DIY Paper Mâché Dinosaur Egg

by Veronika Yatskevich
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We’re all used to those classic stocking stuffers that contain several small toys and knick knacks that kids love. But what would you say if I found a new and innovative way to excite and surprise your children? These paper mâché dinosaur eggs replace your stocking stuffers and they’re made with love! The best part is that they require little to no supplies and you’ll have a blast making them! You can choose to make an array of eggs varying in color and size.

Supplies:

  • Magazine, newspaper, or printing paper pieces (if using printer paper, apply less of the flour mixture.)
  • 3-6 cups of flour depending on the size of the eggs
  • 1/4 cup of water for each cup of flour
  • 2 bowls, 1 larger than the other.
  • Your choice of acrylic paint or spray paint
  • A paint brush
  • Saran wrap

Step 1: Rip the papers into long strips.

Step 3: Mix in the dough and water into one bowl. Take the strips and start wetting them with the flour paste. Grab the red bowl and put the saran wrap over the bowl so the strips won’t stick. Place about 4-5 layers of the flour-covered mixture into the bowl (be sure to shape and flatten the papers so they dry in an oval shape.)

Step 4: Wait for the mold to dry and repeat steps 1-4 with the bigger bowl. Once dried, the shape of your egg will look something like this. (Don’t worry if the edges are a little uneven. You can cut and trim the mold to your linking.)

Step 5: If the molds are taking too long to dry, stick them in the oven until they’re not moist at 350 degrees. Let the molds sit in the oven until the dinosaur eggs are dry. If they are still not dry, repeat step 5 again.

Step 6: Once dry, begin painting or spray painting the eggs any color of your choice.

Step 7: (This step is optional) Take your eggs and stack them up on top of one another. Take more flour and water and begin to add strips to the center of your egg where the two sides meet. If you’d like to keep the dinosaur egg, please disregard this step.

Step 8: Place your toys inside of the egg! (at this point you can choose to seal it or not.) Any additional toys can be placed inside of the other larger egg.

Then you’re all done! Your kid is going to be amazed by these fun eggs and your hard work won’t go unnoticed. Just take a look at how excited my nephew was to open up his new toys and play with his dinosaur egg!

Looking for some toys to hide in your dino egg? Here are a few of my favorites that will fit great!

 

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