My niece (15 years old) and I have a tradition of decorating eggs for Easter. Each time we focus on a different technique while keeping with our initial color scheme of blue and white. This year we decided to decorate our blown-out eggs with ribbon.
Techniques we used in the past:
We enjoyed an Easter themed dinner to go along with our egg decorating. This dinner many look fancy but it was minimal effort for the huge payback in visual appeal.
- Bunny Salad – lettuce, raw spinach, cucumber with egg and rabbit shaped carrots. I used the egg from this set and this 3D cutter set. Serve with your favorite dressing.
- Ribbon Pasta with Asparagus and Parmesan – Wegmans Mafaldine pasta, cooked asparagus, butter and Parmesan cheese, freshly ground pepper (I had planned to add sliced almonds but forgot to use them)
- Chocolate Nests – We used this recipe. Instead of semisweet chocolate we used dark chocolate chips, instead of the marcona almonds we used Cadbury Mini Eggs. The recipe is very simple but I was confused about the size of muffin tin. The recipe says to use a 6-cup muffin pan. My 6-cup pan is the larger size. I probably should have used 6 cups from my 12-cup pan (smaller). So even though the recipe is supposed to make 6 nests I ended up making 4 large nests to be able to shape it into a nest using the larger muffin cups. I was concerned about being able to remove the nests from my muffin cups but I had no problem using a knife to pry out one side – it then popped right out!
It was dinner for 3 this night. You don’t need a crowd to make a special dinner.
Three nests fit perfectly on my small cake plate.
We used assorted ribbon in our color scheme and tacky glue. We tried different designs but were happiest with a simple band of ribbon around the center of the egg. My niece came up with the idea of gluing two different colored ribbon to each other and using that as a band around the center. We also tried making ribbon bows and glued them to the eggs.
My niece enjoys painting (I don’t) so she mixed up a custom color and painted some of the eggs blue. We find that painting the eggs works better than dying them.
Our hanger ribbon is 1/8 inch (3 mm ) wide. The widest ribbon we used as decoration was 5/8 inch (15 mm) wide.
For my egg tree I used branches that my Mom sprayed with white paint a few years ago.
This dinner and egg craft project was a hit! I would love to know if you try either of these and how it worked for you.