As a young girl growing up, my fondest memories of Easter were of waking early. Not to see what was left in my Easter basket as one might guess, but to go to Easter sunrise service. Sometimes it was held at church, sometimes at a member’s house, sometimes in a church garden, and even once in a cemetery but it didn’t matter where I was — it was the feeling I would get seeing the leading edge of the sun peek up over the horizon and thinking of that first Easter morning. I would instantly be filled with hope, joy, and the feeling of undeserved forgiveness. As we get closer to Easter, I try to ensure my children know the real reason we celebrate. One way we’ve talked about Easter this year is by creating an Easter Sunrise Craft. Christ is risen. He is risen, indeed!
Easter Sunrise Craft
Here’s the two step process we used to create our Easter Sunrises to remind us that Jesus is alive!
Part One: Coffee Filter Sun Rise
1. Start by cutting a coffee filter in half.
2. Set up your work space. We placed a folded (rag) towel on a plastic tray and set the half coffee filter on top.
3. Prepare your colors. We used two small cups and put about 10 drops of food coloring and 1-2 tablespoons of water in each. We made one red and one yellow. Less water will yield brighter colors and more water will yield lighter colors.
4. Use the nasal aspirator (or medicine dropper or pipette) to squeeze up one color at a time and apply it to your coffee filter to create a sunrise effect.
5. Place your finished coffee filter on a dry (rag) towel until it has dried.
6. At this point, you can tape your completed Easter Sunrise coffee filter on a window with clear tape to create a suncatcher, or move on to Part Two.
Part Two: Easter Sunrise Craft
1. Write or print a phrase on your card stock or construction paper if desired. Here are some suggestions: ”Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed!” or “Happy Easter!” or “He is risen!”
2. Along the bottom edge of the paper, glue your sunrise coffee filter.
Notes: For a brighter sunrise, use a small stack of 2-4 coffee filters instead of a single one. Keep them stacked together during the dying process. Once they are dry, use a glue stick to adhere them together and then use them in the craft of your choice.
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they went to the tomb, taking the spices they had prepared. And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men stood by them in dazzling apparel. And as they were frightened and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, “Why do you seek the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen. Luke 24: 1-6 (ESV)
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