Easter seems a bit earlier this year. It is this coming Sunday. I am a bit late at getting my Easter decorations and baskets out. However, we are ready for the Easter bunny. After all, one is never too old for a few Easter treats.
Speaking of decorations, I am re-posting my Easter Diorama directions. This is one of my all time favorite decorations. One that is fun to make as an adult or along with children. Each one is unique and special.
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)
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
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…