If you and your kids spend a lot of time decorating Easter eggs shouldn’t each egg get its own place of honor? Create these paper egg cozies in colors that compliment the colors of your eggs. The Easter egg cups work for a display or as place cards for your dinner table. The folds should be exact, so if you’ll be working on this with your kids, they will need to work with care when folding the paper. The egg cozy can be a single color, two colors, or several linked in a pattern.
Easter Craft Materials
Origami paper works well for this project. It is thin enough to handle the multiple folds and it comes in a wide range of solid colors. If you don’t have access to origami paper you can use photocopy paper or even catalogs or magazines. Thin paper that creases easily is better than thicker paper which can be too bulky.
Ruler and pencil
Scissors or a paper trimmer (The paper trimmer will save a lot of time since you can measure off the trimmer.)
Bone folder or a wood craft stick
Easter Egg Cup
Step 1: Measure and cut 10 strips of paper 2″ x 4 ½”.
Step 2: Fold one strip in half lengthwise. Make a sharp crease.
Step 3: Open the strip. Fold the two long edges to match up with the center crease. Fold this strip in half again along the first fold.
Step 4: Fold and crease the strip in half so it is half as wide as it was originally.
Step 5: Open that fold. Fold the two ends so they line up with the center fold. Fold in half along the previous step’s fold. Notice that one edge is a solid fold and the opposite edge has two folded edges. You’ll need to pay attention to this when you get to the step where you link the strips.
Step 6: Repeat the folding directions for all 12 strips of paper.
Step 7: To join the strips always insert a folded strip with the solid fold into the edge of the other strip made with one fold. This is the tricky part. On the day I was making this craft I was rather spatially-challenged and I kept sliding the strips together in the wrong direction. If that happens, just slide out the strip of folded paper and turn it around. Once you get your first three strips linked together you’ll find the rest of the project goes quickly.
Step 8: Use the directions in the previous step to start interlocking two strips of folded paper at right angles to one another. Pull tight.
Step 9: Link 11 strips of paper.
Step 10: Take strip 12 and unfold the ends so it resembles the shape in Step 4. Fold the ends in the opposite direction of the original fold. Insert them as if they were a strip that you were adding to the first strip. Slip the ends into the middle of the last strip of the bracelet.
Keep the folds sharp; this will make the piece strong. Nestle the Easter egg in this ring (it won’t fit tight). The egg cozy (or the egg) can be personalized so this can be used as a placeholder at your Easter dinner table. If the eggs will sit on the table, out of refrigeration, for too long, have kids decorate plastic eggs, which can be filled with candy.
Try these other spring and Easter crafts:
Crochet a Miniature Easter Bunny
Easter Crafts for Kids: Cute Egg Carton Critters
Spring Crafts for Kids: Three Mobiles
Photos by Susan Caplan McCarthy