My four year old made this fun Easter basket craft to hold her Easter goodies.
- poster or tempra paint
- ONE OF: white glue, mod podge OR paper mache paste (1 part flour to 4 parts water... boil about 3 minutes stirring constantly, add 2 ice cubes and let cool)-- See our "How to Mache" section
- Prepare your paper mache paste right away so it has time to cool (if using the boil method). I like boiled paste as it's smoother and takes a lot less flour (the REDUCE part of the three R's!).
- Blow up a balloon.
- Tear strips of newspaper about 1 " wide and as long as you want.
- Dip in the paper mache paste, but then remove excess paste (I run it through my fingers to do this).
- Cover HALF the balloon in no more than 4 layers of paper mache (I always tell the kids no more than 2 as they always put on too much *grin*). If you put on more than 4 it will likely mold before it dries.
- Put two strips over the uncovered half of the balloon to serve as the handle.
- Scrunch newspaper up and line a bowl with it. Set the egg in that to dry.
- Let dry COMPLETELY.
- Apply a second layer of mache. This time covering the opening. The more layers you add, the sturdier it will be. We applied a second layer, but we only did two layers, not 4 this time.
- Optional: we always use scrap white computer paper or toilet
paper (don't laugh) for the final layer of all of our paper mache projects.
- It takes less paint to cover.
- I find newspaper needs two coats of paint, whereas the white paper only needs one.
- Toilet paper gives a rough texture which is nice for a change.
- Paint the whole thing a base color or a couple of different
colors (we used dark pink and purple and mixed the red, blue
and white together ourselves) Kaitlyn LOVES mixing her
- Let dry.
- Fill with treats!