March 19, 2012

{A Beautiful Easter Tradition} The Resurrection Egg (and a free printable!)

I start by setting the table with 10 small numbered plastic eggs.



Each guest is instructed to open the eggs in order, read aloud the verse inside, and show the item within to everyone at the table.


The eggs tell the story of Christ's Journey to the cross.










And in the final egg...
 

Nothing. There is nothing.

The egg is empty.

In one long heartbeat, the awkwardness around the table turns to solemn understanding.  The egg is empty, like the tomb was empty.

Friends, He is risen!


To do this project at your Easter dinner, you will need:
  • 10 plastic eggs (I bought my awesome polka-dotted ones at the dollar store)
  • The nine bible verses to go in the eggs (see the free printable below!)
  • A way to number the eggs(these also are available as a free printable below!)
  • The props
    • 30 dimes
    • a chunk of bread
    • a peice of rope
    • a tiny crown of thorns (I trimmed a thin branch from my rose bush. And pricked my fingers about a hundred and fifty times...)
    • dice
    • a torn "curtain" (a small peice of cloth)
    • linen to symbolize a burial cloth
    • spices
    • a rock
Instructions: Place a verse and the coordinating prop in an egg and affix the numbered label by wrapping the "arms" around the egg and taping it at the back.  Continue with all the eggs, leaving the tenth one empty.  Place them around the table and instruct your guests to open them in order, read the verse aloud and hold up the item inside up for everyone to see.



To print the nine bible verses for this project, click here For best results, print on cardstock.

In case pink isn't your thing, I've also made the number labels available in yellow.  For best results, print these on cardstock too.

For the number labels in pink, click here (for page one) and here (for page 2)
For  the number labels in yellow, click here (for page one) and here (for page 2)


(I don't know why I made page one and two as separate documents...it must have been one of those crazy mommy-brain moments.  Forgive me?)

Oh...and I recommend using a pair of scalloped craft scissors to cut around the number part because scallops make everything look more fancy and festive and fun!


{A special thanks to Christine of A Million Sighs for the awesome free chevron digital paper used in this project.  Swing by her site to score a lovely chevron pattern in all sorts of colors for your next project!}

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32 comments:

  1. What a fantastic and meaningful way to observe Easter...thanks for the details!

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  2. I love all of your stuff!!! I have wanted to start this with my kids and I love how cute this rendition is. Thank you for your time and talents

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  3. i LOVE this idea for an easter tradition! (just pinned it onto my pinterest. i know a lot of ladies who will love this!) thanks for the great idea, the printables, and for such a wonderful blog. i always get so excited when a new post pops up on my bloglovin. :)

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  4. Love it- great idea!

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  5. I am so gonna do this for our Easter (and just as an fyi- I just wrote Christmas and fixed it!) meal that we share with friends. So creative!! Thank you!

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  6. AWESOME idea!!! My little girl would love to do this!

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  7. Such a lovely way to tell the story of our saviour.

    X x

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  8. Oh I LOVE this! So easy and cheap, we can all actually do this AND shower today (or not :) I'd love to repost this on my blog... would you like to be a guest writer there and share this craft & printables? www.koskersidlewild.blogspot.com (this would be the 1st time I've let someone else publish content on my blog, but I really really love this... like I said :)

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  9. oh my goodness! I love this idea!

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  10. What a great way to celebrate Christ's resurrection! Are the printables available in a black/white version, as we don't have a colour printer?

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    1. You should be able to set it to grey scale in the properties before you print. Go to the color tab and click it to print grey scale with black cartridge only.

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  11. I have wanted to do this for years, but this is the simplest (and cheapest) version I have ever seen. Awesome! Thank you!

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  12. Dear Kelly, I am from Italy (Venice) and I always read your blog. Thank you very nuch for sharing, especially this idea! Sorry for my little english! Kisses. Laura Vecchiato

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  13. I have been doing this for years, got them from Focus on the Family, but you have several different ones that I like. We do them in Children's Church and each child gets one with the thing for that year inside to take home. Thanks for the additions.

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  14. I have been doing this for years, got them from Focus on the Family, but you have several different ones that I like. We do them in Children's Church and each child gets one with the thing for that year inside to take home. Thanks for the additions.

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  15. I have become a HUGE fan of your blog over the past couple of weeks, BTW!

    Anyway, thought you might like this!

    http://www.amazon.com/Much-Bigger-Than-The-Bunny/dp/1456720872/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1332283390&sr=8-1

    I wrote it to do with our children as we got more and more into Holy Week:) There is a song that my husband wrote to go along with each week:) Let me know if you'd like me to mail you a complimentary copy. You could also do a give-away on your blog too!

    Your eggs are lovely!

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  16. Thank you for this great way to keep Christ the center of Easter!

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  17. Love this! Thank you for sharing!

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  18. I am totally using this on our table this year. My family will love it! Thank you for sharing!

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  19. Thanks for sharing....gonna make it our tradition.....He is Risen!!! :)

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  20. This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing. My kids are getting to an age (4 1/2, 3, and 19 months) where there is more understanding and an eagerness to learn and this would be a great way to make this time of year more tangible for them! He is risen indeed!

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  21. Thank you so much for sharing this project. It is really appreciated. Kindest regards

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  22. What a beautiful project - thanks for the free printables as well which makes it so much more doable!

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  23. This is wonderful! I am always looking for similar blogs to mine.

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  24. Such an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Thank you SO MUCh. we are sitting here the night before Easter still deciding what we will do in the monring!! Terrible I know but found this site through powerofmoms.com and so excited to see this. Thank you again for all your time in making the printables! Georgina xx

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  26. This is such a great idea. I'm bookmarking this page. Can't wait for easter to do this with my Sunday School kids.

    Thanks for sharing. NT

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  27. I saw this last year and have sorted for our childrens group to incorporate this into our Easter picnic, thank you, its a lovely tradition to start

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  28. I love this! I am new to Pinterest and cannot figure out how to pin this. Can anyone help?

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    1. Hi Teresa! Pinterest has a "pin it" button that you can add to your browser so that you can easily "pin" from pretty much any blog or site.

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  29. Very nice idea for making an amazing 'DIY Photo on Canvas' the canvas you have made, it's really looking attractive. you have added great tutorial for making this, everyone can make this to follow your step, i am also want to try it shorty, thanks for sharing the tutorial. For custom photo artwork I have used Canvas Design at http://goo.gl/rz5cqj and have been very satisfied.

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