Washi Eggs

Supplies

For Small Egg:

2” Papier Mache Egg #3002 1749

3” x 5” Washi Paper

For Large Egg:

4” Papier Mache Egg #3002 1756

5.375” x 9” Washi Paper

For All Eggs:

Ruler

Pencil

Sharp Scissors

Washi Paper Glue #3001 2145

Satin Varnish #7762 8081 or Glossy Varnish #7762 8073

Foam brush

Directions

First, you will need to fan-fold the washi paper to determine the cutting lines.

For the Small Egg:

Take the washi paper and fold in half lengthwise. Crease well. Fold in half again and crease well. Fold in half again and crease well. Fold in half one more time and crease well. Unfold the washi paper. There should be 16 sections. Fold the washi paper in half widthwise and unfold. On the unprinted side of the washi paper, use a pencil and ruler to draw in all of the fold lines.

Measure ” out from both sides of the middle line. Draw line in with the pencil. This will be known as line B for both sides. Mark about ” from both lengthwise edges of the washi paper. Draw the line in on both sides. This will be line A for both sides.  Along the edges, find the mid-point between each of the 16 sections. Draw a point from line A to the center point edge for each section. It should look like a picket fence on both edges of the paper (fig. 1).

Cut out each of the points on both sides. Cut apart each section down to line B on both sides.

For the Large Egg:

Fold the washi paper in half lengthwise and crease well. Fold in half again and crease well. Now, fold the washi paper into thirds and crease well. Fold in half one more time and crease well. It’s best to keep the sections to about ” or smaller for a neater looking egg. Unfold the washi paper and fold in half widthwise. Unfold and draw in all of the fold lines with the pencil on the unprinted side. There should be 24 sections.

Measure ” out from both sides of the middle line. Draw line in with pencil. This will be line B for both sides. Mark about 1” from both lengthwise edges of the washi paper. Draw the line in on both sides. This will be line A for both sides. Along the edges, find the mid-point of each section. Draw a point from line A to the center point edge for each section. It should look like a picket fence on each side.

Cut out each of the points on both sides. Cut apart each section down to line B on both sides.

Gluing Washi Paper onto the Egg

Position the washi paper onto the egg. Starting from one end, spread a little glue onto the unprinted side of the washi paper. Glue the points down on each end and smooth out the paper. Slowly glue each section to the egg, layering each point over each other in a swirl pattern on the top and bottom of the egg. Let dry.

Brush on a coat of either satin or glossy varnish to complete your egg.

 

2006 Ben Franklin Crafts, Inc.

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