How to Make Thread Easter Eggs
I saw some thread Easter Eggs and wanted to try them for my ‘Easter Tree’! After reviewing many different articles, I decided to use clear Elmer’s glue. A lot of articles have you use corn starch, which can attract insects and doesn’t stay stiff if it is humid or gets moist. I live in Texas – it gets humid and hot! Glue hardens – forever. Here is how to make thread Easter eggs!
I used embroidery floss, paper plate, Elmer’s clear glue, some non-stick spray, water balloons and some wax paper.
Start by blowing up the water balloons. No water – just air! I made some different sizes.
Next I sprayed all of the balloons with non-stick spray like Pam. This will help release the thread egg from the balloon when it is dry. You can see some of the spray on the wax paper in the picture below.
One hint I did read was to ‘unwrap’ the embroidery floss in circles on the plate — it really helps so that you don’t get any knots when wrapping the balloon. I wasn’t as patient with one egg to lay the threads down on top of each other in a circular motion, and had all kinds of issues, which took longer in the end.
Once your thread is all in a nice circular layer on the plate, squeeze about 2 tablespoons of the clear glue over the thread. Hint: Leave the end of the thread off of the plate, so you can find it to begin wrapping the balloon.
After the glue is on the thread, gently ‘mush’ the glue into the thread pile to cover all of the threads. If you need more, add it now.
Your fingers will be all ‘gluey’, which can be challenging – but is good! I did add a little water to my fingers when they got too sticky to work.
Start with the end that you left off the plate, use the glue on your fingers to coat that part of the thread with glue and start wrapping around the balloon, until the entire skein of floss is wrapped around the balloon!
Here is my first one finished!
And, here are all of them! Ready for drying time! I tried different methods to wrap the balloons, and like the blue and peach ones the best. These I wrapped more from top to bottom and kept turning the balloon. Try different ways to wrap and see what you like the best!
My life was busy, so I ended up leaving the balloons for 2 days — they were really dry. That worked in my favor because the balloons had started to lose some air. So they were naturally releasing from the thread stiffened with clear glue!
Pop the balloon and then remove it from the thread shell. A pair of tweezers makes it much faster and easier!
And, here are the finished thread eggs!
You can decorate your Easter table with them in a bowl.
Or – add them to your Easter Tree! I used some of my gorgeous hand dyed silk ribbons to add ties.
Check out all of our DIY Easter projects on Create Whimsy!