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)
Paint
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 crack....you 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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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Origami Abundance Hen

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Here's a really cute way to display your child's Easter candy:
It's a little Abundance hen I made thanks to help from the site called Origami Spirit. Here is the best part of this little hen:
Aw, yea. There is a pocket for all the candy. :-) 
You've got to try this paper hen out. It's so sweet. Right up there with my Origami Spring Bunnies 
in cuteness, wouldn't you say?? Okay, I'm biased. 
Here it the video tutorial:
(Bear in mind that this lady does this paper folding at SUPER SPEED with NO WORDS. You are not going to appreciate the video very much. I didn't.....but I am thankful that she made it. I'm just not that happy with her. :-) Prepare yourself to pause. A lot.)





See what I mean? She's a tyrant. :-)

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