There’s an old episode of the cult classic show “Gilmore Girls” where, after hundreds of eggs are well-hidden in the town square, not all are located. As you can imagine, the rotting eggs caused quite the stink in the town of Stars Hollow. Rather than worry about spoiled eggs—or if you’re looking for a fun, hands-on Easter craft for the kids—why not make your own fancy “papier mache” eggs?
Here, we’ll show you how to make paper mache Easter eggs the PAPYRUS way. They’re very easy, a little messy … and guaranteed fun.
- A Pack of Balloons
- Paper (newspaper or white printer paper will do the trick)
- White Glue
- Paint (We like acrylic, but any will do.)
- Glitter or other embellishments, if desired
Inflate as many balloons as you like into an ovular egg size (we usually make them about twice as big as a regular egg since they’re easier to decorate).
In a plastic bowl, mix 2 parts white glue to 1 part water. Stir to combine.
For ease of use, pour mixture into a shallow pan—either a disposable foil baking pan or a regular baking pan lined with foil.
Tear up your paper into pieces. For this project, since the eggs will be fairly small, we’ve torn them into about 1- x 1-inch squares, but you can also tear into small strips if desired.
Now, take your first piece of paper and dip it into the paste concoction, allowing the mixture to absorb into the paper. Wipe away excess glue, and smooth the piece down on the balloon, repeating the process until the entire balloon is covered. You’ll want to overlap pieces and continue smoothing as you go. Do this until the balloon is covered in three full layers of paper mache.
Allow the eggs to completely dry, which may be a two- to three-day process.
Once dry, take a sewing pin and pop the balloon within. If you plan on filling the egg with candy, carefully cut a little hole at one end of the egg, pull the balloon out, and then seal the hole with a thin layer of paper mache after you’ve filled it. (Let the extra paper mache dry before decorating.)
Decorate your eggs! We love painting them different colors. You can add glitter, designs, stickers, ribbon, colored paper—anything you can dream up.
Arrange these paper mache gems in an Easter basket for a lovely seasonal display.