These don't come from your local hen, but are a hollow, man-made (and much prettier, if we do say so ourselves) version of the original. We're talking about silly string eggs, a creative twist on the classic egg-decorating tradition.
Although a bit messy, these eggs are fun to make with your children and you can worry about the tidying afterwards. Clear a space for the activity and set out newspapers for any pesky drips that may result from using your pva glue/water mixture.
Let the kids get as festive as they want with designs for the eggs - there are no rules! Once complete, the eggs can be strung together to create beautiful hanging adornments able to spruce up any room. Alternatively, the eggs can serve as holiday treats or party favours for young guests. Instead of stringing them together, simply fill them with chocolates for a sweet surprise inside!
You will need
Step 1Blow up the water balloons and tie a piece of string to the knotted ends ready for hanging up to dry.
Step 2Protect your work space with some newspaper. Pour some pva glue into a bowl, add a little water and stir.
Step 3Roll a balloon in the pva/water mixture, covering the entire surface.
Step 4Unwind a skein of embroidery thread and wrap around the balloon, covering it evenly and not leaving any large gaps.
Step 5Roll the wrapped balloon in the pva/water mixture once again, then hang up to dry overnight.
Step 6Repeat the process with the other colour embroidery threads.
Step 7When the glue is completely dry, pop each baloon with a pin, and carefully remove the remnants and the string. Scrape away any noticeable dried bits of glue with the pin.
Tip: Hang your string eggs from an Easter tree or arrange in a bowl for a colour-popping centrepiece.
Craft: by Suzie Attaway