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Easter Egg Crafts for Children & Adults

Easter Egg Crafts for Children & Adults

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Easter art projects for kids, spring art projects & spring coloring book pages

Spring is here, and you may be trapped in your houses, but undoubtedly you have noticed that the trees are starting to bloom, the bulbs have blossomed, and the sun is shining on a more regular basis. We as humans have long celebrated the return of spring. After the long dark months of winter, there is something magical about new life bursting forth from dark bare tree limbs, and birds making new nests filled with eggs. With an unprecedented amount of people stuck at home and children out of school, now more than ever, we encourage you to craft at home! Decorating eggs is a great way to bring the whole family together, and the egg has been celebrated as a symbol of spring in many cultures around the world. Here are a few techniques that inspired us! We have included coloring pages for the young, and some more complicated skills for older individuals. Take your pick from a variety of choices and find one that inspires you, or make all of them and add a few ideas of your own to create a rainbow dozen!

Living Egg Half Shells

You will need: Half of an egg shell, seeds, soil

Starting seeds in egg shells

Start saving your empty eggshells after breakfast for this simple DIY craft. This works best when you intentionally try to crack your egg shell perfectly in half. Save the best half, or both if you are lucky enough to get two complete halves. Set aside while you complete cooking your egg for breakfast, then wash out the half shell. Let dry. Fill with a bit of potting soil (or dirt from outside) and sprinkle any seeds that you have on hand. Many types of sprouts and lawn seeds will work, as well as flower seeds. Cover with a light sprinkling of soil and keep moist but not soggy. Place in a sunny location or windowsill, and watch for your tiny sprouts to emerge. Simply enjoy as a spring decoration or crack the egg shell and plant your seedlings in the garden!

Starting seeds in egg shells
Starting seeds in egg shells

Crochet Egg Coverings

You will need: Thread or yarn, and a crochet hook

Crochet egg tutorial

This is also a long tradition that originates in the regions of Eastern Europe. You don’t have to be an expert crocheter to make one of these. As long as you know a few basics you can easily improvise a design we did, or follow this pretty pattern found here. Essentially you will be making a small round pouch, with the widest part being the same width as your egg. You will need some thread or yarn, an appropriate sized crochet hook to match thread, and a few inches of ribbon. Simply start by chaining for about an inch, and connect to your first stitch to make a circle. Continue in the round, increasing gradually until the small pouch is as tall as your egg. We decided to do a simple lacy pattern, with the first three rounds consisting of chains of 4, then 5, then 6, each connecting on the center stitch. At the top, use your ribbon to weave in and out and gather the pouch around your egg.

Crochet egg tutorial
Crochet egg covering
crochet egg covering

Hollow String Eggs

You will need: White Glue, small water balloons, string

This is a fun craft to do with children. All you need is string or yarn (something similar to bakers twine works great), and some white glue. In an old container that you don’t mind tossing, such as an old cottage cheese container or yogurt container, pour in some glue. Add equal amounts of water. Mix together thoroughly so that you have some liquid glue. Now blow up the water balloons to the desired size. We suggest watching the shape and going for the most egg shaped stage of the balloon. But this is up to you! You can also make giant eggs with regular sized balloons. String made of natural fibers will soak up the glue easiest, but you can use acrylic too. Dip the string in the liquid glue, and then wrap around your balloon. Keep going until you have a lacy looking effect, and the egg shape is filled in enough that it will be recognizable after the balloon is popped, but not so much that it is solid. While the glue is still wet, you can sprinkle some glitter on for a sparkly string egg if you like that sort of thing.

Now let your egg dry completely (we suggest about 24 hours). Find a place to hang your egg. Tie a small loop of string to the top of your egg which you can cut off later to hang it by. When the glue covered string is dry, brace yourself and pop the balloon with a needle or a sharp object. If necessary, use some tweezers to retrieve the balloon bits from inside the string balloon. Your egg is finished! Hang as a decoration or add to an Easter egg basket.

