Created on: March 08, 2013 Last Updated: March 18, 2013
While public opinion may be ever-changing about how many eggs it is healthy to eat, there is one thing that never changes. Eggshells are fun to use when making a variety of crafts. You don't have to be a professional artist to make these crafts. In fact, they are so easy, a kid can make them.
Fabulous Christmas ornaments can be made with an empty eggshell. Simply blow out the egg. Check
here for instructions. Gently snip an opening in the hole. Use light-weight sandpaper to eliminate rough edges. Cut out a small picture from a used Christmas card. Place glue and a little tinsel on the wide end of the egg. Add the cut-out from the card. Glue rick-rack around the edge of the eggshell. Wipe glue on the outside of the shell and add glitter. Tie a knot in a piece of yarn and thread it through the hole made when you blew out the egg. Tie another knot above the hole.
Blow out a large chicken egg. Cut the egg lengthwise. Paint the inside of the shell with white paint, sprinkle with alum and allow both sides to dry overnight. Once it has dried, mix 2 cups boiling hot water with a packet of powdered egg dye. Add three-quarters of a cup of alum to the mixture and stir until it has completely dissolved. Lay the eggshells, open end up, inside the solution. Leave it the for 12 hours, and you will have a beautiful geode. For longer crystals, leave the shell immersed for a longer period of time.
For younger children, let them break off the top of the egg and help them even it out.
Save your eggshells and jelly jars or sparkling cider bottles for a fun, yet beautiful, project. Dyed eggs look the best. Wash the eggs by soaking the empty shells in water until the membrane comes off easily. Break them into small pieces. Cover the jar with a coat of white glue and sprinkle on glitter. Apply crushed eggshells in small patches. Add eggshells until the bottle is completely covered. Let it dry and brush off any loose eggshells. Add glue to any bald spots and add more eggshell fragments. When it is completely covered and dry, Cover it with several coats of glue, allowing it to dry between coats. Add a layer of polyurethane. Add flowers.
Break the top off of an egg and dump out the egg. Wash the eggshell. Draw a face on the shell. Add dirt and grass or alfalfa seeds to the dirt. Water the seeds and watch as the person grows hair. Keep the egg upright with the egg carton.
Make your dyed eggs special. Wrap them in rubber bands or wrap them with string before you dye them. Draw pictures with wax crayons before they are dyed. Once they are dyed, remove the rubber bands, string or wax the crayons and enjoy the beautiful picture.
Eggshells have so many uses around the house, but nothing will be more fun than creating crafts with them. The kids will enjoy the time they spend making cool eggshell creations.
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