product of the week: leftover easter supplies

If you're anything like me you'll miss the little plastic egg carcasses and random piles of Easter grass cluttering the house. Not! Embrace the left over Easter supplies by using them in different ways  to make cool new things! 

Paper Easter Grass 

Easter grass 'nest'

Easter grass 'nest'

You'll need: Paper Easter grass, glue, bowl, plastic wrap (to protect your bowl), a container for white glue/water mixture, a soft paintbrush, a small balloon. Optional: fringe scissors. (these are fun for fringing magazines, old books and newspaper)

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Start by covering the inside of a bowl with plastic wrap. Dilute white glue with a little bit of water-enough to spread easily with a paintbrush. Blow up a small balloon, it should fit snugly in the bowl. Paint a thin layer of glue on the outside of the balloon. Put a handful of Easter grass in the glue mixture until it's coated. Start smoothing out the Easter grass strips until you've covered the balloon. Add more layers until you're unable see the balloon peeking through . Let the glue dry completely (at least overnight depending on how gluey it is). Pop the balloon carefully and pull the nest from the sides. 

 Confetti 'Egg-splosion' project 

Fill leftover eggs with confetti made with a hole punch and scissors (those fringe scissors can make tiny square confetti too). Put the confetti in the egg and tape it closed.   

Fill leftover eggs with confetti made with a hole punch and scissors (those fringe scissors can make tiny square confetti too). Put the confetti in the egg and tape it closed.

 

Cut a circle piece of paper. Draw to your heart's content using your favorite drawing tools.

Cut a circle piece of paper. Draw to your heart's content using your favorite drawing tools.

Think about where you want your confetti to land and dribble some glue to those areas. Crack open your confetti filled egg and wait for the colorful 'egg-plosion'. Super fun surprise for little ones.

Think about where you want your confetti to land and dribble some glue to those areas. Crack open your confetti filled egg and wait for the colorful 'egg-plosion'. Super fun surprise for little ones.

Egg Shaker Paint Mixing

Conveniently, most of these plastic eggs have little holes poked in the top. That must be a safety feature to keep Peeps from suffocating while they wait to be found. If you tape those little holes closed you can use the eggs to mix paints. They are the perfect shaking size and when untaped the little holes make neat dots on paper. We've even used them to shake glitter onto collages. Tape is a key player in these activities, make sure you have enough to go around the middle too.

Item of the Week: Tempera Paint

Tempera paint is a great choice for children because it is non-toxic and made of natural ingredients.*  It can be used on any regular to heavy weight art paper and leaves rich, creamy color and opaque coverage.  You can get tempera paint in liquid, powder, or solid cake form (shown here).  For tempera cakes, add a little water, enough to activate paint.  Let it dry out when you are finished to be used again later. 

 *Allergy note: While traditional tempera paint is made with a base of egg yolks, which give it a glossy finish, the kind we use and sell in our shop is not.

Tempera paint cakes

Tempera paint cakes