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An Egg-citing Easter Idea: Posting Letters in the Egg

Last one month our home has been humming with theme crafts. First, it was for the festival of colours – Holi, then some spring crafts when Pari made a caterpillar and a rose mask, followed by recycling craft for Earth Day and now – over the last two days – Easter crafts.

Celebrating the spirit of Easter

Though we don’t celebrate Easter in the traditional sense of this spring festival, I like to capture the spirit behind the festival by telling related stories to Pari and doing Easter-themed crafts.
For those readers who are not familiar with Easter traditions – Easter is celebrated, among Christians, as the resurrection of the Lord, Jesus Christ. You can read more here.

Easter traditions may vary but decorating eggs is a common tradition.

The egg is widely used as a symbol of the start of new life, just as new life emerges from an egg when the chick hatches out. It also conveys a message of spring, fertility, new life, rebirth.

Blowing out Eggs and Decorating

So, Pari and I painted a few eggs by blowing them out.  Well, I never knew, until a few months back, that we can blow out the ‘content’ of the eggs to decorate them and use them as show pieces for ever. This knowledge was a blessing because decorating the hard boiled eggs would mean we should eat them later on. And, we being vegetarians, we eat eggs occasionally.
We were having much fun with the egg blowing and painting etc. But, I wanted to do something radically different with the egg. And luckily I came across this unique idea that got me totally excited, or should I say, egg-static!

A super surprise for Pari when she came back home from school

Here is the step-by-step tutorial:

Step 1: Blow out the egg

    • Give the egg a nice rinse with water
    • Pierce holes on the top and bottom end of the egg. Do this by placing a nail and hitting it really really gently so it gets a grip. Then, screw the nail inside – even more gently. You might get tiny cracks around the nail the first time but with little practice, you can perfect this art. It IS an art, I must tell you.
    • Place your mouth on the hole and start blowing. (Make sure there’s a bowl underneath.) And blow and blow and blow – till the stuff inside the egg is blown out into the bowl.
    • Now that your egg is all empty, you can wipe clean and get ready for the next step

Step 2: Dye the egg and decorate

 

      • I used liquid food colours –red, green and orange. You can use natural dyes, too (beet, turmeric, henna)
      • Place the egg in a colander
      • Sprinkle some white vinegar on the egg. Give a shake
      • Using an eyedropper, drop a few drops – one colour at a time
      • Give a shake in the colander so that the colours are nicely smeared
      • Pat dry lightly on a paper napkin
      • Embellish with stickers/petals/bindis

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    • Step 3: Insert letter/s into the egg

      • Write anything you want on a very narrow (1/2 or max 1 inch width) strip of paper
      • Roll the paper
      • Insert it into the egg through the hole
      • You can insert more letters if you want to. I did 5!

      Step 4: Pack the egg like a parcel and surprise your kid!

      • Affix a stamp on top of the box and write “to” and "from" addresses (this is just to give it a realistic look)
      • Stick the egg inside the box – at the bottom – with a Fevicol Glue Drop or a double sided tape
      • Write – “crack open” or anything else you wish – on the inside of the cover flap
      • Surprise your lil one and capture her/his egg-citement on her/his face!

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    • Roopa April 21, 2011, 3:29 pm

      That is an egg-cellent idea rashmi!! Love the egg-spressions on her face and im sure she was egg-cited :-)
      I had seen something similar here http://www.giverslog.com/?p=10773 and also love this idea http://blogs.babble.com/family-style/2011/04/11/easter-eggs-with-a-surprise-inside/

      Well i too am tempted to try some of the egg art/crafts after seeing loads of them. But i dont like the smell, guess i will have to catch hold of DH to do some with putti:) They both eat eggs anyway!!

      • Rashmie Jaaju April 22, 2011, 10:40 am

        Roopa, thank you for egging me on (winks) with your encouragement! :)
        Yeah, I can understand, the smell can put you off if you don’t eat eggs (it turns me off as well), but the whole process and acitivity itself is so fun that I tend to ignore the smell bit.
        Thanks for sharing those links.

    • clo April 21, 2011, 5:07 pm

      great idea and she sure looks happy, well done! kid love getting mail don’t they, lol.

      • Rashmie Jaaju April 22, 2011, 10:41 am

        Thank you Clo and welcome to MommyLabs :)
        Yeah, they LOVE getting mails in any and every form!

    • Roses April 21, 2011, 6:11 pm

      Wow!! With the kind of egg consumption we have, this is likely to be a great hit with our little one!
      Love Pari’s strawberry/ polka dot dress too.

      • Rashmie Jaaju April 22, 2011, 10:47 am

        Thanks, Roses! O, yeah, I’m sure you guys will have fun doing this egg art and craft. Would love t hear how it goes…
        I told Pari about your compliment for her and she blushed and said “this friend of yours is the best”!

        • Roses April 27, 2011, 2:11 am

          “this friend of yours is the best”!
          Too cute.
          Lots of hugs to Pari !!

    • cathy@nurturestore April 21, 2011, 9:16 pm

      So lovely to see you at the Play Academy. We’ve been blowing out eggs (fun!) and decorating them to put on our Easter tree too.

      • Rashmie Jaaju April 22, 2011, 11:05 am

        Thanks Cathy, and welcome to Mommy Labs :) Yeah, Easter crafts are so much fun, aren’t they? :)

    • Michelle Willow April 22, 2011, 4:38 am

      This is wonderful idea! :)

      Your blog got feature in this week’s High paw as a new blog (and a great one, to add!). Thank you for joining us and hope to see many more fun ideas in future!

      • Rashmie Jaaju April 22, 2011, 11:15 am

        Thanks, Michelle, for your sweet gesture :)
        I’ve linked to my today’s Earth Day post as well.

    • vitoria antar April 22, 2011, 9:45 pm

      what a nice idea, will pass it along, the color of the egs and the glitter made it different, loved the message and to see Pari expression. Tks for the good wishes darling. love to all, vitoria

    • Rashmie Jaaju April 26, 2011, 6:26 am

      So glad, Vitoria that you liked this idea. Thanks for passing it on to your friends. :)

    • Emreen April 26, 2011, 9:19 am

      Rashmie, this is an excellant idea… Never knew that you can blow the contents of the egg out… !! Love the expression on your daughter’s face… !!
      Good step-by-step pictures of the project….. !! Lovely…!! Hope u had a fabulous Easter with your family…!!

      • Rashmie Jaaju April 27, 2011, 10:13 am

        Thank you, Emreen. Blowing out the egg content leaves you with so many arty possibilities. Doesn’t it? But, the ‘eggy’ content that we went on accumulating was something I didn’t know what to do with as we eat eggs rarely!
        I did use the egg white as a face mask. You won’t believe how soft, supple and shiny it makes your facial skin. :)

    • cheryl March 19, 2012, 2:41 pm

      super cute idea!