When you think of Easter as a child, what do you remember? I remember Easter egg hunts, of course! I remember how much fun we had when my grandmother hid Easter eggs in her yard and me and my cousins scrambled around to find them. I remember dyeing Easter eggs at home and taking my Easter basket to church for the egg hunt there. Come to think of it, most of my childhood memories of Easter have a common theme…Easter eggs!
Thinking of this made me feel a little guilty. As a Christian, Easter is my favorite holiday because it is in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ that I can have hope in an eternal life with Him. Shouldn’t I think of Jesus and the resurrection when I think of Easter, and not Easter eggs? I mean, what does an egg have to do with Easter anyway?
Believe it or not, the Easter egg tradition does have a connection to the cross. Did you realize that the Easter egg symbolizes the empty tomb of Jesus? Even though an egg appears to be like a stone of a tomb, a bird hatches from it, representing new life. The Easter egg is meant to represent that Jesus rose from the tomb, and those who believe in Him will find a new, eternal life in Him. That’s pretty cool to know, isn’t it? You can read more about the Easter egg tradition at Wikipedia.
While some of the first Easter eggs decorated by Christians were stained red to represent the blood of Jesus, I am happy that today we are more creative and have free reign to decorate our eggs like we wish. I love all the bright pink, blue, yellow, and green Easter eggs I see on display each year! You can find Easter eggs of any color with many different designs like stripes, chevrons, crosses, or polka dots. I just love polka dots…don’t you? How about I share with you today an easy way to create some one-of-a-kind Easter eggs to display in your home this year? You are going to love my Yarn Wrapped Easter Eggs. This project is going to be oh so easy!
I am always on the lookout for craft materials, especially when visiting thrift stores. So when I discovered a package of wooden egg shapes at a thrift store in November for a buck, of course I snatched them up. I knew in time I would need them for a project, and of course I was right!
Here are the materials you will need for this project:
- Craft Glue (Quick Grab tacky glue works best)
- Craft egg shapes (You can use wood, foam or plastic egg shapes)
- Yarn of your choice
- Hot glue gun/sticks and ribbon (If you want to hang the eggs)
Starting at one end, spread a thin amount of glue onto part of the egg and glue the end of the yarn to the top of the egg. Begin wrapping the yarn around the egg in circles making sure sure that each round of yarn is close to the previous round. Continue wrapping the yarn around the egg until it is covered, adding more glue to the egg as you work. Allow the egg to dry.
Now comes the fun part…let’s spice up these eggs with some polka dots! Cut short pieces of yarn in a contrasting color, roll the yarn into little spirals that form a circle, then glue onto the eggs randomly.
If you’re like me and plan on displaying your eggs in a basket, you’re done. If you want to hang your eggs on a tree or garland for decoration, I would use a hot glue gun to glue a loop of ribbon onto the narrow end of the egg. Now they’ll be ready for hanging!
Nothing says Easter like a beautiful set of Easter eggs! This really is a quick, easy project. The kids can even help you with this one! I love the bright colors, don’t you? You can use your imagination to decorate your Easter eggs. Maybe use different colors of yarn to create stripes on your eggs, or try wrapping the yarn around your egg the long way. Use your creativity to create your very own, unique yarn wrapped Easter eggs this year!