Monthly DIY: Tissue Paper Easter Eggs

Tissue Paper Easter EggsThis year’s Easter egg designs DIY is going to be the fun and super simple tissue paper Easter eggs. I saw this online and really wanted to try it out and put my own personal twist on the design so I couldn’t wait to make these. My Easter DIYS are always my favourite to make and I never miss the chance to make Easter eggs.  This project is totally kid friendly if you need it to be and very affordable so it’s great one to test out if you want to get outta the mold of just dying eggs.

What You Need:monthly diy

  • tissue paper
  • Modpodge / glue
  • brush
  • scissors
  • hard boiled/hollowed/
    plastic/styrofoam eggs
  • ribbon
    (if you want to make ornaments)

Material Information and Cost: 

This project is easy to do for $15 or less and everything is easy to locate at your local craft/art/Dollar store. The only thing I bought was the fancy tissue paper from DeSerres which was actually horribly expensive at $8 per package (otherwise I would have bought so many different patterns). Recycling tissue paper also works great for this project as well and you can save up over a few months and get really interesting paper to work with. 

Steps:

  1. Prepare your eggs and make sure they are clean and free of dirt.
    *to learn how to hollow out your eggs I made a video a few years ago
  2. Prep the tissue paper, you can either cut large squares to wrap around a whole egg with cuts at the top and bottom to make it easier to fold around the egg, or smaller shapes like squares, circles or stripes of various sizes.
  3. Apply the glue using the brush either to the back of the tissue paper or directly onto the egg.
    *I prefer applying the glue directly to the egg as it easier to adjust the paper after you’ve placed it down on the egg and the paper doesn’t tear as easily, just make sure to do a small section at a time. 
  4.  Apply the tissue paper in sections onto the eggs using the brush to pat out any wrinkles or air bubbles and remove excess glue. Try to not move the tissue paper as it tears easily.
  5. After the egg is covered simply let dry.
    Optional:
  6. You can also attach a piece of ribbon to the top and make them into ornaments. Or insert a skewer or craft stick to the bottom if using styrofoam eggs to make displays.

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Silhouette Easter Eggs

naturally dyed floral easter eggs  (29)My excessive collection of silhouette Easter eggs made with natural dyes that I made last weekend. I just posted the DIY for it yesterday and wanted to show more of the wonderful eggs because I certainly love staring at them. If you are curious what I do with these eggs when it’s no longer Easter. I actually keep all my hollowed out eggs on display year around in glass containers in my living room. Most of them are Pysanky eggs me and friends made together over the years, it’s just a nice colorful way to brighten up my house.

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This Year’s Tattoo Easter Eggs

I am so excited to show you all my silly tattooed Easter eggs that I made this year. If you haven’t seen my DIY for how to make these yourself, you can check out it out here. I’ve actually updated the original concept of using temporary tattoos to design eggs for ornaments or to use as center pieces. Instead this year I changed it up and went with plastic eggs that I bought at my local Dollarama instead of blown out eggs (they work pretty good but for some reason they attract a lot of dirt and loose particles so I washed them a few times throughout). I also decided to make a few for my friend who has twins, a 2 year old boy and girl. So I thought I’d do designs they’d like, so I made Batman, Cinderella, unicorns and Easter temporary tattoos eggs. As well I used much nicer ribbon this year around. My favourite at the Easter designs and the glow in the dark Batman ones which were really fun to make. Let me know what you think in the comments and show me pictures if you make your own, would love to see other people’s designs.

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Monthly DIY: Naturally Dyed Floral Easter Eggs

naturally dyed floral eggsThis year’s Easter DIY project for naturally dyed floral Easter eggs was suggested by a friend of mine last year. She showed me a photo of naturally dyed Easter eggs with various silhouette of plants on them done by bigsislilsis. I fell in love with the idea especially consider in my long years of dying eggs, I had never used homemade dyes for Easter. Of course you could do this project with store bought / traditional dyes as well but I liked how the more earthy tones go hand in hand with the foliage. For my project I am using blown out Easter eggs instead of hard boiled eggs (tutorial here) and the brightest of natural dyes – turmeric, beets, red cabbage and blueberries. This project is very easy to do and can be enjoyed by anyone, the hardest thing for me at least was finding the foliage at this time of year. I also experimented a great deal, and it can be really fun to try your own combinations and see what works.

