Stumped on what to do with your post-holiday pile of plastic Easter eggs? Before you pack them away for next year, check out these genius ways to upcycle those leftovers. Turn them into teacups, make your own maracas or use them as paint stencils—the sky’s the limit. Keep reading to get your creativity flowing.
1. Rice Krispie Treat Mold
We love this fun idea from Simply Being Mommy—you can turn your plastic Easter eggs into molds for rice krispie treats. With M&Ms hidden inside, this is one treat that will definitely impress your kids. To get the recipe, click here.
2. Tea Cups
Your kid's tea parties are about to get even more adorable, thanks to this craft from Creativity in Progress. With a little hot glue and some decorations, you’ll have a colorful table in no time. Click here to get all the details.
This genius idea from Made Everyday is bound to be a hit with your budding musicians. They’ll have a blast filling and decorating the maracas, not to mention the hours of entertainment once they’re done. To see the instructions, head over to Made Everyday.
4. Round Rockets
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a … plastic egg? We are super egg-cited about this amazing idea from Inspiration Laboratories. Using stuff you probably have in your desk drawers (tape, paper, etc.), it’s a breeze to make a few rockets and let the kids race them in two different ways—into the sky or back down to earth. Find out what you’ll need for this fun project over at Inspiration Laboratories.
5. Bird Feeder
Why should bunnies have all the fun? Stephanie, the clever crafter behind Playing House in Maryland, thinks the birds should be in on the action, too. With a bit of bird feed and sweet sticky stuff, it’s a cinch to make a yummy snack for feathered friends. Want to know exactly what’s needed for this easy project? Fly on over to Playing House in Maryland for the answer.
6. A Spring Wreath
Craft a colorful wreath that’s perfect for spring like this one from Crazy Little Projects. It’s super easy to make using just a few craft store supplies, and it’s cute enough to display all season long. To get the instructions, visit Crazy Little Projects.
7. Tea Light Flight
We are still blinking in amazement over this upcycled DIY. With a few supplies (including hot glue and paint), you can make your own gorgeous tea light flight for next to nothing. Find the how-to, and the answer to the question “will the eggs melt?,” over at Taylor Made Creates.
8. Hot Air Balloon Eggs
Easter eggs become something entirely new with these adorable hot air balloons from Snowdrop and Company. They’ll make a whimsical decoration for your little one’s room, or could be used to stash secret treats. Get the details on how they’re made at Snowdrop and Company.
9. Mini Terrariums
Keep the spring feeling around longer by creating a mini terrarium. We love this version from The House that Lars Built; not only are the eggs gorgeous, but the flowers aren’t real, which means you and the kids can enjoy the fruit of your labor for more than a few days. Want to know how it’s done? Skip over to The House that Lars Built for the tutorial.
10. Eggs as Stamps
Perfect for toddler hands, easy-to-grip plastic Easter eggs make an awesome addition to any artsy afternoon. Find out what kind of paint to use, and other handy tips, over at Buggy and Buddy.
11. Little Bees
How cute are these little bees from Tried & True? We love how simple they are—you can craft a flock of them in no time and string them up to add some color to your space. To get the full instructions, visit Tried & True.
12. Make a Sensory Bin
Easter eggs … if you’ve got a few (or 100) laying around after the big day, then you can easily set up this sensory project we spotted over at Little Bins for Little Hands. All you’ll need is soap, water and enthusiastic kids. Wondering where sensory master Sarah got all her gear? Find out over at Little Bins for Little Hands.
13. Popsicle Molds
How awesome are these frozen yogurt molds from Mama. Papa. Bubba? The hardest part of this brilliant idea is making a place for the popsicle sticks. With just a little planning (and an electric tool) you’ll be on your way. Hop on over to Mama. Papa. Bubba to find out how it's done.
14. Number Snake
We love this craft-meets-learning activity from I Can Teach My Child. Kids will have a blast practicing their numbers while building fine motor skills. Once it’s done, they’ve got a cute playtime-ready snake. Get all the details at I Can Teach My Child.
15. Egg Toss Game
You can’t go wrong with good old-fashioned competition, and this idea from A Mom with a Lesson Plan will keep the kids occupied for hours. Gather up your plastic eggs and some empty water bottles, and you’re halfway there. Find out how the game is played by visiting A Mom with a Lesson Plan.
16. Eggs for Food Containers
You’ve always wanted to try a bento-style lunch, and here’s a way to do so without having to buy all those little containers. Using eggs and an egg carton, serve up a meal that’s functional and fun. We love the way Kara of A Kailo Chic Life even included an egg-shaped rice krispie treat! Get more fun ideas from A Kailo Chic Life here.
17. Alphabet Eggs
You’ve seen what feels like a million and one ways to use plastic eggs as educational additions to play time. Don't get overwhelmed, because we’ve done the research for you and picked this awesome (& easy) tutorial from Rockabye Butterfly. Grab a marker pen, an egg carton and be on your way to ABC fun.
Do you have any fun ways to reuse plastic eggs after Easter? Share with us in a comment!
— Gabby Cullen and Susie Foresman