Plastic Easter Eggs ideas and crafts

So Easter is on the way, and whether you share the Christian faith or not, there is a good chance that you will celebrate Easter, and there’s a great way of doing so. Plastic Easter eggs. So why are they any better than the chocolate version?

Well we all like a bit of the brown sugary stuff, but when it comes down to it you can have too much of a good thing. When I was growing up because of illness I wasn’t allowed chocolates, so mum and dad started giving me plastic eggs with cash in them. I was more than happy!

And don’t think that once Easter is over they get chucked in the bin, I have included a load of ideas for what to do with them after.

So print off this hub, save it, bookmark it. Whatever. And enjoy your Easter!


Plastic Easter Eggs Are More Fun Than Chocolate Eggs

So what can you do with your eggs? You can craft with them before and after Easter. You can use them traditionally as an egg hunt. You can make little animals out of them. You can put them to good use afterwards such as saving money, using them as paint pots, and even as charity fund raisers. You try doing that with a chocolate egg and you are going to end up in a bit of a mess. Perhaps the best thing is that they are great fun and you can just use your imagination.

If you are using glue then there are a couple of options that you might want to consider. You will also need to be careful around small children.


 

Ideas Of What To Put Into Plastic Easter Eggs For Gifts

Let’s start before the big event itself. What are you going to put into your eggs? Well I have already suggested that maybe you would like to put in some money. Always popular, and particularly with the teenagers in the family. You could also buy a book token. Or how about finding some of those small gadgets such as a keyring that whistles when you clap. That could be quite good fun if you give someone a card with the instructions to walk around the house clapping if they want to find some money.

You could put in a small heart for a loved on. Or buy a mini-lego kit which will fit inside (get the lego kit first so that you know what size egg to buy…and take the kid out of the box!)

If you are giving the egg to someone with glasses then you could put a small set of screwdrivers and small screws in. That would be good for people who struggle to see because these eggs come in really bright colours and are large enough and an odd enough shape to not get lost in drawers.

If you more religious then you could actually tell the story of Easter using the eggs.

This will work with a small group of people, adults or kids.

Get hold of 9 eggs, an fill them with the following items.

  • Some foil covered miniature Easter eggs
  • A piece of bread
  • A coin – a penny will do
  • Purple silk or material of some sort. Ribbon would be the cheapest from the local haberdashery.
  • Thorns – you could snip some off roses, or just take a twig of hawthorn from a hedge. If you can’t find that, then you could always just use a bit of brown paper cut into triangle shapes.
  • 9 thick pieces of string tied together.
  • A small cross – you can make these out of fimo and then bake in the oven.
  • A nail
  • A spear – you could get some of those very small pencils, or better, sharpen (carefully) matches or get a local miniature wargames person to give you a load. You can pick them up online quite cheaply, but be careful of the lead content if using with small children.
  • A stone

Miracle Maker on DVD

Put the chocolate eggs in each egg so that there is something nice to open too. Put each item in each egg and then go and hide the eggs. When your guests arrive play the Easter egg hunt below and have them bring the eggs back to one place and open them together. They can eat the eggs there and then, but as they do so they should talk about the items. With 9 people together you should have enough people to remember the Easter story. Put the items in a line in the right order and tell the story to one another. You could also get a copy of ‘The Miracle Maker’ on DVD and watch the part of it where Jesus is killed and then is resurrected.

How To Arrange Great Easter Egg Hunt Games

The art of getting successful games off the ground is really think through what you want to achieve before you start.  What is your end result?  Think about who you have participating. 

So if, for example, you have teenagers as well as littlies hunting for the plastic Easter eggs then you will want to make sure that the eggs are filled with appropriate gifts for their age group.  In which case you will need to consider how to colour code them.  Try this hassle free way.

Set up some tables away from the hunting area – lets imagine you have a hall you are using, but you could easily do this in your driveway or if you do a street party, on the road and hide the eggs in neighbours gardens!

So your tables are set up.  Get coloured table cloths that match the colour of the eggs, you will see why in a minute.  Now organise a seating plan, and this is the clever bit.  Group the children/young people into their own age groups on each table.  So, for example, all the 8-10 year olds sit on tables with yellow cloths.  All the 11-13 year olds on the green cloth tables etc..  Make sure that your eggs colours have the matching table cloths with the right gifts in side.  So in the eggs-ample above (sorry!) you the yellow eggs have lego toys, the green eggs have a tamagotchi.  Tell the kids to collect eggs that are the same colour as their table cloth.  If you have cheap novelty items then they can collect as many as they can find, or just tell them to collect one egg if you are using expensive items such as I have suggested.

