Sometimes the simplest crafts are the most fun to do as a family. We sat down on Saturday and made these fantastic, whimsical, and easy Easter necklaces in just a few moments. The kids enjoyed themselves immensely and created something fun to wear for the Easter egg hunts. As an added bonus, they all practiced their fine motor skills threading the eggs.
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Materials (for one necklace)
1 ½ yards of heavy fishing line
14 plastic Easter eggs (the kind that have holes on top and bottom)
1 pipe cleaner
1 pair of scissors
Note: It is important that all the eggs have holes in the top and bottom of the eggs. And it is important that the eggs can open and close easily.
First, securely tie the fishing line to the pipe cleaner – about 2 inches from the top of the pipe cleaner.
I used three knots to tie the fishing line to the pipe cleaner. We used a pipe cleaner as the needle because our needles were too small to reach both holes. The pipe cleaners were more flexible, threaded through the plastic eggs easier, and offered more to grip for little hands. They were easier to pull through the holes in the eggs.
Next, select one of the eggs and slide the pipe cleaner through the holes in the egg. Pull the egg to the end of the fishing line, and then tie the fishing line around the egg. Be sure to tie the knot securely – again I used three knots – and make sure the knot is pulled up to the top of the egg so that the next egg will be next to the knotted end. This helps the necklace lay nicely.
Now, thread the eggs onto the necklace. Let the kids have fun creating a necklace that reflects their likes and tastes. One of our children used only blue eggs, and another focused on pink colors. We established a general pattern of three plastic eggs, one decorative egg, two plastic eggs, one decorative egg, two plastic eggs, one decorative egg, and three plastic eggs.
When threading the plastic eggs onto the fishing line, the easiest method is to have the egg opened and then close it once it is on the fishing line. This makes it easier to find the holes needed to thread the egg onto the necklace. The decorative eggs are harder to thread because the second hole is found from the inside of the egg. We ended up needing to help the younger kids with threading the decorative eggs onto their necklaces.
Once all the eggs are threaded onto the fishing line, it is time to tie off the necklace. Thread the pipe cleaner through the first egg on the necklace (the one tied on in the beginning). After the pipe cleaner and fishing line are through the egg, simply tie the fishing line off. Again, I used three knots to make the knot more secure.
The necklace is ready to add a bit of Easter flare to anyone’s outfit.