Can you believe that we’re already more than 1/3 of the way through 2017 and that we’re coming up to Easter in less than a week!? I honestly can’t. Time has flown by this year at lightning speed and, as per usual, I’m a little behind when it comes to holiday decorating. I was reminded as I walked past our local produce shop last week and saw the buckets full of pussy willow branches sitting outside. I have a weak spot for pussy willow branches and I’d probably never do any Easter decorations whatsoever if it wasn’t for these pretty branches and the fact that eggs hanging from them reminds me of my childhood. So this weekend I picked up a dozen white eggs, grabbed some sharpies, and made these quick and easy Scandinavian-inspired Easter eggs.
You only need a few things for this DIY, most (or all) of which you probably already have in your house. If not, I have two words for you: Amazon Prime. (My lifesaver when it comes to last minute anything.)
- white eggs
- fine point sharpie
- two nails, one thinner and one thicker
- white thread
[ Step 1 ] Poke a hole on both ends of your egg with a thin nail. Start with the pointier side of the egg rather than the flatter side. To help prevent cracking, rotate the nail into the egg, rather than using full force to push straight down. Now use the larger nail to make your first hole (the one on the pointier side of the egg) bigger. Blow through the smaller hole to get the insides of the egg out through the bigger hole.
[ Step 2 ] Using a sharpie marker, draw your Scandinavian-inspired pattern. I basically just drew some of the most popular black and white patterns that you find everywhere in Scandinavian design (grid, plus signs, scattered triangles) and then recreated some of my favourite designs from my favourite nordic designers – Ferm Living, Marimekko, Fine Little Day – as well as other black and white patterns I found on Pinterest. If you make a mistake, you can always use white out (remember that stuff?? haha).
[ Step 3 ] Cut your toothpicks into three pieces per stick. Take a piece of thread and double knot it around the centre of a piece of toothpick and cut off any extra thread. Insert your toothpick into the bigger hole (the pointier side of your egg). Make sure the toothpick goes in far enough to allow the toothpick to rotate horizontally and not come back out.
[ Step 4 ] Put some pussy willow or other Easter branches into a vase and hang your pretty black + white eggs from the branches.
That’s it! Such a quick and easy Easter egg DIY that works perfectly in a modern, Scandinavian-inspired home. If you prefer colourful eggs, you can always use other sharpie colours – they come in every colour imaginable these days.