Easter is just around the corner and I love to do seasonal crafts that have a purpose or function. So this year, instead of decorating with eggs, we are
playing with them! Checkers and chess to be exact! Join me today as I show you a fun and simple way to create a child-sized version of these classic games.
Supplies needed to make your own Easter craft chess and checkers:
- Wooden Eggs – Small
- Wooden Eggs – Large
- Wood Burning Tool
- Bottle Caps
- Hot Glue and Gun
- Cutting Board or Scrap Wood (I found mine cheap at IKEA)
- Stain Pen or Woodstain
- Optional – Baby Quail Eggs and Pennies
To differentiate the two sides of the board, one set of eggs needed to be a little different. While half stayed the natural wood color, the other half got burned.
This is a simple wood burning tool that plugs into the wall and gets VERY hot. This is definitely not a craft the kids can help with. To create the lines on the eggs, I held the tool on the top of the egg until it started to smoke a tiny bit (maybe 3 seconds?).
You can feel the wood start to burn and the tool settles into the wood just a fraction. Once the top is burned, I quickly slide down the side of the egg making a thinner, lighter line that radiates from a central axis (see finished eggs below).
You could certainly get creative with your wood burning technique, or go a completely different route and stain the eggs with a light and dark wood stain, paint them, decoupage them – whatever suits your fancy!
As you all know, eggs will not stand up on their own, so they need a flat base in order for them to serve as playing pieces. Bottle caps were the perfect base!