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They're gift-wrapped Easter eggs.

You just dab glue onto plastic eggs, then apply strips of colored paper, thread, "Wiggle eyes"

Rip, cut, and glue-these three techniques are all you need to make colorful "giftwrapped" Easter eggs. Nearly unbreakable manufactured plastic shells form the base of each egg; paper, thread, or "wiggle eyes" decorate the surface. You can prepare these eggs as little as a day before your hunt; coverings should be dry by the following morning.

As you assemble materials, buy items with our designs in mind or come up with some of your own. Glue paste is best for heavy paper, pearl cotton, and notions. Use regular craft glue for lightweight coverings such as tissue paper.

For the project, you'll need:

* Plastic eggs (some come attached to a removable bamboo skewer), sold singly or by the dozen at crafts supply stores. Blown real eggs will also work but they're fragile

* Craft glue or paste

* Paper, such as tissue paper, gift-wrap, newspaper, or confetti (buy it, or make your own with a hole punch)

* Iridescent felt-tip pens or ink (optional)

* Clear glossy polyurethane and a paintbrush

* Skeins of pearl cotton in assorted colors

* Notions, such as "wiggle eyes" (available at crafts supply stores), sequins, or beads. Diameter of items should not exceed 1/4 inch

Three fanciful wraps

On all eggs, partially cover plastic shells with glue, then apply design, working on a small area at a time.

For paper coverings, rip sheets of giftwrap, tissue paper, and/or newspaper into tiny pieces, then apply to egg, smoothing down to secure. When paper dries, you can fill in or outline paper fragments with iridescent ink as we did with the egg at top right on the opposite page. Let dry, then brush on polyurethane if desired.

For pearl cotton, follow method shown above, pressing hard on cotton as you glue to keep ends from unraveling.

For wiggle eyes, cover egg with glue paste, then apply eyes. We clustered the tiniest ones (1/8-inch diameter) at bottom and top, larger ones (1/4-inch) at center.
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