How to make paper mache Easter eggs

Updated November 21, 2016

Easter is such a wonderful time to decorate and everyone loves to make Easter eggs. You could spend a month making the different varieties of eggs and never make the same project twice. When using paper mache, not only can you make the eggs different sizes and colours, but you can fill them with goodies if you want to. With just a little variation in technique, you can also make a basket to hold the real Easter eggs.

Blow up oval balloons to the size you want your Easter eggs to be. If you are going to fill them with candy and trinkets, make sure it's big enough to hold them. Make your paper mache paste by mixing 2 parts white glue to 1 part water. Cut or rip strips of newspaper about 4 inches long and 2 inches wide.

Dip the strips of newspaper in the glue and stick them to the balloon. If you are going to fill the egg, leave an opening large enough to insert the candy. Cover the balloon and then do a second coat. Let it dry for at least 6 hours or over night.

Pop the balloon and put in your candy. Place masking tape over the opening, covering it well so no glue gets inside. Put another coat of paper mache over the entire balloon. Allow it to dry again. If you are not filling the balloon, it may not need a third coat. You should be able to handle it without it breaking, but it's fine for it to look fragile. It is an egg after all.

Now you can start decorating. You can paint the egg to look like a traditional dyed egg, or use glitter, ribbon and other embellishments. Tie some ribbon around the egg in different places, spray paint it and then take off the ribbon. Use a paint brush to paint the spaces left by the ribbon a different colour.

Blow up a large oval balloon. Make the paper mache paste using 2 parts white glue and 1 part water. Tear strips of newspaper into 4 inch by 2 inch strips. You don't need to measure the strips as they don't have to be exact.

Put the balloon on its side and stick the strips of paper on a little more than half of the balloon. Repeat for a second coat and let it dry overnight. Pop the balloon and put on a third coat of paper mache. You want the top edge to look like a broken egg, so don't try to make it smooth.

Decorate the outside of the egg to look like a traditional dyed Easter egg and paint the inside a solid colour. Allow the paint to dry for 3 or 4 hours and fill the inside with Easter grass. You can use the new egg basket for dyed Easter eggs or candy.

Things You'll Need

  • White glue
  • Newspaper
  • Oval balloons
  • Masking tape
  • Pastel craft paints
  • Glitter
  • Ribbon
  • Spray paint
  • Candy
  • Easter grass
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