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Pressed-Flower Eggs

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television

Introduction

A festive Easter basket is all the more charming when its classic contents are adorned with beautiful pressed flowers. What’s more, the technique, known as decoupage, requires little more than Mod-Podge, an inexpensive paintbrush, and the pressed blossoms, which you can purchase already pressed or easily prepare using a flower press. This version features Queen Anne’s lace, violas, and verbenas, but you can use virtually any diminutive blooms for this project.

materials

  • Blown-out, dyed eggs

  • Mod-Podge

  • Small paintbrush

  • Skewers

  • Hiker’s Flower Press

  • Chenille Baskets

  • Pressed Flowers (Queen Anne’s Lace; Yellow, Purple, Blue, and Pink Violas; Light-Blue Hydrangeas; Red Verbena; Orange Marigolds)

steps

  1. Using a small paintbrush, apply a dab of Mod-Podge to the egg where the flower will go. Using the same brush, carefully pick up a flower, and decoupage it onto the egg. Apply another thin coat of Mod-Podge on top of the flower. Be sure to leave a little room around one of the holes, as it will be covered later.

  2. Decoupage the remaining flowers as desired. Allow the egg to dry on a skewer for about 10 minutes, or until the flowers are dry to the touch. (If you notice any lifting at this point, you may need to re-cover some areas with the Mod-Podge.) Once it’s dry, place another flower on the hole that’s still visible. Let dry for about 10 minutes.

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