Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Recycled nature crafts Easter egg

Ever since Little Miss M. was born I've been itching to do all kinds of arts and crafts with her, for I am an artistic kind of gal; not very skilled I'm afraid, but just really interested.

So we spend many a leisurely evening having a blast, creating art (and making a great big mess)!

The more successful pieces go up on Little Miss M.'s wall of art and she simply loves the fact we put it up there for all to see. 
Here's what we did last evening: a recycled nature crafts Easter Egg.

  • Flowers, weeds and grass clippings from the garden
  • A piece of cardboard 
  • Pen
  • Elmer's Glue
  • Craft stick or brush (to spread the glue)
  • Glitter (optional)
  • Scissors

The process:
1. Go to the garden and ask your kid to pluck some flowers, weeds, grass and anything else that catches her fancy!
2. Find a piece of cardboard in the garage or recycle bin.

I like to save old cereal boxes and reuse the cardboard for art.

3. Draw a giant egg

4. Ask kid to squeeze glue inside egg.

If your kid is like mine, she'll probably empty the whole bottle right there. But at least she's polishing her squeezing skills.

5. Ask kid to decorate the egg with all her nature clippings from the garden. 

6. Once every inch of the egg is decorated with flowers, weeds and grass, let kid shake some glitter all over the egg.

(Because glitter makes everything so much better, don't you think?)
7. Let dry overnight and cut out the egg from the cardboard in the morning.

"Where do you want to hang this?" I asked.

"I don't want to hang it. I want to give this egg to Mindy," she replied.

Mindy is my 86-year-old neighbor who lives all by herself.

I'm sure she will be absolutely thrilled by the gesture.

For more craft ideas, follow my Pinterest board: Crafty Kids