I've done exactly nothing for Easter so far, but first up on my agenda this weekend are these striped eggs from the April issue of Martha Stewart Living. The technique is so simple I can't believe I never thought of it before! If you're less of the organic type and want a clean stripe, this is the technique for you. I think the pearl finish paint is a nice touch, too.
You make these eggs with blown-out eggshells, which means you can keep them for next year. To make egg blowing easier, I like to use this nifty tool, but you can watch the video on Martha Stewart.com for pointers on using household objects to do it as well.
Here's how you make the stripes:
Small square cardboard box
Awl or corkscrew tip
Blown-out egg with holes centered at top and bottom
1. Cut three pointed notches in one side of the box, as shown below.
2. With awl, punch holes on opposite sides of the box, 1 inch below top edge, as shown.
3. Push skewer in one side of box, then through holes in egg (enlarge as needed), then through other side of box.
4. Knead 2 chucks of putty until soft. Pinch onto skewer and each end of egg to hold in place.
5. Dip brush in water, then in paint. (The larger the brush, the wider the stripe will be.) Hold brush handle in a notch, with bristles resting on egg. Use other hand to turn skewer to make a stripe. Repeat in other notches for more stripes. Let dry.
Resources: Multi-surface craft paint by Martha Stewart Crafts, available at Michaels
All photos by Burcu Avsar
For more Easter ideas, pick up a copy of the April issue on your local newsstand.