kids activities

String Eggs

These bright and funky eggs are a blast for kids to make ... and they're a great party decoration too. You can hang them outside in a tree or they can be hung from the ceiling in the kid’s bedroom.

 You will need:

  • Knitting wool or any coloured string
  • Balloons
  • Glue - Wallpaper paste is ideal
  • Ice cream container or something similar
  • Newspaper
  • Clothes pegs
  • Clothes hangers


  1. Blow up a balloon to about the size of a large tennis ball (or slightly bigger – it’s fun to make different sizes if you make more than one).
  2. Cover your work area with newspaper.
  3. For each egg, cut several strands of wool or string – you can use just one colour or mix it up like a rainbow! 
  4. Next, mix up some glue – wallpaper paste is a great one to use – so that you have a good amount in the bottom of an empty ice cream container.
  5. Hold a strand of wool or string by one end, dip it into the glue mixture, and then wrap it around the balloon. 
  6. Repeat with the other strands, randomly overlapping them and tucking in loose ends, until the balloon is evenly covered.
  7. Using the clothes peg, suspend the balloon from something that it can hang from and dry.  If it’s warm outside then the clothes line works great.  Otherwise, tie it to a clothes hanger and hang this inside somewhere safe (If you are hanging it inside, cover the area below it with newspaper to catch any drips of glue.) 
  8. Once the egg is completely dry, carefully poke a hole in the balloon, then pull it away from the string as it deflates.
  9. Hang your finished egg with a normal piece of the wool or string, or you can use a pretty ribbon.

Click here to download as a pdf for printing.

Adult supervision may be required to help with this project, depending on the child's age.