To make the day last longer, once the eggs are on the table and the gifts played with/stashed/devoured then you can do some craft models with them, as I will outline in a moment.


How to arrange and egg hunt

Great Easter Egg Hunt Clues

One thing that is quite fun to do is to hide the eggs really well.  You can get hold of camouflage plastic Easter eggs  which will help. Otherwise just bury them under leaves and grass.  But if you do that you will need some clues.  

You can:

  1. Give out really easy clues to each table.  Such as look under something green and sticky (tree or bush!).  You might have to get a bit tired under a moving thing. (by a car tyre).
  2. Put a map on each table, and tape it down so that it can’t be removed, indicating where the eggs are hidden and how many
  3. Give the kids a compass and a tape measure.  Make the clues something like “10 feet from the green potted plant, northwards” (In which case you could turn it into a pirate themed Easter egg hunt)
  4. Create clues that are made out of anagrams, coded number puzzles, acrostics…To get some ideas of what you could do, get a competition puzzle magazine. The reason why these are so good is that to enter the competitions you have to write just one word onto the form.  That will show you how to create puzzles that will work as clues.
  5. You could make finding the eggs really easy, but inside each egg is a piece of jigsaw/few pieces of jigsaw that make up a picture to show where the mother-lode stash of goodies are hidden!  You could do something like go to an online printing shop and upload a photograph of where they would be hidden perhaps.  Or just write out the clue and cut it up into jigsaw bits.

 Use your imagination!


What You Can Do With Them After The Hunt


Great, the hunt is over. And usually you would trash the eggs, but you could extend the party.

Get a load of craft materials and dump them on each table. Such as: feathers, wobbly eyes, felt pieces, paper, glittery glue, glitter, corrugated card, crepe paper…Don’t forget the glue (see below).

Tell the kids to get on and create something cool. If you need to, write out some suggestions onto pieces of paper. Don’t forget that some kids will need help. If you are going to decorate plastic Easter eggs then you need to use a hot glue gun for best results. But not with small children! The end is especially hot and can cause permanent skin damage. Instead, use PVA glue.

So what can you do? How about you make some animals? Or make a nest of brown crape paper, and put open eggs face upwards. Yellow cotton wool balls with small orange diamonds folded in half to make beaks, and wobbly eyes make cute chicks. Put them in the eggs. You could get some precut shapes from the craft shop to stick to the eggs to make these animals. I personally really like to use feathers – big one’s!

You could make parachuting eggs! Get a foot square plastic bag. Across the diagonals in a straight line lay two piece of string to form an X shape. Tape the string to the corners. Pick up the string where they cross and tape on the egg. You could then decorate the egg. Wrap the parachute with the string carefully around the egg and then throw it as high into the air as possible. If it helps, add a bit of modelling clay to the inside to give it some throwing weight.

How about a relay race between teams – use the egg instead of an orange to be passed under chins to the end of the line. You could also play the classic game of throwing eggs between pairs, gradually getting wide and wider until someone drops it as a knock out competition. Of course, you could take it further… and switch in a real egg painted the same colour! Great for cocky teens…

And if all else fails, just have some egg and spoon races! But you could make it really interesting. Rather then the fastest, create an obstacle course and pit teenagers against one another.

Faberge?

Here’s a crazy idea that I came across recently. It takes a bit of time but if you want to do this at home it’s a good laugh.

You will first need to open up a paper clip or cut a small hole in the bottom of a plastic or paper cup to act as a stand, otherwise you end up with the craft and glue I am about to describe all over the table.

Next, paint all over your egg with PVA glue, and then roll it in some sequins. Let it dry completely (the glue goes clear) then paint it all over again and roll it in more sequins. Keep going like this until it is completely covered and glittery. You can hang it as a Christmas decoration, or keep adding pieced to it to create a Faberge style egg!

If you want to take it that one step further, open the egg and deal with it in two halves. Put a piece of silk around some cotton wool or a rolled up tissue to make it pad out. Glue something like a large plastic gem to the middle of the lump you have just created and put it carefully into the egg. Wrap some thin gold trim that you might use for hemming decoration (haberdashers again) around the lips of both the top egg and the lower egg. Carefully tape the top and bottom half together at one side and open it as a hinge. You will have to carefully now prop the egg open so that it doesn’t move – you can do this with modelling clay.

Now, this will take some time but gradually over a couple of days you can paint over the hinge you have made PVA glue. Let it dry each time and in the same way that an icicle is formed you will get a build up of glue that will eventually be strong enough to hold the hinge open. And there you have it, your very own Faberge egg.

