Tutorial Tuesday | Felted Easter Egg

Today’s tutorial is very easy, versatile, and super fun for the kiddos!

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Tis the season for pastel colors, so pull them out and get ready to make some cute felted Easter eggs. They are reusable, unbreakable, and don’t stink (when cooking or dyeing)! They’re great for holiday decoration or games. The best part is that they’re fun to make!

Materials needed:

  1. poly-fil or core wool
  2. pastel colored outer wool
  3. felting needle
  4. felting pad
  5. warm soapy water
  6. cold tap water

So, let’s get started.

First, shape a small ball of poly-fil using the felting needle.

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Just keep stabbing until it’s close to the right shape. This doesn’t have to be perfect.

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Wrap the egg in pastel colored outer wool and use the felting needle to secure the fibers.

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You can spend as much or as little time as you’d like felting the egg. We will be wet felting this, but you could just needle felt it. If you choose to only needle felt, you’d want to spend more time making sure all the fibers are entangled well.

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Add some embellishments with another pastel color. My son wanted stripes. On other eggs, we did polka dots, zig zags, multiple colors. Get creative!

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Secure the fibers using the felting needle. Again, no need to spend too much time or be too perfect with this.

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Dunk the whole egg into the warm soapy water.

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The heat and the soap further secure the fibers.

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Roll the egg between your hands. The more you play with it, the more harder the felted shell will become. This is where the felting magic really happens. The friction and pressure of playing with the egg cause the fibers to entangle. They get matted and entangled enough that the whole egg begins to shrink and become more compacted. DSC_0225

This is a great activity to do outside, if it’s warm enough. It can be a little messy.

 

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When you’ve played with the egg enough, rinse it in cold tap water to remove all the suds. Allow the egg to dry outside or even in the dryer. (It will likely continue shrinking in the dryer- so just be aware)

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After your egg is dry, you can add more needle felted embellishments or leave it as is.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed this fun and simple felting idea. I’d love to see if you try this craft- let me know!

 

 

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