Inspired by these lovely Valentines heart string yarn cards from Hello, Wonderful we decided to try our hand at making Easter versions of them. Exploring my collection of coloured card stock, Mikey and I chose what we thought would be perfect colours for Easter. I particularly love the orange/coral colour paper and that gorgeous dark pink embroidery floss.
The exercise ended up being a great introduction to sewing for Mikey, as well as a lovely way to work on his fine motor skills. He sometimes has trouble with using his hands for delicate or fiddly work, and is slow with other fine motor skills, but he seemed to pick this up fairly quickly. Of course, I couldn’t resist doing a few of them myself either!
Embroidery Floss Decorated Paper Eggs
You Will Need:
Coloured Card Stock or Thick Paper (plus card stock to make a template)
Embroidery Floss or Lightweight Yarn
Awl (or something to make holes in the card, a very fine screwdriver would work well or you could just use the needle to punch holes)
To begin, trace an egg shape onto some card stock, this will be your template so you don’t have to waste coloured card stock on it. I drew mine freehand and then folded the card stock in half so that it was symmetrical. Cut out your egg shape and you have a template. Now that you have your egg template, use it to create your other eggs, place the template onto the coloured card stock, trace around it and then cut out the egg shape. Do this as many times as needed!
Then when you are entirely finished and have enough of the paper egg shapes draw another, smaller, egg onto your template and cut it out again. You will use this smaller template to mark where you need to make holes. I wanted the pattern to begin just inside the edge of my egg, so my smaller template is just far enough away from the edges of the original egg shape to not split when I make holes in it.
Place the smaller template onto your egg shapes and trace around the it, then use the line you have just drawn to guide you when using your awl (or tiny screwdriver, or needle) to make holes. Be sure to put the card stock on a surface that you don’t mind scratching, as the awl will go through the card and make a hole in whatever is beneath. I used some cardboard on top of a cutting board as a surface when making my holes to ensure that the awl would go all of the way through (into the cardboard) but would not damage the surface below.
When you are done, you can begin sewing your eggs!
Choose your embroidery floss colour, thread your needle and sew! Thread the embroidery floss through the holes in various directions until each hole has been used at least once. Cut off the yarn on the back, tie it off and you’re done.
I love the geometric patterns made by the embroidery floss, Mikey and I counted all of the different shapes we had made when we were finished. Perhaps you could make a whole bunch of these eggs and hang them on twine to make an Easter banner?