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Eastereggs and decor
 
  FABUOLUS HANDPAINTED EGGS NATURE COLOURING OF EGGS
HOW TO EMPTY EGGS PAINTING ON EMPTIED EGGS MY OWN COMPUTER- EASTER EGGS
FRONT DOOR WREATHS PAPER-CUTTING FOR THE WINDOW TABLE MATS
CHICKENS FOR KNOTS CHIKENS IN EGG-SHELLS EGG-BOX CHICKENS
 
It's easy to make a nice atmosphere at home by decorating for the Easter Holiday. To create traditions by using the same decorations every year is valuable. In our hectical world it's easy to buy pre-made decorating stuff. But, as for Christmas, both children and adults would appreciate gathering in preparations for the holiday. And it's maybe more important these days than ever to take time off with the family and create things together.

The main Easter colours are yellow and green. Magazines as well as libraries present a lot of suggestions for things to create for the holiday. The stuff presented on this page are easy made - and suitable for the whole family. My suggestion is ; visit the local store for hobby-stuff, gather the whole family around the kitchen table - use your imagination - and have fun .

GOOD LUCK - AND HAPPY EASTER !

 

 
HOW TO EMPTY WHOLE EGG-SHELLS

Eggs are one of the most important materials for Easter decorations. It would be wise to collect egg-shells (when cooking and baking) for a good periode of time ahead. A bit of training is demanded in emptying eggs without breaking them - but don't despair - after a few times of trying - it's quite easy. 

1. Hold the egg steadily in your hand and make a small hole in the flatted end of the egg
2. Turn the egg and stich a somewhat larger hole in the other end of the egg. Use a huge sawing needle, and stir a bit inside the egg.
3. Hold the egg over a deep plate. Place your mouth over the smallest hole and blow the contents into the plate.
4. In order to prevent the egg to start smelling later on it has be be rinsed both in- and outwards. When it's well rinsed it should be carefully dried.
It's also possible to buy a small, cheap egg-pump in hobby-shops.      
 

Eastern Europeans are experts in decorating eggs. Colours and patterns are incredible beautiful - it's really an art. Our aim has to be our own, family - easter eggs to please us in years to come. Let the children use their creativity ! A good rule is to start out with some easy patterns. To paint around an egg without touching what is already painted, isn't easy. Put the egg on to a knitting needle or likewise. Then it will be much easier to hold. Watercolours are ok., but hobby-colours will maintain for a longer periode. And if the eggs are to hang outdoor, you'll have to use oil paint. Start out by colouring the whole egg in one basic colour. Let it dry thoroughly before decorating further. You could find a lot of nice patterns in magazines and books, but it's really just to use the imagination.

If you don't want to paint the egg, it's an alternative to put on small labels (silver- or gold stars, stickers, tiny paper flowers or likewise). Tiny silk bows with a ribbon to hang the egg in are also very cute.

Decorated eggs can be placed in a basket, but it's also possible to let them hang. A small piece of wood is needed (a piece of a match, toothpick or likewise). Attatch it to a thin thread of silver or gold, or a very tiny ribbon. Put the wooden piece through the largest hole in the egg. Pull carefully for the little piece to attach sideways inside the egg. The eggs can be hanged on knots found outdoor, or on a branch with lots of knots, placed in a large vase. The branch may first be sprayed with paint of white, silver or gold. It's also nice to hang several eggs in a window, with different lenght of the ribbons.

Spare some empty egg-boxes. They're useful for preserving the eggs from one year to the other.

 
 
GREEN-HAIRED CHICKEN

If you break an egg and the shell isn't to much damaged, you can use these half eggshells. Wash the shell thoroughly and attach it to a small ring to stand on, (a pipecleaner or a piece of thick paper is ideal). Draw eyes and bill with water-proof Indian ink or water-proof paint. Put some wet cotton into the shell (almost up to the edge) and spread some cress on top of the cotton. This is a nice decoration when the cress starts sproting after a couple of days. Most kids are very happy with sowing cress - the result is fast enough to keep their mind to it.

