German-Style Paper Cutout Easter Eggs
Bring the whimsy of scherenschnitte, the German art of paper cutting, to your tabletop decor. Blown-out eggs, dyed and adorned with seasonal silhouettes, look delightful dangling from a cluster of quince branches. Eggs can also be inscribed with guests' names and double as place cards and charming favors.
Give the scissors a rest: The easiest way to make silhouettes is to use craft punches, available from Martha Stewart Crafts. (If using a punch, skip to Step 4)
- Egg templates
- Paper (in a solid color, no thicker than construction paper
- Transfer paper
- Ballpoint pen
- Small scissors
- Mod Podge
- Gel-ink pen
- 1/8-inch-wide silk ribbon
- Sewing needle
Dye blown-out eggs using our instructions as desired. Let dry.
Lay paper (solid color, no thicker than construction paper) for silhouettes faceup on work surface. Lay a sheet of transfer paper facedown on silhouette paper. Place template printout on top; trace character outlines with a ballpoint pen.
Cut silhouettes along transferred outlines using small scissors.
Coat back of 1 cutout with Mod Podge using a small brush. Apply cutout to egg; smooth using tip of brush handle. Let dry. Repeat, adding cutouts as desired.
Apply Mod Podge to entire egg with a medium brush. Let dry. (For place cards, write names on finished eggs' silhouettes with a gel-ink pen.)
Thread a 10-inch length of 1/8-inch-wide silk ribbon through the eye of a long needle.
Insert needle in bottom hole of blown-out egg; draw it up through top hole. Leave a hanging loop at the top, and draw needle back down through top and bottom holes.
Knot ribbon 2 to 3 times near bottom hole (make sure knot doesn't slip through the hole). Trim ribbon ends.
Hang eggs from quince or other spring-blooming branches that are secured inside a vessel weighted with stones.