What You’ll Need:monthly diy (2)

  • eggs
  • panty hose (1 pair per a dozen eggs)
  • twist ties / pipe cleaner
  • plants & flowers
  • containers
    *that you are not afraid to stain, glass works great
    Dyes:
  • vinegar
  • water
  • salt
  • pot & strainer
  • 1/2 head of red cabbage
  • 2 cups of beets (4-6 beets)
  • 2 cups of frozen blueberries
  •  4 tablespoons of turmeric

Cost:

Under $15 for all the ingredients to dye a dozen eggs.

 Steps:

  1.  Blow out your eggs if you’d liked to keep them forever.

    *keep in mind if you are using natural dyes, your eggs will take on the flavor of the dye so you probably don’t want to eat them anyway.
  2. Cut the pantyhose into 3 inch squares and cut vertical so it’s no longer a tube shape. If using pipe cleaner cut into 1 inch pieces.
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  3. Spread a piece or pieces of foliage over the egg and place the panty hose over top and pull all the corners in until the panty hose is taut. Using a pipe cleaner or twist tie secure the panty hose. Repeat until you’ve completed all your eggs.
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    *you can use fresh or dried foliage. Keep in mind dried is more brittle and can break. It’s been snowing here on and off so I didn’t have much choice in the matter and had to use dried for most of the eggs.
    *make sure the foliage is pressed tightly against the egg to get a full design.
  4. Prepare your containers, if doing several colors you may want to label which is which.
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  5. Make your natural dye by boiling each ingredient for 10minutes (except cabbage – 30min) and then straining before placing in a container.
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    *I used recipes from Martha Stewart for the dyes. However I did half it as I only needed enough to fill quart jars and half the amount of salt as I didn’t think that much salt was required)
    *if you are interested on finding out other natural dye recipes check out this great website.

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    Yellow: Turmeric Dye
    4 cups of water with 3 tablespoons of turmeric , 2 tablespoons of vinegar & salt.

    Blue: Purple Cabbage Dye
    4 cups of water with half a head of cabbage cut into slices with 2 tablespoons of vinegar & salt.
    Pink: Beet Dye
    4 cups of water with 4 cups of chopped beats with 2 tablespoons of vinegar & salt for 10min.
    Purple & Blue-berry Dye
    4 cups of water with 2 cups of frozen blueberries (mash before or during cooking) with 2 tablespoons of vinegar & salt for 10min.

  6. Place the eggs in each container, if you are using blown out eggs they will float. For a container without a lid I find placing a heavy spoon (ice cream scoop works best) over top of the egg to keep it submerged works best.  For containers with a lid you can simply fill the liquid to the top and seal so there is very little room for the egg to float in.
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  7. Take the egg bundle out of the dye and unwrap each egg. I like to wash under cold water to make sure all excess dye is washed off and then place back into an egg container with the hole at the bottom as any liquid inside the egg can leak out.
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  8. For a lightest color leave in for 5 minutes and for the darkest leave in over night.
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(Each dye except beets shows a 20 hour egg, a 4 hour egg and a 5-10min egg)
*Apologize I took the last photo while still recovering from a concussion, the beet jar should be switched with the purple cabbage jar to align the eggs correctly.

naturally dyed floral easter eggs  (27) The top left is the beet dyed eggs, bottom left is purple cabbage dyed eggs, top right is turmeric dyed eggs and bottom right is the blueberry dyed eggs.

What I Learned:

