My friend Mintie mentioned to me months ago that she wanted to make yarn wrapped eggs when it was time for Easter crafting. I loved this idea, but wanted to put my own spin (pun intended) on it by using fluorescent mason twine. I know an awesome secret about fluorescent mason twine which I will share at the end of this posting.
What better way to welcome Spring then with color? Bright bright neon colors! My goal was for us to create enough eggs to decorate an Easter tree and we did just that!
Don’t they look festive on this tree? You may remember this tree from my Mardi Gras bead tree (http://slumberingalligator.com/2015/02/mardi-gras-bead-tree.html) posting. I got carried away and decided to wrap the tree with neon mason twine too. If you have about three days to kill and nothing else to do, I highly recommend wrapping a tree with mason twine. Time consuming, yes, but, I’m in love with the finished product.
Ok, back to the eggs. Here’s what you need:
Plastic Eggs –
I got mine from the dollar store. The eggs had two holes prepunched in the tops of them. This was super helpful for stringing.
Fluorescent Mason Twine (purchased from the hardware store)
Aleene’s Tacky Glue-
Don’t try to use another brand. Aleene’s is the best for this project.
The first thing we did was tie string into the tops of all of our eggs. The prepunched holes made this a cinch. We went up through the center of the egg and back down the top tying the knot inside the eggs.
If you aren’t planning on hanging your eggs this step is obviously not necessary. On that note, a collection of these eggs would look lovely in a decorative bowl or basket.
Next, apply a decent amount of glue about half way down your egg. We placed our eggs in a shot glass while working on them.
Starting at the top of your egg, begin spiraling the mason twine down and around your egg until the whole egg is completely wrapped adding more glue along the way. We discovered that it is best to spiral the twine with your hands into a small circle first and then place it on the top of your egg and then work your way down.
If you would like your egg to be multicolored simply cut the first strand where you would like it to end and begin directly after with a new color.
I know this sounds complicated, but it’s fairly easy and slightly therapeutic once you get the hang of it. Oh, and don’t worry about the glue, it dries clear.
Here’s a time lapsed video from start to finish to help show you the entire process.
The eggs turned out beautiful and I had a wonderful time with my friend. There’s only one thing that we did wrong. We didn’t have any cocktails!
Oh, the best part about using fluorescent mason twine is that it’s black light reactive!
This tree just got a whole lot groovier.
If you live in the Chicago area, you can view the Easter tree in person at one of my favorite places to eat, Sauce and Bread Kitchen (http://sauceandbread.com). They’re displaying it from now until Easter! So, hop on over there.