Easter · Kid's Crafternoons

Easy Easter Tree & Clay Decorations

If you’re anything like me, you probably had all the best intentions to decorate your home for Easter but life popped up and time just disappeared! So if you’ve found yourself, frantically raiding your craft cupboards, trying to pull some Easter sweetness together at the last minute – stick around! I’m sharing some super easy craft to keep you and your little ones entertained over the Easter weekend!

Kid's Crafternoons - Easter Tree with Clay Decorations via {In Our Gumboots}


The Easter Tree

I’m super excited about this craft because it’s the very first Easter decoration we’ve made for our home! I’m not sure why, but decorating our homes for Easter isn’t a common occurrence in Australia. So, I’m starting a new family tradition in this household! After all, creating and decorating are two of my favourite things!

Firstly, you’ll need to pull on your gumboots and go on an adventure to find an old, dried tree branch. We had a lot of gumtree branches drop over summer so we simply cut a small part off a fallen branch. Once you’ve got your perfect branch, pull off all the dead leaves and loose bark. You may also want to remove any excess twigs so that it doesn’t look too overcrowded. Feel free to scream loudly if the biggest praying mantis you’ve ever seen crawls up your arm while you’re de-leafing {it’s okay, I won’t judge; it may have happened to me too!}.

Select a sturdy {preferably flat bottom} vase or tin to hold your branch in. It doesn’t matter what it looks like because you can jazz it up after you’ve finished painting. Wedge some florist’s foam into the vase and push your branch in securely. Add a few pebbles to the vase if you need to weigh it down.
Kid's Crafternoons - Easy Easter Tree via {In Our Gumboots}

Next: paint away! The kids and I chose white paint so that the bright decorations would pop against the branches but it’s up to you what colour you roll with! If you want to speed up the process you could also use a spray paint; but to keep the kids involved we handpainted ours together. Depending on your paint instructions allow a couple of hours or leave to dry overnight.

Kid's Crafternoons - Easy Easter Tree via {In Our Gumboots}

If you’re happy with your vase then you can skip this step but if you’ve used a recycled tin or a glass vase that’s not looking too swish then grab some scrap fabric and ribbon and decorate! I planned to reclaim my glass vase afterwards so I used a hot glue gun {as it’s easy to remove the embellishments again later}. I secured fabric around the outside and added a beaded ribbon around the top.

Next, fill the top to hide the foam. There’s heaps of options here. I experimented with shredded wood and shredded coloured paper before discovering the jackpot of leftover artificial grass from birthday decorations I’d made years ago! {Side note: no matter how small they are, NEVER throw out leftover craft supplies. You never know when they’ll come in handy!}.

Kid's Crafternoons - Easy Easter Tree via {In Our Gumboots}When you have your tree branch and vase exactly as you want them – decorate your tree! If you’re time poor, you can find pre-painted plastic decorations in various discount stores; these ones were found at Kmart. But if you want to keep rolling with the homemade feel and throw in a whole lot of extra character check out the clay Easter decorations below!

Clay Easter Decorations via {In Our Gumboots}


Clay Easter Decorations

These beautiful little decorations were inspired by a lovely lady’s craft displayed on Instagram, {check out @nikkibird2 on Instagram!}. They are easy for little ones to make and you may end up with additional creations as their imaginations run wild with clay!

Supplies:
air-dry clay
plastic rolling pin
lace or textured rolling pin
cookie cutters
wooden skewer
a mat or board to protect the table

Grab a handful of clay and roll it flat. About a half centimetre thickness is great but with kids rolling it out… whatever goes!

Rolling clay

Lightly create an imprint on the top of the clay with the cookie cutter. You don’t have to cut right through the clay but just press hard enough to create an outline of the finished shape. This gives you an idea of where to lay the fabric or roll the textured rolling pin. Gently create the imprint you want. If you are using lace, place the lace on top of the clay and press it down gently with the rolling pin. Remove the lace.

Clay Easter Decorations via {In Our Gumboots}

Use the cookie cutter to cut the clay over the initial print you created.

Clay Easter Decorations via {In Our Gumboots}

Push the skewer through to create a whole in the shape. Then leave clay to dry as per the packet’s directions.

Once dry, you can paint your clay decorations or simply add colourful ribbons and embellishments before hanging them on your tree! Clay Easter Decorations via {In Our Gumboots}Clay Easter Decorations via {In Our Gumboots}

My girls had so much fun making these decorations; we made so many the tree nearly toppled over. So now we have some extra decorations to give out as Easter presents as well!

Hope you all have a wonderful Easter!

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Do you decorate your home for Easter? I’d love to see your Easter décor! Please feel free to add a photo or link to your Easter pretties below!

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