This fun and easy painting craft for Easter has many possibilities! Even preschoolers should be able to help with the painting, while older kids can accomplish this project on their own. The puppets can be used just for decoration, or to tell a cute Easter story. You can use Popsicle sticks or small twigs for the puppet sticks. I recycled those reed diffuser sticks that come with bottles of air freshener oil! You could also just make the carrot cones by themselves to hold sweet treats. If you have any questions or need clarification, don’t be shy- just ask!
Skill level: Easy/beginner
White lightweight cardstock
Black fine-point Sharpie pen
Sticks or twigs
Acrylic paint- I used DecoArt Americana Electric Pink, Avocado, Bright Orange, Bright Yellow, and Royal Fuchsia
Tissue paper and candy (optional)
1. Take an 8×11 piece of cardstock and roll it into a cone. Glue or tape the exposed edge into place. Trim off the excess paper so the top is rounded.
2. Paint entire outside and a few inches from the top of the inside of the cone orange. While still wet, sprinkle all over with orange glitter, tapping off excess onto a piece of scrap paper. Let dry.
3. Print out the bunny and chick templates below. You can either print them directly onto cardstock or print one example on regular paper and then trace them onto cardstock. Print or trace as many of each as you’d like to make. You can adjust the size of the printout to suit you. You can also cut out oval shapes for eggs.
4. Cut out each character. I chose to cut slightly outside of the outlines for a more defined look. Trace over the printed or pencil-traced features of the bunny with your Sharpie to give them a crisp, clean look.
5. Paint the inner ears, nose, eyelids and mouth of the bunny pink. Paint the chick yellow and the feet and beak orange. Paint the eggs any way you’d like. I used fuchsia, pink and yellow. Let dry.
6. Paint sticks green and let dry.
7. Tape sticks securely on backs of each character, about two inches from one end of each stick.
8. Use holepunch to put a hole in each side of the carrot cone, about two inches down from the top. Thread one end of ribbon through each hole, leaving plenty of ribbon in the center for a carrying strap. Knot the ribbon on both sides, leaving short tails and trim off any excess.
9. Stuff the carrots with tissue paper and candy, then arrange the puppets so they fan out from the top and the green sticks resemble the top of a carrot.
All instructions, patterns and photos © Jenna Osborne. You have permission to print this project for personal or classroom use only. I would love to see your completed projects!