Saturday, 8 February 2014

Make String Easter Eggs

Dazzle your friends and family with these creative balloon treats!


Step 1: What You Will Need:

Material:
  • Small water balloons
  • Crochet thread/ embroidery thread/ yarn/string etc.
  • Chocolate, small toys or trinkets to place inside eggs                                                                      
  • Equal parts granulated sugar and water
Tools:
  • Pin, fine scissors and tweezers
  • Measuring cup, cooking pot, and spoon for stirring
  • Optional: pump for blowing up balloons

Step 2: Making the Sugar Mixture

The thread in this instruction is stiffened with sugar.  This may not work for everyone.  If you live in a humid climate or if you have little critters around (ants) this may not be for you.  Another option would be liquid fabric starch, or glue and water.

To make the sugar mixture:
  • Measure equal parts granulated sugar and water and place in a cooking pot on the stove. Best to use refined sugar,
  • Bring to a boil stirring constantly.
  • When sugar is completely dissolved remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Pour into a shallow container.
This mixture could be made over several days, just cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature.

Step 3: Egg with Yolk: The Yolk

The yolk is also made from stiffened string.

  • Partially inflate a balloon so that it is a quarter (or smaller) of the size of the fully inflated balloon, knot tightly.
  • Gather some yellow thread, they can be different shades.
  • Cover your work surface with newspaper as this can get quite messy
  • Dredge the threads through the sugar mixture and place onto the balloon.
  • Cover the entire balloon with the thread, criss-crossing the surface well.
  • Hang from a string (or rig up some other device) and place in a warm dry spot to dry.
  • Place newspaper underneath to catch any drippings also you may need to dab the bottom of the balloon as it dries.

Step 4: Egg with Yolk: The Yolk Continued

  • It should take roughly 24hr to dry.  Make sure it is completely dry before you continue, the thread should be rigid.
  • Hold onto the end of the balloon and pop it with a pin.
  • Gently extract the balloon, use small tweezers if necessary.

Step 5: Egg with Yolk: Egg White

Getting the yolk inside the balloon can be a bit tricky and it is important that the yolk is completely dry and the thread is rigid.
  • Stretch the opening of the balloon so that it is wide enough to accommodate the yolk and gently stuff it in.
  • Inflate the balloon.
  • Proceed to wrap the balloon with white thread as you did in step 3.
  • Hang to dry with newspaper underneath.

Step 6: Egg with Yolk: Egg White Continued

  • Once the egg has dried, approximately 24hrs later.  Grab on to the end of the balloon and pop it with a pin.
  • First you will need to extract the yolk from the balloon, tweezers and small scissors are helpful here.  Be careful not to damage the yolk.
  • Once the yolk is out, proceed to remove the balloon from the egg.

Step 7: Chocolate Egg

These could be made with some eggs with chocolate inside or place small toys in as well, these would be great as gifts. You can also write little messages or names on craft foam and place inside the balloon.

To make these, the directions are essentially the same as the egg with yolk:
  • Stretch the opening of the balloon and stuff you chocolate or item inside.  It is best to use solid chocolate (the hollow ones may get crushed) and don't use pointy toys or they will tear the balloon.
  • Inflate the balloon and tie the end tightly.
  • Proceed to wrap the balloon with sugared thread as in step 3
  • Hang from a string  and place in a warm (not too warm or you'll melt your chocolate) dry spot to dry.
  • Place newspaper underneath to catch any drippings also you may need to dab the bottom of the balloon as it dries.

Step 8: Chocolate Egg: When Dry

  • Once the egg has dried, approximately 24hrs later.  Grab on to the end of the balloon and pop it with a pin.
  • First you will need to extract the chocolate or other item from the balloon, tweezers and small scissors are helpful here. 
  • Once the chocolate or other item is out, proceed to remove the balloon from the egg.
Read more about String Easter Eggs at Instructables





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