As Easter eggs go, they're not the most aesthetically pleasing. Instead of throwing the mismatches out (or leaving them as is), why not pretty them up?! We decided to give it a shot by making paper mache Easter eggs!
Here's the basics:
Assorted colors of tissue paper (or any paper you'd like really), plastic eggs, Elmer's white glue (I used "Glue-All" which had a MUCH faster drying time), Elmer's glue spots (for decorating), and any embellishments you'd like (glitter, ribbon, stickers, etc.)
Step 1: Gather supplies (you can read about my shopping trip here) and cut paper strips...
Step 2: Prepare your glue mixture (about 2 parts glue to 1 water--you want it runny/glaze-like) and set up your space
Step 3: Mache (is that a verb?!) those eggs. NOTE: This is messy! Big brother wasn't too keen on dipping the strips & his fingers in the sticky mess, so opted for a painting method instead. Either way works fine. We used anywhere from 10-30 strips (depending on the color of the tissue paper, and size & color of the egg).
Step 4: Set wet eggs on top of an egg carton to dry (don't set all the way in). Complete dry time will take quite a few hours. We let ours dry overnight.
Step 5: Decorate the eggs! We used our Elmer's glue spots to add glitter polka dots and to attach ribbons. The glue spots have a super strong stick and are easy to use. For polka dots, carefully remove the glue spots one by one trying to keep the circular shape:
Place them wherever you'd like on the egg:
Roll the egg through glitter:
Shake off the excess glitter and voila--perfect glitter polka dots!!You can use the Elmer's glue spots to attach other embellishments too. I decide to do ribbon. They were SO much easier to use than any other adhesive option I had. Instead of leaving the glue spots round, I spread them out to create bands and wrapped the ribbon around it! Super handy!
Step 6: Enjoy a super cute basket full of paper mache Easter eggs!!
What fun ways do YOU like to decorate eggs?
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