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papier-mache easter eggs

For Easter I made papier-mache polka dotted eggs. I created them using small water balloons and tissue paper then I filled them with candy and toys and sealed them shut. The egg can hold a surprising amount of candy and the tissue paper seems delicate making for a delightfully heavy and yet fragile object, much like real egg. Also like a real egg you have to break the shell to get at what’s inside. I like things you have to destroy to open.

papier-mache easter eggs

You’ll need:

  • water balloons (they make the egg-iest shape)
  • white tissue paper (one sheet will make about three eggs)
  • colorful tissue paper (one sheet will make many eggs, so you don’t need much)
  • a 3/4 inch hole punch
  • a paint brush you don’t care much about
  • liquid laundry starch
  • a sturdy shot glass to hold your egg while you’re working with it
  • a way to hang the balloons to dry
  • enough time to let these dry overnight, and a few hours to let them dry after filling and sealing them (you’ve been warned)

A cutting mat, wheel cutter and straight edge will come in very handy but aren’t completely necessary.

Note: I tried a few variations on the starch. I used watered down wheat paste (the fancy stuff bought at an art supply store), watered down Nori paste and watered down Mod Podge. In the end I found that liquid landry starch right from the bottle was the least sticky and the easiest to work with considering the delicate tissue paper, so I stuck with that.

papier-mache easter eggs

First cut white tissue paper into the following sizes for each egg you’ll be making: one at 10″ x 5.5″, one at 10″ x 4.5″, two at 3.5″. These four sheets will be the base of the egg.

To create the polka dots I made squares of paper with holes in them which we’ll apply over the white base like scales. I cut a 1.5 inch strip of colored tissue, fold it in half, fold it in half again, then fold it in thirds. This made a square which could be punched all the way through with the paper punch. Then I cut each square off the strip. Two strips of tissue will be enough for one egg, three strips will cover two eggs.

Also cut a 1″ strip of your colored tissue paper and cut it into various sizes of triangles, these will fill in any bare spots of color later, I have more detail on this below.

Note: It will be helpful to have all your tissue paper cut and ready in advance. It’s frustrating to need to wash and dry your hands each time you need to cut more tissue.

papier-mache easter eggs

Inflate your water balloons just a bit until they have an egg-like shape.

papier-mache easter eggs

First we’ll apply the white tissue. Brush wet starch onto your balloon. Take the 5.5″ tall sheet and wrap it around the widest part of the balloon, lining up the top so that it will reach the knot in the balloon. Dip your brush in the starch and brush the tissue from the middle up to the top, letting the tissue crinkle and gather. Any spots that seem to stick up can be smoothed down with the brush and more starch. Now do the same brushing from the middle of the balloon down to the bottom. The bottom of this first layer will overlap itself, creating some strength there.

Apply the 4.5″ tall sheet next and do the same, the 3.5″ tall sheets go last. I went with shorter and shorter sizes so that we didn’t end up with too much overlap at the top and bottom ends.

Note: I tried a few different ways of creating the white base layer. First I tried using lots of strips of overlapping white tissue and working my way around the balloon but I found the tissue was too delicate for this application. I also tried cutting white tissue into a bunch of squares and applying it one layer at a time but found it was difficult to tell which part of the balloon I had already covered and it left a few areas of tissue that was too thin. Ultimately applying the white tissue paper in whole sheets wrapped around the balloon easier and more straightforward.

You can apply the color squares while the balloon is still wet, or you can let it hang to dry while you put the white layer on more eggs. You don’t need to allow them to dry the whole way before applying the color, but it won’t hurt anything if you do. Letting them dry until tacky, about 20 minutes, can make it easier to work with. I hung mine from the pot rack over my sink using clothespins and some string.

papier-mache easter eggs

To apply the color start at the top with the knot and overlap the squares covering as much white as you can as you go along. Since the surface of the balloon is still we you can place a dry polka dot square where you’d like it, then smooth it down using the wet brush. You can also use the tip of your wet brush to pick up and place the tissue paper so you don’t have to constantly pick up and put down the brush.

papier-mache easter eggs

papier-mache easter eggs

If you have some spots that the squares don’t reach simply cover it with one or two of the smaller triangles you cut.

papier-mache easter eggs

The bottom of the balloon can be a bit tricky, get one last polka dot on there if you can.

