FABERGE STYLE EGG DECORATIONS
These eggs are so simple to make but look wonderful, particularly if you hang them on a small branch. You can buy sheets of bead stickers and ribbon stickers at craft shops and good stationers, and haberdashers with have ribbons and beads and often have bags of off-cuts or assorted oddments which are perfect for this sort of thing.
Think through your design before you start and lay your materials out. They take a little bit of time, but you can go off and do other things while they’re drying. And of course you can use the egg to make Hot Cross Buns and Simnel Cake.
You will need:
Eggs for blowing
A sharp, long, thick needle
Paint brushes – assorted sizes
Clear varnish to make them extra hard
Beads, ribbons, stickers etc for decorating
1/8” / 5mm ribbon to make hangers
PVA glue (because it dries clear)
Make a very small hole at each end of the egg
Poke your needle into the egg to break it up
Position your egg over a bowl and blow through one end until all the egg is out
Leave to dry
Paint your egg carefully with acrylic paint. You will need more than one coat to get a thick, dense colour, leaving to dry between each coat
When all the coats of paint are dry, apply the varnish to the whole of the egg and leave to dry
Decorate with beads, ribbon, stickers etc and leave to dry
To make the loops:
Cut a length of thin ribbon about 6 times the length of the egg and thread onto the needle so that the ribbon is exactly in half
Thread the ribbon through the bottom hole and out through the top hole, leaving the two ends hanging out of the bottom
Tie off the ribbon neatly at the bottom so it can’t slip through the hole
Put a tiny dab of PVA glue around the hole at the base of the ribbon to set it firm and leave to dry
Post Script 19.04.11: You can thread the ribbon through a medium sized coloured button on the bottom and glue it on. This completely covers the hole and makes a very neat finish.