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Easter Eggs Decorated with Recycled Kool-Aid Colored Egg Shells and Mod Podge and How to Make Cascarones!
Submitted by Pam on Mon, 03/29/2010 - 18:16
I know! A lot for one post! But Easter is almost here so what is a girl to do? I promise - this is a short post!
All you need to make a mosaic egg like this one is a blown out egg shell, Mod Podge, a brush, and the shells left from peeling your Easter Eggs!
It was hard enough to crack and peel my Kool-Aid colored Easter eggs, but tossing out all those colored bits was impossible! I saved them in a jar while thinking about what I could do with them.
A happy accident pointed me in the direction of creating a "southwestern" mosaic egg!
I dropped the little plate I was saving shells on into the basket of blown out natural hens eggs I put out every spring. After a few appropriate comments about the mess I was about to be cleaning up, I noticed how pretty the colors appeared next to the natural egg shells.
So, I broke the Kool-Aid colored shells into tiny little pieces!
I blew out a brown egg from the fridge, covered a small area with Mod Podge and began pressing my little shell bits on to the surface.
I love the contrast!
I set the egg in an egg cup (OK, OK it's a jigger) and let each section dry before moving onto another.
Just before hiding the bottom hole with a bit of shell, I ran a loop of yarn through the egg because I wanted to hang my recycled mosaic eggs on my Easter Tree. If you plan to display yours in a nest or basket, cover the holes at each end with shell bits.
Once the Mod Podge is dry, brush a heavy coat over the surface of the egg. (Do this in sections if you didn't install a hanger.)
Certainly white eggs or blue eggs would work well. Use your imagination and make each a single color or even - if you are very ambitious- create a little picture using your colored shell bits!
A little follow-up on the Kool-Aid egg coloring post.
One commentor suggested I try black cherry to achieve pink! Sounded like a very good possibility! Another had very good results achieving a lovely lavender color on yarn by dissolving grape Kool-Aid in distilled water and suggested I give it a try.
I think the results are pointing me back to square one!
I have come to the conclusion that every red Kool-Aid, no matter the flavor, contains the same dye formula.
And although so many of my readers love my brown grape eggs, I still can't get excited! But, it was worth a try!
Hummmmmm....... But now that I think about it, the brown eggs would make great backgrounds for mosaic eggs!
I have had several readers ask me about how to make Cascarones - confetti filled eggs some Mexican people love to crack over each other's heads at Easter! I put in a plea to Kathi Kraftyzales to share how it is done! And bless her heart, she replied by posting a link to making Cascarones on Suite 101. She also posted a little how to of her own in the comments on this post. And be sure to read her warning about washing the eggs out thoroughly after blowing out the contents. If you are planning to crack them open, thoroughly cleaning the inside with soap and water is VERY important.
Thank you Kathy for taking the time to share..
You also might like playing with these egg decorating tutorials!