Spring Holiday Crafts for Kids


Meet Mr. and Mrs. Spring -- a fun (and edible!) spring holiday craft.
Meet Mr. and Mrs. Spring -- a fun (and edible!) spring holiday craft.
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Celebrate the end of a long winter by making spring holiday crafts for kids. And what better way to signal spring's true meaning -- rebirth and renewal -- than to recycle what you have around the house to construct these crafts?

The following links will take you to articles that offer entertaining craft projects for kids and adults to do together, and each one starts with items you probably have handy -- an old necktie, eggs, vegetables.

Cozy Cases

Old neckties turn into cases for eyeglasses or change when you make this craft. See how it's done.

Japanese Egg Doll

Stick a needle in a raw egg, blow out the egg, and you're on your way to making a Japanese egg doll. Learn about this age-old craft.

Mr. and Mrs. Spring

This cute couple is made from green peppers and other veggies. Find out how to make them.

Mini Easter Baskets

The ideal party favor, Mini Easter Baskets are an easy spring holiday craft to make with your kids.

Dad may be surprised that his old neckties can look so good. Keep reading to find out how to make an eyeglass case or change purse. How cozy!

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Cozy Cases

The cozy cases craft uses old neckties for an easy-to-make and fun craft. Your family (and you too) will love having a soft and colorful case for eyeglasses or change. All it takes is a few simple steps to make a one-of-a-kind case.

Younger kids may need a little help with the cutting, but kids of all ages will enjoy making cozy cases. They make great gifts -- but don't forget to make one for yourself too.

What You'll Need

  • Old necktie
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Manicure scissors
  • Sticky-backed Velcro dots
  • Clothespins
  • Blue glue gel

How to Make Cozy Cases

Step 1: For the glasses case, find a necktie wide enough to fit a pair of eyeglasses. Cut a 10-inch piece from the widest end (do not include the pointed part at the tie's bottom in your measurement). For the change purse, cut a 5-inch piece of necktie.

Step 2: If there is a tag inside the tie, carefully cut it out with manicure scissors.

Step 3: Fold the cut edges together, and glue them shut.

Step 4: When that glue is dry, fold the tie in half, bringing the end up to just before the tie starts to narrow. Glue the sides together to create an envelope. Use clothespins to hold the sides together until the glue dries.

Step 5: Make a fastener on the open end of the tie by pressing a sticky-backed Velcro dot on the inside of the pointed end of the tie, folding it over, and placing another Velcro dot on the tie to match up with the first Velcro dot.

In Japan, families with young girls celebrate Hina Matsuri. Keep reading to learn more about this holiday and a special craft.

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Japanese Egg Doll

Celebrate Hina Matsuri (Japanese for "Doll Festival") by making an egg doll.
Celebrate Hina Matsuri (Japanese for "Doll Festival") by making an egg doll.
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Learn to make a Japanese egg doll to celebrate Hina Matsuri. In Japan, Hina Matsuri -- which translates to "Doll Festival" -- is celebrated on March 3 of each year. Sometimes also called "Girls' Day," families observe this holiday by praying for a young girl's good health and happiness and by displaying ornamental dolls.

Kids can make their own special dolls for this Japanese holiday by starting with a raw egg. The result is extraordinary and special!

What You'll Need

  • 1 raw egg
  • Needle
  • Bowl
  • 1 plastic soda-bottle cap
  • Glue
  • Colored tissue paper
  • Black yarn
  • Paints
  • Fine paintbrushes

How to Make a Japanese Egg Doll

Step 1: Use a needle to make a small hole in one end of a raw egg. Stick the needle inside the egg to break the yolk.

Step 2: Make a slightly larger hole in the other end of the egg.

Step 3: Hold the egg over a bowl, and blow on the small hole until the raw egg comes out the larger hole. You have to blow hard!

Step 4: When the egg shell is empty, gently rinse out the inside and wash the outside. Let it dry.

Step 5: Glue the large end of the egg into a soda bottle cap so that it will stand up.

Step 6: Use tissue paper to make kimonos for the doll.

Step 7: Glue on black yarn for hair. Paint the doll's face.

Tip: Use the raw egg to bake a cake or cookies, and have a Hina Matsuri tea party!

Now, here's another springtime craft that uses a food item. Keep reading to learn how to make "Mr. and Mrs. Spring," the green pepper people.

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Mr. and Mrs. Spring

These green-pepper people are bursting with springtime color.
These green-pepper people are bursting with springtime color.
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Meet Mr. and Mrs. Spring -- a couple of green-pepper people who'll bring a bit of springtime fun to your lunch or dinner. All their parts are completely edible, but you may be tempted to let them stay around awhile -- they're almost too cute to eat!

The following instructions are easy enough for most kids (and lots of fun!), but make sure an adult is nearby -- it's safer to let a grown-up do the cutting.

What You'll Need

  • 2 green peppers
  • Knife
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Peeled potatoes
  • Green food coloring
  • Small plate
  • Green olives
  • Toothpicks
  • Bunch of fresh parsley

How to Make Mr. and Mrs. Spring

Step 1: Wash and dry the green peppers.

Step 2: Help kids with the cutting: Cut off the very tops of the peppers, and scoop out the insides.

Step 3: Cut the broccoli, celery, and potatoes into small pieces (keep potatoes in water until ready).

Step 4: Slice the green olives.

Step 5: Color the potatoes by soaking them in a small plate of green food coloring.

Step 6: For each pepper, stick a triangle-shaped piece of cut and dyed potato on the end of a toothpick and poke it into the pepper body to make a hand and an arm; repeat for other side.

Step 7: Attach 2-inch pieces of celery to the ends of toothpicks and stick them into the bottom of the pepper to make feet.

Step 8: Attach other vegetable pieces in this way to make the face: green olive slices for eyes, a broccoli-flower nose, a half-circle of green potato for the mouth, and 2 pieces of potatoes for ears.

Step 9: Fill the peppers with fresh parsley to make hair.

Mini Easter Baskets are an ideal party favor. Find out how to make this spring holiday craft with your kids on the next page.

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Mini Easter Baskets

Mini Easter Baskets are ideal party favors, and fun to make with your kids.
Mini Easter Baskets are ideal party favors, and fun to make with your kids.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Mini Easter Baskets are a charming spring holiday craft that you can make with your kids. These are so simple, you'll want to make plenty to use as table decorations and to give to your friends.

How to Make Mini Easter Baskets

What You'll Need:

  • Cardboard Egg Cartons
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ribbon or Chenille Stems
  • Paints and Paintbrushes (optional)
  • Easter Grass (or shredded green construction paper)
  • Easter Candy
  • Adult Help

Step One: Separate the individual egg buckets of an egg carton with scissors; an adult may need to help you do this. Use a sharp pencil point to poke a hole on two opposite sides of each bucket.

Step Two: Cut a piece of ribbon, and tie each end through a hole to create a handle for the basket. Instead of ribbon, you could use chenille stems for the handle; attach each end of the stem to a side of the basket.

Step Three: Add a bow to the top of the handle. Paint the baskets, if you'd like.

Step Four: Fill the basket with Easter grass and Easter goodies.

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ABOUT THE CRAFT DESIGNERS:

Cozy Cases by Lisa Lerner, Kersten Hamilton

Japanese Egg Doll by Lisa Lerner, Kersten Hamilton

Mr. and Mrs. Spring by Lisa Lerner, Kersten Hamilton