How to Make Plastic Easter Egg Animals
Even if you are very environmentally conscious, or not Christian, you still have probably acquired a dozen or more plastic eggs from the Easter Bunny as you run errands with your child or take him to local events. Instead of tossing them, use them to make Spring animals for your table!
Focusing on the new life in the plant and animal world can help make early spring meaningful (and tie-in to the religious meaning of the holiday if you are Christian) and take the emphasis off the candy and the guy in the giant plush rabbit suit.
Materials to make the chick:
- one yellow plastic egg
- orange and white construction paper
- googly eyes
- yellow, orange, or white feathers
- one cardboard tube (toilet paper or paper towel)
- glue (we used a combination of Elmer's Glue-All and Tacky Glue...glue dots are also very effective if anything will not stick with regular paste)
1. Cut an orange triangle and glue, tip down, to the rim of the top half of the plastic egg.
2. Glue on googly eyes above the beak. (My daughter insisted on using the biggest size. If you want your chick to look more cute and less crazy, just use smaller eyes. I think this one looks kind of like Beaker...)
3. Add feathers on the top.
4. To create the base, cut a 1/2 inch round from the cardboard tube. If you want to give the base a "shirt collar", just cut a triangle out of the top of the tube.
5. Cover the base with white paper (you can chose another color if you do not want a shirt collar effect).
6. Cut a bow tie shape out of color paper or cut from white paper and color or decorate. Paste the bow tie to the tub right under the triangular cut-out. Snip the white paper to the tip of the triangular cut-out and fold each side over the bow tie to form shirt collars.
My daughter has changed her mind and wants her baby birdie to be a girl chick. I tried to convince her that girls could wear shirts and bow ties but she was not buying into the androgynous look that was so trendy in the 80s (I totally used to covet my mom's rhinestone necktie). So, my daughter is going to make a new base and give chickie a bow in her hair.
7. I put a little tape on the hinge to keep the chick's mouth open.
Your chick is ready to party with the bunnies, ducks, lambs, and other spring friends!
To make the bunny, we used pipe cleaners (aka "chenille stems"). Our egg already had two tiny holes so we poked each end of the pipe cleaner in, twisted a loop, twisted a second loop, and then poked in the other end. You can easily poke holes in the plastic with a compass or kebab spear or whatever sharp implements around the house that I assure you we keep out of reach of our three year old.
The nose is a pink pom pom (wooly balls in Project Runway speak) and the mouth is embroidery floss.