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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Easter Table Decor: The Tea-Stained Eggshell Planted with Violets

Here's how the tea-stained eggshells look once planted. In this post from the end of March, I showed you the tea-stained hollow eggshells I was making. I used 2 ordinary tea bags in 2 cups of hot water to brew a dark stain in a 1-quart canning jar. As I used eggs, I broke the shell at the pointed end only and sort of shook the contents out. I then washed the eggshells and set to dry. When I had 2 eggshells cleaned out, I immersed them completely in the tea, for a few hours to overnight (depending on how forgetful I was). Then I'd remove the stained shells and set in an empty carton upside down to dry. In between staining eggshells (while waiting for more to stain), I kept the tea covered in the fridge. Thankfully, nobody thought to drink it. I really should label things. All my eggshells have now been stained and dried. They're just waiting for the violets.

When I was in the backyard today, I noticed that the violets were beginning to bloom. I have violets in the front yard, as well, which are in a shady spot. I'm hoping the front yard violets won't bloom for another 10 days or so. The backyard violets always beat the front yard violets in bloom time. Anyway, this is exactly how I imagined the eggs. (Now that hardly ever happens -- something turning out how I imagine.)

I carefully dug up this tiny plant, then placed it into the hollow shell, poking in a bit of soil with my little finger, as needed. After planting, I dribbled in a little water. I'll watch how this one does and then plant up the 6 that I need for our Easter table, one at each place setting. I think they'll look pretty in a rustic sort of way.


Allie said...

WOW! Not just pretty in a rustic way--elegant, I think! Sort of like a backyard wedding vibe. I just love this. Kudos to you!

Lynn said...

Oh how pretty! I continually say, you're SO clever. And I never would have thought to use napkin rings as egg cups. Learn from you constantly!

Lili said...

Thank you, Allie. I really like the way they turned out.

Lili said...

Thank you, Lynn. Thankfully the napkin ring worked out well.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Belinda said...

They are so beautiful, Lili. They will look nice on your Easter table.

Live and Learn said...

You definitely have a winner here. Now the question is, will you try to store shells for next year or make them again when you want to do this again?

Kris said...

You hit a home run with this one!

Lili said...

Thank you, Belinda. I hope your week is off to a great start!

Lili said...

Hi live and learn,
thank you. You know, I hadn't thought of that yet. I think whether or not I store them till next year will depend on their condition after I replant the violets. But that is a thought, and could save some time/effort in future years. Thanks!

Lili said...

Thank you, Kris!

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