Note: Don’t toss your cut bits of colored tissue paper just yet. We’ll be using it to seal the eggs after they are dry and have been filled.

papier-mache easter eggs

I found that darker tissue paper make for a more consistent color on the final eggs. Lighter pastels showed the areas of overlap more. Not a big deal, but good to keep in mind when choosing which colors to use.

papier-mache easter eggs

Hang up your balloons overnight, wait until they are completely dry before moving on.

papier-mache easter eggs

To remove the balloon hold the knot and use a pin to make a small hole. Now wait until the balloon slowly deflates, it makes a most impressive noise while this is happening. (I didn’t have any trouble with the laundry starch sticking to the balloons, and even made an 11″ tissue paper balloon without trouble.) If you forget to hold onto the knot of the balloon and it falls inside it’s not big deal, you can pull it out later before you fill it with candy.

papier-mache easter eggs

Gather your candy (this is my favorite part). I found that candy over 1″ wide was a little too difficult to get inside, those yellow/orange/pink malt balls didn’t make it.

papier-mache easter eggs

To fill cut two places down from the hole in the top, making sure to avoid cutting over a polka dot as we’ll be covering the opening with more colored tissue to seal it later. The papier-mache is flexible and this slit will give us enough room to get those small foil wrapped chocolate eggs inside.

When you’re filled the egg make a loop of string, I attached “Pull Me” or “For Scott” messages to mine, and stuff half of it in the egg. Now get your starch and colored tissue paper back out. Using a bit more tissue put two or three more layers over the opening and let it dry.

papier-mache easter eggs

Why the loop? Simply because it can be difficult open the finished egg without cutting a hole in it, it turns into an awkward crushing/ripping thing. Pulling on the loop rips enough of the egg to get it started.

papier-mache easter eggs

For our niece and nephews Scott drew this awesome picture on a puzzle card which we broke up and distributed between the eggs. This was our sneaky way of getting them to work together and share.

papier-mache easter eggs

Last note: These are based on a Halloween project I first saw in Martha Stewart Living magazine in October of 2001, thePapier-Mache Treat Balls can also be found on the Martha Stewart website. I previously made these as Tiny Pinata gift containers.

papier-mache easter eggs


178 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kim // Apr 18, 2011 at 3:26 am

    Ooo – pretty! I wondered how you got those perfect polka dots! Now, off to gather supplies…

  • 2 angela@momsinthecity // Apr 18, 2011 at 4:45 am

    I’ll do them FOR SURE!!!
    it seems so easy, even if a bit long, isn’it??

  • 3 julie // Apr 18, 2011 at 5:12 am

    thanks for a wonderful project…my girls are off school Thursday and Friday and will love to make these for friends and neighbors!

  • 4 RidgewoodMom // Apr 18, 2011 at 5:25 am

    OH MY!! These are so, so cute!! If wasn’t already planning on doing your other egg surprises, I might do these ones. Starred to do for next year!!! So much to do, and so little time!!!

  • 5 Erin // Apr 18, 2011 at 5:50 am

    soo cool! Thanks for this idea :)

  • 6 rd // Apr 18, 2011 at 6:11 am

    Love these little guys! How stiff are the finished eggs? Are they sort of cardboard hard or a little softer like egg cartons?

  • 7 lil // Apr 18, 2011 at 6:26 am

    love the chicken poking out!
    What a great idea!

  • 8 Sam // Apr 18, 2011 at 7:46 am

    these are great :)
    thx for sharing!


  • 9 Robin // Apr 18, 2011 at 8:12 am

    Those are awesome!

  • 10 Maggie // Apr 18, 2011 at 8:16 am

    Oh my goodness. That is too cute! Such a great way to mix it up if you know you’re not going to eat a dozen hard-boiled eggs immediately. I might have to make some of these for my cousins and roommates!

  • 11 kimu // Apr 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

    So fun!

  • 12 megan // Apr 18, 2011 at 9:43 am

    Angela – It is easy. I wrote a lot of notes in the directions about stuff that didn’t work for me so you can avoid it, otherwise the directions would be a lot shorter :)

    RD – You know the sort of vacuum molded plastic packaging used for inexpensive items? The kind that is glued to a cardboard back to hang on a display wall? Like the kind a dozen snaps would come in at a craft store? Or maybe I should say it’s like one of those water bottles made of very thin eco-plastic. It’s sturdy but flexible, it’ll dent if you poke it but you can also pop the dent back out. The layers of tissue are thin but surprisingly strong. It’s actually difficult to break it open, which is why I included the string to get it started. Does this describe it to you?

    Thanks everybody! I really enjoyed creating these.

  • 13 Danielle // Apr 18, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Very cute! Thanks for sharing!!

  • 14 Lori // Apr 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Okay…this is too much cuteness!! I am definitely making these before Easter. And then I am going to take them to my in-laws Easter party where everyone will be jealous because I’m rocking it and they aren’t. I can see it now! I owe it all to you!

  • 15 Britt // Apr 18, 2011 at 11:37 am

    These are adorable! Such a fabulous idea. I’m definitely filing this one away. Also, the chicks are pretty hilarious.

  • 16 snappy // Apr 18, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Thanks for the great idea and I love the pictures to show all the steps!

