You know how in the magazines you always see tips on how to wear a clothing staple (such as black pants) in several different ways. It'll say add a jean jacket for a casual look, a button-down shirt for work, and an interesting top with heels for a night out.
Well, I could never get that to work for me.
My black pants always just looked like black pants, and when I changed my top, it wouldn't go with my pants - so then, the entire outfit had to change. I'm all about efficiency, but I guess fashion just wasn't my thing.
Luckily, I see the DIY world differently.
For the upcoming holiday, I had plans to make one Easter craft - bunny bags. While finishing up the bags, I started to think of more craft ideas that would use the exact same bunny template.
I might not be able to make black pants work, but I can most certainly make a cute bunny template work in a dozen different ways.
Listed below are 12 easy Easter crafts that all use the same free bunny printable.
Download Easter Bunny Template
1. Easter Bunny Bags
When we used to have Easter egg hunts at my Grandma's house, we always needed a place to store the goodies that we found inside the eggs. Our grandma would give us a gallon ziplock bag with our name on it to carry our goodies home.
Rather than ziplock bags, how cute would it be to use these cute Easter bunny bags?
You could also use them for Easter gifts, hostess gifts, or other festive goodies :)
They take minutes to make and are such a cute touch.
As far as the bags and the card stock, you can be as creative as you'd like. There are lots of patterned papers, sparkly papers, and patterned bags. I kept mine simple with plain bags and card stock with a subtle texture.
2. Burlap Easter Banner
How cute is this burlap banner? I recently posted an article on how to make these burlap banners for St. Patrick's Day.
I loved them so much that I thought a bunny banner would be a nice replacement for the shamrocks that had taken stock on our mantel.
The banner takes under an hour to make - and could not have been easier. I love a craft that I have long finished before my son wakes up from his nap.
If you are hosting Easter dinner or looking for a holiday craft, this is a cute one that turns out beautifully, doesn't break the bank, and won't use up all your time.
3. Adorable Easter Cards
I love having my son make cards for others. I think it instills such a great message to spend time making something special for someone else.
Not to mention, it makes the recipients so happy to get a cute piece of mail from him.
These cards are really easy - they take five minutes and use the same bunny template. You can make it a kids version by having your child decorate or color the bunny.
Or, you can send as is - with a cute piece of scrapbook paper and a pom-pom.
4. Easter Egg Hunt Markers
Easter egg hunts can be a little hard for little kids - especially since they are trying to keep up with the older ones.
A simple way to help them find eggs is to put little egg markers, where eggs are hidden for them. Then, explain to the older ones to not find eggs near the egg markers.
Have the little ones look for the bunnies :)
You could also use the popsicle stick markers to create little signs for the hunt - such as follow the path to the backyard signs or "Bunny Crossing" signs.
5. Popsicle Stick Bunny Figures
While you have your popsicle sticks out, have your child decorate a few bunny templates. They could color them, paint them, adorn them with googly eyes or feathers - or whatever you have around your house.
After your child has finished decorating their bunnies, simply tape or glue the bunnies to popsicle sticks for kids to play with.
My son is obsessed with this song "The Finger Family," and he loved creating a bunny family with these.
He also loved that we were both working on bunnies together. As I was working on the below bunny banner, he was decorating his bunnies... kind of like parallel play :)
6. Card Stock Banner
Another type of banner you could make is a cardstock one. The materials are a little easier to gather than the burlap ones (although the burlap one is more fun :).
Just trace your bunnies onto card stock, punch holes in their ears, thread onto the ribbon, and glue on the tail.
If you have older kids, they could make this banner for Easter to decorate the dining room or their bedroom. I would have loved to do this craft growing up :)
Kids that are older than toddlers, but not old enough to make the banner on their own, could practice their fine motor skills by threading the bunnies onto the ribbon.
Last, you could write a message across the bunnies - such as "Happy Easter" or "Jesus Has Risen."
7. Easter Bunny Foam Wreath
Another fun decoration for kids to help with is a bunny wreath. I cut bunnies out of foam, and then arranged them into a wreath. My son then painted the bunnies - and we hung it up on the wall.
I then used this ring to line the bunnies up in a perfect circle, carefully gluing the bunnies to each other.
Afterward, I had my son go to town decorating the bunnies with paint :) He loved it and painting all of the bunnies kept his attention for a long time.
8. Bunny Basket
Similar to the bunny bags listed above, glue a bunny to any kind of basket or container, and make a little Easter bunny basket.
I made this one with a empty plastic cashew container. I was about to toss it in recycling when the idea popped into my head.
After washing out the cashew container, I cut and glued card stock to the sides of the container. The top edge looked like it needed a little something extra - so I put ribbon about the perimeter. I then glued a bunny to the front, and voila - a recycled Easter basket!
