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Thread-Wrapped Easter Eggs

These charming ornaments look lovely piled high in a pretty bowl, displayed on candlesticks, or hung from an Easter tree.

Introduction

We wrapped Styrofoam eggs -- ranging in size from one to three inches tall -- in perle cotton thread and embellished them with dainty vintage millinery flowers, ribbons, and decorative trim.

Materials

  • Styrofoam eggs (Use 1- to 3-inch tall eggs if you're hanging them, 4 to 5 1/2 inches if you're using as mantel display pieces)
  • Straight pins
  • Small paintbrush
  • White glue
  • Perle cotton thread in various colors, #5, from Herrshners
  • Screw eyes in silver (60645166), by Darice, from Create for Less
  • Silver thread (only needed if you're adding a hook to hang it as an ornament)
  • Optional: vintage flowers in white and pink, and leaves in white, from Tinsel Trading

Steps

  1. Step 1

     To make an egg: Insert pin at one end of egg; brush a small area surrounding the pin with glue. Hook one end of floss around the pin, leaving a 1/2-inch tail; adhere tail to glued portion on the egg. Carefully begin wrapping the floss in a single layer around pin and over tail end, adhering it to egg. 

  2. Step 2

    Once you've covered glued portion with floss, use paintbrush to apply more glue to another small section, and continue wrapping; repeat until half of egg is wrapped, and then snip floss. Remove pin, and repeat process on other end until entire egg is covered. Fill in any gaps with more thread.

  3. Step 3

    A variety of trims and fabric millinery flowers can be used to embellish your wrapped eggs. Simply use clear fabric glue to adhere them. A variety of trims and fabric millinery flowers can be used to embellish your wrapped eggs. Simply use clear fabric glue to adhere them.

  4. Step 4

    Mantelpiece DisplayIf you've wrapped oversize eggs, you can display them on candlesticks to create a striking effect. Among these eggs are a mix of fresh and faux spring blossoms: indigo grape hyacinths, lavender lilies of the valley, and creamy daffodils mingle with iridescent velvet millinery flowers, all arranged in sterling-silver cups. See the Mantelpiece Display

  5. Step 5

    Small thread-wrapped eggs look lovely hanging from an Easter tree. To add a hook to hang the ornament: Dip tip of a screw eye in glue, and insert it in top of egg. Pass silver thread through it, and knot to form a loop. Get the Easter Tree How-To