Introduction: Pop Out Eggs

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I wanted to create something for the upcoming easter season. I wanted to use paper, but I also wanted 3D. So after some time contemplating this is what I came up with.

Step 1: This Is What You Need:

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- crafting paper of your choice ( I didn't have the pattern I wanted so I had to make that first, will show you how in the next step)
- a cardboard cutout in eggshape
- an exacto-knife
- a pencil
- a ruler and a protractor
- I thought I'd need a graphic marker, but then I didn't

Step 2:

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In case you don't have any crafting paper that you like, you can just make it yourself. I glued a dotshaped piece of foam to the back of my pencil and put some watercolor on a pane. Then I just dotted and dotted until I liked the result.

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Take the eggshape cardboard and draw eggs onto your crafting paper. I drew 4 but ended up only needing 3. Three per color is nicer because I think the egg looks eggier somehow. : )
I marked the fold with lines so that I could easily find the exact half of the egg later. Now you need the protractor. Draw lines perpendicular to the middle line. The distance between the lines is 1/8 inch. Maybe a little more. Continue until all lines are drawn.

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Before you start cutting there is one more thing you need to do. You must 'pair' the lines. You need to always have two lines with the same length. After cutting they will be the strips that you pop out. Mark them on your paper. Check the photo for how I did it. After you have done that start cutting.

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After the cutting the bending and folding starts. Let me share some tricks that make it work quite nicely. Before you start with the actual bending and folding you can emboss the folding lines.
Be careful to emboss the right lines though!
You emboss the beginning until you hit the first 'pair line'. This will be round shaped later, so don't emboss a folding line on that. Then you emboss the next strip again. Sounds more complicated than it actually is. You basically emboss every other strip. The last line to emboss is from the last pair along the end of the middle line.
To make the next steps easier I inserted a skewer. Two things need to happen simultaniously at this point. You ease the top strip to get the round egg shape and you need to fold the in-between strips. The easing of the round shaped egg part worked really well with a paper clip. Just insert it and move it with a very light pull from beginning to ending. This worked really well with the skewer still inserted. After some bending and folding your egg should look like in the last photo.

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Cut around the egg, leave about 2/8 inch glueing space. Add glue to the edge, put the second part on top and wait for the glue to set. I fastened the egg with sewing clips, worked great. Repeat with part two to three and finally three to one.
DONE!
Variation: The blue egg has a skewer inside. You can put it in flower pots or into bouquets easily that way. To do this insert the skewer before the last glueing and glue tight.

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More photos of the eggies.
Have fun recreating and please share your photos!

Comments

38ren (author)2017-04-03

The pictures were very clear and understandable, these eggs could be used for an egg hunt with candy inside perhaps :)

knopfling (author)38ren2017-04-03

Thank you!
I am not sure about the candy inside, how would you get it inside? And out again without tearing the egg? But try it and happy hunting!

38ren (author)knopfling2017-04-04

Haha I guess I hadn't thought it through, oh well :)

JANETB98 (author)2017-03-02

I'm going to try it with my Pre-K class

knopfling (author)JANETB982017-03-02

Hhmm you know your class best, but I would maybe start on something easier with Pre-K. Try it out for yourself first and then decide. It does take some amount of dexterity and cutting skills and patience.

mrsmerwin (author)2017-02-27

these look great.

knopfling (author)mrsmerwin2017-02-27

Thank you!

mrsmerwin (author)knopfling2017-02-28

I have been thinking about this a bit. You could slip your paper in the printer backwards--so you print on the back side. Then print graph paper (lots of free downloads are available). Then when you trace your pattern, you already have your drawing lines.

mrsmerwin (author)mrsmerwin2017-02-28

I meant cutting lines. You do not have to draw all the lines.

knopfling (author)mrsmerwin2017-03-01

The server fail caused my answer to be somerwhere else, so here it is.

That sounds like a really clever idea! Would save A LOT of drawing!!!
Thanks for the input!

mrsmerwin (author)knopfling2017-03-01

as a math teacher who encouraged students for years to build things, I always have a few sheets of card stock with graph paper printed on it. It is great as a mock up tool for any paper project.

That server problem was annoying for a lot of us. Good thing it doesn't happen often.

jhansen17 (author)2017-02-28

These are delightful! Thanks. I can't wait to get started on an entire bouquet of them.

knopfling (author)jhansen172017-02-28

Thank you very much. I would love to see your egg bouquet, so consider posting a photo when you are done! : )

VickiA31 (author)2017-02-28

I can't wait to try this!! It's adorable. Very creative. TFS. ?

knopfling (author)VickiA312017-02-28

Thank you, have fun and please post photos! And sorry but I have no idea what TFS means?? Will you enlighten me?
:D

goldenskyhook (author)2017-02-28

Yes, protractor is the correct name for that object.

knopfling (author)goldenskyhook2017-02-28

Thank you! : )))

DIY-with-MOON (author)2017-02-28

woww, this is so wonderful.

knopfling (author)DIY-with-MOON2017-02-28

Thank you :D

Operation Halestorm (author)2017-02-27

just curious, did you get that idea from my instructable: https://www.instructables.com/id/3-D-Paper-Dragons...

I don't want to cause contention, I just wanted to check.

No, I didn't see that.
Cool project!
I have been doing loads of paper craft and a lot of pop up stuff, mostly cards for whatever occasion. I challenged myself to create 3D eggs and this is how I ended up realizing it.
I'm sorry if you feel I have copied from you, I assure you I haven't.

I guess great minds think alike! I also figured out how to reverse every other cut to creat 3-D objects when making pop-up cards! The first thing I made was a Christmas tree.

Yes I guess that is true! : )

I'm not entirely sure what you mean by reversing every other cut, if it is what I think it is it does make cool objects. Here I was aiming for the round effect, so I didn't want any fold lines.

Do you have one of the tree cards around still? Mind posting a photo so I can understand what you mean by the reversing? Would really love to see that.

BirgitJansen (author)2017-02-27

Oh, my kind of craft. Can't wait to make it. Thanks for this simple, but awesome idea!!

knopfling (author)BirgitJansen2017-02-27

Thank you and have fun!
: )

Anirudh Ralhan (author)2017-02-27

LOOKS AWESOME!!!

knopfling (author)Anirudh Ralhan2017-02-27

Thank you!

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