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March 29, 2015

DIY | Painted Easter Eggs

As Easter is fast approaching, I decided to combine my love for the festival and the wonderful protein that is associated with it to create a DIY project that beyond cute and does not require too much effort on your part.

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While painted Easter eggs are the right fit for the festival, they also make an adorable summer addition to a nook of any home. My basket has been adorning my center table and brightening up the room every time I pull out a chair.

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The items you need are easily available and in fact, ones you will find inside your own home. For better understanding, I've divided the process into preparation and then decor so lets get down to it.

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For step one of preparation, I've collected my necessary items which include about 5 eggs and a coffee stirrer as my narrow, pointed tool which you need in draining process for the eggs.

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Once washed, mark a hole gently with a pencil, roughly the size of your finger nail on the flatter end of your egg for step two. Then using your tool a.k.a my coffee stirrer, repeatedly tap over the pencil mark with light enough pressure to create a hole after repeated hits. It's important to be gentle at this stage because we wouldn't want to crack the shell entirely, only the marked portion. Once done, place the hole downwards in a container gently tap the shell for the egg to slowly seep out.  Patience is of the essence here so you can stick your tool inside the hole to gently try and drain it out completely.
You can depending on the size of your jar, you can either disinfect each egg separately or in a larger jar, a few at one time.

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After the shell has been drained completely of the egg, rinse it twice with running water and keep it aside. In step three, mix in a cap full of bleach into your half full jar of water and stir it. Then immerse your egg shell within the jar in a way where the hole is completely covered in water. It's important to carry out this step to disinfect your egg shells, rid them of any odour and allow them to last.

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Your last preparatory step is to remove your egg shell from your disinfectant solution after 6 hours and leave it in direct sunlight till it is dried completely.

Now onto the final step of decor which is my favorite - Paint!

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I always have a paint brush and various acrylic paints *commonly know as fabric paint* in my DIY kit so once I got them out, I went wild with the shells and painted anything my brush led me too from polka dots to chevron stripes to brush strokes.
Once the paint has dried after 30 minutes, I've piled my eggs in a basket with the holes on the bottom side to conceal them and have now placed them as the center piece of my table.
PS: You can also glue the eggs into a particular position in the basket and gift it to a loved one as a thoughtful, innovative Easter present. You're welcome.

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Photography: Raynor Pereira / Style File

Hope you liked the DIY project as much as I enjoyed creating it!

xo
Dayle

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