After having so much fun last week making Leprechaun traps with the kidlets, I’ve been bitten by the crafting bug! With Easter coming up, the entire family got hopping this weekend with a fun and easy “strings of spring” craft project. We created garlands made of colorful plastic eggs that we turned into a variety of bunnies and chicks.
The kidlets were good to make two of these guys each before they lost interest. My son even made one that he said was his interpretation of an Angry Bird. While they went off to the family room to watch the adventures of “Captain Sindbad,” The Hubs and I went wild and came up some creative and wacky bunnies and chicks!
This project was inspired by a craft we saw in the March issue of Family Fun Magazine. We didn’t follow their directions to a “T” because I wanted to use up materials we already had on hand, i.e. we opted to use markers instead of paints and pipe cleaners instead of colored craft wire.
Here’s how we made our “Strings of Spring” craft:
Colorful plastic eggs with holes at both ends
Black & silver Sharpie thin tip pens
Colored construction paper
Googly eyes – various sizes
Pom Poms – various colors
4 hole buttons –various sizes and spring colors
Pipe cleaners – various colors
Yarn or string – any spring color
Hot glue gun (to be used by adults)
Large darning/sewing needle (to be used by adults)
Child safety scissors
Select a pair of googly eyes and hot glue to the egg and give it at least 30 seconds to set. If you don’t have googly eyes, you can simply draw them on with a Sharpie marker or even use paint to create them.
To create bunnies, use the silver Sharpie pen to color the inside of the bunny ears. Attach the ears with hot glue. To complete the bunny’s face, you can either use a black Sharpie to draw a nose and whiskers or you could hot glue a colored button for the nose and attach various lengths of pipe cleaners for whiskers. Hot glue a colored pom-pom to the back of the egg to create a cottontail.
For chicks, hot glue the wings and beak to the egg. To add legs to the bird, bend a 6-inch length of pipe cleaner in half. Bend the ends into small loops to create feet. You can either attach the legs to the egg by threading the pipe cleaner through the two holes at the bottom of the egg, or just attach to the bottom of the egg with hot glue.
To make the garland, cut a piece of yarn or string to your desired length and knot it 12 inches from one end. Thread the needle with the yarn/string. Thread on the bunnies and chicks through the two holes in the top of the eggs. You can arrange them in any pattern, bunny-chick-bunny or all bunnies or chicks, but separating each egg with the remaining colored buttons (threading the top two holes of the button only).
You can be as creative as you like and add anything to your bunny or chick. Some of our bunnies have teeth and are holding carrots. One of our chicks has his own crown, two bunnies who swapped their bottoms with each other and one totally bedazzled Fabrege inspired egg!
It took us about 90 minutes, from start to clean up, to create all these Easter creatures. It all depends on how many eggs you want use. The cleanup is simple, we just threw away all the tiny scraps of paper and pipe cleaner.
We hung our garland in our dining room. I have to say it looks really cute. I’m thinking I will add a little treat inside each egg, so when the family is over for Easter dinner, they can pick their favorite egg and get a sweet surprise!
Now it’s your turn to share. What’s your favorite kind of Easter treat? Is it a chocolate bunny? A Cadbury egg?
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