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This week on Cool2Craft TV we are celebrating art and craft influences from around the world!  We want you to share your projects from all over world with us!   Do you have photos, collages, assemblages, paintings, drawings, stories, or any world themed posts?

Come on down the page because you’re next! Just click below to share the link to your blog. AND, invite your friends to vote for your project. Top liked projects are featured at the top of the list!

Don’t have a blog or website?  No problem!  Email me – candace@cool2craft.com – and I’ll feature you on our Creative Community Blog!

Every week is a new theme, so check back often to see what’s up next! Be sure to view the other projects to see what everyone else is doing. Creative inspiration abounds here!

THE FINE PRINT: Please link up only your own projects only, and link to the specific post url… not your blog home page. No giveaways or other promotions. And, don’t forget to link back to Cool2Craft – buttons are below Party Linkies. You’re COOL!
Share the LOVE! After you have added your thumbnail and link to the Linky Party, we ask you to post a Cool2Craft Linky Party Button on your blog/website. You can choose from JOIN ME! or VOTE FOR ME!


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2012 Logo C2C a creative community e1326591287152 Around the World Linky Party on Cool2Craft!Launched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers

QTip Cuties Bride by EcoHeidi Borchers

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These mini dolls are big on character! EcoHeidi Borchers upcycles QTips into miniature dolls that are super cute for package toppers and party favors. Or dress them up in your favorite style and fashion your own icon! Featured on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s super cute QTip Doll YouTube video tutorial!

Materials

Cotton swabs (I used Q-tips brand)
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Cereal box cardboard (for patterns and for stand)
Wire- 24 gauge ivory (for arms) 3” piece
Needle nose pliers
Wire cutters
Fabric
Acrylic paints – Flesh tone (face), Black ( eyes), Red (mouth), pink (cheeks)
Brush
Toothpick (for applying eyes, mouth, cheeks)
Yarn, or embroidery floss for hair
Needle and thread
Pencil
Styrofoam small piece (for holding the QT’s while drying)

Make patterns from the cereal box cardboard. The skirt is 1-5/8” x 5”. The blouse is 1”x 1-3/4”.  Place patterns onto the wrong side of fabric and lightly mark with a pencil and then cut out. For the stand, cut out a 1” circle of cardboard for each doll.
Heidi QT 3 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers Using the needle and thread, stitch a gathering stitch along one 5” side. Use small stitches. Glue small hem on the other 5” edge of the skirt. Let glue dry
Heidi QT 4 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers For the bodice, glue small hem edges on the 1-¾” sides. Cut a slit to the center.
Heidi QT 5 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers Cut the cotton swab in half.
Heidi QT 6 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers To prepare the head, place small dab of glue onto finger and roll the swab through the glue, making sure all of the cotton has been covered with the glue.
Heidi QT 7 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers Place the end of the cotton swab into a piece of Styrofoam to help hold while drying. Let dry completely. Paint with the flesh tone acrylic paint. Let dry.
Heidi QT 9 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers Using a toothpick, dot on the eyes, mouth, and cheeks. Return to Styrofoam to dry. Let dry completely.
Heidi QT 11 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers To make the doll stand, use the 1” cardboard circle.  First poke a hole with the needle in the center of the cardboard.  Enlarge by inserting a toothpick through pin hole, then insert end of prepared cotton swab. The end of the cotton swab needs to fit securely. Glue the end of the swab into the hole in the cardboard. Adjust so the doll will stand straight. Let glue dry. Wrap wire around the cotton swab, just below the head area for the arms
Heidi QT 12 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers For the bust, glue a small piece of cotton (take from end of another swab) to the front wire area.
Heidi QT 14 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers Place the fabric bodice over the head, with the slit to the back. Glue the back of bodice fabric to cotton swab stem. Then glue the front of the bodice around to the back of the bodice. To help hold, you can tie a piece of thread around waist area and knot.  Let glue dry.
Heidi QT 15 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers Place a small amount of glue around the waist. Pull threads to gather the skirt. Place skirt on figure, upside down into the glue, with the opening of the skirt in the back. (This means when you pull the skirt down it has a finished edge at the waist.)
Heidi QT 16 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers Tie the threads at the back of skirt into a knot.
Heidi QT 171 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers Carefully pull skirt down and into place. Let glue dry
Heidi QT 18 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers For arms, cut wire excess off to about ½”.
Heidi QT 19 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers Apply glue onto top of head.
Heidi QT 20 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers Place yarn into the glue for hair.
Heidi QT 21 QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers Using the needle nose pliers, bend the end of wire into circles for hands
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Heidi QT 3 Dolls QTip Cuties Dolls by EcoHeidi Borchers More ideas!

