How to make a papier mache Easter egg

Give quilling a go this Easter with these eggstravagant papier mâché eggs, which are covered with the cutest paper coils.

How to make quilled papier mache eggs

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.

If you’re new to the world of quilling, you can check out our handy ideas guide to quilling.

Quilled papier mache eggs

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Step 1

papier mache egg

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.

Step 2

roll the quill

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.

Step 3

rolling a pink paper quill

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.

Step 4

making paper eye shapes from quills

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.

 

Step 5

light pink paper quills

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.

Step 6

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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.

Step 7

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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.

Step 8

glue the rolled quills to the egg

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.

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