Monday, February 27, 2012

collecting eggs for easter

I realize it's a while until Easter arrives but it's never too early to start collecting eggs I think.  In the past we've had a number of crafts with blown or hollowed eggs and again this year we'll be saving our clutches for decorating...
(these are silk dyed)
(stuffed with moss and little wooden bird)
and for filling on Easter day...

Those for filling are what we need a lot of and so have begun saving already.  For this particular use, we don't carefully blow them out but just cut off one end with a serrated knife.
We carve a fairly large hole because the Easter Hare will use these as delivery vehicles for little trinkets.  They're dyed just as one would dye any regular hard boiled egg.  A treasure is then placed inside and using paint brush, glue and a bit of tissue, the hole is sealed.  They can then be hidden on Easter morning to be found by throngs of delighted children.

I think they're best just tucked away in outdoor hidey holes and in the tall grasses so they can be stomped open right on the ground (great fun for kids, assuming that the contents are not breakable).  Because here in the Pacific Northwest our holiday is often Very WET however, they can also be opened indoors.  (As seen in the photo above, our daughter placed hers a towel then cracked them open with her hands.) 

Now, what is that Bunny going to fill them with this time around?...


  1. I love that you fill real eggshells!!! In the past we have tried filling paper ones and felted ones, even plastic ones... why did I never think to use the real deal?? they look like so much fun!!

  2. We love egg crafts. thank you for sharing. I need to begin stocking up!

  3. What a fun bunch of ideas for egg crafts. I also enjoyed your post about Lent. I have passed on a Sunshine Award to your blog, you can check it out here if you wish:

  4. What a great idea to get the eggs ready early. I should take a leaf out of your book and do them before the 11th hour. Not a thing to rush!

  5. I love the idea of filling cleaned eggs with candies! Growing up we always saved shells like this to make cascarones,they are made the same way as yours but filled with glitter and very small pieces of paper cut for confetti. We break these on top of each other's head during our Easter celebration. I will have to save a few to use like this...but hopefully no one tries cracking them on top of someone else's head! Love this blog by the way.

  6. What a great idea to fill real eggs with treats! I grew up with filled plastic eggs, so this is a fun discovery. Thank you so much for sharing and for being a part of Celebrating Lent!

  7. Your silk-dyed eggs are gorgeous, and the bird's nest egg is so cute! Thanks for sharing these ideas on our Lenten link-up.


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