Make an Easter table centrepiece:
- Liquid Starch
- Easter grass
- Purchased baby chicks or bunnies
- Easter candy
- A Balloon
- Glass Platter
- Hot Glue Gun and glue stick
- (Optional) blade
Cut all of the newspaper into one-inch strips. Pour the liquid starch into a bowl. Soak the strips of newspaper in the liquid starch about a dozen at a time. This is messy, so you will want to cover your work surface with newspaper too.
Blow up the balloon and tie off. As your strips of newspaper are soaked, lay them one at a time so as to cover the entire balloon. When the balloon is completely covered with several layers of strips, set it aside and allow it to dry. It needs to be totally dry to start the next step. This may take a couple of days. You can speed up the drying time with a blow dryer.
Sand the surface of the balloon as smooth as possible. Wipe the outer surface so it is dust free. This will become your egg.
Using your scissors or any sharp object, pop the balloon. Draw a jagged line all the way around your egg with your pencil. You want it to resemble the jaggedness you achieve when you crack an egg. Using your scissors or a blade if you have one available, cut along the jagged lines. When it is completely cut in half, you can begin painting.
You can paint the outside and the inside as separate surfaces or co-ordinate the colors. It is totally your choice. Paint it white or get creative. You can paint your egg speckled or robin’s-egg blue. You can even paint it to resemble a giant Easter egg in bright colors or pastels that make your think of Spring. Allow to dry.
Hot glue the egg half that has the most imperfections jagged edge up onto your platter. You can easily remove this after Easter so your platter won’t be ruined. Hot glue the other half of egg on its side next to the first shell.
Fill the first shell with Easter grass, making sure it is pouring over into the second shell. Include some grass around the platter too. Scatter your holiday candy into both shells and onto the platter. Adorn with your baby bunnies or chicks.
You can make it look as though the babies just hatched out of the egg bringing the sweet treats with them.
This is a fun project to do with the whole family. The children will take great pride in the results.
Have a Very Happy Easter to you and yours.