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Egg Creatures

Dyeing for a new way to decorate Easter eggs? Here's a recipe for fun that's hard to beat: With basic crafts supplies -- crepe paper, pipe cleaners, felt, yarn, thread, and glue -- kids can make cows, pigs, and lots of other eggs-traordinary creations from plain white eggs.

Introduction

Quail eggs (look for them at specialty grocers) are the right size for smaller animals (paint works better than dye to color their spotted shells). And brown eggs are a natural choice for creatures with dark fur or feathers. We've provided some egg creatures templates, but who knows just what will hatch from a child's imagination?

See our Egg Preparation Guide for more tips on blowing, dyeing, and decorating eggs.

Materials

  • Utility knife
  • Paper clip
  • Paper towels
  • Ear syringe
  • Dyeing mixture: 1 teaspoon vinegar, 20 drops food coloring, and 1 cup warm water
  • Homemade drying rack of pins and foam board
  • White glue
  • Tempera paint or marker
  • Egg creature templates

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Emptying eggs lets you save your creations. An adult should pierce egg at both ends with a utility knife, widening one hole a bit. Poke a straightened paper clip through wide hole; stir yolk. Place ear syringe in smaller hole; squeeze. Contents will pour out. (Wash hands well.)

  2. Step 2

    It's easy to make dye: Cover the work area with paper towels. In a jar, mix 1 teaspoon vinegar, 20 drops food coloring, and 1 cup warm water. Submerge the egg (keep it down with a paper cup containing water). Soak 5 minutes for light colors and 10 minutes for darker shades. Remove the egg with tongs. A homemade rack of pins and foam board makes for even drying and quick cleanup.

  3. Step 3

    Dye or paint should be fully dry before beginning. Affix features with white glue (on crepe paper, use tiny dots of glue); let dry at least 20 minutes. Glue on feet or legs first so egg will stand. For ears and combs, dab glue on edge of felt or crepe paper, affix piece, let dry, then fold up. Add small details like eyes with tempera paint or a marker.

  4. Step 4

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    Ladybugs who lunch don painted-on faces and construction-paper attire (dots are made using a hole punch). Each pair of legs is one piece of yarn glued underneath; antennae are embroidery floss dipped in glue and dried to stiffen.

  5. Step 5

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    Why is this bunny so chubby? From munching crepe paper-topped carrots! He's a bit harebrained but has fine felt ears, teeth, and feet (a hole cut in the center of his feet keeps his body standing up). Twitching a pom-pom nose and embroidery-floss whiskers, he finishes his snack.

  6. Step 6

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    How now do you make a brown cow? With brown eggs, of course. An udderly adorable calf starts out as a speckled quail egg, and a pair of Holsteins gets their spots from black paint. All have crepe-paper features and embroidery-floss or yarn tails. Use a piece of pipe cleaner (add spots with a marker) for each pair of legs.

  7. Step 7

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    This mama and her round little piglet are pretty in pink touches, fresh out of the carton -- but not for long! They're headed to a cool puddle of construction-paper mud as fast as their pipe-cleaner legs (bent into a V) will carry them. For the nose, glue on a button (use tape to secure while glue dries, then gently peel off). To make the curly tail, run a thumbnail along one side of plain embroidery floss.

  8. Step 8

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    This brood is all smiles, er, beaks as they pose for a family portrait to welcome their latest addition. (The photo hanging behind them was taken before the baby was born.) Mr. Rooster crows that his new son is a good egg, and Mrs. Chicken is pleased that both children inherited the family's felt features.

  9. Step 9

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    These insects are spinning a yarn about how they came to bee: Glue the end of a strand of yellow yarn to the tip of a quail egg. Once dry, coil the yarn around the egg, alternating yellow and black sections, and gluing as you go. Glue on the wings and antennae, tucking between the strands with a toothpick. For the hive, use a regular egg; the door is cut from felt. Use poster putty to make the hive stand up.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 21 2006

Reviews (24)

  • 14 Apr, 2014

    Does anybody read these reviews? The egg creatures are featured in an email from MSL today but the materials are still not available in spite of several people telling you so.
    You have the email addresses of everyone who's asked for this information. Why can't you send the missing info to those who've asked for it?

  • 28 Mar, 2013

    I can only get the feet and rooster comb--one page also

  • 2 Mar, 2013

    Good Morning! Adorable craft, for those who are unable to, the 'smooth' crepe paper may not be available at store locations but can be found online. http://www.joann.com/melissa-frances-vintage-crepe-paper-9-8-x49-2-sheets-4-pk/zprd_11412806a/ If this website is deleted, go to your craft store's website and type in vintage crepe paper. Good luck!

  • 26 Mar, 2012

    Can't get the template for beak or rabbit ears! Am I doing something wrong - have tried everything and only get feet & rooster comb. Will try to make my own by the pic (if I have the time).

  • 19 Mar, 2010

    I am only getting the feet as well... the pdf is only one page. I've tried everything.. pretty bummed.

  • 19 Mar, 2010

    The streamers are not the same and the paper is hard to find.

  • 17 Mar, 2010

    Hola: Preciosa la idea, me encanto el proyecto, a mis ni?

  • 17 Mar, 2010

    Hola: Preciosa la idea, me encanto el proyecto, a mis ni?

  • 17 Mar, 2010

    Hola: Preciosa la idea, me encanto el proyecto, a mis ni?

  • 17 Mar, 2010

    Hola: Preciosa la idea, me encanto el proyecto, a mis ni?

  • 10 Apr, 2009

    isn't crepe paper "streamers" party streamers that you unroll and use to decorate. They sell it 3 rolls for a buck at the dollar store or you can get at Walmart, Kmart, any craft store. Hope this helps whoever can't find the crepe paper.

  • 7 Apr, 2009

    Amazing

  • 7 Apr, 2009

    I had so much fun making these last year! ...I gave them to my sister to display on her table at Easter. GREAT craft!

  • 7 Apr, 2009

    Too bad that crepe paper isn't readily available. So many of the crafts seem based on crepe paper.

  • 5 Apr, 2009

    Does anyone know where the instructions are for the carrot eggs? I think I could figure it out, but wanted to see if there were any special tecniques to the tissue paper and how to attach it.

  • 3 Apr, 2009

    LOVE these! I'm going to make them with my kids this weekend! So adorable! :)

  • 2 Apr, 2009

    Thanks #7. I've tried 3 times to get the templates for the chicks and all I get are feet!

  • 2 Apr, 2009

    I had no trouble accessing the other pages. JUST CLICK

  • 27 Mar, 2009

    Using your paper shredder is a great and easy way to make pheux grass for craft birds nests, and geenfiller grass for kids Easter baskets.

  • 29 Mar, 2008

    Andrew and I made these, but sheep, for his Cub Pack Easter Parade and he came second with them. They look so cute.

  • 18 Mar, 2008

    I think this is really lovely :-)

  • 17 Mar, 2008

    ok if you click the small page #'s under the pictures it will take you to the next page..they are very cute.

  • 14 Mar, 2008

    I can't accesss the page either. It is frustrating when you see there is a potential for a good project and then can't access it. This link was sent to me by a friend.
    I doubt I will ever return to this site. There is not much point to visiting it if they do not allow easy access.

  • 13 Mar, 2008

    Is anyone else having trouble loading the second page of these Egg Creatures projects? It's so frustrating. There have been so many things that just won't load or just half the project will? Can anyone help, please?