Vinegar and food coloring is so last year. This year, make the most original Easter eggs on the block with this beading craft to ring in the spring! Make dazzling beaded Easter egg decorations, perfect for hanging around the house or even hiding for an egg hunt.
Collection of beads, various sizes, shapes, and colors
Wire (thin jewelry wire works best)
Plastic Easter eggs, various sizes
What You Do:
Wrap some wire around a plastic Easter egg to see how much you’ll need to go all the way around it a few times (the wire should be thin enough to fit through the beads you have chosen). Hand over the length of wire to her and have her carefully begin wrapping the wire around the egg. When she’s done wrapping, you can use scissors or a wire cutter to cut the wire. Make you leave enough wire at the end so your child can hang it later if she chooses.
Help your child knot one end of the wire around a bead. She can choose a pattern to arrange her beads in, or just use a random sequence of beads in various sizes, shapes, and colors, to string on to the wire.
When she has finished stringing beads onto the wire, she can start wrapping it around her plastic egg. Help her try to lay beads flat against the egg. She’ll need to wrap the wire over the original knotted bead to hold that part against the egg.
Have her wrap the wire more than once around the egg. She should leave a short length of wire when she is finished wrapping to be available as a hanging hook.
Help her use the remaining end of wire to hang above the egg. Shaping this last piece into a hook may make it easier to hang the pretty, decorative egg.
Repeat steps 1-4 if making more beaded eggs—she may want to make an even dozen!
If she’d like, she can hang his beaded Easter eggs to make a pretty outdoor display. Use the end of the wire to hang the eggs from Christmas light hooks or other spots around the outside of your home.
Beth Levin has an M.A. in Curriculum and Education from Columbia University Teachers College. She has written educational activities for Macmillan/McGraw-Hill and Renaissance Learning publishers. She has a substitute teaching credential for grades K-12 in Oregon, where she lives with her husband and two daughters.