The first time that I invited Stacy (my future business partner at the time) and her husband Eric to my house was for Easter dinner a few years ago. We had met briefly at a few social occasions but had not had much time to talk and I wanted to get to know her better (also my fiancé has a habit of inviting everyone he sees to any gathering we are having at our house).
After Easter dinner, and most importantly dessert was planned, I started thinking about cute ways that I could decorate my table. I don’t care for the commercialized Easter decor and wanted to make something simple but creative. While I was shopping at our local farmer’s market I got the idea to make small vases out of farm eggs. Grocery store eggs are fine to use as well but I prefer the farm eggs because they come in all shapes and colors.
Here are the materials you will need for this project:
- an assortment of eggs
- an egg top remover (an actual tool that is sold which essentially does exactly what it says, can be purchased online or in specialty stores) http://www.jbprince.com/utensils/egg-top-cutter.asp
- Spring Stickers (I prefer the Martha Stewart paper flower stickers), ribbon, lace ribbon, or any other decor to decorate the eggs
- egg cups or decorated egg crates
- Petite flowers or herbs
To begin, gently wash and dry the eggs. Hold the egg with the top facing up and the bottom resting on a kitchen towel on a counter. Place the egg top remover on the top of the egg and use as directed. The egg top remover that I have has a silver ball that you pull up to the top of the tool and then release. The ball then hits the metal casing that is covering the top of the egg and scores a line in a perfect circle around the top of the egg. Remove the egg top remover. Gently remove the tip of the egg, making sure the put pressure on the scored mark around the tip of the egg. The tip of the egg should come cleanly off (you can discard this part). Empty the egg into a container and save if you would like to use for cooking later. Peel the thin lining off the inside of the egg- you can do this by gently scraping with your fingernail until you remove all the lining. Rinse the egg and allow to dry.
Once the egg is dry, you can decorate by tying ribbon or lace around the center or by sticking stickers on the egg. Be as creative as you like in this part. Once the egg is decorated to your liking, pour a few tablespoons of granulated sugar into the egg cup (this will keep the egg in place and stop it from tipping over once you add the flowers). Place the decorated egg on the sugar and settle into place. Fill the egg halfway with water. You can then fill with any mix of petite flowers or herbs that you desire. I like to use baby’s breath and other delicate flowers accented with basil or whatever I have growing in my garden.
These work wonderfully dispersed throughout the table or compiled to create a rustic centerpiece. These can also be adapted to become place cards. Make sure you save the carton that you purchase the eggs in because you can store the eggs in the carton for years. I have had mine for three years and bring them out every Easter to use on my table.