Ombre Dyed Easter Egg

I love dying Easter eggs! So many options you can create! I saw a Pinterest post of an ombre dyed easter egg and thought I’d throw that into my designs for this year.

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It’s pretty simple. Put the little pellet in a cup and fill it with 3 Tablespoons white vinegar and let it dissolve (swish around with a spoon if necessary). Then place your egg in, standing it up. after a few minutes, add a little bit of water and let it sit again. Then add a little more water and let it sit…etc, etc until the egg is completely submerged. The longer you let the different layers sit, the more pronounced the ombre will be.

Hope you enjoy dying your Easter eggs!

Have a Happy Easter!! πŸ™‚

Easter Egg Garland Tutorial

Keeping in theme with Spring and Easter, I found another Pinterest project on my list to do. The original pin is fromΒ here.

It is called Easter egg garland. But you can also just use it as decoration on a table or in a centerpiece bowl.

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WHAT YOU NEED:
-1 bottle liquid starch (I used Sta-Flo, found at Walmart for $2.67)
-Embroidery floss, 1 per egg (I did 6 to start with)
-Flour
-Water balloons (filled with air!)

So first blow up the water balloons. Each one will be used as “the egg,” so if you are making 6 eggs, you need 6 balloons. Little did I know, water balloons come in different sizes, and apparently I grabbed the larger size. Just adjust the amount of air in the balloon until you get the size/shape of the egg you want. You can even sorta “mold” the balloon to give it more defined egg features.

Next, mix up the starch solution. You should mix 1 cup liquid starch with 1/2 cup flour. The original instructions said to blend it all together in a blender, but my blender is broken, so i just used a spoon to mix it well in a bowl. It might be a little clumpy, but that’s okay.

Now, you need to unravel your string. This step is SUPER important; if you don’t, you will end up with knotted string that is unusable. After you have it completely unraveled, circle it into the starch solution and then submerge it with a spoon.

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After the all the string is covered in solution, grab one end of the string and start wrapping it around a balloon. You can do any pattern you want! Just make sure the string is taught, and not loose. (I think that was my problem on 3 of my eggs :/ )
When the string runs out, place the balloon on some newspaper or a plastic bag to dry. Repeat the process for the remainder of your balloons. It will take 12-24 hours to dry. I rotated my balloons halfway through the drying process because I noticed the top half was dry but the bottom half was still damp. I think that rotation sped the process along.

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After they are dry, pop the balloon, and take it out with tweezers. You may notice a white residue on the string. Take a needle or safety pin to rub off the residue. From far away it is unnoticeable.

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As you can see, 3 of my eggs came out “lumpy” 😦 I think it’s because I didn’t have the string taught enough. Also, I think it would be beneficial to wipe the excess solution off with your fingertips as you are wrapping the string around the balloon. You know, just slide the string between your fingertips to get off the extra solution. The good news is that the other side of the lumpy eggs were perfect, so if you postion them carefully, you don’t even see the lumps! Problem solved! πŸ˜‰

I hope this project turns out well for you! πŸ™‚

Easter Egg Wreath Tutorial

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Lately I’ve been into making wreaths for different holidays. I made an ornament wreath for Christmas, and it was so easy and fun to make! So I decided to try to make an Easter egg wreath. I was debating on using a wire hanger, string, or foam, but noticed many egg wreath tutorials suggested a foam circle or straw wreath. I kinda just put everything I read together and took what I thought would be best. I went to Walmart to get the supplies and the straw wreath was cheaper, so I went with that!

This is a pretty easy project and only takes an hour or so. One thing I will say is be careful when you are hot glueing the eggs…I burned my finger SO BAD when a drop of hot glue landed on my finger. Because you will be holding the wreath at weird angles to glue the eggs on, the glue drips down still, and BOOM! Your finger might be in the way. And because I was holding the wreath with one hand Β and glue gun in other, I had to throw the glue gun down, then grab the wreath with that hand and then quickly wipe off the hot glue that landed on the other hand. OUCHHHH! Man, that hurt, and still does…2 hours later after cold water, ice, and hydrocortizone cream! There is a blister by the way. So that is the end of my rant and warning. πŸ˜‰

WHAT YOU NEED:
-1 Straw wreath
-42 Regular sized easter eggs (1 pkg at walmart)
-16 Large sized easter eggs (2 pkgs at walmart)
-1 bag of Easter grass
-Hot glue gun/glue sticks

Start glueing the eggs on the inner part of the wreath. You can mix match how you place the eggs. I did them topsy turvy-like and added the larger ones sporadically amongst the regular sized eggs.

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Continue to “layer” the eggs, working from the inner area to the outer area. It is okay if the eggs leave a space or if the glue leaves a visible mark. You will be able to cover it up with the grass later.
I stopped my eggs when I was done doing the outer layer (the outermost part of the wreath). If you hold it up, you will see that the eggs cover the “edge” of the wreath so you do not need to cover the whole entire wreath with eggs. However, if you wish to do that, you will need more eggs than what I mentioned earlier.

Now you can fill in the spaces and cover up any glue marks. Take your glue gun and put a dot of glue where you want a mark or space covered up, then smoosh (yes, smoosh!) some grass on that glue dot! For the spaces, you can either stuff your glue gun down in the space, let some glue out and then use a pencil or long object to stuff the grass down or you can put dots on the eggs surrounding the space and just smoosh the grass on those. Either way, the space will be covered. I did both ways and found the 2nd method to be a lot easier. Also, after you smoosh your grass down, you may have some long pieces. Just take a scissor and cut the excess off, or even trim the grass if it is out of control!

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I hope I made that as easy and informative as possible! Good luck and don’t burn yourself! πŸ˜‰