Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Flower Filled Eggs


About a month ago I saw a picture somewhere of an egg box filled with eggs and overflowing with little flowers. I loved it and it just stuck with me. I must look at so many images here and there throughout the day - magazines, blogs, pinterest - but I can't for the life of me remember exactly where I saw the idea. 

So I thought I'd have a go at making my own little floral display. I bought a ceramic egg holder recently in the shape of an egg box. I forget who made it but it cost around £6 and you can get ones like this very easily online. Or you could paint or decopatch the bottom half of a cardboard egg box.


To create the egg shell vessels, you'll need a sharp knife, a couple of bowls, paint and brushes, and a way of drying the eggs - I used long plastic sundae spoons in a couple of tumblers.

Take your egg and tap a little crack into the pointed top of the shell, then quickly and confidently cut the pointed end off (as you would to a boiled egg before you put it in it's egg cup). You want the line at the top to be as clean as possible. Tip the raw egg into your waiting bowl and rinse and air dry the egg shells.

For paint, I used emulsion tester pots in an assortment of pastel colours, giving each egg three coats and drying them like this:


Don't they look pretty? There is something very appealing about their smooth, uniform shape and the pastel shades.


Then the fun bit - filling the egg shells with flowers. I tried to stick to a spring theme and used grape hyacinths, narcissi and sprigs of thyme for a bit of delicate greenery. Just carefully pour about an inch of water into each egg shell with a jug then snip your flowers to suitably short lengths and have fun arranging.


Even in the cold winter light (it was snowing when I took these photos) the colours in the flowers just glow. It would look lovely as a centre piece for an Easter lunch table.


Do you think that, through sheer force of will, I can make spring come? Maybe, if I craft enough and make enough and bake enough I can encourage the temperatures to rise and the sun to come out. I am so weary of these cold temperatures and snow showers.

In the mean time I will admire my little egg box display on my kitchen windowsill, where I can see it every time I do the washing up, and it makes me very happy.


This post is linking in with Lou's Wednesday Nature in the Home series, over at her blog littlegreenshed. Do pop over and have a look at some very inspiring ways with flowers and plants in the home.


69 comments:

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

I was struggling for an adjective for a moment there, because this is sweet and effective and very clever. How about delightful :D

Lou Archell said...

OMG! This has to be the best Easter DIY ever! PINNING right now! So gorgeous!!! xxx

Liz said...

Very pretty - what a great idea!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Ellie Foster said...

Dear Gillian
What a wonderful idea - I love it. Perfect for those of us without floral arranging skills too. I NEED to do this!
I sympathise about the weather - the coldest March for 20 years apparently. I sowed my sweet pea seeds yesterday, in the attempt to deceive myself into thinking it is almost Spring (it is snowing AGAIN here today).
At least your lovely photos provide some pseudo-sunshine!
Best wishes
Ellie

Leanne Barnett said...

What a sweet idea- it looks so lovely!

Jo Shedden said...

As ever this is a beautiful idea executed with a great eye, Love this so much Jo xx

natalie said...

just beautiful, I am joining in too! natalie x

Tracey said...

very lovely....x

Suzie Williams said...

Gorgeous gorgeous! I love the colours you've chosen for the eggs and the flowers sitting in those dainty little shells are just precious. What a lovely thing to do!

my little red suitcase said...

It's lovely, you are so crafty! your right it would make a lovely table decoration, Heather x

Mellie Moo Crochet said...

Beautiful!! x

Amelie Pou said...

Love this! So pretty!

Emma said...

This is so cute, and perfect for bringing some sunshine back into the house! I'm fed up of this cold weather too, i'll join you in willing on the good weather x

Mad Maison said...

That's a lovely idea. It looks so pretty x

Deborah Hamilton said...

I really enjoyed reading this post. Your photos are beautiful and the eggs are just too cute. The eggs look pretty in the dish but especially with the flowers in them. I'm going to try to find one of those dishes. It would come in handy for meals and decorating, too.

Sue said...

Just lovely Gillian.

Bronwyn said...

Oh so pretty! I love the mix of yellow and purple flowers so springy! (it's snowing here, too!)

Laura said...

What a sweet idea! Such a lovely cheerful sight.

Lili@creativesavv said...

What a lovely idea! I may just have to steal this from you. I know my daughters would love this, too. And we do have the flowers in our garden.

The Faerie Factory said...

What a wonderful idea, and perfectly lovely for what is supposed to be the first day of spring. Happy equinox .. Sarah x

Lisa said...

What a beautiful way to encourage Spring on her way.
I love the colours you have chosen.
I can imagine how the little display must make you smile each time you see it, how could it not.
Lisa x

Katy said...

This is so lovely. I love your photographs as well.
Katy x

Debby said...

That is so pretty. I love it. Wish those flowers would last forever.

thriftwood said...

Lovely idea! xx

Caroline South said...

Gorgeous! They look so pretty with the eggs painted like that and I love the ceramic egg holder too. xx

Xelenacrochets said...

Fantastic!

The Custards said...

Simple things are always the best - I did a similar thing last year http://thecustards.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/spring-cheeriness.html
but forgot to wash the eggs out after I had blown them so after a while they smelt a little bit...
Oh dear
Best wishes
Jenny

A little bit Country said...

