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Dying eggs is just one of the many Easter traditions families have during the holiday. Not only are the eggs fun to dye but they’re also fun to display! This easy Easter craft acts as a display for your pretty eggs but it works for table place settings and napkin rings as well.

Things you will need:

  • A toilet paper roll (one roll makes four holders)
  • Construction paper in the Easter colors of your choice
  • Glue
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • A pencil
  • Decorated eggs (mine are not shown because they were cooking)

Step 1: Choose a piece of paper to use as the background for your egg holders and mark  your cutting lines using the toilet paper roll as a guide. Cut the paper out.

Step 2: Glue the piece of background paper to the toilet paper roll and let it dry. Once the glue is dry cut the toilet paper roll into four pieces. The easiest way to do this is to hold the roll close to one end and gently squish it enough so that you can cut directly across with your scissors. Do not worry about the cut pieces looking flat. You can just reshape them with your fingers after you’ve cut everything out.

Step 3: Cut various shapes and decorations out of other colors of construction paper. This is also a good time to decorate the paper with markers, stickers, glitter or any other decorations.

Step 4: Glue the decorations to the cut pieces of toilet paper roll. Since I was layering different strips of paper I found it helpful to glue them all together before gluing to the toilet paper roll.

Congratulations you have made some Easter egg holders. These are great for displaying your decorated eggs. They also make great table settings too. Simply write the names of your guests on the holders (as shown above) and place them around your table with the eggs sitting in them. Are you wondering how I decorated my eggs? Check out the photos below!

Sadly, one of my eggs didn’t survive the hard boiling process. That was OK though because it made a delicious mid-craft breakfast!

If you haven’t already figured it out, I used crayons to decorate my eggs. This method of egg decorating is not one of my own original ideas. I’ve seen it done many other places before. In order for this to work the eggs need to be very warm so that the crayon wax can melt and glide smoothly over the eggshell. I also suggest using eggs with a white shell because the color will show up much more beautifully.

My eggs were a bit too hot to handle so I rested them on bottle caps while I decorated them and let them dry. I didn’t use my crafted egg holders because the wax was very runny and was dripping everywhere! Also, because the eggs were so hot I do not recommend using this decorating method with young children.

Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please share your comments and photos in the comments section! Happy crafting!

Did the Easter Bunny go overboard this past Easter? Do you have leftover plastic eggs overflowing from baskets? You can save those eggs for next year or turn them into festive musical maracas for Cinco de Mayo! After a fellow blog reader asked what she could do with all of her leftover plastic eggs I was prompted to turn them into a craft….A Cinco de Mayo craft no less! You can research and discuss the holiday or simply treat this as a musical project.

Things you will need:

  • Empty plastic Easter eggs
  • Various “fillers” such as dried rice, beans, coins and beads
  • Stickers
  • Glue or tape
Step 1: Open your egg and fill the bottom portion about half way with a filler. In this picture I am using dried rice. You can make a variety of maracas and fill each one with something different. For example you can fill one with coins, another with beads and another with beans. While you are filling the eggs try to guess what each one will sound like when you’re finished.

Step 2: Glue around the inside rim of the top of the plastic egg.
Step 3: Put the top on your egg and wipe excess glue from the outer rim.

Step 4: If you want you can use clear tape instead of or in addition to the glue when sealing you egg. Simply take little bits of clear tape and work your way around the outside of the egg until it is taped shut.

Step 5: Let the glue dry and decorate the egg with stickers.

Congratulations! You have made an Easter egg maraca just in time for Cinco de Mayo or for anytime you want to make music! If you’ve made a bunch with different fillers you can shake them all and play a guessing game trying to figure out what is inside each one. Did you do this project? How did it turn out? Please feel free to share your comments and pictures in the comments section! Happy crafting!


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