Monday, March 26, 2018

Easter Egg Craft Faux Eggs + DIY Egg Dye


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Dyeable Egg Alternative for Crafting

For kids, it’s almost impossible to picture Easter without colored Easter eggs. Yet, for children and families affected by egg allergies, many miss out on this quintessential tradition altogether or they substitute fake plastic eggs for real ones.

Decorating Faux Eggs With Kids is Fun

Thankfully there are faux wood nest eggs and even some pretend crafting eggs available which come packaged in egg cartons just like the eggs you buy at the grocery store.  In fact, these fake eggs have the same look and feel as actual chicken eggs and can be colored with Easter Egg Dyes, decorated with colorful markers, colored tissue paper as I've done here, or really embellished any way you'd like. 

Unlike real hard boiled or blown out eggs which have delicate shells that can easily be cracked, realistic-looking craft eggs won't break simply by holding or working with them. Keep in mind, though, that the faux egg varieties are made of ceramic so they could still crack or break if dropped onto a hard surface. 

Just think, now you don't have to worry about your child having a meltdown if cracking any eggs simply by holding them in their hand while they decorate them. These very real-looking non-eggs make the fun of Easter egg dyeing accessible to both children or adults with egg allergies as well as hobbyists who have the desire to create lasting egg-shaped family heirlooms to enjoy from  year-to-year.

Read on to see how easy it is to make this lovely blooming flower egg craft pictured above and below. I love wood eggs, they're more sturdy and durable than actual hard boiled egg shells. This makes them equally engaging for kids and adults to dye and decorate. An added plus is that since this is an inedible and non-perishable egg alternative, these "eggs" are a crafter's dream and can be stored for years as well as used for year-round home decor and arts and crafts.

DIY Easter Egg Dye Recipe

You can, of course, simply dye your eggs with regular food colors available at the grocery store or buy ready-made an Easter ready-made egg dying kit. Alternately, check out How to Make Vegan Natural Egg Dyes

Blooming Easter Egg 
Flower Craft

However, to really get your creativity flowing and make something special and beautiful, why not make MBE's original Blooming Easter Egg Flower? 

This craft was inspired by the natural colors of the beautiful bougainvillea flower petal arrangement below which we saw during a recent family vacation to Angor Wat, Cambodia. 

Not only is this an easy and fun craft project to make at home for parents to do with younger kids but also for older children (and adults) to do on your own.

Materials Needed

How to Make Directions

1. Gather together all supplies before you begin and cover work surface to protect it. 
Sort your five shades of tissue paper from dark to light. 

2. Make a light dot with a pencil on the top center of your egg. Then, using a measuring tape, from that dot measure down the length of the egg 2-inches and lightly draw a line around its circumference.

3. Cut tissue paper into strips to quickly and easily create consistent length flower petals, being sure to keep each color of petals separate. Starting with the darkest color, cut a tissue strip 1/2-inch wide, then working cross-wise freeform cut 12-15 petals; repeat using next lighter color cutting 15-20 petals. For the next three tissue colors, cut a 3/4 inch wide tissue strip and then cut 20-30 petals cross-wise out of each.

4. Using the darkest color, trace a penny and cut out a circle 2 layers thick. With a toothpick, apply glue lightly, gluing the two paper circles together. To create the flower's center, use the toothpick with a small amount of glue to then center the glued together piece over the dot on top of egg.

5.  Start with the darkest tissue paper at the top make a narrow line of glue with a toothpick along the bottom straight edge of each petal and glue to egg, layering petals slightly to cover egg completely in rows around the egg. Continuing to work from darkest to lightest color, layering two rows of each petal color around the circumference of the egg. 

6. Finish with the lightest color tissue petals, covering the pencil line you drew on the egg in step #2. If needed, you can add a third row of petals to completely cover the line.

7. Allow glued on petals to dry completely, then gently fluff with your finger tip from top to bottom so petals are 3-dimensional, like a real flower. Enjoy your flower art eggs singly or by the dozen! 

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  1. Hadn't heard of eggnots before! I guess that would make it easier to use from year to year!

  2. So cool! I haven't seen the eggnogs before but I love this idea. I'm going to show this to my daughter tomorrow, I'm sure she'll want to do this for Easter. - Sarah, Must Have Mom