By Andrea Tomkins
Quail eggs are darling little things, aren’t they? They’re small, they’re speckled, they’re adorable, and we decided that they’d make the ultimate springtime decoration.
• Freshly snipped tree branches
• Quail eggs (commonly available in Asian supermarkets)
• A long needle (choose a long one with a wider eye or a corn cob holder)
• Thin-gauge floral wire (optional)
• Embroidery thread
• Buttons, beads, or other scrapbooking embellishments
I decided to spread this project over a few days to make it a little more manageable and to let the eggs dry out a bit between the blowing and threading stages.
Day one: The tree
We snipped some lilac branches from our backyard and put them in a vase with some water. Now they are fabulously green. Love it.
Day two: The eggs
This step requires a bit of finesse, which is why I did it sans children (but it’s really up to you).
1. Gently wash the eggs in soapy water.
2. Using needle or the sharp end of the corn cob holder, carefully pierce a hole in the very top and bottom of the egg.
3. Poke your needle deep into the egg to pierce the yolk and swish it around a bit. This makes it easier to blow out the innards.
4. Blow the contents of the egg into a bowl. Save it for breakfast! Quail eggs taste just like chicken eggs.
If you’re having difficulty with the blowing part, make the holes a tiny bit larger with the needle.
5. Let your eggs dry out for a day or two.
Day three: String ‘em up!
This is where I got all MacGyver-like!
1. Fashion a hook-like tool out of the floral wire. This will make your life a lot easier for the next step.
2. Cut a good length of embroidery thread, say 10” long, and it fold in half. Tie a knot at the folded end and string a bead through it.
3. Using your awesome MacGyver hook, pull the embroidery string through the egg.
4. Add another bead to the top end if desired (I used an eyelet) and tie the ends of the thread together to form a loop.
5. Decorate your budding branches.
Ah, spring. There’s no better way to herald the season of sunshine than with pretty speckled eggs and greenery, is there?
Andrea Tomkins is a mother of two imps, and wife of one. You can follow her adventures on her blog, a peek inside the fishbowl, where she’s been writing about family life since 1999. She’ll be sharing a great new craft idea here at CF.ca every Friday.