Easter Crafts

This Easter egg is made of gum paste. It is easier to make. And it may be filled with home-made sweets, chocolates and candies.

You can also use it as a container for a small gift, such as a folded and wrapped tie, or a brooch.

What http://mayvillelibrary.cseriehost.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/easter_clipart_egg_basket.gifyou need:

An egg mold
(preferably a metal one)*
gum paste
a child-safe scalpel or knife

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Color the gum paste as required. Then roll it out and smooth it into a well-polished smooth Easter egg mold.
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Work the paste into the mold slowly. Use the knife or scalpel to trim the uneven edge level.
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Make two and leave to dry overnight.
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Join the two halves with small blobs of royal icing and allow to set. Trim the join carefully.
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Alternatively a long fine braid of the paste may be made and used to cover the join.
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Mold the soft braid around the egg, sticking it in place with an occasional blob of icing. Make a neat join at the bottom of the egg.
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The egg may be glazed with confectioners varnish to give it a hard shiny finish.

* You can find egg molds at any standard kitchen supplier, craft store or a party supplier.

Eggshell Mosaic
A great way to use up the remains of the Easter eggs. Children will love breaking up the eggshells.

Materials:
Colored eggshells
construction paper
crayon, pen or marker
glue

On a piece of paper have child draw a simple design (e.g. flower, balloon, kite, egg). Spread glue in design area. Sprinkle bits of broken eggshells onto glue. Allow to dry then hang and enjoy.

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