Monday, April 25, 2011

What do you do with all those plastic eggs?

 So, it's the day after Easter. If you are like me, you are likely crashing today because you're not accustomed to eating so much sugar. If, also like me, you had a big Easter lunch at your house yesterday, for oh, say 23 people, you may have a plethora of plastic eggs left over from the Easter egg hunt. What to do with all those eggs is the question? Now, I fully admit to reusing the kids' Easter baskets, and plastic eggs every year. But yesterday left me with more that I could ever use, so I came up with a couple fun crafts. The great thing about these, is that, if you do any crafting at home at all, you likely already have everything you need to get started. Here we go!

This first one was my idea, and one that came to me when I was in bed last night. The plastic eggs have holes in the top. In fact, these ones I had (from Target) had 2 holes in the top and two in the bottom of each egg. That made this craft really easy! I decided to make a little Easter countdown garland that I will use for the boys next year. Using a large needle and a thin craft ribbon, I threaded the ribbon through the tops of 10 plastic eggs. I numbered the eggs with some number stickers I already have, but if you don't have some, you could use a Sharpie to write the numbers on the eggs. I added scraps of ribbon ties in between the eggs and accented the eggs with some adhesive felt rick rack, but none of that is necessary, I just had some leftovers from my Easter cards for this year. I added some die cut bunnies to either end of my garland (again, leftovers). I figure, next year, I can put 3 pieces of (sugarless!) gum in each numbered egg, or those little plastic party favors, or other small items as a countdown to Easter, which, we'll just start 10 days out. That works well, since Easter falls on a different date yearly.  Turned out pretty cute, dontcha think? :)

This next craft, is a great one to use up both eggs and letter stickers. If you (or someone you know) has a preschool or toddler aged child, this is a great one, and then the eggs can be used all year! What you do is make a game where you put the upper case letter on the top of the egg, and the lower case letter on the bottom and then have your child try to match the 2 up. I mixed up the colors on my set (making the tops different colors from the bottoms) because Ev is 3 1/2 and already knows his letters. (Yes, I'm a proud mom!) But if your child is younger or just starting to recognize letters, it would make it easier to have the tops and bottoms match in colors as well as the letters. I saw this idea over at Playing House. They have several other good ideas as well, check it out! Another great blog for ideas on what to do with those eggs is Modern Parents Messy Kids. Check it out! :) Here's my set of letter eggs for you to see. Again, I was using leftover stickers, so the eggs are all different.

Well, that's it for me today! Thanks to all my new followers! I'm still trying to get to a total # of 60 followers by May 21, so if you like what you see, I'd LOVE to have you join me! :)

Have a stellar day!

supply list: Plastic eggs, letter and number stickers, ribbon scraps, adhesive felt rick rack: Martha Stewart   Crafts, bunny die cuts: K&Company

dust it off!: Use up those eggs you might have pitched as well as scraps of ribbon and those half-used sheets of letter and number stickers!

1 comment:

Steph at said...

Those letter matching eggs look great and I love that you're thinking all the way ahead to next year. Good work :)