Thursday, April 7, 2011

DIY: Easter Egg Crayons!

Check out these gorgeous eggs that are so easy to make yourself!


Love them!


My childhood best friend Heather taught me how to make these eggs when I was in the fifth grade, and I remember sitting on the front porch with a handful of broken crayons, dripping wax onto our homemade creations. We used to make our egg crayons in the summer time as a way to pass the middle-of-the-summer doldrums, but I thought that since Easter is approaching at the end of this month that now would be a great time to share this super fun craft!

What you'll need:


Eggs - as many as you'd like
Lots of old broken crayons (we don't have many broken ones - good thing they're cheap!)
A lighter
 A bowl
A pin or needle
Possibly a teeny tiny screwdriver :)
Paper plate - not pictured

The first step to making your very own egg crayons is to hollow out your raw eggs. This is really simple (and sickeningly fun.) To do this, simply take your pin or needle and poke a hole in each end of the egg:


If you've never done this before you might be scared to put a lot of pressure on the egg to get your pin inside, but don't worry. Eggs are more resilient than we give them credit for. :) Use gentle but firm pressure.

Make the hole at one end of the egg larger by using your needle or, in my case, a super skinny screw driver. Just stick it inside your pre-made hole, and move in a circular motion until you have a hole about this size:


With your long needle or screwdriver move around inside the egg to break up the yolk.

Now here's the fun part! Place the egg over the bowl, with the larger hole facing downward. Now blow through the smaller hole in the top of the egg and watch all of the icky drippies come oozing out!

It's messy, but oh-so-fun!

Once the goo is gone, rinse out the inside of the egg under running water. Get as much of the water out as possible, and then pop the hollow egg shell in the microwave for 20-30 seconds. This will help dry the egg out and will harden the shell even more. 

Once you have your hollow egg, you're ready to make a crayon!

Simply peel back the wrapping on your broken crayons, and over a paper plate, place the flame of a lighter next to end of the wax. Let the wax from your crayons drip onto your egg like this:


Get creative! Place your drips wherever you'd like. Keep alternating colors to make a rainbow egg!


I recommend saving your favorite colors for last, because they will be the most noticeable on the top layer of the egg.


Just keep on dripping until the egg reaches your desired look. The best part is that when you're done, you have a brand new perfectly usable rainbow crayon!


Cute!

This is a wonderful craft to do with older children, because they will truly appreciate the end result. My daughters, however, were not so impressed with the crayon aspect of these darling eggs. Evelyn thought it would be much more fun to throw these eggs on the concrete, in the grass, and off of the side of the porch. Needless to say, while these are definitely firm enough to use properly, our poor eggs did not survive, haha.



She started out great! But then....


Once our poor eggs were battered and bruised, I didn't care what the girls did to them. So I even let Grace hold one for a little while.


Hehe...poor little pretty egg. 

Even if you have no children, or if you prefer not to use these as a crayon afterwards, they make a beautiful decoration! Way prettier than a regular old dyed Easter egg. And these eggs will pretty much keep forever! Next time I think I'll make a few of these to display. I absolutely adore them. :)


Have a great day!


5 comments:

Mr. and Mrs. W +1 said...

Cute idea. For Easter we always make cascarones (eggs hollowed out with confetti inside) and crack them over each others heads, while we are making those this year, I am going to make a few crayon eggs as well. :)

Meagan said...

What a cute idea!! I just might have to try it out with Keegan!!

Pettijohn said...

I love this idea and am going to try it with Wyatt. That last picture is cute.

Jeroen and Mirella said...

What a great idea, and your photo's are adorable!

Ashley Mitchell said...

Such a great idea. Love the last picture, so cute!!

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