You can find crafts for just about any holiday. But to find a great craft, you have to know the reason you are doing it. Do you just want to keep the kids busy? Create a keepsake? Have something amazing to post on Facebook/Instagram/Pinterest because you are SUPERMOM and all other moms must BOW TO YOUR GREATNESS?
Whoa. I don’t know where that came from.
Keepsake crafts are my favorite, because I love handmade things, and I love to let the kids do things themselves. To me, the imperfections are what make them perfect. So here are five DIY crafts you can let your kids do by themselves that will create adorable little keepsakes for many Easters to come.
Decorate wooden eggs – Wooden eggs can be found at any craft store. They are not breakable, either, which is a huge plus at my house. Older kids can handle paint, glitter, sequins, and whatever else you want to throw at them, while little kids may do better with fewer options. With three kids decorating every year, pretty soon we will have a bowl full of memories!
Hanging Easter Eggs – This is another great craft for kids of all ages that you can keep for years to come. Cut out an egg shape from a heavy cardstock or cardboard, or even use a wooden cut out. Provide art supplies and let the kids make a collage of colored papers, fabrics, tissue paper, glitter, sequins, beads, or anything else you have on hand.
These wine cork chicks aren’t a finished product in themselves, but you could use them as a design element in some cute keepsakes. Let each child assemble one on a canvas for an Easter decoration you can hang up, make a banner with many chicks, or stamp them on painted jars or small votives.
Footprint carrots will make cute Easter cards for far-flung relatives, a memorable baby book or scrapbook addition, or fridge hanging. Just don’t use them as place cards. If you need place cards for your Easter meal, use this fingerprint variation.
This paint chip garland is a great craft for any age, and you can also modify the idea for any other kind of decoration. Older kids can cut out the eggs themselves, and for younger kids you can let them create with pre-cut eggs. For a wreath, glue to a foam or paper plate wreath shape.
These crafts are great to create side by side with your kids, or turn into a low-maintenance station at your Easter gathering. Don’t forget to write their names or initials and the year, and the city if you travel, on each craft to preserve the memories for years to come.