Time for another felting tutorial. Sometimes I’m afraid I will run out of ideas, but they keep popping up in my head. Today I will take you step by step through how to make wet felted hollow eggs and/or nests!
First things first: we need to gather our supplies.
a pair of old pantyhose
plastic eggs/previously wet felted ball
wool roving/batting in color of choice
masking/duct tape(if using plastic eggs)
plastic wrap(if using wet felted ball)
optional, felting needles(for finishing touches)
Hollow eggs and small nests can be made with this method. Choose the color of wool roving/batting appropriate for your project.
If you have plastic eggs, read on. If not, simply skip this paragraph. Close the plastic Easter eggs and tape around the seal. Next grab a generous amount of wool and wrap it horizontally around the egg. Grab more wool and wrap it vertically around the egg. Make sure the wool completely covers the egg, no brightly colored plastic should be peeking through!
If you have no plastic Easter eggs, don’t fret! You can also do this with a previously wet felted ball. Your final result will be less egg shaped, but will be fantastic anyways; this method works great for nests! Simply wrap your felted ball with plastic wrap. Then wrap it vertically with wool and then horizontally with wool. Use a generous amount of wool, so it completely covers the ball.
Next stuff your wool covered egg/ball in the old pair of hose. Tie them off. Knot them or tie a string or use a rubber band.
Beware: if you stuff your wrapped egg/ball in the tip of your pantyhose the toe seam will create a nasty line in your finished product. Simply tie a knot at the toe, stuff in your egg/ball and then tie again to prevent this!
Now, throw your stuffed hose into the wash with a hot load. Then dry as usual. Do this 2 times. You want your egg to be as dense as possible.
Give me a “mom moment” now. I don’t know if anyone noticed the little hands in the above pictures, but here are my little “helpers”! Too cute.
Now that you have wet felted your project, it is time to cut them open. You can use a good pair of scissors or an exacto knife. Exacto knifes will work better for complicated zigzags. Carefully cut the desired opening
on your project.
Cut them completely in half if making nests. If making eggs, you have several options. You can make zigzags all across it, and will then have two half shells. Or you can cut the zigzag partially around the egg, so that the two halves remain stuck together in the back.
Once you have cut your eggs/nests into the desired shape, you can do two things. One: carefully needle felt the edges for reinforcement. Two: place each half on its own egg/ball, and stuff back in the hose for another wash or two. This will also reinforce the edges. If you left your egg partially intact simply place it back on its plastic counterpart and place in the pantyhose. Give it another wash or two.
Once the edges are reinforced, your egg or nest should be complete. I made several eggs and one nest. Super cute and fun; this is a child-safe project if you’d like to get your little ones involved!
I tried to be pretty thorough, but if anyone has any questions feel free to ask. I can go through a specific step in more detail. I used the same cute little chick to model my finished eggs and the nest. These would be a great spring and Easter toy. Now go out in the real world and get creative!