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Papier-Mache Egg Containers

Craft memorable egg containers for Easter using real egg shells and a flocking technique from in-house crafter Kristin St. Clair.

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Materials

  • Chicken egg
  • Tissue paper
  • White glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Fine-grit (200) sandpaper
  • Medium steel wool
  • Serrated knife
  • Sponge
  • Poly-acrylic sealer
  • Card stock
  • Acrylic paint
  • Flocking material
  • Thin ribbon
  • Small adornments and embellishments

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Hard-boil egg; let cool.

  2. Step 2

    Papier-mache small, thin strips of tissue paper onto one side of the eggshell with watered-down white glue and a paintbrush. Continue until there are 3 to 4 layers of tissue paper on half the egg. Let dry. Repeat on the other side of the egg.

  3. Step 3

    Alternating sides and allowing to dry in between, add 3 to 4 layers at a time to the egg until the entire shell is covered in 10 to 12 layers of tissue.

  4. Step 4

    With a fine-grit sandpaper, sand the entire outside of the egg. Buff with medium steel wool until the egg feels as smooth as the original eggshell.

  5. Step 5

    With a serrated knife, cut the papier-mached egg in half lengthwise, sawing all the way through the egg with long strokes.

  6. Step 6

    Scoop out the hard-boiled egg. Peel the thin inner membrane from the eggshell, using small pieces of damp and dry sponge to completely clean and smooth the inside of the shell.

  7. Step 7

    Sand edges with sand paper, if necessary. Seal the inside of the shell with a clear coat of poly-acrylic. 

  8. Step 8

    Cut a piece of card stock into a 1/4-inch strip, long enough to contour the entire inside of the eggshell rim.

  9. Step 9

    Glue strip into rim of one half of egg, making sure the strip is higher than the edge by 1/8 inch. Let dry. The other half of egg should now fit the rimmed egg snugly.

  10. Step 10

    Paint egg with acrylic paint to match color of flocking material. Allow paint to dry. Paint each side of egg with white glue, and dip into bowl of flocking material. Let dry.

  11. Step 11

    Glue a thin ribbon around one half of egg, aligning with seam. Glue adornments, like vintage flocked flowers, onto egg box. Place candy or a sweet gift inside!

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, March 2010

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