Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Good Egg

Shadow Box "Sugar" Eggs

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White Chocolate Hatching Chicks

 Maybe I'm showing my age, but some of the sweetest confections I remember from Easters past are beautifully crafted colorful Sugar Eggs. These fancifully decorated hollow eggs, always featured a tiny charming vignette inside, and were far too precious too eat. An online search found a few tutorials to make your own and some specialty shops which still craft them, but I thought I'd give a nod to these sweet creations with a much easier but non-edible holiday project. And so we don't miss out on a good sugar rush, there's also an egg inspired easy DIY white chocolate and peep confection that's something to tweet about!


Inspiration images from paulmichaelhome.com and Easter Sugar eggs  
You'll Need:
Large plastic eggs with clear fronts (I got mine at the Dollar store)
An assortment of supplies of your choice: Easter printouts, faux flowers and foliage
Clear or crystalline Glitter
Paints which adhere to plastic 
Hot glue
Modge Podge

Eggs Before*
*if you can't find these, just leave the lid off of half of a solid plastic or paper mache' egg shaped box
 I painted the backs similar but softer shade and sprinkled glitter into wet paint
I then glued printables from the Graphics Fairy onto sturdy card stock with spray adhesive and gave them a quick brush of Modge Podge and sprinkled with clear glitter
Allow to dry and cut out shapes
I glitter-glued a toothpick to create a pole for the banner. Glue images together
Fold a strip of card stock accordion style as a backing for the character and hot glue into egg to create dimension
 I brushed the floral accents with Modge Podge and again sprinkled with glitter to create "sugary" flowers and butterflies
Carefully hot glue accents into place
"Ice" border of egg lids with squeezable paint and sprinkle with more clear glitter to simulate frosting


reattach clear plastic cover or leave open as desired
I perched this one on a dollar store glass candlestick spruced up with paint and sparkle
this one rests on an egg cup
For a fun display, create an assortment of eggs using different colors and imagery. 
Please note, handle the eggs carefully as glitter and paint can chip off easily
Add some sparkly friends to your vignette

 White Chocolate Hatching Chicks
For this and other charming images visit Sugar Moon's Vintage Easter art

While you'll see Peeps appear in dozens of incarnations this season, from Peep-tinis to s'mores, this very simple recipe has been a hit with my friends and family for several years now, and needs only a few minutes and a few ingredients. These are also delightful perched upon frosted cupcakes or nested in cupcake liners and boxed for a gift.
You'll Need:
Marshmallow Peeps
Meltable white chocolate
shredded coconut
food coloring
place generous amount of coconut in zip lock baggy and add several drops of coloring (I used pastels)
shake bag and knead thoroughly until color is evenly distributed and spread on plate
Melt chocolate according to directions
Dip bottom part of peeps to coat well leaving heads and necks uncovered
use a spoon to distribute chocolate evenly
immediately dip bottom of peep into coconut to create nest and rest on wax paper
 A sweet bite with a cup of afternoon tea
and a handful of jelly eggs



73 comments:

  1. Wow - so many great craft projects and they look so special!

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting Bernideen- so glad you liked the post :)

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  2. These are so pretty! What a clever idea to create a little scene inside the egg. Love it.

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting- especially as it led me to your delightful blog- a house in brittany- what a dream!

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  4. I'm so happy that visit this site i'm already bookmark this site i come back again . thank for great post.


    Thanks for your nice articate
    plastic business cards
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      So glad you enjoyed the post :)

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  5. I have always loved sugar eggs - they are pure magic! Your blog is lovely. Have a great week from the enchanted oven.
    xo,
    Lisa

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  6. Two very nice Easter decorations. Some years back I made panoramic easter eggs similiar to what you showed but they were formed of real sugar. My daughter has some that are years and years old. They keep forever... unless the ants get to them.

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    1. Oh I'm jealous- I'll have to try real sugar eggs one day!- that's funny, I didn't think about ants!

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  7. Love those eggs! You did an amazing job.

    Wonderful to have you at SEASONAL SUNDAYS.

