Fun and Easy Easter Crafts for Kids and Adults
Easter crafts for kids and adults,
can make these Easter eggs decorated with cloth,
wire and wax. Make a nun, Humpty Dumpty, Ms Roly Poly and an old
fashioned lady and man with these egg crafts instructions.
Egg crafts can go beyond just painting eggs in solid colors or
marbelled swirls. These decorated Easter eggs are easy crafts for kids
that will allow a child to have lots of fun either making these eggs or
playing with them after receiving them.
using eggs for egg crafts, you will need to empty the eggs of their
contents. To do this, make a hole at each end of the egg very carefully
with a large needle, such as a darning needle. Now blow through one of
the holes and catch the contents in a bowl underneath. To make the job
of emptying the egg easier, try and break the yolk inside the egg
Easter Crafts - Easter Egg Dolls
These Easter dolls are rather quaint, and very easy to make
As dolls are not peculiarly appropriate gifts for
Easter, one naturally examines them closer, and finds that the faces
are simply egg-shells from which the eggs have been blown, leaving the
Little faces are painted upon these shells, and the cunning caps or
bonnets are made of tissue-paper.
Easter Crafts - Choosing the Eggs
To begin with, select several nice large eggs, those of a pinkish
yellow are preferable, as they have a more realistic flesh-tint.
These eggs should be blown, or the shells emptied of their contents. To
do this make a small hole in each end of the shell, and, taking it
gently between the thumb and forefinger, put one hole to the lips; then
blow, not too hard, but steadily, until the egg has all run out of the
Easter Crafts - Drawing the Face
face must be painted next, and to those who know nothing of drawing
this will seem no easy task, until by carefully observing the following
direction they will find that it isin the power of anyone to produce as
pretty a face as could be wished for. Among almost any children's book,
one can find many pretty faces of a suitable size which can be
transferred to the egg in this way.
Lay a piece of tracing-paper over the head selected, and with
leadpencil trace carefully all the lines indicating the
features. Then place the paper on the shell so that the pencilmarks are
next to it, and with a hard pencil, or ivory knitting-needle, go over
the lines again, thus transferring the soft pencil-marks to the shell.
Touch up and strengthen the features with a fine paint-brush and
india-ink. Anyone understanding painting may color the face in natural
tints, but it looks very nicely done merely in outline.
Easter Crafts - Stablizing the Egg Dolls
The simplest arrangement for holding the little head erect is a small
pasteboard box turned upside down, and having a hole cut in the bottom
just large enough to admit the small end of the shell; this will
support the head nicely, and also form the shoulders.
Easter Crafts - Decorating the Egg Dolls
Make the hair of raw cotton blackened with ink, and
fasten it on the
head with mucilage. When all of the foregoing directions have been
carried out it is time to attend to the headdresses, and we will begin
with the quaint and old-fashioned poke-bonnet.
Cut this bonnet from ordinary brown wrapping-paper after the pattern
shown in diagram; sew together the ends of the " side of crown," then
sew the curved side (which is cut in slits as shown in pattern, and
folded back as indicated by dotted line) to the smallest part of brim;
fold in the strips marked on the straight "side of crown" and fasten on
the " top of crown" with mucilage.
The trimming for the bonnet
consists of a fold and bow of colored
Make the man's hat of shiny black paper by the pattern in
diagram, and fasten together in the same manner as the bonnet, rolling
the sides of the brim when finished. Black and white tissue-paper
folded to fit the head, as shown by the dotted lines in the pattern,
forms the head-dress of the nun.
By copying the headdresses of different nations, an odd and curious
assembly of these Easter-egg dolls can be formed for your Easter
but that must be
worked out at some future time, for we have yet to tell how to
construct some Easter toys that cannot be found in any store.
Easter Crafts - Humpty Dumpty Egg Doll
The Humpty Durnpty who " sat on a wall," and the " Humpty Dumpty " who
" had a great fall," must have been like the one I am about to
describe, made of an egg ; for it is pretty certain that if he should
fall, "all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't put" this
" Humpty Dumpty together again" any more than they could the other.
The diagram shows the
frame of this little fellow and how it is joined
together. A large egg should be chosen; and when the contents have been
blown from the shell, four holes must be pricked in it for the arms and
legs to pass through, as shown in the diagram. These limbs are made of
rather fine bonnet wire, the piece used for the arms being about eight
The hand is made by bending up one end of the wire as in diagram, and
with softened beeswax covering the loop thus formed.
When one hand has been finished off in this way, the other end of the
wire, still straight, should be passed through one of the holes near
the small end of the shell and out through the one opposite, then bent
up into a hand and arm in the same manner as described.
wire for the legs and feet must be ten inches
long. The diagram
shows how it is bent to form the feet. On this frame, wax can easily be
modelled to look like a foot; a coating of red paint will add to the
appearance, as red boots look well with the costume to be worn. The
wire for the legs should be bent in a curve in the middle (see diagram)
before it is passed through the shell. Again, as with the hands, one
foot must be finished and the legs fastened on before the other foot
can be made.
The figure of Humpty Dumpty being thus prepared, his face must be
painted; water-colors are the best for this purpose. The jollier the
expression of his face, the funnier the little man will look.
Patterns for trousers, jacket, and hat are shown in the diagrams. The
trousers should be cut from white cotton cloth two and a half inches
long and six inches wide. A slit an inch and a half long, cut in the
middle, separates the legs of the trousers, which must, of course, be
sewed up. Dotted lines at top and bottom show where a gathering thread
should be run, the bottom gathers forming ruffles around the ankles.
White should also be used for the jacket, cutting it three and a half
inches long and five inches wide.
