Easter is almost here! I can hardly believe it. I have an oldie-but-goodie Easter craft to share with you today!
If you’ve been reading along since the beginning, you might recognize this project. I shared it last year, but it’s worth showing again (and quite frankly – I had a *LOT* fewer readers back in those days). This is a kid-friendly project (as long as you’re cool with your kids making a mess, I mean). You can make these yarn eggs in any color to match your decor.
While the crafting takes about an hour for these, you’ll have 24 hours of drying time, so factor that in when you get started.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Water Balloons
- Yarn & Scissors
- Glue (just general purpose, it doesn’t need to be anything fancy)
- Newspaper for your work surface
- Bowl for your glue mix – something disposable is easiest!
Blow up your water balloons, and cut some 8-10 foot lengths of yarn. Each water balloon will take 25-30 feet of yarn, but when I worked with more than about 10 feet at a time, I found it knotted up a lot more. So I found that three long pieces between 8-10 feet each worked the best. You may want to cut them down even shorter if you have kids, but that’s up to you!
Mix 2 parts glue to 1 part water. For 6 eggs, I used around 4 oz. glue, just to give you an idea how much you’ll need. Do this in a disposable bowl if you can – I saved this one from going into the trash with this project in mind. :)
Dip a strand of yarn into the bowl. I found it worked best to toss one who strand in, soak it completely, and then pull it out of the bowl, squeezing the excess from the yarn as I went.
(This is really tough to photograph when your fingers are covered in goo, but here goes:)
Now, just start wrapping your egg. There’s no right or wrong way to do this. All I will advise is that the more times your yarn intersects and crosses over itself, the stronger your egg will be when it dries. So criss-cross away! Do try to “tuck” your beginning end under one of your wraps as you go to secure it.
I used three strands of yarn on each egg. This is how it looked as I added one strand at a time – you can just quit whenever you like the looks of it. The more yarn you use, though, the more sturdy your eggs will be.
I quit at three 8-foot strands. Adding more than that will also increase the drying time, so keep that in mind, too.
They will also dry faster if you turn them a few times over your day of drying. I turned mine 3 or 4 times. When they feel firm and dry, all that’s left to do is to remove the balloon.
Cut a small hole. The balloon will deflate and pull away from the inside of your egg, and you can just pull it out through one of the holes. On my first try (above) I cut the whole knot off, then had to fish around inside to get the rest of the balloon, so I will suggest just cutting a small hole near the knot, but keep the balloon intact. Then you already have a hold on the end and can pull it out more easily.
And that’s it! A fun way to add some color to your Easter mantel or table!