string wrapped easter eggs

String Wrapped Easter Eggs

String Wrapped Easter Eggs

Easter is in just a couple days! If you are short on time to decorate your eggs, or not in the egg dying mood this year – I love the idea of using embroidery thread to add bright touches. These string wrapped eggs are a great last minute egg decorating idea. The result is brightly fantastic! There is one super easy trick I figured out that makes the process really simple – learn it and see more string wrapped inspiration in the full tutorial right here.

Photography by Jocelyn Noel for A Subtle Revelry.

Posted April 16, 2014 Comments Off
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polkadot painted easter eggs

Polkadot Easter Eggs

Continuing my obsession with creative no-dye Easter egg ideas, I painted a dozen eggs using my favorite painting technique – eraser painting. Which I love because it is just the easiest! Adding colorful polkadots to our eggs in a sporadic confetti like design makes for a festive way to decorate the eggs, and shows off their natural side with style.

Polkadot Easter Eggs


Polkadot Easter Eggs

Polkadot Easter Eggs

To make the polkadot painted Easter eggs, use a pencil top eraser and a few shades of pretty paints. Start by boiling the eggs. Let the eggs fully cool and completely dry before applying the paint to the egg shells.

Dip the eraser top in the paint, dab on a paper towel, and start painting stamp dots right onto the eggs. I love the look of the colorful polkadots on natural brown eggs, but they could definitely be dyed first for even more bright Easter fun. Fill in the polkadots completely with the paint, or leave some outlined for a whimsical touch. Allow to dry for a couple hours before handling the eggs.

Polkadot Easter Eggs

Display the eggs in small cups, ramekins, and vintage ice cream dishes for a festively pretty spring display.

Photography by Jocelyn Noel Photography for A Subtle Revelry.

Posted April 09, 2014 6 Comments
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no-dye easter egg ideas

I love the Easter season and have a particular fondness for crafting and designing pretty eggs. I am over the moon excited to show you what we’ve come up with this year, but if you’re like me and have an inkling to get started on your eggs (today!) here are a few of my favorite no-dye Easter egg ideas.

Easter egg countdown

Easter Countdown Eggs

Jeweled Boho Easter Eggs

Natural jeweled Easter Eggs

Family Photo Easter Eggs

Family Photo Decal Easter Eggs

Easter Egg Streamer Hunt

Easter Egg Streamer hunt

Simple Stamped Eggs

Simple Stamped Eggs

Pinata Easter Egg

Piñata Easter Eggs

Oversized Birdhouse Eggs

Oversized Birdhouse Eggs

PS. 25 seriously well designed eggs.

Posted April 02, 2014 3 Comments
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Last Minute Easter Ideas

It’s Easter week – can you believe it?!!? Easter is a holiday I love to celebrate, but every year it seems to sneak up on me. I tend to lean towards projects that can be done quickly and at the last minute. Here are five of my favorite go-to projects for pulling together a fun filled celebration this week:

Putting together a streamer egg hunt is one of the best ideas we do – every year. It is a cinch to pull together with a couple strands of bright streamers and candy filled eggs. Simply attach the end of the streamers into the eggs, hide them and then wrap, twist and wind the streamers around your house or yard. The result is a festive display that the kids will adore following along with.

Stamping is a classic and easy way to create memorable eggs on a moments notice. Boil and stamp an alphabet for an easy afternoon of letter making fun!

Peter cotton tail has nothing on the cuteness of a toddler in this easy DIY cotton bunny tail. All you need is an extra large cotton ball and a length of string. Adorn all your little bunnies for last minute photos and fun.

Baking a bunny cake is a cinch with just a couple basic pans. To make this bunny – bake two circle pans and one loaf pan. Cut one of the circle pans in half to make the bunny ears, then cut inwards in the center of the loaf pan to make the bow. Place the pieces together and cover the cake in frosting and coconut for a finished look.

Make these paper bunny masks for a kid perfected diversion before the egg hunt. Using a simple 1 inch circle hole punch and glue these masks can be made on the spot for a fun activity and a sweet way to dress up the day.

And this year, we’ve been decorating eggs. Lots of them! See the entire creative egg series, for easy ideas right here.

Posted March 25, 2013 1 Comment
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Photo Print Easter Eggs

Create a lasting memory this spring by adhering your beloved family photos onto Easter eggs. It is the kind of project that will make you smile to think of, and absolutely giddy to see completed.

Use the photos as seating cards for Easter brunch, hide them around the house for each family member to find their own, or close them up in a carton of eggs for an early morning surprise! Make a dozen for the grandparents and deliver them Easter week, or make one for each co-worker and leave them in the employee fridge for a spring break treat. The opportunity to put these easy photo eggs to good use is endless.

