Before I start talking about my project for today, I just want to share that I was finally able to schedule a trip to the salon to get a haircut yesterday. Hoo-ray for me! With so many things to do all the time, I find it hard to take 2-hours off for a trip to the salon. I think the last time I went was sometime last year?
They blow dried my hair straight after the haircut. I am missing my straightened hair :( My hair is back to its naturally wavy and frizzy state today. Before I had Andrea, I used to get hair rebonding treatment every 6 months. The treatment takes 4-6 hours, and after that, you get really straight and shiny hair. My last treatment was before I got pregnant, so that would be around late 2008. *Sigh*
Ok enough of the hair, let's get on with my project. I see a lot of egg topiary and egg tree projects around. I wanted to make a topiary. but I have no idea how or where to get supplies in my area even if I did. What I did have was 4 packs of plastic eggs in 3 sizes: 2 packs of the small ones, 1 pack of the medium-sized ones and a pack of the big ones. I thought about it and came up with a simple idea to 'build' my own egg tree.
I used a 1.5 inch strip of cardboard, and around... hmmm... 20 plastic eggs I think (I used 2 packs... one pack has around 14 eggs but I had a few unused eggs after my project). Oh, and a glue gun. And some plastic flowers.
Step 1: I glued both sides of my cardboard together to form a circle. This will form the base of my tree. But err... I wish I can tell you what size circle you need, but it will really depend on how many eggs you plan to use for your base, and how big the eggs are.
I will tell you how I figured out the size for mine though.. trial and error. You make your circle, place it on top of a rug and position the eggs around it (I think I used 9 eggs for my base). The eggs need to completely encircle the cardboard base. When it didn't during my first few tries, I simply tore open the circle, adjusted the size and glued again.
Step 2. Start gluing the eggs to your base until the cardboard is surrounded by the first layer of eggs.
Step 3. Glue eggs on top of your first layer, forming a smaller circle. Here's where it gets difficult. The second layer may not be positioned as perfectly as the first. There will be uneven gaps, but I didn't mind too much.
Step 4: Keep gluing eggs until you have a few more layers. As I said, there will be uneven gaps between some eggs but as long as the overall shape looks conical, it should be fine.
Step 5. Cover up the gaps... I used pearls on some gaps... and then cut some fabric leaves and stems from plastic flowers I had and inserted them on the gaps.
Here are all my Easter projects decorating our entryway. My egg tree pops out because of all the colors. Good thing I chose not to paint the eggs. I'm calling it my "Happy" Easter Egg tree because it's so colorful it makes me smile every time I go past it. Andrea likes it too, and yeah, I let her play with it. I made sure I glued the eggs really well and so far, it has survived 2 play sessions with my 1-year-old ;)
Mine for the Making on Tuesday as part of Kara's Spring Fling event and I will be talking about them. Wanna see more cool Spring projects? Hop over to Mine for the Making! Click button below to join the fun :)
I am linking up to the following link parties:
|Joining the Easter Challenge at the CSI project|