What You'll Need: Wool felt, parchment paper, colored staples, candy
What To Do:
1. Cut egg-shape ovals out of felt.
2. Cut pieces of parchment paper to cover ovals.
3. With the felt on top and the parchment on the bottom, staple around the egg shape, leaving an opening. Fill with candy and staple closed.
4. If needed, trim parchment.
By Ashley Toth
Make Easter breakfast extra special with these charming bird and bunny cover-ups.
BunnyWhat you'll need: Baby socks (0-6 months), scissors, two contrasting colors of felt, tacky glue, two googly eyes, thread, hairspray, one 5-mm white pom-pom, three 1/2-inch white pom-poms.
Make it: Cut sock to 2 1/2 inches tall. Then cut the inner and outer ear pieces from felt using templates. Cut a 1/4-inch slit in the middle of the base of the outer ear, then glue inner ear just above cut. Place a dot of glue toward the base of the ear, pinch sides together, and hold until glue sticks. Glue ears to the top of the sock. Glue two googly eyes to the sock. Cut three 2-inch pieces of thread for the whiskers. Spray with hairspray to stiffen, and let dry. Gather the stiffened threads together in the center and attach with a dot of glue just below the eyes. While glue is wet, press small white pom-pom on top for the nose. To make paws, glue two 1/2-inch white pom-poms to the front bottom edge; glue one on the back for the tail.
ChickWhat you'll need: Baby socks (0-6 months), scissors, eyes, orange felt, tacky glue, feathers, orange chenille stems.
Make it: Cut sock to 2 1/2 inches tall. Glue two googly eyes to the front of the sock. Cut a small triangle from orange felt and glue under the eyes for the beak. Glue several feathers to each side of the sock and trim to desired length. Cut six 3/4-inch pieces of chenille stem to make the feet. Twist three pieces together at one end and glue to the front of the sock. Repeat for the other foot.
Fuzzy white baby socks and felt transform eggs into a fun flock.
What you'll need: Fuzzy white baby sock (0-6 months), scissors, tan felt, pink felt, tacky glue, two googly eyes, black embroidery floss, needle, two 1/2-inch white pom-poms.
Make it: Cut sock to 2 1/2 inches tall. Cut two outer ear pieces from tan felt and two inner ear pieces from pink felt using the templates. Glue the pink piece to the center of the tan piece and repeat for other ear. Once dry, glue ears to the sides of the sock, pink side down. Cut a circle 1 1/4 inches in diameter out of tan felt and glue to sock. Glue googly eyes on the circle and stitch an upper-case "Y" below the eyes with embroidery floss for the nose and mouth. Glue two 1/2-inch white pom-poms to the front bottom edge for the feet.
Kids love sprinkles, so let them use corn syrup or icing as "glue" and get creative!
Traditional Easter egg dye? Think again. With a fun, hands-on tissue-paper tinting technique, you never know what you'll get.
What you'll need: Hard-boiled eggs, bleeding art tissue, cups or bowls, water, scissors, crayons, and double-sided tape.
Make it: Rainbow Stripes Tear tissue paper into strips and twist or fold to a narrow width. Wet tissue and wrap around the egg. Repeat with different colors. Leave strips on for 10 to 15 minutes, remove, and discard. Rest egg on paper towel until completely dry. Tip: For brighter color, leave strips on longer.
Crayon Resist Place a piece of crumpled tissue paper in the bottom of a cup or small bowl. Fill with hot water and stir to create a dye bath. (Mix tissue-paper colors together in dye bath to create new shades.) Draw your design on egg with crayon. Place egg in dye bath and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove egg and blot dry. Leave colored design intact, or rub off using paper towel if you want a white design. Rest egg on paper towel until completely dry.
Marbled Eggs Tear a piece of tissue in half. Crumple it, then unfold and wrap loosely around eggshell. Wet the tissue in spots, leaving some areas drier than others. (Dry areas will stay white, giving the egg a marbleized look.) Let sit for 10 minutes. Remove the tissue and blot dry. Rest egg on paper towel until completely dry.
Tape Resist Make stripes on the eggshell using 1/8-inch-wide double-sided tape. Place egg in dye bath (see crayon-resist instructions) and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove, blot dry, and remove tape. Rest egg on paper towel until completely dry.
Copyright © 2008. Used with permission from the April 2008 issue of Parents magazine.