Easter Egg Hunts (the COVID-19 edition)

Easter egg hunt siblings young children

Barring a dramatic turn of events, Easter Sunday is going to look nothing like what people are used to.

No family gatherings.

No (or limited) church services on the most holy day of the year for Christians.

And no Easter egg hunt…that time-honored, joyful tradition that draws multiple generations together in celebration and childlike giddiness. Making and decorating eggs, filling plastic eggs with goodies, hiding them, finding them, eating them, comparing bounties: all these simple pleasures bring friends, families, and entire communities together.

Easter egg hunt young child

TJ at age 3

 

Easter egg hunt young boy

Sebastian at age 4 (despite outward appearances, I promise we did not give the boys the same bowl haircut when they were little)

It would be sad to scrap Easter egg hunts altogether this year, casting it into the same pile with everything else that's been cancelled or postponed.

I have good news: we don't have to. By being resourceful, we can celebrate it in a different way that honors both the spirit of Easter egg hunts and the social distancing requirement.

People have been sharing ideas on social media about putting shamrocks in their windows for St. Patrick’s Day, or putting their Christmas lights back up to spread cheer during social distancing.

Why not do something similar for Easter? We can display eggs in our windows for neighbors to spot as they walk or drive by.

And you can *make* Easter eggs out of paper! It’s a fun, easy, hands-on family activity, and you probably already have everything you need. 

Start now, and you will have plenty of eggs come April 12th.

We set out to find an origami egg pattern, and discovered a great FREE template online from a German company called Papershape. I downloaded the file, and our family got busy making paper eggs. It took each of us, on average, about an hour to make an egg.

Here is what you will need:

  • A printer
  • 8.5” x 11” paper or cardstock. If all you have is white paper, you'll want magic markers or stickers to "dress up" your eggs.  
  • Papershape’s egg template (link at end)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick or glue dots. A bottle of liquid glue might work but we haven’t tried it. We suspect it might be too messy.

We experimented with different kinds of paper: cardstock, construction paper, and gift wrap.

Pastel colored cardstock worked great.

So did shiny gold cardstock. I happened to have a pack on hand from a blowout sale at Binders, an Atlanta art store and a beloved local institution. Sebastian used it to make the prized Golden Egg.  

Gold cardstock for easter egg

Construction paper also worked. The paper folds easily because it’s thin. However, it does make a flimsy egg.

I was not sure how well construction paper would work in my home printer. The print quality was acceptable. However, I did notice that when I later tried to print something on normal copy paper, the print was smeared. That made me suspect that the construction paper leaves fibers behind in the printer.  I printed it again and there was no smearing the second time, but this incident does make me hesitate to print on construction paper again.

We made patterned eggs a few different ways:

  1. We downloaded patterns from pixabay, the free stock photo website. I found beautiful paisley and floral patterns there. I printed the pattern on one side of a piece of cardstock. Then I flipped the cardstock over and printed the template on the reverse side.
  2. We dug through our gift wrap stash and found some pretty patterns. Gift wrap paper, by itself, is too thin to work well. So we printed the template onto plain cardstock, cut out the pieces, and then glued them onto the gift wrap. Then we cut out the pieces again.
  3. We made a plain egg from white cardstock and decorated it with stickers left over from the Party Lamp kit (a cool STEM hands-on project created by friends of ours!).

If you’re a scrapbooker, you probably have a stash of patterned cardstock. That would be perfect for this project!

One method we haven’t tried yet is to draw on the assembled eggs. I suspect it’s hard to draw, or even write, on assembled eggs, because they flex when you apply pressure. However, it’s certainly worth a shot. 

I do not recommend crayons. If you pre-color the pieces, the wax will likely prevent the glue from doing its job unless you completely avoid areas that later get glued together.  And if you wait until after you've glued the pieces together, you might have to press so hard with the crayon that you end up crushing the egg. 

We are delighted with our paper Easter eggs! They are currently in a basket, resting on a bed of paper “grass.”

 easter egg paper

Our paper Easter egg basket

As Easter draws closer, we will display the eggs on our window sills for passersby to spot.

Here is Papershape’s blog post which has the link to their free egg template:

https://www.paper-shape.com/en/blog/ostereier-basteln/

By downloading the file, you are agreeing to their terms of use.  Please make sure to read them and honor them, so that this template can remain available to families all over the world. Papershape also has a FAQ page which you can access here:

https://www.paper-shape.com/en/faq/  

While you're there, check out their online catalog...they make other really cool things with paper! I even saw a Nativity scene made out of paper. 

I personally emailed the Papershape founder, Anastasia Baron, to thank her for this amazing resource and to ask for permission to link to her blog. She graciously agreed, and she hopes that “others will enjoy it as much as [our] family did”! 

Community matters more than ever now. Let’s keep thinking of ways to bring smiles and build human connection during this tough time. Thanks for being here for us. We are here for you, and we hope you and your loved ones stay safe, healthy, and in touch with one another.

Take care,

The Flores family (a.k.a. the OctoGifts crew)

 

 

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