Easter egg tree: A vintage craft project from 1958
The tradition of coloring eggs at Easter time inspired this lovely centerpiece which you can make and use year after year.
Materials you will need:
small artist’s brush
clear fingernail polish [Modern-day recommended alternative: Mod Podge]
casein glue [white glue recommended]
poster board (for tree)
gummed gold paper trim
How to make your Easter egg tree
Carefully puncture each end of raw egg with small sharp-pointed screw, turning screw gently in hole; empty contents of egg into dish by blowing through one end.
Bend a 15″ length of florist wire into tong shape to hold egg through punctured ends while painting, drying, and trimming it. With a pencil, mark out design to be painted on egg.
To make the paint adhere better, add one or two drops of glycerine to each tablespoon of paint. After painting, hang egg up to dry by looping string through tong handles.
When dry, coat entire egg with clear nail polish [Note: non-toxic Mod Podge recommended instead], and when that is dry, glue on trimmings as shown in the picture above, or according to your own design.
A look back at Easter in the 1950s