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How To Teach Distance Learning Preschool

DIY Old Book Easter Egg Garland - With Video

I’m not going to beat around the bush, this isn’t how I want to teach, but the most recent data suggests that many schools, including preschools, will be doing a hybrid of in-person and distance learning in the 2020-2021 school year.

With the assumption that we will start our school year in person, this is how I plan on teaching distance learning preschool for the remainder of this year and during closures next year if needed. This system may not work for your preschool because of curriculum constraints or other issues. It may simply not be your style.

Use what works, let my system inspire your own. We all find our groove with teaching in different ways.

How To Prepare for Distance Learning Preschool

Decide on your remote learning schedule before you have to close your preschool, if possible. For my 3-year-old class, I record one video a week that includes reading one book and doing a small lesson with that story. I then send that video along with corresponding activities in an email to parents.

These activities use only everyday materials or the materials I have sent home in a remote learning materials pack. You may decide on a more frequent schedule for your students, remember to do what works for you and your students. Follow their needs, not some expectation what you see other teachers do.

Create a remote learning materials pack for your students. The contents are linked below, and every activity I send home in my distance learning lesson plans uses only items from this list. This helps parents adjust quickly and not worry about gathering all the materials needed for these lesson plans.

It may be a good idea to think about adding this into your registration costs or changing your materials budget to allow for these packets. You can also ask parents to have these on hand if they can gather these items on their own. If your school has extended closures, you may need to replenish materials.

  You can send this home with your students on the first day of school, but I suggest holding them at school until you are notified of an impending closure.

Remote Learning Preschool Materials Pack

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Construction paper 
Kid scissors 
Paint – ( just primary colors – we sent them home in to-go cups these.)Craft supplies ( pom poms, googly eyes, cotton balls, buttons, fuzzy stems)



When your preschool goes remote

Send home the remote learning materials packs. If your families have access to a printer, printer ink, and the internet, simply send them home with the materials and a note saying you are going to have so much fun learning in a new way.

Stay positive, you will set the tone, and this is going to be fun, different, but fun. Don’t forget to include the schedule you plan on following and what they can expect from you.

Now is the time to ask parents if they have access to a printer – if not, make a note of which students you may need to send printables to if you choose to include any in your lesson plans.

Also, expect that some families may opt-out. Do not take this personally. Every family deals with these closures in their own way. Some dive into productivity while others completely ignore the outside world and create a new normal to get through. I always stress that these activities are optional.

It’s Time To Teach Remotely

Read a picture book to your students via video or a streaming service Zoom.  I do not make this live as I do not want my families to feel they have to fit my schedule. All learning is asynchronous, allowing families to share devices. Add a short lesson that goes with the story. Yes, it feels silly if you are not interacting with your students, but you’ll get over that quick.

Send caregivers an email with a link to the video and a lesson plan full of preschool activities that coordinate with the book. See my example below. Remember, if your families do not have access to a printer, avoid printable activities, or print them out and send home.

Distance Learning Lesson Plans For Preschool

Here is an example email to my students. Please note the video is not linked as I use my students’ names in it, and I do not make them public. 

Hello Friends,

This week we are starting our unit on farm animals. Here are some fun farm activities you can while we learn at home this week. Please watch the video and then choose one, some, or all of the activities below to explore over the week ahead. These activities are optional and if there is another way I can support your family at this time, please reach out. I am here to help.

Book Video Here – The Grumpy Morning by Pamela Duncan Edwards, a book about grumpy farm animals.

Suggested Activities 

What Lives on A Farm? – gather animal figurines or stuffed toys, making sure to have some farm animals. Make two piles, one of the farm animals, one of the animals not found on a farm. I have included a printable of pictures you can use instead of toys.

How Do They Feel Mad or Sad? Print and cut out the attached emotion cards. Sit with your child and show them one picture at a time. Ask your child how the child in the picture feels.

Ask your child to make the same face as the child in the photo. How do they feel when they make that face? Continue. If your child loses interest part way through, pick the activity up again another day.