  • 17 Michelle // Apr 18, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    Oh my goodness, you are amazing. Next year, I’ll do this for sure! Water balloons, the perfect egg shape! And I think it’s funny that you “stuck with the liquid starch.” Get it? Stuck? Ha ha?

  • 18 Verdell // Apr 18, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Megan, you so rock! Thanks for the fresh ideas for Easter treats. Love the photography, the colors just jump out at me. I’m swooning right now. Also lovin the Easter Surprise Egg post….I’m so doing both for a Preschool volunteer project this Friday.

  • 19 Rachel // Apr 18, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    These are incredible Megan! I’m totally smitten and really want to make some. I’ll be spreading the word about your wonderful (and so amazingly detailed!) tutorial.

  • 20 abby // Apr 18, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    We did a similar project in girl scouts one year. We used slight larger balloons, crochet string and elmer’s glue mixed with water. Wrap a few loops around the balloon, then dip your brush in the glue mixture and paint over. Repeat until it’s as covered as you’d like. Once it’s dry, pop the balloon and cut a hole in the front of the egg – decorate the opening and use as an Easter basket! It was fun and simple enough that I still remember it 20 years later. (20 years?! Holy Cow!)

  • 21 April // Apr 18, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Adorable and an amazing tutorial. The little chicks are a cute addition.

  • 22 Gisele // Apr 18, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Such a cute idea! Thanks for sharing! Can I use PVA glue instead of the liquid starch?

  • 23 Gustoso // Apr 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    I was thinking you could do the solid colour first – a couple of layers, and then at the end put on some white dots.

  • 24 pam // Apr 18, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Beautiful and Brilliant! I absolutely love these eggs. The colors and the polka dot patterns make my heart happy.

    Well done.

  • 25 Sarah Rose // Apr 18, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    I would so rather make a dozen of these than continue studying for my law school exams. Maybe I can paper-mache with pages from my casebooks, or the federal rules of evidence… oh, the possibilities!

    Very creative and thorough, per usual.

  • 26 megan // Apr 18, 2011 at 10:59 pm

    Gustoso – The tissue paper is too transparent and the polka dots would be difficult to see. I wanted a very clean and bright effect for them. That said, previously I’ve done tissue papier-mache with overlapping colors and it can produce some lovely effects.

  • 27 Theresa // Apr 19, 2011 at 8:56 am

    A must do!

  • 28 Jenna // Apr 19, 2011 at 12:33 pm

    Thanks for the idea! These are great! My three year old and I just made a few (sans dots as she does not yet have great paper-mache skillz). I can’t wait until they are done drying and can be stuffed.

  • 29 megan // Apr 19, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    Gustoso – I see, I think it’ll still be too light to have much of a visual impact, but you can try it.

  • 30 megan // Apr 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Gisele – I don’t know what PVA glue is. In my trials I found that a watered down adhesive of any sort was tricky to work with as it caused the delicate tissue to stick to fingers and the shot glass and it would rip. I would try to make your own wheat paste first, but if you have the glue give it a try.

  • 31 Karen // Apr 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    So incredibly adorable! Thanks for the instructions!

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  • 34 Rebecca // Apr 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

    These are adorable! I’d love to feature a link to this tutorial on the Examiner’s Arts & Crafts page. Please let me know!

  • 35 Monica // Apr 20, 2011 at 12:05 pm

    These are adorable!!!

  • 36 Kim // Apr 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    I love this, and also the puzzle idea! I’m going to try this with my two girls. Thanks for sharing.

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  • 38 leisa // Apr 20, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    *smiles* What a neat project– A few notes: Fisker’s flipped hole punches do NOT work to punch out holes, they punch too near the edge of the paper strip. Modge podge will work, if you water it down 2 parts water to one part podge, and use your fingers to apply. (Apparently no one around here starches their clothes) but leaves the surface somewhat glossy, so it’s important to finish with the same brand of podge that you start with. Party crepe paper streamers work for the outer coloured layer. (Though if you do layers of multi-coloured tissue, you’ll never match the blend on the top.) Make sure the candy carrots you bought specially for the eggs fit inside length-wise as well as width-wise. And, making one of these for a dinosaur-loving child pretty much assures you’ll be stuck making them for the next few b’day parties. Thanks Megan, my son & I had a lot of fun with this one.

  • 39 megan // Apr 20, 2011 at 7:25 pm

    Leisa – Thank you so much for the notes! And have fun making those dinosaur eggs :)

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  • 41 Becky // Apr 20, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    Beautiful Idea! I used white elmers glue and watered it down. I am not sure is Liquid starch ok for the kids to ingest? With the glue I could do all steps of the project in about 8 hours with drying times. I also used printed tissue paper which makes it look very modern. :) I found that I could cut the side wide enough to fit peeps in the egg. Hopefully the kids will have a good time opening them. Thank you so much for the fun idea!

