How to Make Paper Mache Easter Eggs

    CRAFTS CLASSES
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    by Dale Devries

    About the Author

    Dale DeVries has worked in real estate for more than 30 years. She has owned real estate offices in two states and has experience in every facet of the business, including listing, selling, rentals and investment properties.

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    You could spend a month making different varieties of papier mache Easter eggs and never repeat the same project twice -- the medium is just that versatile. Papier mache is simple and economical to mix up and apply. It dries to a hard consistency and has that wonderfully messy component kids adore. Use papier mache to make Easter eggs in different sizes, colors and thicknesses -- some sturdy enough to fill full of Easter goodies.

    Things You'll Need

    • Newspaper
    • School glue
    • Oval balloons
    • Masking tape
    • Craft paint, various pastel colors
    • Paintbrush
    • Embellishments
    • Wrapped candy pieces

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    Blow up oval balloons to the size you want your Easter eggs to be. If you are going to fill them with candy and trinkets, make sure it's big enough to hold them. Make your papier mache paste by mixing 2 parts school glue to 1 part water. Tear sections of newspaper into 2-inch by 4-inch strips.

    Dip strips of newspaper into the glue and apply them to the balloon. If you are going to fill the egg, leave an opening large enough to insert the candy. Cover the surface of the balloon with the papier mache strips. Allow at least 6 hours for your egg to dry before applying a second layer. After the second layer, dry the egg overnight.

    Pop the balloon and pour in your candy. Place masking tape over the opening, covering it well so no glue gets inside. apply a third coat of papier mache over the entire balloon and allow it to dry overnight. If you are not filling the balloon, it may not need a third coat. You should be able to handle it without causing breakage, but it's fine for it to look fragile. It is an egg after all.

    Start decorating. Paint the egg to look like a traditional dyed egg, or use glitter, ribbon and other embellishments. Try using a combination of creative painting techniques on your egg -- sponge-painting, stenciling or making designs using painter's tape.

    • Add a dash of salt to your papier mache mix to help prevent the growth of mold in your Easter egg. Allowing adequate drying time between layers is also a deterrent to mold growth.