Colouring and embellishing eggs, that’s a Christian tradition dating back around 60.000 years, and lasting until today. The egg is a symbol for resurrection in Christian theology, but above all it’s a symbol of new life and reincarnation in numerous religions, with a chick hatching out of something cold and lifeless. I like the thought of this, but mostly I just love eating eggs in any shape you can imagine.
Ask my parents – they tell you that I mostly wanted to eat ‘egg’ and ‘kiwi’ when I was a toddler. Funny thing is that this hasn’t changed a bit!
Of course colouring eggs and looking for them in the garden (is this just a German tradition or do you do this in your country as well?) is the most exciting thing to do for children, and I haven’t done this for ages, although there are tons of really cool tutorials out there. No, I wanted a more modern approach this time and discovered some wonderful things on the net, so I gave the traditional egg decoration a twist:
- Chicken eggs
- Large Styrofoam eggs (instead of expensive ostrich eggs)
- Quail eggs
- Matte acrylic paint in grey and black
- Large glass bowl
This is so simple: Hollow the eggs yourself or buy them already hollowed. Of course you don’t need to do this with the Styrofoam eggs! Mix the light grey acrylic paint with some black paint to get a nice anthracite shade. Paint three eggs in light grey and three in anthracite. This may take some time as you can only paint one side, let it dry and then paint the other. Or you use a wooden stick as help!
Now we can already start filling the bowl, start with two or three large eggs in two shades (I took two dark ones and a light one).
Arrange two or three chicken eggs between them and fill the holes with quail eggs. That’s the first layer! Spread some feathers over it, then repeat the process with the rest of the eggs and the feathers. Make sure the elements are arranged alternately. Spread some feathers over everything, and you’re done.
Apart from waiting for the paint to dry this was an affair of maybe ten minutes, and look at it! This is one of the simplest ways to get a nice Easter centerpiece, and because of the neutral colours it fits to every surrounding (including my colourful kilim carpet). Oh and the grey fits perfectly to my new couch which arrived last Thursday! I guess it’s time for a tour through my new apartment, right? Hope you are inspired!