Don’t push.

Farm Song – we all know Old MacDonald and it does have a special place in my heart, but I love this one too. I have included a printable lyrics sheet in the attachments as well.

Down on the farm, Early in the morning

See the little ______ All in a row.
See the busy farmer Feeding them breakfast. _______, ______, ______. Off they go!
Fill in the blanks with the animal s and their sounds.

cow / moo moo moo
pig / oink oink oink



Painting with Veggies Grab some paper, paint, and the ends of veggies from your compost pile. Use the ends of carrots, celery, potatoes… anything you have to explore printmaking.

Pigs in the Mud – I’ve included the outline of a pig in attachments. At school, we print this out on pink paper usually and then finger paint with brown all over it. The children love it. You could also paint it with paintbrushes, color it with crayons or glue brown paper on. You could even use recycled paper for that! Don’t forget that red and green paint mixed together makes brown if you are looking to explore some color mixing to extend the activity.

Additional Crafts

Cotton Ball Sheep – This is a fun little craft. This simple craft helps children explore textures while they create something fun.

Shape Scarecrow – this is a fun way to learn and create with shapes.

Resources for Remote Learning Preschool Activities

I keep it simple. Obviously, you can add many more ideas that depending on your students and your school’s expectations. My emails include some written out instructions and some links. I have found that this helps me focus attention on the more valuable activities while still offering more ideas that families can do if they have time.

You might be thinking this is great, but where do you find all the activities to include in the lessons?

Right here! I have over 1000 preschool activities you can link or type out into your emails. Tons of printables you can link as well. You can also check out other blogs Toddler Approved ( she has ideas for older kids too), Prek Pages, Red Ted Art, and more.

Over the next few months, I will be sharing Book Activities weekly, where you can quickly find activities for your remote learning emails.

They will be based around popular picture books an will hopefully provide the resource you need to create these video lessons and emails to facilitate distance learning preschool for your students.

They include free printables, hands-on activities, and more!

Brown Bear, Brown Bear Activities 

If You Give A Mouse A Cookie Activities 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Activities 

I also have a series of Nursery Rhyme Activities ready to be used for your remote learning plans.

Finally, I have a library of thematic units for sale. Browse through my library and find the right theme for your class. 


Celebrate Easter at Home with These DIY Disney Activities!

DIY Old Book Easter Egg Garland - With Video
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Easter is hopping into our homes on April 12th! And, we’re ready to celebrate it Disney style!

Mr. Easter Bunny and Mrs. Easter Bunny

Even though you can’t get a photo with your favorite rabbits in the parks right now (look how cute they are), you can still add plenty of color and fun to your holiday with these DIY projects!

On top of the Disney attractions and toilet paper creations you can make from home, these Easter activities are a great way to get your family together for an egg-citing time!

Disney Easter Baskets

Whether you’re a kid or adult, getting an Easter basket is one of the BEST parts of the holiday! But, while we love snacking on Cadbury Eggs and jelly beans, we think it would be a blast to make our own themed baskets this year! While everyone can choose a character or film to base their mini projects on, we’re eyeing this colorful UpEaster Basket that will make your heart soar.


Rabbit’s Easter Cupcakes

Winnie the Pooh and his friends know how to throw a party in the Hundred Acre Woods! And, you can make your Easter as sweet as honey with this recipe for Rabbit’s Easter Cupcakes! The chocolate, vanilla, orange, and cinnamon sugar flavors are bound to make you the stay-at-home host with the most.


DIY Old Book Easter Egg Garland – With Video

DIY Old Book Easter Egg Garland - With Video

This adorably upcycled old book page Easter egg garland idea is a perfect addition to your mantle. Combine scrap colored craft paper and book pages for a rustic banner. This is a great craft for using up small bits of paper, but also old books you would have otherwise thrown away. Easy to assemble and rustic while being festive, it’s a perfect choice for Easter decorating!

