DIY Easter: Frugal Fun for the Whole Family
Area of Study: CEE- Buying Goods and Wider World; Jumpstart – Spending and Saving and Wider World
When I think about Easter, I reminisce about Church bells ringing and children laughing as the smell of food wafts through the air. Even though my family was raised Muslim, I fondly remember my mom taking us to the nearby Baptist church, where her best friend was a pastor. Every Easter, I like to get creative with some DIY Easter projects. And because I have younger siblings, it’s even more fun to go egg hunting!
There are two types of Easter eggs- the ones that you eat and the ones that you don’t.
The first kind is actually just a hard-boiled egg that you can decorate, and the other is a plastic, hard-shelled egg that you put candy in for egg hunting. My biggest issue with Easter eggs is when people leave the hard-boiled ones uneaten. It’s a waste of food, time, and money. If you, like many others, hate the idea of reused hardboiled eggs, then just opt for the plastic ones.
But whatever kind of Easter eggs you like to use, there are fun ways to make them by hand.Click To Tweet
Here’s what we do in our family:
DIY Hardboiled Eggs
- Get a dozen eggs from the store. This will cost you less than $2 in most places.
- Stop by the dollar store or go online and buy four differently colored tubes of paint. This typically costs less than $5.
- Make sure that you have a few paper plates for the paint.
Once you unload your bounty at home, find a cup, fill it with water, and place a paper towel next to it. Then lay out some old newspapers to keep your floor and table clean.
Squeeze a tablespoon-size dollop of paint onto a clean surface, dip a paintbrush into the water, and get started!
There are lots of designs to choose from when making an Easter egg. You can use bright colors to accentuate the colorful, sprightly spring season, and even paint religious symbolism to represent your faith.
For the base, use any old food flavoring and mix it with water, then soak the eggs in the mixture for a few minutes. You can then paint the design over the backdrop. Some of this season’s color trends include nude backdrops with floral designs, and primary colors flecked with gold or glitter.
If you aren’t a steady hand, use stencils. You can find all kinds of cheap-but-beautiful stencil designs online. Many stencil packs feature instruction manuals, and there are YouTube videos abound on the topic.
Make sure you get a stand to perch the eggs on to avoid messing up the wet paint. You can get a special egg stand for less than $5 on Amazon, or even fashion your own at home. After painting, allow the egg to dry for three to six hours, and then pop it in the fridge until Easter! Place the hard-boiled egg into a colorful basket and enjoy the decorative ambiance!
DIY Plastic Egg
With plastic eggs, there’s a lot more flexibility in terms of decorating skills. Paintbrush and paint is not required, nor usable. The plastic will make painting pretty much impossible. Instead, you can use a stick of hot glue (with supervision and assistance!) to glue on various wrappers, foam pieces, or glitter.
And you know what else is easy? Stick on a ballerina tutu or a little hat, if you’d like. There are so many different ways to decorate your egg. I also recommend using a little stand to make sure your eggs don’t roll around during the drying process. After decorating your eggs, make sure that you fill them with tasty treats that fit inside Great candy choices for Easter eggs include candy corn, Hershey’s kisses, mini Laffy Taffies, “bird egg” sugar candies, and even little chocolate mints. And if you’re truly frugal, leftover packaged mini-chocolates from Halloween will work, too. You can find all these and more at your nearest dollar store in wholesale quantities.
You can check out other ideas online for inspiration, and don’t forget to share advice with your friends and family!
- What does Easter mean to you?
- Using the resources available to you, describe how eggs came to be associated with Easter.
- The author says there are two types of Easter eggs. What are they?
- Why do so many children paint their eggs?
- Have you ever painted your own Easter eggs? If so, list the steps that you followed.
- During Easter, stores promote Easter eggs quite heavily. What happens to the price of the eggs after the holiday?
- Are there any other holidays when prices of items change afterward?
- Play the CashCrunch game and list all the special occasion extra expenses that you have had to account pay for.