Saving Money

I don’t mean saving money by buying cheaper plastic Easter eggs. They are cheap enough already! Instead, I mean you can use them to save money. It’s great fun to do this one with the kids. Lets say you are all saving for different things in the family – going out, sister’s birthday, Christmas… Get an egg box and put it in the refrigerator. Every time you have a bit of spare cash, or when you give your kids an allowance, they put a small amount of the cash into the eggs you store in the egg boxes. Put a matching coloured piece of card for each egg into the lid to make a note of what you are saving for.

Then take it one step further, why not turn this project into…

A Charity Fund Raiser

This is nice and easy to do. Get your friends together (local church/school/women’s group/scouts/guides…) and give each an egg. Don’t make it too big! They can give it to other people, or have one for themselves and a few for other people they know. During the Easter season – which for us in the UK you could count as half term in February through to April – simply ask people to put in the change in their pockets every night into an egg that they keep in the fridge. At the end of the period they bring the eggs back for a grand opening and counting. No names! How about turning it into an event and having a fried eggs and bacon butties event?

Tidy Up!


And after all that mess, it’s probably time to clear it all up. It’s a mess, but who cares? Here are some ideas of how to use your plastic Easter eggs as storage devices.

  • Guitar plectrum holders (my favourite!)
  • Battery storage – helps you to not lose the rechargeables
  • Herbs – keep them fresh for longer in the fridge
  • Rings and earrings, especially when travelling abroad
  • Use the flat bottomed ones for painting with the kids – just put paint in them OR
  • You could put a small amount of paint in half eggs and stand them in an egg box
  • Ladies, you could put your spare pair of tights/pantyhose into an egg to carry around in your handbag (no embarrassment when the male clot in the office knocks over your bag, and keeps them from getting damaged)
  • Shaker instruments for the kids, or even the band. Use lentils or rice, and a microphone so you can be heard. These cost a fortune in the shops!
  • A matching game for toddlers. My sons both enjoyed spotting colours and then doing something with them. You could just split a load of eggs up and your kids put them back together. You could go one stage further though. Why not get clipart images of animals and put half an animal on each egg, then play a game of inventing strange looking creatures (don’t laugh, a yoghurt manufacturer did this with magnets in the UK as a successful marketing plan! Again, both my boys loved it, in fact fought over the magnets)
  • Store away small crafting materials like beads and sequins that otherwise get lost.
  • You could make a small hole in the top, and through it thread one end of a spool of ribbon, or string, as a tidy dispenser.

So as you can see, I rather like plastic Easter eggs, and they are far more versatile than their chocolate counter parts. After all, what can you do with chocolate but just eat it?

Have a great Easter!

Added thought...where to get your eggs?

It's always easier, I find, to buy your Easter eggs on line. Click to buy is my preference simply because I can get the best deals. Some of the eggs come pre-decorated, some of them are just plain. You can get camouflaged eggs; large and small eggs. It really is a buyers market.

The one thing to look out for online is the cost of the postage. Because the parcels are bulky, though not necessarily heavy, they will cost more. You will have to balance the cost of the postage against the time and petrol cost of going down the local shop. The other thing is that you don't actually get to see what the egg looks like in the flesh (or rather the shell!).

How much do eggs cost on line?

Ebay do of course have a great range of people selling eggs, from stores to those on ebay just for the fun of it! Currently on UK ebay there are smiley faces at £2.99 for 12, £1.80 postage; another seller on ebay have 10 for £1.99, and just £1.55 postage. 10 stripey eggs for £3.99 are at 'just for fun' party store, but the postage is the same again! So you can see that the prices aren't that much different, but it's the postage that is the real kicker. As I have surfed around the net getting some prices in that seems to be the pattern.

Of course the last concern with buying online is shipping times. Many online sites don't have active stock inventories that are linked to their websites as the coding is pretty hard to manage behind the scenes. What I mean is that unlike Amazon which will tell you something is out of stock, or how many are left, many smaller online stores will simply say they will despatch in 3-5 days, for example. That's great, but if they run out today before they get to your order then you will have to wait for them to get their next order in. If you are running really close to Easter, with gifts moving all around the country, and everyone and their granny trying to get their hands on a limited supply of eggs, you could have a problem.

Best solution? Call ahead! Phone the on line shop up and just check that if you place your order they have plenty of stock. If you are going through ebay the seller might have an online store you could call. Failing that, mail them through the ebay system to check on their supplies. And don't forget to check that they have a good customer feedback.

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