Spark of the Day: Eggshell Art

Eggshell Flowers by Fran W
Save your eggshells, they are great for arts and crafts!
To make eggshell art, you will need:
Eggshells from boiled or raw eggs – remove the inside membrane of raw eggshells
Watercolor paints or food coloring
Paint brush
Construction paper
Pencil or crayons
Paper towel
Aluminum foil
Flat baking sheet
Tweezers (optional)
Preparing the eggshells for use: 

Painted eggshells by Fran W

Method # 1

If you are using clean, raw eggshell halves, cover your work area with newspaper and use watercolor paint or food dye to color the inside and outside of each half with a paint brush. Place each painted half on a flat baking sheet that has been covered with aluminum foil, and place in a 250 degree oven for about 2 – 3 minutes to dry them. When they cool down, crush the shells up and place like-colors into plastic zip-top bags or in small containers with a lid for easy storage.

Note: To make sorting easier, consider painting each eggshell with only one color at a time, or color the inside one color, and the outside another.


Method #2

Dry out colored or white eggshells from hard boiled eggs on paper towels or newspaper, then separate them into colorful piles, or place like-colored eggshells into containers or zip-top bags. 

Tip: White eggshells can be colored with food coloring. To do this, put a 1/2 tsp of vinegar into a cup along with a little water, and a few drops of food coloring, and mix with a craft stick. Add the eggshells and mix again. In 30 minutes, remove eggshells from the cup, and place them on a paper towel or newspaper to dry for a few hours or overnight.
What to do:
Colored eggshells:

Draw something on construction paper with a pencil or crayon, paint glue within the lines of your drawing and fill in the area with the desired colored eggshells. Use a toothpick or tweezers to place the eggshells where you want them. When you are finished placing your shells, allow your creation to dry flat, then hang it up or frame it.
White eggshells

Draw something on construction paper with pencil or crayon, paint glue within your lines and place egg shells onto your paper. When the g
lue dries, paint over the egg shells.

Other suggestions….

– Use coloring pages instead of drawing a picture and mount it on construction paper.

– Make a colorful eggshell collage rather than a drawing.

– Make textured cards with the eggshells.

– Make small eggshell creations on paper and glue a magnet behind it.

– Glue your eggshells onto recycled yogurt or sour cream containers  and use them as planters. When you are finished with your egg shells, sprinkle them around the top of the soil of your new planter.

Tip: Eggshells give nutrients back to the soil! Compost or place leftover shells, that you are not planning to use for another project, around your favorite plant or tree outside!
Artists Helping Children: Egg Shell Crafts for Kids
You will find a variety of eggshell related projects on this page

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