  • 42 Katie // Apr 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm

    Do you ever get angry emails from the people at Martha Stewart because you’ve out-done them (yet again!)? This is an adorable project and I can’t wait to give it a try!

  • 43 megan // Apr 20, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Becky – I’m so glad to know Elmer’s glue works! I’m not sure about the safety of the laundry starch, and for the eggs we gave to kids we only included wrapped candies. I’m impressed that you managed to get a Peep inside!

  • 44 megan // Apr 20, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Katie – Aw, thanks! I always credit when I’m taken inspiration from a Martha Stewart project — this one came out of a Halloween 2001 idea, ten years ago!

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  • 47 Lara // Apr 21, 2011 at 6:24 am

    These are adorable!

  • 48 Tracy // Apr 21, 2011 at 6:26 am

    I like it..delicate and delightful.
    Nice one.

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    I also tried the elmers and water and it worked great! I used solid colors for the outside and they look fabulous. Just finished stuffing mine. I got a “Wheelies” into a larger egg (with some manuvering). My son is only 18 months so he needed surprises other than candy! After they are dry my 3 year old and I are going to decorate them with fun Easter stickers. Thanks for the great craft.

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  • 53 Cair // Apr 21, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Oh, these are wonderful. I’m just finishing up 3+ dozen chocolate surpise eggs, and I’m about done in! These will definitely do for next year though!

  • 54 Mindy W // Apr 21, 2011 at 10:27 am

    Oohh! I love these! I think I will have to get crafty with the girl this weekend!! So glad I found you via PW!

  • 55 Mesas de dulces // Apr 21, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    WOW, you are just amazing! I love this project! I can´t wait to make it! The last picture is the cutest!!!

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    These are adorable! And I love the polka-dot technique.

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  • 60 Mandy // Apr 22, 2011 at 11:29 am

    This is such a cute project! I immediatly went to the store to get starch and balloons to do it. What hole punch did you use? I had trouble getting the little stacks of tissue through the slit on mine.

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  • 63 beccajo // Apr 23, 2011 at 9:18 am

    looooove this. i tried to make some years ago and they didn’t work. this method is genius.

    did you ever try filling the balloons BEFORE paper mache’ing?

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  • 65 Shannon // Apr 23, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    This was a fun way to spend Good Friday and part of Saturday! I found chocolate covered sunflower seeds in various colors to partially fill. I added small finger lights (“You are the light of the world!” and some tiny magnets with other verses included. My daughter made one for her boyfriend & I can’t wait to distribute them to my kids & some sweet children at church tomorrow. I even made one for my favorite Panera cashier who I found out has to work Easter morning. Thanks so much for the lovely photos!

  • 66 Kris // Apr 25, 2011 at 6:15 am

    Thanks for posting this project, I made some this weekend and it was lots of fun. And they turned out great! I handed them out at my easter brunch and they were well received. I kept a couple of extras not filled as decor and I don’t want to pack them away now that Easter is over.

  • 67 Sally // Apr 25, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Thanks for such a great idea :)
    I made these to decorate the table for lunch on Easter Sunday and they worked out quite well.
    I was not able to find liquid starch here in Australia so I had to use powdered starch mixed with water. Even though I used substantially more starch than the ratio suggested on the pack it just wasn’t strong enough. I ended up using PVA glue (polyvinyl acetate or wood glue – not sure what it is called in America) diluted with water. I have used this in the past for papier maché and it worked quite well for this project.
    I decorated my eggs with heart shapes instead of spots (my local craft store only had heart shaped punches!) but I think the spots would be much easier to work with as they don’t have a right way up :)
    I ended up having to make 2 extras eggs at short notice on the Saturday evening and they had not quite dried in time by morning. I discovered the hard way what happens if you pop the balloon before the papier maché has dried – as the balloon shrinks so too does the papier maché egg! Oops! However, I was able to salvage these by blowing into the hole at the top. As the papier maché is quite light it just blows back up into the shape of the balloon. Phew!
    You can see my eggs here if you are interested:

  • 68 megan // Apr 25, 2011 at 12:52 pm

    Beccajo – I did consider filling the balloons beforehand but the tissue is so delicate that applying it while holding a heavy object would possibly be too difficult. The tissue would stick to your finger instead of the balloon. I wish I had tried it, though, just to see if it could be done.

  • 69 {eclat} event design // Apr 26, 2011 at 9:47 am

    Great idea!!! This is so much fun!!

    How creative!

    Laura xoxo

  • 70 beccajo // Apr 30, 2011 at 7:12 am

    aha! that makes sense!
    i had tried years ago like i say. i wanted to have some of my tiny stuffed birdies ‘hatch’ from eggs. maybe i’ll try again with your method!

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  • 73 maritza // Jun 5, 2011 at 3:46 am

    thank you for sharing its such a good idea

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  • 76 Jen // Aug 15, 2011 at 8:40 am

    oh you have just ROCKED my world with this post…! Not only is this good for easter, but also little candy surprises ! THANKS!

