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    Default Paper Egg Diorama

    Colored tissue paper
    White paper
    Jar lid
    Small bowl
    1/4 cup white flour
    1/2 cup water
    Ribbon (we used a 20-inch length)
    Items for the interior (available at craft stores)

    Time needed: Weekend Project
    1. 1 Cut the tissue paper and white paper into 1 1/2- to 2-inch squares. Inflate the balloon to the size you'd like your finished egg to be (ours is about 7 inches tall), then knot it. Cover your work area with newspaper. Either suspend the balloon over your work surface (we hung ours with string from a ceiling hook) or set the balloon on an upside-down jar lid while you work. In a small bowl, stir the flour and water together to make papier-mache paste. Working with one square at a time, dip the tissue paper into the paste and smooth it onto the balloon. Cover the entire balloon, making sure the squares overlap slightly. This will be the inner wall of the egg.

    2. Using the same dip-and-smooth method, add two layers of white paper squares on top of the tissue paper, then add a final layer of tissue paper.

    3. When the egg is completely dry, use a pencil to mark a window opening on the side, then cut it out with scissors. If you managed to avoid popping the balloon up to this point, pop it now and discard it.

    4. Next, decorate the window. Dip tissue paper squares into the paste, crumple them into balls, and put them around the edge.

    5. Tie the ribbon into a bow, tuck the knot into the hole left by the knot of the balloon, and secure the ribbon on the inside with tape. Decorate the egg's interior: we used paper grass, a small plastic egg, and a feathery chick. Display the egg on an upside-down jar lid.

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