I have seen several different versions of these Easter Story Eggs in stores and on blogs and websites over the past couple of years and have wanted to make my own set for our family for a long time now. I bought all of the stuff to make them last year...then, all that stuff sat tied up in a "Family Dollar" plastic bag at the bottom of my my craft projects "to do" box until last week when I dug them out, dusted them off, and decided to finally put them together. The eggs are very easy and inexpensive to put together, and I was able to find most of the items I needed just around my house and yard. Here is what you will need to make your own set...
*14 plastic Easter Eggs.
*14 strips of paper with scriptures written on them (I used scriptures and ideas from here and here, as well as some of my own favorites that I added in).
*Black Sharpie or vinyl/sticker numbers 1-14.
*small items listed below to put inside of each egg.
*basket, grass, and any other egg embellishments you may want to use (I used small chipboard flowers that I hot glued to the outside of each egg).
1. Label each egg with #'s 1-14 and add any embellishments you are using.
2. Write each scripture reference on your paper strips.
3. Fill each egg with its matching scripture paper and small item.
4. Place eggs into decorative basket or container and you are ready to go. I had originally thought of just opening all of the eggs on Easter Sunday after dinner or something. My friend also had this countdown to Easter idea linked to her blog that I really liked as well. You use the eggs to count down to Easter by opening one a day during the 2 weeks before Easter arrives.
Scripture and Items List...
1. Matthew 26:26-28...chex or crouton and a sacrament cup or small cup
2. Matthew 26:36 & 39...miniature cup (I found one in a porcelain tea set that I bought at the dollar store).
3. Matthew 26:14-15...3 dimes
4. Matthew 27:1-2...a small piece of rope (I used some twine we had around the house)
5. Matthew 27: 24-26...a small piece of soap
6. Matthew 27:29...a thorn (I cut a small piece from our rose bush outside)
7. John19:17-18...a cross (I made one with 2 toothpick pieces and some hot glue)
8. Matthew 27:35...2 nails (thank you junk drawer)
9. Matthew 27:50-51 & 54...a small handful of little rocks
10. Matthew 27:57-60...small piece of white cloth
11. Matthew 27:60 & 65-66...a round stone
12. Mark 16:1...6 to 8 whole cloves
13. Luke 24:2-6...Leave this egg empty
14. John 15:13-14...a small heart. Why did Jesus do all of these difficult and painful things? Because he loves each of us very much and wants us to be able to return to Him.