Papier Maché Easter Eggs
|Create Easter eggs out of papier maché. Use them as lovely Easter décor or fill them with candy for a fun Easter egg hunt.||
|1.||Blow air into an oval balloon until it reaches the desired size.|
|2.||To make papier maché Easter eggs that are easy to cut open, two layers of paper is sufficient. However, if you wish to make a sturdy egg or if you are making a fairly large egg, it is better to make at least three layers of papier maché.
Start by making a first layer of papier maché. You can refer to the basic steps outlined in our papier maché balloon tutorial. Check out some papier maché paste recipes that you can use as well.
|3.||If you are going for a 2-layer papier maché, make sure that the paper you use for your first layer isn't too thin or flimsy, otherwise you'll end up with a very fragile egg.|
|4.||While the first layer is still wet, apply the second layer of papier maché. This time, you won't need to dip the paper pieces into the paste. They will stick to the wet layer of paper on the balloon.
*If this is your final or topmost layer, the color and texture of the paper that you use will determine how your Easter egg will look. If you use tissue paper (or any thin paper) like I did, the color of your first layer will show through.
|5.||After placing several paper pieces, brush over with paste and smoothen down the edges of the paper.|
|6.||Continue until you have completed the second layer. If you wish to make a third layer, do so following steps 4 and 5.|
|*Another idea when doing your topmost layer is that you don't need to go with a single color of paper. You can use different colors of paper and position the pieces randomly or arrange them in multi-colored patterns as shown in the photo.|
|7.||There are several ways to decorate your papier maché Easter egg. One of the easiest options is to cut out or punch out paper shapes and place them on the egg while the papier maché is still wet. Smooth down the paper shape by brushing over with the paste.|
|8.||Continue adding shapes until you are happy with how your Easter egg looks. Allow your papier maché to dry completely. This will take about 2 to 3 days.|
|9.||When the papier maché egg is completely dry, pop the balloon. You can widen the hole on the papier maché if you wish to place chocolate, candy, Easter grass, a tiny chick or bunny figure.
*Be sure not to overfill the egg, especially if your papier maché isn't sturdy enough.
|10.||Seal the hole with papier maché. You will only need a few pieces of paper to do this. Allow the papier maché to dry completely.|
|11.||Arrange several of these papier maché eggs in a basket or bowl for a wonderful Easter centerpiece or use them for a fun Easter egg hunt.|
|12.||Cut the egg open to retrieve the Easter goodies.|
There are many other ways to decorate your papier maché egg, some of which are described below.