10 Awesomely Decorated Easter Eggs
As with other big holidays, Easter brings out creativity in the craft-minded. Easter eggs, edible or purely decorative, give artists a chance to strut their skills, making our Easter baskets, egg hunts, and seasonal parties more beautiful than ever! Check out the following collection of awesomely decorated chocolate eggs, egg-shaped cakes, and real eggs that have been painted, glittered, dyed, and etched to catch your eye.
Oeuf Maisonette Chocolate Egg
Literally translated as "little egg house," the Oeuf Maisonette by French chocolatier Michel Cluizel is a hollow egg-shaped chocolate available in milk and dark varieties. Entirely edible (if you can bear to destroy it), this happy Easter scene features a sweet chick on a window sill complete with white-chocolate shutters and window box filled with red blooms.
Easter Egg Cake
Wrapped in a fondant bow, this kid-approved cake was created in the shape of a polka-dotted Easter egg by Linzi's Cakes of Ontario, Canada.
Huge Fiberglass Eggs in Sweden
Journalist and photographer, Alejandro Muñiz Delgado captured this image of gigantic, elaborately painted Easter eggs while traveling in Malmö, Sweden. Nine of these fiberglass eggs grace the streets of Malmö courtesy of Pärra Andréasson and seven other artists belonging to the group Centrum för urban konst.
Glittered Easter Eggs
These sparkling eggs from Martha Stewart take a break from traditional colored dyes. See how to create glittered sticker eggs using a double-sided sticker roll, tweezers, glitter, canned air, a hole punch, and blown-out eggs.
Hand-Painted Ceramic Easter Eggs
These delicately painted pastel eggs are a nonedible decorative alternative that can be reused every Easter. Pat and Nicole Wermers bake and hand-paint these ceramic eggs in their Yellow Cat Studio and sell them via Etsy. Sized to exactly mimic real chicken eggs, these ceramic eggs can be stored in regular egg cartons.
Hibiscus Ostrich Egg
A member of the International Egg Art Guild (not to mention the Bonsai Club of Utah, the Kansas City Barbecue Society, and the British Motor Club of Utah), Brian Baity has been custom designing eggshells since 2005, when he acquired a high-speed carving tool. The hibiscus-flower carved ostrich egg and others in his collection of lighted carved eggs earned Baity an invitation to display his works in museums in Bulgaria.
Hand-Decorated Chocolate Easter Egg
Weighing in at an impressive nine stone (about 126 pounds), this enormous, entirely edible chocolate egg was created at the Cadbury Chocolate Factory in February 2010. This egg was hand-decorated by Cadbury employees to benefit a local charity in the United Kingdom.
Chocolate Easter Surprise Eggs
She may not be Martha, but this crafty blogger has the chops to rival the famed domestic maven's creations any day. Megan of notmartha.com handcrafts these dyed eggs, which are coated with chocolate on the inside and crammed full with additional chocolates and candies. Bonus: they make a pleasing rattling noise when shaken
Rainbow Easter Egg
A master at the art of "filigree" design, Amber Elledge (who does business as Starless Clay) coils intricate patterns of polymer clay to create her rainbow-bright Easter eggs. She starts with a real blown-out bantam chicken egg and then carefully coils, places, and cuts each shimmery strand before sanding and finishing it with sealant.
Turtle Easter Egg
What would this line-up be without an example of the mother of all awesomely decorated Easter eggs, Pysanky? A Ukrainian tradition, pysanky eggs are characterized by unique folkloric designs that are created with a wax-resist process. Artist Katy David of KatyEgg Design creates and sells her versions of pysanky using the age-old process: cover eggs with wax in desired designs, dye eggs, cover with more wax in different designs, dye eggs again, and repeat until you reach the darkest color you want to use. The final step: melt the wax from the egg, using a candle flame, to reveal the patterns of colors protected underneath. The big reveal must be so exciting - a great bonus of this ancient artistic tradition!