Thursday, March 20, 2014

Paper-Mache Easter Egg Decorated with Construction Paper Scraps

Paper-mache egg decorated with construction paper scraps in various colors

A great craft to use up old newspaper and colored paper scraps too small for other projects.

  • White glue
  • Water
  • Small yogurt container
  • Parchment paper or large plastic storage box lid
  • Plastic spoon
  • Newspaper
  • Construction paper scraps in various colors
Take a page of newspaper and wad it up about the shape and size of the egg you'd like.

Mix about one part white glue with two parts water in a small, clean yogurt container. On the parchment paper or plastic box top, dip strips of newspaper in the glue/water mixture and cover the wad of newspaper completely with the strips. As you wrap the strips around the wad of paper, gently squeeze and form the wad into a more smooth egg shape. Let dry for a day and then apply a second layer of glue/water soaked strips. Let dry for a second day.

When the newspaper layers are dry, tear up pieces of construction paper in different colors. Lay the torn up paper out on the parchment paper or plastic box lid and cover with the glue/water mixture. Since the construction paper is thicker than newspaper, soaking the construction paper makes it easier to work with.  Also spreading the colored paper out, makes it easy to select the color and shape you want to put on your egg next. Apply different colored paper in any design you'd like to the egg.

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