Cool Craft: String Easter Eggs

string egg craft from Tiny Rotten Peanuts
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string easter eggs from Tiny Rotten Peanuts

Here is why you need to make string Easter eggs: they are messy, they take a long time to make, and the balloons make the coolest glass-breaking/creaky noises when you finally get to pop them. It’s SO satisfying.

Oh yeah, they’re also kinda cute, aren’t they?

string easter eggs - Tiny Rotten Peanuts

Here are the items required to make these, and the links will take you straight to Amazon:

Blow up some balloons with the pumper-upper, because your face will explode if you try to blow these suckers up with your breath.

Set up the ingenious drying rack I devised for the paper mache pencils project.  Or you can probably just set the eggs on wax paper after you wrap them, but it’s not nearly as fun as clothes pinning them to  a cooling rack.

Cut arm-lengths of embroidery floss- I used about 6-8 for each balloon.

Mix up a bowl of glue with enough water to make it, um, watery. But not too watery. You still want it sticky. Just runny enough to soak into the embroidery thread. Nebulous.

Take a piece of your thread and dunk it into the bowl of water glue, pressing it in all the way so that the whole length of the thread gets nice and saturated. Grab an end of the thread and wring it out between your fingers as you pull it from the bowl.

wrapping easter eggs

Now wrap it around the balloon, and follow suit with each piece of thread until it looks good to you. I clipped the balloon to the drying rack with a clothes pin in between wrapping. I also took a lunch break in between egg-wrapping, and ate a homemade version of a burrito bowl which wasn’t nearly as good as Chipotle’s.

drying string balloons

After a few hours, your string will have dried and you can pop the balloons. We had a very fun family few moments poking tacks into the balloons and watching/listening to them as they slowly deflated.

Now is the time to decide if you want to display your string eggs in a lovely cement bowl your husband has made, or tie embroidery thread to them and hang them from your Ikea light.

string egg craft from Tiny Rotten Peanuts

string easter eggs craft from Tiny Rotten Peanuts

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47 Comments

    • 04/11/2014 / 11:08 am

      I hate the plastic eggs, too. Oh, who am I kidding, I love those things and I love stuffing candy in them and mixing the colors of the tops and bottoms. Carry on.

  1. Ana Dziengel
    04/02/2014 / 6:57 am

    This is so gorgeous! I love it!

  2. 04/05/2014 / 1:14 pm

    Very pretty! I wish I had an Ikea light to hang them from.

    • 04/07/2014 / 11:54 am

      Oh! Do you have Ikea near you? I will hand deliver one of these to you if you need me to.

      • 04/07/2014 / 2:28 pm

        We actually have TWO (2) Ikeas near us. I try very hard to stay away because when I go there I tend to spend all our grocery money. I will accept your hand delivery, though.

        • 04/11/2014 / 10:34 am

          We live halfway in between two Ikeas as well. I can feel the energy pull from them at all times. I can hand-deliver your light, but you might have to prepare a large, delicious dinner for me…

  3. Gina
    04/08/2014 / 2:02 am

    These are so pretty and I’m amazed when I see how easy they are to make! Thanks for the great tutorial and for sharing!

  4. 04/11/2014 / 3:11 am

    These eggs are wonderful!! I thought it would be difficult to take out the baloon but looks like they came out clean 🙂

    • 04/11/2014 / 11:07 am

      The balloon just deflated so easily and didn’t stick- it’s SO easy to make these, and my kids had a blast poking the balloons with pins.

    • 02/20/2016 / 3:49 am

      Do you just wrap the string around the balloons? Then just hang them up so you can see thru them(balloons)

      • 02/23/2016 / 10:02 am

        You use a glue and water mixture to dip the string into, wrap around the balloons, let them dry, and pop the balloons. When the glue and water mixture dries, it hardens the strings so they stay where they are when the balloons are popped.

  5. Bella@artclubblog
    04/11/2014 / 8:29 am

    Love these! They look fabulous. But what I love even more, is the name of your blog. I’m sure there’s a great story to go with it 🙂

    • 04/11/2014 / 11:07 am

      Thank you so much! And do you know, there’s absolutely zero stories to go with the name. It just so happens that this is the way my brain works.

    • 04/15/2014 / 7:54 pm

      Hi! Of course, and thank you. I just ask that you link back to my site, use only one image, and don’t re-post my content.

  6. Cassi
    04/16/2014 / 11:15 pm

    These are so pretty! I’ll be featuring them on The Crafty Crow soon 🙂

  7. Josh Mason
    08/31/2014 / 11:45 pm

    This type of material, including mache, is ridiculously fun to work with.

    • 09/01/2014 / 1:16 pm

      It so is. It also takes a lot of the stress out of it if you figure out the little tips and tricks to using it ahead of time. Have you made some cool stuff?

