Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Easter Decoration: Rock-a-Birdies

We found this incredibly cute Easter craft for kids and adults. Beautiful and easy-to-make...perfect for the occasion!
 You can hang these little swingers anywhere in the house.
- Egg carton
- Hole punch
- 1/4-inch-wide ribbon
- Colored tissue paper
- Pinking shears or decorative-edge craft scissors
- Blown eggs
- Glue stick
- Colored feathers
- Colored card stock
- Marker


  1. For each, cut a cup from the egg carton and punch 3 holes as shown.
  2. Cut 3 pieces of ribbon, each about 9 inches long. Thread an end of each piece through a hole in the carton and knot it, then tie the other ends of the ribbons together.
  3. Cut two 2- by 6-inch rectangles of tissue paper, one with the pinking shears. Lay the pinked rectangle on top of the other. Wrap the papers around a blown egg so that the pinked edge peeks out from behind the straight edge. Secure with the glue stick.
  4. Place the wrapped egg in the cradle. Use the glue stick to attach a small tuft of feather and a card stock beak and eyes to the egg. Make pupils on the eyes with the marker.

    Source: familyfun.go.com

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  1. Your site to contains wonderful stuff on Easter Decoration. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Do you have any tips for blowing eggs. I do it every EAster for my grandchildren but feel like I am going to blow my brains out. I don't want to make the holes too large, and I do try and scramble the eggs with a large darning needle before blowing, but it is still quite a job. Does everyone else have the same problems or am I doing something wrong?

  3. I am SOOOOO glad you posted this question as I have had the same problem and stopped blowing Easter eggs altogether! An idea struck me as I read your post so I just tried it out and it works beautifully! I have a small, hand held dremel tool I use when making jewelry. I chose my finest diamond cut blade and assembled my tool. I held the egg gently, but firmly in one hand and SLOWLY and lightly applied the diamond blade to the egg, making a small slit. I made another slit on the other end, making sure I permeated the outer egg membrane thoroughly. It still took a good push to get the egg going when I first began to blow it out, but it was MUCH easier than the traditional method. In a few cases the outer membrane on the egg kept "flapping shut", making it difficult to blow. So I grabbed my tiny embroidery scissors and snipped part of the outer membrane out first. Of course there is that squiggly little white membrane (called the vitelline membrane) that always "stops up" the egg flow. When that began coming out, I took a small, sharp paring knife and gently slipped it into the slit I made with my dremel tool. This coaxed the membrane out with my next blow. Once that passes out, it's smooth sailing from there! I submerged my empty shells in hot tap water to clean them out and set them on a towel to dry! Later I took my tool again and made a second slit crosswise of the first slit, making the shape of a cross. :D I can't wait to decorate them!

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  5. One last tip....wear your safety glasses any time you use a dremel tool. I was glad I did when I got splashed with egg white!