 

Macaroni and Pasta Art Box by EcoHeidi Borchers

Pasta Art Box by EcoHeidi Borchers

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A favorite vintage Momma Aleene project! EcoHeidi Borchers uses contemporary pasta shapes to craft up a super cool art box with macaroni, curly pasta, penne, linguine and more! A childhood favorite takes on a sleek look in glossy white. Featured on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s super cool Pasta Art Box YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Box – wood or paper mache
Aleene’s Tacky Glue
Pasta – various shapes and sizes
Water bottle caps (for box legs)
Paint (I used glossy white spray paint)
Cardboard from cereal box (for flower)
Pencil
Scissors

PastaBox1 300x247 Macaroni and Pasta Art Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Cut a circle from cardboard (my circle is approximately 3-1/2″) . Glue the pasta shapes onto the circle. Set aside to dry.
Pasta Box2 300x225 Macaroni and Pasta Art Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Apply glue onto the pasta and adhere onto the side and top of the box lid.
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PastaBox3 300x198 Macaroni and Pasta Art Box by EcoHeidi Borchers In order for the lid to fit properly, when gluing the pasta onto the box bottom, do not glue over this line. Continue gluing pasta on the box bottom until completely covered. Set aside to dry.
PastaBox4 300x225 Macaroni and Pasta Art Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Glue and place pasta flower onto the top of lid. Glue leaves pattern on using the penne pasta and the small pasta shells.
Pasta Box 5 300x225 Macaroni and Pasta Art Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Glue linguini onto the remaining area of the box.
PastaBox6 300x225 Macaroni and Pasta Art Box by EcoHeidi Borchers For each leg, glue 2 large lids together and one small lid to the top.  Let dry.
PastaBox7 300x225 Macaroni and Pasta Art Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Glue legs to the bottom of the box.
PastaBox8 300x225 Macaroni and Pasta Art Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Let box with legs dry completely overnight.
PastaBox9 300x240 Macaroni and Pasta Art Box by EcoHeidi Borchers Spray entire box with desired color. Let dry.

Aleene’s Bread Dough Alphabet Letters by EcoHeidi Borchers

Aleene's Bread Dough Letters by EcoHeidi Borchers

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Using a vintage Aleene’s Bread Dough recipe, EcoHeidi Borchers creates watercolor bread dough alphabet letters. When you want to express a personalized sentiment, create and use these on any of your mixed media projects. Featured on EcoHeidi TV.

Watch EcoHeidi’s fun and easy Bread Dough Alphabet Letters YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:

Bread – white bread – 2 slices for each batch
Aleene’s Easy Flow Tacky Glue
Lemon juice
Cold cream
Corn starch
Measuring spoons
Plastic container to mix in
Craft sticks – to stir
Zip lock bag
Alphabet letter cookie cutters (mine are from Wilton)
Water color paint box with fine tip brush
Acrylic paints – white, yellow
Waxed paper
Rolling pin
Toothpick
Shower to Shower Body Powder

BDletters1 300x225 Aleenes Bread Dough Alphabet Letters by EcoHeidi Borchers Recipe for Bread Dough:2 slices of white bread with crusts removed and broken into tiny pieces (or use a food processor)
2 Tablespoons Aleene’s Easy Flow Tacky Glue
2 Tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons lemon juice
Dab of cold cream
BDLetters2 300x225 Aleenes Bread Dough Alphabet Letters by EcoHeidi Borchers Place all ingredients from recipe into plastic container.
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BDLetters4 300x225 Aleenes Bread Dough Alphabet Letters by EcoHeidi Borchers When mixture has formed a sticky ball, clean hands and then rub hands with a dab of cold cream. Remove the ball of dough from the container. Knead dough in hands until it no longer sticks to your hands and is smooth and pliable.
BDLetters5 300x225 Aleenes Bread Dough Alphabet Letters by EcoHeidi Borchers Place dough into a zip lock bag until ready to use. This is an air dry dough, so only take out what you are using and return excess to the plastic bag.
BDletters6 300x225 Aleenes Bread Dough Alphabet Letters by EcoHeidi Borchers Cover your work surface with waxed paper. Sprinkle waxed paper and rolling pin with body powder to keep the dough  from sticking.
BdLetters7 300x225 Aleenes Bread Dough Alphabet Letters by EcoHeidi Borchers Cut out desired letters using the cookie cutters. Place letters on a clean piece of waxed paper to dry.
BDletters8 300x225 Aleenes Bread Dough Alphabet Letters by EcoHeidi Borchers Turn letters occasionally during drying to prevent from curling. Let dry overnight.
BDletters9 300x225 Aleenes Bread Dough Alphabet Letters by EcoHeidi Borchers To paint the letters with a wash of color, pour a small puddle of water on a piece of waxed paper. Dip brush into water puddle and pull across surface of paint. Dip brush back into water puddle to create a light blue wash of blue. Paint top surface of each letter with blue wash. Paint the edges of each letter with full strength of blue watercolor. Let dry.
BDletters10 300x225 Aleenes Bread Dough Alphabet Letters by EcoHeidi Borchers Paint each letter (or shape) with blue flowers and green leaves. Let dry.
BDLetters11 300x225 Aleenes Bread Dough Alphabet Letters by EcoHeidi Borchers Dip end of toothpick into yellow acrylic paint and dot into the center of each flower. Dip the other end into white and dot onto the letters around the flowers. Let dry.
BDletters12 300x225 Aleenes Bread Dough Alphabet Letters by EcoHeidi Borchers Glue letters onto desired surface. Let dry.
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When Alex Was A Butterfly: A Handmade Book by Candace Jedrowicz

