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DIY Thomas Easter Engine

This train-themed Easter craft is "egg-stra" cute

Up your Easter egg–decorating game with this fun, easy DIY Thomas Easter engine—perfect for pulling a basket of plastic eggs filled with MINIs!


• White eggs, hard-boiled

• Food dye

• Egg holder

• Water

• Vinegar

• Tablespoon

• Yellow crayon

• Small jar

• Paint (gray, red, black)

• Paint brushes

• 2 jewelry box box lids

• Hand sanitizer

• Zip-top baggie

• 12 wagon wheel pasta pieces

• Hot glue gun

• Drying rack (Styrofoam with toothpicks or cookie cooling rack)

• Paper straw (red/white)

• Scissors

• Cotton ball

• Toilet paper tube

• Black marker


To dye eggs:

1. Draw a “1” on a hard-boiled egg in crayon and color it in.

2. Add 1 T. of vinegar to 1/2 cup hot water

3. Add 2 drops of blue food dye to water.

4. Dip egg in dye with spoon. 

5. Remove egg from dye and place on drying rack.

6. Repeat dyeing process with 2 more eggs.

To create the train:

1. Paint a toilet paper tube red; let dry.

2. Paint the 2 jewelry box lids red; let dry.

3. Paint a gray circle on one of the hard-boiled eggs without the number "1."

4. Mix a spoonful of hand sanitizer and 4 drops of blue dye in a zip-top baggie.

5. Add in the 12 pasta wheels, close, and shake baggie to move dye around.

6. Remove the wheels from the baggie with a spoon and put them on the drying rack.

7. Paint or use a marker to color the tip of the paper straw black. 

8. Paint or use marker to color a black stripe on the top of the toilet paper tube.

9. Cut off the top of the tube (about 1") and then cut 2 smaller slivers of red tube.

10. Cut off the black end of the straw.

11. Use hot glue to assemble the engine; joining the 2 box lids to form a long, flat rectangle base and then glueing the tube slices to the top of the box lids.

12. Hot glue 6 pasta wheels to the 2 long sides of the box lids.

13. Use black paint or marker to add Thomas face details to the egg with the gray circle.

14. Place the eggs in the tube segments.

15. Hot glue the black straw piece to the top of the Thomas egg for the funnel.

16. Hot glue a bit of cotton from the cotton ball to the straw for the steam.

Amanda Kingloff is the author of Project Kid and Project Kid: Crafts That Go! She posts fresh craft ideas weekly at Project Kid and regularly contributes to national magazines. This craft is not for use by children under three years of age.

Crafts with small parts are not for use by children under three.