Tutorial + How-to

Published on April 12th, 2009 | by Julie Finn

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Don’t Throw Away Your Easter Trash! Craft It Into Something Awesome

Easter eggsWhether or not you bought handmade for this holiday, and whether you celebrated Easter or cobbled together a sort of Spring-y pagan festivity (like we did in my house), you’ve probably got some Easter trash.

I know we do. We tried for a low-key, handmade, natural materials little celebration, and we’ve STILL got the packaging for a couple of chocolate bunnies, some marshmallow Peeps that nobody wants to eat (they taste gritty!), and about a gazillion egg cartons and eggshells to deal with.

If you’ve got anything left over, chances are that some other people do, too, and chances are that somebody has thought of SOMETHING awesome to do with all that trash. Here are some tutorials to get you started:

  • Less a craft project than a science experiment, Peep Research does some pretty valid experiments, from cool to gruesome, on the ubiquitous marshmallow Peep. You could play this site straight with some holiday homeschool science with a kid, or create your own mad scientist project. If you do, though? You totally need to film it for youtube.
  • We did wooden eggs instead of plastic this year, but I’m actually going out later to dumpster-dive some plastic eggs because you can use my felted wool rock tutorial to make felted eggs instead, I’m betting. Instead of a rock, use a plastic egg, you know?
  • My girls and I make dry watercolor paints out of eggshells, but this tutorial for making eggshell chalk (scroll down until you see it) from Mormon Chic is the closest equivalent I could find online. Subject for another post, I suppose…
  • I can appreciate Plumpudding‘s obsession with cereal box crafting, because I have my own, er, “interests”–alphabets, rainbows, denim, anything fangeek. Anyway, after seeing that my two-year-old Sydney, who knows so little about the world, gazed in joy at all the incredible details on her cardboard bunny box for a very long time before even noticing that there was a huge chocolate bunny inside, I’m thinking that a lot of these projects, like the cereal box garland or the cereal box bookmarks, could work really well with any cardboard Easter packaging that you have. Here are some other uses for cereal boxes.

What do you do with your Easter trash?



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About the Author

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now. Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life; my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties; and my for links to articles about poverty, educational politics, and this famous cat who lives in my neighborhood.



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