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Silly Face Easter Eggs

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs // thepapermama.com

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs // thepapermama.com

Oh, the Silly Face Easter Eggs. I originally saw the idea to put a family photo on eggs here a couple years ago (and then again here last year) and I’m FINALLY getting to creating these. It was so fun. I decided to add a few extras with a bit of acrylic paint. Some cheeks. A mustache. Maybe a little hair bow. So easy. I think we will recreate these for Easter, and I will add the paint AFTER the kiddo is in bed and tell her the Easter bunny did it. Yes. Good plan. I’m so excited! I’ll also be stalking the facebook pages of my family members to borrow some photos for more Easter egg photos. A whole family of photo eggs. Ok, want to make these for yourself? Here’s how:

Supplies:

- 12ish extra large eggs

- tracing paper or vellum paper

- Mod Podge

- paint (colors are up to you)

- super fine point paint brush

- scissors and printer

- Optional: Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer

Directions:

- Boil your eggs.

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs // thepapermama.com

- Pick out the photos you’d like to use (I suggest images with a full head/face in the image). If you have some Photoshop knowledge, use photoshop to cut the background behind the faces you want to use. If no Photoshop, no worries! Just use the whole image. Resize the image to make the head about 1.5 inches to 2 inches wide. Arrange your little images on a 8 x 10 size file. Put your piece of vellum or tracing paper into your printer and print the page. Side note: My printer is fairly new, so it handled the delicate paper pretty well, I’m not sure how this will work with other printers. 

- Optional: Use your Clear Acrylic Spray Sealer to spray a very light coat of spray on the print. Mod Podge tends to make printed image ink run. The spray will stop that. I didn’t use the spray, so it’s completely up to you. 

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs // thepapermama.com

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs // thepapermama.com

- Use your scissors to cut out the heads from your pictures. Use Mod Podge to adhere the faces to the eggs, plus a light layer of Mod Podge on the face. Let dry completely.

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs // thepapermama.com

- Here’s the fun part. Use your fine point paint brush and paint to add some goodies to your eggs. I painted on little flowers, rosy cheeks, mustaches and beards, sunglasses, and bow ties to my eggs. I love how they turned out. The painting part took about 5 minutes for 10 eggs. Super fast and fun.

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs // thepapermama.com

That’s it! You’re done. Let the Easter Bunny hide those eggs and have a grand ‘ol Easter.

Silly Face Photo Easter Eggs GIF // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Cascarones, or “shell hits”, are said to bring luck and fortune to the person whose head you break the egg over. Typically Cascarones are filled with confetti, but I decided to add a couple of treats and turn these eggs into a countdown to Easter: the Easter Egg Surprise Countdown. While we won’t be breaking these eggs over our head, I did want to make these creations exciting for my 4-year-old. Here’s how I made them…

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- a dozen-ish eggs

- egg dye

- confetti

- mini mini toys that can fit inside an egg + stickers + chocolate

- mod podge

- paper

- optional: tissue & glitter

Directions:

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- First, let’s prep the eggs. Tap the “bottom” (opposite of the pointy/skinny end of the egg) with a butter knife. When you make a little break in the egg, use your fingers to chip away the shell to make a 1/2 inch to 1 inch wide hole (the size depends on what you’re putting in the egg). Wash the eggs with soap and water (inside and out) and let dry completely. Psst: why not make some fried rice with the egg yolks?

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Set up your egg dye and dye the egg shells. Let the eggs dry completely (maybe overnight).

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Fill the eggs with the confetti, stickers, chocolate, and mini toys. My kiddo REALLY wanted to help me with this part, so I let her put all the confetti in. When she wasn’t looking, I popped in the toys/stickers/chocolate and it will be a fun surprise for her!

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Let’s seal the eggs. I punched out some 1.5 inch paper circles and mod podged them over the hole.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Optional: you can just stick with the paper over the holes here, or you can cover up some more! I chose to cover the paper with colored tissue, them brushed a layer of Mod Podge over the tissue paper and dipped into a cup of glitter.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Let the glue dry completely, and start your Easter countdown!

