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Eggstra special craft for Easter

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I wish I had started this craft a little earlier, because it takes over a week for the grass to grow, but wouldn’t this be cute on the Easter table… I would like to use it on each setting. I would give step by step instructions, but this one is pretty easy to follow…

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Better than Cadbury Easter cream eggs!

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I have made these Easter eggs for the last 10 years… At least! I love them because they are so sweet! They are very similar to the cream filled eggs, but better! The thing that I like the most is that I know exactly what is in them.
This recipe makes about 100 small eggs. I used to make them a lot bigger, but trust me, they are very rich. We cut them into slices!

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The ingredients you will need are as follows:
1 can of condensed milk
1/2 cup of butter (softened)
1teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 teaspoon of salt
About 10 cups of icing sugar
Yellow food coloring

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Start by mixing together the condensed milk, butter, vanilla, and salt until creamy. As you can see, I had helpers.

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Then, I keep adding a cup of icing sugar at a time until it isn’t sticky anymore… I think it was 10 cups, but as you may know about me by now, measuring is not my strong point. I’m more of an estimator.

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When you think you have added enough icing sugar, add another cup, roll up your sleeves, and start kneading.

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Once you have kneaded enough to gather all of the dough to form one big ball, pull apart about 1/4 of the ball to use for the yolk.

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Add a few drops of yellow coloring at a time to the smaller ball, and knead in until you have the yolk colour you want. The kids counted 20 drops this year.
Then, depending on the size of eggs you will be making, roll the yellow dough into little balls in the palm of your hands. The kids were great at this part. We made our balls the size of small marbles.

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Then, to make the egg whites, take some white dough, use a bit more than double what you used for the yolk, flatten the white dough in your palm and place the yolk in the middle, then wrap it around the white.

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Repeat this until you have used up all of your dough… We made our eggs fairly small this year, so we ended up making over 100. One thing I still have not mastered is the proportion of yellow to white. Every year, I have to make a couple all white, or all yellow “lucky eggs” because I have run out of white or yellow. I lay them out on cookie sheets lined with waxed paper. Let them cool in the fridge for at least an hour before dipping.

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Then, after they have cooled, melt some chocolate on a double broiler. I use chocolate chips, or I have also used those solid chocolate Easter bunnies that are on sale everywhere now.

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Dip each egg individually, then lay them out on the waxed paper to cool.

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Give them a few minutes in the fridge for the chocolate to cool. Depending on how much time you have to invest on these, you can stop here and they are ready to eat…. Or…. you can make them pretty! 🙂
Here is one of my favourite techniques for decorating and chocolate….I use the coloured chocolate you buy at Bulk Barn. Pop a handful into a sandwich bag…

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Then, pour some hot water into a mug or bowl, and put in the bag of chocolate. Keep massaging the bag and putting it back into the hot water until all of the chocolate has melted.

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Then for the cool part…snip off a tiny corner of the bag, and squeeze! If you cut the hole small enough, you can be quite detailed. If you have any chocolate left over, just let it harden, put it into a new ziplock bag for the next time you need it.

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I decorated the eggs with green, blue, and red melted chocolate. I used straight, curly and zig zag lines…

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Once you are finished decorating, that them cool again in the fridge for another hour. Then to store them, I line an airtight container with waxed paper and stack them in layers with waxed paper dividing each layer. You should keep these in the fridge, they are good for a few weeks…but I’m not exactly sure, because I don’t think I have ever had them last for that long!
Enjoy!

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Decoupage eggs

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Here is a craft I did a couple of years ago that I did with the kids this year… I think they might have been frustrated with doing it before now. It’s a great way to use up those plastic eggs, and scraps of wrapping and tissue paper. Also, I think you could use these for decorations at other times of the year too!

You will need the following materials:
Tissue or wrapping paper
White glue
An old brush
Plastic eggs

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To begin, you only need a small piece of paper. You could decorate a couple eggs with a square foot of paper. You can use tissue paper, or a more glossy type of paper like wrapping paper.

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As you can see we are already in the Easter spirit!

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Begin by ripping up the paper into about one inch squares. You could also cut the paper, but I like the look of the rips, and also find the fibers of the paper stick a little easier when ripped.
Next, paint the glue onto the egg then stick the paper on top and brush on some more glue on top. This will also seal in the paper and give it a shiny look.

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The last step is to fill up the rest of the egg with strips of paper. You may find you need wider strips for some parts and narrower, smaller pieces for other parts of the egg, depending on the curve.

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Also, you can use tissue paper or thicker, glossy wrapping paper. But, if you are using thicker paper, i would suggest you cut it into smaller pieces, that way, you won’t get as many wrinkles.
The kids did a pretty good job making their eggs! We found if you cover half of the egg, take a break and let it dry for a little, then glue the rest, it doesn’t stick to your fingers quite as much!

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Here are some others I made with different papers….

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