Tuesday, March 23, 2010

easter eggs


I made these eggs a couple of years ago...do you remember? I thought you'd like to see them again...


from the archives...March 2008
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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!



32 comments:

Connie said...

BEAUTIFUL eggs! Love this idea! Thanks for sharing :)

Rita Hutcheson-Cobbs said...

I love this idea...can't wait to try it myself! Thanks for sharing and have an artful week. =) Love, Blessings, & {{{Hugs}}}, Rita

Jill said...

Those eggs are ADORABLE! I love everything about them! :)

C'est Magnifique said...

Those are so beautiful! I must make some!

Tania

Ingrid said...

Love them! They could even be after Easter has come and gone. Great photos too!

Diva Kreszl said...

thanks for sharing this tutorial, especially since I missed it the frist go round! love this idea!!!

Michael - Innkeeper said...

so crafty and cool. i really love these. i even just like them 'plain' just wrapped in the paper and tied with a ribbon. you could even us scrapbooking paper. or put a picture of each family memeber on an egg and use them for place cards!

Merci-Notes said...

Beautiful project Amy! I love how you have/had placed them in the fabulous bowl!!!

With Kindness,
Mary

Piper said...

This was the original post that got me hooked on you! I love them, and I love mine too! It's fun to add to the collection each year as well. Thank you! For everything!

Catherine said...

Hi Amy
Lovely eggs!
A question my blog is no longer listed for the stiching, did I get dropped? Sorry to bother and I know you had so many to list :)

Catherine
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Style Sisters said...

Oh mu gosh these are sooo precious! I must make a few immediately. Thanks for the idea.
Oh hey stop by and enter my napkin ring giveaway. They are great for your Easter table.

Karin

Anonymous said...

Hi Amy,
I used your idea last year but I bought a few old maps instead of books. They are not as pretty as yours but different. I used old buttons and ribbons too on the bigger plastic eggs. Thanks for always sharing.
BTW..what did you get for your birthday!

Kim

GinnyO said...

I just finished this craft with my daughter. I used maps also! I just adore these eggs. Thanks so much, Amy for sharing your creative ideas! http://ginnysloves.blogspot.com/2010/03/map-eggs.html

marie said...

These are wonderful ~ than you for sharing such a fun idea!

I loved your birthday post. It was so sweet. I hope you had a joy-filled day!!

Sandy Michelle said...

OMG I must make these with my older daughter! What a great idea to crack them open too! Thanks for sharing them with us!

Sandy xox

Samantha said...

Oh wow! so glad you showed these, i wasn't around for them last year! Finally something to do with those plastic eggs!

linda said...

Thanks for this lovely idea...they are beautiful and I'm going to make them now...yay!

Dawn said...

Love the way you have embellished these, Amy!
I made several two years ago.
So much fun...and an instant kind of a project!

Thanks again for the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

I am off to buy a bag of those hideous plastic eggs to make pretty. Finally a way to do that. Thanks for the tutorial - missed the first go around. And Happy belated Birthday. God bless your cute little family.

Mitzi Curi said...

Amy, those are so adorable! I might have to give them a try. Thanks for the inspiration and tutorial.

Frivolitea said...

Oh I LOVE those eggs! what a wonderful idea!

Frivolitea said...

I am working on the eggs right now and love the way they are turning out. I am going to let them dry overnight and then embellish. But boy it is taking me a long time to put the paper on each egg. I am so impressed with how many you made.

Meander said...

GORGEOUS! If I had a spare moment I would SO be making these right now! Maybe next Easter. . .thanks for sharing doll!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Oh how beautiful! I just love the sparkle! Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking.

Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

These are so sweet! I'm glad I now have another use for my battered old books. :)

Mishy said...

Hi, i`luv ur idea... if give me permision im going to transate to spanish and put it in my blog! http://mishydesign.blogspot.com/2010/04/hand-crafts-de-pascua.html

Mishy said...

Hi, i`luv ur idea... if give me permision im going to transate to spanish and put it in my blog! http://mishydesign.blogspot.com/2010/04/hand-crafts-de-pascua.html

DeeDee said...

Oh Em Gee! I love your idea and now I HAVE to make some of these adorable eggs! THANKS for sharing!

Rosemary said...

These are gorgeous and I just started to make some of them for my home. I think my technique will improve as I make more but thank you so much for the wonderful inspiration!

You've got an adorable blog.

Rupali said...

Beautiful Easter Eggs. I can use them for my easter party. Thanks for sharing.

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