Are you searching for quick and easy centerpiece idea for Easter? These potted Easter egg vases are so easy, I’m a little embarrassed to call this post a tutorial. But I love them so much, I just have to share.
Years ago I dog-eared this egg cup floral arrangement in my Martha Stewart Living magazine, but I never took the time to actually carry out this idea myself. Lately, I’ve seen at least a dozen versions of the egg vases on blogs. I was again inspired to get moving on my own project. One of my recent favorites is from LIttle Inspiration. Then I remembered these gold-leafed terracotta pots from The Hunted Interior, and I knew that I wanted to substitute pots for Martha’s egg cups. (Explaining the random food shot in a craft post.)
Okay, so down to the business of how I did it. Using a sharp-tipped knife, I carefully poked a hole in the top of six eggs. If the resulting hole wasn’t large enough for the egg to pass through, I made it a little larger while being careful not to remove too much shell. Some of the yolks broke in the process, but that’s okay. I scrambled them in these creamed eggs over the weekend.
After removing the eggs, I rinsed out the eggshells with very hot water. Then I repeated the rinsing, allowing the eggshells to drain overnight.
I may have been a little giddy with a reason to buy these lovely Martha Stewart Pearl & Metallic paints. And to use my 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby. Once home, I picked out my six favorite colors…this was maybe the most difficult part of the project…and began to paint. I am proud of myself for ‘upcycling’ a used egg crate for my paint tray. My drop cloth was the calendar art I removed from the yard sale frames for this project.
Instead of gold-leafing the rims of my terracotta pots, I used the yellow-gold paint on all but two of the pots. With all the color going on in the arrangement, I decided to leave the eggs their natural color. But I thought it would be fun to paint two eggshells the same gold and provide contrast against the two unpainted terracotta rims. The difference is subtle, but I like it. When the pots were dry, I added moss to each and placed the eggshells inside.
Next I began to add the flowers. These were from a bunch that my husband surprised me with last week. See what I mean about all the color?
No, stems this color do not occur in nature, but they put a smile on my face. And it wouldn’t be Easter if we weren’t plastering pastels on everything that didn’t move for a hot second.
After I added all the flowers, I realized that I forgot to add water. Do not do as I do; do as I say. Add the water first, then the flowers. But aren’t they cute?
Here’s the beauty profile shot again. So much pretty for so little effort.