Hearth and Home
Wheel of the Year
Pagan Parent and Child
Crafts & Activities for the Spring Equinox
Scratch Magical symbols, runes, etc for what you wish to have *grow* for the year. A crayon is a quick and easy way to make the symbols of your choice before adding egg to the coloring.
Feel ambitious? Try Pysanky-a beautiful Ukrainian (and pre-Christian)egg decorating technique.
Pysanky Instructions for Pagans
Magickal Pysanky -Pysanky are powerful magickal amulets. Traditional pysanky incorporate ancient symbols of fertility, prosperity, and protection. In olden times, an egg might have been decorated for protection and given to a loved one. Blue lines particularly protected against fire. Eggs with wheat designs were planted in the soil for abundant crops. Eggs decorated for prosperity were kept throughout the year, and so forth. Encircling bands of color represented the eternal cycle of birth, death, and rebirth. Solar crosses represented the union of male and female, or spirit and matter. All symbols on the egg had meaning, from the obvious -- wheat for fertile crops -- to the obscure -- ladders for different planes of existence.
Papier-Mache Ostara Eggs
Blow up the balloon (large, for decorations and games and small, for party favors and little gifts), tie, and cover with newspaper strips dipped in wallpaper paste mixture. Lightly dampen the newspaper strips or squares with water first, so the strips lie flat and mold closely. Leave an opening at the tie for filling the egg later. Continue covering the balloon with paper mache, allowing each thick layer (2-3 layers) to dry overnight in a heated place. When dry, fill the egg with candy, notes, poems or small toys. Add confetti or scrunched-up tissue paper to take up space and reduce weight within the egg. Cover the opening with more paper mache and allow to dry. Paint the egg in festive Ostara colors, pastels and rhythmic designs. Finish the egg with tissue paper flowers and crepe paper or ribbon streamers. Or, cover the surface with glued-on squares of tissue paper (first made to stand on end after wrapping over the flat end of a pencil) like an Easter parade float. Source:http://members.internorth.com/~wiccan/seasons/ostara.htm#crafts