Gift your loved ones an Easter gift they will always treasure with an exquisite quilled Easter egg, which you can fill with sweet treats, jewellery or a pair of super-cosy socks. To create your fillable egg, carefully cut a premade papier mache egg in half across the middle. For a different look, you could cut a peephole into the egg to pop the treats into.
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- Papier mache 10.2cm eggs
- Acrylic paints
- Quilling paper strips
- Quilling tool,
- Quilling circle gauge
Carefully cut the egg in half. Paint the whole egg white, then inside yellow. Mark 2.1cm from join on top half for the first stripe, 1.8cm above for the second, then 1.8cm above for the third. Repeat on bottom half of egg. Paint stripes.
For bottom stripe on top half of egg: roll a lemon yellow quilling strip into a loose coil and place in circle gauge 2 (2cm); glue end. Glue a yellow quilling strip to the coil, wrap around and glue end. Make 12.
For the second stripe: roll a light pink quilling strip into a loose coil and place in circle gauge 3 (1.5cm); glue end. Glue a dark pink quilling strip to the coil, wrap around and glue end. Make 13.
To make the yellow eye shapes to decorate the third stripe, repeat step 3 using lemon and yellow quilling strips, then gently pinch both ends of each coil to create an eye shape. Make 14.
For top of egg: roll half a light pink quilling strip into a loose coil and place in circle gauge 5 (0.9cm); glue end. Make 19. On 12 of these, glue half a dark pink strip to the coil, wrap around and glue end.
For the top stripe of the bottom half of the egg, repeat step 2 using pink papers to make 12 coils. For the second stripe, repeat step four to make 18 coils and pinch into eye shapes.
For the bottom of the egg, roll half of a light pink quilling strip into a loose coil and place in circle gauge 5; glue end. Repeat to make 26 coils. Gather all of your quilled shapes into groups to assemble.
Arrange the quilled pieces in their appropriate stripes, then glue each shape to its stripe. Let each stripe dry before adding the quilled shapes to the next one. Attach the coils at the top of the egg last.