Easter Egg DIY: Air Plant Centerpieces

Easter Egg DIY: Air PlantsAs a grown up, Easter is considerably less exciting than it was when you could count on waking up to a bounty of chocolate, jelly beans and Peeps. We’ll be going low key for this Easter, but I still wanted to have a few tricks up my sleeve to make the table pretty and festive. I’ve seen a ton of GORGEOUS ideas on Pinterest by some of my favorite bloggers (like this, this, this and this) but I wanted something a little more subtle. Enter some Rit Dye, a couple tulip blooms, and a few air plants I picked up at my local greenhouse. And an egg cracker — because that’s an actual thing. An egg cracker is an honest to goodness kitchen tool that cleanly cuts off the top of the eggshell. It’s fantastically fun.

Easter Egg DIY: Air PlantsThe idea I had was to keep these little mini centerpieces as minimalist as possible, with a tiny, unexpected splash of color.

Easter Egg DIY: Air PlantsSo I kept the exterior of the eggshell white, and instead dyed the interior. After the eggs were dry, it was as simple as plopping the air plants into the eggshell and propping the arrangement in porcelain egg cups. So lovely and simple, but the perfect little touch for our Easter table. You’d better believe I expect some chocolate, come Sunday, for my effort. (And yes, we’ve eaten a LOT of eggs this week.)Easter Egg DIY: Air Plants

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Step 1

 Open GalleryEaster Egg DIY: Air PlantsFirst, you’ll need a dozen eggs. I chose white, because I thought the color on the inside of the shell would be most obvious against the contrast of the white.

Step 2

 Open GalleryEaster Egg DIY: Air PlantsNext, track down an egg cracker. I found mine in a kitchen/cooking boutique in town, but you can also find them online.

Step 3

 Open GalleryEaster Egg DIY: Air PlantsThis is how it works: you fit the metal cup over the narrow end of the egg, pull the lever up, and release it. It uniformly cracks the shell all the way around, nice and clean. No joke, this might be the best kitchen tool I’ve purchased in months. Or maybe I’m just a geek for kitchen gadgets…

Step 4

 Open GalleryEaster Egg DIY: Air PlantsYou’re left with a dozen perfectly cracked eggshells, just waiting to be filled up. Give them a quick wash — you want to wash off any germs and dirt. A little dish soap and warm water, a quick rinse, then let them dry right in the carton.

Step 5

 Open GalleryEaster Egg DIY: Air PlantsI wanted to make sure my crazy idea to dye the inside of the eggshell was going to work, so I did a little testing on the eggshell caps. I also did a little mixing and remixing to get the dye colors I wanted.

Step 6

 Open GalleryEaster Egg DIY: Air PlantsOnce I knew dyeing the inside of the shell was going to work, I started on the real thing. I filled the eggshell up to the very brim, and then sat holding it VERY, VERY still for 3-4 minutes. In this picture, it looks like I’m dyeing the shell black, but that’s actually purple…

Step 7

 Open GalleryEaster Egg DIY: Air PlantsAnd here’s the after of the purple dye. So pretty. Once the eggshell dried, the color was a little more matte, which I love.

Step 8

 Open GalleryEaster Egg DIY: Air PlantsHere’s a quick peek at just the eggshells, waiting for their air plants and tulip blooms… I think they’re pretty enough to leave just like this.

Step 9

 Open GalleryEaster Egg DIY: Air PlantsBut since I’d already purchased these guys, the eggshells were going to get the full treatment and get filled. By the way, air plants are the way to go, if you have a black thumb like I do. I was advised to dunk them in water once a week, shake them off and then leave them alone beyond that. I can manage that… I think. They’re also relatively inexpensive — the flowering one was $7.99, but the others were all $3.99. Not bad, considering a bouquet of grocery store flowers is normally $10, and those die off after a week.

Step 10

 Open GalleryEaster Egg DIY: Air PlantsThere you have it. A super simple way to decorate your Easter table that’s fast and very inexpensive.

Materials

  • Eggs
  • Rit Dye
  • Air Plants

Tools

  • Egg Cracker
About Ellen Foord 

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As the founder, designer, and one-woman workforce behind Minnow + Co, a tight budget has never stopped this DIY-girl-at-heart from creating a beautiful, modern, creative home and treating every ...

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2 Responses

  1. jim elston says:

    great idea for breakfast table !!!!

  2. Filanddell says:

    Bravo!

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