The Felted Easter Egg idea was being passed around on the amitymama.com message board, so I had to give it a try. I was truly delighted with the result! The Millefiori Polymer Clay eggs are gorgeous and so easy. My daughter and I made them several years ago, but they're so sturdy, we'll be displaying them on our Nature Table for many years to come! Both ideas are GREAT and easy crafts to do with children.
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Easy Felted Eggs
Wooden or Plastic Eggs (from a craft store)
duct tape (if using plastic eggs)
Wool Fleece or Roving in a variety of colors
pair of old nylon stocking or tights
temporary spray adhesive (optional)
laundry soap (any brand)
washer and dryer
1.) If using plastic eggs, tape them shut very well with duct tape. If desired, you can place a jingle bell or other noisemaker inside the egg first.
2.) Wrap each wooden or plastic egg with the wool fleece or roving in a pleasing design. (Troubleshooting Tip: If you're having trouble getting the wool to stay in place, spraying a temporary spray adhesive lightly on the egg first will get you started.) Wrap the egg with an overall thickness of about 3/4"
3.) Cut the old nylon stocking into 6" lengths. Tie one end with a simple, overhand knot to close. Place the wool covered egg inside and tie the other end to enclose the egg inside. Repeat with other eggs.
4.) Place the nylon-enclosed eggs into your clothes washing machine and run through a hot/cold cycle using ordinary laundry soap. Next, place them in the dryer and tumble until completely dried.
5. Remove eggs from the nylon stockings and, surprise! The eggs are beautifully felted and ready for a hunt!
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Wooden eggs (recommended for young children because real egg shells can break with pressure) or real eggs with yolks blown out, cleaned and dried
Millifiori Polymer Clay Canes (from a craft store)
sharp knife (only to be used by adult)
1.) Take the millefiori cane and slice into very thin slices. Before adhering them to the eggs, the clay must be warmed slightly in your hand until softened.
2.) Cover the egg completely with the polymer clay cane slices. Do not overlap the slices, instead butt them up next to each other, then blend with fingers until edges join.
3.) Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper, foil or a layer of wool batting. (You don't want the polymer clay in direct contact with a cooking tray you will use later for food.) Place the polymer clay covered eggs on the cookie sheet without allowing any to touch another.
4.) Bake in your preheated oven (not a toaster oven) at the temperature and the amount of time recommended on the polymer clay instructions (usually around 265-degrees for 15-30 minutes).
5.) Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before handling.
Directions written by Kathryn Sheehan, 2004
A Story to Share: Green Keene Teens spent a few hours learning how to felt these eggs and took it a step further by making up a story about them. The Story of the Lucky Woolly Egg was written and illustrated by members of the group. GKT is a non-profit club devoted to environmental education and volunteering in the greater Keene, NH area to help save the environment and promote green living alternatives. Lucky Woolly Eggs are green because they re-used last year's plastic eggs and felted them with local wool. We hope you enjoy their story!