I walked into a craft store the other day in hopes of finding an inspiring and fun Easter craft idea. Of course, I wanted to find an idea that had a vintage angle, however, no such luck. There was such a variety of items and ideas but everything was so – similar. Today everything is sold as a kit and as a result, we often all end up with the same thing.
When I was a kid the best part about springtime was being able to just rock a pair of rain boots and spend the days in the great outdoors exploring! My family and I would take walks together through the woods. Our quests were inspiring and I still remember every element of those walks. First, we had to cross the brook. The sound it made when the ice finally melted was our confirmation that spring had arrived.
To cross the brook we would have to crawl, or if we felt adventurous, balance across a fallen log. Damp and mouldy to the touch, crossing the babbling brook was more thrilling than any jungle gym or swing set. When we reached the path, our parents would encourage us to gather treasures on those walks. We would collect leaves, branches and rocks. When we returned home, we would create something out of our rustic finds. Whether it was a collage or a sculpture, the crafts we created didn’t cost my parents a penny and our days were filled with adventure and inspiration.
Over the past weekend, I decided to relive those memories. I marched out of the craft store and decided to take a walk through a nearby trail. I gathered branches and twigs and brought them home to create a rustic egg nest. Sometimes, vintage doesn’t have to be about recreating a specific era – it can just be about getting back to basics.
- 4 raw brown eggs
- 10-20 branches (assorted sizes)
- Food coloring
- Cups or containers
- White Vinegar
- With the needle, poke a hole at the top and bottom of an egg and hold over bowl.
- Place straw over the top of the egg and blow the yolk out of the egg so that it pours out the bottom of the egg into the bowl.
- Once all of the yolk has poured out, wash the egg under running water and let dry.
- Repeat steps 1 – 3 for remaining eggs.
- As eggs dry, fill cups and/or containers with 15-20 drops of the desired food coloring, one teaspoon of vinegar and 1 cup of hot water (make sure to cover the work area with newspaper or paper towel).
- Submerge each egg in the food coloring mixture for at least one minute. To get a lighter or darker shade you can vary the wait time.
- Place dyed eggs on paper towel and let dry.
1. Break apart branches and glue together like a log cabin, one atop of the other, let dry. Once dry, flip over and you will see that the nest resembles a bowl. Place dyed eggs inside and voila! An egg nest!