My daughter Jennifer gave me this awesome idea for The Twelve Days of Easter. It uses 12 plastic eggs, 1 egg carton and 11 different things that represent the story in the New Testament of Jesus Christ’s last days before the Resurrection.
I have made this gift for my married children to use with their families. I also made this craft with a group of thirteen girls that were between the ages 8 and 11 and they loved making them.
Each plastic egg is numbered, 1-12 with a permanent marker. Each egg contains a strip of paper listing the item and its meaning, along with the scripture that goes with it. There is a master paper that has the information and the scripture verses that are used.
The Things I put into the Eggs:
1~Sacrament Cup: I asked my church if I could have a few of the Sacrament cups for this project.
2~Knotted Twine: I got cheap twine and cut it about 3 inches. I tied a knot in the middle of it, then put glue on the knot part to hold the knot in place.
3~3 Silver Pieces: I used 3 silver beads. Other people have used 3 dimes. Whatever works for you.
4~A piece of Soap: I used one of those small bars of soap you get at a hotel. I cut it in small pieces. I used a small plastic bead bag to put it in, just so it wouldn’t get all over the place. Cutting up a large bar of soap works fine too.
5~Square of Scarlet Cloth: I used a piece of nice red cloth. I cut it 2″ by 2 1/2″ size.
6~Nail or Wood Match Stick: I used 3 nails, 1 1/2″ size. I felt they were safer than matches with children.
7~Die: I used a normal die.
8~Small Rocks: I used pea gravel. You can find it in the garden section of a store like Wal-Mart or Home Depot. I used a dark brown or black tulle & 1/8″ white ribbon to tie it closed. I used a double knot to make sure it stayed closed.
9~Strip of White Cloth: I used a loose weave white fabric. I had nice fabric too but I felt that the loose weave fabric would be more of a burial cloth.
10~Spices: I used cinnamon sticks and whole cloves. I cut the cinnamon sticks into small pieces. I used one small piece of cinnamon and a few whole cloves. I wrapped them in red tulle and tied it with 1/8″ white ribbon again to tie it closed as I did before.
11~Stone: I used stones that I think I got at a craft store like Hobby Lobby (they have such a variety of crafts there). Just a small enough rock that fits in the egg. Big enough that it can represent the Tomb door.
12~Last egg remains empty.
Download the Master Paper here to get easy access to the scripture references and where you can print off the strips that go inside each egg.
When I did this project with the group of girls I simplified it for them a little. For each girl I had an egg carton with the twelve plastic eggs inside, an envelope with the word strips already cut, the paper with the number and scriptures printed on it, and a sandwich bag with all the items in it. I went over it with the girls, showing them a finished one first. It was simple and the girls enjoyed the finished product!
I hope that this project helps you and your family and friends enjoy the Easter holiday a little more this year and years to come. Happy Easter!