Decorate With Homemade Eggs This Easter
Bunnies, baby chicks, egg hunts and parades are all hallmarks of a traditional Easter.
With more outdoor activities than most holidays, this is the time of year for garden-inspired decorations.
To give your home an Easter theme all you need is a carton of eggs and a few bits and pieces from the pantry and craft aisle of the hardware store.
Blow out raw eggs and decorate with water-based paints or food dye.
Wrap them in twine and nestle them in a basket of cat grass and flowers as a centrepiece for your Easter table.
Make an egg mobile to hang up indoors or out and create nests of bright, beaded eggs as decorations.
TIP: For a longer-lasting centrepiece, use artificial grass and flowers.
Make a basket from 1mm thick balsa, add a base of 3mm corrugated plastic then decorate it with twine and fill it with real grass for a living table decoration.
TIP: Balsa is a light, flexible wood from hardware and hobby stores that is used for craft.
Wind the twine around the balsa basket then tie off the ends and secure with a dab of adhesive.
Cut out a circle of corrugated plastic as a base.
Put the grass in the base of the balsa basket, removing each plant from the pot first.
Trim the cat grass using scissors.
Dye white eggshells with food colouring, then string them up using twine or ribbon, adding silk flowers and vintage pictures.
Pierce the egg by using a pin to make a hole in the top to fit the nozzle of a rubber bulb syringe.
Make a larger hole in the base.
Place the syringe into the top hole and squeeze the bulb to blow out the egg.
Rinse the eggshells in a bowl of water then let them dry.
Submerge each egg in a solution of 10 drops food colouring in half a cup of tap water with a teaspoon of vinegar.
Insert the twine or ribbon through the holes in the dry eggs and knot the base end.
Secure the eggs to the mobile using tape.
Make a nest of shredded paper to hold eggshells covered in decorative seed and bugle beads, which can be bought from craft stores.
Apply a clear-drying adhesive to one side using a paintbrush.
TIP: Use PVA or a tacky craft glue.
Place each egg into a bowl filled with beads and roll it around.
Allow to dry then apply glue and beads to the other side of each egg.