I’m obsessed with Jody’s Orizomegami workshop, and I’ve probably made 100 sheets of patterned paper. Some of the pieces turned out really soft and light in color and I thought they would make beautiful easter eggs. Because orizomegami is also a great kids craft, I’ve put together a DIY Easter card tutorial which will be fun for the whole family.
To make your easter egg cards, you will need:
A card and envelope. I used card stock cut down to 5.5″ x 5.5″ with matching envelopes, orizomegami or other patterned paper, egg and chick printout template, scissors, glue stick, 1 brad, hole punch, crayons and markers.
I started by coloring in my chick. I did this little coloring technique that my mom taught me when I was 6 and we were sitting at a restaurant waiting for breakfast. You outline the chick (or any object) in a darker color before coloring in the rest of the shape. In this case I used a yellow marker to trace along the outline and the lines of the wings and beak. Then I colored in the entire chick with yellow crayon, adding a little pink (crayon) on the cheek.
Flip your print over to the wrong side and apply glue to the back of the egg shapes using a glue stick. Press down on the orizomegami paper to adhere. Flip over to the right side of the print out and cut the egg along the black line. To cut the egg into top and bottom, I like to cut my top about 2/3 of the way down, leaving 1/3 at the bottom. You could do 1/2 and 1/2. You could also cut a jagged edge to look like the egg has cracked.
Cut out the chick and decide where she will sit in the egg. Make sure to test that she doesn’t poke out when you place the top of the egg. Then glue the chick in place with a glue stick.
Overlap the top and bottom halves of the egg by 1/8″ – 1/4″ and punch a hole. Place brad through hole but don’t open the brad yet. You will need to trim the overlap edges of the egg just a hair along the outside edge of the egg so they line up again along the curve. Decide where you want to place your egg on the front of your card. Take a moment to open and close the card and make sure you have the right placement and that your egg isn’t crooked. Punch the brad with the egg through the front of the card, then open to secure (If you’re working with little ones, this step you’ll want to do for them). Lift up the bottom half of the egg and glue in place. Leave the top half unglued to allow the egg to open and close freely.
You can leave your chick card like this, cute and sweet and pop it into an envelope or easter basket. You can also add a little crown or cap with a bit of scrap paper and glue stick.
If you want to make an envelope liner, use your leftover orizomegami or patterned paper. Trace the envelope flap onto the back of your decorative paper and cut about 1/4″ inside the line. Then cut straight lines down from the corners of the flap to create a piece you can slip into the envelope. Slip liner into the envelope. Fold back the patterned flap and glue with your gluestick. Fold onto the inside of the envelope flap to adhere.
This is a sweet and simple way to get your kids (or yourself) making Easter crafts with paper you’ve patterned yourself. These cards are quick to make and can be customized with embellishments for a suite of Easter stationery. Enjoy!
Click here to download your Chick and Egg PDF template!