Project

Elegant Eggs

Inspired by an easy Japanese technique, we've created these delightful decorations to enjoy this Easter and next.

Elegant Eggs

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2004

Introduction

Technique: How to Prepare your egg shells.

You can empty the contents of a raw egg without damaging the shell. (If you prefer, use wooden eggs, available at crafts stores.) Carefully twist the point of a utility knife against each end of the egg to create two small holes. Insert a long pin through a hole to pierce the yolk. Blow out the insides with an egg blower, available at crafts stores, or with a rubber ear-and-nose syringe. Let drain; rinse. Blow out again, rinse again, and let dry.

materials

  • Blown-out eggs

  • Pencil

  • Origami paper

  • Embroidery scissors

  • Small paintbrush

  • Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage

steps

  1. Mark egg's length plus 1/4 inch on paper; roll paper around egg's circumference, add 1/8 inch, and mark. Cut out resulting rectangle.

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  2. Fold rectangle in half lengthwise. Cut 1/4-inch-wide strips on both sides of fold, stopping 1/4 inch from fold.

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  3. Brush decoupage glue down fold on unprinted side; wrap around center of egg. Cut one strip to a point so it just reaches egg's tip.

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  4. Brush strip with glue; press gently. Repeat on every other strip, then with remaining strips (trim to fit smaller spaces). Repeat with other end of egg.

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  5. Brush glue over half of egg to seal. Let dry; repeat on other half.

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