A couple weeks ago, Karli pitted chicks and bunnies in a quest to find out which cute, cuddly mascot of Easter should reign supreme. You, our Design Happens followers, overwhelmingly championed for bunnies. But if you are the proud owner of a small flock of backyard hens like me, (yes, I live in the big city of Atlanta and have six pet chickens) then you know in your heart of hearts…chicks rule! (After all, bunnies don’t lay eggs.)
2011 marks the first year I will dye and decorate eggs for Easter fresh from the coop. Even better, we have a chicken known as an Easter Egger that lays pastel blue eggs. What more can you ask for?
I’m tempted to go with this DIY shabby chic spoon and candle display designed by Just Something I Made, so I can show off a half dozen naturally blue eggs. Since our hens lay about five eggs a day total, we’ve started collecting porcelain eggs crates. Maybe I could do something modern with this one from West Elm? Then again, I am enchanted by the doily stencil approach I found on the blog Urban Comfort. Delicate and subtle. (And no dyeing involved if we use our blue and brown eggs.)
If you love dyeing and decorating with Easter eggs as much as me, then you’ll love seven more stunning, yes, stunning designs I found on Etsy and crafting blogs. Plenty of inspiration and tutorials if you’re a DIYer like me. Or you’ve still got time to order from the Etsy sellers if you love handmade but don’t have time for crafts. Enjoy!
Braggin Bags sells these chalkboard painted wooden eggs as place holders for weddings. They’d work perfectly as is for an Easter brunch or dinner. Or…with the huge range of colors chalkboard paint is sold in these days, why not paint a couple dozen wooden eggs in a rainbow of colors and reuse year after year. (If I was arranging an Easter egg hunt, I’d write a letter on each egg that when put together spell out Easter-themed words and sayings. Kids would first have fun finding the eggs, then more fun arranging them to uncover the secret messages.)
Dyeing Easter eggs the old fashioned, all natural way is making a comeback. Floral designer Kim Foren shares a recipe for creating this dark sienna look with botanical imprints in her DIY for Hostess With the Mostess. And chef Tyler Florence explains how fruits, vegetables, teas and spices can create cool colors in this video on FoodNetwork.com.
I’m in awe of pysanka artisans. And I’m absolutely confident that even after years of training in the centuries-old Ukrainian wax-relief method for dying Easter Eggs, my work would look pitiful. Definitely a buy, don’t bother to DIY for me. But if I was to give it a go, I would try designs like these cheerful daisies by Katya Trischuk. She also sells intricately decorated eggs featuring traditional pysanka motifs in her Etsy shop.
Christine Luschas explains in her Etsy shop that in Lithuania, the traditional approach to decorating Easter eggs is called marguciai: “Pysanky is multi-colored while Lithuanian eggs are only two colors, the color of the natural egg and the color it was dyed. Scratching eggs is done with a simple box cutter blade.” Christine “scratches eggs” as a way to relax while going to law school. She learned this ancient art form from her mother. If only Christine would teach me. I love that the scraping is used to reveal the white egg or less scraping for a lighter color, creating texture and depth.
Someone tell my spouse to fill my Easter basket with these eggs by artist Liz Smith. She got her inspiration for this polymer clay approach from millefiori, the Venetian glasswork. She shares this on Etsy: “I created this egg ornament by (carefully) blowing out a chicken eggshell. I covered it with slices of a cane I made from polymer clay. Then I baked and sanded it to give it a smooth finish.”
Retro Mama’s tutorial on how to make her “barnyard chic” fabric eggs is sure to make those who sew and vegans happy. True, no actual eggs are dyed or decorated in making these, but the bright colors and patterns make me smile, so I had to include them in this post. Also, they won’t break and will last many years.