What you'll Need:
- Clear Balloons
- Gel Food Coloring
This year I'm starting spring off right with this super cute Easter tablescape that I am thoroughly proud of. Matthew and I recently moved into our first apartment with a dining room, so this is the first tablescape I've decorated in my own home which is exciting (for literally just me 😜)
In addition to the plaster egg centerpiece, I also made the tablecloth from some Hobby Lobby fabric, dyed the napkins ($1 white bandanas from HobLob!) with the same blue dye as I did the eggs and the plaster, and used greenery from -YOU GUESSED IT... HobLob- to decorate the table.
But as for the plaster egg centerpiece, here's how I did it! (and be prepared to make LOTS and only get a few usable finished products... but in my opinion it's worth it!)
What you'll Need:
Blow up the balloon 2-3 times, this will stretch it out and allow it to hold more plaster. Then tape the balloon to the end of the funnel to keep it from moving.
Pour 1 cup of plaster into the mixing bowl and 1/2 cup of water (with food coloring premixed into it.)
The ratio is always 2:1 plaster to water. BUT be very cautious with this, the plaster needs to be liquidy to swish it around the balloon and it sets fast. So I recommend making one balloon at a time.
Mix the plaster well until there is no lumps. Don't overstir though, as it will start to set if you don't work quickly. Then transfer the plaster to the funnel. (You can pour, this bowl is just heavy so I opted for a spoon to avoid a mess.)
Tap the funnel and tug on the balloon to release air bubbles and allow the plaster to fill the balloon. This might take a while, be patient!
Once the balloon is full remove it from the funnel. Pinch the end and run the opening under the faucet. Be sure to really pinch, to prevent much water from getting in. You just want to wash away the plaster from where you'll put your mouth.
Then blow up the balloon to the desired size and tie it up, beware the bigger the vase the more fragile!
Swish, shake, and rotate the balloon to ensure that the inside of the balloon is fully coated with plaster.
After letting the balloon dry overnight, take scissors or a knife and cut the balloon. This will cause a break at the top that will look like a hatching egg! I recommend making these in batches, since they all break, you're looking for the prettiest break. And sometimes the break can go the side or be too big, etc. Better safe than sorry! In this batch I made 6.
Finally, take a chip brush dipped in gold paint and flick it at the vase to get this speckled effect!
I also speckled some eggs dyed with the same dye as my plaster.
Overall I love the way this came out! I've never been huge on seasonal/holiday decorating but now that I've made this adorable table... I may have caught the bug. Not that I'm complaining, I'm all for any excuse to get crafty! If you have any must-try Spring decor ideas please let me know in the comments!
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