  • 77 Hannah // Aug 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    This is a wonderful little tutorial! LOve this site, I think I may have to subscribe! 
    I actually thought the different shades in the overlapping pieces made a fun effect! But that’s just me. Thanks for sharing!

  • 78 Shriya // Aug 30, 2011 at 4:28 am

    thanks for such a wounderful idea ! you’re idea made my project look ‘s great ! one’s again ,thanks……………………..

  • 79 Arthur // Sep 19, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Oh my! That is cute!

  • 80 Holly // Sep 22, 2011 at 10:50 am

    My friend just told me about you today. After seeing this one project, I’m afraid to look at the rest. I’m betting it’s great and I’m going to be super jealous …but here goes

  • 81 ColleenwithMurals&More // Nov 12, 2011 at 9:03 am

    these are two cute. I found you via StumbleUpon. I’ll definitely give these a try. Great tutorial too!

  • 82 Kali // Nov 15, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Such a cute idea. I love that you can put candy inside of them instead of just having a boring ole easter egg. Are they very sturdy so kids could use them for easter egg hunts or are they fragile? Thanks for sharing such a great project that even the kids could help with!

  • 83 megan // Nov 15, 2011 at 1:48 pm

    Kali – These are sturdy enough to use for an Easter Egg hunt, though they are large. They will dent before they rip so I think they would work just great.

  • 84 Leslie // Feb 2, 2012 at 2:35 am

    Adorable! I love this idea.

    Can you tell me where the little chicks come from? Do you make them or buy them?

  • 85 megan // Feb 2, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Leslie – I found these at a World Market store, and I’ve also seen them at a party goods store. World Market had them in a bunch of colors and sizes which was really great.

  • 86 Rebecca // Feb 6, 2012 at 9:15 pm

    I’m looking forward to making these. Thinking I’ll use the colored bakers twine from my card making endeavors to add more color to the “string” :)

  • 87 Sarah // Feb 9, 2012 at 7:39 am

    I just stumbled on this & LOVE it! It’s on my list of things to do for Easter this year!

  • 88 Shirley from Funchkins // Feb 12, 2012 at 11:15 pm

    This looks like an amazing idea! I wonder if it could be adapted to other holidays…

  • 89 Millie // Feb 18, 2012 at 2:32 am

    I thought I should do them for my class for Easter trying to gather supplies but I don’t know what baskets to do.

  • 90 Millie // Feb 18, 2012 at 2:32 am

    I thought I should do them for my class for Easter trying to gather supplies but I don’t know what baskets to do.

  • 91 Rachele // Feb 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    One of the cutest Easter Egg projects I’ve seen. :) Love it!

  • 92 Julia // Feb 29, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I knew I wouldn’t be able to find liquid laundry starch easily so I found a recipe online using just water and cornstarch. It worked fine and saved me some money since I already had cornstarch in my pantry. These are awesome btw, I can’t wait to make them for other holidays.

  • 93 Audrey // Mar 3, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Super cute! Thanks for sharing!!

  • 94 liz // Mar 3, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    I was able to find liquid starch (StaFlo) at Walmart in a gallon size container.
    And, I am patiently waiting for my eggs to dry. I did them at night so I wouldn’t be tempted to keep checking. Thanks for sharing such great detailed instructions. I am planning on doing this with 6 little girls, but wanted to go thru a dry run first to weed out any stumbling blocks. Thanks again for sharing!

  • 95 Lisa Dolmage // Mar 4, 2012 at 9:31 pm

    Can you tell me where you got the little chickens you put on the eggs? My Mom used to put those on my Easter basket and I have never been able to find them. Thank you!

  • 96 megan // Mar 5, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Lisa – Cost Plus World Market store had a whole bunch of them in different colors last year. These yellow ones came from a party store here in Seattle called Display&Costume. Good luck!

  • 97 connie // Mar 7, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I am so excited to do this project but am having trouble making the holes in the tissue paper. Any tips would be appreciated very much. Thanks!!!!!

  • 98 megan // Mar 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Connie – Are you using a good sturdy 1″ hole punch meant for scrapbooking?

  • 99 Anna // Mar 8, 2012 at 6:18 am

    Hi, I love this idea, but in the UK liquid laundry starch is not readily available. Can you recommend anything else? Would wall paper paste do the trick?

  • 100 megan // Mar 8, 2012 at 10:58 am

    Anna – I would try to find a wheat paste or Mod Podge at an art supply store and water it down. Or homemade wheat paste, this recipe is from a UK site even! Here is a wheat paste recipe from Instructables. Good luck!

  • 101 Amanda // Mar 8, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I’ve done these for kids I have nannied for a few years ago. One way to make it a bit easier to fill the egg is to fill the balloon with the goodies before you blow it up. Follow the directions as above and then when you pop the balloon a the goodies are already inside. Only a small hole to get the balloon out is needed. Great idea and kids love it!!

