Easter Eggs aren’t just for Easter.
They can make amazing design features for any time of the year.
We share top tips on creating beautiful eggs for your home, are as presents for your family are friends.
Embellish hard-boiled eggs or hollow eggs with lacy patterns to create a decorative centerpiece.
Cut lace trimmings into strips long enough to wrap around the eggs, then secure the lace with rubber bands.
Then dye your eggs, cut off the rubber bands and unwrap the lace.
After you’ve let them dry, you’ll be left with colorful eggs with intricate designs and patterns etched onto the shell.
Create eye catching, sparkling eggs with this simple technique.
Dye your eggs the desired color, then paint half the egg with glue and sprinkle with glitter.
Once the first half of the egg is dry, repeat with the other half.
Metallic eggs add a striking touch to the usual Easter displays.
Blow out the eggs, and then paint the eggs with size – the adhesive material – and leave to dry.
Then drape one sheet of gold leaf over the egg and smooth it over with your fingers.
Keep repeating this step until the egg is completely covered, then go over with a clean paintbrush to even it out.
Each egg will have its own unique and intricate swirl pattern with this easy technique.
Blow out the egg, rinse and then leave it to dry.
In a mixing bowl, mix 3 cups of warm water, 2 tablespoons of vinegar and a few drops of the food colouring of your choice.
Once it is dry, place the egg in the mixture, and wait till it becomes the color you desire.
In a separate bowl, prepare a second mix – this time in a darker shade or different colour.
Add one tablespoon of olive oil and run a fork through it: this will create the oil patterns on the surface.
Whilst the oil is still swirling on the surface, place the egg in the second mixture and roll it around the bowl to ensure it picks up the streaks of oil.
Once this is done, gently pat the egg down with a paper towel.
Tissue paper eggs
Fold the color tissue paper four times and then punch a pattern into it with a craft punch.
Using decoupage glue, paint a thin layer onto the egg and stick the punch-out onto the egg, starting from the middle working outward.
Easter egg tree
It’s a tradition in Germany and Austria to celebrate Easter by hanging eggs from the branches of trees.
Get involved in the tradition and turn your decorated eggs into a unique display this year.
Fill a bucket with floral foam and then insert grass and any type of fresh cut branches.
Make a hole at the end of each egg and then pass a needle and some ribbon through.
Create a double knot with the ribbon above and below the egg, then tie the loose ends to a branch.
Using blown out eggs, cut out images from decorative paper. Coat the back of the cut-out with light glue, then apply it gently to the egg.
Let it dry, and repeat with as many designs as you’d like.
Silk dyed eggs
Use this silk dyeing technique to decorate your eggs with floral designs, stripes, swirls and more fun patterns.
Wrap pieces of silk around a raw egg, making sure the printed side of the material is facing the egg.
Place the egg in a glass pot filled with enough water to cover the eggs completely, then add three tablespoons of white vinegar.
Boil the water, then turn the heat down and allow it to simmer for at least 40 minutes.
Remove the eggs and allow them to cool – once cool, remove the silk and marvel at the unique design printed on the shell.
Decal paper is clever transfer paper which you can print images onto, using your printer, and then apply to a surface
To use these transfers on eggs, print the image you’d like onto a sheet of decal paper and then spray the paper with two coats of varnish – letting it dry after each coat.
Cut out the individual designs as precisely as possible and then let them soak in a bowl of water for one minute.
Separate the design from the decal paper by slowly peeling away the backing paper.
Press it onto the egg gently and smooth it down with your fingers.
You can use a paper towel to absorb any excess water.
Leave it to dry overnight and then apply with a coat of varnish.
With thanks to the @TelegraphFood.
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