1. Soak a ball of thin cotton string in starch for a while (maybe about an hour)? I put the string and starch in a ziploc bag and that seemed to work ok.
2. Cover workspace with plastic and pour ball/starch into a bowl.
3. Wrap string around a blown up balloon all over- don't try to leave a hole for the opening, it will make you crazy.
4. Put string wrapped balloon in oven at ~200 for about an hour. Alternatively you can let them dry overnight, but they need to be really really dry, and it's really tempting to poke the balloon out. We actually cooked in the oven for about an hour, then I turned off the oven and just left them in there until the next morning.
5. Carefully pop balloon. Mark where you want the opening to be using a marker and then cut out with sharp scissors.
6. Hot glue trim or rick rack around the opening to help stabilize loose open edges.
7. Stuff with Easter grass and candy!
Walker wanted red thread with turquoise rick-rack and Raegan wanted pastel rainbow with pink ribbon. I used pastel rainbow thread but went with creamy brown ribbon.
Of course afterward, there were still partial rolls of starch-soaked thread with which it is impossible to do anything else, so I made a couple more.
We also painted canvases, using cut out letters as resists, and the kids seemed to like the negative space leftover when we peeled off the letters.