Easter is fast approaching and most children are used to Easter egg hunting and other activities concerning this event. We have heard about eggshell painting, chocolate Easter eggs, egg-shaped marshmallows and other candy assortments to convey Easter eggs. To deviate from traditional practices without going off topic, here is an activity kids and adults alike will definitely enjoy doing. This activity is best suited for anyone six years of age and above.
Before starting any project, it is best that you have all your materials laid out. Create a checklist to make sure you do not forget any important materials.
Materials needed for this project are the following:
- Balloons (preferably oval-shaped ones to serve as molds for the project – an assortment of sizes is also a good idea)
- A pair of sharp scissors or shears
- Embroidery thread/floss
- Starch or fabric stiffener
- Safety pin
- Plastic gloves
- Clothes pins
If there are any materials that you do not have on hand, try using appropriate alternatives or perhaps improvise.
TIP: If you plan to make liquid starch from scratch, your kitchen is the best place to run to. Listed below is the method of creating homemade starch.
- Put 1-1/2 cups of water in a pot and wait for it to boil. This procedure is best done by adults since flame is involved.
- On a separate saucepan or bowl, put 2 to 3 teaspoons of cornstarch together with 3 tablespoons of tap water. Stir until the right consistency is reached.
- Pour mixture to boiling water. Stir until mixture turns slightly cloudy (or sometimes clear).
- Set mixture aside to cool down. Remember to discard any excess mixture after two days since it may turn stale.
Here is a step-by-step procedure to get started with making your thread Easter eggs.
- Lay out newspapers on preferred work area to avoid any messy situations.
- Remove thread, yarn, and embroidery floss from bundle. Cut in equal 12 to 24 inch proportions using a pair of scissors. Take note that children may need help or assistance with using scissors to avoid any mishaps or accidents.
- Blow up balloons and make sure to tie knots securely.
- Wear plastic gloves and soak thread in liquid starch one at a time.
- Wrap random starched threads around inflated balloon until desired design is reached.
- Hang balloons by the knot using clothes pins.
- Wait until thread dries and hardens. Preferably a maximum of 6 to 8 hours or hang it out to dry overnight.
- Pop balloons using a safety pin or any sharp object and discard after. Make sure there are no balloon remains on the thread eggs.
- If you plan to hang the decorations on ceilings, use dry left over yarn or thread to tie on one end of the thread eggs and tie the other end to desired area.
- Clean work area after completing the project. Discard all used up materials. Keep those that can be reused.
This simple project will be a good way to bond with family members who will participate. Children will have a blast making their own decorations for this thread Easter egg.