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Entertaining: Easter Egg Decorating Party

by Maxwell Tielman

Although the gifting of decorated eggs is typically associated with Easter, the tradition dates back to before the birth of Christianity. Originally meant as a symbol of springtime rebirth and fertility, the decorated egg has witnessed a long and culturally diverse history. It’s no wonder why. As a form, the egg is one of nature’s most beautiful — a perfectly curved orb that is both fragile and strong enough to protect its precious cargo. As a canvas, it’s the perfect surface on which to apply color and ornament. From traditional dyes to fibrous threads, each material seems almost perfectly suited to the egg’s iconic shape. Perhaps because of its small size or its lovely curving form, the egg accepts almost any embellishment beautifully.

To carry on this yearly tradition of egg decoration, we hosted a small Easter workshop at our office this week. Each of the 15 guests was given an assortment of pre-blown eggs and free range with an array of craft materials including colored strings, dyes, pressed flowers, cut fabrics, glitter, stickers and paint. Although we had an inspiration board filled with various egg designs (or an egg-spiration board, as we like to call it) and a few example eggs of our own, all of our guests wowed us with their creativity and originality, proving yet again how versatile and beautiful the egg can be. To see some of our favorite eggs and all of the photos of this fabulous event, continue after the jump! — Max

Above image: Some of our egg decorating supplies included wax crayons, colored string, magazine pages for decoupaging and pressed flowers.

Above image: We created an inspiration board for our guests by hanging a large sheet of natural linen fabric on our wall and affixing print-outs and creative materials to it with sewing pins.

Above image: Some of our guests’ beautiful egg work. The look on the left was accomplished by drawing a design onto the egg with glue and then affixing silver leaf on top of it.

Above image: Some of the favorite materials at our event were metallic Sharpie markers. Just look at the beautiful golden details you can get with them!

Above image: Amy’s beautiful egg design, achieved by simply drawing tiny circles onto an egg with a colored marker.

Above image: Another simple yet beautiful project. Clippings of flower photographs adhered to dyed eggs.

Above image: One of my favorite egg designs was actually remarkably simple. By crosshatching black crayon onto a bare white egg, one of our guests was able to achieve this minimal, textured feel.

Above image: This beautiful little “frame” element was achieved by submerging part of the egg into dye to create a colored oval. Metallic and black markers were used for the text and embellishments.

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