Don’t waste time hunting for the perfect giant Easter egg decorations. Make your own instead. Giant holiday decorations are hard to find, especially if it’s not close to the holiday season and typically expensive. Most of the time they require use of a power outlet to light them up or plug in noisy air blowers to keep them inflated. Skip the stores and create your own non-electric giant Easter egg and use it as a prop for taking photos, decorating your yard or as a centerpiece for your Easter bunny display.
Things You'll Need
- Large piece of paper
- 2 sheets upholstery foam
- Electric kitchen knife
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
Draw the Easter egg on paper first. Smooth the lines of the egg and make sure you have the outline exactly as you want the finished foam egg to appear. If you need the egg to be larger than the paper, then attach several sheets of paper together and tape them before drawing.
Cut out the egg template out using a pair of scissors. Measure and mark the egg template at its widest point and the height of the egg.
Cut the foam into manageable squares using the kitchen knife. All the squares of the foam must be as wide as the largest part of your Easter egg template.
Glue the foam together with the hot glue gun to make larger squares as needed. Stack the pieces of foam to the height of the egg template, gluing each piece to the one below. Depending on the height of your egg, the foam stack may be slightly taller than the template. Allow the glue ample time to dry. Drying instructions will be on the glue bottle.
Place the Easter egg template on one side of the foam stack and trace around it with a marker. To ensure you don’t run into any problems making the egg, try to center it as best as possible. Repeat this process on all four sides of the foam stack.
Begin slicing off pieces of the excess foam, the portions outside of your egg outline, slowly with the electric knife. Do not chop off large chunks as it will become difficult to line up all the sides and get the smooth egg shape. To achieve the best result, start by removing all the corner edges of the foam, turning the foam after you make each cut to trim off the next portion.
Continue removing slices of the foam until you have carved out the egg shape. I will become necessary to cut through the lines you traced in order to get the egg rounded and not square like the foam. Trim thin slices each time to avoid trimming off too much on any one side of the egg.
Use the knife to trim small and thin pieces of foam to round the top and bottom and complete the look of the egg.
Tips & Warnings
- Paint the egg or cover with fabric to conceal the glue lines and rough texture of the egg.
- Trim a thin slice of foam from the bottom of the egg to reproduce a flat bottom so it will sit level.
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