Sunday, March 9, 2008

surprise eggs

I can hardly believe it myself. I had time today to make something, take pictures, and share it with you!

These eggs are so much fun (and messy!) to make...

And, best of all, you use those plastic Easter eggs!

Other things you'll need are pages from old books, glue, glitter (optional), and ribbons. Also gather little treasures like flowers, buttons and beads.
In a bowl, dilute craft glue by 1 part water for every 2 parts glue. Tear pages of old books or sheet music or tissue paper into small bits (the smaller the bits the easier to adhere without too many creases...squares seem to work better than strips for this project).

Dip each little piece of paper in the glue mixture, using your fingers to squeegee extra glue off. Also using your fingers (see what I mean...messy!) smooth the pieces on the plastic egg. As you cover the egg, you may find that you can use the extra glue on your fingers to prepare the pieces instead of dipping them.
If you are adding glitter to your eggs, put them into a bowl of glitter and use a spoon to spread over the sides. Use the spoon to scoop out the egg and put on wax paper to dry.
Tie bits of ribbon to each egg.

Next have fun attaching bits and bobs like buttons and flowers. I used a bit of tinsel to attach the buttons, twisting it closed but you could hot glue items to the ribbon.
Here's the surprise bit...you can actually crack these eggs open (well at least tear them open) so they can be a fun way to present a surprise gift! (just be careful if you put a candy in since there's glitter on the outside.)

It would be fun to tuck in a little jewel or sentiment or cracker jack toy!

If you want to keep the egg intact when opened, just be careful when gluing the bits of paper on to not overlap the seam of the egg.

Have fun!



59 comments:

www.angelinascards.com said...

I LOVE THEM AND I WANT THEM!!! HUgs,Angelina

Amy said...

Ohhhh, what pretties! Will put this on my to do list. Thanks for the photos, too!

Emily said...

Those are so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your idea.

Lovie said...

I am heading to WalMart tommorrow and gettin' me some eggs! I love this project.

Michele said...

so cute! I did some larger ones with crepe paper and now I will try these too. thx for sharing!

studioodd said...

what a cool project!!! on my to do list for sure thank you for sharing

Little Pink Studio said...

So happy you had time to craft and share today! Your eggs turned out stunning!!
~Cerri xoxo

ismoyo said...

So very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Angela said...

What a great idea! I feel so stupid now for taking all of my eggs to Goodwill last year. Thanks for sharing.

the glitter fairy said...

Perfectomondo and absolutely brilliant! Love the concept and it looks like such fun, too!
I did email you last week and was wondering if you got it, as I see from your last post that your email has been acting up. Please let me know if you need me to resend. Mucho importanto....
xoxo
Laurie

Diane said...

The eggs are gorgeous. Now, if I could just find the time. If they were on your site, I would have bought some!!

Ulla said...

Amy these are really wonderful! I love how you frosted over the print - so clever!!! We need to chat about you 'surprise'..! Will email soon with my questions... Lovely!

MommySecrets said...

I love these eggs!! So creative, and they parallel my love for reading, writing and old treasures. Thanks for sharing!

Anita Ann said...

Those are amazing. I am inspired.

hunnybunny said...

Those are beautiful. I think I may do that with the girls tomorrow, it looks like so much fun. Thank you for posting these, it looks like a fun project to do togetether but look grown up on display. Plus no breaking woo hoo!!!!

Brooke said...

I love those eggs!

Tammy said...

Wow, thanks for sharing these lovelies. They are positively gorgeous! I might just have to make some of these for this Easter. You are so creative.

sparkle me fabulous said...

Love,Love,Love these eggs.I will have to try them. Thanks for sharing.

XOXO
M

Oliver Rain said...

These are so pretty. What a wonderful use for all those plastic eggs.

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

How lovely. I made some similar with fabric, but like these so much more.

Thrifty Miss Priss said...

Just Beautiful! And so unique! Thank you for sharing!

Jeanne said...

I love these pretty pretty Easter eggs thanks so very much for sharing.
Love and hugs
Jeanne

Jenny said...

These are such eye candy! I couldn't bear to break them... so why not put some rice or beans inside and just let them be little decorative shakers? -Jenny

Crazymamaof6 said...

this is adorable! thanks!

Jen said...

Thank you, thank you!! These look like a great multi-generational project for when my mom comes to visit for Easter. Yours are just beautiful!

paige said...

oh
i love them
i love them
i love them!!!

cari said...

these are just too cute!

Thanks for sharing!

ReminisceHeirlooms said...

OH what fabulous eye candy! I think I will try to make some. :) Blessings.

Jenn said...

Very cute idea! Love it!

Jocelyn said...

Those are a great idea! I love it and I tried this with scrapbook paper and made a wreath, which I put on my blog (with a link to you, because you were my inspiration)

Thanks so much for the great idea!

metro home style said...

Amy these are great! I can't color an egg in the traditonal way to save my life - they are eitehr ugly or just 'blah' I can't wait to try these! This is s a great project and the photos are fantastic!

sweetjessie said...

The eggs are amazing!

rochambeau said...

LOVE THESE EGGS! I'M INSPIRED! Fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

Charlotte said...