C2C May 23 When Alex Was a Butterfly Fabric Book by Candace Jedrowicz

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This handmade fabric book features four sets of collage pages that tell a story about a a little boy having an adventure as a butterfly.  Candace Jedrowicz loves colorful decorative papers and has used simple layering techniques as a background for Alex’s story.  You can turn photos of your kids and grandkids to make their very own book.

Watch Candace’s adorable Handmade Fabric Book YouTube video tutorial!

Materials:
About a yard of fabric – all one color or complementary colors
Several cereal boxes
Spray adhesive – I used Aleene’s Spray Adhesive
Fabric glue – Aleene’s, of course
Plenty of decorative papers
Aluminum foil
Printed words
Photos
Decoupage medium – I used Aleene’s Collage Pauge
Sponge brush
Lots of newspaper
Embellishments for the cover

C2C May 23 When Alex Was a Butterfly Fabric Book by Candace Jedrowicz 11 300x168 When Alex Was A Butterfly: A Handmade Book by Candace Jedrowicz I started with a poem and several photos of my grandson in pajamas.  Then I printed three different faces from more recent photos.  I made them slightly larger for a cartoon effect.I cut out each of the bodies, some I cut arms off to reposition them on some of the pages.  Faces were cut out and glued on bodies.

I cut all the sets of butterfly wings from the decorative papers, but didn’t glue them on until I decided how he would be oriented on the page.

I assemble the pages without glue, before I put the book together.

There were sixteen lines in the poem, each set of pages had two lines.

C2C May 23 When Alex Was a Butterfly Fabric Book by Candace Jedrowicz 21 300x225 When Alex Was A Butterfly: A Handmade Book by Candace Jedrowicz I cut my card board to 6″ x 6 3/4″ and measured out squares of fabric for each side of of the boards.
C2C May 23 When Alex Was a Butterfly Fabric Book by Candace Jedrowicz 31 300x225 When Alex Was A Butterfly: A Handmade Book by Candace Jedrowicz I cut one large piece of fabric to cover both pieces of card board for the outside covers.I took everything into my garage, laid out lots of newspaper and started spraying one piece of cloth and cardboard at a time.  Then I  stick the board to the fabric and spray again to attach the fabric for the other side of the page.
C2C May 23 When Alex Was a Butterfly Fabric Book by Candace Jedrowicz 41 300x225 When Alex Was A Butterfly: A Handmade Book by Candace Jedrowicz The outside of the front and back cover was sprayed (on the wrong side) and both boards were placed with about a finger width between them.  After the whole thing was sprayed again I placed the fabric for the inside.I trimmed three edges of the pages and all four edges of the cover.
C2C May 23 When Alex Was a Butterfly Fabric Book by Candace Jedrowicz 51 300x225 When Alex Was A Butterfly: A Handmade Book by Candace Jedrowicz The fourth edge of the pages were cut to about 1″ from the edge of the card board creating a flap to attach the pages.  I separated the fabric on the flap right up to the card board.This photo shows the first page laying next to the inside of the front cover with one side of the flap turned up.
C2C May 23 When Alex Was a Butterfly Fabric Book by Candace Jedrowicz 61 300x225 When Alex Was A Butterfly: A Handmade Book by Candace Jedrowicz I applied fabric glue to the inside of the flap.
C2C May 23 When Alex Was a Butterfly Fabric Book by Candace Jedrowicz 71 300x225 When Alex Was A Butterfly: A Handmade Book by Candace Jedrowicz Then overlapped the inside of the front cover with the glued flap and secured it by burnishing.
C2C May 23 When Alex Was a Butterfly Fabric Book by Candace Jedrowicz 81 300x225 When Alex Was A Butterfly: A Handmade Book by Candace Jedrowicz This is the other side of the page above.  Here I’m showing the other side of the flap folded back AND pointing out that I cut the flap off of the next page, just short of the card board.Every other page was attached by half of its flap to the pages before it and after it.  I also pressed the joined pages into the spine with extra glue.
C2C May 23 When Alex Was a Butterfly Fabric Book by Candace Jedrowicz 91 300x168 When Alex Was A Butterfly: A Handmade Book by Candace Jedrowicz As I began gluing the pages, I put sheets of foil between to keep them from sticking together.I used Collage Pauge to put the pages together.
C2C May 23 When Alex Was a Butterfly Fabric Book by Candace Jedrowicz 101 300x168 When Alex Was A Butterfly: A Handmade Book by Candace Jedrowicz I added glitter pens elements and dots of punched out paper to embellish some of the pagesThe story is below.  You are welcome to use the story and layouts for your personal use.

