Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Salt Dough Easter Eggs

While my family has most definitely been enjoying some of the beautiful spring weather we have had we are also still stuck inside part of the time with some of the quite chilly and very rainy spring days we have had so far.

But this is typical spring weather and it gave us the opportunity to have a lot of fun with a cute and simple Easter craft.

This cute basket of eggs are made by a simple salt dough recipe.

I first saw the salt dough ornament idea on Savanna's site. When I saw Savanna's post it was too close to Christmas for me to make them but I saved the post so we could do it later. I recently came across it again and came up for the idea for Easter eggs. They are flat eggs but they still look cute in a basket or would look great with a ribbon hanging somewhere in the house.

What you will need: 

Salt Dough recipe: There are a lot of good tips and info on this site as well as Savanna's.

- 1 cup flour
-1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water

{Please read above posts for further instructions on making dough}

- Spring time cookie cutters
- acrylic paint - we used crayola acrylic plus some non-child springtime colors
- paint brushes
- sealant
- Easter basket or ribbon  

Step 1: Make the dough. These have to bake for at least 2 hours and then completely cool so plan for plenty of time before the actual painting.

If you plan to tie a ribbon be sure to use a straw or toothpick to make holes before baking.

Excited little hands getting ready to paint! 
 Step 2: Bake and Cool dough.
 Step 3: Painting! We decided to paint each egg white for a base color. My creative preschooler also did a couple yellow and a brown egg. We used all our spring cookie cutters on our dough so we had a couple Easter bunnies as well. Autumn painted them brown to look like chocolate bunnies.


 Step 4: Time to go outside and run off some energy while the eggs were drying. Then we came back in to decorate the eggs with many different spring colors. 

 Toddler's Eggs {1 and 1/2 year old}

Preschooler's Eggs {almost 3 and 1/2 year old} 

 Mommy's Eggs {age not necessary}

Step 5: Spray with sealant.  

Step 6: Place in an Easter basket to display or tie a ribbon to hang. 


Happy Easter
Be sure to check out all the fun we had making our spring window too!

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