So I didn’t do all the Easter-y crafts I had set out to do. That’s life though, isn’t it? And my kids are clean and fed (ish), so that’s really all that matters. I did want to share what we did accomplish though :)
very neat alternative
I got the idea for these at Our Best Bites another fantastic website that keeps me up at night. You boil the eggs as usual and then roll them or squeeze them a bit to create little cracks in the shell. You don’t want to peel it or have large chunks missing, just small, spider webby (i do what i want) cracks. Fill some cups with liquid food coloring (these keeps them still edible so you can make dino mash egg salad), about 20 drops, and then drop the eggs in and leave them overnight. Peel as usual :)
This idea came from yet another cool blog (there are SO many!) called Eighteen25. This was actually also really easy and cheap. We bought a bunch of little eggs and some clear, elastic jewelry…twine..no, string? Rope? You know, the stuff out of which people make necklaces (i like challenging myself not to end sentences with prepositions). Moving on, this was something that Abby was able to help with too. You just string the…string through the holes already in the eggs, tie off and there ya go. Abby could only do an egg every 6 minutes or so because they are small holes and she’s stilling working on her hand-eye coordination, but practice makes progress yo.
I actually think you could make this quite chic. I also liked the look of leaving the eggs not snapped together. You could even spray paint them during the holidays and reuse? Maybe gold and silver? Go crazy. And I have something to tell you. That picture up there is not a picture of my garland. It’s dark out and there’s no way I’m gonna get a good picture now.
Resurrection Eggs (Easter advent calendar)
Probably my favorite. No, definitely :) The original props go to the How Does She blog. This was my favorite because a) its about the true meaning of Easter and b) because Abby and I got to have a scavenger hunt looking for the stuff!
resurrection egg items
1. And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39) –>we used a medicine cup that would fit in the egg
2. Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. (Matthew 26:14-15) –>3 dimes
3. Early in the morning, all the chief priests and the elders of the people came to the decision to put Jesus to death. They bound him, led him away and handed him over to Pilate, the governor. (Matthew 27:1-2)–>piece of twine or string
4. When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. “I am innocent of this man’s blood,” he said. “It is your responsibility!” All the people answered, “Let his blood be on us and on our children!” Then he released Barabbas to them. But he had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. (Matthew 27:24-26)–>the only soap we had that would fit in the egg was a dishwasher packet, but you could cut a chunk off of a bar of soap
5. They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand and knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said. They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again. (Matthew 37:28-30)–>we went outside and cut an inch section off a plant with thorns on the stem
6. After they had mocked him, they took off the robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him away to crucify him. As they were going out, they met a man from Cyrene, named Simon, and they forced him to carry the cross. (Matthew 27:31-32)–>a nail. press the nail into your hand; imagine the pain
7. And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. (Matthew 27:35-36)–>dice
8. And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, (Matthew 27:50-25)–>rocks
9. When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had cut in the rock. And he rolled a great stone to the entrance of the tomb and went away. (Matthew 27:57-60)–>we used a piece of paper towel
10. Pilate said to them, “You have a guard of soldiers. Go, make it as secure as you can.” So they went and made the tomb secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard. (Matthew 27:60, 65-66)–>large stone
11. When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him….And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. And for fear of him the guards trembled and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. (Mark 16:1, Matthew 28:2-5)–>spices in a snack bag
12. And he said to them, “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; he is not here. See the place where they laid him. (Mark 16:6)–>empty! :)
There are few different versions of this out there using different items, different verses, a little bit of a different order, but the message is not lost! We also did one at MOPS the day after I found this one so we’re going to open those eggs, each one, Easter morning (tomorrow!) and then read the account of the crucifixion from Abby’s children’s Bible before the Easter basket hoopla. I’ve also heard you can buy a ‘resurrection egg kit’ at Hobby Lobby :)
Here is the particular recipe for the resurrection rolls we’ll be making. You can also make them with biscuits, but I have crescent rolls on hand ;)
Happy Easter. He is risen. We win. The end.