This Easter, give this doleful donkey his day by transforming an egg into an endearing decoration!
Eeyore himself would likely say is pretty “Ohhh-kayyy.”
- Wooden egg, ideally with a flat bottom (sold in craft stores or online) otherwise a hard-boiled egg with the shell on
- Masking tape
- Small piece of a soft craft sponge
- Blue acrylic craft paint
- Cardboard tissue tube
- Glue sealer and a soft paintbrush for applying it
- Craft paper (blue and magenta)
- Tacky glue and small stiff paintbrush to apply it
- Black fine-tipped permanent marker
- Black wool
Wrap a piece of masking tape around the lower portion of the egg, positioning the upper edge ¾ inch from the bottom of the egg, and making sure it is well stuck. Sponge-paint the egg blue, and then set it aside to dry. (Tip: A piece of rolled paper secured with a staple or tape, makes a handy stand to set the egg on while the paint dries.)
Cut a 2-inch length from the cardboard tissue tube. Then, cut the tube up the back, and trim the upper front edge to create a shallow scallop shape, as shown. This will allow the rounded bottom of the egg (Eeyore’s muzzle) to show when the decoration is assembled.
Overlap the ends of the cardboard and staple them together to create a 1¼-inch-wide tube. Paint the tube blue, and set it aside to dry.
Cut a 2-inch length from the cardboard tissue tube. Then cut the tube up the back, and trim the upper front edge to create a shallow scallop shape, as shown. This will allow the rounded bottom of the egg (Eeyore’s muzzle) to show when the decoration is assembled.
Print the template. Lightly brush a coat of glue sealer over the pair of eyes and let the sealer dry (this shouldn’t take long). Meanwhile, use the other template pieces as patterns for cutting out the specified shapes from coloured craft paper.
Glue the magenta inner ear pieces on top of the blue outer ears. Once the glue is dry, fold each ear in half, as shown. Then, fold down the top of each ear to make a ¼-inch tab.
Refold the ears and trim the upper portion a bit, as shown, so that it will be narrower where it attaches to the head.
Peel the tape off the egg. Lightly pencil a vertical line on the face of the egg, starting at the very top and extending all the way to the bottom. Carefully trace over the line with black marker.
Cut out the eyes and glue them onto the egg, positioning them so that the lower edges are ¼ inch from the unpainted muzzle and the sides are 1/8 inch from the centre line.
Pencil on the other facial features: eyebrows ¼ inch above the eyes, a pair of muzzle wrinkles and a short straight mouth 1/8 inch and 5/8 inch below the muzzle line respectively, and a pair of small oval nostrils spaced 3/8 inch apart. Carefully trace over the lines with black marker.
Brush a protective coat of glue sealer on the egg, going right over the paper, to seal it and to give it a little sheen. Seal the surface of the tube and both sides of the ears, as well.
For Eeyore’s forelock, use a piece of black wool to tie together several other short lengths of black wool. Unravel the wool ends and trim them to a desirable length. Then, glue the bunch to the top of the egg.
Finally, glue the tops of the ears to the sides of the egg, as shown. Set the egg on top of the tube stand, and your Eeyore decoration is ready for Easter.