Think outside the Easter basket and nestle sweets into papier-mâché egg boxes adorned with these millinery-inspired blooms.
eggs with ribbon flowers
Dane Tashima

Your Easter decorations can and should go beyond dyed eggs. These blossoms are no-sew; just fold a length of ribbon into accordion pleats and clamp each end with a binder clip. Tie the bundle in the middle with a thinner ribbon, release the clips so the sides open into a farfalle-pasta shape, and glue the side edges together to create a ruffled circle. Once it's dry, pull a thin ribbon through the center as a "stem." Then, trim the an egg-shaped box (a fun alternative to the traditional basket!) with matching ribbon, plant the flowers on top, and fill 'er up. These sweet details actually make the perfect accent on a myriad of holiday tchotchkes, including cards.

Created by Silke Stoddard and Tanya Graff

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What you need

Materials
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How to do it

Part 1

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Step 1

Cut a piece of ribbon that's double the length of its width (so for a 5/8-inch ribbon, cut to 1 ¼-inch long; for a 1 ¼-inch ribbon, cut to 2 1/2 inches long). Fold into accordion pleats, and secure each end with a mini binder clip.

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Step 2

Tie center of ribbon "package" with pink ribbon, pulling it tightly and double-knotting. Remove clips.

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Step 3

Add a thin line of glue along edges of the two ribbons below pink knot. Press edges of ribbons together firmly. Repeat with ribbons above pink knot. Let dry completely.

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Step 4

Thread tapestry needle with a length of green ribbon. Pull through hole in middle of "flower" to create a "stem."

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Step 5

Use glue, adhesive dots, or double-sided tape to adhere a length of ribbon around edge of box. Arrange ribbon flowers on top and drape stems along box, securing ribbons with glue or adhesive dots.

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