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Spring Bird Branch

Display this beautiful bird branch in your home for a decoration that is perfect for Spring and Easter.

Items Needed
Eggs
Dudley's Spraytastic Egg Decorating Kit, available exclusively at Walmart
Jute String
Scissors
Burlap
Offray Burlap Ribbon
Extra Long Needle with Large Eye
Freezer Paper, Newspaper or Waxed paper
Drying Tray for Eggs
Glue Gun and Glue
Clothespin - Wooden Clip Style
Brown Plastic Grocery Bag
Clear or White Wax Crayon
Stick or Branch
Paint
Paint Brush

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. Use a clear or white wax crayon to write letters to spell "SPRING" on the eggs. Each egg should feature one letter.

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 jute for each of the eggs that is about 24" long.
10. Thread the jute through the large needle. 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. 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. Pull the ends of the jute carefully, so that they are even and there is about a 4 1/2" tall loop of jute on the top end of the egg. 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 jute. Repeat this process until all of your eggs are done.

11. Cut out two birds and two wings from the burlap.

12. Paint the opposite sides of the birds and let them dry.

13. Using the glue gun, glue the edges of the birds together leaving an opening at the bottom as shown in the photos, because you are going to stuff the bird to give it a little dimension.
14. Cut the grocery bag in half and stuff one half of the bag into the head area of the bird and the other half into the tail area of the bird, leaving a space right inside in the middle for the clothes pin.

15. Insert the clothes pin as shown in the photo above and then glue the clothespin in place and glue the bottom of the bird together.
16. Glue the wings onto the bird.

17. Place the top loop of the jute over the branch and pull the egg through that loop as shown in the image.

18. Repeat this process to attach all of the eggs to the branch.
19. Tie the ribbon onto the edges of the branch. Use ribbon with wired edges so you can "arrange" the ribbon tails.
20. Clip the bird onto the branch.

Dudley's Helpful Hints
• Consider using Walmart's Decorating Easter Eggs to save time!
• Brown dairy eggs can be used to create a more "earthy" feel.
• A little bit of color goes a long way. You can use just one color on an egg or you can use 2 or three colors that are layering on the egg for additional interest.
• I left some white space so that when the next color is applied, it will show up on the empty area.
• If using the egg stencils, make sure the egg is thoroughly dry. Place the stencil on and rub on the edges to get a good seal. Wait for the dye to dry before removing the stencil.
• If you clean out the Spraytastic Sprayer between colors, be sure to try to spray out the water before you start coloring the next egg. Also be sure to rinse out the nozzle area of the Spraytastic Sprayer.
• Try using two of the primary colors on the eggs in different combinations.
• Avoid spraying all of the different colors onto one egg unless you want very brown eggs.
• Allow eggs to dry. You can pat egg dry with a paper towel is spray is too heavy.
• Rinse Spraytastic Applicator with water between colors, but it is not necessary. This can be part of the fun, but too many colors may cause the color to become muddy.
• Allow refrigerated colored eggs to dry before handling. Condensation may cause colors to smear.

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