Tuesday, 26 March 2013
Felt Easter Eggs Tutorial
Thanks for all your lovely comments on my crochet blanket, just 3 more ripples to go and then I can begin the edging :-)
I have been sharing activities I have done with my children on my facebook page for a while now and love it when people message me to say they have had fun trying things out, it really does make me happy. As Easter is coming up I thought I would share this activity with you all, we did this last year but I never got round to sharing it.
To make these cute felt eggs you will need:
A pair of old tights
A plastic egg
Some roving wool
A towel or two
A washing machine
Now I did take photos of us making these but can I find my base units lead to get the photos off , no of course I can't! Right here we go, use your imagination for me :-)
Get your roving wool and pull it into quite long strips. It is best to tear it rather than cut it as that way you won't see any joints.
Selotape any joins in your egg, e.g. if your egg opens so you have two halves tape round the middle.
Wrap these strips of wool round your egg in all different directions until you get a nice thick covering. You can needle felt it a bit into place if you like.
Cut the toe off off your old tights and pop your wrapped egg snuggly in the toe area. Tie the tights tightly (ooh that is a tongue twister if ever I heard one) so that your felted egg is locked in there nicely.
Now pop a couple of towels in your washing machine (preferably ones that need cleaning anyway so you can get two jobs done at once :-)). Then pop your tied up eggs in there too.
Put your usual soap in the machine and wash on a high heat with a fast spin.
Wait ...........wait ........ wait ........ (this is the hard part of kids - and for me really :-)).
When the washing is finished pull your egg out and untie your tights. Gently tease the wool away from the tights and you will have a nice egg shaped ball of felt. If it looks a bit fluffy roll in your hands as fast as you can to felt it into a less fluffy ball.
Now get your scissors and cut open your felt ball to release the plastic egg.
You will be left with a really cute, fluffy, felted easter egg. Fill with a little chick or some chocolate eggs ... done :-)
We did try to wet felt these by hand to start with but doing them in the washing machine was a lot easier and a bit less messy.
PS only a couple of chocolate eggs were hurt in the writing of this blog, I must confess to eating them ..... it is surprisingly hard to photograph them without eating them you know! PPS don't forget to hang those towels out to dry :-)