BEAD COLORS NEEDED:
- Bubblegum - 46
- Pastel Yellow - 122
- Pastel Green - 490
- Pastel Lavender - 206
YOU WILL ALSO NEED:
- Large square pegboard
- Iron and ironing paper
- 3/4" hinge
- Glue gun
CREATING THE DESIGN:
Download the PDF for the 3D Easter Eggs Project Pattern. Instructions are given for the hinged egg shown at bottom center in the photograph. Use your favorite color combinations to create other styles using the same pattern shapes. If you are using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place your beads on the pegboard as shown.
FUSING THE DESIGN: An adult should do this step.
Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. DO NOT OVER-IRON the beads as it will make the centers of the beads close and can make the assembly you do with your project more challenging. NOTE: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly; it is possible some colors may need a little more time. Let the design cool.
Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat the fusing. Let cool completely. When the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.
Only Adults should do the hot-glue assembly. The egg is assembled and hot-glued together in two parts—the top and the bottom— and are then connected with a middle layer where you will add the hinge and the closure.
Assemble and glue together the top half of the egg from the TOP DOWN, centering each succeeding layer under the ones above: Pieces 1 through 11.
Assemble and glue together the bottom half of the egg from the BOTTOM UP, centering each succeeding layer on top of the ones below: Pieces 12 through 16.
The middle layer is actually two separate pieces separated by the hinge. Have the hinge handy to allow the correct amount of space for it, then glue the middle layer in place on top of the bottom section.
Glue one flat section of the hinge in place on the bottom section and hold until the glue is set. Glue the other part of the hinge to the underside of the top section.
Glue the 2-bead closure to the underside of the bottom section opposite the hinge so that it will fit into the slot of the middle layer.
Tuck candies, coins or other small surprises inside the eggs.