Easter craft for toddlers

I very rarely blog about crafts I do with my children, it’s just not that sort of blog. To be honest, I’m not that sort of mum. 

But Libby does love craft, and I feel guilty that because I’m so bad at art myself, I rarely do anything with her.

I’m feeling particularly guilty at the moment, because she is getting on so well with drawing and writing since getting her glasses. 

So against my better judgement, we embarked on an Easter craft project. It’s gone remarkably well so I thought I’d share both the process and the results. 

I decided that we’d make a nest for Libby’s Easter eggs. This was inspired by a gorgeous knitted chick that the girls had last Easter, who really needed a nest and some eggs to sit on. 

So bravely, we wheeled out the paper maché. 

We made our paper maché paste out of flour and water – roughly one part flour to two parts water. Libby then ripped up a lot of pieces of newspaper. 

The pieces of paper that weren’t stolen and chased around the room by Jamer were dipped in the paper maché and stuck on the bottom half of the balloon. 

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We ended up doing two separate layers of paper maché. This was purely because Libby started to lose concentration, and a tired two year old and some home made glue didn’t seem like a wise combination. 

When each layer went on, we dried it in the airing cupboard. When it was completely dry, we popped the balloon and peeled it off the inside of the nest. 

Then came the part where I felt rather brave – I let Libby loose with some sparkly paint. Again, this took two layers because the paint was more translucent than I anticipated. 

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Once the paint was completely dry, Libby set about sticking some pretty flower stickers onto her nest. 

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And finally, Libby filled her nest up with some shredded paper and a few coloured feathers. She then popped in her Cadbury’s Creme Eggs and sat the chick on top. 

Of course, a bird’s nest wouldn’t look right if it wasn’t in a tree, so we popped over to Granddad’s house to take a few photos. 

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2015-03-14 18.08.18Libby made the nest herself with enough help from me to stop anything from going horribly wrong.

Sadly neither Libby or I are talented enough to have knitted the chick, although I believe it was hand knitted. If you have enjoyed this crafty post, there are loads of fabulously crafty parent blogs out there. Unfortunately, this isn’t one of them! 

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10 Comments

  1. March 15, 2015 / 2:53 am

    As a crafter I have in the past told people not to be too hard on themselves. Maybe you dont see yourself as a crafter but that a great idea for a project. Love the colours and the end result looks really cute sitting in that tree.

    • monsterid March 15, 2015 / 6:43 am

      Aw thank you Lauren, we were really pleased with how it turned out.x

  2. March 15, 2015 / 7:23 am

    we dont do much crafting either, I am not a lover of the mess, but that finished result is fab, well done to you and Libby. Nice step by step instructions as well.
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    • monsterid March 15, 2015 / 7:29 am

      Thank you Elaine. I don’t mind the mess too much, I just don’t have an artistic bone in my body so I find it really difficult. My mum, dad and three sisters are all incredibly talented and artistic, I’m not sure what happened to me! 😉

  3. March 15, 2015 / 11:18 pm

    This looks fab and a great guide. Will definitely try and do something like this with the boys 🙂
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    • monsterid March 15, 2015 / 11:23 pm

      Oh thank you Martyn, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. To be honest I find it so difficult because I’m not artistic and I don’t know where to start with guiding Libby to create something that she will be proud of when she hasn’t got that much dexterity in her hands to draw or paint.

    • monsterid March 18, 2015 / 7:17 pm

      Thank you Catherine, I’m so glad you enjoyed it. We’re really not that great at crafting so it’s lovely to do something that other people like the idea of too 🙂

  4. March 24, 2015 / 10:18 am

    Aw I love this Easter nest! I’m not sure my 21month old would be quite ready for the paper mache but will definitely be adding it to our to do list for next year 🙂 #BeInspired
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    • monsterid March 24, 2015 / 11:08 am

      Aw thank you 🙂 it was really good fun actually.x

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