My three year old made this one, so you'll have to excuse the fact that it looks a bit like an egg with Chicken Pox. Older children can, of course, add more easter egg-ish designs to it.
If you make it extra big you can use it as a pinata!
This egg is hollow inside. You could put all sorts of goodies in and give it as a gift to a friend.
- poster or tempra paint
- glitter or sparkle glue
- 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. You should use one that's blown up all the way to get a good egg shape, but we always end up playing with ours until they're somewhat deflated which makes the egg a bit rounder than it likely should be.
- 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 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.
- If you want to fill your egg with something, leave a space where the tied end is.
- Scrunch newspaper up and line a bowl with it. Set the egg in that to dry.
- Let dry COMPLETELY. It goes faster in a warm breezy place. If it's a nice day, just stick it outside (just don't forget it if it starts to rain). It takes a day or so to dry.
- Put whatever goodies you want into your egg. Put them in a plastic baggie first so that they don't get any paper mache goop on them.
- 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 some animals.
- We used computer paper for our egg.
- Paint the whole thing a base color (we used pink and mixed the red and white together ourselves) Kaitlyn LOVES mixing her own paint.
- Use paint or markers to add easter egg decorations like stripes, dots or flowers. We used a carrot cut in half to stamp on our purple dots and then circled them with sparkle glue.
- Let dry.