Egg Tree

You’ve got to love the after holiday sales.  Items are marked down 50% to 90% off.  Many of the items are marked down because they did sell.  Why?  Because sometimes, they’re down right ugly.  But as a crafter, you see things in another light.  Nothing is ever as it is meant to be.  So was the case for this ugly Easter decoration.  But I saw more.

Jewelry Tree

The little egg tree was so ugly, that I knew I had to help it.  Instead of an ugly Easter decoration, with tacky paper covered Curly-Q’s, I saw something pretty… and maybe a little Shabby Chic.

Egg Tree

The first thing that I did was remove those tacky Curly-Q’s.  All it took was a little wiggling back & forth and a twist or two, and it came right out.

Jewelry Tree

Then I used some sand paper to roughen up the shiny surface.  I knew what color I wanted it, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. so I mixed my own.  I used Ocean Reef Blue, Laguna, Aquamarine & White acrylic paint.  I kept mixing until I got the right shade.  As you can see, I made a lot of it.  It turned out to be a lot like Tiffany Blue.

Egg Tree paint

Once I got the right shade mixed, I painted the egg.  It took 3 coats to completely cover it.

Egg Jewelry Tree

Then I set it aside to dry completely.  While it was drying, I added some Textile medium to the paint to make some fabric paint.

Egg Tree

By making my own fabric paint, I knew it would match the egg.  Once the medium was mixed thoroughly with the paint, I painted some lace.

Egg Tree

And because I’m me, while the paint was still wet, I added some glitter to it.  (ahem…)

Egg Tree Glitter

Once the lace had dried, I used a needle & thread to add a running stitch to it so that I could gather the lace.  I added the gathered lace around the bottom of the egg, and knotted the thread several times.  I saved the excess lace for later.

Earring Tree

I set it aside & got started on making the tree portion of the Egg Tree.  I used some turquoise wire that I had on hand, but you could use any wire you have.  I don’t remember the gauge, but I just made sure that 10 pieces together would fit into the hole at the top.  I cut 10 pieces of the wire, 8″ long.

Egg Tree

Then I twisted the wires together 4″ up to make the trunk of the tree.  Just don’t twist the wires too tightly, or they will break.  (Ask me how I know this.)

Egg Tree

Then I spread out the wires to form the branches of the tree.  At different levels, I took 2 wires & twisted them a little to form a branch.  Once the branches were made, I used a wooden skewer to wrap the wires around to make the curls in the wire.

Egg Tree          Egg Tree

Since I knew that I was going to use this as an earring tree, it had to have something at the ends to keep the earrings from sliding off.  What better than pearls?  Although I could have used any bead, I liked the way the pearls looked with the turquoise.  I slid the pearls onto each branch end, and then made a loop at the end of the wire.  I bent the loop flat and slid the pearl down to rest on the the loop.

Egg Tree  Egg Tree  Egg Tree

I set it aside & painted the egg with a coat of glossy Mod Podge.  I also gave the lace a coat of the Mod Podge to seal the glitter onto the lace.

Egg Tree

Then I used some hot glue to glue the tree into the egg.  To cover the opening where the trunk was glued, I add 4 pieces of lace around the trunk with Mod Podge.

Egg Tree          Egg Tree

After it had completely dried, it was ready to hold earrings.  I could also use it to hold miniature eggs for next Easter.

Egg Tree

I still can’t believe how this ugly egg turned out.  It’s so feminine now, and can be used year long.

Jewelry Tree

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