Does it feel like little plastic eggs multiply in your home with every Easter? Between Easter baskets, school egg hunts, and community and neighborhood egg hunts, I know our collection is growing larger and larger. I don’t want to throw them out though, it feels so wasteful, even though I know we won’t ever use the amount we have. So I decided to re-purpose a few over spring break to make play kitchen food for my daughter’s kitchen.
This is a great, simple project to use up a few of those eggs, you could even make a 12 egg carton set to use up a few more if you like.
What you need:
- Plastic Eggs
- Egg carton
- Felt – white and yellow
- Spray paint for plastics – I used the Krylon Fusion For Plastic in White (which was on-sale at Walmart this week for $2)
- Sewing machine with white thread (or you could hand stitch the eggs)
- Soft toy stuffing
Separate the plastic eggs in half. Spread them into two rows on large sheets of paper. Spray in light sweeping strokes over the top of the eggs, making sure to get the sides as well. It took 4 coats to make our eggs even in color, primarily because I used plastic eggs in different shades with some being darker than others. Make sure you allow each coat to dry before applying the next one.
The particular paint we used is supposed to be chip resistant after 7 days. So far, we haven’t noticed any chipping at all.
Next, you need to make the felt eggs to go inside the painted plastic egg shells.
Begin by cutting out two circles of white felt (I used a small glass as a guide) and one smaller circle of yellow felt for every egg you are going to sew. You also need just a small amount of stuffing for each egg too.
Using the sewing machine, sew the yellow (yolk) onto one of the white circles.
Place the piece of stuffing onto the second white circle, and then place the white circle with the sewn on yolk over the top of the stuffing. Sew around the outside of each egg.
Fold the egg in half to place it inside the shell, and then place each of the completed eggs into the egg carton.
My daughter absolutely loves her set, and can’t wait to invite a little friend over to play kitchen and pretend to bake eggs, or dish the eggs up on play toast.
Let me know if you make play kitchen food at your house!
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