Before you pack away those plastic Easter eggs, you’ll want to see some amazing upcycle ideas we’ve found. From using them as a soap mold or mini planter, to festive bunny-themed décor, there are plenty of ways to reuse old Easter eggs. Keep reading to get your creativity flowing.
Mini Succulent Planters
You had us at succulents! These uber stylish mini planters from A Kailo Chic Life affix to inexpensive marble hexagon tiles, and are painted gold on the rim. You'd hardly know these planters were once plain, plastic Easter eggs!
Easter Egg Candle Holder
This festive Easter Egg Candle Holder is the perfect activity to work on with your kiddo. Plastic Easter eggs are drilled with a hole, then covered in gorgeous beads before threading onto a dowel. You can find the full step-by-step instructions over at Two Sisters Crafting.
Rolled Easter Egg Painting
No brushes needed when you paint with Easter eggs! This creative craft from Tinkerlab lets your littles express themselves in a new way and use those old plastic eggs at the same time.
Why buy soap when you can make it, and in an egg-shape, no less! This easy to make craft from Mad in Crafts takes simple ingredients to whip up soap and uses plastic eggs as a mold. After just four hours in the fridge, you have your very own (festive) soap!
There's bath bombs, and then there's Easter egg bath bombs! While this DIY from Bitz & Giggles definitely requires adult supervision (there's citric acid involved), your kiddos will get a kick out of making, decorating and using these bath accessories in the tub or for some fun science experiments.
Plastic Easter Egg Flowers
Plastic Easter eggs and pipe cleaners are all you need to whip up a bouquet that lasts forever! Marie from Make and Takes whipped up a simple array of flowers in a flash, and your kids can too––this would be one fun afternoon activity!
Those plastic Easter eggs aren't just for hunting! You can turn them into festive decor, like this adorable garland from The How To Mom. String up with some simple pom poms and you have some sweet decorations that are simple to make with your kids!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
—Gabby Cullen, Susie Foresman and Karly Wood