I have both the Japanese and Christmas to thank for this year's crop of Easter egg designs in Family Circle. I had cut out plenty of paper snowflakes during the holiday season and my Easter brainstorming and crafting was taking place next to the Christmas tree. I started thinking about other forms of kirigami (cutting designs from folded pieces of paper) and It really wasn't much of a leap from snowflakes to flowers.
I wanted to keep things simple, almost childlike, so I limited myself mostly to Elmer's white school glue and the packs of origami paper I found at Michaels. And then I cut square after square of paper, experimenting with different sizes and cuts, and eventually bringing in a craft punch or two, but always conscious of keeping it simple and clean. It was almost meditative and I love the results.
This is a sampling of what you'll find in the April 17th issue of Family Circle and you can also find more on their website, along with the templates needed to make the designs shown here. You can do this on regular boiled, dyed eggs or my favorites, the ceramic eggs from Cracker Barrel or craft stores like Michaels. Just sponge on watered down craft paint to simulate the dyed look of regular Easter eggs or keep it even simpler and leave the egg white or brown.
photos by Wendell T. Webber for Family Circle