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Friday, 8 April 2011

A different Easter egg decoration


Today I wanted to show you how to achieve a different Easter egg decoration which is super- simple, striking and great fun to do.You can use these decorated eggs for wreaths, in bowls scattered around the house and in table displays for that extra festive Easter feel .



If you want a white background to start with, I recommend duck’s eggs- plus they are really gorgeous to eat. You will have quite a bit of egg-yolks and whites  to eat afterwards, once the decorations are done. So think cakes,omelettes,  meringues and quiches .So duck’s eggs it is. This is your starting point.


We are now going to empty the eggs of the egg-white and egg-yolk, so you can keep them forever after you have decorated them- they can’t get stinky if they are empty.A rotten egg can smell pretty badly, and you don’t want that, especially not if you have decorated them very prettily.
                                     This is your tool to empty the eggs.A big darning needle.

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Make a small hole at the top and the bottom of the egg.This is the size of hole you are looking for.
                        
                                                      
Put a bowl under the egg and blow with your mouth covering the hole at the top,pursing your lips with a concentrated blow as though you are playing a trumpet....
and blow out the egg out. The egg white will usually start first to will slowly dribble out of the other small hole.
                                                              
                                    The egg yolk usually follows and then the whole egg pops out.
 
Clean your egg ( otherwise the paint won’t stick ) –remember, it is just an egg shell it is so quite fragile- so handle it carefully while you  give it a wash under the tap- and dry it.
You are now ready to decorate.
There are hundreds of ways to decorate eggs, but I thought to show you just a few that are fun and easy.
One is super  simple and quick and quite quirky.
This is how you start. Get some string from a hardware store.Here is your empty egg and string.
Get a glue stick and run the string over the glue so it’s sticky, then wind it in a random pattern over the egg. Make sure there is enough glue on the string and keep on running the string over the glue stick.Your string needs to have glue on it all the way so it sticks.
Keep on covering the egg till you like the pattern then stop and cut off the remainder of the string.This is what you will get.I almost liked it enough to keep it this way !

       A completely pointless and pretty present for Easter: and empty egg wound with string !!Hahahaha!
If you want more than you go to the next stage.Get a nice bold colour and start painting the egg.
 To be  able to paint the egg all over, so that you do not have to hold it, and get finger marks all over it,  you can  take a wooden skewer which you can get in a kitchen shop or supermarket, normally used for barbecueing, and skewer the egg on it, sticking the skewer in through the bottom hole you made, and fixing it in the top hole in the egg.
Paint the egg all over, turning it on the skewer, than fix the skewer while the paint dries in a surface that will support the skewer and egg. I could not think of anything clever so put it in a big candle.
Here I have done this with eggs I painted a duck egg blue.
                                     You get no marks on the egg this way and it can dry all over.
    A bold colour like bright red, blue or green works better than pastel- colours with this technique, , as there is a greater contrast between the colours and the white of the lines  , which is the white of the egg-shell.Let the paint dry, then remove the string.
                                                                  
 Do the same thing with a few more eggs, and paint all of them nice bright colours, then display in a nice bowl or self-made bird’s nest, or on an Easter wreath.
                                                        Happy crafting and happy Easter!!
                                                       

10 comments:

NYCLQ said...

Very clever! Love the look!
Happy Spring and thanks for sharing!

: D Lynda

Tina said...

Wow! They look great! You have more patience than I do with blowing out the egg. I've tried it several times..maybe I don't know my own strength..and they break! I have some wooden eggs I can try this with. :-) Thank you for sharing!

Liz said...

Great Idea... and kitty approved! :)

Thanks for sharing your idea!

~Liz

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

You are so creative to wrap the egg with twine- it really turned out sweet. Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

Sherry said...

These are wonderful! I love how you painted them. Very nice on your wreath. Thanks for linking it up!
Sherry

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Adorable. Creative. Genius.

I am having a spring craft linky party and giveaway on my blog this Friday. I would love for you to showcase this wonderful project.

Details are on my blog today.

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

So pretty!!! Love how you used the yarn to make the fun designs on the eggs!! Thanks for sharing on Fancy This Fridays!!!

The Tablescaper said...

Again, sorry to be visiting so late. Such wonderful ideas. Happy Easter.

- The Tablescapr

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Thanks for sharing how you painted your eggs. The idea to use a skewer to hold and turn the eggs is pretty clever. And I've never tried painting eggs. I've always dyed them. Thanks for visiting our blog and leaving you kind comments. Come back soon!

hennablossom said...

Awesome. I've been wondering this. I'm the type who needs pictures and an explanation, ha. Great sum up and the eggs look great. :)

I actually surfed in through Design Sponge. I made some fun Easter eggs myself this year. LEOPARD PRINT EASTER EGGS, haha. :) Yup, I had fun. :)

here's a link so you can check 'em out: http://hennablossom.com/?p=809