My family will be staying in for the 4th. Most likely celebrating with an outdoor dinner of grilled food and a few extras. Usually deviled eggs are a 4th of July must have for me. I am hoping to get my son into the kitchen to help me make dessert. Perhaps we will also get out the horseshoes, croquet, swingball, frisbee, or other such outdoor games.
I am looking forward to my neighbor’s huge flag they put out only for special occassions such as the 4th of July, Memorial Day, etc… It makes it that much more special since they do not display it daily. It makes me happy to see it when I open the curtains for the day and see the huge flag draped over their balcony.
Here is a favorite Easter craft of mine. I made my first paper mache Easter egg diorama scene when I was in elementary school. I then made them with my kids when they were in elementary school. I just love these eggs! Not only are they bright and cheery, but they also have their own little world inside of them. I filled mine with Easter grass and little chicks.
a small balloon
string or yarn (it will be thrown out so nothing fancy)
glue (Elmer’s school glue)
old disposable container (a large yogurt container would work well)
a plastic spoon (to stir glue mixture)
white copy paper (a couple sheets or so)
tissue paper in various colors
Chicks or small animals to put inside
To make one….
Blow-up one small balloon and tie a string around the tied-off end. Tape this string on the edge of a table and let the balloon fall over the edge.
Under the balloon (on the floor) lay out newspaper to collect the mess that will occur.
In a disposable container, pour glue and mix with water to make a thin paste. (Add water a bit at a time so it doesn’t get too thin.)
Cut strips of tissue paper in various colors, sizes.
Cut strips of white copy paper. (Some people use newspaper…I think the colors are better over white.)
Dip a strip of tissue paper in glue mixture. Run it between the sides of two fingers to squeegee off the glue. The strips should not be dripping in glue.
Stick this strip onto the balloon and rub in place.
Repeat until egg is covered.
Dip the white paper in glue and repeat in same method. (This layer will make the egg stronger.)
Dip the tissue paper in glue and repeat in same method for the third and final layer.
Clean-up and let the egg hang to dry over-night.
Next day….draw an oval for the opening and cut with an x-acto knife. The balloon should be deflated and can be pulled out at this point. Where the tied-off part of the balloon was should be a small hole. Fold a ribbon in half and tie a knot in at the end of the ribbon and thread through to make a hanger.
Wad up tiny bits of tissue paper and dip in glue/water mixture and push into place around opening.
Now be creative and make a little scene inside the egg. Stuff some grass in and add animals, etc…
Although a pumpkin is a great decoration untouched, a carved pumpkin is always fun. Every carved pumpkin acquires it’s own identity. Each carver becomes an artist. It is almost magical.
Pumpkins can be carved with a kitchen knife. However, when my kids were little I picked up a couple of special carving knives sold especially for carving pumpkins. These are an inexpensive purchase that has served us well over the years. I feel they go into the pumpkins easier, save dulling good knives, and are safer to use.
The lighting of the pumpkin, which has now turned into a jack-o-lantern, can be done with candles. I have switched from candles to battery operated tea lights. In this way, I do not have to worry about fire hazards. This is especially true of this time of year in Southern California when the Santa Ana winds are blowing through.
The ways one can carve a pumpkin are endless. Here are a few of my family’s creations over the years… HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!