Oeuf Couture: How to Dress an Easter Eggcomments (10) April 16th, 2014
I feel certain I am committing a "craft crime" of some sort when I say this, but I prefer my Easter eggs white, brown, or blue; any hue they wear in nature is good enough for me. Why this should be is anyone's guess. I don't, as a rule, prefer neutral tones and I am not wedded to pastels. As readers of this post know, I am not afraid of color either-and strong color at that-so why this contrary position when it comes to Easter decorations?
I can offer only a feeble defense: nostalgia. Growing up on a small family farm, I have only pleasant memories of the daily trips to the chicken coop where my entrance would be heralded by the mildly indignant whispers of the hens. A pale collectlon of freshly laid eggs, in a basket, in the sunlight, is as close a snapshot of happiness as I can conjure.
Mind you, in the past I have dyed my share of eggs. As a child I opted for bowls of garish Kool-Aid or Paas pellets (complete with that flimsy, wire egg holder). As an adult I tried dying eggs using vegetable skins and grains. I have painted eggs, and rubber-stamped eggs, and applied stickers to eggs, and used markers and crayons and pencils on eggs. I've wrapped them in fabric and origami papers and even tried my hand at traditional Ukranian decorating techniques. But, invariably, my preference remains for the plain old eggs in their natural-colored shells.
Unadorned eggs may be fine for me, but as an uncle of five, I have obligations that extend beyond my own preferences. So this year, I have decided to keep the eggs white but wrap each one in as colorful a paper container as I can create. The process, I'm finding, can be time consuming, so I'm getting an early start on the three dozen eggs I have patiently blown, washed, and dried. Here are my first few efforts for your amusement and, for the more patient among my readers, I have included a tutorial on how to create a modern, single-egg egg basket of your own.
I invite all my readers to share an idea of their own by posting a picture of one of their egg designs in the gallery. Your creation need not be an egg "container" like mine, but could be any egg adornment you please-including the traditional dyed variety. My hope is that seeing all of the member contributions will inspire in my efforts to work my way through the remaining 32 designs I have yet to make.
Thank you in advance to anyone able to participate. If you can't share a photo, please leave me a comment and let me know your favorite way of decorating for this holiday. My very best ideas come directly from the CraftStylish members, so I'm counting on you for help here.
(Check out part 2 of this post here.)
The finished piece. The egg-though it's hardly visible in this shot-is nestled safely within the basket.
Here, my second design is a cross between a blossoming flower and a flying saucer.
Attempt number three echoes the shape of the egg it contains in the design of the closure flaps on each end of the box.
Here the egg it contains disappears completely and the container begins to take over as an object itself: Is it a pale blue pig with a yellow snout or a postmodern traffic light?
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery