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.
Papier Mache Easter Eggs craft

Materials

  • Water balloons or oval balloons
  • Paper
  • White glue or papier maché paste
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush (optional)
  • Poster paint, tempera paint or acrylic paint (optional)
  • Glitter glue (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.

Steps

Step 1 Papier Mache Easter Eggs craft 1. Blow air into an oval balloon until it reaches the desired size.
Step 2 Papier Mache Easter Eggs craft 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.
Step 3 Papier Mache Easter Eggs craft 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.
Step 4 Papier Mache Easter Eggs craft 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.
Step 5 Papier Mache Easter Eggs craft 5. After placing several paper pieces, brush over with paste and smoothen down the edges of the paper.
Step 6a Papier Mache Easter Eggs craft 6. Continue until you have completed the second layer. If you wish to make a third layer, do so following steps 4 and 5.
Step 6b Papier Mache Easter Eggs craft *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.
Step 7 Papier Mache Easter Eggs craft 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.
Step 8 Papier Mache Easter Eggs craft 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.
Step 9 Papier Mache Easter Eggs craft Ask for an adult's help9. 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.
Step 10 Papier Mache Easter Eggs craft 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.
Step 11 Papier Mache Easter Eggs craft 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.
Step 12 Papier Mache Easter Eggs craft Ask for an adult's help12. Cut the egg open to retrieve the Easter goodies.

More Ideas

There are many other ways to decorate your papier maché egg, some of which are described below.

Painted Papier Mache Easter Egg

Paint It

When your papier maché egg is dry, paint it any way you like. Go for shapes and patterns or paint on an Easter-inspired picture.

*The best paper to use for the topmost layer of your papier maché is plain white, though colored paper can be used especially if you want to skip painting on a background.
Papier Mache Easter Egg with Glitter

Add Sparkle

Draw patterns and designs using glitter glue for a sparkly Easter egg.
Papier Mache Easter Egg with Flowers

Use Texture

Use textured paper for the topmost layer of your papier maché such as crepe paper or natural fiber paper. You can also decorate the papier maché egg with shapes cut from textured paper or glue on pressed flowers or leaves.
Papier Mache Easter Egg

Use Printed Paper

Look for gift wrap paper with interesting colors and prints and use it as the topmost layer of your papier maché egg. Avoid very glossy and thick paper as they do not absorb the papier maché paste too well.
Tie Dye Papier Mache Easter Egg Step 1

Tie-Dye Look

  • (1.) Use coffee filter paper as the topmost layer of your papier maché. While the paper is still wet, place several drops of food coloring in various colors.
Tie Dye Papier Mache Easter Egg Step 2
  • (2.) Spray with a little water to allow the colors to spread more. The more water you spray, the more the color will run. Spray minimally if you wish for some white areas to show.
Tie Dye Papier Mache Easter Egg Step 3
  • (3.) Note that the colors will continue to spread while the paper is still wet. Allow the egg to dry completely.
Tie Dye Papier Mache Easter Egg Step 4
  • (4.) This is how funky it looks when completely dry.

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