Friday, March 3, 2023

How to Make String Easter Eggs

Make these fun string Easter eggs this year to celebrate the season. They will be a delightful addition to your Easter decorations.

They're super easy to make and require just a few supplies and time to dry. 

I love the spring colors - it makes me happy.

String Easter Eggs

How to Make String Easter Eggs

There are a couple different methods of creating the eggs.

You can make them egg shaped and display them in an Easter basket.

Or you can add a flat side to the bottom to allow the egg to stand on their own. 

Note: This post was originally created in 2016. I have updated to include a video and better instructions.  With the price of real eggs in 2023, you might think twice about decorating traditional Easter eggs. These string eggs are a fun activity and the eggs will last for years to come.

string easter eggs collage

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Supplies needed for sugar string eggs

I recommend using crochet thread and not embroidery thread. Crochet thread is more tightly wound and there is a LOT on the spool. Embroidery thread is designed to separate and comes in tiny skeins.

You can use solid colors like I did, or try a variegated thread for a different look.

Another option is to use strands of yarn. Yarn eggs will look slightly different, but may be easier for little hands to work with.

collage of string easter eggs

How to Make String Eggs

There are a few different ways you can make string eggs. You can make a glue mixture with tacky glue, or use a liquid starch. 

My favorite method is to use a water sugar mixture. It's simple and the end result is a firm egg with ingredients I always have on hand.

So let's make the sugar water.

In a saucepan add 2 cups of sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to a boil. 

Let cool to room temperature while you prepare the string eggs.

(This amount of sugar water did 11 eggs for me)

water balloon and crochet thread

Now it's time to blow up your water balloons. I like to blow them up enough that they elongate just a bit into an easter egg shape.

wrapping balloon with crochet thread
  Don't cut the string yet, just wrap the balloon right from the spool.

wrapping a water balloon with crochet thread

Next wrap the crochet thread around the balloon egg, until it's covered to your liking. Slip the end of the thread under the other threads.

paper towel roll rings

Next cut up a paper towel roll into small rings. Place them on an old pan. You will set the sugar eggs on the rings to dry. The pan will catch all the drips.

I like using a pan because then you can easily move it if needed. You could also use wax paper, parchment paper or foil to catch the drips.

making string easter eggs

Dip your egg into the sugar water mixture. Use your hands to work the sugar water into the threads, so they are completely coated. 
Place on paper towel ring and let dry. This may take up to 24 hours. 

how to make string eggs
For me, at about 8 hours the eggs were dry except for the bottom part.

At this point you can flip them over to dry completely.

Or if you'd like your egg to stand on it's own, pop the balloon and press the wet part of the egg flat on the counter to get a flat bottom.

how to make easter eggs with balloons

I found that the easiest way to remove the balloon was to hold onto the knotted end of the balloon while popping with a pin.

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String Easter Eggs Video

To store the eggs for next year, just make sure they won't be smashed. Place them at the top of the box, or put them in their own container to prevent them from being crushed.

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How to Make String Easter Eggs


  1. So cute! This reminds me of my childhood. How fun.

  2. Those are so sweet! It brings back so many memories. Thanks so much for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things!

  3. These look great, I'd like to try it. thanks for sharing with Creatively Crafty #CCBG

  4. I love the look of these, I need to try and make some. Thanks for linking up with Creatively Crafty Easter Party.

  5. What pretty string. These look so pretty all together

  6. I made these many years ago for my kids, nieces and nephews. I had them hanging around the house to dry so then I just before all the way dry set them on counter to make flat bottom. They was so cool to make.

  7. I'm going to make these with my granddaughter today! Thank you for the wonderful idea!