Easter decorations are often elaborate, lacy confections. Pastel colours give a lightness to the look that often defies their sturdy structure. Many children love doing craft projects, and holiday crafts are often favourites. Using little more than string and a balloon, children can create giant pastel eggs that can be transformed into baskets, hanging decorations and potpourri holders.
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Things you need
- Coloured cotton crochet string
- Measuring cup
Blow up a balloon so that it is the size that you want your finished egg. Tie the end tightly. Cut a piece of string 18 inches long and tie it to the balloon end.
Wrap the coloured crochet cotton around the balloon until you have covered the balloon as much as you desire. You can leave a few spaces open or cover it completely, as you wish. Tuck the string end under another layer of string to secure it.
Mix 1/2 cup of warm water with 1 cup of table sugar. Mix thoroughly until you don't see any sugar crystals left. The mixture will be thick like syrup.
Dip the string-wrapped balloon into the sugar water. Let the string sit in the water until it is completely soaked through. Rotate the balloon so that you soak sugar water into the string on all sides.
Use the string that you tied to the balloon end to hang it up to dry. Hang on a curtain rod over a sink or over a shower rod, so that any drips will be contained in washable places. Drying could take up to 24 hours, depending on the thickness of the string layers.
Pop the balloon when the soaked string is completely dry. Pull the balloon out from the centre of the egg.
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