Humpty Dumpty & Easter Eggs
Papier-Mâché: pāpər məˈSHā
Artists aren’t really people.
And I’m actually 40% Papier-Mâché.
– Steven Morrissey
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Nursery rhymes were a huge part of my childhood. One of my all-time favorite characters is good ol’ Humpty Dumpty. Humpty Dumpty has a rounded bottom and plump mid-section making Humpty well balanced. Humpty is known for relaxing and minding its own business, when others would come and bother causing imbalance leading to the great fall and cracked egg. The fall that Humpty took was only fatal due to ascending to such heights and others desiring to push or pull him down so that they could enjoy the view at the top instead. Morale of the story is, be balanced and mindful to yourself and others.
I decided to create my own Humpty Dumpty while preparing the Papier-Mâché Easter Eggs. Gathering Spring items and incorporating new ideas for props, adds elements of surprise for the children during the Easter Mini photo shoots. While brainstorming for the minis this year, I recalled grade school and how Papier-Mâché brought me joy. Papier-Mâché is fun for all age groups and it lets the imagination run free. Both Humpty and the Easter Eggs have the same foundation of a balloon covered with newspaper/glue/water. Humpty's creation included: fabric, buttons, shoes, arms, facial expressions and accessories. I alternated between a Crown and a Mad Hatter Hat. I also left a piece of the top of the egg opened leaving the impression that the egg has a small crack. Meaning, we all have imperfections and may tend to fall at times, but at the end of the day it is all about getting up and trying again.
See below for behind the scenes photos of the process of making Humpty Dumpty and the enlarged Papier Mache eggs for this Easter season!
SUPPLIES AND STEPS FOR Papier-Mâché EGGS
Styling, crafting & photography by Celisse Elaine