Follow our simple step-by-step instructions to make neutral jute-wrapped eggs. Update and upcycle those old colorful plastic Easter eggs to use in your rustic or farmhouse decor. You’ll love our trick to avoid a Pinterest fail!
I’m loving all the neutral spring and Easter decor I’ve been seeing in the stores over the past few years! Honestly, I’m much more inspired to decorate for the seasons and different holidays when there are options that work with my home’s style. What about you?
But… The money tree in my back yard is STILL not producing. So as much as I may like the things I’ve seen, I can’t get it all! LOL Have you figured out how to make a money tree grow? Send me your tips if you have!
Anywho, one item that pops up over and over that always tempts me is twine or jute-wrapped eggs.
I love just about everything about them: the color, the texture… But the price? Not so much.
So this year while shopping with AnnMarie and swooning over more jute-wrapped eggs, I decided to give something a try. Why not use some of those old plastic eggs that are sitting in a tub in my garage and make my own?! I also transformed some of those old plastic eggs with chalk paint!
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My first attempt at jute-wrapped eggs was a Pinterest fail…
I already had some jute twine at home, and also some thin white twine. So I picked up some more hot glue sticks and decided to give it a try!
Ugh. It did not go as smoothly as Pinterest made it look.
Not only did I burn my fingers more than once (and I’ve got a low temp glue gun!), I ran into some other problems.
Either the plastic egg color showed through (much worse with the white yarn!)
Or the glue clumped up and wasn’t as invisible as it should be.
Or the twine’s uneven size meant it didn’t lie neatly on the egg.
I texted AnnMarie that my idea was a flop. Clearly I was not as good of a crafter as I thought I was!
A few days later while browsing through Kirkland’s Home, I stumbled across adorable lemon napkin rings. The rings were wrapped with thicker jute twine which got the wheels in my head a-turnin…
First, I decided I wanted to make similar napkin rings (minus the lemons). But next, I wondered if the thicker twine could work for the jute-wrapped eggs?
How to make jute-wrapped eggs
This wider twine (pictured below) worked beautifully! It was so much easier to work with and the results were exactly what I envisioned.
So how do you make your own neutral jute-wrapped eggs? Follow along with these simple steps, my friend, and then be sure to share how yours turn out with us!
Step-by-step instructions to make twine-wrapped eggs
Here is what you’ll need to complete this project:
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- Natural Hemp Twine
- Plastic easter eggs (or any object you want to cover with twine)
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks (about 1-1.5 per egg depending on the size of the egg)
Make a spiral to start
I found that if I made a spiral first, it was much easier to get the spiral tight enough to hide the color of the egg. About four times around with the twine is a good size to get started.
Attach the spiral to the egg
Next, add some hot glue to the top (or the bottom, whichever you prefer!) of the plastic Easter egg.
And place the spiral of jute or hemp twine on the glue.
Wrap the egg with the twine
Now, just start wrapping the twine around the egg! I added a small line of hot glue at different points during this part. I found a little glue on each row helps to keep the layers close together.
Be sure to add the glue at different spots as you work the rows around the egg. The thickness of the twine will vary a bit. I found adding the glue in spots where the twine was more narrow helped to get it close to the row above. This made sure the color of the egg didn’t show through.
How to give it a neat finish
Use more hot glue as you get to the end of the egg. At the point where it starts to look like the image below, I like to circle glue around the entire edge.
When you get to the tippy top, use scissors to trim the end. Then add a final dot of glue and fold the end of the twine into itself to hide that cut edge.
You’ll find that you may have thin little wispy “hairs” of hot glue around the egg. Just pull those off by running your hand all over the surface.
And voila! A simple, neutral, jute-wrapped egg that will look beautiful in your spring decor! I bought the twine with a 40% coupon, so each egg cost me less than 50 cents to make.
Compare that to the $15/half-dozen price on Etsy, and you’ve got yourself a deal! Not to mention how good it feels to make something yourself.
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Now go make some jute-wrapped eggs for yourself! And share a picture on social media. Just tag us with @simply2moms on Instagram or Facebook so we can see!
Have any questions? You can either ask in the comments below or send us a message. Happy Spring!
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