The season of Easter lasts for 50 days. Consider doing some Easter related crafts or projects on your own or with your children to celebrate Easter and the coming of Spring. Many people decorate boiled eggs, or work in the garden this time of year. Another fun and easy thing to do is to make felted eggs. The home is the “domestic Church” and Easter eggs date back to the early church.
Welt Felting Easter Eggs:
Wet felting is easiest for young children because: it doesn’t require a needle, it lets them play in soapy water, and it can even be done outside.
First, fill a large bucket with dish soap and water, making bubbles. You could also just do this in the sink.
Take a plastic Easter egg and wrap it in plain white wool roving or batting until it is covered. Then wrap dyed wool roving over that. You can mix colors and patterns or simply make solid colored eggs. Alternate directions each time you wrap your raw wool around the egg, pulling it tight. Continue until the egg is about 3X its original size (as the wool will shrink when it gets wet).
Dip your wool covered eggs in the soapy water and gently work the wool with your hands, squeezing and squishing it to help the fibers knit together. Rub and squeeze it firmly. Let it sit for a bit. Then rinse it with hot water and cold water, alternating a few times, and put it in the sun or on a windowsill until it is completely dry. You can even throw them in the dryer on low. Beautiful.
If you want more, you can make baby chicks out of yellow roving (using the same wet felting method). Then simply cut one of your eggs halfway, slip out the plastic egg and place your baby bird inside. (You can needle felt the face on the baby chick.)
Needle Felting Easter Eggs:
Another option is to needle felt your Easter eggs. Use a sharp felting needle and pile of roving. Stick the needle into the roving, again and again in a vertical, straight up and down motion. All this jabbing can be weirdly therapeutic, plus it takes time, so you can chat with your kids why you do it.
(Don’t jab your wool at an angle though, as it will break your needle.) You are knitting the fibers together into an egg shape with each stick of the needle. This is better for older kids or adults as the needles are very sharp. Also, you’ll need some styrofoam or something squishy to felt on top of, so you don’t jab your table. Once you have a very firmly felted egg you can add detail and decoration to the outside. These can be brought out as table decorations for years to come, or hide them around the house and let your kids have Easter egg hunts. (Of course, you could play that game with the plastic eggs too.) Happy Easter.
– Anna Keating