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Hoppy Easter Crafting!

03/25/2015 07:45AM ● Published by Jennifer Highet

Craft It

April 2015
By Jennifer Highet

Bulbs are struggling to push their shoots through the earth and buds are beginning to form. With this comes Easter egg hunts, Easter baskets, and all things spring.

YOU WILL NEED:
plastic eggs
Mod-Podge branches
twine
a bucket or pot
a handful of rocks
If you’d like to use real eggs, see note on following page regarding how to drain eggs.

EASTER EGG TREE
1. Spray paint your branches a white or pastel color.
2. Place the branch firmly into a pot or bucket, securing it into foam and weighting that with a few rocks.
3. Choose your media, such as tissue paper, napkins, scrapbook paper or paint.
4. Decorate your eggs (about 10 should do nicely).
5. Once dry, thread a ribbon or twine through the holes at the top of the plastic eggs. (Tip: Dip ends of twine into glue and allow to dry. This makes it much easier to thread.)
6. Fill in the space around the base of the tree with Easter grass or shredded paper.
7. If you’d like, you can also glue a few blossoms to the tree.

EASTER EGG WREATH
You will need a foam wreath (or make your own out of cardboard or core board), eggs, flowers, Easter grass or shredded paper, and a hot glue gun.
1. Decorate your wreath base with paint or Easter grass, or leave it plain. Wreath pictured was sprayed with an adhesive glue and covered with shredded paper. Allow the glue to dry overnight.
2. Carefully hot glue your Easter eggs around the wreath, placing them randomly to give it a more organic look.
3. Add flowers, ribbons or other items as desired.
4. Hang with a ribbon or on a nail.
5. Have leftover eggs? Glue them to a foam tree!

EASTER EGG BUNNIES
What’s an Easter craft without one for the littles? Like our Valentine’s craft, this is easy and fun for the whole family. You will need plastic eggs, pipe cleaners, eyes, poms, glue and construction paper. Let the kids be creative and make their bunnies as whimsical as they desire.
1. Cut out ears and feet from the construction paper.
2. Glue the feet to the base of your egg.
3. Attach eyes and use the small poms for noses.
4. Glue a medium-sized pom to the hind end, to make the cutest little tail.
5. Trim the pipe cleaners into whiskers and a mouth.
6. Attach to the face and allow to dry.
Tip: Since the eggs are slippery, use the glue sparingly; using a quick drying glue would be advisable. Put down newspaper to protect your table.

DRAINING EGGS
1. Wash and dry room-temperature eggs.
2. Place a needle at the large end of the egg and gently work it inside. Repeat this action at the small end of the egg. Return to the large end of the egg and make the hole slightly larger.
3. Use the needle to break up the yolk inside the egg.
4. Turn the egg upside down over a bowl and place your mouth on the hole at the large end, blowing to facilitate the draining of the white and yolk.
5. Run warm water through the hole to clean out the excess. Blow on the egg again to dry out the water.
6. Prop up with the large hole down to thoroughly dry.

Happy crafting and enjoy your time with your family!


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