Adorable Easter Eggs Made with Paper Mache
Paper mache eggs made with tissue paper, diluted glue and balloons are so simple and fun to make. You don't need to paint paper mache made with tissue paper, and your paper mache Easter eggs will be ready to fill with grass and treats as soon as the glue dries.
Paper mache is a simple green craft that appeals to crafters of all ages, from preschoolers to seniors. I enjoy making paper mache craft ornaments and gifts for all the holidays. Paper mache Easter eggs and candy boxes have been made by hand in Europe for centuries and vintage paper mache boxes and eggs have become pricey collector items. They're still made by hand today in Bavaria.
This year I crafted 6 colorful paper mache Easter eggs to stuff with bunnies and chicks and sweets for my grandchildren.
Follow my step by step instructions to craft your own nest full of frugal and green paper mache Easter eggs.
You probably have all these items at home already
I made my paper mache Easter eggs with tissue paper. It created lightweight eggs and I didn't need to paint the eggs after the paste dried.
- Bright or pastel colored tissue paper torn into 1 inch strips (I used some patterns and stripes just for fun)
- White craft glue (Elmer's School Glue, PVA) - I bought mine at the local dollar store.
- Small balloons (water balloon balloons make the perfect size eggs; that's what I used)
- Foam craft brush
- Craft knife (X-acto knife)
- Easter grass, small candies, tiny Easter toys that will fit into the egg size you make
Shown: Old-Fashioned Papier-Mâché Candy-Filled Decoupage Egg, in Bunny Love available at Amazon
Step by Step Photos - Easy Paper Mache Easter Craft
Easy step by step instructions
Here are the easy step-by-step instructions to make goose-egg size paper mache Easter eggs.
Paper Mache Eggs Instructions
- Tear tissue paper into 1-inch wide by 4 to 6 inch long pieces.
- Blow up the balloons to the size of a large goose egg (or larger if you want to make BIG ostrich size eggs)
- Mix white glue and water 50/50 to create your paper mache paste. I used a complete bottle of glue then filled it with water. Pour glue into a bowl or container you can cover and store to use for other paper mache projects.
- Using foam applicator, brush a balloon with glue then lay a strip of tissue paper on the glue and gently smooth out by stroking or dabbing. Take care not to shred the tissue. Continue with glue and tissue strips to completely cover the balloon. Brush the entire balloon with a final layer of glue Tie a thread around the knotted end of the balloon and hang to dry for a few hours or overnight.
- Apply two additional layers of glue and tissue, once again allowing balloons to dry several hours or overnight.
- When the paper mache eggs feel firm and are completely dry, you're ready to pop the balloon and remove it Holding the egg gently, grab the tied end of the balloon sticking out of the paper mache and insert a pin into the rubber to deflate it. Gently pull the balloon out of the egg, taking care not to crush the egg. If some balloon sticks, leave it until you cut off the top of the egg, then remove it.
- About one-third of the way down from the top of each egg, cut a zigzag line all the way around the egg. Leave about an inch of the shell uncut. That will create a hinge for the lid. If you prefer, you can cut the entire top off and then place it back on the treats after you fill the eggs.
Now comes the fun part! Place a small amount of Easter basket grass into each egg, then add candies and a small toy. Allow some Easter grass to spill over the edges of the shell; place the top back onto the egg.
Home Made Fill and Thrill Paper Mache Egg Boxes for Easter
It's easy and fun to make these fillable paper mache eggs for Easter. I made a batch of half a dozen in almost not time. Here's how you can make your own cute paper mache Easter egg gift boxes.
I worked on this project over a couple days because I let the paper mache layers dry overnight. It's possible to do all the messy work in about an hour or so, then you just need to let the eggs dry thoroughly before you slice open the tops and fill them with candy and tiny toys.
Paper Mache Art and Design Guide Book
Get creative on a budget with the green, simple craft of paper mache.
This book has plenty of projects actually created by the author, who not only shows you how to make beautiful items from papier mache, but also guides you toward how to design your own original paper mache crafts.
Reviewers recommend this book for both experienced and beginner paper mache crafters. Enjoy a frugal, green paper crafting art medium - paper mache.