DIY Easter Crafts
Credit: Socks Appeal

DIY Easter Crafts

Easter Sock Bunnies

Vancouver crafting workshops and tutorials are fun for grown-up Easter egg hunters and kids alike

 

Easter used to be epic when I was a kid. Every year, there was an Easter egg hunt in the neighbourhood where I lived. It was done right—with lots of candy stuffed into those large plastic eggs that pop in half, so that they didn't get dirty or eaten by bugs or dogs.

 

But unlike Halloween, when adults can still participate by dressing up, attending an egg hunt as a “kid at heart” isn't as widely accepted. But we can still get into the spirit.

 

Here are a few DIY crafts that us adults can do to celebrate this pretty pastel spring holiday:

 

Saturday, April 16: Sock bunny workshop

For those in the mood to sew, East Van creative space and art store Collage Collage is hosting a Sock Bunny workshop this Saturday, inspired by the book Socks Appeal. Cost is $24 per bunny, all supplies included. Instructions start at 3 p.m. Simple hand-sewing required. First-time sewers welcome! Call 604-569-1929 to register.

 

Collage Collage, 621 Kingsway, Vancouver

 

Tuesday, April 19: Lithuanian egg decorating workshop

For something on the more traditional side, learn to make Lithuanian decorated eggs at Ruby Dogs Art House. The website warns that this is not Ukranian egg decorating, which although beautiful, is more time consuming and detailed. Here, instructor Birute Macijauskas offers an easier, and just as gorgeous, technique. The eggs are batiked using beeswax, then dyed with natural dyes from plants such as onions, red cabbage, beets and blackberries. Workshop runs 6:30–9 p.m. and is $48, all supplies included. Call 604-873-2825 to register.

 

Ruby Dogs Art House, 623 Kingsway, Vancouver

 

Easter weekend, April 21–23: Pysanky workshop

Joan Bradner of Baba's Beeswax, will be supervising a Pysanky (Ukranian egg decorating) workshop April 21, 22 and 23rd in the Centre Court at Lougheed Mall. $10 per egg. Registration not necessary.

 

Lougheed Mall (Centre Court), 9855 Austin Ave, Burnaby

 

Tutorial: How to make a Easter egg hunt bag

If you are accompanying a little one to an egg hunt, try whipping up a few of these stylish bags for collecting goodies. This tutorial by Purl Soho is super simple and the results are lovely (pictured below).

 

Purl Soho Easter tutorial

Sweet and simple DIY felt bags. (Image: Purl Soho)