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Neutral jute-wrapped eggs | simple DIY project

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 love 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 backyard is STILL not producing.

So as much as I like the things I’ve seen, I can’t buy them all! LOL

neutral jute eggs in a vignette with primitive carved wood rabbit, white pitcher, small wood trencher bowl, moss and twig covered orb.

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.

distressed round white metal tray with moss bunny, neutral jute egg, green natural orbs, candle, farmhouse wood beads, mason jar candle, and vintage wood textile spool. Next to a natural basket with a faux plant.

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!

ball of jute twine, ball of white yarn and a hot glue gun. Two Pinterest fail eggs wrapped in jute twine and one Pinterest fail egg partially wrapped in white yarn.

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

distressed white wood frame with neutral colored distressed painted letter Z in background. Upright moss bunny with rafia bow around its neck with two neutral jute 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 these 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

hemp jute twine, plastic Easter egg, scissors and glue gun on a table

Here’s what you’ll need to complete this project:

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Make a spiral to start

hand holding a small spiral of jute twine above a plastic Easter egg

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

hand holding a plastic egg with glue being applied by a hot glue gun

Next, add some hot glue to the top (or the bottom, whichever you prefer!) of the plastic Easter egg.

Be generous with the amount of glue you use to hold that spiral in place.

hand holding a plastic egg with the top wrapped in jute twine with hot glue gun

Place the spiral of jute or hemp twine on the glue.

Hold it in place for about a minute, just long enough for the hot glue to set.

Wrap the egg with the twine

hand holding a plastic egg partially wrapped in jute twine with hot glue gun

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.

If you want to completely hide the plastic eggs, you can follow these tips to paint them with chalk paint first.

How to give the end a neat finish

hand holding a plastic egg almost completely wrapped in jute twine with hot glue gun

As you get closer to the end of the egg, use more hot glue to keep the rows of twine in place.

At the point where it starts to look like the image above, I like to circle glue around the entire edge.

Be careful, though, because the glue can get really hot!

hand holding a plastic egg completely wrapped in jute twine with hot glue gun

When you get to the end, use scissors to trim the twine with just a tiny tail.

Add a final dot of glue to the top of the egg and fold the end of the twine into itself to hide the cut edge.

hand holding a plastic egg completely wrapped in jute twine with hot glue gun

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!

hand holding a plastic egg completely wrapped in jute twine above a ball of hemp jute twine

Depending on the twine you use, it will cost anywhere from 25 to 75 cents per egg to make these.

Compare that to the 15 dollars per half-dozen price on Etsy, and you’ve got yourself a deal!

Not to mention how good it feels to make something yourself.

vignette with primitive carved wooden rabbit, 3 neutral jute eggs, large white pitcher, small wooden dough bowl, and moss and twig covered orb. Twig woven platter is in background.

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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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