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Project

Beaded Egg Ornaments

Deck arrangements of flowering branches with personalized pendants.

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Make a hole in shells. 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. Write messages or names on the shells with white crayon, and then dye them with food coloring; let dry.

  2. Step 2

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    Cut a 15-inch length of seam-binding ribbon, and fold in half; create hanging loops by knotting the folded end of the ribbon 2 inches from top. Thread ribbon ends through a beading needle, and use needle to draw the double-stranded ribbon through each egg and a wood bead, as shown. Tie knots in ribbon to secure beads; trim ribbon ends, and hang ornaments from branches.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2002

Reviews (26)

  • insoma 28 Mar, 2012

    RE: beads, see Craft instruction #2: "Thread ribbon ends through a beading needle, and use needle to draw the double-stranded ribbon through each egg and a wood BEAD, as shown. Tie knots in ribbon to secure BEADS...."

  • CarolJuneRogers 28 Mar, 2012

    Am I missing something? Why is it called beaded? I don't see any beads.

  • rosanneb 2 Apr, 2009

    When my daughter was 12 yrs old she painted 2 hollowed eggs as gifts for my husband and I. His was painted to resemble an M

  • rosanneb 2 Apr, 2009

    When my daughter was 12 yrs old she painted 2 hollowed eggs as gifts for my husband and I. His was painted to resemble an M

  • rosanneb 2 Apr, 2009

    When my daughter was 12 yrs old she painted 2 hollowed eggs as gifts for my husband and I. His was painted to resemble an M

  • rosanneb 2 Apr, 2009

    When my daughter was 12 yrs old she painted 2 hollowed eggs as gifts for my husband and I. His was painted to resemble an M

  • rosanneb 2 Apr, 2009

    When my daughter was 12 yrs old she painted 2 hollowed eggs as gifts for my husband and I. His was painted to resemble an M

  • rosanneb 2 Apr, 2009

    When my daughter was 12 yrs old she painted 2 hollowed eggs as gifts for my husband and I. His was painted to resemble an M

  • rosanneb 2 Apr, 2009

    When my daughter was 12 yrs old she painted 2 hollowed eggs as gifts for my husband and I. His was painted to resemble an M

  • rosanneb 2 Apr, 2009

    When my daughter was 12 yrs old she painted 2 hollowed eggs as gifts for my husband and I. His was painted to resemble an M

  • rosanneb 2 Apr, 2009

    When my daughter was 12 yrs old she painted 2 hollowed eggs as gifts for my husband and I. His was painted to resemble an M

  • gigitex 31 Mar, 2009

    Jumbo egg Easter invitations blow out eggs make one end larger to insert invitation rinse with soapy water let dry inside completely type invitation length wise cut the strip roll tightly insert to egg with small Easter confetti seal both ends with tacky glue and white tissue paper, paint eggs with soft Easter colors if using acrylic paint you will need one coat of semi gloss. Decorate eggs with ribbon, flowers, dots, ect place egg in small amount of natural grass in a sml container mail or h

  • geauxmama 30 Mar, 2009

    They WILL last forever .... provided you don't step on, sit on, throw or drop them! I am in my 40's and still have some from early childhood!

  • Palin4President 30 Mar, 2009

    I would want these to last forever. I think I'll drill holes in plastic eggs...

  • grannyquilter 30 Mar, 2009

    howdydog1 the instructions read to use a white crayon or you could use the crayons that come in Easter egg coloring boxes.

  • howdydog1 30 Mar, 2009

    This article did not explain how to personialize the eggs. Maybe you draw the name on with glue, then lay a string of seed beads in the glue to form the name?

  • Linner 30 Mar, 2009

    "A wood bead" equals beaded egg ornaments? Did I miss something? What a disappointment.

  • bnan 29 Mar, 2009

    I am not a "Spring Chicken" and have been blowing eggs for a few centuries. To protect the decorated eggs from crushing, I have always filled the empty egg shell with "Plaster of Paris". Mix the plaster powder as directed. Seal the [filtered word] in one end of the shell with a small piece of duck tape. use a funnel to fill the shell. Set the filled egg an egg an egg carton to cure.

  • vicki57 29 Mar, 2009

    Exactly what I thought too! Totally misleading.

  • khender711 29 Mar, 2009

    nice craft, but the name "beaded" egg ornament was a bit misleading. Since I enjoy beading, my imagination took me to a completely different place about what this egg would look like.

  • finlander 29 Mar, 2009

    As Keepsake for 1st Easter you can buy the Egg Shaped Paper Mache eggs at any good craft store...decorate the small-med size eggs and decorate the paper mache eggs in coordinating colors...instant protected keepsake. Be sure to line the paper mache egg inside to keep the fragile real egg protected! Viola, instant Heirloom. I'm thinking a coating of non-yellowing shellac/laquer would protect the real egg...wax coating on the inside?? to make it last??

  • AlaskanAndroid 29 Mar, 2009

    Or 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.

  • AlaskanAndroid 29 Mar, 2009

    Dye it first, then blow out the egg.

  • beverson 29 Mar, 2009

    I've always wanted to dye blown-out eggs, but I'm thinking they will float. They do not address this problem here. Anyone done this yet? How do you solve that?

  • KarlaH 29 Mar, 2009

    Everything old becomes new again. My mother did this with me when I was young - lets say that was many, many years ago.

  • jasfromoz 6 Mar, 2009

    This looks like a perfect keepsake for my niece (aptly named Lilly too!). Especialy for kids who are too young to eat chocolate at Easter time, it's a great memento of perhaps their first Easter.