It has been a while since I last posted so I thought I would hop on by and share the Easter Egg craft the kids and I did in preparation for our egg hunt!
I was out the other day and noticed the traditional plastic empty eggs in a store – the kind we always used in the past to fill with goodies – and I started to think of how they wound up in the garbage more often than not. So I started to brainstorm a way we could avoid using these eggs from now on. After a look through my miscellaneous craft supplies I saw a pair of weathered egg flats and thought they would be perfect!
After some thought as to how I would use them I separated the compartments, trimmed off any excess material and what I had left was several halves for the kids to paint!
Both Lilah and Max were excited for this part! They love painting and usually end up with 1/2 of it on themselves 😉 . We had a conversation about why reusing these eggs is a good alternative to plastic which they understood and even wowed me with some of their own facts! Lilah piped up that the plastic eggs would take hundreds of years to break down if they did at all. It is amazing how aware children are of the environment and the issues at hand.
My next task was to figure out a way to easily join the halves after they had been filled. I experimented with holes on either side to pull strings through which proved to be a challenge and not very practical. So I opted to tie a string around the ends of the eggs to keep the halves together!
Now we have a bakers dozen of recycled eggs to use in our egg hunt! They might be a little lumpier looking but they will do the trick just fine!
There are so many ways to lessen waste this Easter! Little cloth bags can be used to place treats in, festive shapes like bunnies or eggs can be cut out of felt and sewn to create little treat pockets and old baskets can be thrifted to collect or package Easter treasures instead of buying a new ones! These are all good ways to avoid extra plastic (and other waste) winding up in the landfills and can be reused annually.
I hope you enjoyed our project and that Easter is lovely for you all!