Set a springy scene inside a DIY raffia egg. See how to make these gorgeous eggs, plus learn how to dye your own raffia!
blue dyed raffia nests on cake stand

Set adorable springtime scenes inside each wrapped egg. Making the eggs is easier than it looks! Coat raffia in a decoupage mixture and wrap over a balloon, and pop the balloon when the rafia is dry. The hardest part will be deciding which animals to add to the finished display!

What You Need:

supplies to make dyed raffia nest
  • Bowl
  • Decoupage
  • Water
  • Raffia
  • 10-inch balloons
  • Assorted Easter decorations
  • Vinegar
  • Food coloring
  • Paper towels

Step 1: Get wrapping

To make the wrapped egg, make a 3:2 mix of decoupage and water in a bowl. Coat paper raffia ribbon in the mix, and start wrapping it around an inflated 10-inch balloon. Once most of the balloon's surface is covered, let the balloon dry overnight. When the raffia balloon is dry, use a sharp tool to pop the balloon. Use scissors to cut a round opening in the side of the egg, and use the hole to remove the pieces of the popped balloon. Add a bed of mossy pebbles and small felt animals to the bottom of the balloon for an adorable Easter display.

Step 2: Get dyeing

To create a pretty nest for your wrapped egg, try dying your own raffia! To make the nest, place dampened natural raffia in a heat-safe bowl and cover with boiling water.  Add 1/4 cup vinegar and at least a bottle's worth of food coloring. Let the raffia soak in this mixture overnight, then drain, rinse and blot with paper towels. Let the dyed raffia air dry, then arrange the colorful strands into a colorful nest, and place the arrangement on a decorative plate or cake stand for a gorgeous Easter centerpiece.


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