Egg Holder

Egg Holder Cover

What you need:egg holder
• Egg carton
• Scissors
• Paint
• Brush
• Feathers
• Glue

What you do:
• Cut out an egg carton section.
• Paint it in any color you wish.
• Let it dry.
• Paint one end of it orange or yellow for the beak.
• Glue feather to the opposite side of the section.
• Put a colored egg inside of the egg holder and enjoy!

3D Flower Art

3d flower art

What you need:3d flowers1
• Canvas
• Acrylic paint
• Egg carton
• Scissors
• Beads
• Green pipe cleaners
• Bow
• Tacky glue

What you do:3d flowers2
• Paint the egg carton white.
• Let it dry.
•  Cut  apart egg carton sections.
• Trim each “flower” to have petals.
• Paint the egg carton sections yellow and orange.
• Let them dry.
• Paint the canvas with any color of your choice.
• Let it dry.
• Trim pipe cleaners to the right length.
• Tie them together for a stem.
• Glue to the canvas with tacky glue.
• Glue a bead in the center of each flower.
• Glue the flowers to the canvas.
• Display!

Flower Wreath

flower wreath cover

What you need:flower wreath
• Cardboard 9 1/2″ square or larger
• Scissors
• Egg cartons
• Glue
• Acrylic paint
• Green construction paper

What you do:
• Cut a 9″ circle from cardboard.  In the center of this circle, cut out and discard a 5″ circle.  This is the form for your wreath.
• Cut  apart egg carton sections.
• Trim evenly.
• Make slits in the sections and bend away from the center.
• Paint the flowers with the acrylic paint.
• Let them dry.
• Glue flower sections to wreath.
• Cut leaves out of construction paper to glue to wreath.
• Display.

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells Cover

What you need:
•  Egg-carton
• Scissors
•  Paint
•  Bells
•  Yarn
• Embroidery needle
• Glitter

What you do:
• Cut the cone-shape pieces that separate the eggs out of a cardboard carton (one egg carton will produce five bells).
• Paint each divider, using acrylic or poster paint. Let dry.
• Apply glue along the edge of the divider, all over the outside, or wherever you like, and sprinkle with glitter.
• Thread an embroidery needle with yarn, poke a hole through a bell’s crown, and pull yarn through partway.
• For a clapper, slip a jingle bell onto the end of the yarn; tie a knot above the jingle bell. Tie several bells around a doorknob, staggering the lengths of the yarn.

Bumble Bee

Bumble Bee Craft

What you need:
•Egg Carton
•Paint
•Coffee filter
•Wiggle Eyes
•Chenille Stems
•Craft Glue
•Paint Brush
•Scissors

What you do:
1. To make the bumble bee, start off by cutting a two-cup section from an egg carton, leaving the cups attached.
2. Bend the egg carton cups towards each other so they are rim-to-rim. This will make an oval shape.
3. Glue the the rims together and let dry the glue dry.
4. Trim off any rough edges around the section you glued so you have a nice oval which will now serve as your bumble bee’s body. Paint the egg carton oval yellow and black so it resembles a bee. Let the paint dry.
5. Make wings using coffe filter.
6. Make antenna using chenille stems.
7. Glue wiggle eyes.
8. Paint your bumble bee yellow and black.
9.Let the paint dry.

Spider

Egg carton spider cover final

What You Need
• empty egg carton cup
• skinny black chenille
• 2 small wiggle eyes
• 1 medium black pompom
• black acrylic paint
• paintbrush
• white craft glue
• scissors
• Awl or small Phillips head screwdriver
• wiggle eyes
• glue

 

What you do
• Cut the egg carton apart into little cups/sections.
• Using the awl or screwdriver, make eight holes in the bottom edge of each section for the legs.
• Paint the egg carton section black. Let dry.
• Cut the pipe cleaners in half.
• Push the pipe cleaner in through one side of the section and out the opposite side. Bend down the legs.
• Repeat for each of the legs.
• Glue black pompom on to side of egg cup with white craft glue and let dry completely, making sure eyes are facing out and are where you want them.

