Festive Recycled Paper Easter Eggs

Spring is here! Spiff up your living space with these festive spring decorations. This project, which uses items you already have kicking around your home, is easy, hands-on and fun for kids and grownups alike!

scrap fabric eggs
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Things You'll Need

  • Balloons
  • Scraps of paper or fabric
  • White glue
  • Shallow dish
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Thumb tacks
  • Jars or glasses

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Step 1

Assemble materials. Tear the fabric or cut the paper into strips. Keep it random or arrange in piles by color. Use scrap fabric, magazines, newspaper or construction paper.

Project materials
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Step 2

Blow up balloon and place atop a cup or jar. Mix about 1/4 cup glue with 1/2 cup water in shallow dish or bowl.

Canning jars work well to hold balloons
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Step 3

Submerge fabric into the glue-water mixture. Make sure the material is well-saturated.

Submerge material in glue solution
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Step 4

Use pointer and middle fingers to squeeze excess glue from fabric, letting it drip back into dish.

have fun squeezing out excess glue
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Step 5

Lay fabric on balloon and smooth into place. Continue in a random, criss-cross pattern until the entire balloon is covered.

Arrange material strips on balloon
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Step 6

Once one balloon is covered, move onto the next. If making multiples, an odd number of balloons works best visually. Try three or five.

Make an arrangement of three or five eggs
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Step 7

Let eggs dry five hours or overnight. They will drip a bit, so choose a location that can be easily wiped down. Keep balloons at the same temperature in which they were created to avoid the balloon expanding or deflating. After two hours, flip balloon over to speed and even out drying. When completely dry, pop balloon with scissors or a pin. The eggs will hold their shape.

let dry completely
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Step 8

Install work! To suspend from ceiling: punch or cut hole in the top of the orbs and tie string or twine through hole. Using a thumb tack or small nail, suspend from ceiling in a staggered pattern. Another idea: make smaller eggs and display in a bowl or basket.

enjoy spring color in your home!
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