10 egg-citing ways to decorate Easter eggs
Eggshells make perfect candleholders, with a little glue, melted wax, and a wick. Dye the hard-cooked eggs before you start, and be sure to place the wick so it will stick out above the shell.
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Candle eggs: Hard-boil, dye, and dry the eggs. Break the shell crown of an egg by gently tapping with a spoon. Remove and discard the egg's contents with a small spoon. Pour colored dye inside the eggshell, drain, and place the shell upside down on a paper towel to dry. To make the candle, first melt candle wax (from a crafts store) in a double boiler. Next, using a glue gun, place a small drop of glue inside the egg, on the bottom. Put a wick in the glue spot; it should reach above the eggshell. Wind the wick around a toothpick three times and gently place the toothpick across the egg opening. Using a small ladle, spoon, or funnel, pour enough wax to fill 7/8 of the egg, making sure to evenly surround the wick. Allow the wax to harden, remove the toothpick, and cut the wick to size. Place the candles in eggcups. Remember to never leave burning candles unattended.
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All the trimmings
Fabric and craft stores are full of colorful ribbon, lace, and velvet trims that can dress up eggs. Cook and color them first, then attach your choices with white tacky glue.
Collection of decorated eggs: For fabric-trimmed eggs, cut trim to size and adhere to hard-boiled eggs with white tacky glue. For polka-dot eggs, dye hard-boiled eggs a pale color. Let dry before adding sticker dots (available at office-supply stores). Dye the eggs a second time in a contrasting color, let dry, and remove dots. For marbleized eggs, first dye hard-boiled eggs and let dry. Next, wrap eggs two or three times in a piece of plastic wrap, bunching the wrap in a few places. Immerse eggs in a different color, letting them remain in the dye for at least 20 minutes. Remove wrap and let dry.
Color-coding dots from office supply stores made the polka dots.
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Polka-dot eggs: First, blow out the egg following these instructions: Wash and dry a raw egg and use a long needle to make a small hole in the large end. Make a slightly larger hole in the smaller end, making sure to push the needle into the center of the egg to break the yolk. Hold the egg small end down over a bowl. Place lips over the large end of the egg and blow firmly until all of its contents are drained from the small end. To rinse the inside, run water into the small end, then blow out the liquid the same way. Dry the egg in a dish drainer, large end down. Next, place small sticker dots (available at office-supply stores) on the egg. Stand eggs in an egg carton and spray them with a light-pink Krylon enamel spray paint (do this outside or in a well-ventilated area). Let the paint dry, then remove the dots. Cut a 1/8-inch-thick pink ribbon into 10-inch strips. Use a glue gun to attach ribbons to the top of eggs so that the holes in the small ends are covered. Tie ribbons onto the branches of a fruit tree.
Flowers and eggs (real and artificial) rest in a bird's nest filled with wet florist's foam.
Wreath of flowers with egg nest: Fill a 10-inch-round low basket with aluminum foil, then place florist's foam on top. Loosely loop grapevine (available at crafts stores) around the perimeter of the basket. Place a bird's nest (also available at crafts stores) in the center of the basket. Add artificial birds' eggs to the nest. Finish by arranging tulips, daffodils, grape hyacinths, and lilacs around the outer edge of the basket (making sure to cover the florist's foam but allowing the nest to show).
Paper napkins were decoupaged to eggs to create a spring pansy effect.
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Decoupage-pansy eggs: Dye hard-boiled eggs in light pastel colors. Gather paper napkins with pansy designs and use small scissors to cut out the flower patterns on each napkin. Brush a thin layer of white craft glue on the area of the egg where you want the pansy design to go. Place the pansy design on the glue and use a soft craft brush to place a thin coat of glue over the design (make sure to smooth out any wrinkles). Let dry. Place several pansy designs on eggs, or simply use just one design. Prepare a spring basket by filling a basket with dirt, planting pansies around the perimeter, and adding moss to the center. Arrange decoupaged eggs in the center.
Artificial eggs surround a water-filled glass in the middle of the vase.
Flower arrangement in glass vase with eggs: Place artificial eggs in the bottom of a tall, wide vase. Place a tall glass in the center of the vase, making sure there is enough room between the two for additional eggs. Insert eggs around the glass until it is fully hidden. Carefully pour water into the glass and arrange a bouquet of white hydrangea, white roses, white tulips, and pink astilbe.
All that glitters
Dyed eggs were covered with glitter-glue spray to create this striking arrangement.
Glitter eggs: Dye hard-boiled eggs and let dry. To finish, either spray eggs with glitter glue or spray with glue and roll in fine glitter (available at crafts stores).
Get carried away
Brimming with vibrant tulips and intensely hued eggs, a rustic berry tray becomes a cheery centerpiece to brighten any tabletop. Look for flat-bottom antique wooden carriers (called trugs) at flea markets, or artificially age a new one from a garden store using sandpaper. Place tiny terra-cotta pots inside the base in free-form rows, filling the spaces in between with mounds of decorative moss. In about half the containers, perch dyed hard-boiled eggs; in the other half, insert dampened floral Oasis (available at crafts stores), tulip blossoms, and more moss.
Splendor in the grass
A mini-cupcake holder rises to the occasion when it's repurposed as a seasonal accent. Just insert pint-size pots plus blades of wheatgrass from a health-food store, alternating daffodils with dyed eggs.
Here's a spot-on Easter decorating idea: Showcase DIY speckled eggs in a nest of wheatgrass. First, dye hard-cooked eggs in pastel shades. Then make flecks: Dilute brown acrylic paint with water until it's the consistency of cream. Dip an old toothbrush into the paint and, with the brush a few inches from the egg, run your finger across the bristles, splattering paint onto the shell (lay egg horizontally, splatter, let dry, rotate, and repeat). To arrange, turn over a ceramic bowl; place a terra-cotta pot base on top. Pile up eggs; tucking in cut wheatgrass to make a nest. But note: These eggs are adorable, not edible.