Make Your Own Egg-stra Special Chocolate Eggs

Store-bought egg-shaped chocolate sculptures have long been the gift of choice for Easter. Now, with this finger-licking fun craft, your family can make your own personalized chocolate eggs for holiday giving.

Similar to papier-mâché projects using paste and newspaper strips over a mold, these eggs are constructed using melted chocolate spread over a small balloon. When the chocolate is set, the balloon is removed to leave a perfect hollow chocolate egg ready to be custom decorated to your liking!

Ages: 5 to 12

Time: an afternoon

Skills Required: painting


  • small balloon (water-balloon size works best)

  • vegetable oil

  • chocolate: many types work well for this project – baking chocolate (sweetened flavors); white or milk chocolate chips; candy molding chocolate; colored chocolate discs (available at crafts stores)

  • spoon

  • new, clean paintbrush or basting brush

  • assorted decorative candies

  • decorating frosting

  • round hard candy

  • wax paper


    1.  Prepare the balloon. Inflate the small balloon so that it is about the size of an egg and tie it closed with a knot. Give the balloon a thorough wash before proceeding. Pat it dry. Then, liberally spread vegetable oil over the entire surface of the balloon. (The oil is essential to being able to remove the balloon from the chocolate later.)

    2.  Prepare the chocolate covering. Place some of the chocolate that you have chosen in a microwave-safe dish. Make sure an adult helps use the microwave to melt the chocolate. Microwave the chocolate for 30-second intervals, stirring after each 30 seconds until the chocolate is melted and creamy.

    3.  Cover the balloon. Begin spooning the chocolate all over the balloon. It is best to do this holding the balloon over the bowl of chocolate in order to catch drips. Use the clean brush to spread the chocolate over the entire surface of the balloon. Apply the chocolate as close to the knot at the top without covering the knot. This small, uncovered area will be used to remove the balloon from the finished chocolate egg.

    4.  Create a stable base for the egg. Place a small round hard candy (such as a Lifesaver™) on a piece of wax paper. After the balloon is covered in the first layer of chocolate, gently rest the bottom of the balloon on the candy and hold it in place for a few seconds until it is stable. Leave the chocolate-covered balloon to set for one or two hours.

    5. Apply two more coats. After the chocolate has hardened, melt some more chocolate in the microwave and apply a second coat to the balloon. Repeat one final time after the second layer is dry.

    6.  Remove the balloon. When all the chocolate is completely set, gently stick a pin into the very top of the balloon where the knot is exposed. It is important to just make a small hole so that the balloon slowly deflates instead of popping the balloon and breaking the fragile egg. After the air has left the balloon, use tweezers to carefully pull the balloon out of the small hole at the top of the egg. Make sure that the entire balloon is removed because small pieces of balloon can be a very dangerous choking hazard.

    7.  Decorate your hollow chocolate egg. Using some additional melted chocolate as glue, you can attach colorful candies and decorating sprinkles. Kids can attach the candies in whatever pattern or design they wish. Be sure to cover the hole at the top where the balloon was removed with a candy or some extra chocolate. Tubes of decorating frosting can also be used to add detail and design to the egg. These chocolate creations make beautiful Easter decorations, if the kids can resist gobbling them up!

     For a complete list of all of Jill Jolton's Hands-On Crafts, click here.

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