Traditional Pysanky Eggs

You will need: Wax, Kitska, egg dye, candle, paper towels,

Optional: egg blower

Pysanky egg materials

This is one of our favorite types of decorated eggs. This is a very old tradition handed down through the generations by the Ukranian people. You can use chicken, goose, duck or ostrich eggs. The pysanky process uses a wax resist method, and results in very complex beautiful designs. A kitska, which is a specialized tool that is essentially a miniature metal funnel on the end of a stick (you can also use similar tools designed for Batik), is filled with a small bit of wax and held over a candle flame to melt. Using this tool, you can draw designs onto your egg. Everywhere you draw with the melted wax, the color underneath it will be preserved. Starting with a natural colored egg, and progressing to darker colors (usually starting with yellow and ending with blue or black dye last), you preserve a little bit of each color with the melted wax before dipping it into the next color. At the very end, you have an egg covered in wax lines, that is a bit globby and covered in blackened wax. Now comes the fun part! Holding your egg above the candle flame, the wax is gently melted off and wiped away with a paper towel to reveal the design underneath. As the wax is wiped over the surface of the egg, it also seals in the dye, acting like a varnish. These eggs are not traditionally eaten after dying, but rather given as gifts and used again each year as decorations. We like to blow them out first, and decorate hollow eggs. There are many types of egg blowers that you can find online, or you can grind a small hole using a nail, on the top and bottom of the egg, and blow it out the old fashioned way.

DIY Hack. We’re guessing you might be feeling inspired by this process and wanting to make a pysanky egg, but realizing you don’t have a kitska at home on the ready? Here is a DIY hack that will not produce the same result, but still looks pretty cool and you probably already have the materials at home! You can try this method with regular hard boiled eggs along with the rest of your Easter egg dying. Instead of using a kitska to draw on your design with wax, you can use a crayon as the resist.

Pysanky-style egg made with crayon
Egg pictured in the center is made using our crayon technique

Step 1: Choose three colors, a light medium and dark shade of dye to use, and dye your egg the lightest color first (or start with natural egg color). Next, dry your egg completely with a paper towel.

Step 2: Using a crayon (the color doesn’t matter as you will be melting it off at the end), draw on a fairly simple design, leaving empty space on the egg for more patterns later. Make sure you have a thick layer of crayon, we suggest coloring over your crayon lines twice. 

Step 3: Dye your egg in the next medium shade. Pat dry. Now make a second round of designs with your crayon. Whatever color your egg is now, will be the color the design you are drawing will be at the end.

Step 4: Dye your egg one last time. This last layer should be the darkest of the three shades. Leave in the egg dye until you get a nice strong color. Pat dry. 

Step 5: Light a candle, and hold your egg a few inches above the flame.  The goal here is simply to melt the crayon enough so that you can wipe it off with a paper towel. Rotate your egg, and continue wiping until you get all the crayon off. Be careful not to overheat your egg, or burn your egg shell. Now the colors of your design should be revealed! 

Traditional Pysanky egg tutorial
Traditional Pysanky Eggs

Please always use proper precautions when working with an open flame.

If you decide that you want to try this traditional craft, you can purchase pysanky tools here.

Free Egg Craft Coloring Pages

Easter free printable coloring book page download

To download you free printable egg craft coloring book pages, click on the links below!

We would love to see your egg creations! Please tag us on your social media posts with #GrowandMake

Spring egg crafts for children and adults

DIY Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils

DIY Hand Sanitizer with Essential Oils

Learn how to make a homemade hand sanitizer spray with witch hazel & a hand sanitizer gel with aloe vera!

How to make hand sanitizer with alochol, aloe vera, witch hazel and essential oils.

Like many of you, we have been consumed with thoughts about Covid-19. In the span of a couple of months, daily life has changed in many ways. With countless items being sold out in stores and online, we are all having to get a bit more creative about the items we use on a daily basis. This process can at times be challenging, but we are here to help.

Examining the products we use and finding sustainable ways to make them is what Grow and Make is all about. Rather than digging through price-gouged products online and searching through empty shelves, we’re encouraging you to get a little crafty!

While the World Health Organization states that nothing replaces washing your hands with soap and hot water for 20 seconds, when that is unavailable, hand sanitizer is the next best thing.

