Monday, April 1, 2013

Last Minute Easter Fun!

So today I decided that I wanted to make some thread eggs! I had seen a friend make some with fabric stiffener and the threads didn't all stay down! So I tried it out with my favorite craft supply ever: Mod Podge! Can't go wrong with it? Right? :)

So I went to the dollar store and got some cheap balloons and returned home to dig out my old embroidery thread boxes! I didn't have a lot of the exact same color, so I grouped them by colors that were similar!

Set up your area to work! I used a cookie sheet with wax paper to catch the glue drips!

1. I blew up some balloons to the size that I wanted my "eggs" and I went to town!

2. The trick is to get the thread wet with the Mod Podge so that it wraps around the balloon and stays. But you also don't want it so wet that as you're wrapping it, the thread is slinging Mod Podge everywhere!

3. So you get them all wrapped and then hang them somewhere so they can dry. I chose the light fixture in the kitchen. It's low and has prongs to easily hang string and balloons from!

4. Wait for the balloons to dry overnight and then pop the balloon and slowly peel the balloon out of the egg. Hopefully you took #2 to heart because the less Mod Podge there is between the strings (on the surface of the balloon) the less film there is left between the threads once you take the balloon out. Look at the picture. You see the filmy stuff that's reflecting light in between the threads? that's because I didn't know what I was doing and I put MP onto the ballon surface for a while. *BAD IDEA*

5. If you have a major egg decomposition and it turns into a kinda hard lump of embroidery not fear! It's easier than you think to fix! Take one of your unused balloons and put it down inside the crumpled egg..and blow up the balloon as hard as you can! Waaa laaa! Your egg is alive again!

6. Optional: I took my eggs outside and sprayed them with some Mod Podge Pearlized Glaze (it comes in a spray paint can) and it made my eggs look kinda sparkly and prettier, I think! :)

7. Try it out! It takes some time getting used to wrapping the wet string...and I would suggest going outside or in a garage to do this craft because it does sling some drops of glue everywhere... You can also make the balloons bigger/rounder. Experiment with different types of string. Embroidery thread took a while to wind because it's rather thin. But yarn wouldn't be as slow!

Have fun creating!