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Project

Egg Garland

Introduction

Dyed in fresh spring hues, our egg chain makes a cheerful seasonal swag for a mantel mirror; the blown-out eggshells are light enough to loop across a doorway. The simple hardware (a few adhesive hooks) is concealed under satin bows for a finished look. Save extra colored eggs to nest in a decorative glass compote or cup.

Tip: Ribbons should coordinate with one another.

Materials

  • Two-dozen raw eggs
  • Food coloring
  • Seam-binding ribbon
  • A beading needle
  • 3-millimeter adhesive hooks
  • Satin ribbon

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    With an egg blower (available at crafts stores), poke a small hole at top and bottom of each egg -- be sure that the pin pierces the yolk; carefully expel contents. Rinse, let dry, and then dye with food coloring.

  2. Step 2

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    Thread one end of seam binding through beading needle. Use to draw ribbon through egg holes. Knot ribbon to secure first and last eggs, and snip. Hang garland in swags over hooks affixed to wall or molding. Place bows so they conceal hooks.

  3. Step 3

    Cover work area with old newspaper to catch drips. Use cups or bowls as deep as an upright egg, so you can completely submerge the shells.

  4. Step 4

    To prepare dyes, use 1 teaspoon of vinegar and about 20 drops of food coloring for each 1/2 cup of boiling water. Experiment with various shades in different bowls; a couple of blue drops added to a red dye, for example, will yield a raspberry color.

  5. Step 5

    Vary dipping times to create different intensities of a single color. Shells absorb dye at different rates: Dipping for less than 5 minutes will produce subtle, translucent hues. To deepen color, leave egg in dye bath for at least 10 minutes.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2002

Reviews (8)

  • rock63roll64 2 Mar, 2011

    TOOTER22 .THANKS FOR THE IDEA. I WAS WONDERING HOW THIS WOULD WORK WITH PLASTIC EGGS (SINCE I HAVE SO MANY OF THEM). I AM GOING TO DO THIS BUT ALSO PUT FLOWER PETALS IN BETWEEN THE EGGS. I WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW IT TURNS OUT. AGAIN THANKS!!

  • promotingbeauty 22 Mar, 2010

    please, how did you do the red cabbage dye? Blue is my favorite color...in all different shades. I'd like to try this.

  • promotingbeauty 22 Mar, 2010

    Please, how did you dye the eggs with red cabbage?

  • tooter22 1 Jan, 2009

    Try using plastic eggs, they won't break and are already colored. You can decorate further with colored marker or stickers. to put a [filtered word] in either end of the plastic egg I used the tip of a hot glue gun and melted the [filtered word] in (did not need the glue stick for this)

  • bonnoslobbo 12 Mar, 2008

    This site is the best. I've had a dozen blown out eggs for a long time. This year I dyed them, but still didn't know what to do with them. Lo and behold, here is the perfect project! Since I had the eggs ready, this took me about 15 minutes to complete and it is lovely. I used a piece of wire instead of a beading needle; it worked perfectly. My favorite homemade dye was red cabbage. BEAUTIFUL blue eggs of all different intensities of color resulted!

  • karent58 7 Mar, 2008

    Let it fill with dye and it will sink.
    Just make sure you have a deep enough bowl and enough dye to cover the egg once it's filled.

  • mariettasmith 6 Mar, 2008

    Hold it down with a wire cup holder that comes with most egg coloring kits.

  • Helen EMM 6 Mar, 2008

    How do you submerge a blown out egg? They float!