The basic principles of making your own hand sanitizer is to start with alcohol. It is important to keep the ratio over 60% alcohol, which is why most recipes recommend not going below 70% alcohol in order to stay on the safe side. There are two main types, the liquid kind which is distributed through a mist nozzle, and gel based sanitizer, which is distributed through a pump or lotion bottle top. If you have an empty bottle at home with one of these types of lids already, we suggest making that type. There are also many places you can order these empty bottles online.

How to make hand sanitizer with alochol, aloe vera, witch hazel and essential oils.

How to Make a Spritzer Type Sanitizer

Step 1: Fill your bottle three quarters of the way with alcohol. Fill the remainder with either witch hazel or water. 

Step 2: If you have some essential oils on hand, they will not only help mask the strong smell of the alcohol, but also leave an antiviral and antibacterial residue on your hands from the herbal properties of the essential oils. Clove, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Rosemary, and Lemon Essential oils have been known to fight viral infections dating all the way back to the black plague times. In addition to those listed above, Lavender, Oregano, Lemongrass, and Tea tree are also highly recommended and known for their strong antiseptic properties. We suggest using about 12 drops total for a 3 oz mister. 

Step 3: Shake vigorously for about 5 minutes to thoroughly incorporate. Shake a few times previous to each use. Mist both hands, and rub thoroughly between both hands including the backs of them. Let air dry for full sanitizing effect.

DIY hand sanitizer for coronavirus | How to make hand sanitizer with alochol, aloe vera, witch hazel and essential oils.

How to Make a Gel Type Sanitizer

Follow Step 1 from above, but instead of adding Witch Hazel or Water, add aloe vera gel. To be on the very safe side, we recommend ¾ alcohol, and ¼ aloe vera gel, but you can also use a ratio of ⅔ alcohol to ⅓ aloe vera gel and it will still be effective, while being kind+er to your skin. If following this two thirds ratio, we recommend using measuring spoons instead of mixing it in your bottle, to keep this ratio exact.  

Add essential oils if desired, following directions in Step 2 from above. You can also add 1-3 drops of almond, jojoba, or vitamin E oil to add moisturizing properties and prevent your hands from getting too dry and cracked from the alcohol and excessive washing.

Follow step 3 from above.

Here is the article that inspired us to make our own sanitizer to begin with!

For full DIY Coronavirus Protection, we recommend checking out our other blog post about DIY Fabric Face Masks.

How to Sew a DIY Face Mask

How to Sew a DIY Face Mask

Using a CDC Approved Face Mask Pattern

How to sew a fabric face mask using a CDC approved pattern.

Like many of you, we have been consumed with thoughts about Covid-19. In the span of a couple of months, daily life has changed in many ways. With countless items being sold out in stores and online, we are all having to get a bit more creative about the items we use on a daily basis. This process can at times be challenging, but we are here to help.

Examining the products we use and finding sustainable ways to make them is what Grow and Make is all about. Rather than digging through price-gouged products online and searching through empty shelves, we’re encouraging you to get a little crafty!

First off, should you wear a mask? There is a lot of debate around this subject right now, especially in the United States. Our take here is that wearing a mask is better than not wearing a mask. Here is why: A large part of opposition to the public wearing masks stems from the huge shortage we are experiencing of surgical and N95 masks in our country. There is not enough personal protective equipment (PPE) to outfit our health care workers who are working on the front lines. We would like to encourage you to reserve surgical masks and N95 masks for those who need them the most. However, that does not mean that you need to go without! 

We found a video that we feel has a lot of common sense. Although there is still a lot of uncertainty around how the novel coronavirus is spread, or how many asymptomatic cases there are, we do know wearing a mask reduces the spread. A person wearing a mask that coughs or sneezes greatly reduces the amount of droplets sprayed into the air (which is the main way the coronavirus is spread). Very few of us know for certain if we are carrying the virus or not, and as we all know, when the urge to cough overcomes our body, the act is often involuntary. This is why it makes sense for us to wear home made masks. We keep the world a little bit safer, and we don’t take from the global pool of PPE that is so critically needed by our healthcare system right now. In the words of our new favorite video, “My mask protects you, and your mask protects me.”

