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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Things That Make Me Smile

This is a special ‘Things That Make Me Smile’ post for this wonderful Easter Sunday. Even though I’m an atheist it’s my favourite holiday to go all out on (beside Halloween but that’s a given). I mentioned it every year how I grew up with quiet an extravagant amount of Easter festivities and tradition. My grandmother on my father’s side of the family grew up in a farming community that mostly consisted of Polish/Ukrainian families so her Germany family adopted their traditions. Easter to them is big holiday. So even though I don’t celebrate the religious side of it like Lent I do enjoy decorating my house with bunnies, having an Easter tree made of pussywillows, dying eggs, and displaying my array of handmade designed Easter eggs, plus chocolate (who could forget the chocolate). It’s all rather strange, but then again I’m rather strange.

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My favourite tattoo Easter eggs. The second one is a swimming horse, it’s hard to see but it has bubbles on it’s body and all around. (DIY here, and most of them here)

my little pony easter egg  (1)The top of my shelf, which happens to be filled wtih My Little Pony’s and Pysanky eggs.

things that make me smile (2)Making bracelets! One for my friend’s little girl and one for me. Kit Kat is a nickname that one of my co-worker calls me and I think it’s adorable.

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My Easter themed nail designs.

things that make me smile (7) things that make me smile (6)Butter cleaning herself on her cat palace. She doesn’t sit there very much right now but I have a feeling when it starts getting sunnier she will not be able to resist sunbathing there.

things that make me smile (1) things that make me smile (2)This year’s Easter display. I didn’t end up getting an Easter tree this year because of health issues related to my concussion which meant I was home bound for the last week. Instead I have my coffee table which has been decorated all month with our Easter goodies, and various decor. I love these giant Easter eggs I found at Dollarama.

things that make me smile (6)My rainbow collection of jump rings which are for April’s DIY project.

temporary tattoo batman unicorn easter eggs  (2)A bowl of crazy, some glow in the dark plastic Easter eggs I decorated.

naturally dyed floral easter eggs  (37)Trying out something new and being blown away by the results. These are stunning, I honestly had to stop myself from doing more (I already decorated 2 dozen). They are really fun and the natural dye is surprisingly fun to experiment with.
DIY of them here.

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things that make me smile (5)Easter weekend suffered the same fate as the last month which doesn’t make me smile but I always find it pretty to find a fresh white blanket of snow in the morning.

things that make me smile (1)Oh also these cute St. Patrick Day postards. Wrong holiday but aren’t these stickers adorable?

things that make me smile (9)Happy Easter!

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Silhouette Easter Eggs

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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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