The Easter season is just around the corner and this also means spring crafts and decorations, usually revolving around eggs, chicks, and ducklings. Most people hard boil eggs and color them. But, this means that they only last a short time and may easily break. They may not be ideal for some decorating situations. Here is a simple, quick, egg-wrapping craft that will not spoil and can even be used year after year. There are no dyes or toxic ingredients and can even be given as gifts.
The materials needed are as follows:
Plastic Easter eggs that can either open up and have objects placed inside, be solid, or be hollow and don't open up at all. The color of the egg doesn't matter unless you use light-colored tissue paper. While this craft can be done, carefully, with real eggs, it is not recommended as those eggs can break during the craft. If real eggs are used, it is not advisable to eat them after wrapping.
Non-toxic glue that dries clear or nearly clear.
Colored tissue paper, preferably that with a flowered or dark pattern, though any color can be used. The actual color of the egg can show through paper that is light and light tissue paper may not look right after being glued to the egg.
Glitter or confetti is recommended, but optional.
This craft is suitable for both adults and children, though young children should be supervised.
Most of the crafts used in this project were purchased from the Michael's store in Mission Valley in San Diego. The plastic eggs were bought at the 99 Cent Only store on University Avenue, also in San Diego. Other stores may have eggs that vary in size.
First, gather supplies of plastic eggs, tissue paper and glue. Eggs can either be hollow, solid, or be able to be opened. Glue should be the kind that dries clear.
Hollow eggs that can be opened
The advantage of using eggs that can be opened is that you can place candies or other treats inside, if needed. These are great for Easter egg hunts.
Spread glue on the egg
To prepare for the first layer of tissue paper, spread glue on the plastic egg. You can either do that with your fingers or a brush. It is recommended that you do only half the egg at a time. After brushing glue on the eggs, wrap the tissue paper around the egg. Make sure to brush glue over the top of the paper and add layers.
Brush glue over entire egg
Be sure to brush glue over the entire top layer of tissue paper, making it smooth all around. It will look ugly while the glue is wet, but when it dries, it will be clear and shiny and the paper should shrink around the egg.
Put glitter or confetti over glued egg
While the egg is still wet, sprinkle glitter or confetti over it. This is optional, but adds a nice finished touch to the egg, Egg takes about thirty to sixty minutes to completely dry and shrink.
These eggs are nearly dry. When completely dry, the tissue paper will completely shrink and flatten around the plastic egg. Before using the plastic eggs, be sure to brush off extra glitter.