I’ve been remiss in presenting any Easter craft projects. I tried to make up for that with a last minute egg-decorating project but only managed to do all the things that you shouldn’t do. Smudgy finger prints, gluey fingers with bits of paper stuck to them, etc. So I will take some time to do it properly and save those helpful tips for next year. For this Easter I present to you: photos from our family Easter Egg collection.
I don’t know when we started blowing eggs and decorating them – often with felt-tipped markers. I know we used to have an egg I did for the bicentennial when I was 16 years old, so at least 35 years. That egg has gone the way of others over the year – dropped and broken or cracked beyond repair.
We used to find a good branch and put it into a flower pot to display them. The blown eggs were carefully hung from the twigs of the branch which was fine until the pot tipped over and fragile eggs crashed to the table. For quite a few years a branch was hung from the wrought iron chandelier. The current method is a pair of ornament trees hung with eggs – one on the dining table and one on the piano.
Many different decorating techniques are represented: decoupage, mosaic, very shaky wax-resist Pysanky-style eggs, watercolor, pen and ink, and more. We are lucky enough to have some eggs crafted by my Grandma Cooper (the pretty green with white flowers and white with blue flowers are hers). Other friends and family members have added to the collection, including some commercial eggs and I try and do a new one or two most years.
This is one of my 2011 eggs: blue and gold paper, gold ink, watercolor felt pen, adhesive gems, a button and a gold cord for hanging. It is pictured in a birds nest I found years ago.
Below are the other eggs I finished this morning, packed and ready to go to my parents house.
Here are some sites I’ve visited with information about various egg decorating techniques.
Mosaic Easter Eggs (Save egg shells from peeled, dyed eggs for an egg-shell mosaic on a blown egg)
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Easter!