Old Book Easter Egg Garland

One of my favorite things to do is to rescue books that would otherwise be thrown away. My local library often throws out books that are torn, water damaged, or otherwise not repairable.

Most of these are just regular titles and aren’t really worth keeping, but I find a use for them. They are so easy to turn into beautiful crafts, just this Easter egg garland.

This gives an otherwise drab paper egg a whole new look. It appeals to my book-loving heart and turns basic paper into a fun look that really accents and makes the simple 3D eggs stand out.

Plus, it is so cheap and often free, which appeals to my frugal sensibilities.

If you want an even easier idea – check out this easy Easter bunny butt garland with free printable. Such a cute idea! It goes great along with many of these fun Easter crafts for kids and toddlers.

What’s the Best Way to Hang This?

If you are wondering what to attach the individual banners to, then I have a couple of good options. If you prefer a more rustic look to your decor, then go for the rustic twine or even a thin rope for this.

For something a bit prettier and perhaps matched to the color of the eggs, you can use any ribbon. If you make your eggs from various colors of paper this one, you could even twist different colors of ribbon together for a rainbow effect.

I also found this cute burlap leaf ribbon that would fit this idea perfectly.

If you are wondering how to attach this to your mantle, the usual methods that I choose are to create a loop at each end of the ribbon. Then, I will attach command hooks to the sides of my mantle and slip the loop over each hook.

Other options include a nail, thumbtack, push pin, or even simply some tape. Use whatever works best for you and the location you are hanging this Easter egg garland.

I to add this garland and these burlap bunnies to the mantle for traditional sweet decoration.

Do I Have to Use Old Book Pages?

No, you don’t. I happen to the rustic look and feel good about using up book pages that would otherwise end up in the landfill. You can use any craft paper or even construction paper for this project.

The paper adds a bit more character to the bunting, but it doesn’t have to be specific to what I used here.

For a bit brighter look, you can make this super cute little Easter bunny bunting with bright purple and multi-colored papers. I love this for a whole different decorating idea.

Using different papers can create a whole new look at the same process. Of course, I also absolutely love this brightly colored paper fan garland as an accent to your Easter decor.

How Can I Preserve My Garland for Next Year?

I have a great area in my basement that allows me to pack away decorations and crafts for each season, but not everyone has that option. For me, it includes a row of hooks on a corkboard where I can simply hang bunting or garland by their ends.

This keeps them untangled and easy to grab and hang the next year.

If you don’t have that option, you can do a few different things to keep your garland from getting torn or tangled.

  • Laminate the individual bunting pages before connecting to the thread or ribbon.
  • Use a piece of cardboard and wind the bunting around it making sure the individual banners lay flat.
  • Fold each page on top of each other gently and place it into a small box or craft paper storage box.
  • Place the folded garland into a large Ziploc bag for future use.

Another one of my favorite Easter crafts is this cute method for making a rice filled sock Easter bunny. Super cute on the mantle next to these rustic glitter Easter eggs or this rustic floral Easter decoration.

How to Make an Easter Egg Garland from Old Book Pages

First, you will remove old book pages from the binding and trim any excess glue from the paper.

Fold a page in half horizontally and cut along the fold.

Fold each piece in half again, then trim one end into a point.

Repeat this process for as many banners as you want on your garland. The typical mantle will need 6-8 of these.

Now, you will use a pen or pencil and draw an Easter egg shape onto craft paper.

Cut out the egg, and use it as a template for the rest of your eggs. You will need 3 egg cut outs per egg you will use, and 1 whole egg per banner. So, if adding 6 banners, you will need to cut out at least 18 egg shapes making sure each color is in groups of 3.

Now, to create each egg, you will place one piece flat on the surface, and fold the other two in half vertically.

Now, glue one of those pieces onto the flat piece, and another on top of it gluing in the seam of the fold.

Next, you will glue a completed egg onto each old book page banner piece.

Using ribbon, tie a small bow to then glue at the top of each banner.

Glue or tape the banners onto the twine or ribbon about 3-4″ apart.

