Heirloom Easter Egg Topiary
Craft this garden and backyard chicken inspired topiary for your spring table.
Topiaries date back to around 40 BC when the Romans first began to garden. Topiaries are beautiful, versatile and are often the focal point of gardens. It's no wonder why they have been around for so long and endured in popularity. I have topiaries in my gardens and I love when I can enjoy them indoors. I also love putting fun and unique twists on them during the holidays.
Keeping backyard chickens provides me with a constant supply of eggs. I love incorporating chicken eggs into crafts. I'm also lucky to have friends willing to trade colored eggs with me. Their heirloom chickens naturally lay eggs that are chocolate brown and blue in color. Some eggs are even speckled. The best part about working with these eggs is that they don't require any coloring! For this egg topiary, I combined some Copper Maran and Easter Egger eggs with other chickens' eggs in various hues. If you don't keep chickens or know anyone with chickens and would like to purchase some heirloom eggs, check out your local farmers' market or supermarket. Some are beginning to carry these eggs based on the community's demand.
The eggs on this topiary were blown out, meaning a small hole was pierced in the top and the bottom of each egg and its contents were removed. There are many techniques and videos showing the process online.
- Assorted blown-out eggs
- Styrofoam cone
- Birch tree slice (check in the wood-burning section of the craft store)
- Hot glue gun and glue
- Two mini-grapevine wreaths
- Two floral pins
- Small chalkboard sign
- Chalk pen
Now take a peek at the photo gallery below for the entire tutorial and instructions in the captions.
Gather Your Supplies
Fresh eggs from heirloom chickens make this topiary pop! You will also need: assorted moss / a styrofoam cone / a slice of birch tree (look in the wood burning section of the craft store) / hot glue gun & glue / ribbon / scissors / 2 floral pins (optional) / 2 mini-grapevine wreaths / a small chalkboard sign /and a chalk paint pen.