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Eggs have long been a cherished symbol for celebrating the renewal and fertility of spring. This year, I used them to create an elaborate seasonal centerpiece for my home: a glittering woodland egg tree.
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Working with fresh eggs requires a gentle touch. Hollowing them requires enough force to push through the eggshell, but not so much force that you crack the whole egg open. Practice makes perfect!


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Materials

Cardboard
Scissors
Eggs
Sharp tool for piercing eggshells
Ear syringe
Bowl for collecting egg yolk
Glue
Paintbrush
Glitter
Ribbon
Wire with a loop bent at one end
Tree branch
Flower pot
Craft moss

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Directions

Step 1: Cut the cardboard into narrow strips. Cut notches in the ends of the strips, and fit them together to form egg holders. Make one holder for each egg that you plan to glitter.
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Step 2: Pierce ends of the egg with a sharp tool. I used a strange awl that I had on hand, but you can use a large needle, or a razor blade.
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Step 3: The most simple way to drain the yolk and whites from the egg is to blow into one of the holes and force the contents out the other. This can be exhausting, so make it easier on yourself by using an ear syringe. Squeeze the bulb of the ear syringe, gently pushing the egg from the shell. Save the eggs and use them for making a delicious quiche! Rinse the egg shells with water, and then let them dry.
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Step 4: Hold the egg with your thumb and forefinger and paint the egg with glue.
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Step 5: Cover the entire egg with lots of glitter! It will be almost impossible to do this in the first pass, mostly because you have to touch the egg to coat it. So set the egg aside to dry, and then give it a touch up and a second coat. The second layer of glitter really makes them sparkle.
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Step 6: Cut 8″ of ribbon for each egg. Tie the ends together in a double knot.
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Step 7: Use a piece of wire 6″ long, with a loop at one end, to thread the ribbon though the glitter eggs. You want a loop at the top of the egg, and the knot at the bottom. Push the wire though both holes, then hook the ribbon and pull it up through the top of the egg.
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Step 8: Fill the flower pot with tree branches and moss. Then simply hang the sparkly eggs on your tree. I added a butterfly for an extra touch of spring!


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