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Basic Egg Projects

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2006

Introduction

For our colorful Easter basket projects, we planned each basket around one color, but you can mix colors or combine ideas from different baskets. If you blow out the eggs (see below), you can keep them from year to year. Boiled eggs could be used instead, but remember that they are perishable and heavier (so they won't nestle as nicely in, say, a bed of clover).

Before you start, get the Basic Egg Techniques.

materials

  • For chicks: 1 1/8-inch pom-pom maker from a crafts store

  • For chicks: Yellow yarn

  • For chicks: Orange pipe cleaners

  • Cotton gloves

  • For polka-dot eggs: Hole punches in different sizes

  • For polka-dot eggs: Adhesive vinyl letters

  • For polka-dot eggs: Silver spray paint

  • For polka-dot eggs: Ribbon rosettes

  • For polka-dot eggs: 1/8-inch silk ribbon

steps

  1. At a crafts store, buy gold leaf in various shades (you'll need three or four gold sheets per egg). Blow out eggs.

  2. Working in a draft-free room and using a small brush, paint blown-out eggs with size, an adhesive material, and let dry on a drying rack according to manufacturer's instructions.

  3. Wearing cotton gloves, rub a thin gilder's tip brush on your hair to create static, and lift one gold sheet from the packet. Drape it over egg coated with size, and smooth with your fingers. Repeat until egg is covered. Go over egg with a soft, clean natural paintbrush to even out the texture and brush off any extra flakes.

  4. Wrap yarn around two of the kit's plastic pieces placed back to back, until the middle is filled with yarn. Repeat with the other two plastic pieces. Hook the two sides into each other to make a yarn 'wreath.'

  5. Cut around sides of the wreath. Use yellow twine to tie yarn in the middle. Remove plastic pieces to reveal pom-pom. Trim again to make pom-pom round. To make a smaller pom-pom for the head, use less yarn or trim down a large pom-pom. Sew pom-poms through centers with yellow thread to connect the head to the body.

  6. Trim the nap from orange pipe cleaners to create legs. Cut two 2 1/2-inch pieces, and bend them in the middle for 'knees.' Notch at the bottom, as shown. Bend a 3/4-inch piece into a V, dab white glue on outside corner, and cinch inside notch to create feet. Put a dab of glue on the top of the legs, and push into pom-pom so that chick will be able to stand; adjust position of legs, and allow glue to dry with chick standing up. Cut two small triangles of felt for the beak, and adhere with dabs of glue. Thread a needle with black embroidery thread, and tie a knot at the end. Insert needle where eye would be, and push through head, leaving knot flush with pom-pom surface; knot and trim other end for second eye.

  7. Place a plastic liner inside a basket and fill it with soil so it is mounded in spots, like a hilly field. Turn daffodils out of their plastic pots, and plant in soil; for a more natural look, carefully tease apart daffodils before planting.

  8. Place cushion moss on top. Plant additional daffodils between the moss seams and into the soil to fill in bare spots. Place pom-pom chicks on top. Set the basket in a sunny location, and water frequently so it will last for several weeks.

  9. Used for the silver basket. First blow out and dye eggs in a variety of colors. The color of the dye will be the color of the polka dots.

  10. Using different-size hole punches, make dots from adhesive vinyl letters. After the eggs have dried, adhere dots in an evenly spaced pattern over eggshells. With eggs still on drying board, spray with silver paint.

  11. Let dry 15 to 20 minutes, and then flip the eggs over to spray the other sides. Let dry again. Peel off the dots. Using all-purpose glue, attach 1/8-inch silk ribbon around eggs, and adorn with ribbon rosettes.

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