Ribbon Egg Ornaments
These elegant egg ornaments look equally good hanging from a spring plant or running down the center of an Easter brunch table.
To make your own egg drying rack, follow this how-to.
Using the Rit dye color formula guide as a reference, create a hot water dye bath at double the volume and with the addition of 2 teaspoons of white vinegar. (Tip: Before dyeing, rub eggs with a cotton ball dipped in white vinegar. This will remove oil and protein deposits from the shell and prevent uneven dyeing. Also, be sure to use hot water in the dye bath.)
Add blown eggs to dye bath and keep submerged until desired shade is achieved. Remove eggs from dye bath and let dry on pin board.
Add pearls to dye bath and remove once desired shade is achieved. Rinse with cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
Add seam binding to dye bath and remove once desired shade is achieved. Hang seam binding and let air-dry. Once dry, press flat with an iron.
With scissors, cut seam binding into 24-inch pieces.
Fold each piece of seam binding in half and tie a knot 4 inches from the loose ends.
Bend a piece of floral wire in half and hook it through the looped end of the knotted seam binding.
Build the ornament by threading each element on to the seam binding using the floral wire as a needle. Start with one small pearl, then add one large pearl and the blown, dyed egg, and finish with a small pearl.
With fabric scissors, trim tails of seam binding on a bias. Remove floral wire and use loop of seam binding to hang ornament.