DIY… and so we did.
Elizabeth, of The (not so) Organized Bride, and I did some planning in the beginning of the year, promising to create more together. We may have jumped the gun on this one, it being February and all, but we are just too excited not to share it.
We wanted to create an Easter Egg that you don’t have to throw out a week later when so much time and effort was put into it. So, we thought we would play around with Styrofoam eggs and ribbon. It was a lot of fun and I found myself very relaxed while doing it. Once the first row is complete, you start to get the hang of using the pins and ribbons. I really loved the way they came out because you can always have them as decorations for the next year and can customize them using any type of ribbon you choose. Of course we still had fun and came up with other ideas using real eggs but we will share that DIY closer to Easter. Elizabeth will explain how to create your own Ribbon Egg below. Please, let us know what you think! Follow 8Balloons on Pinterest for more DIY ideas…
Medium-Large Styrofoam Eggs
Ribbons, preferably at least two different colors (thicker ribbons are easier to work with), cut 4 inches and 2 inches separately
Lace Pins (pins with very small heads that can be hidden easily)
Step 1: Using a piece of your 4 inch ribbon, start at the top of the egg and lay the ribbon so the center of the ribbon is at the top of the egg.
Step 2: Pin the very tip of the ribbon, closest to the edge as possible. This will help in concealing the pin when you fold the ribbon in Step 3.
Step 3 and 4: Fold the ribbon on itself with the pin at the top. Continue to fold the other side of the ribbon, creating a triangle.
Step 5: Pin each bottom corner of the triangle. Depending on the type of ribbon being used, I sometimes pin the center of the triangle as well to keep the fold nice and tight. It can make the ribbon cleaner looking in the finished product.
Step 6: Continue with Steps 3, 4, and 5 until the top of the egg is covered in ribbon. This will finish the first row of ribbon. As you pin your pieces of ribbon, you want to make sure you are positioning the ribbon so it lays directly next to the one pinned before it when folded. It will look like this:
This is what the top of the egg looks like when the first row is completed.
Step 7: You will now start your second row, repeating Steps 3, 4 and 5, preferably using a different color than your first row. Continue to use the 4 inch ribbon. Using the larger cut ribbon will ensure that the Styrofoam will be covered as you work your way around the egg. Start the second row pinning the ribbon just above the pins used in the first row. As you make your way around, keep in mind there is no certain pattern to follow. You will, however, want to space each pin out evenly. Again, continue pinning around the egg until the second row is complete. When your second row is complete, now start your third row continuing these steps, still using the 4 inch ribbon.
** You may notice that each of your pin heads are not covered by ribbon as you make your way around. You will notice in my pictures that they are not completely covered. This is not a problem. When your egg is complete, you can carefully (because the ribbon may snag) remove any pins that are showing. There are enough pins throughout the entire egg to keep each ribbon in its position. But do not remove pins until the egg is complete.
Step 9: If you use the 4 inch ribbon, as I did, you will want to cut the excess ribbon towards the bottom of the egg. This will help to not have too much fabric at the bottom of the egg which can result in making it look “bulky.”. Also, the thicker the ribbon gets, the more difficult it is to pin. You may notice at this point that as the egg becomes more narrow, less pieces of ribbon will be needed to complete a row.
Step 10: Starting the fifth row, you will want to use the smaller cut ribbon (2 inch), as we are very close to the bottom. Continue to fold the ribbon upon itself as indicated in the picture below. You can continue to pin in each corner, as you have been.
Step 11: You will now want to make sure that any excess ribbon is cut at the bottom. If you have been using the smaller cut ribbon, you should not have to cut much ribbon, if any at all. It will look something like this…
Step 12: Your final row! Using the smaller ribbon, fold it tighter upon itself. Since there is no more egg to “go around,” you will only be putting this row on there to make it look “finished.” There should be no Styrofoam to cover. I know I am done with my egg when I have created a star shape at the bottom with the points of the ribbon.
Your egg is now complete! We would love to see your finished product! Please email us and we may post it in one of our Easter posts!