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Easter Eggs – #minicreations #creativechallenge

We try not to go too mad with chocolate over Easter, and try to do something a bit different as a gift for grandparents rather than buying a standard egg, particularly because Grandad can’t have chocolate. This year I had a brain wave one day when thinking about what we could make. I’d been meaning to do some papier mache with the boys for a while, and it occurred to me that balloons blown up small would be the shape of eggs. So that’s what we did!

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I blew up 2 balloons, one for each set of grandparents, and ripped up some pieces of paper in various bright colours to give small-ish strips. Then came the really fun part – getting messy! We mixed some white PVA craft glue with some water until it was nice and runny. Andrew very much enjoyed helping me with that part. We made sure we put our protective plastic mat down on the table, and then started dipping strips of paper in the watery glue. As we pulled them out, we stuck them onto the balloon (we did one at at time). I held on to the balloon to keep it in one place, then when we needed to do the bit that was touching the mat, I lifted it up and held it by the tied end, which we left poking out.

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Once both balloons were fully covered in lots of overlapping strips of paper, I tied an elastic band around the poking out bits and we left them hanging to drip dry in the garage (unfortunately it wasn’t a very nice day when we did it otherwise they would have been great drying outside). After a couple of days they were well and truly dried out. Then I got a skewer and popped the balloons inside to leave a nice egg-shaped hollow structure. At the end where the tied with poked out, I got some scissors in and cut around the centre to give two halves.

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To give the inside a different colour and texture, I cut four squares of foil and we had fun pushing them down into each half egg. To finish off the edges we stuck some red tape around each rim. Then all that was left to do was fill the eggs with surprises and give them for Easter! We chose some chocolates from a lovely chocolate shop in Keswick on holiday, and some Cumbrian sheeps milk cheese for Grandad.

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16 Responses to “Easter Eggs – #minicreations #creativechallenge”

  1. I do like that idea. Funnily enough we saw something like this at a National Trust property the other day. Tied up yo a tree, and of different sizes they made great tunes if they were hit (they weren’t filled with anything!) I bet they were very appreciated too.

  2. Karen Bell says:

    What a great idea! Looks like it is fun to make too 🙂
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  3. It’s lovely! I bet they were much appreciated x #CreativeChallenge

  4. Jaime Oliver says:

    awww these are so nice! and great gifts x

  5. What a great idea! I bet the grandparents were thrilled with them x #MiniCreations #CreativeChallenge

  6. Such a lovely idea! great way to have fun making part of the present, the kids enjoy it and the grandparents always love it too! Thanks so much for linking with #creativechallenge xx

  7. Great idea, my mum used to fill cardboard eggs for us as children. #minicreations

  8. KidGLloves says:

    Lucas says – WOW!! Papier Mache -how come I have NEVER heard about this type of messy play? The Mother has failed me again! I bet Nanny’s got loads of newspapers………………
    Grace says – Awesome idea and the end result is fab xx
    Thanks for linking to #minicreations

    • Ruth says:

      Haha, yes your Mum has no doubt been keeping that one quiet, it’s VERY messy 🙂 Hope you find some paper at your Nan’s. Thanks Grace 🙂 x

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