Black and White Easter eggs, three ways
While my kids have been joyfully painting Easter eggs in all the usual candy colors, I have been doing a bit of my own egg decorating. I like to find ways to add seasonal decorations that fit seamlessly into my overall look in my home. I also love flowers, especially spring flowers, and I feel they add tons of color to my space so I don’t want to add on more pastels with decoration. Neutral decor seems like the right thing to add, but my goodness that sounds boring. Neutral Easter eggs. I was thinking about that as the title for this blog post. Ha! What is the Easter equivalent of Scrooge? But have no fear, I’ve found some very pretty (and easy!) ways to add stylish Easter decor with a neutral palette. Place these black and white eggs next to a bouquet of tulips and you will feel anything but bored. I’ve used gorgeous black and white spotted feathers in all the decorations, which I found at my local garden centre in their Easter decorations.
I have to tell you that I do not like any kind of complicated craft project. I only do crafty things if they are simple and make a minimal mess. The following eggs definitely fit these requirements.
Let’s start with the really easy eggs. Here are the instruction for these pretty butterfly eggs: Boil some eggs. Apply the stickers. Put them in a basket surrounded by fun, spotted feathers. Done. Could that be any simpler? (I bought the stickers at Depot).
I did get out some glue for these next ones. Decoupage glue, to be exact. And that’s what I used as well for the book pages eggs that will follow next. It’s called Decopatch in German. Just apply a small amount of glue to the feather and the egg with a small paint brush (like you would use with a set of watercolours) and let it dry. Use the paint brush to smooth out the strands of the feathers nicely. You can apply as many feathers as you like, and even use brown eggs, or a mixture of white and brown.
These decoupage book pages eggs were a bit more time-consuming, but still very easy. Do you know how to decoupage? Even if you think you haven’t done it before, I bet you did when you were a child. Simply tear up small pieces of paper and cover the egg. I used pages from an already falling apart book, but you could also use newspaper or magazine pages. The rule of decoupage is the smaller the object you are covering, the smaller the pieces of paper should be. I used small scraps about 3-5 cm each. But there is no need to measure, just tear up scraps of paper like a child would do. Then apply with the decoupage glue using a small paint brush. You will need more glue than you would with very thin decoupage paper. Just keep adding it under and on top of your scraps and smooth over the egg. Add until the whole egg is covered and let it dry. Next you can glue on a feather if you wish. After that’s dry, then tie the twine around the egg. This was the most difficult part! Prop it up in an egg cup for best results and if you’re lucky enough to have an extra pair of hands to help, it’ll be a snap. I managed to do these on my own, but it took me a couple of tries.
Here are most of the materials I used. The feathers are the most important part, look for them anywhere they sell Easter decorations. As mentioned above, the butterfly stickers are from Depot. The glue can be found anywhere they sell craft supplies. The twine was bought at Ikea, but I’m sure Depot would have this as well.
What do you think about black and white Easter eggs?