Make Felted Easter Eggs

Surprise Easter Basket
Easy to make (with the help of your washing machine), these vibrantly colored eggs will brighten your Easter year after year.

You will need:

  • Plastic eggs
  • Electrical tape
  • Wool roving*
  • 100-percent wool
  • yarn (optional)
  • Panty hose leg
  • Twist ties
    *Wool roving is sold by weight at many yarn and craft stores (single-color packs range from $2 to $4.75). We found that about 1/8 ounce (.125 ounce) of roving will cover one egg.

Get Started

First, seal the eggs with electrical tape. For each egg, pull three 4- to 5-inch-long sections from the wool roving. Spread the wool out flat so that each piece is roughly 4 inches square.*

*Wool roving is sold by weight at many yarn and craft stores (single-color packs range from $2 to $4.75). We found that about 1/8 ounce (.125 ounce) of roving will cover one egg.

Begin Wrapping

Wrap one piece of the wool around a plastic egg.

This adorable basket has "grass" at the bottom so your kids' eggs can sit pretty. It's a must-have for Easter morning.

Repeat Layers

Wrap a second piece of wool around the egg, with the fibers perpendicular to the first. Repeat with the third wool piece, laying the fibers perpendicular to the second.

Add Details

Add designs with small tufts of wool roving or, for narrower stripes, pieces of wool yarn.

Prepare for Cleaning

Place the wrapped egg into the panty hose without shifting the wool, by gripping the egg in one hand and carefully working your hand into the hose. Slide your hand out, then cinch the hose with a twist tie. Add eggs to the hose, separating them with twist ties.

Wash and Dry

Wash the tube of felted eggs in a washing machine on hot, then dry them in a dryer. The process will shrink and tighten the wool around the plastic. Remove the eggs from the hose and enjoy!

Originally published in the April 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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