Easter is just around the corner and with everyone in lockdown mode, we are excited to share some easy and fun Easter projects for you to do at home! First up...these super sweet little Easter baskets (or bowls depending on how you want to make them)!
Yarn of any type/color
Bowls in assorted sizes
Paper maché paste (see recipe below)
Table cover to protect work surface (baking paper, plastic cover or similar)
Gloves (optional...we didn't mind getting our fingers slimy!)
PAPER MACHÉ PASTE RECIPE:
Recipe makes approximately 2 cups of non-toxic clear-drying paste which is enough for several baskets. Paste will keep for several days in the refridgerator.
Mix 1/4 cup all purpose flour with 1 cup cold water in a bowl. Stir until smooth
Add 1 cup water to a small saucepan with a generous pinch of salt. Bring saltwater mixture to a boil on stove.
Slowly add flour/water mixture to boiling saltwater and return to a boil, stirring frequently.
Remove mixture from heat and stir in 2 tablespoons sugar.
Pour paste into jar(s) with lid(s) and let cool.
Prepare paper maché paste using recipe provided and put some in a small bowl. Set to side of your work surface so you have easy access to it once you start.
Select bowl to use as a mold. On a protected work surface, turn bowl upside down and cover completely with plastic wrap.
Cut yarn into manageable length (can use length of your arm as a good way to measure). Dip yarn into paste and work paste into yarn using your fingers. You can also work the yarn into the paste as you go if you prefer not to cut it into smaller pieces.
Start with making the bottom of the basket by coiling yarn in circular form. Continue to wrap, loop, coil and wind yarn around mold any way you like, adding strips of yarn until yarn basket is completed to your size and taste (see photos and video).
With a piece of plastic wrap around your hand (or your already messy fingers), carefully press down yarn ends and flatten basket bottom.
Let dry overnight, or until completely dry: thicker yarn will take longer to dry.
Once dry, carefully remove yarn basket and plastic wrap from mold then peel plastic wrap from yarn. If an end pulls loose, repair by wetting end and pressing it to another strand of yarn.
If you don't have any yarn, you can also use old doilies, pieces of fabric, decorative paper or whatever else you may have laying around the house. Let your imagination go wild to create truly unique pieces!
And that's it! Now you can fill your little baskets with chocolate eggs, small chocolate bunnies and other small decorative items (make sure you select small, light weight items!).
Don't have any of these materials at home but would love to make some yourself? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to order a custom kit! We are happy to deliver kits along the Zurich Silver Coast or arrange pick up for them at Our Happy Place in Thalwil.