Don’t you just adore Easter and all of the sunny decorations that come with it? This DIY Easter Egg Garland is the perfect chance to introduce bright, cheerful colors back into your homes even while the weather outside is rainy and dreary. (Well, at least it is in Chicagoland!)
Easter is one of those holidays I just don’t have any decorations already made for the house. This year, I decided to make my own wreath (tutorial coming next week) and my own Easter Egg garland. Even the kids and hubby got into the act!
I have spied multiple versions of making Easter eggs out of yarn but they used Mod Podge, which isn’t very kid friendly. I wondered what would happen if I dunked the yarn in Elmer’s glue, which is pretty safe for my preschooler to handle. Glue does harden after all! Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I came downstairs the next morning to find my eggs nicely hardened and ready to “crack.”
Making your own Easter garland is fairly easy, but it is messy. So be prepared! Also, if I had made these eggs smaller, they would have been adorable placed in a bowl or on the mantel rather than turning them into garland.
What You’ll Need:
- Elmer’s glue (lots of it)
- Wide, shallow bowl
- Paper or plastic cups
1. Cut plenty of strands of yarn to wrap and create your egg shell. Your fingers will be covered later and you won’t want to stop and clean your hands to cut more.
2. Fill your shallow dish with a very healthy serving of Elmer’s Glue.
3. Set up your cups nearby so you can easily place the balloons on them once your ready for the eggs to try.
4. Blow up your balloons to the desired size. Water balloons work well but we used regular balloons and they turned out just fine.
Making the Eggs
1. Dip the yarn into the Elmer’s Glue. Be sure to get the yarn covered but not so much that it’s just dripping glue.
2. Wrap the yarn around the balloon, crisscrossing along the way to create a sort of web around the balloon.
3. Make sure to fill in any major holes. Of course you’re going to have holes, but you don’t want any gaping openings.
4. Once you’re satisfied with the wrapping, place the balloon on a cup to dry overnight.
Making the Garland
1. In the morning, check your eggs. The bottom portion sitting in the cup may not be fully dry, so you may have to turn them over and wait several more hours for the egg to completely harden.
2. Once the eggs are completely dried, pop the balloons.
3. Using your finger or the eraser end of a pencil, dislodge the balloon from the dried yarn.
4. Pull the popped balloon through an opening to remove it from the egg.
5. Thread your ribbon through a top opening in the eggs.
6. Hang your garland. You’re done!