Spiral wool decorative eggs

I’m loving playing with egg shells, husks, casings? Shells sort of implies they’re fragmented, note to self, find proper name for egg casing (ooh ooh… pod, I like that, egg pod).

Anyhow, I’ve been wrapping egg pods in wool and I think they’ve turned out really well, this is how I made them.

If you wish to hang the eggs once completed, then I found a neat way of creating a loop.

Start by selecting the opening  (made when you blow the egg, egg blowing link here,) which you would like to become the top of your finished egg.

Choose two colours of wool, don’t cut lengths of, just unravel some of it. Make a loop in one of the ends of wool and then tuck both ends and the knot (having covered the knot in PVA glue ) into the opening.

Now spiral the two lengths of wool around the egg. I use PVA glue as it’s viscous enough to hold the wool in place as you go along. Glue small areas of the egg and work your way down.

When you get to the bottom cut of the wool and your done. If you get a little hole right at the bottom after you cut the wool of, it can be filled with a small off cut of wool and becomes almost invisible.

The eggs also look great on a table piled up in a bowl. If this is your preference then just tuck both ends into the opening at the beginning, no knot needed and spiral away.

Great fun with quick results, the way all home made projects should be.



Pretty spring egg with a bow on top

I did say that I would let you see the fruits of my egg blowing labours. So here we are.

To start I used a small jewellery eyelet in the top of all the eggs, these are just glued in place.

For the pink eggs I used hen’s eggs. I filled and sanded the hole made from blowing them. I painted them with Liquitex acrylic in Medium Magenta with a very small amount of Deep Magenta and a tiny splash of water added. It only took 10 thin layers of paint to get a nice finish.

The ribbon on this egg was from my collection of saved pieces, I think it may have even come around an Easter egg I received a couple of years ago from my mum (thanks mum). A bit of cutting and gluing, and here we are.

The small eggs are Quail’s eggs and they are beautiful as is. I filled the hole made from blowing them, sanded and touched that up with acrylic paint. Liquitex, Burnt Umber, to match the brown markings and then varnished them.

I’m very pleased with how they turned out and I really hope they will keep for a good few years, we’ll see.

When it’s hailing outside, Yes Hailing, these are a beautiful reminder that spring will return.


Egg Blowing

This is such a great way of making spring decorations.

So let’s get cracking! sorry.

First step, wash your eggs, we all know where they’ve been.

Step two, making some holes. You can use a large pin but my weapon of choice is a pair of very sharp nail scissors, it gives me something to keep hold of and I feel a bit more in control of egg-sactly how much presser I’m using.

Eggs can be surprisingly hard to puncture. You need a small hole at the top and a slightly larger one at the bottom. Egg-speriment with the size of your holes, start small and make them a little larger if you can’t blow out the egg.

Step three, blow through the small top hole and the contents will empty out through the bottom, make sure the have a bowl underneath to catch the eggy innards so that you can cook it later.

Finally, step four, gently wash out your empty eggs and leave to dry.

Now the eggsciting bit, deciding how to decorate them. I know I know, I just can’t help myself when it comes to egg yolks, I mean jokes.

I’ll be back with some of my finished and decorated eggs soon.

Can I just say a big thank you to my eggscellent assistant Ian, beautifully blown man, beautifully blown. Thanks.


Simple spring table decoration

My very simple spring table decorations make the most of some vintage willow pattern tea trios that I’ve collected.

I blue tacked a small pot in between the side plate and the saucer to make room for the eggs and feathers and also to give the hole thing extra hight.

I left the band around the daffodils but moved it towards the flower heads to help keep them in shape and added some small pebbles from the garden to the cup to keep them central.

This makes a very cheerful centrepiece, great for afternoon tea this Easter and a good excuse to buy more tea cups.