Cut out some yellow egg shapes about 6 inches long. Trace the kids hands on yellow paper and cut them out. Have your kids add faces to their chicks and add their cut-out hands (one on each side). I cut out little eyes, and a beak and had them glue them on. You can also add feet if you like!
- Draw an oval shape in pencil on the side of an egg for opening. Use pointed embroidery scissors to cut along the pencil line. Empty the contents of the eggs. Carefully wash out the eggshells and let them dry. You are going to decorate the opening and make a scene inside. They may be used as is, or dipped into egg dye or a food-coloring solution. Or the inside may be one color and the outside another, instead of dipping.
- Now begins the fun of decorating. Glue each shell to a circle of plastic sponge or set it on a piece of clay. Decorate the outside with colored sequins, beads, or glitter. Glue a piece of fluffed cotton to the inside bottom. On this, glue a tiny flower picture cut from an old magazine, or use tiny artificial flowers.
- Another version with more detail is to create a scene inside the egg. Use cotton and trace cutouts, a sprig of dried grass, a tiny barn, and animals from a picture or greeting card to make your own figures and objects from paper or clay. A scrap of rickrack or braid may be glued around the opening.
- Next time make an egg that can be hung up. Glue a tiny piece of cotton at the top, then a length of embroidery floss or narrow ribbon for the hanger. Cover the cotton with some tiny beads, small colored stones, or a small plastic flower.
Inflate a balloon and tie it. Fill a bowl with glue. Soak string in glue. Wrap balloon with the string. Wrap different ways (up, down, and diagonal) to get a better design. Allow to dry completely. Paint. You may want to sprinkle some glitter on the wet balloon after you paint it. Make sure the string is completely dry, then pop the balloon and hang up for a unique Easter decoration.
Take big Styrofoam eggs and paint them. Use little gems from the craft store, like the kind for making jewelry and crafts. Get a bunch of pins, the kind with the ball. When inserted through the plastic things, they look like little flowers. Cover the egg in these.
Have children color a white sheet of paper all green (scribbling is just perfect). Have them glue on 10-15 1/2″ pompoms or pieces of cotton balls. You now have “Baby Bunnies Hiding in the Grass!”
Take a blank card and with a pencil lightly draw a design on the cover of your card (Easter eggs, duck, or whatever you want to do with Easter). Take the needle with the color you want on it use the thread/yarn to trace your design. If small children are doing this project have an adult poke the holes first and give the child a plastic yarn needle to use.
Paint the bottom of the child’s foot with yellow washable liquid paint. Have him press his foot onto a sheet of construction paper. When the child’s foot is clean and the paint is dry, have him use crayons to add an eye, beak, and legs to his chick. Finally have him spread glue along the bottom of the paper, then sprinkle the glue with cornmeal.
Precut egg shapes out of coffee filters. Mix water and yellow food coloring and place mixture in a baby food jar. Do the same for blue. Let the children use eyedroppers or straws to drip colors on the filter shape. The colors will run together and make beautiful eggs.
Wet the egg and place pieces of colored tissue paper on it. Set it aside to dry. When the egg dries the tissue paper falls off and the colors stay behind.
- Using plaster of paris, secure a branchy twig inside a terra cotta pot.
- Trim the branches as necessary and spray paint the branch and pot white.
- Decorate the pot with felt ears, pompoms for muzzle, felt mouth, large wiggly eyes and fabric- coated wire for whiskers, and a pompom tail.
- You can even add felt feet and stick them to the bottom of the pot.
- Now you can decorate your tree with small ornaments, purchased or hand made.
You can also decorate the pot in neutral colors and just hang seasonal ornaments on it all year round.
- You may want to “plant” your branch in a plastic pot since the terra cotta pot may crack when the plaster of paris hardens.