With Easter on the way, I wanted to make a few simple decorations for my home. These delicate, hanging egg-shell vases are just so sweet. Arrange them on a pretty branch to make the perfect centrepiece for your Easter table, and then move to a table in your hallway to greet guests over the bank holiday weekend.
YOU WILL NEED:
- Fresh flowers
- Eggs (white if possible – I used Goose eggs)
- Strong pin or needle
Gently break the tops off your eggs, pour the contents into a bowl (to make a tasty brunch later), and wash and dry the egg shells. I chose these goose eggs – mainly because they were white and larger than hens eggs.
Gather all of your flowers / foliage together and keep them fresh in water whilst you make the egg-shell vases. I cut all of these flowers from my garden just before the snow began to fall – the Narcissus, Ferns, Hellebores, Forsythia, Cherry blossom, and Muscari. If you do decide to include Hellebores in your selection then it’s a good idea to sear them by holding the bottom 2cm of the stems in boiling water for 30 seconds. Doing this, as soon as you have cut them from the garden, seems to prolong their life and helps to prevent them from drooping.
Next, use your needle to pierce 2 holes in each egg shell – towards the top broken edge of the egg, opposite to each other. You need to be very careful not to crack the shell. I tested this with ‘normal’ hen eggs and they shattered almost every time. The goose eggs were much more forgiving – the shells are thicker and a bit more waxy which helped a lot.
Carefully thread the string or twine through the holes and tie them on each side to make a ‘handle’. Pour a little bit of water into the egg shells and place your Spring blooms into your homemade vases.
Arrange the egg-shell vases on a branch and enjoy!
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Words, Styling and Images by Emma Whicheloe.