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How are we a week away from Easter already?? This year is zooming past us and if Easter is catching you by surprise, I’m here to help! I’ve scoured the interwebs in search of some fun, last-minute Easter ideas that you can pull together this week. Here’s the list of 25 simple, last minute ideas to make your Easter 2013 a success:
Easter Supplies and Decor
- Make your own Easter egg garland. All you need is string and plastic Easter eggs with holes in the bottom and you have a cute reusable string of garland.
- Decorate with jelly beans. Fill vases and jars with jelly beans or even other classic Easter candy like peeps.
- Take a trip to the dollar store. You’ll find everything you need to make the kids smile at a fraction of the cost.
- Make an egg table runner. Use your dyed eggs to make a table runner for the dinner table.
- Carrot napkin holders. Use orange napkins and green plasticware and a green string to make a “carrot” napkin holder.
Easter Meal and Planning
- Grab your ham from Honey Baked Ham. HB is my go-to place for ham (and turkey!) on the holidays. It’s as easy as picking it up from the store and placing it on a pretty plate. Just call ahead to reserve yours to be on the safe side.
- Decorate plastic eggs instead of dying boiled eggs. Less time and less mess. Just grab some puffy paint and sharpies and make it happen.
- Join eMeals and get their free Easter Menu. I just received an email from eMeals with the bonus Easter menu, recipes and shopping list. I love how easy they make things.*
- “Boil” your eggs in the oven. You can place your Easter eggs in the oven in bulk either on a tray or in a muffin tin. So easy. So clever.
- Make Easter bunny biscuits. These are adorable and all it takes is two biscuits–one cut in half for the ears. This tutorial uses cranberries and almonds for the face but I’d use raisins and carrot strips.
- Make easy Easter hats. Use the template and add your own crafts and decor. Cute. Cute. Cute.
- DIY Resurrection Eggs. If you don’t have time to grab a set of Resurrection Eggs, do a quick search on Pinterest to find a number of easy-to-do DIY versions.*
- Easter Bunny Ears. Grab our printable bunny ear template. We have tall bunny ears and floppy ears to choose from.
- Play with marshmallows. Your little ones will enjoy making egg and bunny shapes with colored marshmallows. Grab some in a few sizes and let them go.
- Fingerprint art. I especially like this Jelly Bean Jar made with thumb prints. You could create a number of Easter themed crafts with little fingers, finger paint and paper.
Easter Day Activities
- Go to church. That’s where we’ll be and if you’re in the area, stop by for the big Easter Egg hunt.
- Watch An Easter Carol. My kids still haven’t outgrown the Veggie Tales Easter Carol movie. It’s a classic around here.
- Easter Bunny foot prints. I love this little activity using your fingerprints and some baby powder. Make your little one think the Easter bunny has stopped by leaving a trail of bunny footprints.
- Resurrection plant. Use this strange and curious plant to talk to your kids about the resurrection.
- Host your own Easter Egg hunt for your kids. You can even have the kids stuff the eggs before you do the hiding.
- Cute water bottle bunnies. Fill a water bottle with Easter M&M’s, Skittles or other small candies and add little rabbit ears as shown in the tutorial.
- Nail polish Easter Egg gift. A plastic egg, a coordinating bottle of nail polish and some crinkled paper make an adorable girl gift.
- Egg lip balm gifts. My daughter is crazy about those Eos lip balms. They’re shaped like eggs and make a neat gift.
- Go for a basket of books instead of candy. Find some great Easter or spring themed books and toss ’em in a basket. Perfect for the impending spring break!
- Carrot bags. I’ve seen these done a number of ways–use Cheetos, Goldfish, jelly beans or even orange Play-doh to create a carrot shaped goodie bag.
Anitra has been sharing useful ideas for moms at The Mama Zone since 2009. She’s a wife, mom of two and an elementary school teacher, turned homeschooling mom. She’s also an online influencer and ebook author who enjoys writing to help other moms and to build strong families.