  • Beets don’t make pink eggs. I feel lied to, haha. Mine all turned out brown which I’m not into very much.
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  • However I did try making the dye again as I had leftover beets so what I did is boil the eggs and beets together for 10minutes. It’s probably one of my favourite eggs and is slightly more pink?
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  • Don’t submerge eggs into the dye when it’s still boiling hot, it will cause the egg to pop and break.
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  • It’s fun to dye eggs a starting color and then add foliage and re-submerge, into the same color or another! Also you can reuse the same flowers and plants multiple times.
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  • Natural dye doesn’t blend together like I thought it would using general color theory. The below egg is the purple cabbage and turmeric dye which should make green – instead we get just a subtle hint of greenish blue. BUT dying an egg one color and then placing the foliage on top of that does work.
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  • Some foliage will allow the dye to leak in, not fully but enough that you will not have a white silhouette.
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  • If you scrunch up the panty hose and tie it off like I did, mostly likely your eggs will get this star-ish pattern. The folds of the pantyhose mean not all the dye can get through.
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  • Sometimes it’s nice to keep it simple, too many plant types can cause just too much mish-mash.
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  • Laying various flowers on top of each other will work.
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  • You can reuse the dye over and over again hot or cold and it doesn’t appear to lose its vibrancy. Only exception is turmeric which separates back into powder overnight and it’s better to make a fresh patch.
  • If using a medium to large jar you can make multiple eggs at once. My jars fit 2 eggs are a time and the recipe I’ve posted make enough for 1 jar each and enough to fill one small cup as well for extra.
  • Worried about these dyes staining your house? You can lay down plenty of paper towel and newspaper and wear plastic gloves to protect your hands. I didn’t have much issue as long as I wiped up any spilt dye right away – except turmeric which is very potent and required bleach to remove. Lesson learned.

Hope you liked this year’s Easter DIY. I’m obsessed with making these and have already made more than the dozen I had intended too. I can’t wait to try these again in the future with more varieties of plants and flowers. This year I was limited since it’s still cold and snowing here but I’m still really happy with the results. So much so I couldn’t stop taking photos of these unique eggs. If you want to see all my designs there will be a post of all of them in their glory tomorrow. You can check it out, here! Oh and leave me a comment, including a photo if you make your own.  As I’d love to see you take on these, you can also let me know what you normally do for Easter!

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This Week in Photos: Easter Addition

easter window decalsI had a wonderful week (mostly thanks to only working 3 days) and have already started my long Easter weekend. It’s been a good week, although I’ve made myself super busy. However I think as soon I’ve sorted out my hair it’ll be pure relaxation (I’m switching to a new color, check out Sunday’s self-portrait post to see the new color). Tonight in fact I am going to see Minilogue – if you don’t know who they are check out their Soundcloud – one of my favourite DJ duos and it’s their last tour together. I’m going to dance a lot and enjoy the rest of the weekend hanging out with Victor. I also managed to track down some pussywillows yesterday and have the most amazing Easter tree – they put a really big smile on my face. I’ve never had an Easter tree while I’ve been living in Montreal, mostly due to be hella broke most of the time so it feels really good to have one now. It’s really blinged out too and I took far too many photos of it so it’ll be at the very bottom hidden under a link. :)

silk easter eggs (14) silk easter eggs (25)Taken on Saturday after finishing my DIY for silk tie eggs. These didn’t turn out as great as I hoped but I love them anyways.

butterButter’s first steps outside after a long winter. Not Easter related but my little ball of fur is too cute to pass up.

hello kitty easter egg temporary tattoo easter eggs (9)My favourite of my temporary tattoo easter eggs with notes going around the whole egg.

temporary tattoo easter eggs (3)A look at the rest of the Hello Kitty tattoo easter eggs, DIY is here!

bye bye hairBye wonderful hair! I will miss your coral tones.

easter (15)I only bought 1 bag of Lindor easter eggs to fill up my little plastic egg containers since Victor didn’t want to have lots of chocolate and I usually buy tons the day after so I get discounts.

easter postcardThe last of all Easter postcards. Now that my Easter postcards are done, I am already planning what ones I will send for the Summer.

easter (4) easter (3)My mini Easter shrine I setup of all my random bunnies and various eggs decor. The bunny piggy bank statue btw was given to my by my baby brother almost 10 years so and I treasure it so much. Also the large plastic eggs light up and flash 4 colors – it’s amazing.

easter (1)I found the cutest bowls last night at Dollarama and now want to buy more so I can switch all my eggs into them.

easterEaster nails!

easter (10) easter (11)Easter window decals and pussywillows (and yes I own window decals for every season and holiday – they are really fun to play around with)

easter (14)My Easter tree prior to decoration. The florist I found was selling branchs that had almost no bloomed pussywillows or sticks of bloomed pussywillows so I combines a few together and was really happy with the over all results. When I was a kid we drove out to the farm area of Edmonton and actually sawed down a large branch. Mine is like a baby tree.

easter (24)Butter like usual is super curious about the tree.

easter (37)My finished tree
(if your wondering why this photos looks kinda dull it’s because it’s super cloudy outside)

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Extra Easter DIY: Tattoo Easter Egg Ornaments

