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Friday, March 26, 2010

Paper Easter Egg Tutorial {on a dime}

Okay. Time to take you back to elementary school. Time to papier-mache, that is!

Do you remember how to do this? No? No problem. I've got you covered. And this project will yield the absolute cutest Easter decoration ever...and it's a great activity in which to get your kids involved!

What you'll need:
mod podge
brush (I like the foam ones for this project)
papers (tissue, wrapping, newspaper ~ get creative!)
craft knife

1. Blow up your balloon/s until you get the right size and egg shape you want.

2. Mix 1 part water to 2 parts mod podge into a bowl and stir (good step for your littlest ones to do to participate!).

3. Cut up the papers you're going to use. Try square-sized paper for smaller "eggs" and strips of paper for larger "eggs." You'll need at least 3 layers of paper for your eggs, so make sure to cut up enough...and to make it really special, try using different colors for your inner shell and outer shell. Also, if you're going to use tissue paper alone, you should do about 5 layers of paper {and do your lighter colors on the inside and darker on the outside so that the dark doesn't show through to your shell like ours, unless you like that look, of course!}.

4. Begin adhering the papers to your egg. Make sure to use kraft paper, old newspapers or other beneath your egg/s while you do this step, as this part is messy {we also used a bowl to catch the majority of the mess}! For heavier papers (like newspaper or wrapping paper), try saturating in the glue mixture and then pasting on, and for finer papers (like tissue paper), just put on the balloon, and use your brush to paste on. Repeat this process until all layers have been pasted on.

first layer

second layer

4th and 5th layers...time to dry
5. Let dry about 24-48 hours.

6. Carefully take a craft knife {or similar type of blade} and begin cutting into the egg to pop the balloon. Cut in a zig-zag pattern all the way around the egg (about 2/3 of the way up from the bottom) to create a freshly-hatched-egg look.

7. Remove the ballon, and "voila!" You're done! Instant beauty for your Easter display! Use the egg to store grass {we cut up colored paper into strips and crinkle-folded by hand} & any Easter decor you'd like {I'm currently seeking out a cute chick to place inside!}.

8. Place your egg's top cock-eyed on the top, or at the bottom, or use separately as a dish {see pics below} ~ whatever your Spring-lovin' heart desires!

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