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A Smelly Easter Craft That Will Be Awesome Next Easter

I’m not crafty. I can follow instructions well enough no matter what the project is, but I’m not naturally crafty. I don’t even have a “craft area” in my house. Which is why I got the brilliant idea to do an Easter craft last year at my mom’s house.

By the way, did you know that glitter is the herpes of the crafting world? Once you have it, there’s nothing you can do to get rid of it. Sure, there are things you can do to make it go away for a while, but just when you’ve convinced yourself that it’s gone, there it is.

The only way to safely craft is to do it at someone else’s house.

I’m pretty sure my mom is still finding glitter.

Anyway…

The kids and I made these gorgeous disco eggs last year:

Disco Eggs

Ooh! Sparkly! So sparkly!

And we actually had fun making them (I only yelled a few times).

But here’s the thing: The last step involves spraying them with this stuff, and while it works very well, it STINKS. We made these the day before Easter, thinking that would be enough time for them to dry and stop smelling. But no. We couldn’t even keep them on the table for very long because they were smelling up the room. We put the entire basket in a plastic bag and put them outside. 

This year, though? They’re perfect! We have beautiful eggs that don’t smell and we didn’t even have to craft! As smelly as that spray is, it really seals in the glitter. So my suggestion is to wait until Monday, when you’ll find some of these supplies in clearance bins, and make them for next year.

Supplies:

Mod Podge (everybody but me probably has this already)

Plastic Eggs (VERY important: you have to get the kind with a hole on the end!)

Wooden Skewers

Glitter

Just kidding, it’s this glitter

Foam Brushes

Foam Blocks

Clear Acrylic Spray

Spoons

Bowls

Cardboard Box

Vodka (optional – I don’t drink, but crafting gets me close)

Instructions

Put however many colors of glitter you want to use into individual bowls.

Take a plastic egg and stick a wooden skewer into the hole. Really jam it in there – you don’t want the egg to fall off!

Brush a thin coat of Mod Podge around the entire egg. Make sure you coat the whole thing.

Spoon glitter over the egg, letting the excess fall back into the bowl (hopefully).

Once the egg is completely covered, stick the skewer into the foam block so that the glue can dry. Let it dry completely, like for at least a couple of hours.

Repeat with the rest of the eggs.

Once the eggs are completely dry, take them outside, away from flames and people who like to breathe freely. Put down a flattened cardboard box so that you don’t get the sidewalk sticky. Spray each egg with the acrylic spray.

Once again, let the eggs dry completely. Overnight is best.

Once they’re dry, carefully twist the skewers out. You want to hold on to the egg right where the skewer went in, so that you don’t pull off a chunk of the glitter.

Arrange in a basket or clear vase.

Optional step: put the eggs away until next year, so that they won’t stink up your Easter dinner.

Edited to add: I originally got this idea from Spoonful.com (although I improved on it a bit). Their site is being shut down, their search isn’t working, and I can’t even find this craft on their site. It’s a pity, because it’s a great site. Oh well, at least this one craft will live on on my blog.

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