Joyeuses Pâques! – French Easter Eggs

Every year for Easter I love decorating eggs. My daughter and I have made glitter eggs, decoupage eggs, Ukranian Pisanky eggs, etc. This year I wanted to express my love for everything French.

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I love this black and white vintage French egg (above) from Bonya. And the romatique one from Nostalgi och Romantik (below) featuring French typography is exquisite.

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I loved both so much that I decided to knock them off! I bought a few ceramic eggs from Hobby Lobby and painted them soft pastel colors. I love color rather than the simple black and white.

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I copied some French typography designs from The Graphics Fairy (see above). You could also just do a search for French typography images on Google. Using Microsoft Word, I pasted the images in reverse and resized them to fit eggs. Many of the images online are already in reverse so you don’t have to do it yourself.

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I used a transfer method from Graphix Rub-Onz. I carefully followed their directions for transferring the black and white designs onto the eggs, which included printing the images on their matte paper first. I ended up cutting the images into small pieces before transferring them onto the egg because some of the images were too big and wouldn’t lay flat. The clear sheet that sticks to the egg can get difficult to handle and often curls up and causes bumps. I pressed firmly and pulled off the bumpy residue with my finger nail. At first it can look a little messy, but the vintage French shabby chic look isn’t neat and perfect anyway.

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Because the images were on a shiny surface you noticed the cutout of each. I sprayed the entire surface of each egg with a glossy clear enamel. Now the entire egg is glossy and shiny.

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J’aime mes beaux oeufs de Pâques français. I love my beautiful French Easter eggs! The entire process took about 5 hours, so it is time-consuming. I also recommend using ceramic or wooden eggs. The eggs are handled and pressed on quite a bit. Fragile real eggs might break.

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Joyeuses Paques! Happy Easter. I hope you have been inspired to create your own beautiful French Easter eggs.

 

DIY Easter Basket Name Tags

I love making my kids’ Easter baskets unique and fun. While shopping at Target recently, I came across these adorable Easter basket name tags made from wood. I loved them so much that I decided to knock them off!

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I also found these cute paper tags (below) from Lia Griffith.

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I bought flat wooden egg shaped cutouts at Hobby Lobby.

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Then I drilled a hole at the top of each one and painted them white.

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Using some stencils I already had, I stenciled a simple design on each one using spring colored paint.

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Then using alphabet stencils, I stenciled the first initial of each of my kids’ names.

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Using simple jute twine, I tied the personalized name tags onto their baskets. I love them!

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Now my kids will be able to easily identify which basket is theirs on Easter morning.

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 So cute. So easy. I hope I have inspired you to create your own unique Easter name tags!

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Easy DIY Glitter Easter Eggs

My own glittered Easter eggs!

My own glittered Easter eggs!

Every Easter season (or Pascha as we call it in our Greek Orthodox home), my daughter and I enjoy making a different kind of Easter egg craft. This year we tried glittered eggs. A few years ago I saw a Martha Stewart segment on how to glitter eggs. Looked easy enough and not too intimidating.

First, we blow out about a dozen eggs. You can buy a yolk blower to help get the yolk out. I just put the egg in the egg crate it comes in to position it. I then poke holes in both sides of the egg using a large needle. You can tap the needle with a small hammer to get it going. My secret: I then use the metal skewer you get with a turkey roasting kit and move it around the inside of the egg to break up the yolk. I then use only the rubber handle of a turkey baster, covering one of the holes entirely. I then squeeze. This pushes the yolk outside the other end. I do it quite a few times. This is the fastest technique I’ve found. And, the best thing is that I already had everything in my kitchen! (Martha Stewart suggests an ear syringe)

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Once the eggs are blown out, cleaned by rinsing with water and dried, I just followed Martha Stewart’s instructions:

  • Place an egg on a glitter tray or paper plate to catch excess glitter. Pour glue into disposable cup. With a foam brush, spread glue over half of the surface of the egg.
  • If necessary, dilute the glue with a little water. Blend two parts glue to one part water to an even consistency. A thickerlayer of glue takes longer to dry, but will hold the glitter better
  • Sprinkle glitter over glue, covering completely. Shake off excess glitter onto tray, plate or bowl, and let dry (test after an hour).
  • Tip glitter from tray or plate back into bottle.
  • Repeat glittering process on other half of egg.

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Visit http://www.marthastewart.com/266727/basic-egg-techniques for more beautiful egg techniques. She suggests displaying them in glass hurricane vases. I already had some small square glass vases that I used when decorating tables for my son’s baptism reception, so I used those! Hurrican vases can be a bit expensive.

My own glitter eggs in a glass vase

My own glitter eggs in a glass vase

 

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