"Believe there is a great power silently working all things for the good, behave yourself, and never mind the rest."
This post is dedicated to my art teacher friend Shannon from Hatch Art Studio in Pittsburgh. Shannon is a Goddess who changed my life with two simple words: Scroll Saw. If you, like me, have been cutting mountains of paper and cardboard by hand for the past 20 years, you know what a literal pain in the... ahem... wrist it is. If you are just doing small batch cardboard projects, get yourself a ceramic blade. If you run an art studio or lead a class of 30, invest in a saw, friends. Art teachers with power tools = absolute bad *$$ery.
Here are three Easter crafts that will take your celebration to the next level without breaking the bank. They are easy enough for the very littles but cool enough for big kids too.
Craft 1: Swipe Paint Easter Eggs
Start with a few dabs of paint. Start with 2-3 colors. It is easy to add more paint, harder (and messier) to take paint away. Swipe, pull, push your paint until you are satisfied with your egg shell texture. Ideally, you will let your paint dry before adding the stickers and tape. If you are short on time you can add the stickers and tape to the wet paint and they should set as the paint dries.
Craft 2: Cardboard Collage Bunny
- ceramic cutting knife, X-Acto blade, or a scroll saw (life-changing) for cutting
- Kwik Stix paint sticks for a quick drying base (you can also use regular paint)
- assorted collage papers: newsprint, craft papers, magazine scraps
- tissue paper confetti dots
- glue stick
Trace and cut a simple bunny shape out of cardboard. Color your bunny base with paint sticks, dot markers, or paint. Then start layering on your collage pieces. You can add a cotton ball for a fluffy tail or felt pieces for fuzzy ears. SO many possibilities!
Craft 3: Straw and Button Necklace
These materials are perfect for little hands and great for strengthening fine motor skills!