Welcome back to the 3rd post in the Easter Gift Basket series. If you havn’t read through Easter Gift Basket Part 1 and Part 2 take a read now… it’s OK, I’ll wait… Have you read them? Are you sure?? Ok, let’s keep going. This post walks you through how to make the Easter String Eggs. These were fun to make, very messy (in a fun way) and a little tricky but so worth it, they are so cute.
String Easter Eggs
- First step for this craft is to prep your work surface, area and yourself. This craft can be very messy! If doing this craft with kids, you might like to do it outside. Either way, it is also a great idea to keep a wet cloth or baby wipes close by.
- Lay out a sheet of aluminium foil on your work surface
- Blow up a selection of balloons to the desired size and shape. If you are using water balloons this can be quite difficult at first as they aren’t made to be blown up
- Pour PVA glue into a container, I used a paper bowl so that I could just bin it when I was finished
- Roll out and cut one length of the embroidery floss for each balloon. The length will depend on the size of your balloon and the look that you are after for the finished egg. Wrap the clean dry floss around the balloon to get an idea of how long you want each piece
- Soak one length of embroidery floss in the PVA (don’t do more than one at a time as it will turn into a giant mess) you do not need to soak it for very long, just enough for the floss to soak up some glue
- Find one end of the floss and carefully remove the floss from the glue, squeezing the excess glue from the floss as you go, I did this by pulling the floss through my finger and thumb squeezed together
- Lay the gluey floss down on the aluminium foil sheet without over lapping or touching, you don’t want the floss to stick together
- Quickly clean your hands/gloves to remove all the glue
- Carefully start to wrap the gluey floss around the balloon, making sure to cross the floss over in a at least a few spots, so that the floss can stick together
- You should aim to not smear glue all over the balloon, the less excess glue there is the better the end result will be
- Repeat steps 5 – 11 for all your balloons (or as many of them as you want to do)
- Set the balloons aside to dry overnight (if you live in a very humid area it may take longer to dry), I found that if you leave them to dry for a few days the balloon starts to shrink and the string egg crumples out of shape
- Once the glue has completely dried, take the blunt rounded end of a pencil, pen, paint brush and use it to poke through the holes in the string egg to gently push the balloon away from the string egg. Be careful not to pop the balloon until it is completely separated (or at least as much as possible)
- Gently cut the balloon just below the knot so that air slowly seeps out of the balloon, this and step 14 will ensure that the string egg doesn’t collapse in on itself
- Remove the balloon from the string egg and using a small sharp pair of scissors or a craft knife remove any dried bits of excess glue if there are any
- Repeat steps 14 – 16 for each of the string eggs you made and you are done 🙂
I hope you have fun making these :-), drop by tomorrow for the 4th and last post in the Easter Gift Basket series.