Thursday, March 31, 2011

Wild Bird Eggs - Great Eggspectations

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I made these eggs last year, right around this time. It was my 6th blog post ever and I didn't even know about Link Parties....or photo editing for that matter. So, because I think these eggs are SO FUN and SO DURABLE (they've been a favorite toy of the many kiddos who've visited this house over the past year), I am re-posting this project. It needs some love. :-)

I was inspired to make these eggs by some images in a book that was illustrated by a local artist named Helen Stevens (go to her website here ). The book, titled Moose Eggs: Or Why Moose Have Flat Antlers is written by accomplished fabulist Susan Willams Beckhorn.  
 To Make Them
You'll Need: 

Wooden Eggs (various sizes...I went with larger ones, for kiddo safety)
Glossy Modpodge

~Find some pictures of wild bird eggs, from the book above, or even online.....though finding good pictures and ID's online was surprisingly hard. 
~Paint the eggs!! They should have a flat bottom and will stand easily enough. 
~Wait for them to dry and then Mod Podge, em!! Make it nice and thick....if you have kiddos they are going to want to roll, hide, pretend to get the picture. These eggs are going to go through a lot....but they are wicked durable. 
~Put the name of the type of Bird Egg on the bottom....we can learn from this craft too!!

These are really fun way to twist up the regular old Easter Egg hunt......imitation bird eggs!! Add a little science to your spring. Your family will thank you!!

Want to know what bird eggs I made? Here's a little ID Picture with a list below:
  1.  Osprey
  2.  Robin
  3.  Northern Cardinal
  4.  Rose Breasted Grosbeak
  5.  Blue Jay
  6.  Cormorant
  7.  Song Thrush (not from New England, more like England....but I loved the colors)\
  8.  Great Horned Owl
  9.  Puffin
  10.  House Sparrow
  11.  Cedar Waxwing
  12.  Grouse
  13.  Bluebird
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  1. Wow! Love the detail! I'm a big bird fan!

  2. I love how you made them all different and like real eggs. Thanks for sharing your project again!

  3. Sooo cute. I love that you even identified them for us. :) I'm a huge bird fan so love this!

  4. Cool egg ID photo! They are all beautiful and amazingly real looking. Thanks, nifty project!

  5. I love these! I definitely need to make some of these. So stinkin' cute!

  6. Super cool! I love that you painted them by what type of bird they'd come from. Thanks for sharing the info.

  7. These look so great! I haven't been able to find any wooden eggs but as soon as I do I'll be making some like yours!

  8. Love your eggs and seeing which birds they belong to. So educational ~ thank you.

  9. Very creative, I love them and good to know the different kinds of birds. Great post!

  10. These are wonderful and how fun that it is educational too. I love the idea of eggs they can play with and learn.

  11. These are gorgeous...they look so real! You did a beautiful job. Mine would never turn out this great!

  12. Just beautiful..a lovely addition to an Easter vignette or coffee table. With a touch of design elegance! Just lovely! yvette@twistedvines

  13. love it! love it! i'm with you....great for science. my kids are going to love this too :) question though...i'm new to blogging and i don't know how to link this to my blog...second, is it proper blog etiquette to link without asking (getting permission)? thanks!

  14. I just found your blog and am your newest follower. Thanks for creating such an amazing blog full of inspiration. I'll be back often (and I LOVE the eggs)!

  15. Wow! Your eggs are so artfully done -- they look like the real deal. As a bird, nest, and egg aficionado, I was so thrilled to find your post!

    New follower,
    Jenn/Rook No. 17

  16. These are the prettiest hand decorated eggs I've ever seen! I would love to include them in my blog's Wednesday 'visiting other nests' post where I feature other bloggers' bird/nature themed projects.

  17. These are beautiful. I appreciate so much, that you labeled them.

  18. What a really sweet idea! Not only great decor for spring but could be a learning experience for little ones. Nicely done!


  19. The eggs are so pretty and how clever to make them authentic. You might enjoy coming by to tell me where to put our birdhouse. Jane F


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