· French Country,Decorating,DIY

Easter Eggs

Raise your hand if you love Easter Eggs! I just love seeing new inspiration for decorating eggs every year. There's so many talented people who love sharing what they do, especially me.

Cabbage Gold Speckled Eggs

Materials:

  • a dozen white, hard boiled eggs
  • 1 head of red cabbage
  • 4 tbs of white vinegar
  • edible metallic gold paint
  • thick bristle paintbrush or old toothbrush

Step 1. Start by roughly chopping a head of red cabbage. Put the cabbage in a large pot with 5 cups of water. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 30-45 minutes. Allow the cabbage to cool completely before straining the cabbage out of cabbage dye. Stir in 4 tbs of white vinegar.

Step 2. Place the eggs in a deep baking dish and pour the dye over the eggs. You’ll want to have each of the eggs completely submerged and not touching each other. But hey – the dye is purple!! That’s right. Just wait. You’ll only have to wait as long as an hour to see the magic happen.

Step 3. For a lighter robins egg blue, you only need to leave the eggs in the dye for about 1-2 hours. Because the bottom of the eggs make contact with the baking dish, you’ll want to rotate the eggs every half hour or so. When you pull an egg out of the dye, after 1-2 hours, you’ll notice the color will look super faint. It’s okay. The color will darken and develop a richer, greenish hue as it dries. I know, magic.

I wanted an ombré of blues so I took a few of eggs out after an hour, after two hours, after three hours and after four hours. If you are going to leave the eggs for longer than that, or overnight, I suggest putting the eggs and dye in the fridge.

Once the eggs have dried completely, you can leave them as they are or spray them with edible gold paint for a pretty speckled effect. Lay the eggs on a few sheets of paper towels. Dip a dry bristle brush or old toothbrush into the paint and run your index finger along the bristles above the eggs. Let the paint dry before splattering the opposite side.

Cabbage Mottling Eggs

1. Roughly chop a head of red cabbage and put into a pot.
2. Fill pot with just enough water to cover the cabbage. This took me about 10 cups and varies by cabbage size.
3. Bring to a boil then simmer for 30 minutes.
4. Strain and remove cabbage.
5. Add 2 tbsp of white vinegar and let dye cool to room temperature.

Now for the speckling, which I think in this case is better described as mottling, but speckling sounds nicer. Dab a sea sponge onto room temperature butter, than lightly pounce it all over each hardboiled egg. A few notes about this! First, don’t hold the egg like I am in the photo. Hold it with two fingers, one on top and one at the bottom, then rotate the egg around that axis as needed. Second, try not to pounce the butter over the same area multiple times unless you want the egg to be more white than blue. This is what took me several attempts and some practice to get, though it ultimately comes down to personal preference. Third, getting enough but not too much butter on the sponge takes practice as well. Generally the more butter used, the more white spots there will be, and the less used the less white spots there will be.

The butter acts as a resist to the dye, so you want to carefully transfer each egg to the dye without disturbing your buttery design. The amount of time you leave the eggs in the dye for depends on how dark you want them, more time yielding a darker blue.

I varied the times among my eggs, ranging between 2 hours to overnight. Check on the eggs to see how they’re coming along, although don’t do this too often because again, minimal disturbance to butter is best.

Decoupage Eggs with Tissue Paper

Materials:

  • blown-out eggs… I use the real deal. There is something so beautiful about the “feel” of the eggshell that cannot be duplicated. Very nice when you are not covering the entire egg. I blow the yolk and white out of the egg by tapping out a small hole in the top and bottom of the egg. I use the tip of a small sharp knife to tap an opening. Then I literally put my mouth over one of the holes and gently blow the contents of the egg into a bowl. 
  • napkins with designs and or great colors
  • ModPodge
  • wax paper to work on

Step 1. Separate the ply’s of the napkin and use the top designed tissue. To separate the napkin, tear the edge to expose the layers and pull apart.

Step 2. Cut out or tear the portion of the tissue you want to put on the egg. If you are covering the whole egg tear larger sections.

Step 3. Put a dot of Mod Podge on the spot you want the design to go with a small flat paintbrush. Place the design over the dot and press down with the paintbrush. Put a little more glue on the brush and paint Mod Podge under the design and on to the egg. Put a little more Mod Podge on the brush and gently brush the design onto the egg starting in the center and working out to the sides.

Notice I am working on a sheet of wax paper. Very important! Your designs won’t stick to it.

I didn’t worry about the wrinkles, I just gently kept smoothing them out with the brush and my finger. If the design breaks or tears, that’s okay. It makes it look “artistic”.

Step 4. Work on one section of the egg at a time. Give it time to dry before working on another section.

I did work on several eggs at one time. That way I could continue working, moving from egg to egg.

When you are happy with the eggs let them completely dry. Turning them so the whole egg is dry.

Put them in something pretty and show off your little work of arts!

Nail Polish Eggs

Materials:

Disposable plastic container
Plastic fork
Disposable gloves
Hard boiled eggs
Nail polish
Water
Egg carton (for drying eggs)

Start by filling a plastic container with room temperature water. The water temperature is important—cold water will cause the nail polish to sink to the bottom.

We opted for blue nail polish for these eggs because we love anything and everything blue and white, but feel free to use whatever color (or colors!) you like. Add a few drops of polish to the water and swirl around with your fork. Drop in one egg and give it a swirl or two before lifting out and placing on your drying carton. Repeat with the remainder of your eggs, adding a few more drops of polish to the water as necessary between eggs.

If you want to give some of the eggs a bit of extra pizzazz, sprinkle on a little glitter. We recommend opting for silver glitter if you’re keeping with our navy and white color scheme—it will provide just the right amount of shimmer. No need to douse all the eggs in sparkly stuff, just a few eggs are all you need to create added interest in your Easter egg display.

Step 1. Start by either blowing out your eggs or hard boiling them.

Step 2. Use a disposable plastic bowl and fill it with water. Add several drops of nail polish in different colors and swirl it around with a toothpick or craft stick. I used silver, gold and copper frosted nail polish. Dip your egg into the water and the nail polish will cling to it. Dip the other side and place it to dry on a dry rack. I set up toothpicks in foam for my dry rack.

Step 3. With marbling there’s no do over. You have to embrace each one or get more eggs. Have nail polish remover handy or use disposable rubber gloves because the nail polish will also cling to your fingers.

PISANKA Eggs

Step 1. Blow out your natural eggs.

Step 2. Sketch a design with scrolls on the eggs. She made these lines to keep the hand sketched design aligned inside the lines. If you notice the two swirls here are both inside the lines drawn. Fill in little circles at the beginning of your scrolls.

All of the scrolls are inside the lines.

Using a Dremel with a fine bit, drill out the little holes that you filled in at the beginning of the scrolls.

Using 3D black paint, trace over the scrolls that you've drawn.

Allow your 3D paint to completely dry.

Now paint over the 3D black design with white acrylic paint.

Allow your white paint to completely dry.

Once the white paint is dry, lightly go over it with a piece of fine grit sandpaper to lightly distress.

Now you could leave them like this, but let me show you something else.

Apply a small amount of decoupage in the blank areas on both sides.

Voila - your new gorgeous eggs are complete.

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