What you will need:
- A few branches of attractive and sturdy-ish foliage If you’re a brightbuncher, you’ll be getting a supply this week (April 11th / 12th)…
Forsythia (above) is beautifully Easter-y, with it’s egg-yolk yellow blossoms.
Beautiful Magnolia or Prunus (cherry blossom) would also look wonderful, Pussy Willow or Birch branches for a simpler option… anything really that is strong enough to hold a few decorations.
- A slender vase or bottle (so that the branches are held together and can’t flop out of shape too much).
Alternatively you can ‘plant’ your branches in a pot or other container filled with pebbles for support – just don’t forget to treat them like any fresh cut flower and add water regularly.
Of course chocolate eggs would be the obvious, not to mention the yummiest choice….
However if you would like something that might last a little longer (!) then how about making some decorated eggs of your own, that you can re-use year after year…
This is a really simple and fun way to make your own decorations – great for keeping the kids amused too. All you need is some (hollow!) eggs, paper and strong PVA glue.
Selection of papers from the Decopatch range
This one was made with bits torn out of The Guardian’s Weekend magazine, which proved to be a good weight for decoupaging
Here’s the tricky bit…
…Of course (leaving philosophical-genetic debate about chickens and eggs aside…) the egg has to come first!
Option A – Blow out your own eggs. Here’s how…
You’ll need eggs, a straw or medicine syringe (without a needle attached), a scalpel, a wooden skewer and a bowl.
- Gently swirl the point of your scalpel into the end of the egg, pushing as you go slightly, until it pierces.
TIP: To make the shell easier to poke holes in, rub the egg on fine grain sandpaper to thin the shell before piercing.
- Repeat at the other end, but continue to widen the hole at the other end by swirling the scalpel around gently. Make it large enough to just insert the skewer.
- Insert the skewer and jiggle it around a little to break up the yolk.
- Insert your straw or syringe into one end of the egg, the other end over a bowl and gently blow air into the egg. If the yolk appears stuck, shake the egg and try the skewer again.
- Now hold a finger over the bottom hole and place the top one under running water so the egg catches a little water. Shake it around a little and blow out again.
- Leave to dry and then they’re ready to decorate.
Of course once you have your eggs, you can choose to decorate them how you like – decoupage, dye, or paint using acrylics or poster paint…
Option B – cheat!
Decopatch do a great range of ready-to-decorate moulded shapes, including small and large eggs for hanging, They also do beautiful papers and specially made-for-decoupage glues and finishing products. This range doesn’t come especially cheap but it is good and will make your creations easier to make…. which means more time rolling eggs down hills, hunting for them at the bottom…. or just eating chocolate on the sofa…
TIP: If you were to invest in just one thing from this range, the decopatch glue is highly recommended. It doubles as both glue and varnish, drying to a clear and glossy finish, and letting the colours of your paper shine through.
Here’s the sticky bit…
1. Cut or tear your paper into pieces – strips or squares about the size of a large postage stamp. Cutting will give you more of a ‘patchwork’ effect – tearing will produce a more ‘flowing’ look.
2. Start applying glue to your eggs then stick your pieces of paper on, smoothing the edges over with another thin layer of glue as you go. Work in areas, so that the glue doesn’t dry before you have a chance to stick your paper.
3. Leave to dry. Done!
However you choose to spend your Easter break, we hope it’s a good one for you and your families!
Local Decopatch suppliers include:
T N Lawrence & Son Ltd:
36 Kingsthorpe Road
Fiveways Arts and Crafts:
261 Ditchling Road
Tel: 01273 927 273
Or you can buy online at a website near you… for example http://www.thedecopatchplace.co.uk
eBay is also a good source for decopatch supplies, and is also full of easter egg dying and painting kits at the moment – some of which (such as this one) come with eggs all ready for you to decorate.