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Easter is just a hop, skip and jump away so it’s a perfect occasion for spending some quality family time dying eggs and doing crafts. Kids love crafts and getting messy so creating paper egg baskets is an ideal family project.

Photo Copyright Jason LugoSpread out some newspaper, gather a few supplies and get creative! Egg baskets are a great way to personalize your Easter décor. These whimsical eggs can hold chocolate bunnies, peeps, eggs and other treats for the kids can provide a colorful centerpiece when holding a vase of spring flowers. Who says we have to give candy and gifts in ordinary Easter baskets!

Supplies

  • Balloons
  • Masking tape
  • Glue and water
  • Small paint brush
  • Tissue paper (decorative or plain) or book pages, newspaper, etc.
  • Toilet paper
  • Scissors
  • Trims of choice
  • Easter grass
  • Easter candy or flowers

Photo Copyright Jason LugoBlow up oval balloons to the size you would like your Easter egg basket to be. Tie the balloon off and put a piece of masking tape on the tied end of the balloon to flatten it. Make a mixture of 2 parts glue and 1 part water. Tear tissue paper (or other choice of papers) into smaller strips about 3 to 5 inches.

Brush glue mixture on a small area of the balloon and place decorative tissue paper right side down on the balloon (the right side of the decorative paper will show once you cut the egg open). Brush glue on top of the tissue paper sticking the tissue to the balloon. Repeat covering the entire balloon while making sure to overlap paper. This will be the inside of the basket.

Photo Copyright Jason LugoNext wrap toilet paper around the tissue covered balloon making sure to cover entire egg. Brush with glue mixture to saturate and stick the paper to the first layer of tissue paper. Cover and brush with glue about 4 layers of toilet paper total. Then cover the entire balloon with the decorative tissue paper as the final layer. Make sure the pattern is right side out and brush with glue mixture.

Set the egg on a smaller bowl to dry for several days. Once dry, poke a needle (to pop the balloon) in the egg where the hole in the egg will be cut. Cut the side of the egg making the opening look like a cracked egg or rounded smooth edges. Decorate with trim, silk flowers, ribbon, or paints. Also, consider stenciling or stamping the egg before gluing on trims. Glitter glue is easy to use for decorating the cut edge or accent patterns. Try crafting a wire handle threaded with beads or decorated with trim to attach to the egg. Fill with grass and top with Easter eggs, small books, candy, small gifts or pretty spring flowers. Happy Easter!

About the author

Mary Beth Sligar - Mary is a native of Idaho, married with four children. In addition to her passion for writing, she enjoys art, music, photography, and crafting. She is a freelance writer based in Twin Falls, Idaho currently working on short stories and a novel.

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