nature easter egg craft

I think it's hilarious that I'm writing a blog post on crafting of all things.  Unlike my mother, I am not crafty.  I have lots of creative big ideas, but no way to execute them (unless my mom comes over...then she does all the crafting I could ever dream of :)).  Anyway, I wanted to share with you a sweet Easter craft that Pier and I did together.  Well, it was 99% me because Pier only had interest in the final product, but it was still fun!  I don't know what it is about the holidays that just brings out the hidden craft-lover in me.  Crafting with kids normally stresses me out, but a holiday related craft? That's a whole other story.

These eggs are easy to do and are simply beautiful no matter how they turn out.  Mama win.  For this craft, you'll need some butcher's twine, 12 dozen white eggs, 1 pair of stockings, and leaves. Then you can dye your eggs however you wish.  I used this eco-kit to make life easy on myself.  The full tutorial I used can be found here, but the process is a simple one.


First bring a quart of water to a boil.  
Then gently place 1 dozen eggs in the boiling water for about 10 minutes.
While that's going, bring your kids outside to find leaves or flowers to imprint on the eggs. 
Try to encourage them to find leaves that will fit the size of the egg.

When done, rinse eggs in cold water and wait until they're cool enough to work with.
In the meantime, cut 12 pieces of string and hose and have your leaves ready in a pile.
You want to create an assembly line of sorts...assembly lines make things easy!

Place a leaf on an egg, then tightly wind a piece of stocking around
the egg to secure your leaf. 
Follow this by tying a tight knot as close to the egg as possible.

Now you're all ready to dye your eggs!  Aren't they so festive and beautiful!?!