After Easter has come and gone, and the dyed Easter eggs are eaten one by one, you will be left with a large amount of colorful eggshells. Rather than tossing them in the garbage, you can create easy homemade mosaics with them. Kids love this craft as it lets them create very artistic pictures quickly and easily.
1. Sturdy paper for the backing
2. Egg shells
3. Easter egg dye
4. White craft glue
Picking a Design
The first thing to do when you begin to make an Easter egg shell mosaic is chose your design. This is a great craft to make Easter themed pictures with. You could make some bunnies and chicks, early spring flowers, or a religious scene. Of course, you can choose any other type of picture as well.
You must draw the picture on the sturdy piece of paper that you intend to make your mosaic on. Use pencil. If you are trying a design from a book, you can transfer it using carbon paper or trace it on thinner paper first.
Creating the Mosaic
After you have your design laid out on the paper, you are ready to prepare the eggshells. If these are Easter eggs that are already dyed, you should keep the colors in separate bags. Place the carefully rinsed eggshells in plastic bags and crush them with your hand or a large spoon or rolling pin. You want to pieces to be separate and about one quarter to one half inch across. It might be easier for smaller children to work with larger pieces.
After the eggshells are crushed, you will have to dye them. Make up several different colors of dye in separate bowls. If you want a vibrantly colored mosaic, use more than the recommended amount of dye. For softer colors, use less dye.
Once the eggshell pieces are dyed and then dried, you are ready to begin making your picture. You should use the clear-drying glue liberally so that the eggshell pieces will be secure on the paper. Carefully lay out the colorful eggshell pieces to fill in your design. You should leave a small space between each one so that it looks like a real tile mosaic. You can lay them out in rows, circles, or randomly.
After all the eggshells are laid out in your picture, you must allow the glue to dry thoroughly before displaying your picture. At the end, you will have a fabulous Easter egg shell mosaic for everyone to admire.
Creating easy homemade mosaics with Easter egg shells is a great craft for the whole family. The gentle colors will make a nice accent to your springtime home if you display the pictures afterward.