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Pussy Willow Easter Decoration

This decoration can be used as a beautiful, eye-catching centerpiece or displayed on an accent table in your home.

Items Needed

Dudley's Spraytastic Egg Decorating Kit, available exclusively at Walmart
• Eggs
• Artificial Pussy Willow branches
• Glass Vase
• Various Offray Ribbon
• Decorative stones, pebbles or glass beads
• Green Spanish Moss
• Wire Cutters
• Extra Long Needle with Large Eye (Recommended: 2 ¾" Long)
• Scissors
• 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 Spraytastic packet thoroughly. Cut of the corner of the Spraytastic Color packat and carefully pour the color into the Spraytastic Dye Cup.
2. Unscrew the top of the Spraytastic Applicator and pour one color of dye into the base. Screw the lid back on firmly.
3. Optional: If desired, place a reusable egg stencil on the egg.
4. Place the egg on an egg stand.
5. Pump the Spraytastic Applicator 10-12 times.
6. Hold the Spraytastic Applicator 6-8 inches from the egg and hold down the trigger.
7. Once fully colored, place the egg on the drying tray.
8. Repeat steps 3-7 until all eggs are colored. Refill the Spraytastic Applicator with various color of day as needed.
9. Once the eggs have thoroughly dried, cut a piece of the narrow ribbon for each of the eggs that is about 17" long.
10. Thread the ribbon through the large needle.
11. Put the needle through hole in the bottom of the egg and carefully guide it through the inside of the egg to the hole at the top end of the egg.

12. Make the large hanging loop and then put the needle back through the egg, holding onto the large loop so that it stays on that side of the egg.

13. Pull the ends of the ribbon carefully, so that they are even and there is about a 3" tall loop of ribbon on the top end of the egg.
14. Tie a single knot at the bottom of the egg and then tie a bow – if you have kept the holes small enough, this bow should hold the egg onto the ribbon.

15. Repeat this process until all of your egg ornaments are done.

16. Carefully place the rocks or glass beads inside the base of the vase to help to hold the stems in place.

17. Put some of the green Spanish moss in the vase.
18. Place the branches into the vase. You can trim the branches as needed and add some more Spanish moss to the vase after you put all of the branches in to help stabilize the branches.
19. Tie your ribbon around the top of the vase and tie a simple bow.
20. Hang the eggs on the tree.

Dudley's Helpful Hints

• A little bit of color goes a long way!
• The eggs will look more interesting if you layer different colors, so leave some white space on the egg and apply a second and third color.
• Avoid mixing too many colors so your eggs do not turn brown.
• If you clean your Spraytastic Applicator between colors, be sure to spray out the water before adding your next color. Also be sure to rinse out the nozzle area. Opting not to clean the applicator between colors will allow you to create new colors, but do not mix too many colors or the color will become muddy.
• If you are using egg stencils, make sure your eggs are thoroughly dry. Place the stencil on and rub the edge to ensure a good seal. Wait for the dye to dry before removing the stencil.
• Pat the egg with a paper towel if the spray is too heavy.
• Having multiple Spraystastic Applicators will allow you to switch easily between colors, plus it allows helpers to color eggs simultaneously!

Enjoy your Easter Egg Tree Decoration!

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