Hand-Molded Easter Egg Cups

Perhaps it is the many years I spent living in England that make egg cups one of my favorite kitchen accessories; they grace our kitchen table more mornings than I can count, and as luck would have it, make eating eggs more fun for our children. 


So it no wonder that making personalized egg cups has become our Easter tradition. Inexpensive to make, and requiring absolutely no creative skill, this is the perfect Easter craft for any from the age of 3 and older. The photos shown are the basic framework for a basic egg cup, but once the creative juices start flowing, there is no limit to how elaborate the egg cups can get.

 

 

This year, in addition to these simple cups, we added an egg eating snake, a hippopotamus and butterfly to our growing collection. The children like making egg cups so much that we generally make an afternoon of it, so buy plenty of clay; once the fun starts, it is often hard to end this project until everyone has made a few cups. Like all hand made food safe projects, be sure to select food safe paint, and oven safe clay before you begin crafting your egg cups.

In addition to using them in the traditional fashion, these hand-made egg cups are a great way to display decorated Easter Eggs and other Easter related decorative items like the Easter egg candles I featured in my Easter egg décor feature.

Supplies
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  • 1 slab of oven safe molding clay, preferably white.
  • A collection of food safe paints
  • Paintbrush
  • A collection of clay molding tools (optional)
Directions

Step 1: Preheat your oven to the temperature set on the clay baking instructions.

Step 2: Portion out a small plum sized amount of clay and roll it into a ball. Push your thumb into the center of the ball and gently push outwards to create a bigger whole until you have something resembling a cup.

Step 3: Once the cup shape begins to take shape, gently press the cup down to create a flat bottom and use a hard boiled egg to measure the shape.

 

 

Step 4: Remove excess clay by tearing or using clay tools until you have the size you require, and then use your hands to smooth the surface of the clay.

Step 5: To create the corner tabs in the photo, gently pinch the top of the cup together at one point.

 

 

Step 6: Place the cups on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake as directed.

Step 7: Once cool, paint the cups to give them a personalized effect.

 

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