I thought the eggshell frame craft originally posted on momtastic.com would be such a fun, unique project. I loved the idea of reusing the peeled eggshells from the eggs we dyed that year to decorate the frame. I envisioned a fabulous Easter picture of my boys with sheepish grins in the eggshell covered frame and it becoming part of my Easter decorating tradition. It turned out it was a messy, torturous project to complete.
We followed the directions: coated each side in glue and then place the eggshells on top, working one section at a time. Sounds so easy, doesn’t it? I thought it’d be a great exercise for his dexterity and fine motor skills. I didn’t think about the glue getting all over our fingers and then the eggshells getting stuck to our fingers and not to the frame. I somehow managed to keep my cool throughout the tedious project while encouraging my son to continue with it, although he wanted to quit after completing the first section. He was a good sport overall, but became really frustrated as the shells kept getting glued to his fingers instead of the frame. When the last piece of eggshell was glued, I asked him if he would give the project a thumbs up if he liked it or thumbs down if he didn’t. He gave it a big thumbs down without any hesitation. And I agree completely.
Accept my apology, and from now on I will only post a project if I have first hand experience with it or if I know someone personally who has completed it and recommends it. Lesson learned, the frustratingly hard way.