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Dragonfly Dreams Journal by EcoHeidi Borchers

Dreams Journal by EcoHeidi Borchers

EcoHeidi Dreams Journal Dragonfly Dreams Journal by EcoHeidi Borchers

EcoHeidi Borchers uses packing paper, plastic blister packaging and scrapbook paper scraps to craft a dreamy journal featuring a Cool2Cast dragonfly embellishment.

Materials:
Cool2Cast
Measuring cup
Water
Plastic container with lid
Recycled blister package (for mold)
Journal by 7Gypsies
Dream Clear Stamp by
Inkadinkadoo
Mod Podge® by Plaid
Dragonfly Soap Stamp by Life of the Party
Non-stick Craft Sheet byRanger
Aleene’s® Super Thick Tacky Glue™
Acrylic paint—black, white, lavender, purple, lt. pink, medium pink, lt. blue, aqua, green, yellow
Craft chalks
Textured paper
Honeycomb packaging paper
Paint brushes—1/2” shader, fine liner, hard bristle (for chalks)
Craft knife
Waxed paper

Instructions

For dragonfly, place soap stamp FACE UP in mold. Position so that the edges of the stamp do not touch any edges of the mold. For Dreams, place clear stamp FACE UP on non-stick surface. Following package instructions, mix Cool2Cast. Pour into mold (covering soap stamp). Pour over clear stamp. When plaster is solid to the touch, carefully turn mold over to release plaster. Lift rubber from mold with finger or use pin to catch hold of edge and pull up to remove. Clean up edges where needed with craft knife. Pop plaster design from non-stick surface and gently remove clear stamp. You should have a perfect impression!  Let air dry.

Paint DREAMS plaster design piece with black paint. Paint the outside edge of dragonfly tile with black. Paint inside area of dragonfly with white. Let dry. With fine liner brush, detail the lettering and vine. Set aside to dry. On dragonfly tile, drybrush over black with aqua, lt. blue and lavender being careful not to get any paint on the dragonfly area. Let dry. Using hard bristle brush, color dragonfly with chalks. Set plaster pieces aside.

Place waxed paper between journal cover and first page. This will help to protect inside pages.  Tear textured papers into desired sizes. Working one area at a time, brush on coat of Mod Podge to journal cover. Lay paper into Mod Podge and apply coat over paper. Repeat to cover entire journal cover.  Let dry.

Paint entire journal cover black. Let dry. Dry brush sections of paper with acrylic paint, varying section colors. Let dry. Glue plaster pieces on journal. Let dry.

 


New Balance

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[Candace's Blog] The Cool2Craft Creative Play Theme for May 2011 is Walk a Mile in My Shoes.  Candace the Muse has made art from her mother’s shoes to illustrate a new way of being.

New Balance Detail 4 300x241 New Balance These were my mom’s shoes.  They were almost new when she passed, and we wore the same size so I wore them for a year. 

My dad had passed 5 months before.  The year that followed was a time of healing and growth.

Cake for breakfast

That was Mom.

New Balance Detail 3 300x288 New Balance The angel wing pin represents the faith that Mom taught and lived. 

Snoopy was my dad’s favorite!  It was one of his tie tacks.

