As the years seem to fly by, we do our best to make and keep special traditions for every holiday and remember this time with our kids is sacred.
Elodie's birthday is around Easter (sometimes it's a birthday/Easter doubleheader!), and egg hunts and bunnies just happen to be two of her favorite things. She also loves to hug people dressed as big furry animals, hence our idea for an annual Easter Bunny visit.
The first year we weren't sure how Elodie would respond, so the Easter Bunny appeared in the distance. We pointed him out to her so she wouldn't get startled, but she immediately ran to him, so we probably didn't need to be conservative about it! The second year she got an Easter Bunny wake-up call and hand-delivered Easter basket.
She was elated and starstruck! It has been a really fun way to celebrate and bring magic into the holiday.
The egg hunts always felt like they passed too quickly before the Easter Bunny joined us! Now Elodie makes a card and crafts to give him and shares her jelly beans. We definitely feel the magic and enjoy even more. Keep reading for a few ideas to help keep the magic plus some really adorable crafts to decorate your house for years to come!
Sky Lantern Release
This is a super fun and meaningful way to spend Easter evening. We all feel the resurrection energies of Christianity through this tradition, and it's just a really beautiful way to spend a crisp spring evening when everything feels fresh and new. We wrote wishes on our sky lantern before we released it. It would also be lovely to write prayers or a gratitude list! We use these biodegradable lanterns. They are easy to light, but need two sets of hands.
Blown Out Easter Egg Keepsakes
The best tutorial I saw for how to blow the yolk out of the eggs was on Wikihow. I like that these are a few special keepsakes rather than using lots of hardboiled eggs for egg dying. I set Elodie up with paints, glitter, glue, craft jewels and she had a great time. The glass egg cups are from World Market. I love their colorful, vintage look.
Easter Nesting Dolls
We bought blank nesting dolls from Etsy so we could make our own designs. This was surprisingly easy and came out adorable. Elodie first drew with pencil and then finished them with acrylic paints. I like how she painted the bottom half green for grass and the top blue for the sky. I sprayed them with ModPodge clear coat to seal the paint.
Easter Wall Hanging Crafts
Pretty self-explanatory and FUN: it's cardboard cut into two ovals and a bunny face. Paint your designs and the stick.
Hot glue your cardboard cutouts together. Attach twine loops for hanging (punch holes in the cardboard or attach hot glue). Tie twine to one end of the stick and string beads, and then tie the twine to the other side of the stick. We did a pattern of beads so it would be even on both sides. We love this one and packed it away to hang next year.
Cut out your shapes (shown below) and paint with white acrylic paint. Once dry, draw your faces and attach googly eyes. We used glue and pink glitter for the inside of the ears. Wrap your cardboard rings with yarn.
Attach the faces and feet to the ring with hot glue. Attach loops to the back with hot glue for hanging.
Cut flowers out of card stock and glue pom poms in the center. Attach with hot glue for an adorable flower crown! We also stuck some Easter stickers on the rings. I think they look better without the stickers, but I didn't want to block the flow of ideas.
Easter Bunny Peg Doll
Wooden peg doll
Paint your peg doll in your favorite bunny colors. Cut out felt ears while it dries. Hot glue the, google eyes, felt ears and pom pom tail.
Pinecone Easter Animals
Paint your pinecone white. Once dry, wrap with strands of felting wool. Cut out the bunny's ears with craft felt. Cut two sections of pipe cleaner for the whiskers. Hot glue the ears and face to the pinecone. Hot glue a white pom pom to the back for the adorable tail!
We also made a chick! The beak is made from craft felt cut into a diamond shape. Otherwise, it's the same process as the bunny with some feather wings and head piece for extra personality!
And speaking of extra personality...