Beautiful Easter decorations can be made by decorating eggs with a variety of felt motifs, feathers, stickers, seeds and grasses, and objects like beads and sequins.
Preparing Eggs for Decoration
If you don’t want to go to the trouble of blowing eggs and working with the eggshells, which are fragile, you can instead use polystyrene, plastic or plain wooden eggs. The results will be just as nice, and the finished product won’t be as delicate or as difficult to store as the real eggs.
However, if you wish to use real eggs, you can prepare them for decoration by either boiling them for an hour for long-term storage, or blowing them. Do this by making two holes, one slightly larger than the other, one in the pointy end of the egg, and one in the fat end. Then mix the egg white and yellow together with a knitting needle or skewer and blow the egg mix out of the larger hole into a basin. Wash the eggshell carefully in hot water and vinegar, then dry carefully before using.
Paint the Eggs Before Further Decoration
You can either start decorating the plain eggs, or paint them. In Europe, special egg paints in liquid or tablet form are sold in kits before Easter. You can also colour your eggs using onion skins for a brown/gold colour, beetroot for a deep red purple colour, tea for a soft brown yellow, and other natural dyes. The eggs can also be coloured with normal watercolour or acrylic paints, leaving them to dry before proceeding with the decoration. Pale pastel colours work well, but bold colours are also striking.
Decorating Eggs Using Beads, Sequins, Stickers, Braids and Ribbons
Once your egg is dry, you can then decorate it with coloured glass or plastic beads and/or sequins, braiding, stickers, and ribbon. It’s easiest to do this if you start by dividing your egg into halves and quarters. You can use as many beads or sequins as you wish, either covering the egg completely, or simply putting bands of colour as you please.
Decorating Eggs with Fabric
Cut out small felt motifs – simple flowers, butterfly outlines, insects such as ladybirds – and carefully glue them to the painted egg. Use overlapping felt colours and motifs to make a multi layer flower with centre – see photo three. Make stems and leaves from green felt, or carefully bend wire to form additional flower decorations. You can also cut flower or insect or Easter animal motifs off fabric such as is used for patchwork, and glue it carefully onto the coloured eggs. A combination of materials can also be used: beads and a lace motif, for example.
Decorating Eggs With Seeds and Grasses
This is a technique best suited to people with plenty of patience, as it’s a rather painstaking technique. Linseeds are best suited to a plain egg, or one with a light colour. Using a thin glue nozzle, carefully paint the design of choice in sections on the egg. Before the glue dries, place the linseeds and press gently into the glue, allowing it to dry. The same technique is used for straw – split the straw and flatten it, then smooth gently and firmly over the glue, making sure that the whole of the piece is glued.
Use these decorated eggs to create table centrepieces, as prizes for children’s Easter games, to make Easter baskets, or to give away as unique gifts.