blown egg ornament tree

To blow out eggs: Use a push pin to make holes in opposite ends of each egg. Carefully break away a bit more of the shell to make 1/8-inch holes. Insert a long needle or wire into one hole; swirl it around to break up the yolk. Hold the egg over a small container with a hole facing downward. Insert a small drinking straw into the top hole. Blow into the straw, forcing out the contents of egg. Repeat until egg is completely empty. Run cold water into the eggshell; gently shake. Blow out the water with the straw. Repeat until water runs clear. Dry eggshells in the microwave on high for 15 to 30 seconds, bake in a 300° oven for 10 minutes or let air-dry with one of the holes facing downward for 2-3 days.

To make the egg tree: Bend craft wire in half. Center the ribbon in the fold of the wire, letting the ends hang down. Feed the ends of the wire through the bottom hole (wide end) of the egg and out the top hole (narrow end) so that a 6-inch loop of ribbon extends from the top. Remove the wire. Tie an overhand knot in the ribbon at the top of the egg, covering the hole and forming a hanging loop. At the bottom of the egg, tie the ribbon ends together with a square or double knot, tying the beaded wire into the knot and covering the hole. Trim ribbon ends if desired. Repeat with the remaining eggs. Place pussy willow branches into a sturdy container. Hang eggs by the top loops onto branches.

 
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