Colouring real eggs for Easter is a favourite family tradition but we also enjoy making paper crafts to decorate our house. For people with smaller children this option can also be less messy than working with eggs and dye.
STAINED GLASS PAPER EGGS
Enough construction paper for the amount of eggs you make — each egg requires two sheets
Sheets of tissue paper (saved from packaging will work)
Piece of thin cardboard (opened cereal box works well) to make egg template
These eggs can be as simple or as intricate as the children wish to make them. Cut an egg-shaped template from the cardboard. Using a pencil trace the shape onto two sheets of construction paper. Cut them out. Keeping the eggs together fold them into quarters. Cut out shapes as you would for paper snowflakes. There can be more folds made but it could be hard for small hands to cut through too many layers. The more folds, the lacier the designs will be.
Open up the eggs and flatten under a heavy book for a few hours if necessary. Cut a piece of tissue paper to fit the entire inside of the egg. If you don’t, when it is placed in the window you will see the outline of the tissue paper. Glue the layers together with a glue stick, tape in the window and enjoy.
These eggs can be displayed freestyle on the windows or walls. As an alternative, children might enjoy to make an Easter Egg Tree instead by tracing their hand on a brown piece of construction paper to make a trunk and branches of a tree. The eggs could then be arranged on the branches (fingers) of the tree to create an Easter Egg Tree.
Another decorating idea is to make an Easter Egg Tree centre-piece out of a tree twig. These trees are traditionally decorated in European countries with blown-out, real decorated eggs but for small children paper ones would be easier to handle.
EASTER EGG TREE
Crayons and other decorating supplies
Yarn or string
Empty yogurt container or ice-cream pail
Fish tank gravel or sand
Small egg template cut out of a piece of cardboard (old cereal box or tissue box works well)
A twig that looks like a small tree — pussy willows make a good choice
Have the children trace enough eggs onto two sheets of paper to fill them. Decorate them as desired then cut them out. While the children are doing this the parent can get their “tree” ready by planting the twig into the empty yogurt container with the sand or fish tank gravel. Depending on the size of the twig an ice-cream pail may work better. Lengths of string or yarn need to be cut to dangle the eggs from, allowing about one-quarter of an inch to be stuck into the egg.
Assemble the eggs by gluing the string or yarn to the plain side of one egg. Then glue another egg over top of this, right side facing you. This can then be tied to a branch on the tree.
Our family has always enjoyed the time we spent together making Easter decorations. We found it to be a great way to get the children talking about the true meaning of Easter. When they were little it confused them that everyone was so excited that Jesus died. Then as they got older we would challenge them to decorate their eggs to better reflect the events of Good Friday leading up to Easter Sunday. Inevitably the Bible would come out and we would be rereading passages and discussing how they related to our lives. We at Chikousky Farms wish everyone a very blessed Easter.
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