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 ISSUE 48   •   9  MARCH 2008 
   This issue: Eggs

Contents

1. Editorial
2. Painted foil eggs

3. Colourful clay eggs
4. Confetti eggs
5. Fun with chocolate eggs
6. Featured subscriber blog


1. Editorial

Hello and welcome to the 'eggs' issue of Kids Craft Weekly which, in case you hadn't guessed, is really an Easter issue in disguise. If you don't celebrate Easter please don't stop reading – there are still plenty of great ideas that you can take away and apply to other occasions.

I've received a few emails lately from people who have been concerned that they may have dropped off my mailing list as they hadn't received a newsletter in a while. I almost wish there was some sort of technical problem that could explain the gap between newsletters but unfortunately the problem lies with me and the fact that my life has become stupendously busy of late. Yes, there has been some family drama but that's no excuse.

Truth be told, I'm quite keen to go back to weekly newsletters at some point but I just need to find the time from somewhere. Wish me luck! In the meantime thanks for your patience and for all your messages of support.

If none of the ideas in this newsletter take your fancy, there are plenty of other fun Easter crafts around at the moment. Check in and see Martha Stewart's egg cards and these fabulous window silhouettes at Skip to my Lou. For more Easter ideas check in at the Craftzine blog.

And of course there is the Kids Craft Weekly Easter issue from last year which is well worth a look.

Before I go I must give a big shout out to the lovely ladies at the fabulous Mixtape zine. The latest issue features a lovely review of the Kids Craft Weekly mini-book 'Everyday Craft'. Thanks so much for the love!

Happy crafting and I'll see you next time!



Amber Carvan
editor@kidscraftweekly.com

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2. Painted foil eggs

All these egg crafts proved popular with my kids but this one was their favourite – and mine too. If you're not into the idea of making egg shapes you can cut the cardboard into any shape you dream of. For a super no-fuss version of this craft just wrap some foil around a paper plate.

You will need

• card
aluminium foil
scissors
paint and brushes
cotton buds (q-tips), matchsticks and/or wooden skewers

Directions

1. Cut some egg shapes from card.



2. Wrap cardboard egg shapes in pieces of aluminium foil.



3. Paint over the top using regular acrylic/tempera paint.



4. While the paint is still wet, scratch out some designs into the paint using a cotton bud or matchstick. If these aren't available simply turn your paintbrush upside down and use that!



5. Allow to dry.




3. Colourful clay eggs

You'll need some white air-drying clay for this craft and a fair bit of time during which you can relish in the delight of smoothing and molding some clay into an egg form. Despite being quite an easy concept, clay projects tend to work best with kids aged 4 and up.

You will need

white air-drying clay
• paint and brushes

Directions

1. Model some clay into egg shapes and
allow them to air dry. I have heard that you can pop the clay in the oven if you don't have the time/patience to wait.



2. 
Decorate your eggs using paint of your choice.



3. Allow to dry, and voila! Such a great Easter gift for someone special.




4. Confetti eggs

I find the process of sitting down to make confetti very therapeutic – but then again, I also enjoy colouring-in! If you don't have the patience to make your own you can always buy a fancy ready-made batch like these cute pumpkins or colourful hibiscus.

You will need

colourful paper and hole punch
coloured card
scissors
white glue
paint brush
glitter
string

Directions

1. Make confetti by punching holes into colourful paper – it's time consuming but fun!



2. Cut egg shapes from firm and colourful card, then smother with white glue.



3. Sprinkle on some confetti...



4. ...and add some glitter for good measure, and more glitter, and more glitter! My kids *really* like glitter, much more than confetti it turns out.



5. When one side is dry, confetti/glitter the other and punch a hole in the top. Then hang from a window (or wrist) or leave one side blank so that you can use it as an easter gift tag.



5. Fun with chocolate eggs

This Easter, for extra delight, give chocolate eggs with a creative twist. 

• A wool tail, felt ears and features drawn with a black marker will make an adorable mouse.



• Twisted cellophane wings and a face drawn on a white circular sticker make a cute bug.



• This funny egghead is made from wool hair, sticker eyes and a mouth cut from a magazine.



• Ella made this fabulous flying egg using bits and pieces from her craft box.



See what ideas you can come up with and email me your photos to put up in the Kids Craft Weekly photo gallery. Oooh that's right, haven't updated it in a while. Another thing to add to my to-do list!


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6. Featured subscriber blog

Somewhere in the Middle

"My family and I are currently living overseas and I've started a blog to document our time in Belgium, family time, and our travels."

To have your blog featured in this section just send in your web address and I'll add you to the list. But be warned, the waiting list is currently very long. 

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