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Decorate a Flower Pot with Egg Shells

Here's a fun way to recycle leftover dyed eggs!

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Participant Age: 7 to 12, 12 and up
Approximate Cost: Under $10
Duration: Over an hour
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  • Acrylic paints
  • Small container such as an old can or jar
  • Nontoxic clear craft glaze or finish (optional)
  • Hard-boiled and dyed eggs
  • Clay flower pot
  • Clear-drying glue
  • Paintbrushes
  • Pencil
Paint flower pot
Paint the flower pot any color you want and let paint dry.
Prepare egg shells
Carefully peel the eggshells and crush them into different-sized bits.
Plan your design
Lightly draw the outline of a simple design, such as a butterfly or flower, on the pot. Or cover the entire pot with eggshells. If you want, you can paint part of the design, such as the butterfly's body, as shown.
Paint on glue
Pour some glue into a small container. Use a paintbrush to spread the glue on your design. Then gently press the eggshell bits on the wet glue until the design is filled in.
Glaze flower pot
When the glue is dry, you can paint over the whole pot with clear craft glaze or finish, if you want. Now put some soil and a plant in your pot. You can give your creation away or enjoy it on your windowsill.

 

Craft by Michele Reyzer. Originally appeared in the April 2004 issue of Ranger Rick magazine.


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