paper bag easter eggs are my fave

March 26, 2012

How about a little Easter themed week at YAMF? Sharon is back today with another genius craftorial. Her paper bag Easter eggs are hunt worthy but could double as favors, place cards or even invitations.

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Can you believe Easter is right around the corner? I mean, we’ve been seeing pins for Easter stuff for months already but it is now time to actually get prepared for the upcoming holiday. I decided that this year I would make paper grocery bag Easter eggs. They are super easy and can be made various ways depending on your craft skills (mine are low to moderate in case you were wondering) and materials on hand.

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It all starts with a paper grocery bag that you can get for free with your groceries. Or if you are all Eco and bring your own reusable bags I’m pretty sure you could simply ask for one. This would probably also work with card stock (although I didn’t try it) and for sure works with fabric. So pick your poison. I’m going to mainly be showing the paper bag version. First choose one of the corner seems and cut down all the way to the bottom panel. Then cut out the bottom panel following along the creases. This will leave you with one big flat piece of grocery bag to work with. Cut out rectangles a little bit larger then whatever size you want your finished egg to be. Try to make sure that you have a matching size for the back piece as you will need 2 rectangles per egg.

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There are tons of way to personalize these eggs. Although I possess no actual drawing skills, I am lucky to have family members who do. I enlisted them to make some characters that my sons would like. I also used some stamps on a few and then let my kids color some of their own.

Find the rest of the tutorial after the jump.

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The next part is where you have to assess your sewing talents and decide if you are going to go that route or choose to use a double sided adhesive. I realize some people might not be in to using their machine for sewing on paper but that is why I bought my machine. Sewn paper just looks super cute. But if you are feeling wishy washy about your skill set or just don’t have a sewing machine, these can still be made. Just know they won’t be as cute as the ones your neighbor made with their sewing machine. I made some really quick egg templates out of cardboard in 2 sizes. I would have liked to make a more mid-sized version but well, most of crafting is what I call Nap Time Crafting. While my kids don’t actually nap any more (Earth to 3 year old, most kids cut their moms some slack and snooze for a bit during the day at this age. Just think about it. That’s all I’m asking) this means that I only have about half an hour at any given time for the TV to watch my kids, er, what I meant to say was for my kids to watch TV…Lightly trace the egg shape around the design that you have drawn, stamped, scribbled on the paper bag. Then take it to your trusty sewing machine. You will be sewing the egg sort of like a pillow where you leave an opening for the batting but in this case your opening needs to be large enough to fit candy, toys or whatever else you want to put in your egg. Start near the top and slowly follow along the pencil mark. You should probably do that back and forth thing with the machine to make the stitch stay in but I have no idea what that is called (I told you I’m a total sewing novice). Sew around the egg and stop at about the same part that you started at on the opposite side of the egg. If you have opted for an alternate method, you would basically use double stick tape of Glue Lines to attach the front and back of the egg pieces together.

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This is egg-sactly what it will look like. Couldn’t help myself. Using either pinking shears or regular scissors, cut out around the sewn line leaving as much of a margin as you want.

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At this point, you should probably erase the pencil lines you drew as a guide. People will be like, “man, you free handed those bad boys? Color me impressed.” The eggs are now ready to get stuffed and closed.

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Here is where we close up the eggs so that we can hide them in yard and elicit shrieks of joy from the kids. This is also where we pretend I know what I am doing in terms of photo editing and pretend that the color in the two pictures above matches. I put the candy in the egg and grabbed my Glue Lines to close them up. Simple as that.

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I did smaller eggs with a little candy to hide around the yard and a larger egg with toys that you could use in place of an Easter basket. My family does not believe in baskets that are as tall as the child, but a small selection of toys and candy. Especially because they will attend between 3 and 4 egg hunts that day and get sugar induced comas at each.

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I mean…if that adorable little face doesn’t sell you on these eggs, I don’t know what will? These paper eggs would be great for your family, an Easter party favor or even for a classmate treat. And you can still recycle the paper when you are done which is totally awesome. I’d like to give a quick shout out to my mom-in-laws hands in the sewing machine portion of this post. Trying to figure out how to get my hands sewing with the camera on the tripod and in good light made my head hurt so I forced her participation.

See more awesome from Sharon at Cupcakes and Cutlery.

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  • On March 26, 2012 , Freya said:

    This is such a great idea! I’m thinking about doing something like this for my students!

  • On March 26, 2012 , Laura Gofton said:

    Such a fabulous idea, thank you for sharing! I can’t wait to do these with my son.

  • On March 26, 2012 , Rebecca - A Daily Something said:

    These are adorable!

  • On March 26, 2012 , Sandra said:

    See, you need to have one of those one-man-band contraptions modified to be able to sew, light, and shoot a photo at the same time! The ultimate in original content that would also result in a nervous breakdown….

    Lovely idea – especially because you can have the kids decorate/draw on the eggs. I love the perfectly done “Martha” crafts but I also love the ones where the kids get to take part. Sweet!

  • On March 26, 2012 , Emily said:

    These are a great idea! I can’t find those little plastic Easter eggs here in Dublin, and these are a really sweet alternative.

  • On March 26, 2012 , Sha said:

    This is the best Easter favor yet, only because after Easter all those plastic eggs end up missing and all over the house. Great tutorial. Thank you!

  • On March 26, 2012 , kelly said:

    Oh Wowowowow. Those are too cute. I guess I just found my easter craft. These and attempting deviled eggs for the first time. Here goes….everything!

  • On March 26, 2012 , Gaby [The Vault Files] said:

    This is soooo cool! This is probably what my sewing machine needs to get out of the closet ;)

  • On March 26, 2012 , Erica Herold said:

    I love these! They are vegan Easter eggs! Haha :)

  • On March 26, 2012 , Tan said:

    SO cute and easy to make! If I were motivated I would make these for my students. Something tells me 26 is too many to make on top of all my work though…

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    best idea ever!

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    These are genius! We’re having guests for Easter and I kept wondering on how to package little gifts and individual candy (you know, we have one five and two three year olds hunting, so we got to make sure the little ones get some…) short of using ugly plastic eggs or wrapping each one nicely with actual gift wrap and bows and such. This is so great! Lets me personalize them, too. And I’m just starting to sew, too.

    Found you through happy days.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  • On March 30, 2012 , Patti said:

    these are so cute! looks like a lot of fun for the kids!

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    love this idea…now if only I owned a sewing machine…and could sew (sigh)

    Georgia :)

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    I love this idea, so cute and so simple! PS. Your blog is SO pretty, it’s lovely.

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    These will be great to make and hand out at school!
    Thank you!!!

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