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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Egg Dye Pour Painting

I've always loved the Easter tradition of dying eggs. We typically do the traditional method of mixing up cups of egg dye made from food coloring and dipping our eggs. We're still going to do that this year. We usually dye eggs the Saturday before Easter. But, I also wanted to do a little egg dying experiment this year. For this project, we spooned our dye over top of our eggs.

I ran across a dozen plastic dye-able eggs at a certain big box store (the one that starts with a W). We used these so we could keep them out all week and use them again next year. But, you can certainly use this technique with regular boiled eggs or blown-out eggs. (TinkerLab has a few great tips for blowing out an egg if you want to go that route.) 

To make these eggs, you can either use a traditional egg dye or liquid watercolors. We chose the liquid watercolors because there wasn't any prep work involved. Turn an extra egg carton upside down and prop your eggs in between the cups. This is a great trick. The egg carton will hold your egg upright for you and you can use both hands for decorating. Plus the egg carton soaks up all the excess dye and keeps it from running all over the table. If you don't have paper egg cartons, put a baking sheet under the eggs to help catch your egg dye.

Once we were all set up with cups of our liquid watercolors, egg cartons, and spoons for each color, the girls got to work. My oldest was very deliberate with her color choices and even managed to make a fun rainbow effect. My preschooler started turning her eggs every which way to get the best coverage. There really is no right way to do this project. Just pour and create.

I love these eggs and I'm so happy we'll have then for Easter decorating every year. Have you decorated your eggs yet? Do you use a traditional dye, natural dyes, or a fun technique?

The Chocolate Muffin tree created similar eggs with glitter liquid watercolors. Awesome! You can see their eggs at this link.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

My Life on Instagram

I love Instagram. I love capturing a moment. I love seeing the details. I love the beauty of the everyday. I love the reminder of the little things. 

These are just a few of the things I've captured on Instagram over the last couple of weeks. 

Now that spring has sprung, our sandbox is no longer under a couple of feet of snow. The sand is at a perfect slightly wet, mold-able state. The girls just can't stay out of it - not that I'd stop them. This is what they've been doing the last few afternoons.

I've been trying to participate daily in the Tinkerlab Sketchbook Challenge. Since we've been spending so much time outdoors, a lot of my sketching has been done on the driveway, like this 1-minute challenge sketch. I haven't been able to participate everyday, but I'm enjoying the chance to draw and stretch my creative muscles.

This, my friends, is my favorite sign of spring. My tulips are poking their way out of the mulch and I couldn't be happier.

Sewing. It's kind of my thing. I've become addicted in the last couple of years and this year I decided to make both girls a new dress for Easter. This is Miss First Grader's. I'm nearing my deadline and I still have one dress to go. Ack!

We've been doing some of the TinkerSketch Challenge together. Drawing on foil day was way too much of a fun idea to do by myself. The girls and I sat around the table one afternoon with my Sharpies and sheets of aluminum foil. This is Miss First Grader's masterpiece.

I've never, ever been able to capture a good sunset pic. Apparently, all I needed was a smart phone. That's what I get for being behind the times! Thank you Instagram for the pic.

If you want to see more of my day-to-day, you can follow me on Instagram at this link. I'd love to follow you too! 

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Egg Carton Easter Basket

I recently found myself staring at a pile of egg cartons and wondering how we could use them. Easter was at the forefront of my brain and it didn't take long until I connected the dots. They would be perfect for making cute little Easter baskets. This project takes very few supplies; it's easy to prep; and it's a lot of fun to make. In fact, you probably already have everything you need to get started.

Supplies Needed:
Egg carton
Craft paint
Sharp pencil
2 pipe cleaners (fuzzy craft sticks) for each basket

We divided an egg carton into sections of four cups apiece. The egg cartons we have tear easily. If you don't have the same type of carton, you may have to get out the scissors. We each took a section of the egg carton and started painting. I got out as many pretty pastel colors of paint as I had, but feel free to paint them any color. Stripes, polka dots, and solid colors all look pretty on the baskets.

While waiting for the paint to dry, we twisted two different colors of pipe cleaner together. Once they were twisted, we curved them into a u-shape.

I used the sharp pencil to poke a hole in each side of the egg carton. We then put the ends of the pipe cleaners into each hole, curving up the ends and twisting it around itself. That's it. You're done!

This project was so simple and fun. We filled them with plastic eggs and added them to our Easter decorations. They're so pretty.

If you find yourself with a few extra egg cartons, turn them into Easter baskets!

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Painted Easter Egg Suncatchers

This simple Easter egg suncatcher project is fun to do, easy to prep, and can be adapted for all ages of kids. Get ready to decorate all your windows because your kids won't want to stop once they get started painting these suncatchers.

Supplies Needed:
Clear contact paper
Construction paper
Paint (craft paint or acrylic paint work best)
Cotton swabs

To prep the project, I cut out two Easter egg outlines from the construction paper. I made ours big, using the entire sheet of construction paper. Your older kids can draw and cut out the Easter eggs on their own. You'll want to do this step for younger ones. I also cut two squares of the contact paper for each Easter egg. Cut them slightly bigger than your Easter egg outlines.

Next, I peeled the backing off of one square of contact paper and placed it sticky-side up on our table. I carefully placed the Easter egg outline on the contact paper and then it was time to paint. Miss Preschool used a cotton swab to paint designs inside the outline. I know you're wondering what it's like to paint on the sticky paper. Once you have paint on the end of your cotton swab, it won't stick to the paper while you are painting. This is the perfect project for dot painting. But, if you're like Miss Preschool and hate to dot paint, the cotton swab will slide nicely over the sticky paper. It's not as quick and smooth as regular paper, but you can paint whatever you want on the Easter egg.

Once she moved on to our second egg, Miss Preschool was finished with the cotton swabs. Almost every painting project we do lately, turns into a finger painting project. This project was no exception. She started out with a bit of finger painting and soon dived in with full hand smearing. And you know what? This is the perfect project for finger painting!

Once Miss Preschool was finished painting, I added a second sheet of contact paper over the top to completely seal in the paint. Finish the project off by trimming around the edges. You will need to leave about 1/4 inch of contact paper around the edge to keep your project sealed. 

I love this project for it's ease and it's open-ended aspect. Your kids can paint whatever they like on their eggs. Plus, it can be easily adapted for all ages!

Hang them in the window and let the sun shine in. They're so pretty! (I had to hang them on the wall in order to get good pictures for you, but they look beautiful on the window.) But, most of all, have fun!

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