This is a great project to do with kids who love crafts. You can be as creative as you would like finding things to turn into Easter baskets. You could even use a pipe cleaner as the handle :)
9. Easter Felt-Scape
My number one crafting material is and will always be felt. So, my Easter crafts wouldn't be complete without incorporating it.
My son also loves felt, and I've made him a few felt busy boxes. He plays with them during quiet time or even at church when he was younger.
The felt scenes occupy him for so long - and allow him to be creative.
So, why not make a 10-minute felt-scape with a bunny scene?
Don't glue anything down but the background, as your child will have fun arranging and re-arranging these into a scene.
10. Easter Basket Tags
This one is a simple yet elegant one. Use the bunny template as tags to labeling Easter baskets, hostess gifts, or even the bottle of wine you're bringing to Easter dinner.
All you need is the bunny template, ribbon, and a marker. It certainly puts a cute touch on your gifts.
11. Easter Food Labels
With all of the food allergies and food preferences out there, I LOVE going to a party and seeing that the food is labeled. You know exactly what's in something and whether it is for you - or not.
If you have a few extra bunnies laying around, simply write the names of your dishes on the cards (this is especially helpful for buffet-style meals), so your guests will be eating at ease.
If Easter dinner isn't a buffet, use the bunny template as place cards - or even have your child decorate them as such.
12. Easter Bunny Garland
Last but not least, use the bunny template to create bunny garland. This is another quick craft that brings a lot of festivity.
It's super simple and turns out cute.
With this easy bunny template, you can create 12 awesome Easter crafts. I've personally made all of them - and they are simple, easy ideas that are fun and festive.
You can work along side your kids, crafting banners while they decorate bunnies. Kids love doing things with their parents, so these ideas are perfect for just that :)
You see, I might not be able to create outfits with closet staples, but I can certainly bring some ease and efficiency to the DIY world.
With these simple DIY crafts, you can most certainly bring simple festivity to your Easter holiday.
Scanning the shelves in Michaels with a 55% coupon in hand, I looked around for something I could make an easy, do-it-yourself banner with.
My eyes landed on a pad of burlap card stock.
There were 24 individual sheets of burlap, backed with cardboard.
Being the worst at cutting straight lines, I figured that individual sheets would save a lot of frustration.
And, I had been looking for an opportunity to work with burlap.
People love burlap - and it's everywhere. I've seen mason jars wrapped in burlap, curtains made from burlap, flowers wrapped in burlap, and entire weddings crafted from burlap.
I even worked with a teacher who covered all of her bulletin boards in burlap.
I had never crafted with this material before - but I do agree that burlap brings a natural warmth and texture - so I was excited to check it out.
So, I got started on my project - which was to make a St. Patrick's Day banner from homemade stencils and burlap.
First, I simply made a triangular cut on the bottom of each sheet.
The burlap was easy to cut into with the cardboard backing.
Then, I traced a shamrock onto card stock - and carefully cut out just the middle. This made the shamrock into a stencil.
I then taped it onto the burlap, making the cardstock as flat as possible.
Next, I used the foam brush (probably should have used a 1/2 inch foam brush - but I like to use what I have) to dab on the green paint.
Be careful to keep your brush straight, so it doesn't slip under the stencil.
As a side note, I tried this using a regular paint brush also. While it worked, it took a lot longer and didn't give a consistent coat. You can definitely use a regular paint brush, but the foam brush did a nicer job.
For the stripes, I used strips of scotch tape to create the lines. Then, I just dabbed on the green paint onto the burlap.
Immediately after, I removed the tape and moved on to the next sheet.
I also recommend doing a test with the colors/stencils you will be using. I tried a few different shades of green to see what would work best - and a few different shapes to see how they would look.
Pictured below is the edge of my desk, with my stencil and scotch tape strips. Rather than use a ridiculous amount of tape, I used the same four strips over and over, and I hung them here while not in use.
I also went back and forth with painting a shamrock, then stripes - this gave the stencils/tape a little dry time before more use.
Here are two of the burlap pennants, in the process of drying.
Both the card stock stencil and the tape worked really well. The paint looked very neat, and I had a nice, clean outline on every pennant.
After the individual pennants were dry (only took a few minutes), I used burlap ribbon and hot glue to connect them into a banner.
I found the burlap ribbon at Michaels during a 70% off sale prior to the holidays. I bought loads of ribbon then, without a use for any of it.
I was ecstatic to find the burlap ribbon during this project - knowing I had the perfect use for it. And, I love that I got it when it was a great price. That's why I love stocking up on craft supplies :)
So, I lined up my stripes and shamrocks in the order I liked and flipped them over for gluing.
Then, I used my handy glue gun to do two drops of glue on either side of every pennant.