Display on your mantle or in a doorway as desired.

Step by Step Printable Tutorial:

Prep Time 5 minutes

Active Time 10 minutes

Total Time 15 minutes

Difficulty Easy

Estimated Cost $1

  • Multiple colors of craft paper
  • Old book pages
  • Twine or ribbon
  • Double sided tape
  • Craft glue or glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil
  1. Remove old book pages from the binding and trim off excess glue from the edges then separate the pages;
  2. Fold a page in half horizontally and then cut along the fold;
  3. Now, take each half, and fold it in half, then trim along one end bringing it to a point as shown;
  4. Repeat this process for as many as you need for your garland (usually 6-8 fits an average mantle garland);
  5. Draw an egg shape onto your craft paper;
  6. Cut out one egg, and use it as a template to create the others. You will need 3 eggs per whole egg;
  7. To make the 3D eggs, place one egg cut out on a flat surface, then fold the other 2 pieces in half vertically;
  8. Glue one of those pieces onto the flat one, just sealing along the center fold and add the second piece on top of the first sealing along the fold also;
  9. Place the completed egg onto the center of the prepared book page banner and glue in place;
  10. Create a small bow with ribbon and secure on the top of each banner;
  11. Glue the banners onto your twine or ribbon until secure;
  12. Display on your mantle as desired.

To save time, you can purchase 3D paper eggs to simply glue in place instead of creating your own.


Our Best Easter Decorating Ideas

DIY Old Book Easter Egg Garland - With Video

Courtesy of Chelsea Cavanaugh

This Easter, gather a few simple yet stunning materials, then transform them into understated, plucked-from-nature displays. They'll enhance your home all season long.

Courtesy of Chelsea Cavanaugh

Easter Sunday is a time when family and friends gather together to observe religious traditions, and these celebrations often include some of the most cherished symbols of the holiday: adorable bunnies and artful Easter eggs.

But seasonal motifs, such as pastel hues and freshly-bloomed flowers, have their place in Easter gatherings, too.

One easy way to get everyone into the spirit of the season is by incorporating these classic themes into your home décor.

Garden-fresh home details can take center-stage when decorating for Easter—a welcome change from darker winter hues.

Here, light purples and pinks and rich oranges and reds make their annual debut in the form of breathtaking centerpieces featuring bunches of flowers—these colorful arrangements are ideal for an Easter dinner table. You could also place blooms by the door as an entryway decoration.

If flowers are not your go-to, create our pastel rainbow Easter egg centerpiece, which is sure to liven up your holiday meal. Take your Easter elements to new heights and bedeck your home in whimsical garlands.

Opt for airborne bunnies that the kids are sure to love, or simply string together dyed Easter eggs to create a festive sight atop your mantel. Make your carefully crafted Easter baskets a decoration of their own by placing them around the house, featuring lovely springtime scenes and a number of handmade ornaments.

Take guests on a journey to Germany and Austria when they step inside your abode by incorporating traditions from afar, the Ostereierbaum, which is described as a colorful Easter egg tree. Christmas is not the only holiday to have a dedicated plant—display blown and decorated eggs from the bare branches for a striking look.

From garlands to baskets, bouquets to decorative eggs, explore our picture-perfect Easter decorating ideas to make sure everyone is in the mood for celebrating.



Dominik Tarabanski

Flowers this free-spirited call for an equally earthy vessel. We slid three grapevine wreaths over a round glass vase of water, then put a ball of chicken wire inside to prop up the wispy stems of hellebore, clematis, nigella, scabiosa, spirea, and garlic blossom. The result is a lush mini meadow in full bloom.

The Details: Ashland Grapevine Wreaths, 14″, $5 each,

Dominik Tarabanski

This fuzzy little felted chickadee is highly detailed (and from John Derian), but any fledgling crafter can DIY her plush pad. Follow the steps below loosely—no need to be precise (wing it!). As for the quail eggs inside, we dyed a few yellow to darken their natural speckles, colored the spots on others with a gold-leaf pen, then tucked them all in with delicate andromeda clippings.

