It’s almost Easter, so it’s time to get crafty. I have always loved decorating eggs for Easter. First as a child, and later with my own children. My boys are growing up too fast and are no longer interested in crafts. They are still interested in the Easter egg hunt but prefer chocolate eggs over dyed eggs. I’m on my own now!
Last year, I dyed my eggs in different shades of blue and green to create an ombré effect. This year, I tried a new Easter egg idea I’m sharing with you. It’s an easy and affordable project. All you need are eggs and pressed flowers.
To get inspired I love to visit Pinterest. On my Easter Pinterest board, you will find lots of spring flowering bulbs, pansies ànd of course lots of eggs. Hyacinths, daffodils, crocus and pansies belong to the early bloomers and announce the arrival of spring. I love pansies, they come in all shades of colours. The natural colours of pansies and violas are blue, purple, and lavender. I prefer these natural colours. I bought my pansies at the market last year and pressed some of the flowers. I have found that pansies are some of the best flowers to dry. They are small and flat and they seem to hold their colour very well.
Here is what you will need:
- White eggs, hard boiled or empty
- Pressed pansies or other pressed flowers
- Wallpaper paste
- A bowl
- A small paint brush
You can decorate hard-boiled or empty eggs. For my ombré Easter decoration, I used hard boiled eggs but this year I decided to blow out the eggs. Hard-boiled eggs are best when you want a sturdy egg for hiding and when you want to eat them when you’re done. Hard-boiled eggs should be stored in the refrigerator and even then will only last a week before you have to throw them out. If you want to keep your eggs for a long time and maybe even bring them out again next year, use empty eggs.
How to blow out eggs
Here is what you will need to blow out the eggs:
- Needle or pin
- Metal BBQ skewer
- Wooden party skewer
- Plastic food box
- Tea towel
- Make two tiny holes at either end of the egg using a needle or a pin.
- The holes then need to be made bigger, so you can get the egg contents out. I used the metal BBQ skewer as a drill. Use your fingers to twist the skewer through the egg. Apply as little pressure as possible or the egg will crack.
- Use the wooden party skewer to break up the yolk inside the egg, pushing it and out of the hole repeatedly.
- Place the food box to catch the insides of the egg. Hold the egg right above the food box when you’re blowing. If you use clean materials, you can save the egg yolks and whites for scrambled eggs.
- Blow hard into the hole with your mouth to get the egg to come out the other hole and into the box. If you are worried about salmonella poisoning and don’t want to use your mouth, use a straw or an egg blowing tool.
- Wash the hollowed out eggs with water and soap. Blow out the water.
- Put the eggs on a tea towel to dry overnight.
Pressed flower eggs
Now that the eggs are empty and clean, it’s time to decorate them.
- Mix wallpaper paste and water in the bowl, make sure it is not too thick.
- Apply the wallpaper paste on the back of the flowers with the brush.
- Place the flower on the egg and use the paint brush to gently smooth it onto the egg. Take a paper towel and carefully dab the leftover wallpaper paste. You can apply as many flowers to the egg as you like. I like to keep it simple.
- Let them dry.
If you want to, use a varnish over them. I left mine plain because I like the matte look.