My sisters’ are bringing my nieces and nephews over for a joint Easter celebration at my house this year. Normally, I go all out with Easter arts and crafts, like egg dying but, since I’ve made a conscious decision to be more green this year, I want to make sure that all the activities are more eco-friendly. Ideas?
-Jeannine C., Staten Island, NY
Good news! There are lots of ways to celebrate Easter with arts and crafts that are more Earth friendly. Here are 3 Easter crafts to consider:
- Egg Decorating with Natural Dyes: You can still take part in this time-honored tradition by skipping the Red #5, and going with beet juice or vegetable based dyes. According to the FDA, many artificial food colorings or color additives are “synthesized mainly from raw materials obtained from petroleum” — yikes! To find out how to go the natural route check out the William-Sonoma blog and the Crunchy Domestic Goddess blog; both have great directions on how to create natural dyes, from using onion skins to chili powder!
- Make Your Own Easter Baskets: Why buy plastic Easter baskets when you can make your own? Have the children put the eggs they find into baskets that they help create. There are a million and one ideas you can find on Pinterest, but we really love this version we found on the Sweet Something Designs blog.
- Decorate Recyclables to Hold Bulk Candy: This is a two-for activity — two green tips in one activity. Every child loves getting candy for Easter, but individually-wrapped candies cause a lot of waste with the excess of wrappers. Since you’re with family, buy your candy in bulk at your local supermarket, or, many candy stores offer package-free, per-pound buying options, so get your fill there. Then have the kids decorate or paint (with non-toxic paint, of course!) clean glass jars you have around your home (anything from pasta sauce to baby food containers works). Once dry, they have a reusable Easter goody bag! You might also consider a bunny candy holder made from an old water bottle, a cupcake liner, and some creativity courtesy of Happy Clippings.
What fun crafts do you have planned this Spring? Share them in the comments below!
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