You’ll have to excuse me. I am easily overwhelmed when I have much to do. Easter is a busy time and I’m a little bummed I didn’t get to put this cute tutorial down before Easter. So you could, like, you know, make the thing before the holiday.
Easter was a craft-a-logical hoot in our house this year. We made an Easter tree, stitched up about 20 Trefle party bags and filled them with eggs and mini chicks for the school and kinder friends, painted little porcelain eggs (bought in a kit all ready to go, way cool)
20 Trefle party bags.
and made this ace thing below…
Fabric mache eggs.
I first read about fabric mache on Dear Fii about this time last year. She made these super sweet little scrappy bowls to pop easter eggs in. When I saw these foam eggs in the craft shop this year, I knew they were the perfect thing to try this out on.Click on the dearfii link to check out the bowls- they really are the sweetest things!
Foam eggs (easily sourced this time of year from your local art supply store)
Scraps of fabric chopped up into little squares
I would rate this “lemon-squeezy” on the tricky-o-meter.
1. First water down some PVA into a small bowl- maybe roughly 1 parts water to 3 parts glue.
2. Grab your foam egg and paint a patch of egg with glue/water solution.
3. Lay patch of fabric down and then paint over the top with more glue solution, saturating the fabric and smoothing it to the surface of the egg.
4. Continue this process until the egg is completely covered and then spear onto a pin and wait ’till it dries.
5. I think at this point you should probably paint all over with undiluted PVA to give a glossy finish, but I was too impatient and couldn’t wait to see it in action so I skipped this bit (and it still looks fine).
These things look great in a patchwork of fabrics, but look even better (I think) with just one fabric (all cut up in pieces- same method applies).
I’ve made two that use turquoise and white fabric and I love them in a homespun faberge meets delft via belsize square’s kitchen table kind of way. Of course, if I took a photo of it and showed you, you wouldn’t have to take my word for it.
Pile them up in a bowl for a fun table centrepiece.
Or give them in an appropriately festive little egg cup wrapped up in cellophane as an alternative to chocolate (I’m thinking the ones with legs and mary jane shoes).
One last idea…
If you’re of the more-is-more-is-more school as I am, you might like to turn them into a necklace. Hot glue a mini chick on top and string onto a pretty ribbon with co-ordinating eggs or beads.