Monday, April 25, 2011

Colored Shells and Matryoshka Party Kit


Hi everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend. I want to share with you a fun, creative idea we came up with that you might want to do too. This year when we colored our one dozen eggs (with a typical store bought Easter egg dying kit, that comes with dye tablets that you add vinegar and water to) it went too fast (as fun things often do) and before we knew it, all our eggs were colored! My daughter said (in her imaginative kid way), "What else can we color?" I looked at her and said, "Good question." We thunk and we thunk, and she said, "How about that plaster Christmas decoration I have left over. That was a great idea! So now the pressure was on, I needed to come up with something too! Then it came to me, "Seashells!" They have a surface similar to eggs and I thought surely the vinegar and dye would etch and adhere much like it does to the surface of an egg. And you know what? It did! Not as vibrantly, but still they turned out pretty pastels. My daughter had a ball (as did I) and we ended up with more dyed shells than eggs!

The basket in the photo is my Easter basket from when I was a little girl. It is a wicker basket striped with green and pink dyed wicker. It has faded over the years. I sat there dying those shells and thought, "Hey I bet this would work on my wicker basket!" By the time I thought of it we had already poured out the pink dye but I used a paint brush and painted over the outside green stripes of the basket. The wicker drank it right up. I'll have to remember to brush on the pink dye next year. So I leave you with my daughter's question, "What else can we color?" :)

Oh, and another question - I am in the process of designing a Matryoshka Birthday Party Kit as a PDF printable. What types of items would you like for me to include? Thanks in advance for your input! :)

6 comments:

Robin said...

What a great idea! Your daughter is very clever! I'm going to gather up other dye-able items and keep them with my Easter decorations for next year.

Thrifty tip for you: egg dye kits can often be found for a fraction of the cost this week. Just store them with your Easter basket for next year. I often buy them for as little as 25-cents.

Amy Perrotti said...

Thank you Robin! Great tip about the best time to buy egg dying kits! :)

1129 said...

lovely and original combination eggs and shells... easter on the beach :)))
some matrioska masks I think will be fun for a children party
big hug
nicoletta

Amy Perrotti said...

Thank you Nicoletta! Great suggestion! :)

Stephanie said...

Hi - I'm actually in the process of planning a matryoshka party right now and a kit would be so much help!

For me, I'd love a tablecloth (hard to be printable, though), invitations, thank you cards, banner/bunting, cupcake pokes, juice box/bottled water covers, paper hats, printable nesting dolls (you fold to create them with tape or glue), treat boxes, and that's about all I can think of at the moment. Thanks for considering one!

Amy Perrotti said...

Hi Stephanie! Great, I'm so happy you are planning a matryoshka party! I completed my first kit this weekend and photographed it. I will be listing it in my shop in the next couple of days. So please stay tuned! :)

PS Thank you for your suggestions too!