Making Felted Easter Eggs is super fun and easy! A great wool felting project for a beginner and for kids.
Here’s a fun and unique way to decorate your Easter Eggs by covering them with colorful felted wool fabric rather than the traditional Easter Egg Dyes Tablets.
There are so many fun ways to color Easter Eggs with paint speckles and decoupage to printing with silk ties. Why not try something new this Easter with this fun wet wool felting technique?
Table of Contents
- What are Felted Easter Eggs?
- Felt Easter Egg Supplies
- Wrap the Wool around the Easter Egg
- Felt the Wool around the Easter Egg
- Wash and Dry the Felted Egg
- How Do You Needle Felt an Egg
What are Felted Easter Eggs?
It may sound complicated but wool felting is actually really easy. Basically, all you are doing is wrapping a plastic Easter Egg with wool roving. Then, you will apply warm water, soap and agitation which causes the wool fibers to open up and adhere to each other.
As you continue to work the wool on the egg, the fibers bond together forming a layer of felt. Have you ever accidentally put a wool sweater in the washing machine and shrunk it? It’s the same thing except we are doing it on purpose. Trust me, it’s easy! By the way, this is also a great Easter craft for kids.
Just a little background … a few years ago, when I first started getting serious about FiberArtsy, I shared a tutorial on how to make felt Easter Eggs.
Yikes! Did you see it?? The tutorial itself was pretty good and accurate but the photos?? Ick!
Consequently, I decided to make up a whole new batch of felted Easter Eggs to show you how pretty they can really be (and how much better my photos are now :).
Hey, if you are totally new to wool felting, you may want to start with my Felting: A Beginner’s Guide and How to Needle Felt for Beginners.
Also, here’s another great felting project for beginners: How to Make Felted Dryer Balls?
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Felted Easter Eggs Supplies:
For this tutorial I used this raw wool fiber and roving:
What is the difference between Raw Wool, Uncarded Wool and Wool Roving?
Raw wool has not been processed. It is basically wool locks as they were shorn off of the animal (sheep, goat, alpaca, etc.)
Uncarded Wool is also unprocessed but it may have been washed but not carded or combed.
Wool Roving is wool that has been washed and carded (combed) so that the fibers all line up in the same direction. This makes the wool easier to work with.
Wrap the Wool Around the Easter Egg
The step by step wet felting instructions are basically the same, regardless of whether you use uncarded wool fiber or roving. Specifically, you wrap the Easter egg inside the wool.
Most importantly, you just need to make sure to cover each part of the plastic egg with a good, thick layer of the fiber.
(Hint: put a piece of tape all around the egg along the joint to keep it from coming apart)
First, you need to take a piece of roving and thin it out fairly evenly. Just gently tug the fibers apart until you have a thin layer.
Next, place one of the plastic eggs in the center and wrap the sheet of roving around it, tucking in the corners as much as you can.
Then you want to take a second strip of roving and wrap it around the egg in the opposite direction of the first layer. Just make sure the entire egg is completely covered. Tuck in any big lumps as those are harder to felt than thin areas.
Felt The Wool Around The Egg
Now you will start the actual felting process. Begin by sprinkling the wool wrapped egg with warm, soapy water. Using your hands, gently work the water all the way into the fiber. The wool will be very loose and slippery at first but will firm up the more you work it.
At this point you can add decorations such as yarn or wool locks, if desired. Wet the yarn and/or decorations.
Wash & Dry the Felted Egg
Work the fiber with your hands for a couple of minutes, just to begin the felting process.
Now, carefully place your felt eggs in the panty hose and tie a knot at the top of each one. Put them in the washing machine with detergent and hot water and run through a normal wash cycle.
Finally, when the washer is finished, remove the felted eggs. Carefully, cut the nylon hose from the eggs. Lay them out to dry completely.
Here are the new Felted Eggs:
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That’s all there’s to it. This project is a really great way to learn wool or wet felting. It’s also really fun for kids to do. Children are naturally great at wet felting and they love being able to play with soapy suds and wool.
How Do You Needle Felt an Egg?
Another option for making a felted Easter Egg is by needle felting. Instead of felting the wool with water, soap and agitation, you use a special felting needle to ‘tangle’ or felt the wool. If you’re new to needle felting, here is a great video for beginners which shows you how to needle felt an Easter Egg.
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