I only made 8 eggs, so I’m going to have to hear my kiddo asking, “Is it time to start the Easter countdown yet?” For a couple more weeks. Whoops.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

Side note: I have seen a few creations that put bird seed in the cascarones, instead of the confetti. That way if you do break them outside, it’s not littering (and hard to clean up) if you leave some seed for the birdies.

Cascarones Easter Egg Surprise Countdown // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

Little Egg Succulent Planter

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Well. These are adorable. I was trying to find something fun and different to do with my Easter eggs. The Little Egg Succulent Planter turned out pretty cute. Make one and keep it for yourself, or make a lot and give to your friends or use as place markers for your holiday dinner.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Supplies:

- 1 raw egg

- needle

- 1 small succulent

- cactus dirt

- black permanent pen

- optional: egg holder

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Directions:

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Time to prep the egg. Use your needle to poke holes in a line sound the pointy top of the egg.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Use your fingers to beak the egg along the line of needle holes.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Write a little love note on your egg with the permanent pen. I wrote “happy spring”, “for you”, and drew a heart. Tip: dye the egg shells first, then write a note on the egg. Fun!

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Plant your succulent in the egg. Tip: use a little chop stick to push down the loose dirt. 

Keep this little egg gift for yourself, or give to a friend. I gave these eggs to my neighbors. Or, you could use the Egg Succulent Planters for place markers this Easter at your dinner table.

Little Easter Egg Planter DIY // thepapermama.com

- Chelsey

How to blow an egg.

How to blow yolk out of an egg // thepapermama.com

First, let’s all hope that this post title doesn’t put me in the dirty traffic in search engines. Ha! I thought about changing the title a bit, but this is what it is. You gotta blow the yolk out of the egg.

Anyway, I had no idea that blowing yolk out of an egg isn’t really common knowledge. Maybe most of you know how to do this? But it seems some of you don’t know how, or maybe you don’t care? Well, just in case… I’m sharing how to blow an egg on the blog today. When I was a kiddo this was a common art project during Spring, my mom taught us kids how to do this. Why blow an egg? Well, when you color a boiled egg, it only lasts for so long. A blown egg will last forever (well, until it breaks). You blow the yolk out and decorate away. We typically used acrylic paint to create a beautiful painted scene (I usually painted cats playing in the grass, cause nerd), but you can really do anything with a blown out egg.

Next week, on this here blog, will be filled with a wonderful variety of egg decorating ideas, but for now let’s get to how to blow that egg.

Supplies:

- egg

- long needle

- bowl

Directions: 

How to blow yolk out of an egg // thepapermama.com

- Use your needle to poke a hole in the “top” of the egg (I call the pointy end of the egg the “top”).

How to blow yolk out of an egg // thepapermama.com

- On the bottom side of the egg (opposite from the pointy end), use the needle to poke another hole. Poke the needle into the egg multiple times to make this hole bigger than the other end, so the yolk can squeeze out. Be sure to poke the needle around inside of the egg, to break the yolk.

How to blow yolk out of an egg // thepapermama.com

- With the bowl under the egg, put your mouth on the top of the egg and carefully blow. If the egg yolk/whites are having trouble coming out, poke the needle around in the bottom of the egg again (to make sure the yolk is broken). Tip: don’t squeeze the egg shell too hard. Once you poke a hole in the shell, it’s not as strong and you could break it.

How to blow yolk out of an egg // thepapermama.com

- Blow on the top egg hole until the egg yolk is out. Bring the egg over to the faucet and run water in the bottom hole. Shake the egg, and blow the water out (mouth on top hole). I suggest waiting 24 hours to let the inside of the egg dry, but you can get started right away if you need to.

Ok, enjoy! There’s so much you can do from here. Maybe thread some ribbon through the top hole to turn it into an Easter ornament? Ok, have a wonderful and happy Friday/weekend. See you next week with a bunch of egg decorating ideas!

- Chelsey

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