 

 

 
CHICKENS FOR KNOTS

Germinating knots in a huge vase becomes extra decorative if small yellow chickens are placed in it. The chickens may be cut from a piece of thin, yellow cardboard. If the chicken is cut "en face" and the wings - bending downwards - are cut divided from the body, it can be attached to a knot by the wing. Eyes, legs and bill can be drawn with Indian ink.

A lot of different materials can be used for making small chickens to hang in the knots by some sawing thread. Small chickens are cute when they hang from the knots and move by movements in the room.

 

 
EGG-BOX CHICKENS

Use the bottom half of a carton egg-box and turn it upside-down. Paint it yellow. Cover the edge outside with some green textile or paper. Cut strips to make it look like grass. Attach yellow cotton-bulbs with glue and draw eyes on the bulbs. Use a bit of red textile or paper to make bills. Glue a feather on the back side of each chicken.

   
PAPER-CUTTING FOR THE WINDOW

Use thin, yellow cardboard. Find a suitable pattern, copy it onto a transparant paper and cut it. Place the paper pattern on top of the cardboard and draw the whole pattern with a pencil. To cut the pattern you can use a wallpaper-knife or small, sharp scissors. Attach a tiny yellow or green silk ribbon on top. Let one end be long enough for the decoration to hang in.

It's also nice to cut a couple of small pattern (for inst. eggs) and attach them to the lage one with some sawing tread.

 

  (This one can be copied and enlargened.)

   
EASTER TABLE MATS

For a handy person it's an idea to make individual mats for the Easter table.

Use a thick, firm fabric, one colour - preferingly green or yellow. The edging should then be yellow or green. Meassures for the mat should be approx. 16 x 12 inches. Cut small easter-eggs from small-pattern fabric-remainders. Attach the eggs in the corner of the mat by sewing them "a little here and there". Especially nice is brodering the name of the owner with some thick brodery thread. Then each and everybody will have their own personal Easter table mat.

 

 
EASTER WREATH

In Norway it's a tradition to hang a Christmas wreath on the front door - but not so for Easter. In central Europe it's a habit - and a nice one. Both wreaths from wintergreen knots and straw can be purchased in flower-shops. Several material can be used for making a beautiful Easter wreath ; yellow silk ribbons, a couple of small chickens, some wintergreen knots for the straw-wreath and some straws for the wintergreen, or some early yellow spring flowers (or silk-made flowers). If I have an Easter wreath on my front door this Easter - maybe it will be the start of a tradition in Norway as well ?

 

 

 
NATURE COLOURING OF EGGS

In most of Europe it's a custom to serve coloured, hard boiled eggs during Easter. In several countries these eggs are hidden - both in- and outdoors - by the Easter Bunny. And the kids have a lot of fun and excitement trying to find the eggs. In many places you can even buy these pre-boiled colured eggs in food stores. In Germany it's a tradition to serve green eggs on Holy Thursday.

To colour eggs for Easter has been done for several hundred years, and using Natures own ressources to do so. It's possible to colour emptied eggs by the same method. At first the colour ressource has to boil within water. Then the eggs have to boil for at least 10 minutes. The longer they boil the darker the colour will become. If parts of an egg is brushed after colouring and then boiled again - maybe in another colour - it will give a beautiful spectre of colours.

Here are some tips ;

Peel of onion = light brown Beetroot = red - lilac Saffron = strong yellow
Coffe = dark brown Spinach = green Blueberry = blue-lilac
     
Empty eggs can also be coloured by using confectioner colour, coloured silk paper or crępe-paper in the water. To gain patterns string can be tied different ways tight around the egg (be careful so it don't break). You'll get lighter stripes on the egg where the string has been attached.
 

FABUOLUS HANDPAINTED EGGS !!

From my husband I have got beautiful handpainted eggs as gifts ; 2 from Poland and 5 from Czekia.  The patterns have different symbolic and each district have their speical "patterns".

The Russian Faubčrge-eggs are famous around the World. But also in the Far East they have a thousand year old tradtion in eggpainting. The variation in patterns all over the World are unnumerous.

                                   

My own computer-Easter eggs ;

 

 

 

 
 

I have also "adopted" Eggs on the Internett, and can strongly recommend it. Please take a look into this marvellous pages ;

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