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Project

Spring Menagerie Eggs

Playful creatures and fresh veggies adorn these eggs. Each design starts with circle stencils made using a craft punch and black adhesive vinyl.

Introduction

For the carrot and radish: The circle stencils are modified with a craft knife; the stem stencil is cut freehand.

Butterflies call for half-circles: For the one in front, orange dye is dabbed into stencils on a pale-pink egg; for the one at back, half-circles are adhered to a pale-peach egg, which is then dipped into darker peach dye.

To make your own wire stands, wrap 20-gauge wire around a pen, flatten the resulting coil to create a series of loops, and then twist the ends together to form a ring.

Materials

  • Blank vinyl sheet, 9"-by-12", by C-Thru, from duall.com
  • 3/4-inch, 1/2-inch, and 1/8-inch craft punch, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from Martha Stewart Shop, Michaels, and createforless.com
  • Dye (the classic four-pack or a neon variation)
  • Craft knife, from Martha Stewart Shop
  • Fine-tipped permanent-ink marker
  • Fine-tipped permanent-ink marker

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Apply vinyl stencils to a pale dyed egg (for body, use a 1-inch circle punch; for ears, use a 3/4-inch punch and a strip of vinyl). Dab undiluted dye inside the stencils.

  2. Step 2

    Peel off stencils. Apply two more stencils (for face, use 3/4-inch punch; for tail, use a 1/2-inch punch). Dab dye.

  3. Step 3

    Peel off stencils to reveal the bunny shape.

  4. Step 4

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    Make eye stencils using a 1/8-inch hole punch. Dab dye. Cut triangle stencil for nose using a craft knife. Dab dye.

  5. Step 5

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    Draw a curved mouth using a fine-tipped permanent-ink marker.