Showing posts with label easter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label easter. Show all posts


Silk-Tie Decorating Technique for Easter Eggs

A friend at work told me about a wonderful egg-decorating technique I had not heard of before. Using 100% silk ties (or boxers!) you can transfer the pretty patterns onto the egg shells, making for a very intricate design. This technique was demonstrated on The Martha Stewart Show several years ago - an episode I clearly missed. I love how they look, and I also love how relatively simple they are to create. Here is a very thorough tutorial about how to make them: click here.


Easter Decals by Patricia Mumau

The eggs featured on the cover of the April issue of Martha Stewart Living look as if they have been painstakingly handpainted, but a closer look at the article "A Rhapsody in Red" on page 136 of the magazine reveals a pleasant little shortcut. The designs on the eggs are actually DIY decals that you can download and print onto decal paper and then apply to your eggs. The designs were conceived by calligraphy artist and letterpress designer Patricia Mumau, who is based in western New York. She has been featured several times in Martha Stewart Weddings and this is her first commission for Martha Stewart Living. Visit her Etsy shop to see more of Patricia's work. Download the designs and get the instructions for the project by clicking here.

Above is a closer look at the actual decal designs. Click here to download the PDF designs. Print them on decal paper (InkJet Waterslide Decal Paper in clear is $17 for a pack of 20 sheets, Spray the paper with two coats of varnish and let dry. Cut out the individual shapes, staying as close to the outer lines as possible. Use small, fine task scissors for this. Soak the cutout designs in a bowl of water for about a minute. Remove each decal from the water slowly and carefully remove the decal from its backing paper, sliding onto the egg as you go. Smooth it to the eggshell gently with your fingertips. Gently press a piece of paper towel against the icon to remove any excess water. Let dry, then repeat with other decals. Let the completed eggs dry overnight and then spray with a final coat of varnish.


Easter Egg Extravaganza!

As a child, the highlight of spring for me was the annual Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday. My brother and I would wake up early and poke my parents as they slept until they rolled out of bed. And then we would begin our hunt: upstairs, downstairs, in every corner, on every ledge, behind books and under the leaves of houseplants. We left no space unchecked. The eggs we were hunting for were the standard store-bought chocolate variety that are still sold today in those colourful foil wrappers. I am very nostalgic about them and always treat myself to a little 'net' each year. The hunt was then followed by a beautiful breakfast prepared by both my parents and that evening we usually had my grandparents over for dinner, or would venture off to their house for more Easter goodies.  

Since falling in love with Martha Stewart Living nearly 15 years ago, the Easter-egg projects in the magazine's April issues have been a perennial favourite of mine. No other team of crafters and editors can match the skill, creativity and imagination of those who work at Martha Stewart Living. Below is a compendium of their gorgeous Easter-egg crafts to delight your eyes! There are so many techniques that can be used to decorate eggs, from dyes to decoupage, glitter to paint. For embellishments, materials can be as varied as leaves and grass, paper napkins and vinyl tape, elastic bands, onion skins and yarn. 

CLICK HERE for all of the information and how-tos you will need to make your own eggceptional creations! 
This is a new project dreamed up by the editors over at The Crafts Department blog: embroidered eggs! I can scarcely get my head around how creative this project is.
Another delightful craft from The Crafts Department: Dremel Egg Craft


Martha's Easter at Grandin Road

Spring is one month away, and we have two more months before Easter Sunday arrives on April 24th, but the busy bees at Martha Stewart Living have already rolled out their Easter collection at Grandin Road. And quite a collection it is - a fairly extensive line of table accessories and decorations to help make Easter a little extra special. What I love about the line is the synergy behind so many of the product ideas: many of the decorations have been seen as DIY projects in the pages of Martha Stewart Living magazine over the years. Below are some of my picks from the collection, which can be viewed in its entirety by clicking here.
This pretty wire planter was influenced by a similar one that was featured on the cover of the April, 1998, issue of Martha Stewart Living. The designers revised it slightly, but it's still the same charming size and style, perfect as a centerpiece.To place inside the planter, Martha's designers came up with a charming option: hyacinth flowers blossoming from egg shells!

Here's another piece influenced by a DIY craft that took the cover of the April, 2007, issue of the magazine: a feather tree adorned with beautiful hanging egg ornaments. The ones on the cover are homemade, of course, but these lovely metallic eggs (below) would be just as beautiful, catching the daylight (or candle light) on an entry table or dining room sideboard. A flurry of butterflies in bold pinks, yellows and oranges herald the arrival of spring when they're amassed in a wreath formation. Below is a closeup of the design.


So Eggceptional!

The beauty of Martha's holiday crafts always leave me a bit speechless - not only because I'm never quite sure how the projects are completed in such bounty and perfection (despite the instructions) but also because they are so splendidly arranged, styled and photographed in the pages of the magazine. I decided to highlight some of my favourite Easter-egg crafts. Many of them are from the recent April issue, which I think beautifully conveys the artistry and imagination involved in holiday crafts. (Note to the Martha Stewart Living editors: I'm still waiting for a special spring "Holiday" issue. I even took it upon myself to design a prospective cover for the glossy, which you can see below.)
Multicoloured and speckled eggs are nestled in fern fronds in hurricane vases. I enjoy the symmetry of the display, offset by the stray fern at the base of the vase on the right: a lovely spring vignette.
The 2009 April issue has a vast collection of decoupage egg projects, which you can see above and below. Eggs of various sizes are dyed or painted and then decorated with precisely cut-out images of flowers and birds, glued onto the shells.
Egg-shaped boxes are painted and speckled and then decorated with butterfly and rabbit cut-outs. I like that some of the butterfly 'specimens' are not entirely glued down to the box; their wings are left to flutter, creating a sense of depth through shadow.
Plain silhouettes of chicks, roosters, bunnies and flowers decorate these eggs and egg-shaped boxes.
This one is kind of over-the-top, with its huge emu egg nestled on a bed of potted flowers. The arrangement is given perspective and creative weight when paired with a similar nest of pheasant eggs.
A simple white bowl is given a nest-like appearance by wrapping it in angora (top left); two cake stands are arranged with egg-cup nosegays of yellow toned flowers (top right); A chocolate cake is decorated with a nest of chocolate shavings and white-chocolate eggs dyed robin's-egg blue with food colouring (bottom left); hollow egg shells are sterilized in boiling water and then piped full of warm liquid chocolate, which solidifies when cooled. The eggs can be cracked, peeled and enjoyed (bottom right).