We’ve had some really precious spring crafts shared in the issues of Rhythm of the Home over the years. Our Associate Editor Julia decided to come up with a craft project to highlight some of those crafts by creating a diorama to hold and display those pieces. You could also use this egg as a container for sharing treats or gifts for your little one.
Several sheets of tissue paper in desired colors cut or torn into 2-4 inch rectangles or squares.
Paper mache paste (recipe below)
To make paper mache paste simply whisk together 1/6 cup of white glue with 1 cup of each flour and water.
Coat the balloon in a light layer of petroleum jelly or an alternative.
Begin applying pieces of paper by dipping them in the paper mache paste and then placing them in overlapping layers until the entire balloon is covered.
Allow this layer to dry then repeat process one more time.
Let this second layer dry fully then, using a needle, pop the balloon.
To get the balloon out of the egg, cut a hole at the front of the egg. Make sure that you do not cut the hole too low on the front of the egg, so that you leave a base for situating pieces inside of the egg.
To hang the egg, you will make a hold at the top of the egg large enough to feed a piece of ribbon through.
Feed one end of a piece of 3-4 ft ribbon into the hole and make a large bulky knot at the end (on the inside top of the egg).
Allow the egg to hang from a hook on the ceiling with a bit of weight at the base of the egg to create the proper egg shape.
Once the egg takes shape, now comes the fun part: filling the egg. I used some small lengths of thick variegated green yarn, but you can choose whatever you like.
Place the yarn at the base of the egg and simply tuck in your little decorations for display. We used the little baby bunnies from the Mama Rabbit and Baby Bunnies Playset in last spring’s issue of Rhythm of the Home.
Hang your egg in a special place for display or discovery. We are hanging this egg over our boy’s bed for waking up to on Easter morning.
A little sweet surprise to wake up to on a special morning.
Here are some other fun craft projects that you could add to the diorama.
Julia Daby is a Registered Nurse who lives happily with her husband and little boy in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. She enjoys crafts of all kinds, eating good food, reading, and being outdoors. Most important of all….she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She has a small store on etsy where she and her twin sell Waldorf Inspired dolls and share sewing and fiber tutorials to inspire creativity in other Mamas. She writes about life, family and creativity at Happiness Comes. She also can be found at Windfall Dolls, where she and her sister give away Waldorf inspired dolls to deserving little ones.