To make the photo print Easter eggs you will need a dozen eggs, photos that you love, an inkjet printer, masking tape, and tissues (the kind you sneeze on).

Hard boil your eggs and let completely cool. Meanwhile, tape a piece of tissue onto a normal printer paper. Tape all the way around the tissue – being sure not to leave an end unattached. Use the tissue taped paper to print your photos onto. As long as it is taped fully around, the paper should run right through any inkjet printer.

Cut around the photo shapes, no need to be exact, but get as close as possible. If the tissue is more than 1ply the bottom layers should slide away once the shape is cut out. Only apply the top layer of tissue to the eggs. Use a small brush to place Modge Podge on the egg and then the photo on top. Gently even out wrinkles with a finger and gently secure the ends with another layer of Modge Podge.

Let the eggs dry. Once the Modge Podge dries, the tissue layer is so thin you won’t be able to tell where the egg ends and the photo begins – the eggs look like portraits in themselves!

See the rest of the creative egg series right here.

Posted March 11, 2013 45 Comments
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A Dozen Easter Countdown Eggs

Easter countdown eggs are the perfect excuse to make something pretty this month. Make a dozen of them for your kids, a friend, or even yourself, and enjoy an exciting 12 days counting down this spring. Paint the eggs in pretty hues and label each egg with a number or date.

Fill each egg with a fun gift to be cracked open each day. Include simple pom poms chicks for kids, bells, money, and/or sweets. Small notes of encouragement would be great to include for a friend. Single out one egg as special by filing it with a fun outing (a pedicure perhaps!). Fill the eggs with sweet love notes and special surprises for a husband. Encouragement for a coworker, sweet Easter memories for a mom – anything that can fit inside will do!

To make the countdown Easter eggs you’ll need a dozen eggs, a sharp knife, paints, confetti, and fun prizes to fill the inside with. Tap bottom of egg with sharp knife, slowly chip the eggshell away until the hole is large enough for gift. Drain each egg, rinse and let dry. Carefully fill hollowed out egg with gift and confetti paper “grass”.

Cover the opening with washi tape and then paint/decorate!

Styling and photography by Carly Taylor for A Subtle Revelry.

Posted March 05, 2013 15 Comments
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Jeweled Easter Eggs

I realize it’s a bit early to be talking bunnies and Easter, but the natural beauty of these jeweled eggs is so pretty I found it necessary to share. They will fit in perfectly at any spring brunch whether bunnies are present or not.

I love the idea of keeping eggs natural and adding elements from your personal craft selection to make them special. These ones are made with linen, tape, and jewels. They are as refined as they are festive – for a design friendly take on the old egg decorating tradition.

To make your own version of these jeweled eggs, wind small beads around thin jewelry wire and wrap gently around the eggs. Accent various eggs with ribbon, buttons, linen, and tape for a natural bohemian look.

Styling by You+Me, Photography by Trent Bailey for A Subtle Revelry.

Posted February 25, 2013 1 Comment
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Dyed heirloom Easter basket

Now that the twins are getting older, holidays are becoming much more fun. In my attempt to create celebrations they will remember and traditions that will last, the idea of crafting a heirloom Easter basket is prefect. I love taking time to make holiday pieces that will be able to be used year after year.

Using craft raffia dyed into several different hues, this beautifully woven basket has been given a festive and personal touch. Read on for the full tutorial.

The Easter basket started out as a pretty, but plain weaved basket. I see them often at the thrift stores around town. Plain woven baskets can be purchased incredibly cheap at craft stores as well. If you want to make the entire basket from hand, learn how to weave your own pine-needle and raffia baskets here. With a purchased basket, depending on the spacing between your layers you may be able to simply dye the raffia and wrap it with the basket together. I had to take mine apart.

After the raffia has been dyed into pretty colors or purchased as colored raffia, begin by separating the basket layers. Decide on a good spacing to wrap the first layer and be consistent moving up the basket. Re-wrap the corners and leave two tails of raffia hanging off each corner to reconnect the layers. Move around the basket this way wrapping your way up. After you have all the layers wrapped it is time to reconnect your basket. Start at the top layer of the basket and using the tail corner ends of the raffia wrap each corner together, end with a tiny dab of glue to hold into place. Direct the raffia tails to end in the same direction on each wrap and end the connections a bit thinner as you move up to add consistency to the layers.

PS. Found these amazing raffia woven shoes, next project perhaps!?!

Posted March 27, 2012 8 Comments
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