The shape of the jacket may be seen in the diagram, dotted lines
showing where the sleeves are to be gathered around the wrist. Collar
and pockets of red the patterns of which are given finish the little
garment. A white hat four inches around the brim and two inches high is
decorated with a band of red, which should be sewed on the edge and
When dressing Humpty Dumpty for your Easter crafts, fasten his garments
on to his body here
and there with glue, which will hold them securely in place. The hat
also should be glued to his head, as it is difficult otherwise to keep
Easter Crafts - Miss Roly Poly Egg Doll
Little Miss Roily-poly, who
decidedly refuses to
lie down, always
regaining an upright posture, no matter in what position she is placed,
is made in the following manner:
After the contents have been blown from the shell, the hole of the
small end is enlarged gradually until it is about a half-inch in
diameter; the shell is then placed in an upright position (a box with a
hole cut in it just large enough to hold the egg firmly makes a good
stand) and melted sealing-wax is poured in; on top of this melted lead
is poured, all the while care being taken to keep the shell perfectly
steady, that the weight may fall exactly in the centre and make a
perfect balance. A small quantity of lead is sufficient for the
purpose of your Easter crafts, as the shell is so very light.
Miss Roly-poly requires no limbs; when her babyish face is painted she
is ready for her costume. The dress is simply made of a strip of
colored cloth, and is two inches long and seven inches wide. The white
apron is fastened to the dress as shown in the diagram. Sleeves are
made of pieces of the dress material about one inch long and one and a
half inch wide. They are rolled up and fastened with needle and thread,
then sewed on to the dress in the position shown in the diagram.
Pockets are made for the apron, and the ends of the sleeves tucked in
them, which makes it appear as though the hands were hidden in the
pockets. The cap, made of the same material, or of a color harmonizing
with the dress, is four inches round the brim and one inch high;
it is sewed together at the two ends, and gathered into a
pompon on top, as is shown by the dotted lines in the diagram. A little
glue should also be used to fasten this dolly's dress and cap on.
Easter Crafts - Egg Mandolin
For your next Easter crafts a pretty little toy mandolin is made of the
lengthwise half of an
egg-shell. To separate the shell in this way it is necessary to pierce
holes with a needle
along the line where the division is to be made, which will cause it to
break evenly ; or the egg may be boiled hard and then cut in half with
a very sharp knife.
It is cut from stiff paper, and the strings drawn with pen and ink;
then the shell is fastened to it on the opposite side by pasting a
narrow strip of white tissue paper over the edges of the shell and
frame, joining them together. The top of the handle is bent down a
little and a narrow ribbon tied to it. To make the mandolin still more
paint the handle mahogany color, with a fine needle stitch on strings
of yellow silk, and paint the egg-shell into pumpkin-like divisions of
yellow and mahogany.
Easter Crafts - The Owl
To turn a hen's egg into an owl has not before, I imagine, been thought
possible; yet it is easy enough, and in this Easter crafts section
requires but a very short time to
accomplish the transformation, when one knows just how to go to work.
No incubator is needed to hatch this bird, as only the shell is used,
the contents having been disposed of in the manner before described.
We start the formation of the little owl by making two holes near the
large end of the shell in the position shown in diagram above.
By looking at the next diagram
the manner of
making the feet and legs may be seen. A short piece of wire is bent in
the shape given, and is wrapped on to a longer wire with strong thread,
thus forming three toes, which are quite enough for a bird that will
never walk. One foot made, the wire is passecj through the shell,
having first been bent into a curve, as in the description of Humpty
When the last foot has been fastened on, the wire should be pushed back
into the shell, allowing but little of the legs to show. The wings are
cut by the pattern given, and are painted to resemble feathers as much
as possible. Brown is the best color to use. By the diagram may be seen
how the head and body are painted.
Easter Crafts - Maple-Wax Eggs
Empty the eggshell of its contents and open a place at the small end
the size of a silver dime. Stand it in an upright position with the
largest opening on top, and leave it while you prepare the maple-wax,
or candy. Mix enough water with some maple sugar to dissolve it, and
set on the stove to cook; when it will harden in cold water it is done.
Carefully fill the eggshell with the hot maple-wax, and keeping it in
an upright position, set it on the ice to cool. When the wax is
perfectly cold and hard, paste an artificial daisy over the opening in
Maple-wax is the nicest kind of candy, and done up in this way will
remain firm and hard for a long while ; and therefore these maple-wax
eggs make excellent Easter gifts to send away to one's friend at a
The best way to pack them is to wrap them in cotton and then put them
in a tin bakingpowder box, filling up the interstices with cotton to
keep them from knocking about.
The box, of course, must be wrapped in paper and tied securely with a
string. Packed like this, they may travel safely.
Easter Crafts Homemade Recipe for Maple Wax
Boil two cups of maple syrup till it hardens when dropped in cold
Fill a large pan with fresh snow, pack well; keep the kettle
on the back of the stove, where the syrup will be just warm, but will
not cook, and fill a small pitcher with it, and pour on the snow, a
little at a time.
Take it off in small pieces with a fork.
If there is no snow, use a cake of ice.
Easter Crafts -Bonbon Box
Select a box two or three inches high a round one is best which has a
lid that covers the entire box. Cut some straw or hay in
pieces long enough to reach from the top to the edge, and glue it on
the sides of the lid, covering them completely.
Prepare as many halves of egg-shells as will cover the top, allowing a
space one inch wide around the edge. Glue the shells down, and fill up
the spaces between with straw.
Near the edge, on the opposite sides, glue a loop of narrow white
ribbon; these loops are to lift it with. Then glue straw on all the
uncovered parts of the lid, making it a little thicker and higher at
the edges. When the box is finished it resembles a nest of
eggs, and makes an appropriate and acceptable Easter gift.
If you have any Easter Crafts of your own that you would like to share
with us, please feel free.