DIY: Paper mache Easter eggs

Next weekend, my mom, my sister, and her 2 munchkins are coming to visit for Easter.

Since the kiddos are coming to visit, I knew I wanted to make them something fun for Easter. Of course, my sister and I talked about dying eggs or mini egg hunts in the park, but as soon as I saw this DIY over at not martha, I knew this was how I’d rack up major Auntie points. Check out her tutorial and then see how I did it below.

To get started, you’ll need:

  • Colored tissue paper
  • White tissue paper
  • Balloons
  • Mod podge
  • Sponge applicator
  • Shot glass
  • String & clothes pins (not pictured)
  • Candy (not pictured)


Note: not martha used liquid laundry starch as her paper mache, but I used watered down mod podge (roughly 2 parts water, 1 part mod podge). I couldn’t find the liquid starch and I didn’t want to make my own paste using flour because I knew I wanted to make the eggs at least a week in advance and they warn that the flour paste can mold.

So, I watered down the mod podge and went with a watery consistency. Basically, I used what I thought would hold – you know, be enough glue, but also enough water. Now, let’s get started…

1. First, cut out your tissue paper. For the white, I worked in 3 to 4″ strips (mine were roughly cut). I then applied it to my balloon. Use the shot glass when needed to hold your balloon.

Note: my first 2 eggs only had 1 or 2 layers of white tissue paper, I’d recommend at least 3 to 4 to give them a sturdier/thicker base. You’ll see why a bit later on.


2. Next, cut out your colored tissue paper. I did the polka dots like not martha and cut a 2 inch strip and folded it back on itself. I used my shot glass to trace a circle and then cut it out. After, cut all the pieces a part. photo(124)

3. Apply your colored tissue paper making sure your pieces overlap a bit, but not in the dotted area. For areas where you can’t fit a whole piece or fit the dot, I just filled in with the colored tissue paper, amply applying my paste. Save your excess tissue paper for later.


4. When you’ve completed your egg, hang it up to dry overnight. Yes, overnight. So just wash, rinse, and repeat and make a few more of these little guys while you’re waiting for the others to dry.


5. When your eggs are dry (the next day), cut a hole in the balloon to let all the air out. At this point, you’ll be able to remove the balloon from the top. Now, don’t freak out if your balloon kind of imploded on itself like below. This happened because I didn’t use enough tissue paper base. But, I kept calm and pushed it back out to form from the inside, using my fingers.

Note: this did NOT happen on my second batch of eggs where I used more tissue paper. There was a dimple or two, but nothing like this.


6. Cut a slit from the top down the side; avoid cutting any of the white areas. You’ll use your colored tissue paper to patch this up later.


7. Now, the fun part! Stuff it with candy 🙂


8. After you’ve added all the candy you want, make a pull tab and patch up your egg. not martha suggested the pull tab as an easy way for the kids to ‘crack’ the egg back open. Made sense to me!

I used card stock and thick string and placed it in the slit. Then I used the colored tissue paper to paper mache it closed again. You’ll need to let this dry for at least another day.


9. After you’ve filled all your eggs and allowed them to dry, enjoy! I had so much fun with this project that I made 3 more chocolate filled eggs. 1 for the BF and 2 for some very lucky friends.

Aren’t they adorable?



DIY project regrets?

If I did the project again:

  1. I’d probably use smaller balloons. not martha suggested water balloons, but I already had some on hand. Of course, I do kind of like the dinosaur effect they’ve got going!
  2. Use more tissue paper on the base. I did this the second time, but not on the eggs going to my niece and nephew.

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