Cheap & Easy Fabric Easter Eggs (and basket)

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We are in the process of de-junking our house. I have determined that this is the year I will finally get things organized the way I like them. We have a long way to go, but we are making progress. I may have to stay home from a family vacation and spend the whole time cleaning, but gosh darn it, it’s going to happen. Not really, I won’t miss the family vacation. That would be wrong. But I have dreamt of a week at home alone, with no one to feed or chauffeur. No homework to check. Oh the projects I could complete. Sorry, I digress. Back to the subject at hand. While I was cleaning out my kitchen cabinets, I found this old basket.We got it when we were first married and I used it as a serving bowl for rolls. Now that we have four boys, it doesn’t even come close to being big enough. I haven’t used it for years and it was all tarnished and gross looking. I knew I would never use it in the kitchen. So I decided to re-purpose it.

A good cleaning, and a little bit of spray paint, and it looks like a brand new bowl. How do you like it now?Much better, huh. Don’t you just love the eggs? They make me feel like it is spring even though our entire yard is covered with snow. I saw the idea over at V and Co. She did an awesome tutorial and I just knew I had to make them. All you need are cheap plastic Easter eggs, fabric, scissors, and mod podge.

Oh, and the grass? I didn’t have any, so I just made my own. I know, I am sooo cheap. I tried running some through the paper shredder, but we have a cross hatch shredder, so it didn’t work very well. I just cut the strips using my paper cutter. Then I wrapped them around a pencil to make them curly. Not one at a time, that would take forever. I may be cheap, but I’m not dumb. I just grabbed a bundle and wrapped them all together. Worked fabulously and took less than 5 minutes.

If you do decide to try Vanessa’s tutorial, here are a few tips from me:
-It is much easier if you cut your strips about 3/8″ wide. This will make fewer strips to work with. If they are smaller, there are so many of them that it is hard to control them.
-Make sure you know how many eggs you need and cut all of the fabric first. I didn’t, and I had to keep washing my hands to cut extra fabric.
-Cover your work area with plenty of newspaper, waxed paper, or paper bags. This project is quite messy.

After my first set of eggs was finished, I decided to use another method to make more. Have you ever done paper mache? I did it all the time when I was a kid. I figured if it would work on a balloon, it would work on a plastic egg. It did!

All I did was rip strips of fabric about 1/2″ wide. I cut them long enough that they would wrap all the way around the egg, like this: I watered down some mod-podge in a paper cup, and dipped the strips in it. One at a time I pulled the strips out (using a popsicle stick to help), and squeezed off most of the liquid between my fingers. Then I wrapped them around the egg and smoothed them out. I repeated the process till the entire egg was covered. Then I laid them out on waxed paper to dry.

This method was easier for me, but you might like the first method better. Just use whatever works for you. If you don’t have fabric, I bet it would work with scrapbook paper.

Let me know if you try it, I’d love to see your results!!

I am linking this post to Mod Podge Mania over at This is the Year. Xazmin is hosting a Mr. Linky where all of us can show off our mod podge projects from the last month. I got tons of great ideas last month, so I can’t wait to see what people come up with this time!

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