Monday, March 26, 2012

Yarn Eggs

We had bad storms here Friday night.  Two things are certain during a storm. 

I am scared out of my mind and trying not to appear to be.

My niece, Lauren, is just as afraid and doesn't mind you knowing ;)

So, we made yarn eggs to distract us.

I realize there are many ways to make these and I am certainly no expert.  Emma made one in first grade that we always hang in the kitchen during Spring, but I never knew how it was done.  So, I guessed and used what I had.

What I used ...

Yarn (I used cross-stitch thread)
Modge Podge

Pour about 2 Tablespoons of Modge Podge into a bowl and mix well with 3/4 cup water. 

Soak your yarn.  This is the tricky part.  The yarn knots easily, but I had read that if you carefully place it in a circle around the bowl, it will prevent that.

That worked pretty well for the most part.

Blow up your balloon the size and shape of an egg.  One skein of cross-stitch thread fills up a true-to-size egg.  Any larger and you'll need more than one skein.

Wrap your balloon with the yarn.  This is the messy (but fun! :) part.

Make sure the hand you're guiding the yarn with is over the bowl so the excess glue drips in it.
This is an easy craft for kids and they'll hang with you for the most part ...

Until they remember it's time to play 'school' or make up dance routines.  Then, you're on your own ...
The eggs will be sopping wet, so leave them to dry overnight.

Then comes the fun part .... once they're completely dry, pop the balloons.  Hands down, the girls' favorite part! The balloons will pull away from the sturdy yarn and stay in shape.
 Put all of them in a basket ...
 Or thread ribbon through the top and hang on a cabinet (or on a tree).
Either way, your kids will be really proud of them.

On a completely unrelated note, I found pictures that Olivia and my niece, Taylor had taken of one another ...

They make me laugh :)

I love all these girls so much!!


Rebecca Jo said...

I'm totally PINNING this so I can remember to try it! I love the end results!!!

Elaine said...

Wow, you are super crafty these days! I love all the spring ideas!

Piper said...

I saw these on Pinterest and I soooo want to do them. I just need a day!!
Great job!!!

Allyson said...

I just pinned these on pinterest... I love how yours turned out!

Betsy said...

So cute!! I love it! And I'm pinning it too! :)

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