Simple Easter Craft

This is a super easy Easter craft idea that my children whipped up so fast and so easily. It actually looks ok even from a 5yr old without a fabulous pencil grip. We used materials we had at home, I have included variations at the end of this if you want to achieve something a little easier for younger children or more difficult for older children. I have also included various options of other tools you could use to enable it to be easier for some children who may find things like pencil grip or brush control difficult.

MATERIALS

* Washable markers

* 2 or more pieces of paper or white cardboard (the thicker the better, we used some watercolour paper we had floating around)

* Water in a mug

* Paintbrush

* Photo frame (that your paper pieces will fit in, cut down the paper to fit in the frames before you start)

* Glue

* Scissors

METHOD

1. We went for an opp shop run and found two frames that were identical for our two children! Yay!

2. Get your thick card or paper and cut it down to size so it will fit the frame you have chosen. On one sheet you want to draw an egg shape and cut it out. If you poke a pencil in the middle of the egg shape it is easy to cut it out.

Note: to get my egg even on the page I measured in the sides where I want the egg to end and the centre point at the top.

3. On the other sheet of cardboard (I used watercolour paper) get your child to colour it in however they like, just be aware that blocks of colour work better than fine line work. Make sure they don’t leave the marker in the one spot for too long to leave a hole in the paper. The more colour the better. My children totally filled their pages

4. Using a wet brush, carefully add water to the page allowing the colours to blend and bleed into each other. Alternatively, you could use a spray bottle with water.

BE CAREFUL! I can not stress this enough! If your child rubs the brush all over the paper and moves the water too much it will create holes in the paper or the paper will pill up (make little balls of paper as it weakens the structural integrity of the surface) . The thinner the paper the faster this will happen. You will probably need to supervise this.

Another option to consider is that you could use an eye dropper to drop water into the colours so they can blend on their own. This method is great for younger children.

5. Allow to dry, keeping it flat until it is completely dry.

6. When the picture is dry, frame it in your opp shop frame and use the egg cut out as a mounting board between the glass and the picture. It should look something like this…

Variations

1. Instead of colouring on paper, you could use an eye dropper and food colouring, or Watercolours if you own them, to drop colours onto squares of paper towels (food colouring will fade much faster over time than other materials). The paper towel will absorb the colours and creates lovely patterns and colour mixing experimentation. Allow the towels to dry and then frame as normal.

2. Use collage materials rather than markers to decorate the paper. You could use coloured paper and glue. Even natural materials from the yard would look lovely as a collage and then framed.

3. Use wax crayons to colour or draw on the paper. Then use Watercolours to brush gently over the drawing. The places with the crayon will resist the watercolour paint and it will colour only the plain paper. Again, make sure that the paintbrush isn’t worked too hard over the same area as the paper will pill and create holes. Once dry, frame as usual.

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