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How to make eggshell mosaics

Create recycling signs out of eggshell mosaics and use them as little reminder messages to save energy. Download the full guide here or follow the simplified instructions below to make your very own eggshell mosaic.  


What you’ll need to make eggshell mosaics:

  • About 12 eggshells, saved after cooking and rinsed clean
  • Glue
  • Acrylic paint and brushes
  • Crayons or coloured pencils
  • Thick paper or card
  • Old newspaper to cover the workspace
  • Strong sticky tape to hang the mosaics

Making eggshell mosaics is a messy activity, so it’s a good idea to have some Persil small & mighty on hand to help get rid of any stains your kids pick up in the process. Check out the stain removal tips section for advice on tackling an abundance of different stains!  


How to make an eggshell mosaic

  1. To get kids thinking about their designs, ask them to look around the house and find things that could be changed to be better for the environment. Has someone forgotten to turn the taps off? Has anyone left the TV on? How can the family be more eco-friendly?
  2. On a newspaper-covered flat surface, kids can get painting the eggshells in a rainbow of colours! Once the eggshells are painted, they can be set aside for a while in a warm place to dry. When they’re completely dry, kids will need to break them up into small pieces to make the coloured tiles they’ll use to create their mosaics.


Have a go!

  1. On the thick paper, kids should sketch out symbols and pictures to illustrate the reminder messages they’ll need. What about a recycling symbol for the fridge door, or a teardrop to hang above the dripping tap? Then, using tiny dabs of glue, kids should attach their eggshell tiles to the drawings to create colourful mosaic signs. Lay the mosaics out flat in a warm dry place, or outside in the sunshine, so the glue can set.
  2. Now your kids have identified key areas to save energy and recycle and designed creative signposts! And why stop there - now they’ve mastered the art of eggshell mosaic making, why not give your kids the chance to try recycling an old photo frame into a thoughtful present?

Did you try out our guide on how to make eggshell mosaics or perhaps you have some of your own ideas for recycling projects that kids can do?

Share with us your ideas and experiences in a comment below, and don't forget to check out our other Play with Purpose activities. Save energy around the home by creating recycling signs from discarded eggshells and using them as little reminder messages.

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