Tuesday, March 27, 2012

An "Egg"-Cellent Garland

    I pared down my Valentine's and St. Patty's decor, but when I unpacked my Easter things, I realized there was nothing to get rid of! I had some plastic eggs, a tray, a kitchen towel and a wreath. Period. That was it. I am loving having a fireplace for no other reason than that I adore hanging garlands! But I had no garland. I didn't really have anything!

   When I went to the store to find something, I realized why my decorations were so sparse. Everything is cheesy, or ugly, or ugly AND cheesy. So, I realized if I wanted anything new, I would have to come up with something.

  At Target, I was looking at Easter eggs and I saw something interesting: there are two small holes at the top and the bottom of the egg. Which meant only one thing (besides that they are not a suffocation hazard): they would be perfect for stringing! My idea was very simple: a bunch of eggs on a string. And it worked!

The supplies: does it get any simpler? I bought a bag of 48 eggs from Target, super deal, they were only $2! I already had the string (It is the "innards" from 550 cord, also called parachute cord. It is nylon so it was easy to put through the holes, I didn't even need a needle! You could also use embroidery floss.)

See the holes? Almost all plastic eggs come that way now, so it should be easy to find them anywhere.

I shoved the string through the bottom half, pulled it through and then through the top half.

Then snap the halves of the eggs back together. It truly is so simple even a child could do it. I didn't glue or tape the eggs in any way. They hold together just fine without anything.

 Simply keep repeating until your garland is the length you want. I didn't fuss with making sure that I used the same set of holes, and mine came out just fine. (Picture that if you are holding the egg horizontally there is are two set of holes: one on the top and one on the bottom- it doesn't matter if you put them in the upper holes on the bottom half and the lower holes on the upper half, it works out fine.)

If you were wondering how I hang my garlands, I use the 3M removable hooks. I have had these up since Christmas and they work so well. However, the hooks looked really bare. So I bought some ribbon at Hobby Lobby ($2) and made really simple bows. I just sort of stuck them on the hooks.

I didn't want it to be too explicitly "Easter" so I chose this geometric pattern. I figured the eggs were plenty Easter enough!

And there you have it! Now that I have discovered there are holes in the eggs, I think there are a lot of creative things you could do with them. You could hang them individually from the ceiling,  or make a swag with varying lengths of strings and ribbon.

I may try something different, because out of my 48 eggs, I had twenty left over! For right now they are looking festive in a white dish on my table.

I promise all my post won't be about seasonal decor, especially since I am running out of holidays for a while. I have been in a funk lately and I just really am trying to not stress about blogging (or lack thereof). For now, I hope my quick, simple projects appeal to you!


  1. I TOTALLY did the same thing!! Putting leftover eggs in a bowl, that is. ;) I got THE cutest white bowl set from my Pampered Chef party and filled it with my leftover eggs and set it on the dining room table. Cute, right? =) Yeah.... until Greg walks in and snickers at it and goes, "ummm....."

    Whatever. ;p

    ~ Jen

  2. Boys don't know Jen!

    I think the egg things are great & I like the seasonal garlands...I need a fireplace/mantle so I can make garlands.

    BTW, I've seen some really cute Halloween/candy corn garlands using those foam cones (Martha Stewart). Just sayin'...

  3. Love it! Love it! You are so smart and creative.

  4. Love it! Love it! You are so smart and creative!

  5. So cute. Seems the simple things are always the best.



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