I’ve always liked decorating eggs for Easter. In fact, I enjoy it so much, I have even made them for Christmas gifts and other occasions! Years ago, I learned how to “blow out” an egg before decorating it and make it last forever. I love adding to my collection every few years using new designs and new processes.
A few weeks ago I saw an international craft exhibit at the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, CA. I loved the Lithuania table! I was inspired by the delicate intrinsic designs of the Lithuanian Easter Eggs.
I figured I could give it a try. So, I took out all my tools and some supplies and set to work. In order to make an egg that looks a little like the Lithuanian Eggs pictured above, all I really needed was a dyed blown out egg, a crayon and an exacto knife. I set to work etching a design.
My husband brought up some how-to videos with some amazing in-depth procedures to making the beautiful eggs in the traditional Lithuanian style. It involved special tools, wax, and chemicals. Um, I would be wiling to try it, but I like making my crafts with things that I already have in my cupboard and tool box.
I have made eggs using chicken, goose, and robin eggs. I put them in tissue paper and store them in a plastic storage box and they look like new year after year. A few of these are about twenty years old. I’ve saved one or two of each year’s set for my own collection. I like to give them away at the holidays, and the Easter Bunny has been known to hide them for the annual Easter Egg Hunt!
Here are some of my favorites:
Since it took hours to make one egg etched with a simple design using an exacto knife, my hubby just happened to come home from the hobby store with a little surprise for me. . .