Every year that I pull out the Easter decorations box, I ask myself: “How in the world did we end up with so many plastic eggs?”
It’s like they self-multiply while they sit in storage! Or maybe it’s because I forget that we already have more than enough and buy new ones every year. Oops.
Fortunately, I came up with a creative way to use those plastic eggs and keep the kiddos busy during spring break. Moms everywhere, I know you feel me on this. Spring break can get a little long when the kids have too much free time on their hands.
But don’t worry, because I’m going to teach you how to turn your extra plastic eggs into two adorable Easter crafts for kids.
This first craft turns a plastic egg into an adorable and soft fuzzy bunny. It is probably more suited for slightly older kids.
Fuzzy Bunny Easter Egg Craft
- 1 jumbo plastic easter egg (3”)
- 1 tiny pink pom pom (2mm)
- 2 tiny black pom poms (2mm)
- 1 small white pom pom (½’)
- Approximately 13′ long piece of white pipsqueak yarn
- 2mm thick white craft foam
- Pen for drawing the ears/feet
- Pink marker
- Elmer’s Glue
Step One: Wrap the Egg With Yarn
Attach one end of the yarn to the bottom center of the egg with Elmer’s glue. Let it dry until the yarn feels secure. Then begin wrapping the yarn around the bottom in a tight spiral, gluing as frequently as needed.
Keep wrapping and gluing as you cover the entire egg all the way to the top. Make sure you keep the yarn close together for full coverage. Secure the end with more glue.
Step Two: Apply the Eyes, Nose, and Tail
Using Elmer’s glue, apply two black pom poms for the eyes towards the top half of the egg, leaving space between them. Then apply the pink pom pom in the middle for the nose. Attach the white pom pom towards the center bottom on the back side for the tail.
Step Three: Draw and Cut Out the Ears and Feet
Take a 3 ½” square piece of white foam and draw the outline of two bunny ears and two bunny feet. Using the pink marker, color an oval shape in the center of one side of each ear.
Cut out both the ears and the feet with scissors.
Step Four: Attach the Ears and Feet
Attach both ears on either side towards the top of the egg with Elmer’s glue. Make sure the pinks of the ears face towards the front. Hold securely with your hands until they dry slightly in place.
Then attach the bottom of the egg to the feet with Elmer’s glue, making sure you can see the feet poking out slightly in front. Hold it in place while it dries.
Now you’ve got yourself a soft and fuzzy bunny Easter egg!
My next craft turns a plastic egg into a hanging bird house and is probably suited for younger kiddos.
Hanging Bird House Easter Egg Craft
- 1 jumbo plastic easter egg (3”)
- Black acrylic craft paint
- Other colors of acrylic craft paint
- Approximately 4” long piece of ⅛” satin ribbon
- 2mm thick craft foam in any color
- Paint brush
- Hot glue
- Hot glue gun
Step One: Cut Out the Base and Roof
Take your craft foam and cut out a 3” by 4” rectangle. Cut the piece in half horizontally. Then cut one of the pieces in half vertically. The long rectangle will be the base, and the two smaller pieces will make the roof.
Step Two: Attach the Base, Roof, and Ribbon for Hanging
Attach the longer rectangle with hot glue to the bottom of the egg to make the base. Use enough glue so that the egg can sit up on its own on the base. Make sure you hold the egg secure as it starts to dry.
Then attach one of the remaining foam pieces with hot glue to make the roof. Make sure the top center of the egg lines up with the top end of the foam.
Once this is in place, make a loop out of the ribbon and attach the ends of the loop to the center of the roof foam piece. Then, hot glue the other half of the roof in place making sure the ends of the ribbon loop are inside the roof.
Step Three: Paint the Birdhouse Details
Using the black paint and paintbrush, paint a large circle towards the front and center of the egg to make the “hole” of the birdhouse. If your birdhouse base and roof is still drying, you might need to hold the egg up with one hand while you paint so that you don’t disrupt the drying process.
Then using other colors, paint on designs of your choosing to decorate your birdhouse egg.
Let your egg dry thoroughly.
Now you’ve got a super cute hanging birdhouse egg!
The next time you’re attempting to keep the kids entertained over spring break, or if you’re just looking for a creative way to use up your extra plastic eggs, try these cute and easy plastic egg Easter crafts for kids.
Bre Paulson is the creative and crafty mom behind the Bre Pea blog. Centered around practical crafts and DIY, Bre Pea is an inspirational source for all those out there who prefer to “do it themselves.” Bre believes that creativity isn’t a hobby, it’s a way of life. Join the DIY tribe over at BrePea.com and sign up for her weekly Friday newsletter, The Practicalist.