Before you glue, make sure you have your banner in the right order. I once glued an entire banner in backward order - and let me tell you, I wasn't happy when my "Happy 40th" banner said "40th-Y-P-P-A-H."
Also, remember to leave extra ribbon on both sides for hanging.
I LOVED the way the sign turned out - it was so festive and added much more to our mantel than some of the store-bought St. Patrick's Day decorations.
I don't know which shocked me more - the fact that I made the banner for less than $5 or that I made it in less than an hour.
It was a total naptime creation, with time to spare :)
I shouldn't have waited so long to start working with burlap. It was easier than I expected, took a small amount of time and effort, and yielded great results!
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Posted by Eileen
My little guy loves craft time with his mama.
But, I might love it just a little more.
I love watching his creativity, his little mind at work, as he comes up with new ways of doing things.
We have a sweet little set-up in my office, where he has a craft table beside my desk. On his table, he has a bin of art supplies that he's allowed to use whenever (crayons, markers, and paper).
He also has a drawer in my desk with supplies that he can use with permission (glue, scissors, etc).
In addition to crafts, my little guy loves putting things together - doing puzzles, making pictures with foam shapes, and most especially, accessorizing Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head.
So, when my sister suggested making a real Mr. Potato Head as a St. Patrick's Day craft, I knew he would love it!
This was a no cost project - other than two potatoes, which we usually have.
The night before, my son and I collected things from around the craft room to use, so we would be all ready to go after breakfast the following day.
We found felt, foam, pipe cleaners, pom-poms, stickers, shamrocks, card stock, cotton balls, ribbon, and glue. However, you can really use whatever you find or have.
My son loved collecting all of things. His special job was to put everything I handed him in the bin. He loves his special jobs :)
He loved putting everything together the day before because it gave him something to look forward to.
He loves getting into all of my craft supplies, so his eyes were lighting up at all of the fun things he was going to get to use.
Pictured below is the set-up. Whenever we have a messy project or a food project, I lay down a plastic table cloth, which makes for easy cleanup with a toddler.
Then, we just had fun and got creative. My son told us what we needed - "Mommy, first we need eyes." And, I asked him what we should use.
We used the pipe cleaners for arms (the wire stuck right into the potato), cotton balls for the beard, pom-pom for the nose, felt for the eyes and mouth, and card stock for the shoes.
We put everything on with either Elmer's Glue or Scotch tape. The felt on felt didn't work too well with the glue - but everything else held up.
For the St. Patrick's Day hat, I simply used card stock. I cut a circle for the base, and then I rolled another piece into a cylinder. I centered the cylinder on the base and taped it on top.
We tied a ribbon around the hat - and placed an Irish sticker where the buckle would go, which made a nice touch :)
Then, we decided to paint the cotton orange, in an effort to make Mr. Potato Head look more like a leprechaun.
It got pretty messy - and orange got all over Mr. Potato Head, but he definitely started to uphold his title as a leprechaun.
After, we finished with Mr. Potato head, my little guy said "Time for the other potato, mommy...." Just when I thought we were done :)
So, we made a Mrs. Potato Head. We used all of the same things, and added a felt and pom-pom bow in her hair.
Just when we were about done (again), my son says, "Mommy, what about baby potato?"
And, I wished I had thought to get a smaller potato because that would have been cute to have a whole Mr. Potato Head family made from potatoes. :)
After the potatoes dried, my little guy loved playing with them.
He named Mrs. Potato head "Nana," which I don't think my mom found complimentary :)
I did have trouble getting the potatoes to stand up straight. I had wished I cut off the bottom to make a flat surface, but I'm sure this would have shortened their shelf life.
[As a side note, I recently learned that when you leave potatoes out and exposed to light, they absorb radiation in the air (shout out to Anthony William's amazing book "Life-Changing Foods.") So not only will Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head be decorating our kitchen for the next 5 or so days, but they will be absorbing some of the toxins we are exposed to.]
Always a teacher, I also use our crafts as a segway to reading. During our library trip this week, we'll be reading about St. Patrick's Day and leprechauns, and the craft served as pre-learning activity.
Overall, our Mr. Real Potato Head craft was definitely a success. My son had a ball preparing for the craft, making REAL potato heads, and playing with his new, clumsy figures.
It's amazing to see the joy he gets from creating something he's proud of.
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Honk, honk. Beep, beep.
Wondering what kind of party to throw your little guy? Plan a truck birthday party!
It's a simple theme to work with, and there are lots of easy DIY ideas that won't break the bank or stress you out.
I recently put together a few crafty things, including a photo booth, a truck game, and themed goody bags, for my dear friend's son's truck party.
They were easy to make and added such a magical touch.
