Older kids, elementary-aged and up, can get wrapped up in this craft. The next question, how do you get the treats out?
- 1 cup liquid starch
- 1/2 cup flour
- Embroidery floss. (you’ll need 1-2 skeins for each egg)
- Balloons wrapped chocolates or similar-sized treats
- Mix flour with liquid starch.
- Insert a wrapped chocolate, or two, into a balloon. An adult can hold the balloon open so kids can drop in the candy.
- Blow up the balloon slightly until it resembles an egg. Knot the end.
- Place the thread in flour/starch mixture. Keep the skein near the mixture and immerse several feet of floss at a time.
- Pull out the floss, remove excess liquid with your fingers and wrap the balloon.
- After you used the entire skein that was in the bowl, unravel a few more feet from the next skein and place it in the bowl.
- Keep going until the egg is covered with enough floss so that the holes are too small for the wrapped candy to fall out, but large enough so the candy is visible. Make sure you can poke the tips of a scissors through the holes as well.
- Let the thread dry for 24 hours.
- Use your fingers or a dull pencil tip to gently loosen the thread from the balloon.
- Use the scissors to poke the balloon to let the air out. Then snip the balloon open and remove from the egg.
- We used Sta-Flo liquid starch at Longs Drugs.
- When we put the entire skein of floss in the liquid it got tangled. Don't cut the skein as you go because the loose ends stick out. It's best to use the entire skein without cutting it, immersing a few feet of thread in the starch at a time.
Thanks to wineandglue.com for the idea and tips!