By Jasmine at Crafty Little Folk
Who can believe it’s already time for Easter Parades!!
Teachers & families all over the country will be busily sloshing glue about, adding sweet pastel coloured shapes to create fun headdresses & bunny ears. If you haven’t had time to whip some up with your children yet, don’t panic, I’ve got a fun, quick way to create an Easter masterpiece.
I am going to show you how to make an easy upcyled Easter Crown!
Yesterday I had the pleasure of running a couple of children’s Easter craft workshops at our local handmade Bush to Bay Market. In preparation I headed to our local library for crafty inspiration & nuggets of gold. I certainly found it in Alyn Carlson’s The Paper Hat Book.
What a gorgeous book full of beautiful crowns!! But what I found super helpful, was how she reused brown paper grocery bags as her crown base! Genius! Perfect thick sturdy paper that will withstand plenty of glue & goodies! Plus we all have a couple of those stashed with our shopping bags.
So now lets go raid your craft box!!!
Materials (makes 4)
2x brown paper grocery bags
1x paper scissors
!x craft glue , either PVA or a big glue stick
Craft supplies feathers
Wool & felt pieces
Glitter or anything else in your craft stash
10 – 15 minutes prep 15-30 minutes craft
- Cut the base and handles out of your paper grocery bag. The cut down the side of the bag to create a large rectangle.
- Using a ruler measure 10cm along the width of the bag & cut two long strips 10cm wide x 40cm long (approx depending on the size of your bag)
- Fold your strips in half to create a fold line 5cm wide.
- If your child would like to make bunny ears, then cut 2 curved ear shapes from the paper offcuts.
- Open your folded head band. Cover the inside with glue & let your child add their bunny ears or feathers up to the fold line. You could also add strips of coloured paper, felt or pipe cleaners.
- Add glue on the other side & fold the paper closed, encasing the bunny ears or feathers. Press down along the length of the band to ensure the head band is closed.
- Wrap the band around your child head & trim with 4cm overlap (to be stapled soon!)
- Lay the paper flat on the table & let the children decorate with all your wonderful craft supplies. If time allows, try not to rush or help your child here. Allow them the freedom to add & subtract, problem solve, think creatively & of course ask you for assistance if needed. They may want to use felt pens to create extra texture & colour.
- Once your child has finished creating an Easter crown masterpiece, top it off with glue & glitter or eco glitter for that extra bling!
- Wrap the crown around your child’s head, resting on an angle on their ears & staple the crown together at the back a couple of times.
- If you have a mirror handy, show the children just how fabulous their creation is! Put it up on top of the fridge ready for your Easter Parade!
Tah DaH! Easter Parade ready!
Now if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at email@example.com.
Also if you’re a sewer you may like these sweet bunny ear headbands or perhaps your children love gardening, these Easter grass eggs are so fun to make. A batch of Chocolate Playdough would be so fun as well.
Happy crafting & I hope you have a lovely relaxing Easter!
I’m Jasmine & I love to create fun, engaging activities to share with those busy little people in your life.
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A smidge about me…..
I live in Queensland Australia, on overgrown farm with my husband, two teenage daughters & a couple of sweet, but needy puppies.
For many years we ran our own produce business from the farm. Our girls grew up around farmers, soil, lots of flowers & the occasional rotten potato.
I was a hands-on mum & soon learnt that our children loved playing with a pile of cardboard boxes, just as much as that new Bratz doll (if not more).
When our youngest started high school I was able to return to study Early Childhood Education. These days I work in a lovely childcare centre with a top team of hard working, (sometime mischievous) ladies who make me laugh everyday.
Caring for young children is a big, fun messy job. Sharing in their growth, watching their personalities develop & building meaningful relationships is such a joy & privilege.
Creating safe, stimulating environments is also a big job. Here at Crafty Little Folk, I hope to share the experiences our children love exploring & inspire you to get messy !