Paper Maché Easter Eggs
Create Easter eggs out of paper maché. Use them as lovely Easter decor or fill them with candy for a fun Easter egg hunt.
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*Scroll to the bottom of page for a paper maché egg project without a balloon.
- Water balloons or oval balloons
- paper maché paste (SEE RECIPE BELOW WITH FLOUR AND WATER)
- Paint brush
- Acrylic paint (optional)
- Glitter glue (optional)
- Clear acrylic sealer (optional)
1. Inflate a balloon.
- Blow air into an oval balloon until it reaches the desired size
- Allow the air out until the balloon is the desired size.
- Tie a knot at the end to keep air in.
2. Layer One – paper maché
- Tear paper or newspapers into fairly large pieces.
- You will need 3 layers of paper to cover the balloon.
Newspapers absorb the paste well
- To distinguish between the 3 layers, you might consider alternating print paper with plain paper
- Make paper maché paste (SEE RECIPE BELOW WITH FLOUR AND WATER)
- Pour some paper maché paste onto a plate, small tray.
- Dip a piece of paper into the paste. Let the paper soak in the paste.
- Place the paper on the balloon.
3. Layer Two – paper maché
- Add a second layer of paper maché as with layer one.
- With smaller eggs, two layers might be enough.
4. Let the Paper maché dry
- Large eggs – make a third layer of paper maché
- Once done, let the paper maché egg dry for a day by placing the balloon on top of a bowl or paper cup
- The paper maché will take at least a day to dry completely.
5. Decorate the egg
- You can decorate the paper maché egg while waiting for it to dry or after it dries.
- You can punch out paper shapes and place them on the egg while the paper maché is still wet.
- Smooth down the paper shapes by brushing over with paper maché paste.
6. Pop the balloon
- Once the paper maché egg is completely dry, pop the balloon with a pin or sharp object.
- Carefully pull out the balloon.
- You can widen the hole on the Paper maché if you wish to place chocolate, candy or Easter grass.
7. Cover the hole
- An easy way to cover the hole is to put a sticker over it.
- You can also seal the hole with paper mach by dipping one or two pieces of paper in paste and put over the hole.
8. Spray with a sealer (OPTIONAL)
- If you are making empty paper maché eggs and want to keep them as decor for years to come, seal the eggs to help them last longer.
- Don’t apply sealer if the eggs contain food inside.
- Once the Paper maché is completely dry, you can spray with two coats of clear acrylic sealer.
- Wait for each coat to dry before applying the next one.
You can also make candy-filled Paper maché eggs for a fun Easter egg hunt. The eggs are easy to cut open with a pair of scissors to make it appear like a cracked egg.
Use printed paper. Look for gift wrap paper with interesting colors and prints and use it as the top layer of your Paper maché egg. Avoid very glossy and thick paper as they do not absorb the paste and stick, too well.
PAPER MACHE PASTE SUPPLIES AND INSTRUCTIONS FROM PROJECT ABOVE:
- All-purpose flour
- Table salt
- Bowl or mixing container
1. Mix cup of water for every cup of flour.
2. Stir well and break up the lumps.
3. Add a pinch of salt to prevent molds from growing.
4. Continue stirring until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.
Some information and inspiration derived from firstpalette.com/
*How to Make a Paper Maché Ball/Egg Without a Balloon
- Table Salt
- 2 Plastic Bags
- 3 Bowls
Creating a paper maché ball requires a round form. Even though the most popular form to use is a balloon, with a little ingenuity you can leave the balloon out and use another object. The trick is to choose an object that is resistive to the paper maché glue, so it can be removed. Plastic, vinyl and latex are good choices.
Mix 1 cup water, 1 cup of flour and 2 tablespoons of table salt until the mixture is smooth. The consistency of the mixture should be that of heavy cream.
Tear newspaper into 1-inch wide strips. Set the strips aside. Torn strips of paper blend together better than cut strips of paper.
Crumple the newspaper into two balls that are approximately the same size. These newspaper balls will be your paper maché form. Determine how big you want your finished ball to be and make your newspaper balls slightly smaller.
Cover each newspaper ball loosely with a plastic bag. The plastic bag will keep the paper maché strips from sticking to the form. Keeping the plastic bag loose on the form will aid in releasing the form once the paper maché dries.
Place each plastic-covered newspaper form into a separate bowl. The bowl simply holds the paper machéform in place making it easier to apply the paper maché.
Soak the 1-inch newspaper strips in the flour mixture. The strips should be well saturated.
Pull out one strip at a time, gently wiping excess paper maché glue from the strip using your pointer finger and your thumb as a squeegee.
Cover half of each plastic-covered newspaper ball with the flour-soaked newspaper strips. Cover with a minimum of three layers of paper maché. Let dry completely.
Remove each newspaper ball from the center of the dried paper maché. At this point, the newspaper form is only partially covered with paper maché. The newspaper form should be removed from the half that remains uncovered. The loose bag allows you to wiggle the plastic from the dried paper maché glue.
Glue the two paper maché halves together to form a round shape using flour-soaked newspaper strips. Let dry completely. The two halves should be slightly flexible so that one of the forms can be slightly inserted into the opening of the other form.
Continue adding flour-soaked newspaper strips to your paper maché ball until you are satisfied with the final size and shape.
Hint: Apply the soaked newspaper strips in a crisscross pattern