Naturally dyed eggs with leaf print

This is a fun activity to do with your family or class at Easter, or anytime of the year!

Pop outside and pick an interesting shaped fresh leaf.  A piece of fern like this works really well.  Then place your leaf on a white or light-coloured egg and wrap it tightly with an old stocking, and secure it with a rubber band.

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Place the wrapped egg into a saucepan of  water.  Add some dried brown onion skins and boil on your stove for at least 5 minutes.  Then carefully remove the egg with a spoon or tongs and allow it to cool.

Once cool, unwrap the egg and peel off the leaf to reveal a beautiful natural leaf print!

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You can try different dyes using other natural ingredients, it’s really fun to experiment! Try purple cabbage or turmeric to create different colours.  There’s lots more interesting information on natural dyes in my book Nature Crafts with Common Plants.  Check it out!

Easter Craft – Seed Collage Egg

This seed collage or seed mosaic is a fun craft to do at Easter time.  Find some colourful seeds, and glue them onto thick cardboard which has been cut into an egg shape.  If you’d like to hang them, add a hole and tie some string through.  A simple, but really effective craft, and quite cheap too, for when you’ve got a large group of children.

These works of art can also be composted when it’s time to get rid of them!

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Nature Craft Easter Bilby

Bilbies

These gorgeous Australian native marsupials have large pink ears and a long, thin tail.  Once common and widespread, their numbers are now low due to habitat loss and predators, and sadly bilbies are now only found in a few desert and grassland areas and in captivity.

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Fantastic work is being done to protect bilbies, and more information can be found on the Save the Bilby Fund site, and the Rabbit Free Australia site.

Celebrate bilbies, not bunnies at Easter.

Unlike our native bilbies, bunnies are a destructive pest which have eaten native plants and damaged ecosystems across the country since they were introduced in the 1800’s.  Further information on why we should be celebrating bilbies, not bunnies at Easter time can be found in this Australian Geographic article.

Haigh’s Chocolates and Fyna Foods Pink Lady Chocolates make delicious and cute chocolate bilbies, and they donate part proceeds of sales to supporting the living ones!

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Make your own Nature Craft Bilby

To create your own nature craft bilby, use a large gumnut for the body, a sheoak pod for the head, and attach hakea pods for ears.  A coral gum cap makes a perfect pointy nose, and piece of string can be used for a tail.  No hakea pods?  No problem! You could use small leaves, pistachio shells or anything else that’s about the right size and shape.  Glue everything together with a trusty low-melt glue gun.

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Nature Craft Easter Bunny

Pinecones make great bodies for all sorts of creatures, including Easter Bunnies!

Just add some Jacaranda pod ears and feet using a low-melt glue gun.

Glue on an acorn nose, and acorn cap eyes (I’ve added little plastic eyes inside), and some twigs for the whiskers.  Done!