Monday, April 9, 2012

DIY: Spring Easter Egg Garland

what you need:
newspaper or paper bags
embroidery Thread
small water balloons
liquid starch

liquid starch recipe: 
bring 1 1/2 cup water to a boil

in a separate bowl, dissolve 3 teaspoons of corn starch in 3 tablespoons of cold water

when the water boils, pour the corn starch mixture in, and stir for 2 minutes - the mixture will be slightly cloudy
remove from the heat, and let cool to room temperature

mix with 1/2 cup of flour to thicken

blow up a few water balloons
tip: it helps to stretch the balloons before blowing them up

(important note: do not fill them up with water!) 

use one spool of embroidery thread per egg

remove the paper caps and find the edge of the spool

soak a small section of the thread in the liquid starch and carefully start wrapping it around the balloon

squeeze off any excess starch from the thread as you don't want it to be too thick or goopy

repeating the process of soaking small sections at a time, continue wrapping the egg until the thread is gone (it can be an exact or random pattern, though the randoms seem to hold up better)

make sure the end is tucked under so it is not sticking off of the egg

lay the egg on foil or wax paper to dry

allow 1-2 days for the eggs to dry and make sure the thread is completely dry before popping the balloon
when the egg and thread are dry, carefully pop the balloon and remove the remnants from inside the egg (it helps to gently push the balloon away from the string prior to popping so when the balloon pops it doesn't pull the string inwards with it)

the egg should be perfectly intact and ready to hang

use yarn, twin, or ribbon to make a garland of the eggs

happy spring!

1 comment:

  1. Those are so cute! I may just male some and box them up for next year.