New Balance Detail1 300x216 New Balance I used some of Mom’s jewelry for embellishment.  This is a pin.  It’s a tiny mirror with a cat looking in to it.  It represents parts of her that live in me.

If I believed in coincidence, I would say that New Balance is just the name of a shoe.


Cool2Craft34 New BalanceLaunched in October 2009, Cool2Craft TV broadcasts weekly internet TV episodes and special live-streaming events featuring industry recognized hosts, reporters, designers, authors and manufacturers. Visit www.cool2craft.com to watch this week’s show via the LiveStream player. Visit our Blip.tv channel for full archived episodes, our YouTube Channel for project and technique demo videos and check out our current programming schedule for upcoming LIVE-streaming events. Visit www.cool2craft.com for current programming schedule.


EcoHeidi TV hosted by EcoHeidi Borchers

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In this episode, EcoHeidi Borchers shares super fun and super cool ideas for recycling and upcycling including transforming water bottles and drinking straws into a necklace and pendant, creating a glue bottle muse doll and upcycling a soda bottle into a birdhouse. The original episode broadcast on the Cool2Craft TV Livestream channel.

Watch This Creative Recycling Episode of EcoHeidi TV


Cupcake Die Wedding Dress by Eileen Hull

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This is the time of year for weddings and showers and if you are looking for a unique idea for a bridal shower gift – this is it! It was the clever imagination of Eileen Hull who transformed her cupcake die shape into this adorable wedding dress. Featured in Cool2Craft FaveCrafts newsletter.

To make the dress, you will need:

 

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Die-cut Cupcake Holder from mat board.

  1. Place die-cut cupcake holder in Textured Impressions folder and run through Big Shot.
  2. Cut bodice from two segments of the cupcake, top skirt from three segments and bottom skirt from three segments as seen in photo. (You may have to trim a little bit from both sides of the skirt so everything lines up right.)
  3. Place a little double-sided tape in between bodice and top skirt. Add vintage lace to hem of skirt and a sash around the waist. Layer underskirt below top skirt and secure with more tape. Add a small paper rose to the side of the lace belt.
  4. That’s all there is to it!

The frame had been purchased recently at a discount store, but I already knew I was going to paint it. It was too dark, and the embossed areas didn’t stand out enough. I took some cream paint and dry brushed all around the frame and embossed mat. In one of my thrift shop adventures a while ago, I had found a cool old book titled “Vogue’s Book of Etiquette” from 1948, which goes into some detail on any possible event and how to dress for it. I tore out an appropriate page and placed that behind the dress. Then I matted the dress on a piece of mat board for contrast, added some foamboard on the back to give it dimension and adhered that to the backing. I layered everything in the frame, and it’s ready for the shower!

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Natural Easter Egg Dyes by Tiffany Windsor

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Group eggs Natural Easter Egg Dyes by Tiffany Windsor

Create beautiful Easter eggs with the help of Mother Nature. Designed by Tiffany Windsor, this collection is dyed with onion skins, blueberries, turmeric, beets, red cabbage and more. Featured on Inspired at Home TV and Cool2Craft FaveCrafts newsletter.

Watch Tiffany’s Natural Easter Egg Dyes YouTube video tutorial here!

Materials

Eggs (white eggshells preferred)

Water

Pans (for boiling eggs and for simmering dyes)

Vegetables, herbs, berries (I used beets, blueberries, onion skins, turmeric, red cabbage, alkanet)

Kitchen string, rubber bands, stickers and other materials for embellishing eggs

Easter grass, Easter basket or small clay pots for display

Click here for instructions on how to prepare your dyes – featured on FaveCrafts.com

Click here for other super cool ways to decorate your eggs designed by Nikki Drachler – featured on FaveCrafts.com

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Prepare dye according to instructions by simmering your veggies, herbs or berries. Let cool and pour into dipping bowls. Remember that you will want the bowl deep enough to immerse entire egg.

Decorate eggs with string or stickers or rubber bands.

 

Place decorated eggs into dye baths for several hours or until desired color is achieved.  Remove from dye bath and let set on paper towel. Do not rub excess dye as you may remove more color than desired. (Although a cool looking technique is todab with paper towel or plastic wrap to create interesting textured design.)

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Carefully remove decorations to reveal design. Let eggs dry completely and display in basket filled with Easter grass or tiny clay pots.

To create this layered color effect, pour a small amount of dye into the bottom of  a bowl. Place egg into dye bath. Rotate egg 1/4 turn every hour to create color layers.

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