Happy Easter weekend, everyone! We'd like to send a little inspiration your way with these gorgeous decorative easter eggs that are sure to be a hit in your celebrations. With a few basic materials and WonderFil's 8wt Dazzle thread, you can make these too!
- White glue
- White vinegar
- Gel food colouring
- 1 fresh white egg
- WonderFil 8wt Dazzle thread (we used DZ8201-White in this sample)
- A large eye needle that is longer than the length of the egg
- Gold or silver bead caps (these are sold at most craft stores)
1. With a long needle, pierce each end of an egg. Insert needle far enough into egg to puncture the yolk, and then blow from one end of the egg to drain. We recommend doing this over a sink as it can be rather messy. Rinse and pat dry.
2. Mix a solution of food coloring and white vinegar in a glass bowl. There should be enough solution to submerge the egg. We used the gel style of food coloring; if you do not mix it thoroughly the concentrated dye will leave different colors on the egg, which was the look we were trying to achieve: i.e. a mottled egg look. Let the egg soak for about ½ hour, turning frequently to completely cover the egg with dye. Remove from solution and let dry on a paper towel, again turning often to prevent uneven color drying ( it is a good idea to wear latex gloves, as the dye will stain your fingers).
3. Cut a long piece of WonderFil Dazzle thread (about 5 yds). The sparkle and brilliant colors of Dazzle add a beautiful dimension to the decorated egg. You will need a sewing needle that is longer than the egg from end to end, with a large enough eye to accommodate the heavier thread. Thread the needle and carefully insert the needle through the egg, leaving a short tail. Pull thread around the outside of the egg and back through from end to end. Use a dab of white glue on the thread to secure it to the egg and keep it from sliding around. If the holes at the ends of your egg are around 1/8 to ¼ of an inch around it will be easier to put the needle through (we will cover these holes later). Try to keep thread lines an equal distance apart. When you have gone around the entire egg, secure tails with a dab of glue.
4. Cover end hole with gold or silver bead caps, attaching with white glue.
Your egg is now ready for its debut!