Friday, March 30, 2012

Plastic Easter Eggs Get a Second Life

When our kids were little we would buy plastic eggs and put the chocolate eggs inside for their Easter morning hunt. It made it easier when they weren’t such good hunters. But, what to do with them after Easter??? Our play food bin is overflowing so I went in search of some new ideas.

 

Plastic Easter Egg Tea Cups:

I love this idea for recycling them into tea cups from Creativity in Progress. It is simple and could even be done on Easter to have an Easter tea party in the afternoon.

 


Image & Idea: Creativity in Progress

 

Materials Needed:

  • Plastic Eggs
  • Permanent Markers, rhinestones, stickers, ribbons, etc. for embellishment
  • Buttons
  • Cardstock
  • Glue Gun

Directions:

  1. Break your eggs apart. The pointier tops of the eggs work best for tea cups.
  2. Embellish your tea-cup by drawing a design or using stickers, ribbons, etc.
  3. Using the Glue Gun, attach a button to the bottom of the egg to stabilize it.
  4. If you would like to add a handle, cut out your shape from cardstock and attach it with the glue gun.
Sunghee at Creativity in Progress also has a great tutorial for making cupcakes using the other half of the plastic eggs. Take a peek.

 

Easter Egg Lunch Hunt:

Another fun use for plastic eggs is to fill them with small portions of food that when put together make up an entire lunch for your kids. They get to hunt their lunch then eat it! Even if you don’t do this on Easter itself, it is a fun way for your kids to practice their hunting skills before the big day.
 


 


Images & Idea: Gluesticks Gluesticks



Directions:

  1. Fill each egg with a portion of your child’s lunch.
    • Strawberries
    • Grapes
    • Blueberries
    • Goldfish or other small cackers
    • A sandwich cut in quarters
    • Cucumber slices
    • Baby carrots
    • Cheese cubes or Babybell
    • Dried Fruit
  2. If you have more than one child you might want to label the eggs somehow (i.e. stickers, their initial with marker, etc.) so that when you get ready to open them and fill their plates you can be sure that they have a complete meal.
  3. Hide the eggs around the house or yard.
  4. Hand each child a basket and send them on the hunt!

Easter Chenille Bunnies and Chick:

This craft is so cute and uses those plastic Easter eggs once again. The kids will have a great time making them and they’ll dress up any Easter table or mantle.




Materials Needed:

  • Plastic Easter Eggs
  • Chenille Pipe cleaners – for chick: yellow, orange – for bunnies: white/tan, black, pink
  • Pom-Poms – for chick: mini black – for bunnies: mini black, mini pink, small white/tan
  • Craft Glue or Glue Gun
  • Scissors

Chick Instructions:

  1. Wrap yellow chenille pipe cleaners around a plastic egg. Use glue to secure it periodically while covering the plastic egg. Cover completely.
  2. Cut three ¾” pieces of yellow chenille pipe cleaners. Glue to the top of the egg to create hair.
  3. Form three loops with a yellow chenille pipe cleaner to form wings. Glue the wing into place on the left side of your chick. Repeat for the right side.
  4. Glue two black mini pom-poms to face for eyes.
  5. Form a beak with an orange chenille pipe cleaner and glue into place.
  6. Form legs and feet with orange chenille pipe cleaners and glue as shown.
 

Bunny Instructions:

  1. Wrap white or tan chenille pipe cleaners around a plastic egg. Use glue to secure it periodically while covering the plastic egg. Cover completely.
  2. Form white or tan chenille pipe cleaners into loops to create bunny ears (you need 2). Loop pink chenille pipe cleaners and glue to the inside of the ears (again, you need 2). Glue two ears onto bunny.
  3. Cut three 2″ pieces from a black chenille pipe cleaners. Glue them onto the face for whiskers. Glue a pink pom-pom in center for a nose.
  4. Form feet with white or tan chenille pipe cleaners and glue as shown.
  5. Glue a white or tan pom-pom to the back to form a tail.
 

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