One of the best things about holidays—besides all the fab food and catching up with your nearest and dearest—is that they provide an opportunity to create more crafts! And what makes these thread-wrapped DIY eggs extra-special is that they’re so easy to do, you can share them with the little ones in your life as a family project. Just gather together some balloons, DMC embroidery floss, and other easy-to-find crafting supplies…you’ll have chic and fun holiday decorations that you might want to keep year-round!
What You’ll Need:
- 6 skeins of DMC embroidery floss (use colors of your choice/décor)
- 6 small party balloons (do not use water balloons—they do not hold their shape during the drying process)
- Fabric Stiffener (such as Mod Podge Stiffy)
- Bowl—slightly larger than the size of the inflated balloon
- 6 chopsticks or pencils
- 6 plastic cups (larger than the size of the inflated balloon)
- Embroidery scissors
- Ribbons, ornament hangers, or a bowl
How You Make It:
1. Blow up and knot 6 balloons to the size and shape desired. Be sure that they are smaller than the size of the 6 plastic cups.
2. Select your first color of floss. Create a slip knot loop and place around the balloon knot.
3. Begin wrapping tightly around the balloon—change angles of your wrapping to get better coverage. (Hint: Do not remove the wrapper from the skein of floss—pull from the skein as you wrap. This will eliminate tangles.)
4. When you reach the end of the skein, use a dab of the fabric stiffener to secure the end to the balloon. (Hint: Use 2 skeins of floss for a more solid coverage.)
5. Add 1” of the fabric stiffener to your bowl, and then gently roll the wrapped balloon in it until thoroughly coated.
6. Hold wrapped balloon above the bowl for 15 seconds to allow excess stiffener to drip back into the bowl.
7. Poke a chopstick or pencil through the loose end of the balloon knot, being careful not to puncture the balloon and hang the balloon in the plastic cup to dry.
8. Repeat steps 2-7 for all balloons.
9. Allow to dry undisturbed for 24-48 hours or until thoroughly dry. (Hint: Repeat Steps 5-7 for a more sturdy egg.)
10. When completely dry, slip the chopstick out of the balloon.
11. Pull the knot of the balloon up from the threads and cut off. You will hear a crackling noise as the balloon separates from the threads. Use the end of the chopstick to assist with the separation.
12. Pull the deflated balloon out through the openings of the thread egg (use tweezers if necessary).
13. Add ribbons or ornament hangers to display…or simply place them in a bowl for an instant decorative accent for your home!