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Easter egg garland

I made this cute Easter garland with things I had around the house: plastic eggs, construction paper and a little glue.
I made this cute Easter garland with things I had around the house: plastic eggs, construction paper and a little glue.

I’ve barely decorated for Easter. Sure, I hung up my Peeps wreath, but beyond that I haven’t put much effort into preparing the house for the holiday. We aren’t spending it here so I figured maybe it would be easier just to skip it. That was until Thursday night. I threw together this garland made of plastic eggs.

I actually saw this in Family Fun magazine last week when I was catching up on my back issues. My daughter was under the weather with a stomach bug and rather than doing anything productive, I read magazines. I guess it was productive–I was inspired to make this garland.

Now, of course, the one in the magazine is cuter, but I didn’t have felt, buttons or little balls of cotton to put on my also non-existent yarn. So I made do with what I had.

I had a whole bunch of large-sized eggs that I used for an Easter egg hunt a few years ago. I recommend using some strong craft glue or a little bit of sand paper to rough down the spot where you’ll be applying the glue. Mine took a bit to dry and some of the paper pieces didn’t adhere the first time.  I think with better glue, it would have worked a bit easier.

I used construction paper and cut out a template for little wings, beaks and ears. I wanted them to look roughly the same size, but as it got later into the night and I was still cutting and gluing, I sort of fell away from the pattern. I figured they just needed to be roughly the same size.

I left a little bit of extra paper on the edges that would be glued to the plastic eggs. That way, I could fold the little edges over glue them so they would stand up and away from the egg.

I made 12 eggs: six chicks and six bunnies. The springy colors mean they can stay up for longer than the holiday on Sunday.
I made 12 eggs: six chicks and six bunnies. The springy colors mean they can stay up for longer than the holiday on Sunday.

Once the glue was holding the pieces in place, I used a permanent marker to draw eyes and whiskers onto the plastic egg.

Most plastic eggs have little holes in the top or bottom. In the Family Fun article, the crafter used a heavy strong or a yarn, fed it through the little hole and strung them together. I only had ribbon and despite my best efforts, there was no way I was threading it through the whole on the top of the egg. I ended up using some really thin wire, feeding it through both top holes and twisting it together inside the egg. This gave me a little hook to use to thread the ribbon through.

I made 12 eggs and lost one due to the ears not sticking on it. I tied a little knot at each hook to keep them from going up and down the ribbon. Once they were in place, my husband helped me string them in our front window. They are cute and a little fun for the holiday.

What were some of your favorite Easter projects this year?

 

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