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Topic: Papier Mache Treasure Egg - it opens!!  (Read 2186 times)
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« on: March 30, 2010 12:37:26 PM »

On one of the forums I contribute to I was asked about making a papier mache egg with an opening for hiding treasures in - so I set to experimenting!

I tried a few things that did not work, like an inside lip to hold the egg shut - I made it too rigid and it pushed it out of shape. I also found that as I am not so great on the accuracy side that my two halves did not meet nicely - I solved that by adding a small outside lip to hide the uneven edges. Bonus - this also holds the two halves in place nicely.

I am really pleased with the process I worked out and with the final result. It is lined with tulle to make a snuggly place for treasures and treats.

For this craft you need two bowls, cling-film, newspaper, white paper, tissue paper, paste, and ribbon.

The two small bowls need to have the same size opening, alternatively you can use just one bowl and make one half first and the second half later. Cover the bowls with cling-film.

Glue strips of newspaper onto the bowl and leave to dry. When it is dry carefully remove the bowl and cling-film and leave it to dry on the inside as well.

Add a layer of white paper so that no newsprint will show through the final tissue paper layer.Use layers of strong packing tape to make a hinge to join the two halves of the egg.

I suggest making a small lip on the outside of one half so that it fits a tiny bit over the other half - this helps hold it together. Finish the outside with a layer of torn tissue paper.
Glue a ribbon to the bottom so that the egg can be kept closed with a bow.

I also have made a worksheet (PDF) that you can print out - http://www.papercraftsforchildren.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/tutorial_paper-egg.pdf
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« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2010 05:43:51 AM »

Awesome project idea!  Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2010 11:57:08 AM »

Thanks for the great tutorial! It looks great, and looks like it'll be a lot of fun to try out!
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« Reply #3 on: April 04, 2010 01:57:50 AM »

I hope you have fun making it! It was Easter morning here today and the egg I made above had a map inside it of where more eggs and clues were hidden. We had lots of fun.

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« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2010 09:59:37 AM »

It's bad that Easter day passed Sad But your idea is very great. I'll try to make one, and open a new challenge for my elder brothers and sisters. I think they'll like it very much :x
Thanks for sharing too >:d<

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