Ladybug

Eggcarton ladybug cover final

What You Need
• empty egg carton cup
• skinny black chenille, 2″ piece
• 2 small wiggle eyes
• 1 medium black pompom
• colorful acrylic paint
• black acrylic paint
• paintbrush
• white craft glue
• scissors
What you do
• Use scissors to separate egg carton cups, trim the edges.
• Paint egg cartons in desired colors and let dry.
• Glue wiggle eyes on to black pompom and let dry.
• Glue black pompom on to side of egg cup with white craft glue and let dry completely, making sure eyes are facing out and are where you want them.
• Cut the 2″ piece of skinny black chenille in half. Bend the end of each one to form the antennae. Use glue to attach antennas to pompom head.
• Use the handle end of a paintbrush to add black paint dots to the ladybug’s back. Dip handle into paint and pick up a generous amount, then use a drawing motion to add the dot to the ladybug’s back.

Caterpillar

Caterpillar cover

What you need:
• Elmers Glue
• Cardboard Egg Carton
• Construction Paper
• Chenille Pipe Cleaner
• Jiggly Eyes
• Scissors
• Poster Paint
• Paint Brush
• Markers
What you do:
Cut off the lid from the egg carton. Use the bottom section of the egg carton for this project.
Cut the bottom section of the egg carton in half lengthwise.
Cut off the lip of the egg carton if necessary so that the edges are even all of the way around.
Paint the egg carton in bright colors. Add spots and stripes to make the caterpillar unique and realistic. Let the paint dry completely.
Glue two Jiggly Eyes to one end of the egg carton. Draw a mouth with markers.
Cut a sheet of construction paper into six strips to make legs. Make sure each strip is slightly longer than the width of the egg carton so it sticks out on both sides of it. Turn over the egg carton and glue the strips to the separators between each section. Let the glue dry completely.
Turn over the caterpillar and poke pipe cleaners into the top of the front section for antennae.

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs cover

Natural Dyes for Easter Eggs

Egg-dying is a really fun family activity or a science project – regardless of your religious affiliation. This year, try going au naturale using these recipes:
What you need:
• Eggs
• White Vinegar
• Vegetables and spices, see below
• Saucepan
• Filtered Water
• Measuring spoons
• Wooden spoon and slotted spoon
• Olive oil, wax, cooking twine, leaves, etc (optional)
What you do:
1. Choose which colors you’d like to dye your eggs:
•  Red
-Red onion skins, use a lot
- Pomegranate juice
- Whole beets- not canned
- Cherries or cranberries
• Yellow
- Lemon or orange peel
- Celery seeds
- Ground Cumin
• Pale Yellow
- Boil eggs in 3 tablespoons of ground turmeric for 12-15 minutes
• Deep Gold
- Boil eggs in 3 tablespoons of ground turmeric for 30 minutes
• Yellow Brown
- Dill seeds
• Yellow Green
- Bright green apple peels
• Orange
- Yellow onion skins
• Blue
- Canned blueberries and their juice
- Red cabbage leaves
- Purple grape juice
• Baby Blue
- Boil ½ head of read chopped red chopped cabbage, soak eggs in solution in the fridge for 1-2 hours. (Cabbage dye does not work until it cools).
• Royal Blue
- Boil ½ head of red chopped cabbage for 30 minutes, soak eggs in solution in the fridge overnight.
•  Violet Blue
- Violet blossoms
-Red onion skins (less than needed for red)
• Green
- Spinach leaves
-Fresh green herbs
- Olive green, use red onion skins (colored produced by reaction with vinegar)
• Brown/ Tan
-1 quart of strong black coffee instead of water
- Black walnut shells
- Tea
-Handful of cumin seeds
•  Lavender/ Purple
- Diluted purple grape juice
-Violet blossoms plus squeeze of lemon
- Frozen Blueberries
•  Pink
- 3 cups of chopped beet
- Cranberries or cranberry juice
- Raspberries
- Red grape juice
2. Place eggs in the bottom of a large pan. Cover with water. For each color, fill a saucepan with at least three inches of water. Add 2 Tablespoons of white vinegar. Add the natural ingredient of your choice from above. It’ll take around 2 cups, packed.
3. Bring the contents to a boil.
4.
Reduce heat and simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the color you are intending. Some ingredients take longer to set and the longer the eggs boil, the deeper the color. To further deepen the color, take the pan off the stove and store in the fridge overnight.
5. Remove the eggs from the dye. If you’re satisfied with the color, then allow them to dry on racks over old dish towels. For deeper, richer colors, strain the liquid, and allow the egg to continue to soak for up to eight hours. Any longer, and the vinegar will start to disintegrate the shell. If you plan to eat the eggs, put them into the refrigerator.
Helpful Hints:
Use brown eggs to deep gold and browns, white eggs for other colors. Try creating unique designs on your eggs by drawing on them with white crayons, tying cooking twin around them before dying. For permanent hollow eggs, create a small hole in both ends of the egg with a safety pin or wire and gently blow contents of the egg out of one end. Any food that gives off a tint when boiled is a potential dyeing agent- look around the kitchen for other ingredients that might produce interesting hues.
Other Ideas:
To add a marbleized effect, stir in a few teaspoons of olive oil into the cooled, stained dye. The oil will stick to the shell in certain places, preventing the dye from continuing to color the shell in certain spots.

