Easter eggs

Decorated eggs: not so mini eggs!

As Easter approaches and chocolate eggs are everywhere, I thought I’d try my hand at making my own decorated eggs.
I bought some pearlescent paint a few weeks ago and have been itching to use it, so this provided the perfect opportunity!

In order to make these you can either hardboil the eggs or empty them. Whilst hardboiling the eggs is the easier method, they won’t last nearly as long. So only do this if you’re worried about them being too fragile and don’t want to have these around more than a couple of days (they’ll start to smell!).
The alternative method to creat a base for your decorated eggs is to drain the contents. This is trickier but there are plenty of good tutorials on the internet. The one I used is here .

Scorecard

Technical technicaltechnical_________ The hardest part is not breaking the eggs
Creativity creativity Go to town with embellishments and designs!
Time timetime A few hours – mainly waiting for paint to dry
Cost cost A dozen eggs and whatever paint you have will do.

You’ll need:

Eggs, paint and if emptying the eggs: drawing pins, straws, bowl of water.

Optional:

Gold pens, pearlescent paint.

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Book rose

Literary paper flowers – upcycling your spare books!

These beautiful literary paper flowers are a twist on my usual fare and are a great way to recycle any old books you many have lying around into something new and fresh! If you’re at all sensitive about people marking or tearing pages out of books then I suggest you navigate away from this post now! My standard paper flowers which are included in the photos are made with pearlised paper, but I love the effect of using pages from a favourite book. These can also be accented with colour – from paint or pens – to add a little something.

These are especially effective when mixed with other flowers of bright colours. The main instructions here are the same whether crafting from normal paper or the pages of a book.

These make a great gift or thank you present – note that they won’t need watering and will never wilt!

Paper flowers bouquet
Check out these book paper roses mixed in with bright pink flowers

 

Scorecard

Technical technicaltechnical_________ Can be a little fiddly – be careful with hot glue
Creativity creativity Be creative with the colours and the flower shapes!
Time timetime A day will get you a finished bouquet – once you get into the rhythm a flower takes  ~30 mins
Cost cost Paper and glu gun refills are the main outlay! Less than £10

You’ll need:

A craft knife, a book, a glue gun, floral wire, green paper, scissors.

Optional:

Paint, pearlescent paper

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