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Book-Inspired Decorating: Easter Edition

It’s Easter time and there’s nothing more fun than having your home reflect whatever holiday is fast approaching. Thinking about our Easter decorating this year, we were inspired by the iconic and classic illustrations of Beatrix Potter.* If you’re in the mood for some fun, classy and cheap Easter decorations, these will be right up your alley. The incorporation of a children’s classic makes it even more special.

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As my mom and I were making these, I kept thinking it wasn’t going to work out, but it just kept working! So don’t get discouraged–keep going!

You’ll need:

  • Eggs (4-8)
  • Paper illustrations (1″x1.5″) (See below)
  • Egg Dye
  • Modge podge
  • Paintbrush
  • 1/16″ ribbon (optional)
  • Embroidery needle (optional)
  • Large beads (optional)

 

  1. Get some eggs. I’d recommend 4-8. We did 8, but I don’t think my attention span is long enough to do many more than that. Poke a small hole in the top and bottom in one of the eggs. (I just used a small nail and it worked awesome.) Rinse off the egg, shake it a little, and then blow through the smaller hole. Stuff will start coming out the hole on the other side. And it’s gross, but awesome. Keep shaking the egg periodically (this helps to break the yolk) and rinsing it with water because no one wants to eat raw egg! Do this with each of the eggs.

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  2. Next, you’ll want to choose what images/illustrations you’d like to put on your eggs. Each image should be approximately 1 inch x 1.5 inches. Any bigger and you’ll start to have issues. If you’d like to use the images we picked (already sized), download here.

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  3. Now it’s time to dye the eggs. Choose colors that will look nice with your illustrations. Just follow the instructions on whatever dye you’re using. You may need to hold your eggs under the surface of the dye since they’re so light now. You can use the fancy official egg holder most egg dye comes with or a simple spoon.


     

  4. While your eggs dry, cut our your illustrations.

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  5. Once the eggs are dry, grab some modge podge (Elmer’s glue would probably work fine too) and glue the illustrations to the eggs. You may end up with some little creases, but don’t worry about it. It looks fine. I promise. On my eggs, I found that the dye got in the glue a little and ended up getting on the pictures too, but in the end I thought it ended up helping pull it together more.

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  6. Once your eggs are dry, you can either leave them as they are and display them in a cute Easter basket, or thread thin ribbon through them so they hang.

  7. To thread them with ribbon, I’d recommend getting a long, thin-ish embroidery needle. Thread it with your ribbon–go up through the bottom of the egg, come out the top, pull through enough ribbon to make a sufficiently large loop at the top, then go back down through the egg, come out the bottom and tie a knot. I ended up using a strong magnet to help me pull the needle through (surprisingly effective). If your hole ends up being big enough that a knot isΒ too smallΒ to stop the needle coming through, consider putting a big bead on the end. I had to do this on one of mine. Super cute.

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Now all you have left to do is proudly display your beautiful hand crafted eggs! We’d love to see what you do with this–send us pictures on Instagram (@bookroo_love) or on Facebook!

*Beatrix Potter is now in the public domain, you can use any of her illustrations wherever you would like. To access her books for free, check out the Gutenberg Project.

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