I hope you had an egg-cellent Easter.
We had a really nice time eating and celebrating with our egg-stended family.
I think I went a bit overboard with this Easter's egg-related crafts:
Inspired by Krokotak's egg carton hens, I made my own chicken and ladybug egg holders.
I also blew out a bunch of eggs, colored them, and then turned them into confetti eggs for our family Easter egg hunt.
Blowing out the eggs:
I used a safety pin and pricked the top and bottom of the egg. Then, I used the safety pin to enlarge the bottom hole. Then, I placed my mouth over the smaller top hole and blew the egg out over a bowl. Once the egg was emptied, I rinsed the shell out and left it to dry on a paper towel.
Marbleizing eggs with nail polish:
Once the eggs were hollowed out, my sister and I marbleized some of the eggs using Camille Styles' instructions. (Note: Her eggs came out beautifully! As you can see, I had a lot of trouble getting even results. Maybe it's because my nail polish was the cheap 2 dollar kind... or too old? Or, perhaps my water wasn't the right temperature? Hrmm... Did anyone else have trouble making these eggs?)
Designing with masking tape and dying eggs:
I had much better luck dying the rest of my eggs. Hubby and I used masking tape to first create designs and then we dyed them. To create each color, we simply combined 1 cup of boiling water, 20 drops of food coloring, and 2 teaspoons of vinegar in a large mug. Then, we held our eggs in the dye until they took on the hue that we liked.
Once all the dye dried (and the nail polish smell dissipated... yuck), I filled the hollowed out eggs with rice krispy treats (poured through a simple funnel made from rolling a piece of paper) and sealed up the holes with masking tape.
The kids had fun finding these special eggs and stomping on them to reveal the rice krispies within.
Although these eggs were fun to make, it was even more fun to see the kids smile each time they found a special "stomping egg."