Hung from delicate pussy willow branches,
the blown egg ornaments make a dazzling focal point
for your Easter celebration
Step 1: Blow Out Eggs
Step 2: Break Up Yolk
Step 3: Rinse Out Egg
Step 4: Let Eggs Dry
Step 5: Make the Tree
Step 6: Tie Ribbon Ends
Step 7: Hang Eggs from Branches
Courtesy of Taste of Home
Use a push pin to make holes in opposite ends of each egg.
Carefully break away a bit more of the shell to make 1/8-inch holes.
Insert a long needle or wire into one hole; swirl it around to break up the yolk. Hold the egg over a small container with a hole facing downward. Insert a small drinking straw into the top hole. Blow into the straw, forcing out the contents of egg. Repeat until egg is completely empty.
Run cold water into the eggshell; gently
shake. Blow out the water with the straw.
Repeat until water runs clear.
Dry eggshells in the microwave on high
for 15 to 30 seconds, bake in a 300¡ oven
for 10 minutes or let air-dry with one of
the holes facing downward for 2-3 days.
Bend craft wire in half. Center the ribbon in the fold of the wire, letting the ends hang down. Feed the ends of the wire through the bottom hole (wide end) of the egg and out the top hole (narrow end) so that a 6-inch loop of ribbon extends from the top. Remove the wire. Tie an overhand knot in the ribbon at the top of the egg, covering the hole and forming a hanging loop.
At the bottom of the egg, tie the ribbon ends together
with a square or double knot, tying the beaded wire
knot and covering the hole. Trim ribbon ends if desired. Repeat with the remaining eggs.
Place pussy willow branches into a sturdy container. Hang
eggs by the top loops onto branches.
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