I very rarely blog about crafts I do with my children, it’s just not that sort of blog. To be honest, I’m not that sort of mum. But Libby does love craft, and I feel guilty that because I’m so bad at art myself, I rarely do anything with her.
I’m feeling particularly guilty at the moment, because she is getting on so well with drawing and writing since getting her glasses. So, against my better judgement, we embarked on an Easter craft project. It’s gone remarkably well so I thought I’d share both the process and the results.
Making an Easter egg nest – paper mache
I decided we’d make a nest for Libby’s Easter eggs. This was inspired by a gorgeous knitted chick that the girls had last Easter, who really needed a nest and some eggs to sit on.
So bravely, we wheeled out the paper mache.
We made our paper mache paste out of flour and water – roughly one part flour to two parts water. Libby then ripped up a lot of pieces of newspaper.
The pieces of paper that weren’t stolen and chased around the room by Jamer were dipped in the paper mache and stuck on the bottom half of the balloon.
We ended up doing two separate layers of paper mache. This was purely because Libby started to lose concentration, and a tired two year old and some home made glue didn’t seem like a wise combination.
When each layer went on, we dried it in the airing cupboard. When it was completely dry, we popped the balloon and peeled it off the inside of the nest.
Painting and decorating your Easter egg nest
Then came the part where I felt rather brave – I let Libby loose with some sparkly paint. Again, this took two layers because the paint was more translucent than I anticipated.
Once the paint was completely dry, Libby set about sticking some pretty flower stickers onto her nest.
And finally, Libby filled her nest up with some shredded paper and a few coloured feathers. She then popped in her Cadbury’s Creme Eggs and sat the chick on top.
Of course, a bird’s nest wouldn’t look right if it wasn’t in a tree, so we popped over to Granddad’s house to take a few photos.
Libby made the nest herself with enough help from me to stop anything from going horribly wrong.
Sadly neither Libby or I are talented enough to have knitted the chick, although I believe it was hand knitted. If you have enjoyed this crafty post, there are loads of fabulously crafty parent blogs out there. Unfortunately, this isn’t one of them!