Stretch wool roving over a store-bought grapevine nest. Carefully poke a felting needle back and forth between the twigs, through the nest and roving, until the fibers fluff up and fuse together (aka “felt”). Continue all the way around to create a downy outer layer.

The Details: Dimensions Earth-Tone Roving Rolls, $7 for 12 colors, Krylon Leafing Pen, in Gold, $11, Factory Direct Craft Natural Grapevine Bird Nest, 5″, $35 for 6,


Dominik Tarabanski

Get the Découpaged Wrapping-Paper Easter Eggs How-To

Wrapping paper is the building material for this artful centerpiece. Pick colors that echo your linens, and form shreds into a nest. Anchor it with découpaged eggs, then set everyone's place with a fritillaria stem or two—and you've just decorated your table for a song.

The Details: John Derian and Astier de Villatte Plates, $132 each, John Derian and Astier de Villatte Plates Soup Bowls, $128 each, Walter G. Granada linen, in Moss (used as tablecloth), Crate & Barrel Helena Linen Dinner Napkins, in Sage Green (similar to shown), $8 each,

Dominik Tarabanski

To play up the beauty of neutral eggs, introduce a jewel tone. This gem of a nest was fashioned from indigo-colored raffia and one tier of a hanging wire fruit basket, ideal for its bowl shape and big openings.

Snip off the hardware with clippers, then work the raffia over and under in alternating rows to create a basket-weave pattern. Don't worry if you skip holes here and there; a little unruliness ups the charm.

Last, put an extra bundle of raffia inside to give your clutch a lift.

The Details: Bee & Willow Home Iron Fruit Basket, $20, Dick Blick Art Materials Raffia, in Harbor Blue, $10 for 12 oz., Naked Eggs Assorted Eggs, from $8 for 12,

Dominik Tarabanski

Get the Easter Tree of Egg Nests How-To

In Germany and Scandinavia, it's customary to celebrate Easter by hanging eggs from the branches of trees. This year, bring the tradition indoors by creating a unique display for these nests of speckled ones.



Martha Stewart's SVP and executive editorial director, Kevin Sharkey, creates a stunning Easter basket inspired by greeting cards he found while on vacation.

Gentl and Hyers

Get the Sugar Eggs How-To

Inspired by Victorian crafts, these sugar eggs can be left solid as decorations or hollowed out to hold candy.

Get the Bird's Nest Display How-To

Bring the beauty of spring into your home with this speckled-eggs-and-nest display.


Anna Williams

Turned wooden-egg candleholders coated in vermilion paint can be left on the mantel long after the last jelly bean has been eaten.

Anna Williams

Wooden nesting eggs with red-painted interiors offer an adult take on the classic childhood Easter treat. They can be used as favors for a grown-up gathering or as décor all on their own.

This fanciful green-meadow vignette seems a fitting home for a chocolate bunny. His eyes (dabs of tinted royal icing) and bow tie (ribbon with a glued-on rosette) match his surroundings.


Anna Williams

Symbols of rebirth in many cultures, eggs serve as the perfect star component in this festive wreath. It features both hollowed chicken eggs and quail eggs, whose speckled shells truly look art once they've been dyed red.

Enliven your next buffet with an arrangement of eggcup bouquets displayed on cake stands.

Anna Williams

Get the Daffodil Candy Cups How-To

Make daffodils from baking cups and flower cutouts for your Easter or spring table. To use these as place cards, write names on the petals.


The fabled “golden egg” never looked quite so cool and organic. Ours were dyed in bright colors, then brushed with copper or gold leaf to make a statement.

Anna Williams

Use a plastic egg filled with jellybeans to anchor your tablecloth for an outdoor soirée. To create your own, secure gingham ribbon around the egg with hot glue and thread through a hole punched in the tablecloth.

