Paper Mache Easter Egg | Art Lesson for Kids | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

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Paper Mache Easter Egg | Art Lesson for Kids | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

 Does your kiddos like to get messy?  Well, I got a lesson just for them because this paper mache Easter lesson will be a little messy (ok a lot messy) and gooey, but they will love it!!!

I spent all last week prepping for another art lesson to share with you and your mini artists to do this week, and it’s perfect timing for Easter.  This one has been a little tricky for me because it was my first time since elementary school that I have attempted paper mache.  It took some trial-and-error learning what to do and what not to do.  I will first give you the step by step of what I did to create my egg and then share with you some tips on how I would change things to make it easier or more child friendly.  If you are feeling up to the challenge, then you can follow the original instructions.

Paper Mache Easter Egg | Art lesson for kids | Beverly Gurganus Fine Art

Materials needed:

  • Newspaper cut into strips
  • Scissors
  • Elmers Glue
  • Water
  • Balloon
  • Plastic bag or old towel to cover your work space
  • Plaster Paris
  • Plastic Knife
  • Sand paper
  • Paint
  • old containers for mixing glue and/or plaster
paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art

 Cut your newspaper into strips.  I cut mine long, but then found it easier to work with smaller strips.  I ended up tearing them smaller.

 

paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art

Mix one part of Elmers Glue with one part water until well mixed.

 

paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art
My jaws don't like me blowing up balloons so I use this tool that came with an exercise ball many years ago.  Works Great!
paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art

Blow up and tie off a balloon.  I only had a small balloon on hand, but a larger one might work best depending on how you want to use the finished project.

 

paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art

 

paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art

 

 Dip the newspaper into the glue mixture to completely cover.  Begin to wrap the balloon with the newspaper strip.  Repeat until completely covered.

 

paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art

Hang and let dry completely.  I rigged up a clothespin, rubber band, and coat hanger to hang mine.  Not too pretty, but it did the trick.

Once the layer is dry repeat the process with a second layer of newspaper.

 I stopped after two layers of newspaper, but then realized it may not have been enough layers to make it sturdy.  My solution was to cover the balloon with plaster paris.

 

paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art
paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art
paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art

I marked where I wanted the cut out to be.  Then mixed the plaster with water until it was the consistency of peanut butter.  Use an old knife (I used plastic knife) to spread the plaster being careful to not cover the area you have marked for your cut out.  If your plaster starts to thicken and harden, add more water a little at a time until your reach the same consistency as when you started.

 

paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art

You will have to work in sections in order to allow the plaster to dry to the touch so don’t mix too much plaster at a time because there is no saving it.  Trust me…I tried.

 

paper mache | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art
I put two coats of plaster then allowed it to dry overnight.  Then I used a pair of scissors to carefully cut the opening of my egg.  Using sandpaper, I sanded, and sanded, and sanded some more until I was satisfied with the texture of the plaster.
paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art
Paint your egg!  This is where you can be creative and use lots of color if you want to.  I chose to go with the distressed look because I love chippy distressed and because it was fitting since the plaster was still a little bumpy and imperfect.  I started with a dark paint for the first layer.  For the second layer, I used white.  I lightly loaded my brush with the white paint in order to control how much white went on and how much brown showed through.  I ended up putting 2 thin layers of white over the brown.  Allow the egg to dry.
paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art

 

 If the process thus far hasn't been fun enough, then hang in there because I'm not done.  Time to style your egg.

You can either use the egg to hold your Easter treats on Easter morning, or add it to your Easter decorations.  A centerpiece for your table or in a cute vignette on a foyer table or shelf.

paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art

 

paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art
paper mache | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art
paper mache egg | art lesson for kids | beverly gurganus fine art
I used brown moss from the floral section in the craft store to represent a nest.  Then I stolen one of my chicken eggs to put in there until I can get some fake ones.

Tips to make this more kids friendly.

1.  Use smaller pieces of newspaper because it is less messy and easier to work with.

2.  Skip the plaster.  Put 4 to 5 layers of newspaper dipped in the glue onto the balloon.

3.  Skip the paint.  Use a designed paper like scrapbook paper and decoupage it onto the egg using the same 1 to 1 mixture of glue and water.

4.  If you want to use the egg as an Easter basket, go with a large balloon.  The balloon I used could only hold three chocolate eggs.  I was sad that my chocolate bunny wouldn't fit in this egg.

5.  Lastly, cut the hole bigger.  I feel like my egg would look much better with a larger cut out.

 

This is a fun project, but takes patients and time.  I suggest breaking it down into three days like so...

Day 1.  add first two layers of newspaper.  Hang to dry over night.
Day 2.  add last two layers of newspaper and decorative paper.  Allow to dry over night.
Day 3 Paint (if not using decorative paper), dry, style.

 

As always, don't forget to tag me on Instagram or Facebook if you and your kiddos give this project a try.

Happy Creating and Happy Easter!


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