07 April, 2009

Gorgeous Lace & Patterned Eggs for Easter

Today I found some easy & fabulous Easter decorating projects you can do at home with inexpensive resources - eggs, left over ribbon/ lace/ masking tape or vinyl stickers, and food dye stuff... all details for these and many more fantastic projects can be found on Martha Stewart - the ultimate in holiday projects - decorating & entertaining...
Gorgeous Lace Eggs... This Easter, take hard-boiled eggs to new heights by embellishing them with lacy patterns. Once the eggs are dyed and dry, pile them in a large bowl to use them as a centerpiece.
Tools and Materials - Eggs, Standard egg dye, Rubber bands, Inexpensive lace trimmings or scraps from a worn tablecloth or curtains, Scissors, & Foam board fitted with flat head pins.
Lace Egg How-To
  1. 1. Cut lace into strips long enough to wrap around eggs and still have extra to form a sash for holding.
  2. 2. Wrap eggs, securing lace with rubber bands. Dye eggs according to dye package instructions. Lift out, cut off rubber bands, and unwrap lace. Let dry on foam board fitted with flat head pins.
  3. Resources - Inexpensive lace trimmings can be found in fabric stores.
Why don't you packaged & present your decorated eggs like this - above!

Stencil / Resistant Eggs... With stencils made of waterproof vinyl adhesive tape and cut-out shapes, you can create perfectly rendered patterns on your Easter eggs. Make plaid, polka-dotted, punctuated, or monogrammed eggs, or create your own designs. Any color that you cover with tape will remain unchanged throughout the process. The instructions below are for creating the plaid/check egg.
Tools and Materials: Eggs, Food coloring, Waterproof vinyl adhesive tape, and stencils. Burnishing tool (available at art-supply stores), Small bowls, Paper towel.
Stenciled Eggs How-To:
  1. Start with a white egg or one dyed a pale color. Band the egg twice lengthwise with a 1/4-inch-wide masking tape, repositioning as necessary to get a tight fit. Firmly rub the tape with your fingernail or a burnishing tool so that the dye can't seep underneath.
  2. Dip egg into dye, raising and dipping until the color deepens as desired. Blot egg with a paper towel. Let dry ten minutes. Remove tape.
  3. Band the egg's width with tape at its widest point, then repeat to make smaller circles around each end. (Try alternating wide strips of tape with narrow ones.) Burnish, dye, and dry as before.
  4. Remove tape. If you used a raw egg, carefully blow out contents.

Images from Martha Stewart Living

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