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Eco-friendly Crafts for Easter

December 28th, 2012 Seasonal

If you're looking for ways to get your kids involved in Easter without having to spend a lot of money or making a big mess, there are plenty of eco-friendly craft activities you can set up for your little ones. They'll love getting the chance to paint and help you create decorations, and you'll love not having to worry about wasting anything. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

1. Recycled paper grass. If you've celebrated Easter in the past, you've likely come into contact with that synthetic plastic grass that tends to make a gigantic mess. Instead of finding pieces in your living room for weeks after your kids go through their Easter baskets, MarthaStewart.com recommends making your own grass out of colorful pieces of recycled paper. Simply use a paper shredder to cut the sheets into long strips, then either crinkle them up with your hands or use scissors to curl them. The best part? They're bigger than those shreds of fake grass, so cleanup will be easy.

2. Paint wooden eggs. Instead of wasting a bunch of perfectly good eggs to have your children paint, why not pick up some wooden eggs at your local craft store? Care2.com offers this solution in lieu of messy dyes, and your kids will be able to keep their eggs for years this way. Stock up on different colors of non-toxic paints, then let your kids go to town painting bunnies, chicks, flowers and whatever else their imaginations come up with.

3. Eggshell flower pots. If your garden could use a bit of sprucing up, have your kids help out by planting a few flowers, suggests MarthaStewart.com. Instead of buying starter pots, you can simply use those leftover egg shells that you probably have after making breakfast on a Sunday morning. Just be sure to crack the eggs near the top, so there's plenty of space to put soil and a seed. Place the shells into an egg carton, then fill them up with soil and plant the seeds according to the directions on the packet. Place the carton on a windowsill until seedlings sprout, then help your kids transfer them outside. Just be sure to take the eggshells off before you plant!