Pin the Wheels on the Truck
First, I'm a huge fan of felt. I have piles and piles of it, and I love making felt boards for my son. He learned his shapes from his birthday party felt board (Abbey's Magical Shapes). And, I love how felt sticks to felt. It makes designing activities so simple :)
Not only are felt boards a fun learning tool but they double as great party games, especially for toddlers.
Rather than hosting a formal game, these felt boards make great stations for kids who are developmentally at the parallel play stage.
To go with the theme, I made a Pin the Wheels on the Truck felt board. The materials cost nothing - because I utilized things I had previously purchased for other parties or activities.
I used a foam board from Dollar Tree (definitely check out Dollar Tree first because these boards are way higher priced at the craft stores). Then I hot glued sheets of blue felt to the board make the background.
The felt pieces were about the size of a sheet of paper, so it took quite a few of them. Conversely, you could buy one big sheet of felt from the crafts stores - but I love using what I have :)
For the truck, I picked bright colors to contrast the blue background. Then, I found a clipart truck that looked like it had simple angles and cuts and then I draw it freehand on felt.
Alternatively, you could enlarge the clipart picture, print it as an 8.5x11 image, and then trace it.
If it's too small, you could always cut it out, lay it down on the felt, and then following the lines, draw it a little big bigger than the image, using the image as your guide.
For the wheels, I traced circles using a coffee mug as a guide. And then I just made small, triangular cuts around the perimeter to make the wheels look spikey. They are by no means perfect, but they got the point across :)
As far as other cut-outs, I cut out a window, headlight, and thick yellow lines to give the dump truck some depth.
I hot glued everything down - except the wheels!
Last, my favorite part of any project is the creative spin. I printed a picture of the birthday boy and glued it in the window as the driver.
I also put a little label on the truck that said his name, written like it was a company truck.
My friend just LOVED the felt board. She was blown away with her son as the driver and loved how cute it turned out :) The kids had a great time playing with it too.
Truck Photo Booth Prop
This prop was my favorite. It was previously a cardboard box that now serves as a truck photo booth :)
My friend had a huge box from getting her bathroom redone, so I simply cut off one side of the large box. I didn't cut off the top flap - because this served as the stand.
First I drew the truck. I used pretty basic shapes - rectangles with curved corners for the tires and bumper, square window, and circles for the headlights.
I drew everything out with a pencil before I started painting. I also used a yard stick because I am the worst at straight lines.
For the paints, I used the below acrylic paints. I loved the colors together.
Just a tip for painting - don't make the mistake of using kids paint because it is very watered down and you will be doing multiple coats. I've done this before - and it was not efficient or fun.
I did two quick coats of paint - so you couldn't see the cardboard anymore. Two coats also made the colors pop.
Then, I carefully cut out the window, the space between the tires, and made nicer edges around the whole truck.
It wasn't looking much like a truck until I used a sharpie to give a nice clean outline around everything. I also painted some squiggly silver lines, which brought the tires to life.
Next, I made a steering wheel out of... you guessed it - felt! I thought it would be nice and soft for the kids to touch rather than painted cardboard. Plus, it's way easier to cut felt than cardboard. To attach it, I used hot glue.
Last, Ash made the adorable license plate - by simply grabbing a license plate image and using Photoshop (you can use paint too) to write on it.
Not only was this a hit at the party, but my son LOVED watching/helping me make it (I let him do just a little painting...).
He must have played with the completed truck for two hours while I cleaned the house one morning.
Even if you aren't throwing a party, cardboard creations can provide hours of fun for toddlers :)
As a side note, if you are looking to take lots of pictures with the photo booth, check out the free app Ash made. It's a photo booth app that works on laptops with a webcam :)
Goody Bags with Truck Cut-Outs
Goody bags are always an easy way to further incorporate the theme of your party - and these goody bags couldn't have been easier to make!
I simply purchased yellow goody bags at AC Moore for 70 cents. (There are also some cheap craft bag options on Amazon).
Then, I made a little truck cut-out, which I included below in a free download. (You can also use cookie cutters)
Download our free truck cut-outs
Then, my friend and I traced the truck cut-out onto blue cardstock. For the wheels, we traced the circles using a small container of paint and black paper.
After some glue, we were all set! They took less than 30 minutes to make - and added such a cute touch.
If you're still wondering what kind of party to throw your little guy, don't overlook a truck-themed party. These simple DIYs were easy to make, cost little-to-nothing, and blew the guests away!
Not only do these ideas work for a truck birthday party, but they also work for a little blue truck party (popular for 1st birthdays), Bob the Builder parties, and construction parties.
And, in addition to the party, the felt board and photo booth prop can occupy kids for hours before or after the event.
You definitely don't need to spend a lot - or dedicate too much time to create these simple truck birthday party ideas.
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