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Christine de Beer - effortless floral craftsman

Just Hatched Papier Mache Easter Eggs

I am a bit of a squirrel when it comes to saving any “treasures” that I can possibly use in future design projects.

Hatched Easter Egg container.

I was spring cleaning my design room when I rediscovered a box filled with snippets of newsprint paper perfect for making three giant Easter eggs to design in.

Thin the glue with warm water to make the Papier Mache Easter Eggs

Thin the glue with warm water. I use a ratio of 1 part water for every 2 parts of glue.

Place the balloon in a heavy vase.

Inflate the balloon and knot. Place the balloon in a heavy vase.

Paint a section with runny glue and paste the paper.

Paint the top most section with runny glue and paste the roughly torn newsprint paper pieces.

Smooth the paper by painting it with glue.jpg

Smooth the paper by painting it with glue.

finish the entire first layer.

Finish the entire first layer. I wanted a "just hatched" look so I kept the edges uneven.

Paint the paper with glue and smooth out any bubbles.

Paint the paper on the balloon with thinned glue and smooth out any bubbles.

Add a few more layers of glue and paper.

Add a few more layers of glue and paper. My rule of thumb: I need one more layer when I can no longer see the balloon through the layers of paper.

Make another egg shape.

Make another egg shape.

Make a third Hatched Papier Mache Easter Egg .

Make a third Hatched Papier Mache Easter Egg

Let the hatched Papier Mache Easter eggs dry over night.

Set the Papier Mache Easter eggs aside to dry.

Turn the Papier Mache Easter eggs to make sure it dries.

Turn the Papier Mache Easter eggs to make sure it dries.

Now all that is left is to deflate the balloon and design.

When dry remove the balloon.

When dry remove the balloon.

I don't like to simply pop the balloon- it is a bit violent for the delicate edges. Follow the Tutorial below to see how I slowly deflate a balloon when I design with Papier Mache.

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Tutorials

7 April 2012 A Neighbor friendly way to deflate a balloon

Apart from avoiding the noise popping a balloon makes this is also a less violent way to deflate a balloon when you make Papier Mache items

2 June 2011 Papier Mache

I save all the thin tissue paper or un-printed newsprint papers that are wrapped around the flowers that are delivered to me to make batches of Papier Mache with. These sheets...

1 June 2011 Lining containers to make them waterproof

If you use Papier Mache, terracotta or clay or any precious container that might scratch, rust, or discolour or disintegrate when it's in prolonged contact with water it is best...

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