Last year, we took our then-3-year-old to the neighborhood park for an Easter Egg Hunt. Watching little kids engage in primal (yet adorable) hunting-and-gathering behavior was fascinating. Volumes of books could be written about the complex behavioral patterns displayed at an average egg hunt. I began to wonder what would happen if you injected an element of (mostly) harmless futility into this precious celebratory tradition. So, I made this tantalizing, yet Irretrievable Easter Egg. Hopefully the results would be both amusing an non-psyche-scaring.
Step 1: Gather the Materials
Here's what you need:
1 - Spiral tie out stake - $1.99 at Harbor Freight
1 - Large easter egg - $0.30
1 cup - Concrete mix - $0.50
And, if you want to be fancy, you could also use:
1 can - Spray paint
1 - 8" Gutter nail or similarly long bolt, or piece of rebar
Some hot glue or epoxy
Some bits of steel wire
To do all this, you'll need the following tools:
A vise, hacksaw or reciprocating saw, a pair of vise-grip pliers, a hammer, a mixing container, and some masking tape
Step 2: Mangle the Stake
Remove the steel tether ring from the stake. I used my reciprocating saw with a metal cutting blade to chop part of the ring off.
Clamp the stake into a vice near the top triangular handle. Now, pound, bend, and yank the bottom leg of the triangle into loop. Place a piece of rebar inside the loop to keep it from closing too much.
After forming the ring, you may need to close the remaining part of the handle to make it fit inside the egg better.
Step 3: Drill a Hole in the Egg
Now, drill a hole in the bottom of one of the egg halves to fit the bent handle into. Be careful. I cracked my egg. If that happens, a quick patch with some hot glue should work. Also, I used the hot glue to fill the gaps around the stake and the hole and to fill the egg's vent holes.