These paper mâché eggs are seriously so fun for kids! Since I was little, my mom would make these for us as the ultimate egg you want to find during your hunt. You can also use them in baskets, as gifts for friends, or easter decor. If you’ve never done paper mâché before, don’t worry! It’s so so easy.
All you need to create these are:
Balloons – I used 5″ which I feel like is big enough to fit a fair amount of stuff in. You can use anything as small as a water ballon, to a big giant balloon.
Water & Flour for your paper mâché glue
Tissue Paper for final layer- You can also paint, I like the way tissue paper covers better.
Mod Podge for final layer – If you want! You can also use the flour mixture, it dries a little milky
Plastic tablecloth to go under your mess
Start by making your paper mâché glue. I do this by simple whisking one part flour to two parts water together. I like a thin consistency, and just keep mixing until all clumps are gone. Some recipes call for boiling the water, but this easy recipe does the trick just fine without having to boil water.
Tear your newspaper into smallish size pieces. It’s really up to you how big you want your pieces, I don’t like my pieces to be too small because I like to cover as much as I can with one piece, but if you make it too big you’ll start getting too much paper piling on itself and you’ll end up with a lumpy egg.
I like to dip the paper into the paper mâché glue and then glop it on. You want the paper to be fully covered with glue, front and back. Cover the balloon fully with about two layers of newspaper. The more you pile on, the longer it takes to dry, but you want it to be strong enough to hold it’s shape once it’s dried and the balloon has been popped.
This is definitely a messy project. I should have put a plastic tablecloth down, but I didn’t. Now I’m cleaning flour glue off my table and floor.. I’m adding that to the supply list, now that I think about it. You’re welcome.
Once you’ve covered your balloons, they have to completely dry which usually takes one night or possibly two.
If you’re happy with the strength of your eggs, it’s time to fill them. Cut an opening, like a flap that still stays attached so that you can easily close it back up once filled. I love throwing a little glitter in with the prizes.. I think you should find glitter everywhere. My husband disagrees.
Now that your newspaper egg is filled, it’s time to close your opening you made to fill it. Do one more layer (or more if you feel like you want your egg to be stronger). This is where I do my final tissue paper layer or two to cover that opening. I usually just use modpodge on the final layers. It dries quicker, and I’m typically ready to start decorating by this step. Finally! Time to make it cute.. There are so many ways to do this, just like decorating a real egg. You can paint them, glitter them (see?), whatever look you’re going for. I feel like the paint takes a little more work to fully cover the newspaper, so I usually stick with tissue paper.
You can see that after two layers of paint, the newspaper print still shows. Usually with two layers of tissue paper, you cannot see it once it’s dried.
I did tissue paper flowers this year, I was feeling extra spring-y.
When I make tissue paper flowers, I really just wing it. Smaller tissue paper flowers are really so forgiving, you really can just crumple up tissue paper, but a green leaf on it and it looks like a flower. I just cut elementary flower shapes and pile two or three layers on top of each other with hot glue.
This is my favorite part!! The final project. They’re so fun, and so fun to crack open. I hope you and your kids enjoy this Easter tradition. And if you do, I’d love to see your creations on instagram! Find me at @lindseyfae