Easter Eggs with Styrofoam and Tissue
Make these pretty Easter Eggs with Styrofoam and Tissue using a decoupage technique.
- Elmer's Glue
- Paint Brush
- Small Jar
- Styrofoam eggs
- Tissue Paper: Solid or Printed
- Measuring Spoons
- Narrow Ribbons
- Needle with large eye
- 1 sheet of styrofoam 1 inch to 1.5 inches thick
- In a small jar dilute 1 Tablespoon of Elmer's glue and 2 Tablespoons of water. Stir.
- Place a toothpick at one end of a styrofoam egg and place it in the styrofoam sheet.
- Tear a color of tissue into about twenty 1" pieces. Paint top of egg with the glue mixture.
- With a paint brush, pick up a piece of tissue and apply it to the wet area of egg, dab it until it is wet all over. Repeat until half of the egg is covered. Place toothpick in other end of egg. Set into styrofoam and finish applying the tissue.
- Allow to dry. This process can be made faster by using a blow dryer (Adult help) while writing start another egg.
- When the first tissue egg is dry, apply small pieces of tissue in a variety of colors. When satisfied with the egg allow it to dry again. See photo.
- Thread needle with thin ribbon. Cut 12 inches long and at approximately 1 inch from top of the egg.
- Push the needle in one side of egg and out the other, using pliers to pull the needle out.
- Double knot on top of the egg and tie in a bow. Place in a bowl, basket or hang it on a tree for decoration.
- Display in bowl, small basket or a tree
Tips and Suggestions
- Technique for applying tissue without getting fingers sticky: Hold toothpick in one hand and paint brush in the other.
- Wrinkles in the tissue are good and add interest. Also where the tissue overlaps is good, for this reason solid eggs are just as pretty
as spotted ones and no two eggs are ever alike.
- Be careful with the toothpicks!
This activity offers a perfect opportunity to talk about colors and build fine motor skills.