    - The Tablescaper

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    1. Thanks so much!- and thanks for hosting for your fun weekly parties! :)

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  8. Wow! I remember sugar eggs with scenes in them from my childhood- what a sweet memory. Thanks for the smiles, you did a nice job :)

    Visiting from Brag Monday linky party @Graphicsfairy
    Smiles,
    Suz @ MaytagNmom

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting Suz!
      It seems so many people remember these eggs fondly- the power of candy lol :)

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  9. These little shadow box eggs are so charming. What a good idea to glitter the graphics before cutting them out, I am definitely going to do that next time, such even coverage!! Thanks for sharing your how to's!!

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    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comments!
      The glitter didn't really photograph all that well- they actually sparkle a little more in real life :) but I couldn't quite catch it
      Love adding a little sparkle but of course I will be cleaning up glitter for the next three weeks!
      Cheers!

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  10. Love your sweet shadow box Easter eggs! So pretty and glittery! Great idea to use those large plastic eggs from the Dollar Store. Thanks for the tutorial as well. Catherine (new follower)

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    1. Hi Catherine,
      Thanks so much for your sweet comments and I'm so delighted you'll be following!
      Happy Spring!

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  11. LOOOOOOOOOOOOVE your Easter Creations!!!!!!!! :)

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    1. Thanks so much! So glad you enjoyed the ideas- and your comment led me to your blog and beautiful cards!
      Happy Spring!

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  12. LOVE your little eggs! They are so adorable!

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  13. Very cute! We always had sugar eggs and peeps were always there! Wonderful tutorials for fun things! Thanks for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!
    Ruth

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    1. Thanks so much Ruth!
      Funny how some sweets hold a place in our memories :)

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  14. Oh, my goodness. What a wonderful, fun, Easter/Spring post. Thank you for all the great ideas. One of my favorite things as a child were the wonderful sugar eggs. Happy Tea Day!

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  15. What a delightful fun post! I love your eggs. They are so festive. The clear glitter really shows off the images. Thank you so much for sharing such a great tut, and for sharing the sugared peeps with us. Happy tea time!
    Hugs,
    Terri

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  16. I remember those sugar eggs. They might have been too pretty to eat but loving sweets I can still remember trying to eat the sugared flowers off the egg. The eggs you made are so cute! Thanks for sharing the PEEPS recipe. I have to admit I have an addiction to PEEPS. I put them in the refrigerator and eat them frozen! YUM! Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Hi Sandi,
      just realized I missed your sweet comment-
      Frozen Peeps! I'm intrigued!

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  17. Some really nice Easter crafts, I especially like the decorated eggs from the dollar store.

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      and thanks for hosting your delightful linky parties!

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  18. What a clever idea for the sugar eggs and I love your printable spring and Easter themes. The use of the eggs from the Dollar Store is great. Your Peeps will be a hit for Easter as a special treat. Have a Happy Easter!

    Pam

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    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment!
      Happy Easter!

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  19. Hello there Christina,

    Your Tea time is so very precious with those darling sugar, Easter eggs that you made. So creative and clever. I love the whole concept and also the sweet treats.

    Have a marvelous week and a blessed Easter.

    Cheers, blessings and hugs from Wanda Lee

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words Wanda Lee-
      I'm so delighted you stopped by for a visit!
      Cheers!

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  20. What wonderful ideas! This is my first visit to your blog and I love it! I'm now a follower.

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    1. Thank you so much visiting-
      I'm so delighted you've joined Pennywise!

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  21. A very easy to understand tutorial and the end results are amazing. I do remember the old-fashioned sugar eggs, but I like yours better.

    I love marshmallow peeps ( can't explain this weakness and taste for them) and think I will be using your ideas to make them an even better treat. Thank-you !

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    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comments!
      I know there is just something about Peeps :)
      Cheers!

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  22. Wow! What a sweet post, Christina! I love your glittered eggs with the images. They really are darling! The peeps are too cute; a sweet treat with your tea. Thank you for sharing and coming to my tea party.

    Easter blessings,
    Sandi

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words-
      and Thanks for hosting your delightful parties!

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  23. Hi, I am your newest follower. Your sugar eggs are wonderful, so Victorian looking and I love Victorian! Can't wait to catch up on your older posts! Have a blessed Easter!
    Gina

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    1. Hi Gina,
      Thanks so much! I love anything Victorian as well!
      I'm so delighted you'll be following!
      Cheers!

