Whether you are looking for an easy way to keep your children entertained, or are planning the decorations for an elegant holiday meal, these Easter egg craft ideas will help you get the job done. Choose from traditional egg decorating to more inventive ways to use the humble egg.
When considering Easter decorating, the first thing that comes to mind is dyed eggs. Instead of using just the food coloring tablets and vinegar, step it up a notch with stickers and embellishments. Visit your local craft store, such as Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, and peruse their scrapbooking section for stickers of spring items. Choose bunnies, chicks, and flowers, but make sure they are small enough to comfortably fit onto your eggs. Purchase Mod Podge craft glue and a couple of foam paintbrushes to coat the eggs and adhere the decorations. For another take on the traditional egg, purchase adhesive beads such as pearls and rhinestones in addition to the stickers.
If you plan to keep the decorations for next year, blow out the eggs before dying them. To do this, take a sharp needle, and poke a small hole in both ends of the egg. Make the egg white and yolk easier to remove by pushing the needle into the egg far enough to break the yolk. Blow into one end of the egg so the liquid comes out the other end. Place a bowl underneath to catch the whites and yolk as you blow. Run water inside the egg and shake slightly to make sure all of the egg particles have been removed. Then carefully place the egg on a towel to dry. Once it has dried, dye each egg as normal using a packaged egg dye or food coloring. For pastel colors, only leave the shells in a short time, but leave them in longer for deeper, more saturated colors.
Stickers are a great way to add even more style to dyed eggs. Peel the sticker from its backing, and place on the egg. Taking care not to break the shell, press the edges as firmly as possible. Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the entire egg using the foam paintbrush. This will keep the decorations in place and also give the shell a shiny appearance. Add an adhesive pearl or rhinestone to the center of the flower for an added punch. If you prefer, opt to use only adhesive beads on some eggs instead of stickers to create a bejeweled look.
Alternative Easter Egg Craft Ideas
One option for Easter eggs are as a garland to decorate a mantel, wreath, or chandelier. Create the garland by stringing blown eggs along a narrow satin ribbon. Simply run an embroidery needle with the ribbon attached through each egg and tie a knot on each side of the egg to keep it in place. Alternate the color or design for a more festive look, or keep it simple by using all one color palette. This method would also work if you prefer to create blown egg ornaments instead of a garland. After tying the knot in the bottom and stringing the ribbon through the top, make a loop and tie a knot so the egg can hang on a tree limb.
Another option, which is especially useful if one of your eggs happens to crack during the blowing or dying process, is to use them as candle holders. Start by cracking the egg with a sharp knife at the top. Peel away small pieces on all sides until approximately one-third of the egg is removed. Drop a small tea light candle inside the remaining egg. If the candle is too large, carve away the edges of the wax with a knife until it will fit in the egg. Nestle the egg holder in your table centerpiece, or sit in an eggcup before lighting.
Regardless of whether you choose to try one or all of the Easter egg ideas, spending time with family and friends is one of the most important aspects of this holiday time. Create memories as well as crafts by inviting others to make them with you.