In previous years, Harry has embraced Easter preparations, gamely adorning himself with white glue, buttons and tissue paper, planting up eggshells with cress and gathering daffodils to give the house a Spring-like air.  This year, we both decided on a rather more low-maintenance approach which still allows us to display a bit of creative flair.

This year, we are…. Egg Pimping!!

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Yes, OK, not a term you will find in any crafter’s bible, but I think a fair description of the art of taking a plain, shop-bought chocolate egg and decorating it with every conceivable edible adornment until it glitters, Faberge-like, looking unmistakably homemade but nonetheless attractive for all that.  We wanted to make Easter gifts for Harry’s teacher and grandmothers, so gathered together a good selection of icing pens, decorations and a few good chocolate eggs from the supermarket.  We removed all the packaging, washed our hands (I note that purely in case either grandmother ever reads this..), and began….

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We used mini meringue sprinkles, giant fondant roses from Waitrose (they don’t look giant until you glue them to a smallish egg, then they look slightly freakish and Dali-esque.  We persevered). Also; wafer daisies (ughhh! these taste like paper!’ cried Harry in disgust, a wilting daisy stuck to his tongue), tiny icing carrots and pastel sugarpaste butterflies strong enough to break a tooth.  Trust me on this.

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I helped Harry loop and drizzle the icing around the eggs, then he decorated them freely, each one slightly more embellished than the last (the one below was a restrained first attempt).

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I found these copper wire eggs baskets on sale at TK Maxx (TJ Maxx in the US) for £3 each…

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So once the eggs were dry, Harry carefully filled each basket with shredded tissue paper and placed an egg in each…

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Which we finished with an excess of cellophane.  Truly an excess….

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Have a great week!

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