Egg-cellent craft ideas

By Drum Digital
02 April 2014

Easter is around the corner and this week is the perfect opportunity to start making crafts with your kids. Here are two clever ideas with eggshells.

Easter is around the corner and this week is the perfect opportunity to start making crafts with your kids. Here are two clever ideas with eggshells.

Eggshell birds

Pierce a hole in the top and bottom of each eggshell with a thick needle.

Blow out the contents, rinse the shells in water and leave to dry. Paint the shells with blue craft paint (or your choice of colour). To make the beaks cut diamond shapes from coloured paper and fold each in half. Draw wings on blue paper and cut out.

Glue two wings and a beak to each shell with hobby glue.

Draw eyes with a felttip pen.

Cut strips of brown paper and curl each by scraping the paper with the blunt edge of scissors. Make a nest with the paper strips and put the chicks in it.

Eggshell candles

Carefully break off the top quarter to third of each eggshell.

Keep the contents for scrambled eggs or omelettes. Wash the shells and leave to dry. Paint the outside (and inside if you wish) with craft paint. Melt wax in a double boiler – this is not a job for kids because hot wax can cause serious burns. Dip cotton string into the melted wax to make wicks.

Leave to cool then tie a small weight to one end so the wick will stay in place in the candle. Secure the wick around the middle of a toothpick, lower the weighted end into the eggshell and balance the toothpick across the opening. Decant the melted wax into a smaller container and carefully pour it into the eggshells.

Snip the protruding wick to about 1,5 cm long.

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