Thursday, April 17, 2014

Plaster Easter Eggs DIY - Great For Kids

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Sometimes it's hard to find crafts to involve the kids, but this one is PERFECT!  It's hard to compete with the creativity of children because they have great imaginations and total freedom in their thinking.  This craft can become a piece you pull out year after year on Easter and is a perfect way to exhibit their art.

I happened to make these eggs into a sign for my centerpiece, but you can just have them scattered about, or what would be super fun is if you put a wire on the back, while the plaster was setting.  Then, you could hang them on the wall!

You will need:

-  Silicone half oval mold
-  Plaster of Paris
-  Acrylic paint (whatever colors you want)
-  Satin finish

If you want to turn them into a centerpiece, you will also need:
-  Wire hanger
-  Drill with a small bit 
-  Cardstock
-  Glue stick
-  Markers
-  Pliers
-  Wire cutters

In case you want to give it a try, here is the plaster and the mold, available at Amazon:

Here is the video tutorial:

1.  Prepare your plaster according to the directions on your plaster.  I used one part water to two parts plaster.
2.  Pour into the mold.
3.  Allow to set.
4.  Remove from mold and let it dry a little longer.
5.  Choose your colors of acrylic paint and paint your eggs accordingly.  Go simple, or go wild!
6.  Allow to dry.
7.  If you want to add the wire to have a sign, drill a hole into the top of each egg.  Go in on a diagonal.  It does not need to be too deep.  See video for a demonstration.
8.  Cut your wires to the length you want.
9.  Take a pair of pliers and create a loop.
10.  Paint the wires a color to match your egg.
11.  Print out Happy Easter, or whatever message you want to convey.  Print it on card stock.  You want to print two sets.  
12.  Line them up and glue them together - this is easier, if you cut them down a little first.  Make sure you put the Happy on the back of an Easter.  Don't put Easter on the back of another Easter (that's what I did!).  That way it will read Happy Easter on both the front and the  back.  If you did it like I did, it will be Happy Easter on the front and Easter Happy on the back.  Oops!
13.  Use a satin finish to protect the eggs.  Also, you want to make sure you paint or at least put the satin finish on the bottom of the eggs, to seal them.  You can also have the kids sign and date them!

That's it!  Happy Easter and Happy Crafting!


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