Do It Yourself Kid's Craft Ideas For Easter

Create an Easter egg decoration that will last forever. This inexpensive and fun project is good for individuals and groups of all ages.

There is more to Easter eggs than boil, color, peel and eat. Using the egg blowing technique you can create decorated eggs to be treasured forever. With a few eggs, a variety of inexpensive decorating materials and a little creativity you have the perfect Easter project for kids (or adults) of all ages! If you're an avid crafter you may already have all of the supplies you'll need.

The first step will be to empty your eggs. For this you will need a long, sharp needle and a small bowl. For younger crafters I suggest asking an adult to help with piercing your egg. Carefully poke a small hole in each end of the egg. In one end you will have to insert the needle far enough to break the yolk. You can insert a toothpick to break the yolk if you prefer. Over your small bowl, gently blow the contents of the egg out. If you're having trouble emptying it stick a toothpick or needle in again to make sure the yolk was pierced. Once the egg is empty you need to clean it out. Rinse it with water and blow out any water that remains inside. Gently wipe it dry or allow to air dry if you'd like.

Next you will gather an assortment of decorating materials. If you have a specific design or planned theme you probably already know what you'll be using. If not, don't worry; this is a fun create-as-you-go project. This also works well for a group project where everyone decorates his or her eggs together. Basic supplies you will need are a pencil, acrylic paints, paintbrushes, scissors, craft foam assortment, thick white craft glue, "googly" eyes, and assorted ribbon or trim scraps. Other good materials to look for are fabric scraps, colored paper and assorted paper punches, colored craft feathers, tiny flowers or ribbon flowers, small beads, stickers or rub-on transfers, tissue paper scraps in a variety of colors, sequins and glitter. The possibilities are endless with a project like this. You can go from dainty and elegant to crazy and fun"¦it's all up to you. If you need some ideas to spark your creativity you'll find some great ideas coming up.

Once your decorated eggs are finished there are numerous ways to display them. You can create a wonderful display whether showcasing one egg or several. If you're making egg characters their craft foam feet will help them stand up. For designs without feet you have many options. To display a single egg a candleholder made for taper candles makes a perfect pedestal. Since there are so many styles readily available you should easily find something that will complement your design. Eggs can be set atop the candleholder on its end or on it's side. Single eggs can also be made to hang, which will be explained in a moment. When working with groups of eggs you may choose for a simple basket display. Look in the floral section of your local craft or discount store to find natural looking bedding to display your eggs on. There are many things that make nice filler to place your eggs on. Look around and you're sure to find something that jumps out at you. A simple cloth spread under the eggs in the basket looks great if you have plenty of eggs to work with.

If you would like to hang your egg you will need a toothpick, scissors, and thread. Tie the thread around the center of the toothpick and knot it securely. Cut the ends of your toothpick leaving you with a very short piece with the knotted thread in the center. Insert this into the top of the egg. Gently pull up on your thread turning the toothpick sideways inside and your egg is ready to hang. Adding hanging eggs to the center of a spring wreath makes a beautiful decoration.

Making a flower arrangement pick with your egg adds a special touch to any bouquet. You will need a wooden skewer, paint for the pick, and craft glue. Thin ribbon is recommended, but optional. Paint your skewer from the flat end to about 1 to 1 ¼ inches from the point. When dry, insert the unpainted end into the bottom of your egg. Dab on some craft glue to hold your egg in place. If you'd like, add a ribbon tied in a bow just beneath the egg and leave the long ends flowing. Tie this on while your craft glue is still a little wet to help secure the ribbon, which will help support your egg as well. Place your egg pick in your favorite arrangement or in a spring bouquet for a gift.



Now that you have a better idea of how versatile this project is you'll come up with all sorts of new ideas on your own. To get you started there are basic directions for a couple of character eggs, some theme eggs, patterned eggs and tissue-dyed eggs. Get creative and have fun!

Character Eggs

You will need acrylic paints and brushes, craft foam assortment and scissors, a sharp pencil, small "googly" eyes, thick white craft glue, and colored craft feathers (for bird characters).

Birds-

Using your pencil, lightly draw the clothing on your character. To create pants or skirt draw a line around the egg right around the center. Make a band or thin stripe at the line to create a waistband. Paint the bottom half any way you wish. Stripes or patterns usually look quite nice. You will paint the upper portion of the egg the color you'd like your bird itself to be. When all of your painting is finished and completely dry you're ready to start gluing on the other decorations. Using craft foam cut out feet that your character will be set on. The feet should sit flat on a smooth surface and stick out in front from underneath the egg, forming a solid base to stand on. You'll also use your craft foam to make a beak. Using two triangle shaped pieces, glue it from the edge onto the egg so it sticks out away from the face, creating a cute little beak. Craft foam also makes good bowties, hats, handbags or other accessories. Glue the googly eyes on and finish it off by gluing a craft feather into the hole on top.

Fish-

Start with your egg lying on its side. Paint the fish any way you choose. You will use craft foam to make fins and a tail. You can also make small craft foam lips to mask the hole in the end of the egg. The tail fin will hide the other hole. When the paint on your egg had dried add a tail fin, a dorsal fin on it's back, and two smaller fins for the sides. Position the side fins so they reach the tabletop so they will support your egg and hold it upright. Use googly eyes and small lips made from craft foam to create the fish's face.

Theme Eggs

Floral eggs - For this design you can lightly draw your design on first or start with a solid background and paint your flowers freehand over the colored base coat. Use whatever method you feel most comfortable with. Any number of decorating materials can be added for a flashier look. Beads, sequins, stickers, ribbons or glitter make great additions to floral designs.

Patriotic eggs - Design your egg in red, white and blue. Stars and stripes may be painted on or made with stickers or decals and ribbon.

Patchwork eggs - Use lightweight fabric scraps cut into small pieces and glue onto your egg with craft glue. Ribbon or trim makes a great cover-up for seams that don't quite meet up just right.

Patterned Eggs

Patterned eggs are much like theme eggs. You can work with paint alone or dress it up as much as you'd like. Some ideas for patterns are stripes, checkerboard, polka dots, spiral swirls from top to bottom, zigzag lines, or any combination of those.

Tissue-dyed Eggs-

Tissue-dyed eggs are a little bit different from the others. Paint is optional with this method. You will need an assortment of colors of tissue paper. Scraps work fine for this. To see how the colors will come out you can test pieces by following the directions and sticking them to a white sheet of paper instead of the egg. When the wet scrap dries remove it to see the color it produced. This is a good indicator of how well the color will transfer to your egg. You'll also need a small bowl of water. Cut or tear your tissue scraps into small pieces. Dip a piece in the water and stick it to your egg. You don't need to drench the tissue, a quick dip will do. Continue dipping pieces and sticking them to the egg until it's completely covered. Set it aside to dry. A bottle cap or small jar lid makes a good drying tray. When it has dried completely the tissue pieces will fall off when touched. What you find underneath is a beautiful array of colors blended in a unique and interesting design. If you plan this from the beginning and place your pieces strategically you can create all kinds of wonderful pictures or designs. Adding painted details or other decorating accessories is entirely up to you. These eggs make a lovely display either way.

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