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Shiny Easter Eggs

Cut giant Easter eggs from 12x18 sheets of construction paper or tagboard. Mix sweetened condensed milk (like Eagle Brand) with food coloring to create several colors of "paint". Paint this mixture onto the eggs and let dry thoroughly. This will take awhile! When dry, these eggs just glisten!!

Dyed Easter Eggs

To make an egg, trace an egg pattern onto white construction paper, and cut out the outline. Using crayons, draw and color an Easter scene on the cutout. Add decorative lines with crayon. Brush on a water-and-food-coloring wash (1 cup water to 4-5 drops of food coloring) to cover the entire egg cutout.

Rabbit Paperweights

You will need a fist-size rock. Paint it white. When dry, use craft glue to attach two small aquarium rocks for eyes. Draw a nose, mouth, and whiskers using markers. Glue on construction paper ears to complete the rabbit. Put the rabbit into a plastic strawberry basket filled with Easter grass.

Scratch Egg Tree

Take a 9x6 sheet of white construction paper and paint stripes over entire sheet, using different pastel watercolors. Let dry. With a purple crayon, draw a large egg shape on the painted paper. Now color over the painted egg with the purple crayon. Press has hard as you can, coveering the egg completely. With a bobby pin or paper clip, scatch out a design on the eggs, exposing the pastel colors underneath the crayon.

To make the egg tree, mix and pour plaster of paris into a 2-lb. coffee can. Then insert a tree branch into the can, and let the plaster dry. Cut out the eggs. With a hole puncher, punch a hole near the top of each egg. Tie a piece of yarn or ribbon through each hole and hang the eggs on the tree branch.

Bunny-Ears Headband

Measure and cut out a 2" x 24" strip of white construction paper. Staple the ends of the strip together to form a child-sized headband. Draw and cut out two white ovals, about 9" high and 3 1/2" wide. Cut out two slightly smaller pink ovals and glue each one onto a white oval to make bunny ears. Staple the ears onto either side of the headband.

Natural Easter Egg Dyes

Materials and ingredients:

Saucepan (enamel pan works best)
red cabbage for blue
orange peels for pale yellow
carrot tops for yellow-green
celery tops for yellow-green
onion skins for yellow

Put eggs in a single layer in pan and cover with water. Add a teaspoon of vinegar. Add whatever you are using for your dye. (The more eggs and water, the more tops and peelings you will need.) Bring just to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove whatever you used for the natural dyes. Put eggs in a dish. Cover with liquid dye and let them stand overnight. This is the way to get a darker color. What a surprise you will have the next morning!!

Katy sent me this great Easter egg dye idea! Thanks, Katy!

I just read your natural dyes for Easter eggs on your web page. Thank you. I wanted to add to your natural idea. A Czech friend of mine showed me that if you take fresh green leaves or purple ones if you have a plum tree around, you can press them onto the egg by placing the egg into a nylon stocking and tying it tightly around the egg with the leaf inside. Then do the same dye boiling you described. The eggs will then have beautiful colored leaves dyed on them.

Kate sent me this neat Easter craft for little ones! Thanks, Kate!

Trace the child's foot....the 'fat' part of the foot will be the bottom (that's the tummy, etc); the heel part (narrow end) will be the bunny's head. Decorate with whiskers, eyes, ears....bunny tail...REALLY cute!!

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