  • 102 Kiwi Tini Creations // Mar 12, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Lovely little eggs, very cute!

  • 103 Cindy // Mar 14, 2012 at 3:06 pm

    These are adorable! I was looking for an alternative to coloring hard-boiled eggs and I think this will do the trick. I’m going to make the eggs ahead of time and let the kids paint them, not knowing what’s inside. Thanks for the great idea!

  • 104 Tatiana // Mar 15, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks I love it and I think it is a nice present to for children (and adults).I will make it for sure.

  • 105 Jamie // Mar 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    Call me weak, but for the life of me I caould not blow up a single water balloon. Is there a trick?

  • 106 megan // Mar 16, 2012 at 9:55 am

    Jamie – I used one of those handheld balloon pumps that you can find at party supply stores, and I’ve also seen one at a Michaels craft store. I’m so sorry I forgot to mention that in the post!

  • 107 Lynn // Mar 22, 2012 at 8:22 am

    Thank you for the tutorial! I had recently read (I think in the Catholic Digest or something) about a woman who did this as a centerpiece for her table; the eggs were empty to start, and larger; every day of Lent she and her kids would put secret notes in a slot in the top, “I said a prayer for you today,” or “I made you bed this morning.” Then on Easter morning they got to open the eggs and read the little notes to each other…I so wanted to do it, but I had never done paper mache! Now I have no more excuses (well, except I have to go buy balloons and tissue paper and a hole punch and…). Happy Easter!

  • 108 Jenna // Mar 24, 2012 at 9:54 am

    These look really cute! I’ll be sure to make them somtime! I think you should start with a normal size baloon and make a huge egg. Wouldent that be cool?

  • 109 Jenny // Mar 26, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    What stores carry the hole punch? I live in a rural area. These are so cute and we are dying to make them.

  • 110 megan // Mar 26, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Jenny – I found my punch in a scrapbooking/stamping shop but I know you can find ones at Joann and Michael’s stores, and very likely at Walmart as well. Good luck!

  • 111 Jenny - again // Mar 26, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    We tried them with a smaller symmetrical flower punch, looks pretty from a distance but the colored tissue bleeds into the white areas, any tips for this. The fuchsia was the worst. I’m wondering if it is b/c liquid starch is to watery (used brand you have pictured above) or b/c the white areas are so small in relation to the egg?? Any tips are most appreciated. Thanks again for this wonderful idea.

  • 112 Sassy Sites // Apr 2, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Happy Monday! Your Easter eggs are included on my list of 101 Things to do with an Easter egg today! Come by and have a look!

    xoxo! Marni @ Sassy Sites!

  • 113 Beckie // Apr 2, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    Love these! Where can I buy this laundry starch? The brand you used?

  • 114 megan // Apr 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

    Beckie – I’m afraid I cannot help you, that brand is one that I’ve seen sold in grocery stores here on the West coast. I’m sure any liquid laundry starch would have a very similar consistency.

  • 115 Robin // Apr 3, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I have balloon eggs hanging from paperclips stuck on chopsticks all over my kitchen right now! Thanks for the tip on liquid starch. I was planning on doing papier-mache eggs just with paper and paste, but the tissue and starch makes for a much prettier final product PLUS my son is not to keen on getting his hands all icky with paste had no problem with these (which is good because they’re for his class!) I did find ours to be somewhat frail. I’ve been going back over some and adding a layer or so. I did just the squares and strips method and no dots – we’re mass producing here! We did have large dotted tissue paper from Target and even all cut up and mis-matched they look cute…Now tomorrow we do the Surprise Chocolate Eggs for my daughters class (although I don’t even attempt to temper chocolate-candy melts all the way!) They we’re a hit with the family last year.

  • 116 Sara // Apr 4, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Love this! How long does this take? May I recommend you write the time by the supply list? I know there is some drying time involved and am wondering if I will be able to pull this together in 2-3 days. (sorry if my answer is somewhere in your post or in comments, I was skimming through to see whether I should start buying ingredients or just wait till next year). Thanks!!! And love this post! Just love it!!!

  • 117 Laurie // Apr 5, 2012 at 3:27 pm

    These are TOO CUTE! Thanks for sharing :-)

  • 118 doro K. // Apr 6, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    unfotunatly no more time. but a very great idea. i have to do it next year!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

  • 119 Amanda // Apr 6, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    So questions for next year as I’ve already finished them for this year and had a few minor issues,
    1. I had a few eggs that the balloons wouldn’t deflate and then after I got the candy inside and had it sealed the balloon deflated around the candy…. Did I do something wrong and is there a solution to the balloon not coming out how i can get them to before sealing it shut.

