Easter eggs need to be stored in a beautiful basket. These crazy characters are made from balloons that have been wrapped in crochet cotton then covered with PVA. Just like papier-mâché, the glue will take a few days to dry, giving you plenty of time to let your imagination run wild with decorating ideas for your new quirky creations.
Gather your supplies
4-ply cotton yarn
Goggle eyes, trims and stickers (to decorate)
Shredded tissue paper
If you’re tempted to use wool, don’t. For a strong, durable egg head, it’s better to wrap with cotton yarn.
- Step 1: Blow up balloon and tie off. Tie end of cotton to balloon knot then wrap cotton around balloon, crisscrossing in all directions, until balloon is evenly covered. Tuck in end of cotton. Tie a length of cotton to balloon knot for hanging.
- Step 2: Mix 2 parts PVA to 1 part water in a small bowl. Use paintbrush to paint cotton liberally with mixture. With newspaper or a plastic tub underneath, hang wet balloon until it stops dripping glue and sets. Just before it hardens completely (which can take several days), sit it on a level surface to flatten bottom.
- Step 3: Pop balloon with a needle. Use scissors to cut an oval-shaped opening in side of object to form mouth, leaving at least 5cm at bottom so you have enough space to nestle your chocolate eggs. Remove deflated balloon.
- Step 4: Using tacky glue, decorate with goggle eyes, trims and stickers to make a bunny, chicken or monster (see pics, above and left, for ideas). Use shredded tissue paper for a nest, then add chocolate goodies!
You’ll also need
Small bowl; paintbrush; needle; scissors; tacky glue; plastic tub or newspaper (to catch dripping glue); pipe-cleaners