I'm Leah--wife, mother, editor, writer, photographer, and rickrack apologist. There's craftiness in my DNA, but between the kids and my work and the house and the television and my blogs (http://www.agirlandaboy and http://www.workitmom.com/bloggers/workingonmotherhood, among others), I have to keep my projects quick and easy if I hope to finish them before my boys (born December 2008 and July 2012) graduate from college. You're a working mom and you're busy too, but if you still want to get your craft on, join me here for some fun projects!
Last year I tried to get my three-year-old to painstakingly decoupage a dozen fragile blown-out Easter eggs. This worked about as well as you’d imagine, which was not at all. This year we’re going a little simpler with stamps, markers, sticky dots, and glitter. Join us!
Glitter Polka-Dot Easter Eggs
Here’s how we’re doing the bulk of our eggs, since this technique was such a hit with my glitter-loving, attention-span-deficient son:
All you need are sticky dots (also called “tacky dots” or “glue dots”–I found them on the all-things-adhesive aisle of the craft store) and glitter.
I covered our work surface with freezer paper and tried to contain the glitter in baking cups, but when all was said and done, it’s a good thing I love glitter because it is now absolutely everywhere.
A few tricks I’d like to pass on to you for this project:
1. It seems like it would be easier to stick all the dots on and then roll the egg in glitter. This didn’t work great for us because our dots were REALLY sticky, which means we spent a lot of time prying them off the table and our fingers (fun but annoying after a while). We had an easier experience sticking on a few dots at a time and then sprinkling those with glitter (which takes the stickiness away) before moving on. This also allows you to do dots of different colors on the same egg.
2. To remove excess glitter from the egg, use a paint brush or foam craft brush instead of your fingers, CHILD.
I love how these turned out and can imagine them becoming a family tradition, glitter mess and all.
Name-Stamped Easter Egg Place Cards
When is a place card not a place card? When it’s a hard-boiled egg nested on a napkin! I love the look of eggs stamped with guests’ names for seating at Easter brunch. (Just don’t leave them out for too long if you’re planning to eat them.)
(I’m sad to say I don’t actually know anyone named Fern, just that we’d watched Charlotte’s Web that morning.)
Edible-Inked Easter Eggs
And speaking of food-safe markers…
This technique (and all of them, actually) works best on room-temperature eggs, since eggs that have been in the fridge tend to sweat when they warm up, and that moisture will make your ink smear and run.
(If you don’t have edible markers, Sharpies are exquisite for this too, although you won’t be able to eat the eggs after unless you like the taste of POISON and CERTAIN DEATH, which I’m guessing you don’t.)
How are you decorating your eggs this year?
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