Crafting with Kids: Wet-Felted Eggs

By Nicole |

mindful mamaSpring is officially here (although it seems as though some parts of the country haven’t gotten the message?) and Easter is just around the corner, so some girlfriends and I tried our hands at a new craft: wet felted eggs. If you’re looking for a fun, hands-on project you can do with the kiddos to celebrate spring, read on!

We followed a video tutorial posted by Sarah at Bella Luna Toys, an online treasure-trove of simple, beautiful, imaginative toys associated with Waldorf and Montessori schooling. The method we used involves wet felting by hand, but if you’re in a rush, you can also try the quick-and-easy method in which your washing machine does most of the work for you. Just follow the first few steps, but instead of rubbing the egg between your hands to felt it, tie it in a length of pantyhose (securely knotted on either end of your egg) and throw it in the washing machine on a hot/cold cycle.

Supplies You’ll Need

  • Wool Roving in a variety of colors (available at your local craft store or yarn shop)
  • Two buckets or basins
  • Plastic Easter eggs
  • Liquid dish soap (not Dawn; it cuts the natural oils in the wool too much)
  • An old pair of pantyhose (for the quick-and-easy washing machine version)
  • Needle felting tool (optional)

We used plastic Easter eggs as a base shape for our felted eggs. You can also use wool roving (this is wool before it’s been spun into yarn) as a base shape, but it requires a bit more effort to keep that nice rounded egg shape. With a two-year-old running around the house, I am all for keeping things simple, so I was more than happy to use plastic eggs.

wet felted egg craft

We filled one bucket with hot, soapy water (I used Seventh Generation, but any dish liquid besides Dawn should work well) and another bucket with ice cold water. Making one egg at a time, we wrapped lengths of beautifully-dyed wool roving around the long and short perimeters of the egg. We double-wrapped it as Sarah suggests in the video, and then gently submerged the egg into the hot, soapy water. Slowly but surely, the wool fibers started to tighten around the egg. We added a few extra drops of dish soap to our eggs for good measure, and the felting process continued.

wet-felted egg craft

We probably rubbed those eggs for about 8 minutes each, then it was time to add scraps of wool roving for decoration. A few more minutes of felting, and it was time to shock the wool by dipping it into the cold water. We went back and forth between hot and cold buckets and rinsed the soap out of the egg, and voila! our felted eggs were ready to dry in the sun.

Depending on the age of your little helper, you can start the felting process (gently felt it for a few minutes until the fibers are starting to stick) then pass the egg off to your child to continue felting and rubbing. Or for an older child (let’s say 4+), they can easily make an egg from start to finish on their own. I hoped my two-year-old would get into the felting process, but he was more interested in dunking the plastic egg shells in the water and pouring them out. He’s a Pisces all the way and obsessed with water play.

Wet felted eggs
If you end up with any odd ends sticking out of your felted eggs, you can gently poke the loose ends or decorations into the egg with a needle felting tool (adults only! Felting needles are barbed and very sharp).

When your eggs are done and have dried completely, you can either use sharp scissors to cut 3/4 of the way around it (leave a hinge on the back side) to make an egg that can open and house a tiny little treasure. Or leave them as is and use them to decorate around the house, in an Easter basket, or in your little one’s play kitchen. They are sure to be a hit!

Wet-Felted Egg Craft

Nicole

Nicole

Before becoming a mom, Nicole taught high school English and traveled the world with her husband. She now enjoys a life filled with playdates, food being thrown from high chairs, and lots of baby and toddler giggles. She'd have thought you were crazy if you had told her ten years ago that she'd someday be a mom to three boys, including a set of identical twins. She loves doing hands-on learning activities with her little ones, and is always on the look-out for unique, handcrafted toys and ways to “green” and simplify her lifestyle.

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  1. 1.
    Elizabeth P.

    These are super cute! My 5y/o would love this, but she is going to spend the week with my mom tomorrow so this is something we can do next year or maybe put it away for a rainy summer day.

  2. 2.

    I will definitely keep this in mind next year. What a neat project!

  3. 3.
    joanna garcia

    omg too cute and fun! will def be an easter craft project for us!

  4. 4.

    I love these! My sister-in-law is super-crafty and feel like this would be perfect for her to do with her kids. I’m going to forward this link right now – love it! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. 5.
    Rachel N

    Those are so cute. I have never worked with wool roving before, it looks like neat stuff.

  6. 6.
    Nicole U

    Those are cool! I have never worked with wool before but I will have to give it a try.

  7. 7.
    Dejah

    I love these! I have been wanting to try felting for awhile. So, does the plastic egg stay in there, unless you cut it out?

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      NicoleNicole

      Yes, the plastic egg stays inside the felt. Although if you cut the felt in half (leaving a hinge) to make an egg that opens, the plastic egg can be discarded.

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    Janet W.

    Wow! That is so neat! I love how the coloring of them turned out! Great craft!

  9. 9.
    Debi H.

    What a cute idea. I’m actually in the process of doing this, without the eggs. I found a link on Pinterest for how to make your own dryer balls. Let me tell you…it takes a long time to roll an entire ball of yarn!

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    Kim

    What a cute idea. I have been trying to figure out what I can do with all my son’s plastic Easter eggs (besides throw them in the trash) and this looks like a great little activity to try! Thanks!

  11. 11.
    Elena

    Looks really cool! Thanks for sharing!

  12. 12.
    Ned

    these have turned out beautiful! Too bad i didn’t find this post before Easter (I discovered your blog only yesterday:() I will try this next year maybe..

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