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Easter Egg and Ribbon Topiary

Bright and colorful, the spring hues and fun patterns of this Easter Egg and Ribbon Topiary will help your Easter décor really pop this year!

Items Needed

Eggs
Dudley's Speckled Easter Egg Coloring Kit
Terra Cotta Pot
Acrylic Paint
Paintbrush
Scissors
Knife (to trim floral foam)
Easter Grass
Various Offray Ribbon
Hot glue gun
Wooden Dowel Rod
Large Foam Ball
Floral Foam
Straight Pins
Freezer Paper, Newspaper or Waxed paper

Preparation

1. Protect your work surface by laying down freezer paper, waxed paper or newspaper.
2. Turn your eggs into keepsake eggs by removing the yolk. This can be done following the process outlined here.

Instructions

1. Knead the Dazzlin' Color packets thoroughly. Cut off the corner of the Dazzlin' Color packet and carefully pour each color into a separate section of the plastic tray. For this topiary project, you can select the color(s) that coordinate well with your ribbon.

2. Using one sponge for each color, dip the sponge into the color and then blot it on the tray and dab it on the egg. To achieve the same look featured in this project, be sure to leave some white space on the eggs.
3. Place your beautiful Easter eggs on the drying tray and allow them to dry while you begin working on the topiary.
4. Paint the terra cotta pot and set it aside to dry.
5. Use the hot glue gun to glue some ribbon onto the wooden dowel as you wrap it around the dowel to cover it.

6. Once your terra cotta pot has dried, trim the floral foam with a knife and insert it into the pot.
7. Place the large foam ball on a table, insert the dowel into the ball, standing over it as you do this to make sure that the dowel is centered on the ball and is straight as it is inserted. Then, insert the dowel into the floral foam that is in the pot.

8. Start gluing your dry, speckled eggs onto the large ball using the hot glue gun. Start with the first egg on the top and center of the topiary. Glue eggs as shown in the photo. You will need to hold the egg in position for a little while after you glue it on, until the hot glue cools off.

9. Trim 5"-6" pieces of ribbon. Roll the ribbon into a loop and pin it to the topiary with a straight pin. Put four loops around each egg, so that there is one loop on top of the egg, one on the bottom, one on the right and one on the left.
10. Keep repeating this process all around all of the eggs on the topiary.

11. When you are finished, you can go back and fill in any gaps, either with extra loops, or with small folded pieces of ribbon.

12. Put Easter grass in the base of the pot to cover up the floral foam.
13. Tie a bow around the top edge of the terra cotta pot.

Dudley's Helpful Hints

• No time to boil eggs? Try using Walmart's Decorating Easter Eggs with Dudley's Spraytastic Egg Decorating Kit.
• Try using two of the primary colors on the eggs in different combinations.
• Avoid mixing all of the dyes together, unless you want very brown eggs.
• Allow eggs to dry. You can pat egg dry with a paper towel is dye is too heavy.
• Allow refrigerated colored eggs to dry before handling. Condensation may cause colors to smear.
• Consider using wired ribbon, which allow you to shape your loops of ribbon.
• Cut ribbon ends at an angle to avoid fraying.

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