Solar System Easter Eggs – Space Eggsplorer
The School Egg Decoration Competition is on the horizon, and as part of that we finally have time and the opportunity to show case LAST YEAR’s Egg Decorating Competition entries. Red Ted Art HQ takes the competition seriously.. and we keep our eggs firmly under wrap until AFTER the judging day.. teehee. So. LAST year’s (winning) entry were Red Ted’s Solar System Easter Eggs! We decided on this Easter Space Craft design, as Red Ted (10) had the Solar System as one of his school topics. We have been blowing out eggs and saving them since some family birthdays (and thus cake making) earlier in the year.. and had plenty of eggs at the ready..
I know many people like to enter the egg decorating competition using wooden eggs or hard boiled eggs. We LOVE using blown out eggs – because it’s so thrifty!! Afterall, nothing goes to waste. AND the kids LOVE handling the egg shells. It makes it feel extra special and exciting. And surprisingly we don’t have too many breakages (though sometimes there is some emergency gluing going on.. but it is all part of the process!). So. If you are entering the Great School Egg Decorating competition… do consider using REAL egg shells this year. On to our Space Eggs!
Top Tips & Tricks for the School Egg Decorating Competition:
- Teachers like a theme or a “scene” – the Egg Carton Diorama’s always go down well. But you can go bigger and more abitious
- If the theme is also linked to a school topic – than even better. So our Solar System really resonanted as Red Ted had this as one of his school topics
- Make it funny! Yes, you **NEED PUNS** and you will simply have to make it up. Teachers have a busy day and though they may be impressed with your art work, they also like to smile. Make them smile… even better make them laugh! So lots of EGG related puns. Thing EGGcellent, EGGstatic, EGGxplorer, EGGcited, EGG-head, cracked Eggs, Scrambled Eggs, fried eggs.. add other languages like “Oeuf” and see what you can come up with!
- Good quality paints can make all the difference to that finished look – have a set of these Gloss Enamels Paints (UK affiliate links), they are not super cheap, but they have lasted me aaaaages. Here is a great set for US readers.
- Finally – if you can – plan ahead and take your time. Then you can have more fun with your creation.. and you will have more time to think of funny details to add!
Remember.. they don’t have to be super complicated to win.. surprise your teachers! Pip Squeak one year, made a VERY quick and easy Cress Head Hair Dresser Salon and it surprised the teachers so much, she won!
To make your Solar System Eggs you will need:
- 9 Eggs (we decided to paint the sun) – if you happen to have eggs of different sizes, even better.. but it doesn’t matter too much
- Acrylic paints
- Some cardboard
- Hot glue gun
- Paper for the planet rings
- Toilet paper rolls cut down as “egg cups for drying”.
How to make Solar System Eggs for the School Egg Decorating Competition
Your Space Egg Puns
You will NEED some puns. Yes, Egg Decoration Competitions need to have some wit.. and not just crafty cleverness. So we spent a little while coming up with our Space related puns. You can do this WHILST crafting.. or add them on later. Our puns where as follows (they are not perfect.. but I reckon pretty good):
- The Title – Space Eggsplorer
- Mecury – The Sunny Side Up
- Venus – Frying Hot
- Earth – Planet Oeuf
- Mars – Eggstra – Terestial
- Jupitor – Eggstra Big Planet
- Saturn – Fried Egg
- Uranus – No Yolks Please
- Neptune – Eggstremely Cold
- Pluto – The radio signals are scrambled
How to make your planet eggs
If you know all your planets off by heart.. brilliant. We found it useful to write them all down again and to look at them online and see what colours and key characteristic each planet has.
Start painting your eggs! This is a great opportunity to have a bit of fun with colour mixing and seeing what colours you can create. Rest them on cut down Toilet Paper Rolls. Yes, they will leave a small mark, but you can usually cover that up afterwards. We went for one base colour one each egg. And often didn’t mix the colours “fully” in order to give some texture to the “surface” of the planet.
And yep.. if you are a 10yr old boy.. you are likely to get messy fingers. Teehee.
Whilst the eggs where drying, we started on the “milky way” – long piece of cardboard (as long as possible…). Paint a yellow and orangy sun one end, and the rest black.
With an old tooth brush scrape some white details for the milky way!
Whilst the milk way was drying, we then added details to the eggs where needed – some green and white patches on earth, stripes etc..
— simple paper rings for the gas planets…
And then hot glued the eggs in place – make sure you get the order right!!!
Already looking great!
Finally, on pieces of paper, Red Ted wrote out his Solar System Project Title: Space Eggsplorers, as well as the individual planet puns!!!
And yep.. this won hime a Chocolate Egg Prize at school. Well done Red Ted! What will this year’s Egg Decorating competition be I wonder?!
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