*There is a children’s Sunday School lesson tip using this craft at the end of the post!*
I’m a little late getting all my Easter decorations out this year, but I leave them up all Spring, so I’m okay with that. Normally, I add one or two new store-bought decorations with each new holiday or season. Not this time! I came across this fabulous and brilliant DIY craft on Pinterest and knew I had to give it a shot. After swinging by the original post and tutorial by Steph over at Modern Parents Messy Kids, I set out to gather my supplies.
I had to go to Lowe’s to get the paint for Kasen’s nursery, and while I perused the grays and silvers, I managed to grab a “few” extra Olympic paint chip samples, in a variety of Spring hues. I did feel a bit of guilt over the number taken, but Micah picked up stray samples others had rudely discarded on the floor, and we turned them in to the cashier, so I think he worked off the “amount.” I also bought paint and a staple gun, so not feeling too bad for them.
Here are all the supplies I used for the Easter Egg Garlands:
Cost:$3, only because I had to buy some yarn, although it will also be used in another Pinterest DIY project I’ll be working on.
I did use the provided egg template from Modern Parents Messy Kids, for the first few small eggs I cut out. I ended up using an egg I cut from the paint chip for the rest of the small eggs since the paper was a bit thicker and easier to trace. I suggest printing the egg template on cardstock if available, or free-hand. I’m not that brave! I used an egg Micah created at his sitter’s for the large egg template.
Trace on the back of the paint chips to eliminate marks on the eggs
I was able to get 3-4 eggs out of the sample using the small egg template. This does include some of the paint name on 1 of the eggs you’ll cut, so if you don’t want the print, I would only trace 2 per sample. Of course this is for the specific Olympic paint sample. I was able to get 1 egg per sample with the large template.
Punch two holes in the top of the eggs. A smaller hole punch can be used. I had to borrow one from the church, standard single punch, and it was the perfect size to easily push the yarn through each egg when stringing. I tied a small knot on the end I was feeding through the holes, which made it easy to handle and prevented fraying. I really like how the colorful yarn looks!
This was a time consuming project for me, from hand-tracing the eggs, cutting them out 3-4 samples at a time, punching them 2-3 eggs at a time, and stringing them together. It took me a few hours, but I created 5 garlands of about 20 eggs each. I also had to help take care of a attention-craving two-year old, which did not leave my hands free the whole time!
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