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  24. Wow! This is an amazing Easter project. I just love everything you did. Thanks so much for sharing. Have a wonderful Easter. Hugs, Martha

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    1. Thank you Martha,
      So glad you enjoyed it!
      Happy Easter!

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  25. Simply gorgeous!! Love the sugar eggs. I'm delighted to be following back.

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    1. So gld you enjoyed the eggs and delighted you'll be following!

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  26. Amazing post Christina!!
    I love the display eggs! Thank you so much for sharing how you did it!!

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    1. Thanks so much- so glad you enjoyed them!

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  27. Okay... so I started the day with Good Intentions, like vacuuming the cats, I mean couch, really I did. BUT your sugar egg project has just been bumped to Priority One. Found you at Mrs. Olsen's Share you Cup, and added you to favorites immediately!

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    1. Thanks Susan!
      You are too funny! I completely relate to your vacuuming situation- we have 4 furry friends-
      Have fun with the eggs! Would love to see a photo when they're done-
      Happy Easter!

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    2. Christina - Please take a look at my post Panoramic Sugar Egg featuring your project - there is a picture I'd like to use but it isn't tagged with your banner so let me know if the link under it is enough. It's important to me to be a good blogland neighbor. Thanks

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    3. Hi Susan,
      You're egg is adorable! I love the trim around the outside!- Thanks for linking back to me on your post - that's more than fine- and thanks for being a good blogland neighbor- (love that term) so glad you liked the project so glad I found your site!
      Cheers!
      Happy Easter

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    4. ps - wow you really did move the eggs to priority one! lol

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  28. What great ideas! Your instructions are wonderful, too. Thanks for including these projects at Foodie Friday! Happy Easter!

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  29. This is one of the cutest Easter crafts I've seen. I'm so glad you shared it with us, I'll certainly be giving this a try with the Grand and my students at school, too.
    I just love it!
    Hugs,
    Patti

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    1. Thanks so much Patti-
      So glad you enjoyed the project - hope they all have fun with it!- and thanks for hosting your wonderful parties-
      Happy Easter!
      Christina

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  30. So very sweet! Saw your egg at the Graphics Fairy and thought I'd pop over to see more...glad I did!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Holly!
      So glad you liked the project!

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  31. Christina, these are absolutely gorgeous! I too loved the sugar eggs with the sweet scenes growing up. You have made them with a wonderful new twist. Thanks so much for sharing with Share Your Cup.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. I'm so glad you liked them-
      I might attempt real sugar eggs next year but these were much easier! :)
      Thanks as always for hosting your delightful blog parties!
      Cheers
      Christina

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  32. I had the idea of making eggs similar to these but didn't know quite how to go about it. Thank you for the great ideas and procedures. I saw your egg on Graphics Fairy and was entranced. Yours are all so beautiful. Now I have a whole year to get ready for next Easter.

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting- so glad you liked the eggs-
      they are so simple to make I'm sure you'll have fun with them!
      Cheers!

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  33. I love these, I used to have some of those eggs made from sugar, I was always fascinated with them. Cute ideas, love the nest in the pretty glass jar. Stop by my blog if you get a chance www.king-designs.blogspot.com I'm following you now!

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    1. So glad you liked the project and am delighted you'll be following!
      I'll definitely pop over and visit :)

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  34. I do remember those too! You did an amazing job! They look terrific - I didn't think Peeps could get any sweeter, but you did make them so! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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    1. Thanks Kathy!
      I'm a big peeps fan too! :)
      and Thanks for hosting your fun parties!

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  35. Hi Christina,
    I would have loved to have featured this post but I did not see a link back to Share Your Cup.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Hi Jann,
      So glad you liked the post- I have all the linky parties I attend on the page called You're Invited: Blog Parties- I tried to sort them by day parties are held- I'm not sure now if that's the best place to have them -I want to make sure everyone can see them- maybe I should redesign this-:) I always look forward to blog parties!
      Cheers!

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    2. oh - there's also a tiny pic of parties on my sidebar- I wanted it to be bigger but I'm not terribly tech lol

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