Some days, when I’m desperate to find 7 things to give away, I turn to my recycling bin. (Honestly, the word ‘bin’ is overly optimistic. It’s actually a minimally organized pile that threatens to take over a corner of my kitchen. I don’t like it, and I have vowed to tackle the problem soon. But that’s a story for another day…)
So, yes, trash-picking in my very own kitchen. Egg cartons, as you know, are recyclable. (You could also reduce the number of them in your house if you’re concerned about cholesterol.) Or… you could reuse them. The humble egg carton can do great things!
I’m the person in charge of crafts for the Wednesday school program at our church. For the past two years, the kids have each made a set of Resurrection eggs. Each egg is filled with an object that reminds them of the last week of Jesus’ life, His death on the cross, and His resurrection. We spend the season of Lent teaching the story, saving the last egg for Easter Sunday morning.
I don’t have permission to publish their photos, so you can only see some busy hands. You’ll just have to trust me — these kids are adorable. Some of my most favorite people in the world. They get pretty creative with decorating the cartons… inside and out!
You can find instructions galore for Resurrection eggs with a Google search. You can even buy a set at Walmart or a Christian bookstore… but it’s more fun to make your own. Here’s what we put in our eggs:
- perfume on a cotton ball, because Mary worshiped Jesus by pouring perfume on His feet (John 12:3)
- donkey – actually a foam horse, but we used our imaginations, because Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey (Matthew 21)
- palm branch cut from construction paper, because the crowds spread palms on the road as Jesus entered Jerusalem (Matthew 21)
- coin rubbings, because Judas was paid 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus (Matthew 26:15)
- matzo bread, because Jesus shared the Passover meal with His disciples (John 13)
- soap and towel, because Jesus washed His disciples’ feet and called them to follow in His self-sacrificing love (John 13)
- prayer, because Jesus prayed “Not my will, but your will be done” (Matthew 26: 39)
- whip – we made ours from raffia and beads – because Jesus was whipped by soldiers during His trial (Matthew 27:26)
- cross, because Jesus willingly laid down His life for us (John 10:17,18)
- Q-tip dipped in vinegar, because Jesus was given vinegar to drink (John 19:28)
- cloves, because the women came to the tomb with burial spices (Luke 24:1)
- empty, because Jesus is risen! (Luke 24:6)