store bought decorations. Kristin Decatur ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -- Eggshell Mosaic A great way to use up the remains of the Easter eggs. Children will love breaking up the eggshells. Colored eggshells construction paper crayon, pen or marker glue On a piece of paper have child draw a simple design (e.g. flower, balloon, kite, egg). Spread glue in design area. Sprinkle bits of broken eggshells onto glue. Allow to dry then hang and enjoy. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -- No-bake craft clay 1 cup cornstarch 1 1/4 cups cold water 2 cups baking soda food coloring (optional) paint (optional) Add all ingredients in saucepan and stir over medium heat for about 4 minutes.Mixture should be consistency of moist mashed potatoes. Add food coloring if desired. Remove from heat, turn on a plate and cover with a damp cloth. Let cool. When cool knead like dough. At this point you may store in an airtight container. For Easter shape clay into egg shapes. Let dry and paint. You may also flatten one side and glue to brooch backs to make Easter jewellery. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ -- Egg Decorating What would be Easter without decorating and coloring eggs? Here are are some homemade dyes you can use and some different decorating ideas: The eggs The first thing you need is either hard boiled or blown eggs. If you use hard boiled eggs hey must be kept refrigerated if you intend to eat them Do not eat if they have been left our or painted with acrylic paints. If you want to keep your decorated eggs it is best to use blown eggs. However, blown eggs are much more fragile and harder for young kids to handle. To make a blown egg poke a small hole in each end of the egg with a large needle. Push needle into egg and twist around to break yoke. Hold the egg over a bowl and blow hard through th hole until the shell is empty. Rinse eggshells well and allow to dry. (save the raw eggs and scramble for breakfast). Natural dye Various food and plant items Sauce pans for each color Slotted spoon strainer cooking oil soft cloth Pour 1/2 cup water in each sauce pan. Add cut-up fruit, vegetables or plants (carrots, blueberries, grass, coffee all work well). Bring to a boil and simmer until water turns color you like. Remove from heat and strain reserving water. When water is cool add boiled or blown eggs. Let sit until they turn the desired color. Remove with slotted spoon and allow to dry. Polish with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth. Crepe paper dye Different color crepe paper hot water small bowls or cups slotted spoon cooking oil soft cloth Soak crepe paper in hot water in individual bowls or cups for each color. Add eggs and allow to sit in water until he desired color is achieved. Remove with slotted spoon and allow to dry. Polish with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth. Food coloring dye Food coloring hot water white vinegar small bowls or cups slotted spoon cooking oil soft cloth For each color measure 1/4 tsp. food coloring in small bowl. Add 3/4 cup hot water and 1 tbsp. white vinegar to each color. Add eggs and allow to sit until they are the desired color. Remove with slotted spoon. Polish dry eggs with small amount of cooking oil and soft cloth. Waxed eggs Wax crayons paper towels egg dyes in different colors slotted spoon cooking oil soft cloth Draw a heavy crayon patter on hard boiled egg. Dip egg in egg dye preferably a dark color. Leave in dye until desired color is reached. Remove with slotted spoon and place in 200 degree F oven for a few minutes until wax is melted. Wipe with paper towel and dip again in lighter dye to fill in pattern where wax was. Polish finished eggs with cooking oil and soft cloth. Dip and dye eggs Masking tape Different color egg dye slotted spoon cooking oil soft cloth Stick a pattern of masking tap on plain hard boiled egg. Dip egg in egg dye and leave until desired color is reached. Remove with slotted spoon and air dry. Remove masking ape when dry. Leave masked areas white or dip again in another lighter dye. Polish finished egg with cooking oil and soft cloth. Marble eggs Large glass jar Crayon stubs Vegetable grater Hot water Waxed paper or newspaper Empty egg carton Clear acrylic spray (optional) Grate peeled crayons over waxed paper. Fill jar with very hot water. Drop bits of grated crayon into water. Add hard boiled or blown egg as soon as crayon begins to melt. Twirl egg in water with spoon. the wax should make a design on the egg. Carefully remove egg and set upside-down in egg carton to dry. Once dry spray with clear acrylic to seal. Sponge painted eggs Liquid tempra paint paper cups (for each color) small pieces of foam or sponge clothes pins (for each color) egg cups clear acrylic spray Place hard boiled or blown eggs in egg cups. Partially fill paper cups with different colors of paint. Clip a piece of sponge to a clothes pin and dip into paper cups, use the clothes pin as a handle. Lightly dab the sponge over the top half of the egg. Let dry. Turn egg over and repeat procedure. Let the egg dry completely. If using blown eggs, spray with acrylic spray for a permanent finish. Commercial shrink wraps Most retailers now sell plastic shrink wraps for egg decorating. All you do is cut out the wraps. Slip over a hard boiled egg and dip in boiling water. Wrap will shrink onto the eggs. There are several designs available on the market. source http://usacitylink.com//easter/