Artful Easter Eggs

Coloring Easter eggs is a time-honored tradition for many households. But if the children have reached an age where dipping eggs in dye is simple too facile, the following techniques offer greater challenges for older children and adults alike. The subsequent text is filled with an array of egg-decorating ideas that will delight both family and friends during this beloved spring holiday season.

Crafting with real eggs can be challenging. If you plan to work with real eggs, it may be useful to learn how to blow out an egg. Of course, many people prefer simply to cook the contents of their eggs by hard boiling them. However, since many of these decorative ideas will transform your egg into a work of fine artistry, it may be worthwhile to decorate a more permanent object such as wooden, plastic, foam or papier mache eggs. Also, ceramic eggs in a variety of sizes may also be used for some projects.

Many of the following decorative methods call for various kinds of tools. However, it's best to organize some basic supplies together such as scissors, adhesives, tapestry needles, bamboo skewers, paintbrushes, etc…Depending on the amount of eggs you plan to decorate, you may also want to consider their presentation—egg cups, baskets, decorative bowls are just some of the ways you might try.

Although an egg's shape makes using stencils a challenge, if the stencils are small, they can make wonderful designs. Consider small rosebuds, leaves, stars or butterflies to try out on your eggs.

Mosaic eggs can be achieved by employing any one of several methods. First, crafters can simply paint a design of geometric objects in any random pattern. For instance, paint your egg a solid shade of color like yellow and then atop this paint many tiny squares using metallic gold and silver paint for a jeweled appearance. Or, paint your egg blue and using glue, apply many small cut-out squares from a decorative paper for a papery egg mosaic.

For a true jeweled appearance reminiscent of the famous Faberge Eggs, gather together lots of sequins and rhinestones. Gold leaf your eggs and paint some pewter and metallic silver for variation. Copper and bronze also look great. Once the paint is dry, attach your jewels in any pattern you like using various sized stones. Jewelry glue works best.

Decoupaged Easter eggs have the potential to display great variety. Essentially you will be covering the eggs with paper and then coating with a varnish or special decoupage sealer. Consider Victorian-inspired eggs. Look for wrapping paper sporting images from the Victorian era and cover your eggs taking care for the paper to be smoothed. You will have to cover in sections so the paper smoothly adheres to the egg's surface. Any thin decorative paper will do from animal prints to Easter wrap.

Trimming your Easter eggs can be lots of fun. Amass various sewing supplies like ribbon, rickrack, and even small buttons. Braided stripes or lacey covers can make your eggs unbelievably lovely.

Pearled eggs are also an elegant and simple design to try. Acquire some prestrung craft pearls in pastel colors and glue them to coil up and around your egg. You can use solid colors or employ striped patterns for added variation.

You can also attach miniature decorations like small silk flower buds and leaves for pretty spring eggs. Use your imagination to create memorable Easter eggs—they also make sweet gifts.

author: J. A. Young

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