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Another extra DIY for Easter to make up for missing last month’s DIY project. This one is super cute and easy to do. All you need is temporary tattoos you like, some patience and very little else. I’ll also be showing you how to make ornaments out of the finished eggs as well for those of you want to hang them up or like me celebrate Easter with a tree (it’s an old German tradition to have an Easter tree). This project is great for those of you who have kids too as you can create themed eggs so easily. Superheroes, dragons, flowers, skulls, moustaches, cartoons – pretty much anything as long as you can find them as temporary tattoos. I’m going to be making Hello Kitty Easter eggs because I have a few friends who love her and I thought it’d be a cute gift idea. I also picked up temporary tattoos from Dollarama of flowers and butterflies since I thought they’d be cute and be great ornaments.

What You’ll Need: easter diy (1)

  • Eggs
  • Temporary tattoos
    Optional:
  • Easter egg dye
  • Scissors and thread or lace
    *only if you want to make ornaments
    Cost:
    $10

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Monthly DIY: Silk Dyed Easter Eggs

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For this month’s DIY I wanted to make something in celebration of one of my favourite holidays – Easter! This DIY project has been around for a long time and hit the mainstream due to Martha Stewart years ago so it’s not the most original but I wanted to show you guys anyways. I’ve wanted to make these ever since my friend showed me a photo of silk dyed eggs last year. It was the first time I had ever seen them before and was blown away with how cool they were. I make pysanky eggs almost every year because my grandmother was obsessed with them and it’s just a really fun activity to do with friends.  Plus dyed eggs make great decorations either for Easter or year around in a bowl (I keep mine in a glass vase on my bookshelf).  For my version I will be blowing out the eggs so the eggs can be kept permanently however if you are using them just for Easter hard boiling will be fine, just remember that silk dyes are toxic so the eggs shouldn’t be digested (the worst part of Easter for me was being forced as a kid to eat my decorated eggs – not a fan). I would consider this project intermediate level and not very kid friendly but if you want an easier and quick way to decorate eggs I have another DIY coming up on Wednesday that might be better!

What You’ll Need:silk easter eggs (2)

  • Eggs
  • Silk ties or scarfs
  • Egg blower kit
    *I bought my locally from a Ukarine store but available online here 
  • Muslin or scrap white fabric
  • Vinegar
  • Twist ties or piper cleaner
  • Seam ripper or scissors
  • Pantyhose
    Cost: $20 approximately
    (the price for all the items required except the silk)

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Self-Portrait Sunday: Easter Addition

Happy Easter from Citizen Erased Photography

(do I keep saying that, its my favourite holiday so I get excited)

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An Easter time self-portrait. This photo is from 2009 when my hair was a unfortunate color. I tried to dye my hair strawberry blond and it did not react properly to my bleached hair and gave me this straw color. I only kept it long enough to repair before re-bleaching it and changed it to another color. This was not the last time I tried strawberry blond and it didn’t work that time either. I am at my Aunt’s house holding all my dyed Easter eggs from the weekend before made by me and my friends.

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Adventures in Pysanka Eggs

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Okay, so any true fan of the Ukraine art form know that these eggs are not Pysanka eggs, which are eggs decorated with traditional Ukrainian folk designs. But they are my own version of egg decoration using wax resistance techniques. It’s actually a family tradition of mine passed down from my grandmother. She was German however she grew up in a largely Ukrainian farming area around Edmonton, Alberta and absorbed part of their community. I have been decorating eggs since I was a baby, like most North Americans, however my family toke it too the next level. My grandmother has ostrich’s eggs painted and jewels eggs (she even had a few real Pysanka eggs I think) and we even had an Easter tree made from pussywillows decorated much like a Christmas tree except with egg ornaments and bunnies. Easter in my house was always my favourite holiday and I am still celebrating it this way, much to the amusement of all my friends. For years I’ve been having Easter parties at my house where my friends and I decorate eggs using traditional Pysanka materials and the packs you can get at the grocery store. I even started to hollow out my eggs so they could be kept forever. I really wanted to do a Do It Yourself craft project showing you how I make my eggs with my friends, however I didn’t realize Easter was this week until the week before and my life will be boxes the whole time this week. So maybe I will show you how to do it in the future for now I hope you enjoyed the photos and if I don’t get a chance to say it later, Happy Easter!

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