Create a collage Easter Egg

by Kathena A Posted on March 21, 2010

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This Springtime craft project was always a big hit with my kindergarten students. They loved making beautiful colored paper, then using the paper to create Easter egg collages featuring their favorite photo. Give it a try this weekend with your little ones.

HOW TO MAKE A COLLAGE EASTER EGG

Materials Needed

  1. colored chalk, deep vivid colors if you can find them or pastel
  2. carrot grater
  3. dish tub or oblong  pan
  4. white construction paper
  5. photo
  6. Optional materials: glue stick, gift wrap or colored construction paper, wire ribbon, hole punch

The Paper

Directions:

  1. Fill a dish tub with 3 or 4 inches of cold water
  2. Grate a small amount of chalk onto the surface of the water. Do this with 3 or 4 different colors of chalk. (Use the finest holes on your grater. Surface tension will hold the chalk on the surface of the water.)
  3. Lay a piece of construction paper on the surfaced of the chalk covered water (you can pre-cut your paper into shapes or note card sizes if you wish)
  4. Carefully pick up the two corners of the paper nearest you and drag the paper across the surface of the water.
  5. Lay the paper face up on a flat surface to dry
  6. Grate chalk onto the surface of the water for each new piece of paper that you want to marble. Change the water frequently.

The Collage

Directions:

Children love to make marbled paper. The act of making it is enough magic for them. However, once you have made the paper, why not turn it into a beautiful collage Easter egg?

  1. Cut the marbleized paper into the shape of a large egg. I first make a template of this and use it to trace the shape onto my marbled paper
  2. Select a picture that you would like to display in the center of the egg. You can make a smaller template to cover the portion of the photo that you would like to see displayed in the center of the card
  3. Place the small photo template in the center of the card and trace around it. Cut along the line that you have just drawn so that you can create an opening for your photo
  4. Glue or tape your photo onto the back of the egg.
  5. Now you can glue the large egg with your photo onto a colored piece of construction paper or design paper. I have used a gift wrap behind my marbled egg
  6. You can also add bits of torn marbled paper around the outside of your photo on the front of the card to get that old fashion look that you see on eggs made of sugar with a scene inside
  7. To add a ribbon simply punch two holes, side by side into the front of the card and string the ribbon through each hole

Bonus Project

  • Marbled paper makes a wonderful gift wrap!

SAFETY NOTICE: Do not use chalk marbling on Easter eggs as chalk is not meant to be ingested.

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  1. Joey Says:

    What a cute and clever idea to do with little ones for Easter.
    Thanks for sharing the details! :)

  2. AnnAbbott Says:

    What a fun project. My kids love arts and crafts and this is something all three would love to do. Thanks for sharing such a fun idea.

more about Kathena A

I grew up in the Bay Area where I soaked up all of the advantages that places like Berkeley, San Francisco and Marin could offer. During the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s I taught grammar school here in California. Over the years I managed to teach all the grade levels and thus I have gained an arsenal of art projects and writing tips, which I would like to share with you. I work as an artist and metal smith now but my former students often visit me and, as you may imagine, some of them now have young children of their own. We often reminisce about a favorite art project that we did at school together. In some cases the original project has been preserved. I recently visited with a former student of mine who is now a college professor in the field of nanotechnology. I was amazed to see an art project that he had done in third grade on display in his parents’ home. Together, we admired his work all over again. With the arrival of Shutterfly’s photo storage capabilities parents can now photograph and preserve those memories and store them online. In addition, they can easily create beautiful memory books as future keepsakes for their children. With this in mind, it is my hope that together, you and I will create some new projects and family memories for your child’s scrapbook.

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