Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Easter Crafing...

I'm afraid it's back to the drawing board with this little project. I decided to get crafty and make a string Easter egg. Actually, I am experienced. Around twenty years ago I made one and it was adorable. Over the years I guess the humidity here made it soft and I tossed it a few years ago.

I thought I remembered how to do it, but googled just to make sure. I was surprised to learn that this is a very good project for children. Let me warn mothers everywhere...I'm 64 and I made a big mess. There was liquid starch everywhere. The shirt I was wearing turned to cardboard.

In case you've never heard of string eggs I'll explain how they're made. You blow up a balloon, knot it real well, and then soak a ball of crochet thread in starch and start wrapping the balloon. Use the entire ball. Then hang it up to dry. Sounds easy...huh?

OK, I wrapped my balloon and much to my surprise I ended up with a beach ball instead of an egg.

I guess I knew that was going to happen, but I was kind of hoping it would elongate over night and become an egg. I did this late at night and figured the convenience store probably didn't sell balloons, so I plunged on ahead. I'm an instant gratification type of person and once I started I had to keep going with my round balloon.

I ended up giving this one to the cats to play with, but they weren't even interested. You'll notice the balloon is still there and hasn't been popped by cat claws. I clipped it to the hangar and hung it on the fireplace just to take a picture to show you. No, I'm not using it as an Easter decoration.

I went out and bought more balloons and crochet thread. It's back to the drawing board with this project. With a little luck I'll have one made for next Easter. My plan is to cut it open after it dries, decorate the edges, and put a little Easter scene inside. Unfortunately, the craft stores are running low on cute, little Easter items for the scene. My original egg was adorable with little rabbits, chicks, and eggs inside. I should have kept it. I always regret throwing things out.


  1. I saw this done at Christmas time making little glittered tree ornaments. How ingenius to make an Easter egg. And with a scene inside to boot! I can't wait to see your finished project.

  2. I was laughing so hard when I read this post. This is something that would happen to me. If you want a large egg to decorate the inside of, there are paper mache ones at Micheals Craft Store. They are about 12 inches high and 8 inches wide. You can cut a hole easily in any side to make a scene in the middle. There is this other stuff called Paper Clay that is so easy to use and you can make the shape of an egg. Have fun. The string idea actually sounds cool.


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