Massive Decorated Egg Display

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            Easter comes but once a year – but one couple have turned it into a lifetime’s project. German pensioners Volker and Christa Kraft have decorated the tree in their back garden in Salfeld for Easter for more than 40 years.

            The tree now drips with more than 9,800 colorful Easter eggs, painted with pastoral scenes and religious icons. Volker Kraft adds to the 9,800 Easter eggs hanging from the tree in garden of the home he shares with his wife Christa.

            Each egg must be painstakingly emptied of yolk and whites, to ensure it will not go bad, before they can be hand painted and hung out for all to see. The easiest way is to pierce two holes in each end of the egg with a hat-pin, then blow out the contents through a straw. The better equipped can use a syringe pushed through just one hole to extract the gooey gubbins. But be cautious when handling raw eggs – they may carry salmonella.

            Symbol of life: Carefully packed and intricately decorated Easter eggs lie waiting to be hung from the Krafts’ tree. The egg is a pagan symbol of rebirth, widely used in spring festivals before its adoption by early Christians as a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus. For followers of Christianity the eggs are symbolic of Christ rising from his tomb two days after his death on the cross.

            In ancient times, the Zoroastrians painted eggs for Nowrooz, their New Year celebration, which falls on the spring equinox. Sculptures in the ruins of Persepolis , their capital, show people carrying eggs to their king for the occasion 2,500 years ago.

            After their kids moved out of the house, it seemed the Easter Tree would finally catch a break, but grandsons arrived and the Krafts went back to decorating their giant tree. The number of Easter eggs hung by the trees branches grew every year, and in 2010 it reached an incredible 9,500 eggs.

Sent by: Nora Thomas-Chandler

Easter Egg Wreath

59780_453138318092647_1127927847_nThis would make an awesome decoration that you can even make with your child. With all of the varieties of these plastic Easter eggs available this could go into any direction: Mix and match, use all glitter, use a theme, all animal designs. Start with a Styrofoam wreath of your choosing. Take a ribbon or thin wire and wrap it around the top to make a loop to use as a hanger.Wrap the wreath in a cheap fabric (use scrap or buy a festive Easter color or print) and hot glue and pin this together. Use hot glue to attach eggs – starting with the largest and going smaller to fill in the gaps. You could add a little Easter basket grass as you go if you wish. Add a festive bow to complete.

Shave Cream Easter Egg Decorating

181014_457707377635741_1339838334_nMix food dye with 1 cup of shaving cream to make swirls etc. Roll egg into shaving cream and let sit for about an hour. Wash under room temperature water. Egg with have a varying degree of color shading with swirls. I would not recommend eating these eggs because of the chemicals from the shaving cream.

Glamourous Easter Egg Decorating

540096_479837485403494_838997851_nI am always amazed at how creative someone can decorate Easter eggs! These beauties were all dyes to start with of the artists favorite color ‘purple’. This gave a base color to work with. The artist used the same dye in different amounts of dye to bring out different shades of the color. Some went on even further to be painted. You can see glitter and sequins being used here. But what else could be used to decorate eggs. This would be a perfect time to bring out the little craft left overs and see just how creative you can be. If you are using solvents on these it would be best not to eat them if you are making on hard boiled eggs for health safety.

Easter Egg Art

250840_320452681377490_1342109119_nThis has always fascinated me and I have tried to do it myself personally but the tediousness makes it so very difficult. I guess for now I will have to do with adoring these creations from afar. These are created by blowing out a contents of an eggshell by drilling a hole at the end of the egg at each of its tips. The egg must then be dried. A variety of eggshells can be used: ostrich, emu, rhea, goose, chicken, and a variety of others. These can even be purchased dried and ready to use from some internet outlets. The usage of a Dremel (or preferably a high speed drill such as a dentist tool) . You must also use a face mask and a ventilating system to avoid getting eggshell dust up into your respiratory system which can make you very ill. The stands that they use are just as intricately created by making something from scratch, using antique candle holders, and other unique holders. I have only tried using a Dremel but would love to get my hands on a high speed drill it would be great to create something so special.