    2. How did you get your holes to seal and still look like an egg mine all have dents on the top, I tried several different ways some look ok and some look like I my eggs caving in any way to solve…

    Ps. I wish I could send you a picture of the finished project so you can see how they turned out, I enjoyed making them and my son is really excited about his eggs. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

  • 120 Jennifer // Apr 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm

    I just made twenty of these! Super fun and strangely relaxing. I did find that if I cut a “v” shape at the top instead of straight across its easier to fit big goodies inside.

    Happy Easter!

  • 121 brittique // Apr 7, 2012 at 6:27 am

    Love this idea. I will do this with the class – and make one giant one for the center…love it love it love it…

  • 122 Lynn Ceteras Huerta // Apr 7, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Thank you for the effort you put into making this easter undertaking understandable. We found that papering all the way up to the knot of the balloon created a tiny and easy-to seal hole. I cut a V opening to fit big treats. Great project for our craft support group; where over the last two saturdays we made five. So happy to have these to give this Easter!

  • 123 Rhonda // Apr 8, 2012 at 4:44 am

    These are really cute! And I love your photographs, especially the last one with the chick trying to get into the egg. Great blog. will be returning often to see what else you have going!

  • 124 Mini Piccolini // Apr 9, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Way too cute to crush!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • 125 Fashion Freak // Apr 15, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    I loved this idea and i just had to post it on my website I hope you don’t mind. Email me if you want me to take it down. Thanks

  • 126 megan // Apr 19, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    Amanda – I used tweezers to tug at balloons that wouldn’t deflate, usually once I got it going I was able to get it out. As for the dented tops I did have to do some poking and reshaping before sealing off the top. Did you have trouble with that? Tell me more so I can picture where the problem is.

    Jennifer – Thanks for the tip about the V shape!

  • 127 Connie // Apr 30, 2012 at 12:59 am

    How cute are these! I’m thinking of other shapes for birthdays and baby showers – so sweet!

  • 128 Kurlikins // May 1, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    WOW! I am spewing that i didnt find this post BEFORE easter this year!! oh well, next year i spose… great tutorial!

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  • 130 Evit // May 20, 2012 at 11:30 am

    Too bad is not Easter.. : (
    Very very cute and clever! Any idea how to have round and not oval shape?

  • 131 megan // May 20, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    Evit – If you can find small round balloons it might work but I was using the egg shape of balloons specifically. Good luck!

  • 132 Evit // May 25, 2012 at 5:51 am

    OK, I will try to find round balloons, thanks!

  • 133 A. Gilbert // Jul 9, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Wow, I came here looking at your felt mums, saw these on the sidebar, most incredible thing is that I had just told my husband that I needed to get started on our son’s dinosaur eggs for his 2nd birthday which is in 6 weeks. I hadn’t quite figured out how I would be getting the treats inside so now I know how I’ll do it. Thanks for the tip!

  • 134 BeeHiveHairDo // Jan 28, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Could you roll some acrylic paint over the tissue paper with a small trim roller if you want is more opaque? Just match the color right.

  • 135 Pam // Feb 2, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I am going to make these this year. My sisters Nd I have all the grandkids and nieces and nephews over to our house every year before Easter to dye eggs and we have lunch and surprises for them. This will be a huge hit. Thanks for Sharing

  • 136 Desiree @ Shoppe Dezi Lu // Feb 18, 2013 at 5:59 am

    These are adorable! Can’t wait to try.
    – Desiree :)

  • 137 Chandler // Feb 23, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    These are sooooo cute. Can’t wait to try this. thx

  • 138 Seul // Mar 1, 2013 at 5:18 am


    Thanks once again for this idea. Fun stuff. So many rave reviews the first time, that I did a second batch this year (this time in bulk!) and I wanted to pass along a couple of additional comments.

    You need unscented starch. This is harder to find than it should be.

    As an alternative, the powered art paste ($3, off amazon, makes a gallon, pour into a bottle of water and shake. A lot.) works wonderfully; stores fine.

    Cheap paper towels work well as the base layer. They don’t rip or tear, and don’t bunch like the tissue. Quick and painless. (Cut each towel into sixths.) It takes surprisingly few: 1/3 to 1/2 a towel per egg, and you end up with a very smooth surface.

    Branched out to try ombre eggs: If you’re doing this, you want at least four colours of tissue in the same family: smallest pieces of dark, finish with a layer of the lightest colour over the whole egg to blend it together.

    Again, my thanks. This has apparently become “an official thing”

  • 139 sally cudmore // Mar 19, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Thank you such a lovely idea and look beautiful, I need to make a large paper mache egg but thicker for my sons easter hat, he wants me to do a cadburys creme egg half cracked, would i use thicker paper rather than tissue paper as i dont want it to break any ideas??? x

  • 140 Phame // Mar 23, 2013 at 7:46 am

    LOVE this idea…don’t mean to use them to put things in but as light decorations for an Easter hat the kids have to make…….PERFECT thanks

  • 141 gilberte // Mar 23, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Idée très originale. Bravo !

