Here is a favorite Easter craft of mine. I made my first paper mache Easter egg diorama scene when I was in elementary school. I then made them with my kids when they were in elementary school. I just love these eggs! Not only are they bright and cheery, but they also have their own little world inside of them. I filled mine with Easter grass and little chicks.
- a small balloon
- string or yarn (it will be thrown out so nothing fancy)
- masking tape
- x-acto knife
- glue (Elmer’s school glue)
- old disposable container (a large yogurt container would work well)
- a plastic spoon (to stir glue mixture)
- white copy paper (a couple sheets or so)
- tissue paper in various colors
- Easter grass
- Chicks or small animals to put inside
To make one….
- Blow-up one small balloon and tie a string around the tied-off end. Tape this string on the edge of a table and let the balloon fall over the edge.
- Under the balloon (on the floor) lay out newspaper to collect the mess that will occur.
- In a disposable container, pour glue and mix with water to make a thin paste. (Add water a bit at a time so it doesn’t get too thin.)
- Cut strips of tissue paper in various colors, sizes.
- Cut strips of white copy paper. (Some people use newspaper…I think the colors are better over white.)
- Dip a strip of tissue paper in glue mixture. Run it between the sides of two fingers to squeegee off the glue. The strips should not be dripping in glue.
- Stick this strip onto the balloon and rub in place.
- Repeat until egg is covered.
- Dip the white paper in glue and repeat in same method. (This layer will make the egg stronger.)
- Dip the tissue paper in glue and repeat in same method for the third and final layer.
- Clean-up and let the egg hang to dry over-night.
- Next day….draw an oval for the opening and cut with an x-acto knife. The balloon should be deflated and can be pulled out at this point. Where the tied-off part of the balloon was should be a small hole. Fold a ribbon in half and tie a knot in at the end of the ribbon and thread through to make a hanger.
- Wad up tiny bits of tissue paper and dip in glue/water mixture and push into place around opening.
Now be creative and make a little scene inside the egg. Stuff some grass in and add animals, etc…
Happy Creating and Happy Easter!