If you, like many craft-lovers, have fractions of yarn skeins that you don’t know how to use up, why not try some of these simple Easter crafts with your kids. This way you can have fun and ‘recycle’ that seemingly unusable yarn stash of yours.
Fun Fur Chicks
First of all, if you have any type of eyelash yarn that is classified as ‘fur,’ than you are on your way to a cute little craft. It doesn’t matter what color you have left over because this craft will come out wonderfully personalized anyway you do it. Find a few cotton balls and attach the eyelash yarn all around it. You can either tack it on with glue or sew it in. Make sure you use a nice volume of it to make it gorgeously furry. Next, attach two chenille stems to what you think should be the bottom; these should be orange or yellow, and should be formed into chicken feet at the bottom with just a few twists of the wire inside. Now that you have the feet, you can attach two googly eyes to the ‘face’ area, or if you don’t have some than felt pieces cut into small circles will do just fine. Next, take a piece of felt, construction paper, or wide ribbon, and cut two triangles to the size you’d like the beak to be. Fasten these just below the eyes. These are simple to make and are a great use of regular craft supplies that you might have lying around. If you want the chicks to be able to stand alone without leaning or sitting, than attach some sturdy cardboard as their feet.
For use with standard medium weight yarn, you can try these little bunnies. Choose a specific type of yarn that you think will make your bunny very personalized. Take yarn end in your hand and measure out about 2″; move yarn back and forth six times to gather it in your hand at this measurement. You will have a stack of doubled over yarn loops. Using a chenille stem or another piece of yarn tie this loop stack in the middle-set aside. Repeat this process with an 8″ length of yarn and gathering it 12 times. This is the body, so divide it in half, tie the middle, then cut the yarn loops in half so that you have a stack of yarn that is no longer doubled over. Part the lower half in two segments of gathered yarn for the legs, tying them at the ‘ankle’ area. Then divide the top in half to form arms, repeating the same process as for the legs. Using a compass draw a circle on construction paper for the head. You can draw the face or glue on eyes and whiskers with more yarn. Then cut out an oval piece to use as the wide part of its body, adhering it to the middle of the body in between the arms and legs. Glue a cotton ball to the back, the ears to the back of the face, and decorate as much as you like. You can even make clothing out of paper or cotton as well. Just use your imagination!
For this last craft you will need some craft glue, glitter, any type of yarn, a blunt-ended tapestry needle, and a hole puncher. You can use construction paper or a stock paper for the backing if you would like. Have your kids draw scenes or use Easter stencils to make a pencil draw shape. Using your hole puncher, hole punch evenly spaced around the shape. Thread yarn through tapestry needle and weave yarn through holes to create a ‘stitched’ look. You can also pull the yarn through opposite holes to fill in the shape with color. Use craft glue to affix the yarn tails to the back of the board, out of sight. Have your children decorate with glitter or other pieces of yarn by gluing them to make a picture. These make great cards to give away as well.