 

Rainstick

rainstick cover

The rain stick is a musical instrument from South America. Traditionally, rain sticks are made from the wood skeleton of a cactus. First, the thorns are pulled off and pushed back through the soft flesh of the cactus. Then the cactus is left in the sun to dry–with the thorns on the inside. Later, the hollow cactus is filled with small pebbles, and the ends are sealed with pieces of wood.
What you need:
• Cardboard tube or a paper towel roll.
• Marker
• About 60 1-inch nails
•Tape (masking or packing tape is good)
• Paper
• Rice and/or small beans (uncooked!)
What you do:
1. Paper tubes have a spiral seam. Use a marker to draw dots about half an inch apart, all the way down the spiral seam of the tube.
2. Poke a nail all the way in at each dot. (Make sure the nails don’t poke through the other side of the tube.) You’ll need about 30 nails for each paper towel tube.
3. Wrap tape around the tube to hold the nails in place.
4. Cut two circles of paper just a little bigger than the ends of the tube. Tape one of the circles over one end of the tube. Cover the circle with tape so the whole end of the tube is sealed shut.
5. Put a handful of rice or beans into the open end of the tube. Cover the open end with your hand, and turn the tube over. Add more rice or beans until you like the sound. (Beans will make a harder sound, and rice will make a softer sound.)
6. Put the second circle of paper over the open end of the tube, and seal that end shut with tape.
7. Your rain stick is complete. Turn it over and listen to the rain.

Goofy Glasses

goofy glasses cover

What you need:
An egg carton
• Pipe cleaners
• Markers, paint, faux jewels, stickers, etc.
• Scissors
• Pen
 Tape
What you do:
• Have your child cut out two egg cells from an egg carton and separate them from each other.
• Help him use scissors or a pen to poke a hole in the middle of the bottom of each of the cells so he can see out of them.
• Next, have him poke two holes along the top outer edge of the egg cells and two on the inside. (You’re creating holes for the bridge and the earpieces of the glasses, so try to line the holes up across from each other.)
• Trim a pipe cleaner to about three to four inches and then loop it through the inside holes to connect the two egg cells together. This pipe cleaner will be the “bridge” of the glasses.
Next, run one pipe cleaner through each of the outer holes on either side of the egg cells. These will be the eyeglass arms and earpieces. You may need to trim them to fit your kid’s head and then bend them to wrap around the ears.
• Now that the hardware is finished, have your kid decorate the glasses in any way he chooses. He can glue on rhinestones, feathers, pom poms, foam shapes or whatever he pleases.