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Fluffy eggs and hidden root babies {handmade for Easter}


Every Easter that we’ve been north with the family my inlaws have put on the most epic of epic Easter Egg hunts around their garden. The only other occasion when you’ll see this much chocolate in one place is inside a shop. The girls think it’s absolutely wonderful of course, they collect it all in, and count the eggs and admire the colours, and on Easter Sunday they can help themselves within reason (after that a degree of rationing kicks in for all our sakes, and my colleagues have been known to benefit from a share of the bounty!). But because the chocolate aspect has already been covered off, H and I try to give them a little non-food Easter treat, the more handmade the better.

So this year we found a rainbow pencil crayon each for the girls, and a book for Pip, and I made these:

Space for the Butterflies - how to make fluffy secret eggs

The cutest, fluffiest Easter Eggs you could ever find.

Space for the Butterflies - how to make fluffy secret eggs

And what could that be hiding inside the eggs? Why three little flower root babies of course!

Space for the Butterflies - how to make fluffy secret eggs

Several weeks ago I was playing around with wet felting with the children, and once we’d made various wiggly worms and they’d moved on to something else, I kept playing, wrapping layers and layers of pretty wool roving around the plastic inside from a kinder egg. It’s not a completely perfect egg shape I grant you, but it’s more egg shaped than anything else I had in the house at the time.

I found the best way to get a good felt was to wrap several thin layers around in different directions, then just sprinkle on a bit of hot water to start with and start gently patting. Once it got matted and damp all over, then I would hold it inside my hands and dip it into a bowl of hot water, squeeze gently as it came back out and then add soap directly to the egg. We’d started with our nice child friendly very gentle soap but that just didn’t cut it, and I had a lot more success once I moved on to washing up liquid (we have Ecover but anything ‘stronger’ would probably work even better).

I started by just stroking the fibres down in different directions, you want enough soap that it feels sudsy and then as the egg started to felt I could roll it around in my hands until it felt solid.

Space for the Butterflies - how to make fluffy secret eggs

I found adding extra layers part way through to be quite tricky, some people swear by building it all up a layer at a time and some say have all the fibre there at the beginning, it’s a bit of trial and error, but for me I think starting with lots of thin layers already built up works best, plus if you start with one colour and change to another then you get an egg that’s one colour on the outside and another on the inside.

Space for the Butterflies - how to make fluffy secret eggs

The pink egg is purple inside and the purple one is pink! The blue one actually has some other colours somewhere in the mix but I think they’re all hidden in the middle.  My other top tip is that you need more layers than you think you do.  The pink one was my experimental attempt and it has quite a few more layers than the other two so it’s nice and rigid once the kinder egg bit came out – the other two have slightly flappy lids.

Once the eggs were fully felted I rinsed them in more hot water and then left them to dry for a couple of days.  Then I took a pair of embroidery scissors and sniped them open.  The stitching around the edge is just blanket stitch and three strands of embroidery thread, a loop and a button from my button jar to keep the root babies tucked up safe and sound.  I didn’t make the root babies, I’d been trying to think of what to hide inside the eggs when I spotted them in one of our favourite shops and knew they were just the thing.  The Story of the Root Children has been one of our favourite bedtime stories for ages and it’s very apt at this time of year.

And to accompany the fluffy eggs H and the girls revealed their latest project, a whole clutch of beautiful eggs.  They’d blown them themselves (more Kitty and H than Elma!) and then dyed them with tissue paper and the results were amazing.  We had 10 in the end, strung up along the kitchen windowsills for Easter Sunday in all their gorgeous colourful glory. Definitely a craft to add to the repeat list for next year.


Joining Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday and Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm, Craft On

If you have a moment, I would truly love a nomination in the MADs and the BiBs blogging awards for writer, craft, or family/school days (all the details are here – short version: anyone can vote, you don’t have to blog or be in the UK and I will be eternally grateful if you do x).  And if you can’t quite decide for who to nominate in the hotly contested pre-school category, can I persuade you into taking a look at Clarina’s ContemplationsDear Little Daisy, Make Do and Push, or A Baby on Board all of which are completely awesome and wonderful 🙂


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  • Mandycharlie 01/04/2016 at 7:18 am

    Loving the Easter egg theme, have at long lost voted, Good Luck!

    • Carie 04/04/2016 at 1:41 pm

      Yay thank you lovely 🙂

  • Amy 01/04/2016 at 8:09 am

    What beautiful memories you are creating with your little ones. Thanks for your tips re wet felting eggs. I have had a plastic egg in my craft supplies for ages to just this. You have made remember it! Here’s hoping I’ll get one made before next Easter.

    • Carie 04/04/2016 at 1:41 pm

      It’s curiously addictive – I made one to try it out and then instantly made two more!!

  • Kim 01/04/2016 at 2:12 pm

    Love your felted eggs.

    • Carie 04/04/2016 at 1:42 pm

      thank you lovely 🙂

  • sustainablemum 01/04/2016 at 4:20 pm

    Love those felted eggs. We have always felted with olive oil soap which always works just fine. It looks like you found some peg people? They look great 🙂

    • Carie 04/04/2016 at 1:43 pm

      Oooh that’s a good idea! It’s amazing how much of a difference the soap can make isn’t it!

  • Paige 01/04/2016 at 4:58 pm

    The felted eggs are so cute!

    • Carie 04/04/2016 at 1:43 pm

      I know – I rather suspect that this is a collection that is only going to grow and grow!!

  • Kate 01/04/2016 at 11:30 pm

    Love those eggs and flower root babies!!

    • Carie 04/04/2016 at 1:43 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Jill 01/04/2016 at 11:36 pm

    wow! How cute is that.

    • Carie 04/04/2016 at 1:44 pm

      The kids absolutely love them – the keep snuggling up with them!!

  • Jenny Benton 02/04/2016 at 8:39 am

    You are so craftily clever – just love those little eggs!
    And yes, I voted – have always loved your blog ever since I discovered it.
    Best wishes in the contest.

    • Carie 04/04/2016 at 1:45 pm

      Aww thank you so very much 🙂 x

  • Quilts & Such 02/04/2016 at 12:26 pm

    your eggs are fantastic. what a wonderful easter surprise!

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 02/04/2016 at 7:26 pm

    Oh these are so so so cute Carie!

    • Ellen 12/10/2016 at 2:43 am

      Hej !!Enormt fin ljusstake !!Vackert med kransen…jag alskar svarta inslag i en for ovrigt ljus inc.gnind…e.speriellt pa hosten !!Ha det bra,Monica i Rom