Every spring I try to create something by hand for my children. It is a bit of love to place in their Easter basket that perhaps they will cherish. Past creations such as the Peep Party Cup, Eggcellent Decor, and Springtime Banner have all shown up on the blog.
This Easter project was one I have been wanting to create for several years. But it requires paper mache eggs. Generally by the time spring rolls around and I think about it the bins at the craft store that hold such eggs are EMPTY.
This year was no “eggception”. Empty Bins! WHO is hoarding the eggs?
Last week as I began unpacking our Easter décor I came across some paper mache eggs that I had purchased while we lived in Germany over 10 years ago. For probably the past 3 years I have not used them as the loud colors seem to clash with the quiet shades now used in our home.
In my recent quest to “use it or lose it” I decided the eggs were eligible for a makeover. I lightly roughed them up a bit and brushed on a coat of acrylic paint first. Ugh. FAIL!!!
Then I tried some cheapo spray paint I had in the cabinet. Not quite, but I saw potential.
I bought a few cans of Valspar spray paint from Lowe’s and it worked beautifully. Continuing with the science experiment I found that Rub and Buff in antique gold worked pretty well too.
Because we all need a golden egg.
A certain blogger with a heart of gold who is always willing to share her secrets made me think about adding some vintage treasures to the egg.
Then I decided that some of my favorite bloggers could inspire all of the eggs I was transforming.
The next egg was based on an Easter tablescape that a dear friend of mine recently shared. The touches of lavender she used were so lovely.
Speaking of color, I love what a certain blogger did to give her kitchen a bright and happy makeover.
There is a blogger who never fails to inspire me. Her words are lovely and pure. Even when she lost everything she remained faithful. Whenever I see her pink chair surrounded by pink walls I always smile.
Although the next person to inspire me got rid of the pink in her daughter’s room she is doing wonders with gray in her home and is a magician with metallics.
A blogger who recently painted her walls white inspired me to begin with a neutral surface. I am thankful that this egg doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful.
Another blogger who uses a lot of white in her décor inspired the next egg. I added a bit of “salmon” for color.
Did you guess who the bloggers were? Yvonne from Stone Gable, Karen from The Art of Doing Stuff, Nester from Nesting Place, Jen from Tatertots & Jello, Marian from Miss Mustard Seed, Kate from Centsational Girl, and Edie from Life in Grace.
Bonus egg~ This little gem is “French Blue”. It reminds me of someone who often features chickens, organic markets and cooking on her blog. I wouldn’t hesitate to put all of my eggs in one of her baskets. 🙂
She’s a good egg and one of my real life besties~ Andrea from French Basketeer.
So just what exactly am I going to do with the eggs?
During Easter season I pick out 12 bible verses and a small token that represents each verse. We open an egg each night at dinner. The eggs are known as resurrection eggs. You can buy a set at most bookstores or easily make your own. In past years I used simple plastic eggs. But I was ready to create something lovely for this treasured tradition.
The verses I selected (and the token that accompanies the verse) this year are as follows:
Day 1: John 13:14-17 ( A piece of terry cloth.)
Day 2: John 19:1 (A leather shoelace.)
Day 3: Luke 22:33-34 (A feather.)
Day 4: Luke 23:34 (Dice.)
Palm Sunday: Mark 11:7- 10 (A miniature plastic donkey.)
Day 6: Matthew 26:14-15 (Three dimes.)
Day 7: John 19:2 (A sharp thorn.)
Day 8: John 19:29-30 (A piece of sponge.)
Maundy Thursday: Matthew 26:26 (A cracker.)
Good Friday: John 19:16-18 (A small wooden cross.)
Day 11: Mark 15: 44-46 (A rock.)
Easter: Luke 24: 1-6 (Praise be to God, it is empty.)
Some people only do 6 or even 3 eggs. It is not too late. You could even include the eggs in your annual hunt.
Linking to some of the very best blogs I read.
Today’s Creative Blog, A Stroll Thru Life, Someday Crafts, Tip Junkie, Tater Tots & Jello, Savvy Southern Style, The Shabby Nest, Common Ground, Addicted To Decorating, 320 Sycamore Under $10 Under 1 Hour, Jennifer Rizzo