Thursday, March 25, 2010

Decorating Easter Eggs - Glass Microbeads

Since I appear to be on some sort of Easter Egg decorating kick (and since I already have all the materials out), I decided to make some Glass Microbead Eggs using the Martha Stewart Microbead Kit that I picked up at Michaels for $10.  Armed with a rainbow array of microbeads, a little double-sided adhesive paper and some ceramic eggs, it turned out to be a fun little project... and not as messy as I thought.

{a very mini tutorial}
  • Cut the adhesive paper into various shapes using decorative scissors, a paper cutter and/or punches.
  • Remove one protective strip from the double-sided adhesive paper and go to town making various patterns on the eggs.
  • Then pick the desired color and pour the microbeads into a #4 coffee filter.
  • Remove the other protective strip on the parts that you wish to 'color'.
  • Dip the egg into the filter to apply the beads.
  • If desired, repeat with another color using a new coffee filter.

The filter makes application and clean-up really easy-- it was very easy to pour the unused beads back into the small containers.

Here are the results--

funky green lines - my fave

red & turquoise circus polkadots

amethyst & pink stripes

blue zig zags

turquoise & orange circles-  I must've been thinking about the olympics ;)

lilac stripes

And one FAIL... I find that my favorite eggs have a simple design and the larger the design the better... Case in point, a small flower looks like a blob once you apply the beads~

{pink flower surrounded by gold blobs}

So I'm done decorating Easter Eggs.
D-O-N-E... finito... No mas.

Here's a peek at my Spring Mantel.  Aside from Christmas, I usually don't "dress" my mantel for the seasons, so I'm thrilled that my formerly plain mantel is now adorned with lots of beautiful Washi and Microbeaded Eggs.

Linked to:
Favorite Things Friday @ A Few of My Favorite Things
Strut Your Stuff Thursday @ Somewhat Simple
Show off Your Stuff @ Fireflies & Jellybeans
Frugal Friday Linky Party @ The Shabby Nest
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots and Jello