Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Easter eggs and decorating a pretty table



Let's have some Easter fun today! Here are some simple decorating ideas for the holidays,
and for Spring!


Martha Stewart's web site  has loads of ideas. The one above couldn't be simpler -

Place fresh grass blades in an egg cup,
and then place hard boiled egg to hold in place.

No grass yet?
Use snippets of crepe paper, or even green paper!

This one uses hard boiled eggs and egg dye:


After hard boiling your eggs, get out your containers of dye.
Roll the egg so that the shell cracks in many places.
Place 'cracked' egg into dye. Let it sit longer for deeper colors.
Remove from dye, pat dry with paper towels. 
When ready to serve, peel eggs carefully and....voila!

Here is what I use for dye containers:

coffee containers, and custard cups and glass jars from dried beef!

I MUST have my morning cafe' - Hazelnut International Cafe' that is, from Maxwell House.
They changed their old containers from metal to plastic, so there is no interaction potential, just a great size. AND they have lids, so if you have to spread your egg dying over a couple of days, you just pop on the lid.

Extra bonus:  The coffee containers are the perfect size to give a special egg to someone! I use green paper shreds, nestle the egg in it, place the lid on and wrap with a bow. The containers are easily covered with a strip of fancy mulberry paper or wide ribbon to cover the logo graphics.


I also use the glass jars that dried beef comes in. Don't over-fill, or you will have dye squooshing out!

I guess I have to be messy to craft!!
How about you?!

When my son was at the Easter Egg Hunt age, we ended up with a LOT of empty plastic eggs. Some years there were 'drives' where our church wanted to recycle them, or the school wanted them. Still, we had plastic eggs here, plastic eggs there...
I LOVE this idea for a great way to use them for a centerpiece -


Now, she may have used real, blown eggs, strung on yarn.
I'm not sure how to do this but I would try:

using very fine string or flat yarn
perhaps even embroidery floss

lay yarn across the middle, long-ways of 1/2 of the egg.
Snap closed with the other 1/2 of the egg.

Leave a 1/2" or so of string before adding the next egg.
This will allow you to curve your line of eggs.

Do any of you have ideas about this?
Have you done this sort of decoration?


I think these are sooooo adorable!!

Jordan almonds

several colors of stiff frosting
(you can stiffen with powdered sugar)

frosting in a bag with tips,
or in a baggie with a corner snipped out

Look at the picture.
Let air dry to harden frosting surface.
Display. Eat.


These are wooden candlesticks, and I suspect wood eggs., hand painted.

Using your own creativity, take the egg-on-the-candlestick idea and go with it.
Would crystal candlesticks work?
Would the eggs get tipsy? How about using those little wax dots that are available to prevent candles from tipping? For a more permanent display, can you hot glue eggs to...?

Use your creativity.

Yes, you are creative, no matter what you've been told, or what you think.

" Invent your world.
Surround yourself 
people, color, sounds and work 
that nourishes you."



Quite simply,
wet fabric doilies with fabric stiffener/starch.
Place over upside down bowl with slightly flat bottom.
Let dry, remove and add paper shred, eggs, Jordan almonds, etc.

What to do with that extra starch? Try these:


My mother, sister and I made lots of these in the middle 1970's.
We used colored string and thin yarn. They can be quite pretty!

Bowl of liquid starch
lengths of yarn, or string, or...
balloons, blown up to desired size

Put string in bowl of starch, wet thoroughly.
Start wrapping the string around the balloon, being sure to overlap,
but not too tight.
The more string you add, the 'heavier' looking your finished balls will be.
Less string, they will be more airy.
Be sure to overlap!
Let dry on wax paper.
When the string is dry, pop the balloon with the pin.
Pull out the pieces of balloon
and display in a pretty bowl.

When starched string is still wet, try sprinkling on:
tiny flowers
hole-less micro-beads

No matter what, have fun!

I would like to end today with a few more pages of coloring for you.
Remember, take along a few to church with a baggie of crayons for restless little ones...

courtesy of Dover books


all above:

Well, that's it for today!
I still have some Easter paper dolls to share, some child's activity pages and more beautiful Easter eggs with spring decorating.
'til then,

and on pinterest - kkloberdans

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