Thursday, April 3, 2014

Baked Cotton Ball Easter Eggs

Last Halloween we made our first batch of baked cotton balls (see here).  It was gooey, it was messy, it was so much fun!  It's amazing how those soft cotton balls bake into hard shells.

This evening we decided to take the same procedure and create baked cotton ball Easter eggs!

It's so much fun, and easy, AND you already have all the ingredients in your house: cotton balls (we used jumbo-sized), bleached flour, water and coloring (we used paint this time, but last time we used food dye and liquid water colors).  That's it!

To make the four Easter eggs we used the same recipe:
3 cups beached all-purpose flour
2 1/2 cups water
Line a baking tray with aluminum foil.
Draw Easter egg outlines on the aluminum foil.
Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
Whisk together the flour and water until there are no more lumps.
Portion out the flour-water solution into four bowls (or however many colors you'll be using).  Add coloring until you receive the color you want.
Add in the cotton balls.  Make sure the entire cotton ball is completely saturated with the paint.
Begin creating!
Bake for 80-90 minutes.  Allow to cool for 10 minutes before peeling the baked cotton ball creation from the aluminum foil.

They liked this entire process: the measuring, the mixing, adding the color, squishing and creating.  I love watching how their styles are so vastly different, Little Miss started out making a solid pink Easter egg and then decided to creating a patterned border.  Whereas Wild One kept grabbing one colored cotton ball after another.  I loved watching them concentrate on their design.

We need to make these more often. They are so much fun! 

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