Courtesy of Cricut®

Bring the beautiful blooms of spring inside with iron-on floral tea towels. Easy to make and beautiful to display, these towels are a surefire way to add a splash of the season to your Easter décor. The precise cutting of the blooms is easy with Martha's special edition Cricut Explore Air 2 machine and you can achieve the flawless iron-on application with her EasyPress tool.

Shop Now: Cricut “Martha Stewart Wedding Edition” Explore Air 2, $279.99,; Cricut “Martha Stewart Edition Vanilla Bundle” EasyPress 2, 9″ by 9″,


Dyed in fresh spring hues, our egg chain makes a cheerful seasonal swag for a mantel mirror; the blown-out eggshells are light enough to loop across a doorway.

Get the Pastel Easter Egg Centerpiece How-To

Forego the hunt and place your Easter eggs front and center with this colorful centerpiece. Place complementary colored napkins and plates atop the table to really make this DIY decoration pop.

Set inside a rustic boat-shaped birch basket, this cheerful yellow hilltop vista is a breath of fresh air. You can practically hear the chicks peeping in the heartwarming scene.


An oversize eggshell filled with flowers unites two symbols of spring in a single arrangement.

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These cheerful decorations multiply quickly, thanks to their simple construction. To bring some festive cheer to your dessert table, march the rabbits across a garland, sit them atop cupcakes, or use them to offer sneak peeks into gift bags.


Easter DIY Crafts: Wood Bead Egg Garland (and a Video)

DIY Old Book Easter Egg Garland - With Video

Looking for simple Easter DIY crafts? Here are the step-by-step instructions for this simple project you can make with Easter eggs, wood beads and jute twine.

Do you know what I’m all about right now?

Teaching myself new things.

I have time on my hands and hours to fill and even though the Hallmark movie marathon this weekend was calling my name? I decided to take this opportunity to learn something that I’ve been putting off.

Do you ever feel that?

you want to learn something new, but it’s kind of intimidating and you feel a little overwhelmed and you don’t know where to start. So you don’t. Start that is. You just keep putting it off and telling yourself you’ll learn it one day.

If that is you? Please come sit by me.

Because that’s exactly how I feel about video. I’m a blogger. I’m an influencer. I’m generally computer-with-it. But video? It was my Mount Everest. It seemed almost unclimbable.

I mean—I’ve made a few videos before, but they were just me–in front of a camera–pressing start at the beginning and end at the ending and that was it.

All the fancy stuff? All the music and the titles and the slow motion and the fast motion? Those were all way beyond my reach.

Until yesterday.

Want to see my video?

Looking for Easter DIY crafts and to see how to make this adorable wood bead egg garland?

Let’s go.

Easter DIY Crafts: Wood Bead Egg Garland

(The video is at the end—here’s the step-by-step instructions in case you don’t have time to watch it. You can just pin this for later.)

supplies for Easter DIY crafts:

(I linked all the supplies in case you were at home and wanted to order them)

wood beads

paper mache Easter eggs

jute twine

Mod Podge

paper napkins

there are also tons more of affordable napkin options here

1. Make sure your eggs are paper mache

The entire craft started with these paper mache eggs.

You can find them here.

They are so much more affordable than the wood eggs that are the same size. These eggs are the size of regular eggs and perfect for all types of Easter DIY crafts.

2. Cover your egg with Mod Podge

I filmed this entire process in the middle of the video.

I used the speed-up format to show the entire process of adding napkins with Mod Podge.

3. Add pieces of napkin

So many of you suggested using napkins for some of my other projects.

And you were right.

Napkins are so much easier to use. These are the napkins that I ordered, but they are a little pricy.

I found tons more affordable napkin options here.

I just have one tip for napkins, though.

Peel the backing off.

These napkins had two layers.

It took me one egg to figure out that the top layer was easier to use, so I peeled the napkin apart and just used the top layer.

4. add pieces of napkin to egg

I ripped the napkin up into smaller pieces.

Then I used the brush to pick it up and add it to the Mod Podge on the egg.

You can see the entire process in the video.

Here’s the finished egg with wet Mod Podge on it.

