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How to Make Silk Dyed Easter Eggs with Video

It’s time to get spiffy for Easter with silk dyed Easter eggs!

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Here are some important tips for making our silk dyed Easter eggs:

  1. You gotta use 100% silk. Thrift stores are a fantastic place to find old silk ties, scarves, shirts, etc. because, well, cheap.
  2. Wrap ’em up tight! Tighter is brighter.
  3. If you prefer some white streaks and a pale color, maybe keep the material a bit looser.
  4. You can use rubber bands, twist ties, or anything that is safe in boiling water to secure the material around your eggs.
  5. Like shiny eggs? Just coat eggs with butter or a little canola oil while still warm.
  6. Finally, don’t eat the eggs. They are for decorative use only. You can blow out the insides of the egg out first so you can keep them longer, but I’d recommend a very low temp simmer after the water comes to a boil so they don’t crack.


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How to Make Wool Lambs

Please forgive my fascination with wooly balls. No, don’t. They’re so much fun and the cuteness. I mean, can you even? I can’t either.


I shall name him Shnookiewookiewoolsiewoosie.


What you will need:

Tear ivory roving wool apart and form into little balls and push them into some old nylons. Tie a knot tightly after each ball. You can do various sizes or all the same. Do the same with the black roving wool. There is no right or wrong way. For my lambs, I made almost 2-inch ivory balls for the bodies and under 1-inch balls with black wool for the heads. If you decide to make larger lambs, they will just probably need to be put through the washer and dryer an extra time or two until your balls are firm. I know. I know. So many jokes available to me. It’s nuts.

Place knotted balls in the washing machine on a short hot water setting. Then place balls in the dryer until dry.

Use scissors to cut nylon balls apart and carefully pull balls apart from nylons pieces.

I’d say these supplies should produce at least 16 lambs.


Heat glue gun and insert glue stick. Hot glue head onto the body.

Carefully poke nails or pins into bottom of lamb so he can stand on his own four legs. Test him to be sure you put them in evenly.

Place a small amount of hot glue on his belly.  Carefully (because a hot glue gun hurts bad enough to make a good Christian woman swear for realz) wrap curly wool all around his body so he becomes fluffy. begin and end on the hot glue so curly wool stays secure.

Cut black sheet of felt into teenie tiny rounded ears. Using a teenie tiny amount of hot glue, glue them onto the back of his teenie tiny head.

These little lambs are not safe for small children, but they are sweet enough to bring an adult woman back to her childhood. Place them up high for yourself to enjoy. If you’d like to hang them, perhaps it is best to secure the legs with a little hot glue and you can stitch a loop of gold embroidery thread through his back so you can dangle him from your Christmas tree.

They make perfect Easter decorations too. They enjoy Easter grass.

Shnookiewookiewoolsiewoosie, I love ewe.

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How to Make Cake Pop Topiary Trees


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  • 1 – 18.25 ounce cake mix (and ingredients needed to bake it as on box)
  • 1 – 16 ounce container pre-made frosting
  • 1 bag Wilton white melting candies
  • 1 bag green melting candies
  • Small decorative flower candies

If you are among the living (or are at least among the coffee addicts) you know that Starbucks has added cake pops to it’s menu. Dotter works there and brought me one home to try this week. Yummy goodness. Me thinks it’s time to introduce you to cake pops extraordinaire.

First, bake a 18.25 oz. cake mix (more details about making cake pops in the book at this at the end of this post).

Then grab one 16 oz. container of store bought frosting. It’s important to note that you can only use 3/4ths of the container though or your cake pops will crack after coated.

Place 3/4 of the container of frosting into all of the cooled, baked cake. Did I mention using only 3/4ths of the container of frosting?

Using your hands, form chocolaty goodness into 1 1/2 inch balls.

Place in refrigerator for about 15 minutes.

Use one bag of Wilton green candy melts and add Wilton white candy melts until you reach the green color you like.

Yeah, like that.

Learning color combining was my very favorite part of of my early childhood lessons. I do love colors.

Remove cake balls from fridge once they’re chilled. Insert a 4 inch lollipop stick into each cake ball. Reform the top a little bit again as it might get a little bit flat from sitting on the pan.

Chocolaty goodness meet white… er… green… chocolate.

Again using what I had on hand, I sprinkled lightly with little green candy beads and used hearts as the flowers. Place the hearts on imperfectly as, you know, hearts never grow on trees perfectly.

Using shorty baby lead-free pots (or placing mini muffin liners in the pots to make them food-safe), push extra cake pop dough into flower pots tightly, making “dirt”.

Spoon a little bit of the melted, green chocolate over the top.

Place cake pop topiaries into pots immediately (before green chocolate dries).

Tie cute little ribbons right under the trees.

These are the things that make me jump up and down with joy.

So adorable for Easter Sunday. Perfect for a girly event like a bridal shower, baby shower, Mother’s Day, or a tea. Let’s all jump up and down with joy together, shall we?

Oh the other makes we could make. The ideas are endless, really. If you would like more cake pop ideas, you simply must get Bakerella’s new book that just came out last fall.

Cake Pops: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes for More Than 40 Irresistible Mini Treats

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