DIY Easter Eggs: A Naturalist Take

Easter Eggs: A Naturalist TakeOnce I got started making Easter eggs, I couldn’t stop myself. This project was more out of curiosity than anything else, because believe it or not, I’d never blown out eggs. Now I understand why we only do it once a year. Ear drums are intact, but juuuust barely.

After dyeing the insides of eggshells and putting air plants in them, and creating cat grass container garden placeholders in eggshells, I had just one more idea I wanted to try. I was thinking of how lovely heirloom eggs are just as they are, and how I didn’t want to go my normal geometric-print-copper-gilding-washi-tape route to decorate a few heirloom eggs I’d picked up. I wanted to try to keep my gussied up, blown out eggs as a study in naturalism.

I got my hands on some dried flowers and leaves after some searching around — try your local florist, greenhouse, or craft supply store. After that, I just played around and experimented to see what would work. Here’s a quick rundown of what I used and how I made each of the eggs.

PURPLE HYDRANGEA EGG

Easter Eggs: A Naturalist TakeI plucked off a pile of dried hydrangea petals and pulled out my Modge Podge, very confident that this was all going to work out perfectly. It didn’t. The petals didn’t stick. I had to bring in bigger guns. So I grabbed a glue stick from my daughter’s stockpile and gave it a test run. I applied a thin layer of glue, placed a petal and repeated all the way around and up. Worked like a charm. Then I glued a small blossom on the top. Purple perfection. I love that you can see the texture of the petals, and that they’re just a hint transparent.

BLEACHED MAGNOLIA LEAF EGG

Easter Eggs: A Naturalist TakeOh, man — I love this one. So simple, but so gorgeous. To make the magnolia leaf curl around the eggshell, I used my tiniest scissors to gently cut each side of the leaf along the smaller veins, perpendicular to the center vein. This allowed me to feather the leaf around the eggshell in segments. Again, my trusty glue stick was my go to medium.

PEACOCK FEATHER EGG

Easter Eggs: A Naturalist TakeGuess what? Peacock feathers are tricky business. This egg was four failed attempts in the making. Glue was NOT working. So, I gave it one last try, this time using double sided tape. I was sure it was going to look terrible. It didn’t. I had a roll of bronze washi tape on hand and used one strip to secure the bottom of the feather and hide the double stick tape and it was done.

PANSY EGG

Easter Eggs: A Naturalist TakeIt doesn’t get much easier than this — I literally cracked the egg with my handy egg cracker, cleaned out the inside and set a (fake) pansy blossom on top. Done-zo.

ADIANTHUM + HYDRANGEA EGG:

Easter Eggs: A Naturalist TakeThough I like all of these natural beauties, this one is, by far, my favorite. I used a hot glue gun to attach each adianthum leaf, starting at the top, and layering in concentric rings all the way to the bottom. Then I poked the stem of a small bunch of hydrandea blooms through the top hole in the egg (from blowing it out). I adore it. The colors are rich, the texture is gorgeous, it’s just altogether beautiful. I want to keep this delicate lady on display all year, somewhere far, far away from sticky toddler fingers.

Though I dearly love all of the bright, vibrant, graphic, modern Easter eggs I’ve seen lately, I have to admit I’m oddly fond of these more natural Easter eggs. Maybe it’s just a hankering for summer, green things growing, and flowers blooming, but working on these guys was just about the most enjoyable afternoon I’ve spent in a long time.

Aside from an Easter table, these adorned eggs would make great decoration — and conversation pieces — at any spring party or shower. I think they’d fit right into the sophisticated wedding shower theme in the gallery below.

2 Responses

  1. Just another great idea of recycling used egg shells! Thanks for sharing.

  2. @sublimeeye says:

    Gorgeous! My favorite eggs, by a MILE. Well done!

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