As you all know….I am not very crafty. I WANT to be crafty, really I do. I’m just not very good at it. Usually my crafts end up looking like one of those “Nailed It” Pinterest fails. Unfortunately, this fact has not stopped me from buying gobs of craft supplies which languish in my basement unused and unloved. All in the hopes that one day I will find a hidden (very DEEPLY hidden) craft talent that I am unaware of. And then they asked me to film a TV segment on Easy Easter Crafts. Me…..
I taped a craft and food segment with Shaw Calgary a few years ago and no one died. Yep. I decided to make these easy Mason Jar Dioramas because if I can do it then you know that ANYONE can do it. These are perfect to keep the kids busy during Easter dinner preparation. Just gather all the supplies and let them make the dioramas their own. Scared of the glue gun? Use regular glue. It will work just fine but it may take a little bit longer for the dioramas to come together.
Now for the instructions:
Step 1: Gather your supplies. You will need the following supplies for each diorama: 1 Mason Jar, 1 small chick or bunny (I bought mine at Michael’s. You could also make them from pompoms, pipe cleaners and googly eyes), one glittery egg or other Easter decoration, 1 small ball of Play Doh or clay (preferably green so you don’t have to cover it as much), small fake flowers that can be glued on individually (I cut mine off of the branch of flowers shown above), ribbon approximately the thickness of a Mason Jar lid, small branch that will fit inside the Mason Jar (make sure to test that it will fit before you go any further!), hot glue gun, hot glue, Easter grass.
Step 2: Squish the Play Doh on to the lid of the Mason Jar making sure not to cover the red ring that will seal on to the jar.
Step 3: Squish glittery egg and chick in to the Play Doh.
Step 4: Add your branch by pressing it in to the Play Doh. Choose a branch that will fit inside your Mason Jar and that has at least 2 branches for visual interest.
Step 5: Hot glue flowers on to the branch. It looks more natural if you glue multiple flowers in one area of the branch and then move to the other areas. This looks like the flowers are growing in clumps (as they do on real trees). Press the Easter grass in to the Play Doh for grass.
Step 6: Carefully place the Mason Jar over the Diorama and then secure the lid on to the jar with a jar ring (do this while keeping the jar upside down or your diorama will fall apart). You may have to screw the lid on the jar a few different ways to get the design on the Mason Jar at the back of the Diorama so it will not obscure the view of the chick.
Step 7: Hot glue ribbon around the Mason jar lid ring.
- Add a name tag to the top or side of the jar to use the dioramas as seating cards for dinner.
- Instead of a Mason Jar, you can use any clear glass jar.
What are your favorite Easy Easter crafts? Looking for more great Easter ideas? Check out these posts!