Easter Egg Tree
This was my first “TV” project. It aired while my website was under construction, so I never shared the blog. I remember worrying all weekend about doing this on TV. What to say? What to wear? What if….what if…what if…? Finally, I told myself to just go, relax and enjoy this one time opportunity. I never imagined that one year later I would be hosting weekly “Living with Lindee” segments. It has been a fun year and I have learned so much. Now, one year later, I am sharing the steps.
Most of these supplies can be found in the floral department of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store.
-1 Foam cone
-1 terra cotta pot *Choose the size based on the size of your cone. Your cone should
barely be able to slip into the pot.
-Moss -look for the kind that is in flat strips
-Craft eggs different sizes. I prefer the hollow plastic craft eggs. Usually in the spring you can find them pre-painted. Or you can use foam craft eggs . Again, you can find these with glitter, designs, painted, etc. in your craft store.
-dried grapevine or other wire garland.
-block of dry foam (enough to fit into your pot)
-Hot glue gun (with lots of sticks!!)
-dowel rod (I used 3/16 in x11 7/8 in)
-paint brush with thick bristles to paint pot
-Craft paint- “Folk Art” brand works well and is inexpensive
-*can of textured spray paint is optional. I used this to add texture to the terra cotta pot before painting with the craft paint.
1- if you are using grapevine, start the softening process (see below instructions.)
2-if you are texturizing your pot, spray it with texture paint and set aside to dry. Once
dry, paint with a color that compliments your eggs.
Cover the foam cone with a light layer of moss using your hot glue gun to adhere it.
3-Insert toothpick into craft egg. Add hot glue to the side you are adhering to cone. Push into your cone. Use large egg at the top and alternate large and small down to the base. Make sure you space eggs to leave minimal gaps.
4-Next, grab your softened grapevine. Start at the top and push the end into the foam cone. Add hot glue and hold in place for a few seconds. Then continue to wrap the grapevine around the cone.
Use the craft wire to wrap any “fly away” vines.
Again insert the end point into the bottom edge (not base, just edge).
5- Push your dry foam into the pot so it is firm and doesn’t move. Level off the top so it sits slightly below top of pot. Insert your dowel rod directly in center, then take your decorated foam cone and set on top of the dowel rod directly in the center. Push down until flush.
Softening Grapevine Instructions
1. Fill a bathtub with hot water. Allow the grapevines to soak overnight or for several hours.
2. Completely submerge the grapevines in the water bath. The entire grapevine should be covered with water. No pieces should rise above the waterline. I use a large towel to lay on top of the vine. This provides weight to keep it submerged.
3. Soak the grapevines until they are completely pliable. When the grapevines are no longer stiff or difficult to unravel, the soaking is complete.
4. Remove the grapevines from the water and gently begin to unravel them.
5. Stretch out the grapevines to allow any excess water to drip off. I am able to do this in my bathroom, but if the space is not large enough, use a table or even the floor.
6. Use the grapevine for you craft while it is still damp and pliable. it will dry to shape for your craft, wreath, etc.