I’ve been busy getting ready for our Easter Egg hunt. I’ve bought plastic eggs (£1 for a bag of 8 from Hobbycraft) and made larger papier mache eggs and plan to fill both with a mixture of little gifts (play jewellery, bubbles and sweets).
Seren and I made the papier eggs together, she loved spreading glue over the balloons but didn’t like getting her fingers too sticky with the paper bit. I enjoyed making these though and think the bright colours will look great nestled amongst the plants in the garden.
If you would like to make some, you will need:
* Ripped up paper, enough to cover each balloon two or three times – we used tissue paper
* Small balloons – we used 5 inch balloons from eBay though water bomb balloons would be great for this
* PVA glue
* Brush or glue spreader
* Bowls for glue and paper
* Cups to stand the balloons on
* Vaseline or a similar barrier cream
* Filling – shredded paper, messages, sweets, chocolate, gifts – whatever you fancy
How to do it:
1. Blow up balloons to desired size.
2. Cover balloon in vaseline (this makes it easier to remove the balloon afterwards).
3. Mix PVA with water (about 2/3 PVA to 1/3 water) in a small bowl.
4. Cover a small section of balloon with the glue mix and stick bits of paper on, brushing glue over the top of the paper too to make sure it’s all stuck down.
6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you’ve done 1 or 2 more layers, depending on how thick your paper is (we did 3 layers). You can leave it to dry in between layers but it’s not necessary. I dried mine by resting them on the cups and turning over after a while to make sure both ends dried out.
8. You can now fill the egg, either directly through the whole at the bottom if you have small items or cut into the egg for larger items. Cut a cross incision at the bottom for medium sized things or cut it completely in half lengthways for bigger items. Once filled, you then re-seal the egg with more paper mache, leaving a small gap at the bottom so little fingers to rip the egg open.
I also made a couple of eggs using paper doilies for a table centrepiece. I used only the bottom half of the balloon for these and cut the edges to look like a broken egg. Then I filled with shredded paper and Easter treats! They also work well to hold the complete papier mache eggs in too!