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Elevate pretty designs atop egg cups and candlesticks for a simple yet striking display.
Here's how: Cut three squares in graduated sizes (3, 2.5, and 2 inches) and colors from origami paper and fold, following instructions (download below). For blades of grass, freehand-cut each with pattern (also in the download below). Starting with biggest cutout, add white glue to back and mold paper onto bottom of egg. Repeat with medium-size cutout, staggering placement of the blades. Finish with smallest cutout. Top with a craft-punched butterfly, if desired.
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In lieu of place cards at the table, embellish eggs with each guest's first initial.
Here's how: Pick a fun font from your computer. Enlarge desired initial to at least 150 points. Bold it and print out on regular paper. Cut, leaving about an inch of white space around the letter. Apply dabs of white glue around the white space on the back of the paper. Place paper letter-side up on top of a piece of origami paper (patterned or color-side up). With fine-tip scissors, cut out the letter, including any interior parts. Remove top layer of paper to reveal origami layer underneath. Apply glue to back of origami letter and affix to egg. Repeat for all desired initials. Place an egg in shredded-paper "nest" on each guest's plate.
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A charming and cheerful wreath gives the front door a festive flourish.
Here's how: Using an awl, poke a small hole in each end of 12 plastic eggs. Stack four sheets of printed origami paper together (use a mix of patterns or the same one, your choice) and trace on the back of the paper the egg template (download below). Repeat until you have filled paper. Cut out each stack along the penciled line then cut small slits along the edges to reduce wrinkling. Brush Mod Podge onto the back of one cutout and apply to an egg, pressing out excess glue or air bubbles with your fingers. Repeat until egg is covered. When finished, brush two thin coats of Mod Podge over the egg, letting dry between coats. Once all eggs are dry, string onto 16-gauge wire, allowing an extra inch at each end, and clip the wire. Wrap one end around the other and form wreath shape. Cover wire ends with ribbon to hang.
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Showcase your budding talent with some easy-to-craft blossoms.
Here's how: Cut solid-color origami paper into a range of different-size squares—2.5 to 3 inches is simplest to work with. Following instructions (download below), fold squares and cut out flower patterns. Using a small paintbrush, apply white glue to the backs of the flowers and adhere to eggs, pressing out excess glue or air bubbles with your fingers. Cut thin strips of paper to make stems and leaves.
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Give your eggs the must-have accessory of the season—a quick and chic Easter bonnet.
Here's how: Cut a 1/2-inch-wide strip of patterned origami paper and wrap around the middle of an egg as shown—for a whimsical touch, use a border craft punch on the paper. Affix ends of paper to the egg with white glue. Attach an adhesive paper flower to the middle of the band.
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Add some animal attraction with a sweet menagerie of bugs, bunnies, and ducks.
Here's how: Using the templates (download below), punch out desired shapes from origami paper using various-sized oval and circle craft punches. Adhere shapes to egg using white glue. Freehand draw details (feet, whiskers, antennae, etc.) using fine-tip permanent markers.
Tip: Place a piece of regular paper underneath the thin origami paper and punch through the two layers at the same time.
Originally published in the April 17, 2011, issue of Family Circle magazine.