Credit: #Masks4All | https://masks4all.org/

Making Homemade Masks

How to sew a fabric face mask using a CDC approved pattern.

The plans for these homemade masks are simple to follow and the masks are completely washable. We recommend running them through the wash cycle on hot, with a bit of bleach between uses. Dry on hot. 

If you have the time, and are interested in making DIY facemasks, many local hospitals and governments are taking donations during the COVID-19 crisis. We encourage you to reach out to your local resources and find a place in need. The video we have linked to below has guidelines on how to sew a mask that are approved by the CDC. They have a step by step instructional video showing how to sew the mask tie straps. The video suggests using elastic or ties, but we listed some alternatives because we think it’s nice to be able to use what is on hand. Also, in ours, we made a pocket on the inside so you can put a filter in, should you choose to add this to your personal mask. Any kind of “spun” non-woven synthetic fabric, such as sizing, a dried out baby wipe, etc, will improve the efficacy of your mask. If you choose to add this pocket, you can change out the filter each time you use it. We also found that you can find a tighter fit if you sew a pipe cleaner in between the layers at the bridge of the nose. 

DIY fabric face mask with a filter
DIY fabric face mask with a filter

It’s important to keep in mind, that home made masks are not perfect, and ultimately, you have to make your own call as to how helpful they are. But here at Grow and Make, we feel good about taking our health into our own hands, and making these masks feels like a step in the right direction. 

How to sew a fabric face mask using a CDC approved pattern.

Here is what you will need: 

  • 2 pieces of cloth that are cut to 9” x 6” (We recommend the highest thread count that you have on hand, and a cotton blend is most effective according to some reports)
  • 2 ties (7” of elastic each, or 2 long rubber bands, hair ties, or alternatively, you can create ties with ribbon)

Here is a link to the instructional video we used to make this mask:

Credit: Deaconess | Deaconess.org

If you make your own mask at home, share the photo online using the hashtag #masks4all to get the message out!

For additional information regarding masks and how to wear them properly, you can download this .pdf from the New York City Health Department:

Make Your Own Activated Charcoal Soap

Make Your Own Activated Charcoal Soap

We are celebrating Valentine’s Day this year with these gorgeous heart-shaped activated charcoal soaps. Not only are these soaps fun and a bit unconventional, but they are also great for your skin!

Activated charcoal has many health benefits for your skin. It cleans your skin deeply, detoxifying pores and balancing the oils in your skin. It soothes skin irritations and can even minimize pores. We think activated charcoal is a great natural tool to add to your skincare routine!

To make these heart-shaped soaps, you will need the following:

  • Soap base blocks: We used two glycerin soap base blocks for this project. If you want to achieve a deep black color, be sure to use a base that is clear. If you want a lighter grey color, use an opaque soap base such as cocoa butter or goat milk.
  • Food grade activated charcoal
  • Essential oils for fragrance (1-2 teaspoons)
  • Cosmetic grade glitter (if you like sparkles)
  • Silicone heart-shaped mold: We used this mold from Amazon. If you use a mold made out of something other than silicone, make sure the mold you use is heat resistant.

Start by cutting the soap base blocks into cubes and melting it on the stove on medium heat in a small pan (or purchase one of these pour pots from our website). You can also melt the soap cubes in a 2 cup Pyrex measuring cup in the microwave. Melt in 30-second intervals and stir in between, continuing until fully liquid.

Once melted, remove from heat and add one heaping tablespoon of activated charcoal. Mix thoroughly. You should begin to see the color and texture become more consistent as the charcoal dissolves. Stir in the fragrance and glitter if desired. Pour the soap into your silicone mold and let it cool down to harden. To speed up this process, you can put the soap in your freezer for 20-30 minutes. However, we suggest letting it set for a few minutes until a skin starts to harden on the surface to make it safer to move into the freezer. Be sure to keep it level while it is cooling.

Remove soap from molds and enjoy!