How to Make a Giant Papier Mache Easter Egg

Make a Giant Papier Mache Egg (Plus a Kids Egg Book)


How to Make a Papier Mache Egg with Kids

Sometimes I just guess completely wrong. I thought that the crayon rubbings would be a hit with the toddlers and instead it was a bust. I also thought that papier mache egg might be a bit beyond Maia, but that it would still be fun to create an egg (Julie Liddle’s idea) and that at least I could finish it if she lost interest.

She LOVED doing the papier mache! I mean really, really loved it.

Making a Papier Mache Egg with Kids

I may have put the last few strips of newspaper on to cover up some holes, but she worked alongside me the whole time. She also worked on the papier mache egg diligently when I went inside for the camera, then for more glue, then for some water…

Papier Mache Egg

The papier mache was a messy project (hence the backyard location), but I think the messier the better in Maia’s mind.

Next up perhaps she can paint the egg…

How to Make a Papier Mache Egg 

  1. Blow up a balloon and place in a bowl (to hold it in place).
  2. Mix 1 part flour to 2 parts water for the papier mache paste. Stir in some white glue if you like.
  3. Tear or cut newspaper into small strips, dip each in the paste, then smooth onto the surface of the balloon. Continue adding paste covered strips of newspaper until the balloon is completely covered with at least two layers of newspaper. Let dry.
  4. Paint your new papier mache egg!

Wouldn’t it be fun to have a bunch of colorful eggs? This would be a great Easter project, too.

An Egg is Quiet Book Cover and Interior

This post contains affiliate links.And, since we’re on the subject of eggs today, here’s an absolutely beautiful book about them ::

An Egg is Quiet by Dianna Aston and illustrated by Sylvia Long.

I think Julie recommended this book, too.

We picked up our copy at the library, but it’s such an amazing book that we might have to put it on the “to buy” list. Or maybe we’ll just check it out over and over again.

An Egg is Artistic

Maia loves An Egg is Quiet and has wanted to read it several times a day for the last several days.

I think I say that about all our new “favorites” but it’s true. A good book is often a favorite to be read at nap and bedtime and a few times in between for a week or two, then it’s on to another book that is read multiple times a day.

Oh, fickle child.

But this is her current favorite. She points to each egg (or hatchling, or whatever) and comments on it or asks about it. And I just love the illustrations.

A Seed is Sleepy Book Cover

We also picked up Aston and Long’s other book, A Seed is Sleepy, at the library and it’s equally as good. Maybe I’ll post about it next time…

All the amazing books by Diana Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

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  • Reply
    April 18, 2008 at 4:49 am

    The book looks beautiful. I will check our library for that one. Paper mache is a great messy sensory experience. You could always do a layer of crepe paper or tissue paper over the top too-with long pieces flowing off to blow in the wind!!

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    April 18, 2008 at 5:26 am

    I made a papier mache pinata for my son’s 5th birthday. It was a lot of work (something like 5 layers!). but it was a big hit, and I plan to do it again this year. Here’s a link t the picture of it:
    I never thought of doing it outside, which would have saved me a lot of cleanup.

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    The Artful Parent
    April 18, 2008 at 4:58 am

    I like the idea of covering the egg with a layer of colorful tissue paper!

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    Ginger Carlson
    April 18, 2008 at 12:56 pm

    Fun, fun! Last year for Zeal’s birthday, he planned a dragon hunt. He pretty much single-handedly made 18 papier-mache dragon eggs that his friends happened upon during the hunt. It sure is an intriguing experience!
    And we LOVE A Seed is Sleepy. That book alone inspired a ton of seed related exploration and collections last fall. We keep meaning to go get An Egg is Quiet. Thanks for the reminder.

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    Julie Liddle (ART IN HAND)
    April 18, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Hooray! So glad it was a hit and not a bust (wouldn’t want THAT egg on my face…sorry, couldn’t resist throwing in a bad pun).
    I’m sure decorating it will be equally satisfying, whatever method you choose. If you want to do the tissue paper idea, you can mix Mod Podge instead of white glue with your water, to give the egg a nice hard finish (glossy or matte is available now). You would definitely want to do it outside though, bcs it’s kind of smelly (but still non-toxic and water soluble). But…painting something 3-D for a change is lots of fun too, and I’m sure it would be right up Maia’s alley.
    Keep us posted!

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    April 18, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    Beautiful book. We will have to look for it during our next trip to the library.
    Have a good weekend,

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    The Artful Parent
    April 19, 2008 at 7:51 am

    Yes, it was definitely a hit. Thanks! We have some Mod Podge-good idea. Although I’m thinking I’ll let Maia paint it this time… I’m sure there will be other papier mache eggs (and other things) in our future! Perhaps next time we’ll do the tissue paper idea.

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