Jessica Ackerman : Beautiful Easter Wreath with Blown Eggs
Create a Beautiful Easter Wreath with Blown Eggs
By Jessica Ackerman
If you love decorating Easter eggs, why not try making some that you can save from year to year? By blowing the egg yolks and egg whites out of the egg shells before decorating them, you can make beautiful hand-painted eggs that you can use to decorate your home. These beautiful eggs work perfectly for creating a lovely Easter wreath. If you want to make one for your own home, just follow these simple steps.
Materials You Will Need
Although you can basically use any eggs if you are careful, using raw eggs that have been pasteurized is the safest choice. If you use pasteurized eggs, you won't have to worry if any raw egg white or yolk gets in your mouth. You should also wash the eggs carefully before you start, so that they are perfectly clean. You'll need a sharp object such as an awl or an ice pick, some white tissue paper, and a bottle of tacky white craft glue. To decorate the eggs, you can use standard Easter egg dye, food coloring, paint or markers. You'll also need a bowl large enough to hold the egg yolks and egg whites once you blow them out. To make the wreath, you'll need a grapevine wreath form, a hot glue gun, and a large decorative bow.
Preparing the Eggs
To get the yolk and egg whites out of each egg, you will need to carefully chip a small hole in both the tip and the top of the egg. Hold one of the openings up to your lips, blowing gently over the bowl until the contents of the egg comes out the other side. Repeat the process with all the eggs. You can either discard the contents of the eggs, or use them for cooking purposes if desired. Then, wash the eggs carefully inside and out. To clean the inside thoroughly, block one opening with the tip of your finger. Fill the egg partially full of warm soapy water. Then, cover the top hole with your other finger, and shake gently. Let the water pour out of the egg, repeating the process several times until the egg is completely clean. Then, repeat with clear water to rinse. Place a paper towel across the cups of an open egg carton, pressing down slightly. Cradle each egg in one of the towel-lined cups, and let dry overnight.
Decorating the Eggs
If you want to dip the eggs in standard Easter egg dye or a food coloring and water solution, you'll need to allow them to drain again overnight after dying them before finishing the decorating process. Save a little of each dye color, since you'll need it the next day when covering the two holes. You could also simply use markers and paints to completely color the eggs. When the eggs are completely dry, you'll need to cover the two holes that you chipped in the shells. Use white glue to adhere a couple small circles of white tissue paper over each of the holes. Press the circles down carefully so that they are not too visible. If you used Easter egg dye or food coloring, dab a little of the coloring solution on each tissue-paper covered area, so that the coloring will match. After the glue has dried, you can complete the decorating process using markers and paint. Let dry, then embellish with glitter, sequins, faux pearls or other decorations as desired.
Making the Wreath
Once all your eggs are dry, use a hot glue gun to attach them to the grapevine wreath in an attractive fashion. You could also use Spanish moss or other materials to embellish the wreath as desired. Use the hot glue gun to attach a large decorative bow. You can then attach a small yarn or cord loop to the back of the wreath so that you can hang it up and enjoy. •
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