Felted Easter Eggs Tutorial

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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?



Easter Egg decorated with Felted Wool


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How to Make Wet Felted Easter Eggs, FiberArtsy.com
 




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.



Felted 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:

Wool Roving – Any kind (sheep, alpaca, etc)
Plastic Easter Eggs
Nylon Hose
Warm water & dish soap
Washer

For this tutorial I used this raw wool fiber and roving:

How to Make Wet Felted Easter Eggs, FiberArtsy.com


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.



Sheep Wool Roving for covering the Plastic Easter Egg


Wrap the wool around the Easter Egg


Covering the Easter Egg with Dyed Wool


 


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.



Add Water and Soap to Felt the Wool


Decorate the Easter Egg with Yarn
(In the previous tutorial, I added yarn for decoration)


 


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.



Secure the wool around the easter egg for felting


Finally, when the washer is finished, remove the felted eggs. Carefully, cut the nylon hose from the eggs. Lay them out to dry completely.



Easter Eggs felted with sheep wool


Here are the new Felted Eggs:



Easter Egg Decorated with Felted Sheep Wool

Hand Dyed Merino Sheep Wool in Turquoise to Burnt Orange


Marbled Easter Egg

Marbled Felt Easter Egg with Natural White Wool Roving and Black Fiber Veining




Decorate Your Easter Eggs with Colorful Felted Wool


How to Make Wet Felted Easter Eggs, FiberArtsy.com


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.
Enjoy!
Annette
FiberArtsy



 


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.



Related Wool Felting Articles



What is Felting? A Complete Beginner’s Guide
How to Needle Felt (for Beginners)
Part 1 – Basic Felting
Part 2 – How to Felt Wool – Cobweb Felting
Part 3 – Nuno Felting
Part 5 – Resist Felting

Wet Felt: Adding Color & Texture the Easy Way
How to: Lattice Felting
How to Make Felted Dryer Balls
DIY Wool Dryer Balls with Needle Felt Designs






How to Make Wet Felted Easter Eggs with wool


Dyeing Easter Eggs with felted wool


How to Felt Easter Eggs


Wet Wool Felted Easter Eggs


 

How to Make Felted Easter Eggs



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Comments

  1. Those are so pretty! Is it possible to use raw wool locks instead of roving when you wrap the egg up? I’ve never felted (except for sweaters in the washing machine to create boiled wool), but I love how it looks, so I’d love to try! I have a huge box of raw wool, so I was hoping I could use that! ๐Ÿ™‚ Lisa
    P.S. Kudos on MUCH nicer photos! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Haha, thanks Lisa I’ve learned a lot! Yes, you absolutely can use raw locks. It may be a little trickier keeping them in place but they’ll felt just fine. Plus, locks should give your eggs a really nice texture. Share a photo, please!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. So pretty! I really like the marbled look of the red-maroon-orange-pink one ๐Ÿ™‚



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