Easter crafts for the kids are great, but maybe this year you want to make something that will actually add an elegant touch to your decor. Try out these classy and sophisticated Easter crafts that will make your house beautiful and festive this Easter season.
Easter Egg Boxes
Instead of putting your Easter presents in ugly, run-of-the-mill plastic eggs, make Easter presents truly special this year by creating beautiful, unique eggs. Pick up some sturdy, cardboard German egg boxes, which you use year after year, at your local craft store or online. Once you have purchased the eggs, make them your own by painting them in various shades of blue. After you finish painting them, add your personal touch to them by applying glass glitter or small rhinestones, then create beautiful patterns that shimmer and shine. It doesn’t take much time to create an incredibly beautiful little heirloom. You just need some blue paint, cardboard eggs and time to let the paint dry. Once you’re done, you’ve created an old world masterpiece that your friends and family will look forward to year after year.
Old World Easter Eggs
When you create pysanky, or Ukranian, Easter eggs, you begin with the lightest color that you want on the egg. Everything part of the egg you decide that you want to keep white needs to be covered with wax using your stylus. Then you dye your egg yellow, for example. Because they are covered by wax, all spots that needed to remain white will remain white. Then, once your is dyed yellow, you must cover all areas of the egg you want to remain yellow with wax. You will progress to darker and darker colors, covering, with wax, any part you want to remain the color you just dyed the egg in. You will move progressively to darker and darker colors, layering wax each time. Then, using a candle flame to melt away all the wax, you will uncover a truly stunning egg with an incredibly intricate and amazing design. Obviously, the very first step to making a pysanky egg is to come up with a design so that you’re not wondering in the middle of designing exactly what your next step needs to be.
Basic steps for creating pysanky Easter eggs:
1. Gather your supplies. Before you start to decorate a pysanky Easter egg, you need to get your supplies ready. You will want to purchase real pysanky Easter egg supplies, as they are especially made for the pysanky process. Do not substitute authentic supplies with your regular craft store Easter egg materials and food coloring based dyes.
2. After you have gathered your supplies, you will need to read through every step of the creative process for creating your particular design on a pysanky Easter egg. Make sure that you clarify any steps you don’t understand before you actually begin creating your pysanky Easter egg masterpiece. Think of approaching the instructions for creating a pysanky Easter egg like creating a recipe: you want to read through the entire recipe in order to ensure that you have all of the ingredients and necessary pots and pans; make sure that you know what all the terms mean.
In other words: make sure you know how to make the egg before you actually begin working on it.
3. Finally, choose a design! There are numerous books of pysanky Easter egg designs and lots of websites that offer detailed designs and instructions for pysanky Easter eggs.