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String Easter Eggs

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I made some string (yarn) eggs for Easter but they are a little different, they have little treats inside.  I made several with small chocolate eggs in them.  You can also place little toys or notes in as well, perfect for giving as gifts for Easter.

I also made a real looking egg with yolk using the same technique.
 
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Step 1: What You Will Need:

Material:
  • Small water balloons (I was lucky to find balloons that were roughly the same size and shape as real eggs)
  • Crochet thread/ embroidery thread/ yarn/string etc.
  • Chocolate, small toys or trinkets to place inside eggs                                                                      
  • Equal parts granulated sugar and water
Tools:
  • Pin, fine scissors and tweezers
  • Measuring cup, cooking pot, and spoon for stirring
  • Optional: pump for blowing up balloons

Step 2: Making the Sugar Mixture

The thread in this instructable is stiffened with sugar.  This may not work for everyone.  If you live in a humid climate or if you have little critters around (ants) this may not be for you.  Another option would be liquid fabric starch (used here), or glue and water (used here).

To make the sugar mixture:
  • Measure equal parts granulated sugar and water and place in a cooking pot on the stove. I used a quarter cup of each which was more than enough. Best to use refined sugar, I only had organic sugar at home which wasn't a pure white which may have coloured the yarn a bit darker.
  • Bring to a boil stirring constantly.
  • When sugar is completely dissolved remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Pour into a shallow container.
I was able to use this mixture over several days, just cover with plastic wrap and leave at room temperature.
taddd1016 days ago

I can't find water balloons. Would standard birthday balloons work?

ChrysN (author)  taddd1016 days ago

Sure, that would work!

selenhart1 month ago

I wanted to make the eggs so I tried the glue and that didn't work so I tried the starch and that as well did not work. I live in a humid area so didn't try the sugar.

ChrysN (author)  selenhart1 month ago

That is odd, perhaps it needed longer for the glue to dry.

kangel11 year ago
Won't work with the string yolk, but you can use water instead of air and freeze the balloon to have a firmer work surface, so you could make designs with the string. And you can freeze chocolate, so you could still put candy treats in the center for Easter.
adamvan20002 years ago
As a thought, you might be able to use an edible substance like caramel or some candy that can be applied in strings that will dry hard. That would allow you to make the yolk edible too, or possibly have chocolate unwrapped in the middle. Another interesting idea would be to build up layers of edible strings with the chocolate center.

~adamvan2000
see those strawberry laces or liquorice you can get ? if you could find a way to solidify them around a balloon then youd be all good =D totally edible.
Wonder if the sugar solution would cause them to harden? You wouldn't want to soak them, just get them wet. And a blow dryer set on low/air dry might make the process go faster. =D
ChrysN (author)  adamvan20002 years ago
Making the whole thing edible sounds like an interesting idea.
hamgarn1 year ago
I wonder - do you think it would be possible to wrap the string around the balloon before dipping it in the sugar solution (less messy), and THEN dip it into or brush it with the sugar solution?
You need to saturate the string with the solution. If you wrap it in the string before saturating it, you will wind up with a sugar shell between the strings, and need a lot more sugar solution to cover the entire object.
ChrysN (author)  hamgarn1 year ago
You can try it that way, it may be easier, let me know how it works out.
eking91 year ago
Thank you for posting this! It brings back memories :)
this is another way blow up a ballon then pva some string to a ballon then pop the ballon and cut a hole in the string and you can decorate it with bunny ears,whisker,teeth and nose then put eggs in the mouth. (:
That is so cute! I thought it would have to be so complicated to get chocolate in that string egg, but it's so easy! Awesome!
awalker112 years ago
I love these! I made a egg before, but used a large balloon. It turned out great. I cut a hole in the egg on the side then filled the bottom with plastic grass, and used it as my daughter's Easter basket and put all of her candy and a few toys in it. I also spray painted it.
ChrysN (author)  awalker112 years ago
Sounds really cool!
vqjohnston2 years ago
I LOVE this idea! so cute!
lesmeiS2 years ago
im doing this as a demonstrations speach hahah i love this
ChrysN (author)  lesmeiS2 years ago
Cool!
I voted for you in the egg bot challenge. I really liked this one.
ChrysN (author)  NaturalCrafter2 years ago
Thanks!
bajablue2 years ago
I love this instructable. 5 Stars and a vote for you!
ChrysN (author)  bajablue2 years ago
Thanks!
chaitanyak2 years ago
so brilliantly simple.
a friend of mine had a similar idea but it involved wrapping the string around a ball of newspaper and when it hardens, painstakingly ripping and pulling out the paper bit by bit :D
i give ger credit for creativity but this is much more frikkin simpler !
Aww! Haha I was going to make a tutorial like this before...too late...Thats ok, good job anyways!
mr.frob2 years ago
That is really cool, I wish I had seen this sooner. Next year, I suppose!
Dosbomber2 years ago
This may be a crazy idea, but what about blowing up the balloon, laying down the sugary string with a "window" in one side, letting it dry, popping the balloon, extracting the balloon, then filling the egg with chocolates or whatever, then adding more sugary string over the window?
ChrysN (author)  Dosbomber2 years ago
That's a good idea, you would be able to fit more or bigger stuff inside that way.
Could you not use glue in place of the sugar water?
ChrysN (author)  Dream Dragon2 years ago
You probably could though I haven't tried it myself.  Domestic_engineer stiffened yarn with glue in this instructable
TSC2 years ago
Nice!
ChrysN (author)  TSC2 years ago
Thanks!
TSC ChrysN2 years ago
your welcome!
I love the originality of this project. I have seen string put around eggs before dyeing but not to make an Egg by itself. I like this idea as they could be added to an Easter egg tree or other project.
ChrysN (author)  NaturalCrafter2 years ago
Thanks, my mom used to hang dyed hollowed out eggs from tree branches in a vase, I just gave her some string eggs that I made, they will be nice for hanging.
Fantastic. I was considering tatting an Easter egg but didnt know if I wanted a shell on the inside. I think the balloon idea might help. I made a turtle medallion from tatting. This might be a way to display it.
ChrysN (author)  NaturalCrafter2 years ago
I'd love to see an instructable on how you made your turtle. I hope to learn tatting someday.
Creativeman2 years ago
Very cool, Chrys.....and happy Easter! Would using a hair dryer speed up the process? I use one to dry water colors and acrylics, don't have the patience to wait 24 hrs!
ChrysN (author)  Creativeman2 years ago
Yes, that should help speed up the drying. Happy Easter!
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