Friday, April 22, 2011

recycled egg crown tutorial

We wanted to celebrate Earth Day AND Easter, so we decided to make some festive eggs crowns using materials from our classroom recycling bin.  It was sort of a fusion of two projects I'd seen on the Crafty CrowSew Together's Easter Egg Crown and El Hada De Papel's Easy Yarn Easter Egg Tutorial.  The children LOVED making these eggs.  Sometimes I feel like crafty projects require a little too much adult assistance, but this one was just right for the 3 to 4-year-olds in my classroom.  Anyway, anyone who's anyone around here wants one of these crowns, so I decided to put together a little tutorial.  Here it goes!
  What you'll need:
  • broken down cracker boxes
  • old catalogs, magazines, paper, etc.  {we also used unclaimed child artwork}
  • sissors
  • glue
  • marker
DISCLAIMER:  I keep forgetting to take photos at school, so I put this tutorial together at home.  At school, we used a glue stick rather than Elmer's and we most definitely DID NOT use a Sharpie marker for tracing!
Draw an egg-shaped oval on the inside of the box.  The one above is free-handed; at school, we used a stencil.  

Cut up magazines and paper into strips.  Our strips were all 1/4 to 1 inch wide.  It doesn't really matter how long they are - it's kind of fun if they're different lengths.

Cut out the egg-shape and apply glue to one side.

Stick paper strips to the egg-shape until it's entirely covered.

At this point, the children were pretty curious about why I had covered up the egg-shape...

They were SO excited to see that the egg was on the other side - it was a little like a magic trick!  Love them!

Cut around the egg-shape, using the edge of the cardboard as a guide.

Turn it over, and now you have a lovely paper egg!  Oooooooo! Aaaaaaahhhh!

AND, if you are so inclined, staple, glue, or tape several of these eggs to a longer strip of paper attached at the ends, and you'll have a fabulous crown!

I picked Hubs up from work wearing the crown and these sunglasses, and he was definitely impressed! 

Happy weekend!


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