  • 142 Happy Teacher // Mar 26, 2013 at 3:26 am

    Just did a trial at home! This little egg is the cutest thing ever. Now I’m headed to school to do them with my first graders. Thank you for sharing. This will definitely become an annual activity. :)

  • 143 marta // Mar 28, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Awesome! My 4 year old enjoyed making these with me! He used the dots left over from the square cutouts to decorate his egg. Then we experimented with letters and other shapes!

    Also, we used a little bit of school supply glue mixed with water for the sticky base and that worked great for us.

    Love the blog, consider me a regular on here;)

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  • 151 Heather // Feb 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    The tissue paper kept ripping when I first tried to punch it. I found that if you cut your 1.5″ strip and then rap it around a thin piece of card stock, it punches a lot more smoothly

  • 152 Katharine // Mar 2, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    Darling project!

    I think if you want to make your own starch, you must boil it, as for making starch gravy. Try mixing about 2 Tablespoons of regular cornstarch with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil while stirring constantly. It should thicken, but I’m not sure if the ration would be perfect, but you could play around with it by adding more water or adding more cornstarch, MIXED WITH WATER, TO AVOID CLUMPING!, and stirring while adding. That’s basically how I make my own laundry starch to use in the washing machine, but different ratios, of course.

    Hope this helps someone who cannot find liquid starch.

  • 153 Débora Ferreira // Mar 3, 2014 at 7:44 am

    Loved. Thanks for sharing your idea. Very creative.

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  • 163 Kristy // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Gisele- I’m from australia and have just finished doing the crochet string eggs. In America they use liquad starch but it is very difficult to find in australia. I watch a thing on better homes and gardens and she does the string eggs with 2 parts water and 1 part PVC glue. It worked amazing and this would be the same too. Give it a go. I’m going these next year for my easter gifts so let me know if it works for you too. Good luck!

  • 164 Kristy // Apr 26, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Also youtube video made home made starch. It is just corn flour and water

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    Love this- will be definitely trying this next easter xxx

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  • 169 Kitty // Feb 8, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    I love this idea but do you think it is possible to make it in a heart?

  • 170 Valerie // Mar 23, 2015 at 10:08 am

    I made the eggs using bigger balloons. At first I tried using water & cornstarch but it wasn’t sticky enough to hold the shape. Sta Flo with flour made the egg stiff enough. The eggs have a matte not glossy finish. Thank you for the detailed instructions, they are very helpful.

  • 171 Daniella // Mar 23, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    Love your tutorial. I am definitely making them for Easter this week! Just one silly question you may have tried it already… wouldn’t it work as well to just put the treats inside the baloon before inflating it? Thanx!

  • 172 megan // Mar 23, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    Daniella – You could for sure, I’m afraid handling them while wet would become a lot more tricky. Also, opening them without the pull string is really difficult unless the person opening them has scissors or a knife so keep that in mind.

  • 173 Jeanine // Apr 3, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    Oh my goodness! This is by far thee greatest Easter Egg paper mache craft I have ever seen! Such clever little tweaks you’ve made to create an almost brand new idea! Thank you for sharing this with us. Happy Easter

  • 174 Carol // Jan 26, 2016 at 7:50 am

    I love these! I have grandchildren that I craft with and make treats for them to share with their classmates. I think this will be loved by them all! Thanks for sharing.

  • 175 Kristy // Feb 26, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    I using these to announce my pregnancy at Easter. I had them saved to do this year anyway now we have an extra special surprise to put inside. Hope they turn out just as cute :)

  • 176 Ruth // Mar 28, 2016 at 7:33 am

    Made these eggs for this year’s EE hunt. They were a hit. For New Yorker’s looking for liquid starch, I found it at Gracious Home ($6 for a big bottle, less than on Amazon). I also tried a Mod Podge fabric stiffener found at Michael’s but it was much sticker to use. Also found that doing the white layer and letting it dry was easiest to handle. The tip about using a shot glass was invaluable. I also used the leftover circles punched from the tissue paper for one of the eggs and it was great – easy to cover as well when cutting a slit. Filled w Mardi Gras beads and gold coins. Also made hole punches for the string as I had trouble w the suggested method. So fun – will do it again with round balloons for Christmas to hang on the tree and fill with small gifts. Thank you!

  • 177 broad // Apr 19, 2016 at 2:50 am

    I using these to announce my pregnancy at Easter. I had them saved to do this year anyway now we have an extra special surprise to put inside. Hope they turn out just as cute too very good keep it up:)

  • 178 Scarlet // Mar 30, 2019 at 1:33 pm

    I am pinning this right now. So clever and cute. I just love this idea for Easter!

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