Patty Schaffer had the right idea when she made these Peek-a-Boo Easter Eggs. Years ago, I remember painstakingly trimming little peek-a-boo holes in real egg shells, and creating miniature critters from bread dough for the scenes inside. When I unpacked my eggs the following year, the mice had eaten the bread dough characters, and nibbled on the egg shells. Argh! Not only will you enjoy Patty’s Peek-a-Boo Eggs for many years to come, she also used purchased figurines. So much easier, and the mice won’t eat them!
To make Peek-a-Boo Eggs, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 4” and 5” eggs
- Acrylic craft paint in lavender, meadow green, light blue, turquoise and periwinkle (or other colors of your choice)
- Crystal glitter in white
- Decorative trim in white (to edge the opening)
- Miniatures: Mushrooms, deer, flowers, bunny, chick
- Sheet moss
- Ribbon rosettes in white
- Ribbon in white (to hang the eggs)
- Straight pins
- Glitter glue
- Low-temp glue gun
- Tools needed: Scissors; spoon or melon baller; paintbrush; old newspaper
To make Peek-a-Boo Eggs:
1. Use a spoon or melon baller to scoop out the egg, forming the hollow area where you will build your scene. Smooth out the interior with your fingers or the back of a spoon.
2. Paint the inside of the egg and let dry. Paint the exterior of the egg, and let dry. (When you pick your paint colors, remember that it will be easier to see your scene if you use a lighter color inside.)
3. Spread newspaper over your work surface. Generously coat the outside of the egg with glitter glue and sprinkle on white crystal glitter, thoroughly covering the egg. Gently tap off excess glitter. Let dry.
4. Glue decorative trim around the opening.
5. Glue your little woodland figures inside the egg. Add moss, flowers and mushrooms.
6. Tie together ends of an 8” – 10” length of ribbon. Pin and glue to the top of each egg. Glue a ribbon rosette over the pin.
You might remember the glittered eggs Rebekah Meier shared a few years ago. She made them in her favorite, vintage style, and she used images to create the illusion of peek-a-boo scenes.
Easter seems so early this year. Are you finding time for making Easter crafts? What are you making?