- wool roving: Use a wooden egg, or even one of last year’s plastic eggs, as a base to create these felted wool Easter eggs. The nice thing about using icky plastic eggs, if you have them, is that your finished Easter egg is now heirloom-quality. That’s one petroleum by-product that won’t end up in the waste stream! For another, even more natural, take on the project, you can also wet-felt rocks.
- scrap fabric: Make tie-dyed Easter eggs by adding stash scrap fabric to your regular food coloring routine. This method is a great way to use up the stained, moth-eaten, or otherwise unsuitable pieces that you’ve had to cut out of thrifted fabrics.
- recycled materials: Whether it’s silk ties, plastic water bottles, or old magazines, you can use it to make or decorate Easter eggs!
- stash embroidery floss: Embroidery floss, ribbon, yarn, twine, thread, or even strips of fabric–whatever stash materials you’ve got hidden in the scrap bin, you can use them to make these wrapped Easter eggs.
- fruits, veggies, and spices: There are a ton of natural, food-based methods to dye Easter eggs. You definitely have some of these natural dyes in your kitchen, and it’s fun to experiment!
Toys and Trinkets
- play silks: Play silks are so festive and bright, and you can save a ton of cash by dyeing them yourself. Try your hand at Kool-aid dyed play silks or play silks dyed using professional silk dyes, and substitute a couple of play silks for the “grass” in your Easter basket.
- play dough: You can make homemade play dough in any color, adding glitter, spices, or essential oils for extra fun. Play dough needs to be kept in an air-tight package; upcycled clear plastic deli containers work well for this.
- felt: I LOVE the felt PEEPS bunny from Made, and with a free downloadable pdf template, you can make the bunting from the tutorial, or lightly stuff your felt PEEPS to make a sweet stuffed toy. Look for either wool felt or Eco-fi recycled plastic felt.
- scrap fabric: A teeny Easter bunny sachet can be a hugg-able lovey, a toss-able plaything, and, filled with dried lavender, a soothing night-time pillow buddy.
- tree branches: New building blocks are always a hit. Tree blocks can be made with just a saw and a few fallen branches from your yard.