This week we tried a craft I remember doing in elementary school art class, many, many years ago.
We wound up with some colorful string eggs — a perfect Easter decoration!
How to Make String Eggs:
- Embroidery Floss (Pastel colors like this pack would be so pretty!)
- Water Balloons
- Elmer’s Glue
- Wax Paper or Empty Egg Carton
I actually tried this a couple different ways before involving the kids. At first I used bigger balloons (thinking we’d get some huge Easter eggs) and fuzzy yarn. But, the yarn just kept getting away from me, and I knew it would be too much for them. I also tried mixing the glue with water at first (I swear that’s what we did in elementary school), but the glue just would not hold the string to the balloon this way.
Here’s what worked:
- Pour the glue into a wide, shallow dish.
- Blow up the balloons you plan to use.
- Cut several lengths of string ahead of time. (Enough to go around the balloon 4-5 times at least, but not too long so the kids don’t get tangled up while crafting.)
- Now, take your piece of string and place it into the glue. Make sure it gets coated completely.
- Then wrap it around your balloon several times. (We found keeping the first couple times around the balloon close together helped it not slide off as easily.)
- When you finish with one piece of string, start over with a new piece, making sure your strings overlap.
- Once your balloon is covered in string, place it on the empty egg carton (or a piece of wax paper) and let it dry completely. (We let our dry overnight, but for some little ones who really get into the glue, it may need to dry longer.)
- Now comes the fun part! Using a straight pin, or needle, pop the balloon!
- Remove any balloon pieces from inside your egg and enjoy your creation!
We placed our eggs in a basket on our table. It makes a lovely Easter decoration.
You could also tie a piece of string to your egg and hang it up!