What a lovely idea. I've been thinking of ideas for Easter. It's not a huge celebration here. The focus seems to be on Chocolate eggs and hot cross buns. I sometimes wonder is it because its not Spring here. I am going to try something this weekend with eggs as I have so many in the fridge at the moment. Will have to bake and make! Thaks for sharing xo

sweetpea family said...

what a beautiful idea - I think most of blog land will be going to B&Q to buy lots of tester pots -thank you x

Louise said...

A wonderful idea and such a bright and happy post, I've really enjoyed it, and seeing those lovely flowers was the highlight of my day!

My Norfolk Life said...

That is darling! I have a ceramic egg carton like this, well it has 12 holes, and fill it with Cress growing in Egg Shells, Crochet Eggs and Egg Shell Candles. I love the flower idea though - might add some fresh blooms to ours this year.
Claire

Thomasina Tittlemouse said...

Beautiful idea, Gillian and so effective! Well done you! E x

A Normandy kitchen said...

Hello Gillian,
So sweet, what a cute look the whole thing has! Well done!
Ivan

Well Hello! said...

Hey Gillian,

What a great idea. I've been saving Beryl and Jean's empty eggshells for a seed planting project with Olly, but this is really fun idea. And I have a LOT of tester pots!

Leanne xx

Julie said...

Such a sweet idea for displaying spring flowers. - I particularly love grape hyacinths. I'm really hoping spring arrives over the Easter weekend as that's when I always start my seed planting, and I've got lots of garden tidying to do too. If we cross all our fingers and toes, maybe it'll happen! x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

Gillian, these are just super duper, really made me smile, I've been driving in blizzards today, where's the spring!!! :) x

Susan Smith said...

Looks lovely Gillian. My muscari are just showing through and I've a pink egg container just like that.

dolly mixtures said...

I love it xo

katie said...

This is the most adorable Easter/springtime idea ever, absolutely gorgeous. Love the Orla pot too. Thanks for showing us how to make your lovely creation, I'll be giving it a go. katie x

Helen - sittinginthekitchensink said...

Gorgeous! Lovely, fresh colours. And anything that induces smiling during washing up has got to be good!! x

Jennifer said...

So pretty! Very fresh and clean and bright.

the linen cloud said...

Just gorgeous ... the flowers are so pretty ... Bee xx

Swallow Barn said...

beautiful

Nikki x

Penny said...

Oh, that is just truly delightful, such beautiful colours and the promise of Spring, thanks for sharing xox

June said...

Gosh I have that exact same ceramic egg box - what a great idea. Weather here is all over the shop and it looks as if we're going to have another miserable weekend!
June

Julia said...

The daffodils are so bright and gorgeous! And how lovely they look displayed in your kitchen windowsill!

Andrea said...

They are rather sweet....as for sheer force of will, I will winter to come. So fed up with summer rain.

trishie said...

That looks really gorgeous! Such a sweet idea.

rachel said...

Very cute - I've done this before but not painted the eggs - that takes it to a whole new level of pretty

galant said...

From where did the grape hyacinths come? Surely not from the garden as it's so bitterly cold still and even here in South Devon, with our mild climate, we don't have grape hyacinths in flower yet. But what a delightful display your coloured eggs make!
Margaret P

Hazel @Cupcakery said...

Ah, now they are gorgeous! Such a wonderful idea :) Haze x

QueenieDot said...

I love these! I almost feel warmer just looking at those little beauties!

Georgie said...

I think that if there is enough of us mentally willing Spring to arrive, it will happen :D
Georgie X

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! And if we can bring spring to us by force of will, I'm more than happy to help the cause if it means more flowers in the house!

Jenny said...

These are so sweet and charming.

Oh Abigail said...

I love the pop of colour from the daffs xxxx

Ladybird Diaries said...

Love these! Very pretty.
M xxxx

love those cupcakes said...

Wonderfully seasonal. Love 'em!

Amelie Pou said...

Thanks for your lovely comments.. I have been LOVING putting my surprise box together!! I could do that for a living!!
You should join postcircle, it is good fun. I have already received 2 lovely letters from 2 lovely ladies, it is so nice to see a handwritten envelope in my post! Have a happy week end!

Jane@flightplatformliving said...

oh that is really so beautiful! make some more cause it's snowing here again! perhaps there is magic within the egg box! so want spring and no snow! xxxx

Kate B said...

Just gorgeous, Gillian! The colour pop against the general winters gloom is beautiful... And I love the painted eggs (and I also admire your steady hand and patience!) have a great weekend x

Gillian said...

Bella brought them home from school in a little pot for mother's day So no, not from the garden sadly. It's all covered in snow right now, anyway!

Lyn said...

I love, love, love these!
X

Jay said...

That is a beautiful idea and so easy (I think!) my daughter would love to try this in the Easter hols.

Col | Hello Olive said...

That looks wonderful Gillian! x

Trudy said...

Gillian, this is so pretty!

Coal Valley View said...

Gillian, this is truly the most gorgeous Spring-y floral centrepiece/vase/flower arrangement I have ever seen! Mel x

Randall Cogburn said...

Cool looking eggs Gillian.

~Randall

anknel and burblets said...

Those are so cute - and I love the ceramic egg tray xx