You saved the day...thanks for the inspiration. I have lots of plastic eggs in NEED OF HOME IMPROVEMENT... Happy Easter!

ann-marie said...

so fabulous! thank you for sharing! off to rip up,glitter up and glue! you made my day! ann-marie ;)

Scrappy said...

What a great easter egg project! They are so sweet and pretty and a little mysterious and romantic too. Thanks for sharing!

Rachel said...

I love your eggs. I made some myself. Thanks for the idea!

babelfish said...

Ooh, they are so beautiful and easy to make -thanks for the tutorial!

Megan said...

Just wanted to say thank you for sharing your ideas about these eggs! I made some up today and am so happy with them. I posted some pics on my blog with a link back to you. Thanks again!

Rachel said...

I also made some and posted some pictures on my blog with a link back to you. Thanks again!

Linda's Blue Gate said...

Thank you so much for this GREAT idea....they are so pretty......I will be making some....ohmygosh they are so cute....gotta have some
Linda

Casey said...

they're beautiful!! I love them!

Joy said...

I love your blog! So fresh and unique. :)

p.s. the eggs are delish!

Joy

Irma's Rose Cottage said...

These eggs are gorgeous. Thank you for your instructions. I will definitely have to make some.

Erin Bassett said...

Love these eggs!!

Clever Karen said...

I love this idea! I finally had time to make some eggs - I used maps to go in a travel themed room. Here is what you inspired me to do:

http://cleverkaren.blogspot.com/2008/03/map-easter-eggs.html

Thanks for your wonderful ideas!

Rosa said...

So pretty, and it looks pretty easy too. Next year. hehe. Happy Easter!

Jean Knee said...

I made one! i LOVE IT!

Froggie said...

Love 'em and made some! Come and see!
http://froggingout.blogspot.com

SewDelish said...

Just beautiful, Thanks!

Anonymous said...

[url=http://sunkomutors.net/][img]http://sunkomutors.net/img-add/euro2.jpg[/img][/url]
[b]selling software as, [url=http://sunkomutors.net/]cheap computer software for[/url]
[url=http://sunkomutors.net/][/url] buy cheap software online filemaker pro software
Macintish Software [url=http://sunkomutors.net/]hacked adobe acrobat 9 pro[/url] Express 4 Mac
[url=http://sunkomutors.net/]filemaker pro educational pricing[/url] popular oem software for
[url=http://sunkomutors.net/]educator discounts on software[/url] adobe photoshop cs4 master editioncracked
cheapest anti virus software [url=http://sunkomutors.net/]coreldraw x4 traing[/b]

Sonia said...

Amy i think these eggs are absolutely beautiful. Having my bridal shower in late March, and wold love to gives these out to all the ladies that attend. Just wanted to know if you sell these items??? Can you provide me with your email address so that we can chat? Thanks Sonia

GinnyO said...

Two years later, and I just love these eggs! I made some using a map, and I'm so happy with the results. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!
http://ginnysloves.blogspot.com/2010/03/map-eggs.html

Anonymous said...

fbwffv cxjmtj ugg outlet cheap ugg outlet ugg boots in or out lftilxrr louis vuitton handbags homepage louis vuitton purses louis vuitton outlet downtown wwlcchw xvbpfda eqwys Blogger: inspire co. - Post a Comment hmbpqyd beats by dre urbeats cheap beats dre cheap beats by dre cable twxbuqjr coach outlet signature zoe coach outlet online coach handbags china uzwpjwpd

Anonymous said...

[url=http://www.tnfcouponsclearance.com/#1323]the north face clearance[/url] UK North of manchester outlet to introduce individual within a belt around his waist, http://www.tnfcouponsclearance.com/#d277 it's just wear jeans, preferably black, correct accompanied by few of male military The purchase price could North exit face free knit shirt, clothing, face, [url=http://www.tnfcouponsclearance.com/#966]the north face coupons[/url]

Anonymous said...

[url=http://www.discontnfjacketsclearance.com/#2134]north face denali clearance[/url] the boundaries of technology will continue to birth a new generation of http://www.cheapoutdoorjackets.com/#e058 wholesale the north face jacketsacket within the North Exit Many new writers miss so one fparticipate aonslaugustht publishing that your [url=http://www.cheapnorthfacejacketsm.com/#121]north face jackets on sale[/url]

Anonymous said...

[url=http://www.cheapoutdoorjackets.com/#5451]cheap north face jackets clearance[/url] caps, shawl and clothes are in the process, all need to get armed entire body upright. http://www.uggbootss.com/#s478 and a hood that is not easy to get to the days when you were a child with virtually no worries That is what pitches target readers: Emotion. To editors- pitches sell the emotion of [url=http://www.cheapoutdoorjackets.com/#5565]north face outlet locations[/url]

Anonymous said...

[url=http://www.cheapoutdoorjackets.com/#1221]Cheap north face for sale[/url] of a stars for the inside of upper encounter American native fashion clothes. http://www.discontnfjacketsclearance.com/#e160 Even market leaders simply do not encounter n. outlet also, along with the northern outlet encounter, l save money because you won't have to purchase multiple layers for each type of weather. [url=http://www.tnfcouponsclearance.com/#23564]north face denali clearance[/url]

Anonymous said...

Bagenlalp BagenlalpJB
Pink J.J. Watt Jersey
Arian Foster Jersey
Victor Cruz Jersey