I found these beautiful string Easter eggs on Pinterest, and of course they looked so easy! Admittedly, I only skimmed through the instructions and we went ahead – with a little ’make it even better’ tweak… Making them with sweets inside for Easter. With much enthusiasm about the presence of sweets amongst the glue and string on the table, Miss 3 and Miss 6 set to work. Little did I know we were actually going to make butterfly cocoons.
The starting point was getting sweets into the balloons. The girls succeeded with about 2/3, the rest were eaten before they came anywhere near the balloons. Miss 3 was so focussed trying to squeeze smarties into them (a perfect activity for fine motor skills). Miss 6 had a good try at blowing them up – we weren’t blowing them so much so it wasn’t altogether impossible. We cut embroidery thread into meter long strips, dipped it into our glue mix and wrapped it around the balloon.
Miss 3 needed some help getting the last couple of strings to hold together, but all in all, about 20 minutes later, that was it. Covered in watery glue …And very grateful for the plastic table cloth that caught all the drips, we tied an extra piece of thread around the knot in the balloon and hung them up to dry overnight.
Retrospectively, I think this was the part that ’went wrong’! According to the origingal instructions (here), we should have popped the balloon at this point. Ours looked so unsolid that I thought we better wait. A day later they still felt very soft so the girls painted a little extra glue on some of the points where the threads crossed over each other …Another day went by and they just didn’t seem to be getting solid at all. Then the balloons started to deflate. My first reaction: ok – that was a flop then – They’re going to be upset about that! Miss 6 reaction: LOOK mama! They’re cocoons…
Day three I’d already decided that this wasn’t going to be a ’share worthy’ project! Through the eyes of a child, things look so different… The way we see success is so different. It’s rediculous to presume that the way I thought something would turn out is the way they do. Sometimes I think they do things with no idea at all of how they will turn out. I don’t do that! I might not know whether it will ’work’ or how something will taste, but I have a picture of how I think it will be. You?
What about the sweets? After four days inside a balloon the smarties weren’t looking that great to be honest – not that that puts off a 3 and 6 year old – they ate them anyway.
If you’d like to make a cocoon – you’ll need the items below. If you’d like to have a go at those beautiful string Easter Eggs, check out: Crafts-For-All-Seasons.com – here.
You need (per cocoon):
– 1 balloon
– 12 meters embroidery thread, cut into 1m strips
– Glue mix: 2 parts quick drying All Purpose craft glue to 1 part water.
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Homemade butterfly cocoons @MisplacedBrit