For our second craft we settled on an Easter decoration, and decided on a craft inspired by the following pin (find full directions by clicking on the pin):
This was somewhat messy, but something I can see kids loving to do. You needed to dredge the string (we used some inexpensive embroidery floss that came in big rolls. Long pieces of string is key) in liquid starch. I didn't even know such a thing existed!!
We also found that in addition to regular balloons (for the form), water balloons were the perfect size for smaller eggs (and easy to blow up!)
Make sure you get enough starch on the string. If it's too dry the form won't hold when you pop the balloon. We figure you can probably use flour and water as well. If it worked for paper mache it should work for this, right?
Once you got into the groove of wrapping the balloon the whole thing went really quickly. The one thing that isn't so quick? The drying time. These eggs need to dry at least overnight. We placed them on top of plastic cups. In addition to allowing the eggs to dry, the cups also caught the excess starch that slide off of the balloons.
One thing I love is that we all decided to display our eggs differently. I placed mine in a bowl (above), one friend placed hers on different sized candle-sticks as her table centerpiece and the other hung hers from a curtain rod (like a pinata).
These are a bit too delicate to keep, so I ended up putting them in an Easter basket full of candy for a neighbor. I'm sure I'll make them again next year!
What was the last craft you made?
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