Moss is one of the many happy harbingers of spring, as winter’s blanket of snow melts to reveal a refreshingly green natural carpet. Bring its bright color and soft texture to the table by molding eggs in a variety of sizes from sheet moss.
Photography: Gentl and Hyers
Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2014
Flanking the results with blown-out bird eggs from NakedEggs and branches of Quince blossoms spotlights their size and hue.
Preserved sheet moss, $4 for 172 sq. in., joann.com
Floral wire, 24 gauge, $2 for 50 ft., joann.com
Egg molds (#E151, #E15, #E153), from $2 each, lifeofthepartymolds.com
Blown-out eggs, from $13, ebay.com/americanmade
Plastic clamshell egg mold
Floral wire, 24 gauge
Dampen moss with water to make it pliable. Press largest, prettiest pieces in two sides of mold first, green side down. (They will be the exposed exterior of assembled egg.)
Fill in rest of mold with smaller, less colorful pieces.
Press both sides of mold together, and secure closed with rubber bands. Let sit several hours, until moss has dried a bit.
Remove rubber bands and gently pull egg halves from mold.
Press halves back together; about 1 inch from seam on one side, pierce through both halves with floral wire. Twist ends of wire together and trim. (Wire will be hidden by moss.) Repeat on other side, then on top and bottom. If eggs need reshaping, briefly return to mold.