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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Vintage Inspired Resurrection Eggs

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.

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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Then I tried some cheapo spray paint I had in the cabinet. Not quite, but I saw potential.

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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.

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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.

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Speaking of color, I love what a certain blogger did to give her kitchen a bright and happy makeover. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Another blogger who uses a lot of white in her décor inspired the next egg. I added a bit of “salmon” for color.

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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.

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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. :)

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She’s a good egg and one of my real life besties~ Andrea from French Basketeer.

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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.

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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.)

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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 NestCommon Ground, Addicted To Decorating, 320 Sycamore Under $10 Under 1 Hour, Jennifer Rizzo


Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Very nice eggs! They look Victorian and very special!

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Laura, What a cute post! So creative!
Your vintage eggs are wonderful!

April said...

These are absolutely beautiful, and that empty egg gets me all goose-bumpish EVERY time. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!
Blessed Easter to you!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

These are just gorgeous Laura!! So beautiful! I am sure the kids will love them!!

Sherri B. said...

How sweet of you to make such beautiful eggs and then take the time to give honor to the bloggers who inspired you! Such a great idea to take those lovely eggs and remember what this season is really about.

Happy Easter! xo

Cristina Garay said...

I love this post! How you got the inspiration to transform so beautifully each egg and use them for your lovely tradition! Great!

Jill Elaine said...

those are all lovely! And I love your header. AND good for you adding some ads to your blog!!!!

The Art of Doing Stuff said...

*That* is absolutely hilarious! I knew right away which egg was mine, LOL! AND it's my favourite. So good job. :)

I can't even begin to imagine how long it took you to do all those eggs. LOVE them. Thank you so much for including me! ~ karen!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

This is such a beautiful idea. I wish I had known about this when my children were little.

Jocelyn @

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Laura, how beautiful. I love that friends have inspired you with the design of your eggs. How lovely is that. Each one is so beautiful and your verses and tokens are all such special verses to remember.

Hope you have a great week with all of your festivities going on, sounds like such fun. Hope to see you soon and catch up. Hugs, Marty

The Nester said...

oh my word you are so precious!!!


Auntie Em said...

Your egg creations are all so pretty and even more special to have your friends inspire them. What a lovely tradition to prepare for the Easter holiday. :)

French said...

Ooh I love all of these beautiful egs, and Yes, the French Blue!! Talk soon, and wishing everyone a Happy Easter Week~

Kit said...

What a great idea! And they are soooo lovely. Great job! Happy Easter! Kit

It's All Connected said...

I've been trying to decide what to do with some plastic eggs for the grandchildren. Thanks for the inspiration! ~ Maureen

One bolt short of a toolbox said...

So beautiful! I just came across your blog, love it! you def have a new follower!

thistlewoodfarm said...

I love this post! What a great way to celebrate the Easter season. Your eggs are beautiful.


Mrs. Santos said...

These are beautiful and very inspirational! We are on our way out to see what we can gather to do the same project. Thank you for posting. My daughter said "How does she come up with such beautiful ideas?"

jeanette from everton terrace said...

SO lovely. Honestly I don't know where in the world you find the time to do all of these things.
I knew who the French Blue was for right away :)

openid said...


Your "Resurrection Eggs" are truly the most beautiful and inspiring Easter 'decor' I have seen. I must admit, my eyes grew wide when I read that you were painting over the sweet vintage paper mache eggs you purchased in Germany, but I should have known better. Your transformations are always better than the original form. I have never heard of Resurrection Eggs but what a wonderful tradition and one I will be implementing at the Fairfield House!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Oh, I love this idea! And you made each egg so personalized. I am more than honored that you think I inspired you... in truth,. you inspire me!!! Such beauty, thrift, craftiness, art, and godliness!
Nothing but beauty here, my dear friend!
Have a blessed holy week.
xo Yvonne

Craftymoose Crafts said...

They are gorgeous made all the more special by how you use them and the blogs that inspired their colors! Have a blessed, Happy Easter!

the language of design said...

These are the best eggs I have seen in ages. Very inspiring and so beautiful. Happy Easter to you and the family!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Laura, these are so pretty, and I love the idea of the Bible verses. Hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend. laurie

Gail said...

Laura, your resurrection eggs are beautiful and so is this post! What a lovely way to celebrate the Easter season.

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Hi, I'm MarySue said...

I'm doing this too at our Easter dinner though my eggs are rather less impressive but just the plastic ones. It's what's inside that matters, right.

Thank you also for your comment regarding my daughters blog The Painted Porch. It's a real effort to help family since her dear husband has been out of work since November. Thanks for your support.

Bloggymom said...

Very pretty project!!!

Donna said...

Your eggs are gorgeous! I love each and every one and how you chose each color with other bloggers inspiration.
It is a lovely way to celebrate Easter!

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

These are simply gorgeous! I love how they are each connected to a blogger...clever. This is a wonderful tradition and you really did an amazing job creating them.

Creations By Cindy said...

Your eggs are beautiful and oh how sweet of you to do these for these wonderful ladies. I love how you use the eggs with scripture inside. Resurrection Eggs...such an awesome idea to do...Our family has a huge Easter egg hunt every Easter and what a lovely idea! I know I will want to do decorate some lovely eggs like this come another Easter. So glad I came on over today. God bless you and Happy Easter. And yes indeed, Praise the Lord that last egg is empty! Cindy

Miss Mustard Seed said...

What sweet post and the eggs are lovely! I could guess some of the bloggers along the way. What a nice way to use inspiration.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Very nicely done, Laura!

And the nice things you mentioned about some awesome bloggers is very cool.

Happy Easter!!

PattieJ said...

Those eggs are beautiful!! I love them! I'm wondering if a similar version could be done using a Styrofoam egg??

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

I just love your blogger inspired eggs! So pretty and beautiful and feminine ...

... and while I'm not a religious person, I just love your resurrection egg idea. It's nice to see make the egg decorating make sense in the context of Easter.


Wishing you a wonderful Easter celebration with your family and friends,


Jen @ said...
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Jen @ said...


Your eggs are amazing. And what a sweet post!!!


ARod said...

simply beautiful