5. drill a hole in the egg

This is so easy to do because the egg is hollow.

Make sure the hole is big enough to fit the jute twine through.

We adjusted the hole several times to make sure it fit.

6. thread the twine through the hole

Start by tying a knot around the end of one bead, then wrap a long piece of tape around the end of the twine to make it stiff and add two more beads. Now you are ready for your egg.

Then thread the twine through the hole.

Pull all the way through as shown.

7. finish the garland

Keep adding three beads, then an egg, then three beads until you have a garland the length you want.

Lastly, tie off the last bead with the end of the jute twine and knot in place.

That’s it.

Your garland is finished.

And now?

Here’s my first official video that I made with special effects.

It’s a little rough.

But the next one will be better and the one after that will be even better.

Let me know what you think and in amazing news?

I’m going to make tons more this so make sure you follow my channel over on here.

Happy day friend.

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Instead of dyeing Easter eggs, try decoupage

DIY Old Book Easter Egg Garland - With Video

CONCORD, N.H. >> When it comes to Easter eggs, dipping them in dye is fine, but for a more decorative and longer-lasting result, try decoupage.

I tried three DIY techniques for adding colors and patterns to eggs using decoupage glue — Mod Podge is a popular brand.

One technique paired vintage book pages with plastic eggs, another used printed napkins with real eggs, and the third involved fabric and Styrofoam.

All three methods were fairly messy given the glue, but at least I didn’t end up with fingers dyed blue from food coloring. And un hard-boiled dyed Easter eggs, these will last for years to come.

Here’s what I found, with each method rated from 1 to 10, with 10 indicating the least expensive, easiest and best results:


This tutorial comes from a blog called “SewforSoul” and was published in “Reloved” magazine. While it was the most time-consuming technique I tried, it yielded the most impressive results.

To make these eggs, small strips of plain paper are glued to plastic eggs to serve as a base layer that hides the colored plastic. Once that layer has dried, the egg is buffed by rubbing it with the back of a spoon to smooth out any rough edges.

The eggs are then covered with small strips of paper torn from an old book, overlapping the strips at random until the egg is completely covered. More drying and buffing, and then additional designs cut from paper napkins are glued to the eggs.

A wash of watered-down craft paint gives the eggs a distressed, antique look.

The original version of this method featured black-and-white images, but I used napkins featuring colored illustrations of Peter Rabbit to brighten them up a bit. I loved the pastel, shabby chic result.





Craft maven Martha Stewart’s website features multiple techniques for decoupage eggs, including one that involves real eggs and decorative paper napkins.

To try this method, pierce holes into either end of the egg and blow out the contents. Cut around designs from a paper napkin — I chose a floral pattern — and separate the layers to work with just one layer of tissue.

Apply decoupage glue to the egg and adhere the designs, and then cover the entire egg with a coat of glue.

This technique was inexpensive, especially if you scramble up the egg’s contents for breakfast, and produced very pretty, elegant results. Real eggs are fragile, however — I cracked one open trying to enlarge one of the holes — so this method wouldn’t be the best to do with young children.





I found this technique on Crafts ‘n Coffee, a blog created by the company that makes Styrofoam brand foam craft products. The foam eggs I purchased were significantly more expensive than either the plastic or real eggs used in the other projects, and while I had scrap fabric on hand, purchasing the fabric would have made this even more pricey.

For this project, fabric is cut into 1-inch wide strips and then trimmed into triangle shapes. The eggs are covered with glue in sections, and the fabric is stuck on in a random, overlapping manner. A final coat of decoupage glue seals the edges.

I found this method fairly fussy — bits of fabric kept peeling off as I manipulated the eggs — and I had trouble smoothing them down. The finished result was a bit too bumpy and rustic-looking for my taste. On the plus side, using Styrofoam means the eggs can easily be pierced and strung on baker’s twine to make a garland.

Because both the eggs and the fabric are fairly sturdy compared to the paper used in the other methods, or the real eggs, this would be an easier method for children to try.