Dyeing eggs isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. The egg industry is responsible for the suffering of hundreds and thousands of chickens each year. And cruelty aside, dyeing real eggs isn’t nearly as much fun as making our DIY papier-mâché Easter “eggs”. Find out how to make your own here!
This easy craft is perfect for children of all ages, and you likely have many of the supplies already. If not, don’t worry! Everything you need is easy to find at your local stationery store.
Check out this super cute video from PETA Youth before you get started:
Ready to make your own? Here’s how:
Cruelty-Free Easter ‘Eggs’
1 large mixing bowl
Newspaper, cut into small strips
Tissue paper, poster paints, glitter, string, sequins or any other decorations you might want!
Easter treats and vegan candy
- Mix equal parts water and glue together in a big bowl and stir until a smooth consistency is reached.
- Blow up a balloon until it is egg-shaped and the desired size.
- Using either a paintbrush or your fingers, spread some of the glue mixture on the balloon. Dip strips of newspaper one at a time into the mixture, then lay flat across the balloon. Continue until you have covered the balloon completely. Repeat with 2 layers of newspaper.
- Use a piece of yarn and hang your balloon using Sellotape or set your “egg” on top of a cup. Let harden for 8 to 12 hours.
- Once the papier-mâché is dry, use your imagination and decorate the outside of your “egg”. Patterned tissue paper, poster paints, glitter, string and sequins all make great additions.
- Pop the balloon using a needle and remove the deflated balloon.
Fill with Easter treats and vegan candy.
What animal-friendly traditions do you celebrate with your family? Share with us in the comments below!