- Creative Paperclay Modeling Material
- Eggs (I used paper mache eggs. Boiled eggs or wood eggs would work just as well)
- Hot Glue (grown-ups only please!)
- Any decorating supplies you have on hand
Start with the base of your animal on the wide end of the egg. In the case of Mr. Bunny, I made three balls of clay, two for the feet and one for the tail. I massaged the feet ball around until they had a rough foot shape with three toes and squished the tail around to look fluffy. Once the feet and tail have their basic shapes, press them against the egg to make sure they bend at the right places to be a perfect fit. When you’re happy with the shape and fit, set them aside to dry.
Next, repeat the process for the ears and any face embellishments you want. I made Mr. Bunny two ears, two cheeks, and a nose. You may want just a nose or no 3D shapes at all. After you have fit your nose and face to the egg, set them aside to dry as well.
While the clay is drying, decorate your egg. (If you don’t want to wait for the full natural drying time, try the oven!) The sky is the limit here! If you’re using real eggs you could dye them as you normally would. Paint, crayons, stickers, and glitter glue are all options. I went with a classic spring paint job on my paper mache egg.
Now that the pieces are dry and the egg is painted, I’m going to attach the feet, tail, ears, and face with small dots of hot glue...
... then paint them. Painting them before you attach them is absolutely an option; however, I find that little hands work better when they have more to hold on to. Give it a try both ways!
These eggs come together so fast, you and your little ones could literally make 100s (OK, maybe 10s) for Easter Egg Hunts, Easter Baskets, table decorations, work gifts, or teacher gifts.