      • Josh Mason
        09/01/2014 / 1:45 pm

        A yarn egg last year that was a complete flop. lol

  8. Karen Attaway
    02/27/2015 / 7:20 am

    Love your eggs. But when I tried it, they just collapsed after I popped the balloon. What did I do wrong?

    • 02/27/2015 / 1:32 pm

      Oh no! The only things I can think of are that you need a ratio of more glue to water, they didn’t dry long enough, or maybe you used washable glue? I’m not sure if washable glue works or not…. If you have the energy to try them again, maybe make your glue-water mixture more gluey and less watery. Do you think any of these sound like what happened?

  9. loretta
    03/26/2015 / 5:40 pm

    Have you heard if this works with yarn? Do I need to leave more glue on the yarn since it is thinker? I have one tester drying right now, but thought I would check before I get too far into this!!

    Thanks!
    Loretta

    • 03/27/2015 / 6:11 pm

      Ooooooh, let me know! I bet yarn will look really pretty- maybe just let it soak longer in the glue mixture so it gets really saturated?

  10. Betty Johnson
    04/03/2015 / 1:38 pm

    will Elmer’s glue work when water is added? I tried one several months ago and it all stuck together into a ball when I popped the balloon!! 🙂 love these! and really want to make several people one for this Easter!!
    Oh and WHY WATER balloons?

  11. 04/03/2015 / 10:04 pm

    Yes to Elmer’s! Okay. Could you have popped the balloon too early? I’m picturing this caving in on itself if it’s not completely dry. Honestly, it took me a couple of tries before I got it right. But not so many to be frustrating. Oh- and I used water balloons just because of the size. You can blow up regular balloons, but they’ll be HUGE!!!

  12. 02/21/2016 / 8:42 am

    Wow! These eggs are so beautiful!!! You are a yarn egg genius!

    • 02/23/2016 / 10:00 am

      Why I’ve never been called a yarn egg genius before! Blush.

  13. Linda Frech
    02/22/2016 / 7:37 am

    I would love to make these with my classes but we are a latex free school because of health issues. Can anyone think of a substitute for the balloon? I’m stumped.

    • 02/23/2016 / 9:57 am

      Ack! That’s a tough one, because you need to have something that deflates so you can remove it and leave the dried string in tact. Unless you can find some sort of clear plastic eggs? Maybe? That’s all I got…. Good luck!

  14. Rebecca
    03/07/2016 / 6:30 am

    I tryed making these an Im not having any luck.. The last ine I made the balloon popped before it was fully dry..

    My question is when it is fully dry should it be movable at all?? Or rock hard…

  15. Rebecca
    03/07/2016 / 6:34 am

    Wanting to know what the finished result should feel like?????

    The last one I attempted to make was hard but movable if that makes sense… The balloon poped before it was fully dry..

    A friend made one also but said her is harder.. What am I doing wrong?

  16. Penny
    03/09/2016 / 11:28 am

    I have tried dipping the string in just glue, I tried the water and glue mixture, and have no luck when I pop the balloon the whole thing falls in. Not sure what I am doing wrong the last one I did I let it dry for 2 hours. It’s looks like the string is glued to the balloon so when I pop it it falls in.

    • 03/09/2016 / 7:55 pm

      Yuck, I wish I could help the people here who aren’t having luck with this project- what kind of glue are you using? Maybe it has something to do with that, or maybe let them dry longer? My glue stuck to the balloons a bit, but when I popped the balloons, it ended up pulling away. If parts of the string started to collapse, I would push it back out and gently separate the balloon from the string and glue.

  17. Donna
    03/13/2016 / 12:23 pm

    Love this project. Just made some samples for my Kindergarten spring project. It will be a tad messy for little fingers, but I’m sure they will enjoy it!

    • 03/16/2016 / 10:53 am

      Oh, so messy! But they will love it if you are brave enough to tackle it with them. I’d love to see what they do.

  18. chris
    05/13/2016 / 4:37 pm

    I love your egg craft..but I actually thought id get directions to make the dandelion?? That’s what was pictured on pintrest.

    • 05/14/2016 / 2:00 pm

      Hi Chris- I’m not sure which pin you clicked through from- was it one of mine? If it was someone else’s, maybe they added the wrong link to the pin? Sorry I can’t be of more help! I haven’t done a dandelion tutorial on my blog, so maybe it was part of somebody’s roundup of crafts?

  19. chris
    05/13/2016 / 4:46 pm

    Ps have already pinned egg tutorial to my “spring” page…….

    I know most of the dandelion pompom tutorial was pictured on the page…but need clarification for step 2! (not sure what I’m seeing!?)

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