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February 19, 2016

MAKE SCENTED MOSSY EGGS

It's that time of year again when all of us crafters will be laying and displaying our handcrafted eggs.  Dipping, dying, batiking, painting, decoupaging, stenciling and glittering are some of the many techniques that will be used in the creative process.  Let's add "mossing" to the list.  The pictured examples are not just any mossy eggs; they're Linda's mossy eggs, and I think you will enjoy making some.  I certainly did.

Grab your supplies -
  • Styrofoam egg(s)
  • skewer(s)
  • brown and green acrylic paint
  • paint/sponge brushes
  • Elmer's glue
  • dyed/preserved spanish moss
  • soil-less seed starter mix/potting mix (or a handful of peat moss)
  • dried lavender buds
  • small container
  • spoon
You will also need an electric coffee grinder or some sort of food processor, and a sieve.
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©Linda Nelson 2016
Poke the skewer into the rounded end of the egg.  This step is just for practical egg handling purposes.  Next, mix some green and brown paint together to create a drab and muddy or mossy hue.  Add to it a few drops of glue, mix well, then apply one coat of paint to your egg.   Let the painted egg dry.
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©Linda Nelson 2016
Grab a tiny handful of the Spanish moss(torn into little pieces) and a few pinches of lavender buds, and place them in your coffee grinder.  Grind/pulse until the mixture is somewhat fine yet still maintains a little bit of texture.  Continue making up batches of the lavender moss until you have about one half to one cup's worth; that will be enough to cover a handful of eggs.  A small Chinese takeout soup container is ideal for storing the ground moss.

Apply a generous/even coat of glue onto the egg's surface with a paintbrush.  Hold the egg over the container of moss, and using a spoon, scoop up some moss and drop it over the egg.   Continue doing this while simultaneously turning the egg until it is completely coated.  DO NOT dip the egg into the moss; it smudges the glue coating.  Gently tap the skewer on the edge of your container to help the loose particles fall away, then place it somewhere to dry.  I like to set the skewer down into the neck of a small bottle.  Use a clean, dry brush to remove the rest of the loose particles; they can go right back into your moss container.
linda nelson at the createaerie
©Linda Nelson 2016
To make the brown egg, simply strain the soil-less/peat based potting mix thru a sieve until you have collected enough of a fine textured amount to work with.  I didn't add the lavender to this one, but you're more than welcome to do so.
linda nelson at the createaerie
©Linda Nelson 2016
linda nelson at the createaerie
©Linda Nelson 2016
I'm not a big fan of providing exacting instructions for creative embellishing; you own that part.  I figure that if you don't have it in you to do it yourself, chances are that you're not reading this post.

Do you like my Thumbelina-sized envelope?  See how I made it?
linda nelson at the createaerie
©Linda Nelson 2016
Hmmmm...... what else have I been up to?  Oh, I made a "chippy" egg.  Just mention in a comment if you'd like me to share my technique for that one.
linda nelson at the createaerie
©Linda Nelson 2016
There you have it.

Now, make some scented mossy eggs, and get creative!

6 comments:

  1. Yes please on instructions for the chippy egg! Thank you.

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    1. Will do. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. solo tu puoi creare delle uova così! idea grandiosa!
    un abbraccio.
    lori

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  3. Those moss and lavender eggs are wonderful! Your tutorial is great too. I am so glad you told readers not to roll the eggs in the mix because I would have done exactly that and using the skewers is a great tip too. Your blog is lovely and I am now following you with Google+. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!

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  4. Thank you for visiting, Lynn. I hope you'll give the mossy eggs a try. Our world is filled with interesting, talented and creative people; I love being to see what they share.

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