How to Make Paper Mache Decorative Eggs

by Kelly Wall, Demand Media

    Whether you're gearing up for Easter celebrations or a fan of Faberge, making and decorating paper mache eggs is a fun way to spend an afternoon. These eggs can last a long time if cared for properly. Be warned that any work with paper and paint gets messy; cover your entire work surface, and anything nearby, with old newspaper or plastic tarps. Remember that you will have to leave time for the paper mache and the paint to dry before moving the eggs, so plan ahead.

    Step 1

    Shred newspaper into strips. The strips should be no more than 10 inches long to prevent ripping. Make sure not to use glossy inserts or thicker papers.

    Step 2

    Mix together a batch of paper mache glue. Take one and a half cups water, one cup flour and one fourth cup white glue and stir together. (See Reference 1) Do not use colored glue, as it will affect the coloring of your egg. If you are planning on making many decorative eggs, pull together a double batch.

    Step 3

    If using Styrofoam balls, begin dipping strips of newspaper into the mixture and applying to the ball. Press the newspaper strips firmly against the Styrofoam, smoothing them to the surface of the ball.

    Step 4

    If you don't have access to Styrofoam balls, use balloons. Blow up the balloons until they reach the egg size and shape you desire. Gently apply the dipped newspaper strips to the balloons. Be careful not to press too hard and pop the balloon.

    Step 5

    Allow the paper mache to dry completely, preferably overnight. Once dried, apply two to three layers of the white paint, until you cannot see the newspaper strips anymore. This step will require some patience, as one layer of paint is not thick enough to cover the newspaper print.

    Step 6

    Using other paint colors, decorate your egg in any manner you wish. If you want to layer colors, ensure that each layer dries completely before you begin the next. You can also use stickers, glitter or beads to decorate the eggs.

    About the Author

    Kelly Wall has been writing news articles since 2007. Her work has been published in "The Informer." She graduated from the University of Hartford in December 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in international studies and minors in communications and Spanish.

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