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Eco-Friendly Easter Egg Alternatives

eco-friendly easter egg alternatives

eco-friendly easter egg alternatives

Here is a great eco-friendly easter egg alternative you can make, or get your kids to make on a wet afternoon.

I’m not too big on giving my daughter too much chocolate.  She gets a little bit, but we do try to limit how much she eats.  The influx of chocolate at Easter, therefore, makes me feel a little uncomfortable.  

However, It’s not just the chocolate.  Easter eggs are one of the most overly packaged items on the shop shelf.  A typical egg will be housed in an elaborate box, a large plastic case, and be wrapped in foil.  The egg itself will typically contain a plastic bag full of yet more sweets.

Eco-Friendly Easter Egg Alternatives?

Trying to come up with a healthy eco-friendly Easter egg alternative called for some creative thinking and head-scratching.  After a bit of brainstorming, I found a set of four wooden two-part eggs for a few pounds on eBay.  They don’t seem to be available anymore, but I have found some cardboard ones*.

 Then armed with a bundle of scrap fabric and a lot of glue I decoupaged the eggs to create some eggs that can be filled with any item of your choosing –  such as crayons or healthy treats.  The best part is that these can be refilled, and will last for many Easters to come, making these a fantastic eco-friendly Easter egg alternative!

eco-friendly easter egg alternatives

How to Decoupage Eggs

It’s really easy to decoupage and a great fun activity for kids.  

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You will need

easter egg diy

PVA Glue

Water

Scrap Fabrics

Ribbon/Trim

Decoupage Eggs*

Instructions

  • Cut some scrap fabric into 1cm squared squares.
  • Mixed 1 part PVA glue with 1 part water in a bowl.  Then give the glue and water a good mix with your finger, or an old paintbrush.
  • Separate your wooden eggs into two parts and sit them on a protected surface.
  • Dunk your fabric squares into the PVA glue/water mix, giving them a good soaking.  Squeeze out any excess water/glue then apply to your egg.  Smooth out any creases with your finger as you go.
  • Make sure you cover up all bits of wood/cardboard with your fabric.
  • Leave to dry overnight.
  • Glue a ribbon or trim in place if desired.

I tried a patchwork effect on my first egg.  However I wasn’t so keen with how it came out, so I stuck to one fabric per egg.

You could also paint the eggs using acrylic paints, or draw on them using sharpies or gel pens.  However my painting skills are not up to scratch, which is why I went for decoupage!  If you’re a dab hand with a paintbrush or pen, or your kids would rather paint than decoupage,  then here are some stylish examples of painted eggs that I found:easy easter crafts

easter craft ideas

You could also use washi tape, like these ones from Bliss Bloom:

easter egg decorating ideas

If you’re handy with a crochet hook, you could even make these lovely eggs, spotted at Red Heart:

crochet eggs diy

These would be great for a kids egg hunt!

There you have it, lots of lovely eco-friendly Easter egg alternatives to traditional chocolate Easter eggs that have the added bonus of being a bit healthier too!

If you’re also looking for Easter lunch ideas, then do check out my vegan Easter lunch ideas post for some inspiration.

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Weleda Skin Food Review

weleda skin food review
weleda skin food review

Need a Weleda Skin Food review?  Great, you’ve come to the right place!

In winter my poor skin takes a battering.  Between cold temperatures, strong winds, and central heating, I quite often get windburn on my face.  This winter was no exception, so I did some research on the internet for an effective natural moisturiser and came up with Weleda Skin Food.

Weleda Skin Food is a favourite of celebrities such as Helena Christensen, Adele, Julia Roberts, and Victoria Beckham – but without the celebrity price tag.  It comes in at around budget-friendly £10 for a large tube that keeps you going for months.

Weleda Skin Food Review

Weleda Skin Food is a very rich and heavy all-over body moisturiser, specially formulated for dry skin hot spots, such as hands, feet and elbows.  Containing all-natural ingredients, such as organic sunflower oil, calendula, chamomile, wild pansy and rosemary, there are no petro-chemicals in sight.

As well as being impressed by its provenance, I was also impressed at it’s quality – it’s a lovely thick consistency.

My dry skin is concentrated on my face so I didn’t try Skin Food anywhere else, but after only a few weeks I’m pleased to report that it has really sorted out my dry skin, leaving my face soft and supple and looking well moisturised.  It does leave my face looking quite shiny and oily after applying it though, so I’d recommend using it very sparingly and only as a night cream.

Skin Food will definitely be my go-to product when my skin is looking red or rough, or looking a bit winter beaten.

Loses Points on The Smell

A few words though – due to the oily nature of the cream I’d avoid it if you have oily skin.  Weleda Skin Food is also strongly scented – a heady herbal mix of orange/citrus and lavender – which really lingers.  I personally quite like the smell, it smells really fresh, but I know others might it a bit overpowering.  If you’re not using it on your face though it might be less pungent.

I purchased it from my local health-food store, but it’s widely available online*, and comes with the Moral Fibres seal of approval :)

2021 edit: I thought I would add that I have used Skin Food extensively since this initial review.  Dry hands?  check.  Dry elbows and knees?  Check.  Weather-beaten kids cheeks?  Check.  To help heal minor skin irritations or injuries?  Check.  Heck, I haven’t found a situation Skin Food hasn’t been able to help.  And the best part – one tube lasts for months and months on end.

Enjoyed this Weleda Skin Food review?  Do check out my health and beauty category for more green beauty inspiration!