3 easy Easter crafts to do this weekend

The lovely Sian from @athomewiththehorsleys has kindly shared three beautifully fun craft ideas with us – perfect for this Easter weekend! From bunny bunting to deliciously iced biscuits, each one is ideal for the kids to help with too.

Bunny Bunting

– What you will need –

Wool

Fork

Paper pad/card

Scissors

Pencil

A glue gun

A piece of string/ribbon/wool to hang it from

A hole punch if you have one (if not, you could use scissors)

– Method –

First decide how many bunnies you want to have on your bunting, for the purpose of this we will use 6

To make the… Pom poms 

Keeping the wool attached to the ball, begin wrapping around your fork. Think of how you’d wrap spaghetti around a fork.  Wrap the wool around roughly twenty – thirty times (obviously the more you wrap the bigger the pom pom), keeping it wrapped tightly in the centre of the fork

Cut the wool, leaving a couple of inches surplus whilst holding the wrap in place.  Take the end of the wool and thread it through the middle prong of the fork from front to back. Then pull it underneath the wrap and back over the top a couple of times, marry it with the other end of the wool and tie them together, I always add two ties so it’s secure

Remove the wool from the fork

Take your scissors and put them under the little loops you have created. As you cut the loops, you’ll see the pom pom begin to form

Once you’ve cut all of the loops, go around the pom pom and cut any pieces of wool that may be sticking out too far, to help make sure the pom pom is symmetrical

To make the… Bunnies 

Cut six bunnies from the card you are using. You can either freestyle your own design or use the template attached

With the help of an adult, use the glue gun to attach the pom poms to the cut bunnies and lay flat for a few moments allowing them to attach properly

Use either the scissors or the hole punch, make a hole at the top of each of the bunnies’ ears

Thread the string through these holes and display!

Super Simple Easter Cards  

Card 1 – Easter bunny

– What you will need – 

Card

Coloured card/paper/fabric

Wool

Scissors

A fork

Glue gun

Glue

– Method – 

Refer to the ‘bunny bunting’ instructions above and make 1 bunny and a pom pom. Then simply glue the bunny to the front of your card!

Card 2 – Easter chicken

– What you will need –

Card

A mug to draw round

A pencil

Yellow card/paper

Orange card/paper

A black pen

Glue

– Method –

Using the yellow paper draw round your mug to make two circles, cut these out, then fold each in half

Using the glue attach the two semi circles (from the folded circles you’ve just made) to the card to make a whole circle

Taking the yellow paper again cut two ‘wings’.  Attach these to the card using the glue

From the orange paper cut a small triangle for the beak and two small love hearts for the feet

Attach the beak to the floating yellow circle

Using the black pen draw on an eye and two legs

Attach the two feet to the legs!

Card 3 – Finger print chickens

– What you will need –

Card

Yellow paint

Black pen

Orange pen

– Method –

Fold the card in half and cut an egg shape from it, ensuring you have both a flat edge at the bottom so the card can stand and leaving the join intact

Using the yellow paint get your child to dip their finger in then press onto the card (I find it works best when the finger isn’t loaded with paint, so I do into the paint, onto a spare piece of paper and then the card!)

When the paint has dried, use the orange pen to add a beak and black pens to add eyes and legs

Easter Watercolour Biscuits

– Tools –

Bowl & mixing spoon/ food processor/electric mixer

Weighing scales

Shaped cutter

Rolling pin

Paint brush

– What you will need (makes approximately 10 biscuits depending on shape) –

For the… biscuits

175g plain flour, plus extra for rolling out

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 tsp ground ginger

½ tsp ground cinnamon

65g butter

90g soft brown sugar

1 small free-range egg

2 tbsp golden syrup

For the… decoration

Ready to roll fondant icing

Food colouring of choice

Small amount of icing sugar

Water

– Method –

Biscuits

Preheat the oven to 180C/160C Fan/Gas 4. Line two baking trays with greaseproof paper

Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger and cinnamon and pour into the bowl/food processor/mixer

Add the butter and mix until it looks like breadcrumbs then stir in the sugar

Lightly beat the egg and golden syrup together, add to the mix until it all clumps together

Tip the dough out, knead briefly until smooth

Wrap the dough in cling film and leave to chill in the fridge for 15 minutes

Roll the dough out to a 0.5cm in thickness on a lightly floured surface. Using cutters, cut out the shapes and place on the baking tray, leaving a gap between them

Bake for 12–15 minutes, or until lightly golden-brown

Leave on the tray for 10 minutes and then move to a wire rack to finish cooling

– Decoration –

Knead your white fondant icing until pliable

Using the same cutter as before, cut out an equal number of fondants to match your cookies. You may need to do this in two sessions and re-roll your fondant in between

Mix a small amount of icing sugar and water to use to attach your fondant to your biscuit

Using a colour mixing palate or small plate, put a few drops of your chosen food colouring and add a tiny drop of water to each

Using your brush, add brush strokes of colours to the fondant – taking care not to get the fondant too wet. Repeat on all cookies and then leave to dry

If you have any edible glitter or gold dust, this adds a lovely touch too!

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A big thank you to Sian for sharing these three lovely craft ideas – don’t forget to tag us on Instagram using #cotswoldco, as we’d love to see all your crafting masterpieces this weekend!

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