When you dye eggs for Easter, you may think that you have to use hard-boiled eggs and vinegar dyes. However, real eggs will not last long and cannot be reused year after year. One solution is to make Easter eggs using alternative materials, such as styrofoam and fabric. The fabric can be trimmed into prairie points to resemble a real, decorated egg. This enables you decorate your home using colourful, vibrant Easter eggs that can be reused again and again.
Paint the entire surface of a 3-inch-long styrofoam egg with acrylic paint. Paint the surface using one colour to create a solid-coloured egg or use different colours to create patterns such as spirals or zigzags. Allow the paint to dry for 20 minutes. Paint a second coat if the paint appears too translucent.
Cut out a rectangle from felt fabric with pinking shears to measure 2-by-12 inches. Pinking shears will make the edges look scalloped. Cut the rectangle into six different pieces, each measuring 2 inches long.
Apply tacky glue onto one side of each felt square and fold each square in half diagonally to create triangular prairie points. Allow the glue to dry for 20 minutes.
Apply tacky glue onto one side of each prairie point and press them into a single line around the circumference of the painted egg. Position the prairie points so that the points all face the same direction, or alternate the points. Allow the glue to dry for 20 minutes before displaying the Easter egg.
Repeat to create as many styrofoam Easter eggs as you like.
Things you need
- Acrylic paint
- Felt fabric
- Pinking shears
- Tacky glue