Egg-alternative Easter crafts (or not)
My entire goal for the past three weeks was to find an awesome cliché-free Easter DIY to showcase. After five (five!) failed attempts I’m pained to concede the egg reigns supreme. The main problem is if your project doesn’t include eggs, chicks, bunnies, or tulips, it just doesn’t say “Easter.” All my ideas just turned into nice decorations, which would work for nearly every time of year. However, I persevered. And created a centrepiece out of items you probably already have in your home. The end result is nice, but there’s something insatiably unsatisfying about having an egg best you. Although I’ve staged a centrepiece the beauty of this project is it has any number of applications.
Here’s what you need.
- Latex/Rubber gloves
- A variety of stash yarn
- Mod Podge or other white glue
- Drying device (I used empty egg cartons)
Here’s what you do.
- Blow up your balloons to however large you want them to be. Mine were barely inflated so the shapes would be fairly small
- Do a dry run with your yarn. Wrap it around the balloons to decide how much you need ahead of time and cut to size
- Mix your glue. For my project I used half a cup of Mod Podge to half a cup of water. I did this so the shapes would be a bit pliable but if you want more or less stiffness adjust your glue-to-water ratio as necessary
- With your gloves on (this is the messy part) submerge yarn in glue mixture and let it absorb some glue
- When fully drenched begin wrapping yarn around balloon to desired thickness. Remember the thicker the yarn around the balloon the longer it takes to dry!
- When finished wrapping, place balloon into drying device. It must stay here for at least 24 hours
- Repeat for as many balloons as you have
- Once dry, pop balloons (remove popped balloon from shape)
- Stage as desired
Since I did half and half glue-to-water once I popped the balloons the yarn relaxed a bit and created these egg-like shapes as I hoped they would. If you are hoping to create more sturdy shapes then don’t water down the glue and do an extra coat or two. All I did for the centrepiece was take a serving platter, cut up some strips of construction paper, and rip up some extra tissue paper, which I distributed amongst the eggs. Now I just have to wait for guests to come over and I’ll hide some little candies in the eggs for a fun surprise.