March is National Craft Month and FamilyFun magazine has hatched a plan for one hoppin’ egg-decorating party ahead of the Easter holiday on March 27th. Get ready to see your kids’ most creative (and silliest!) eggs ever! Think silly monsters, sparkles, baby fruits and veggies and sweet sea creatures!
With simple party prep tips and four different egg ideas, kids will love the chance to design some wild creations with their friends and family.
Egg Ideas (so adorbs!)
Before the party, hard-boil and dye a dozen eggs per child. Once they’re dry, place a few of each color egg into clean egg cartons and refrigerate. At the party, give each child a carton and let them loose at the craft table. Show them these ideas to get inspired—but the real fun is in seeing their wild creations!
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
· White circle label stickers and/or holepunch reinforcements
· Self-adhesive googly eyes
· Pipe cleaners
· Glue dots
· Glitter & sequins
· Tacky glue
· Small paintbrushes
· Construction-paper leaves and stems
· Felt features
1. SILLY MONSTERS
Show the children how to use markers to draw different mouths onto the label stickers or hole-punch reinforcements, then adhere them to the eggs. Stick on googly eyes. Cut and bend the pipe cleaners into arms, legs, hair—whatever!— then attach with glue dots.
2. SPARKLING GEODES
Fill small paper plates or bowls with glitter and sequins, and pour an inch or so of tacky glue into a paper cup. Have the kids brush the glue onto the eggs, then roll them in the glitter or sequins, shaking off the excess. Place the geode in the egg carton to dry. Tip: Leave a few eggs partially dyed and then
cover just the colored part with glitter for a cool effect.
3. BABY FRUITS & VEGGIES
Strawberries! Lemons! Limes! Carrots! Show kids how to fold the pre-cut construction-paper leaves and stems so they can “grow” their favorite foods. Attach ’em with glue dots.
· Full How-To: For the strawberryShow children how to accordion-fold the leaves, then use a glue dot to connect the edges, creating a circle. Attach the leaf circle and a ½-inch pipe-cleaner stem to a red or pink egg with glue dots.For the lemon or lime Crease the leaf down the middle, attach one end to a 1-inch-long piece of pipe cleaner with a glue dot, then use another glue dot to attach the pipe cleaner to a yellow or green egg. For the carrot Roll the leaf cutout into a tube; close it with a glue dot. Attach the leaf bundle to the top of an orange egg with a glue dot, then bend the ends of the leaves outward.
4. SWEET SEA CREATURES
Kids can create their own turtles, crabs, and octopuses— not to mention any type of fish!— with pre-cut felt features, glue dots, paint, and pipe cleaners.
· Full How-To: For the crab Use glue dots to attach the pre-cut felt claw shapes to 1½-inch-long pipe cleaners. Use two more to attach the pipe cleaners to an orange egg. Attach self-adhesive googly eyes to the ends of inch-long pipe cleaners, then attach the pipe cleaners to the egg with glue dots. For the turtle Use acrylic paint to add a yellow stripe around a green egg, leaving an oval showing, for the turtle’s shell. Adhere the felt fins and head with glue dots, and dot on eyes with a marker. For the octopusUse glue dots to attach each of the legs, then draw on the eyes with a marker.
MOD YOUR TABLETOP
Cut two to three pieces of colored craft paper to your table’s dimensions, plus six inches. Drape them over the sides and overlap each one at an angle. Attach them underneath with painter’s tape and trim any excess.
MAKE SWEET CENTERPIECES
Cut the pointy ends off six wooden skewers, then trim them to the height of your flowerpot, plus two inches. Paint the skewers green; let dry. Use a craft knife to poke holes in the bottoms of six plastic eggs, twisting to enlarge (an adult’s job). Cut one to two leaves per stem out of construction or crepe paper (find a template atfamilyfunmag.com/printables) and fold each one in half. For each flower, push the skewer into the egg about ½ inch and hot-glue it in place. Dot the skewer with hot glue, then wrap the leaves around it. Place a piece of flower foam in the pot. Fill flowers with wrapped candies and push them into the foam. Make at least three pots per table.
HANG AN EGG GARLAND
Inflate ten white balloons.To make stripes, place a ring of glue dots around the center of the balloon,
then wrap it with a crepepaper streamer. Adhere circle label stickers (at office supply stores) directly onto the balloon for polka dots. Attach the balloons to a store-bought garland or streamer with clear tape, and string up with painter’s tape.
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