Upgrade a plastic egg: Turn it into a chic wall hanging

Seasonal décor fans are bound to be fulfilled and delighted after creating this easy, quick project. This spring-themed piece of wall art is graceful, simple and beautiful. Some chalk paint, plastic Easter eggs, monofilament line and a few other supplies are all it takes to fashion a lovely accent to beautify a wall or front door.
This project will especially please the crafter who longs for spring, and it looks gorgeous even in the depths of winter. Crafters can decide for themselves what paint colors for the eggs work best with their spaces, and the piece can serve as a welcome addition to a gallery wall or look equally striking on its own.
- One sheet butcher paper, about 10" by 20"
- 1 12”-long wooden dowel
- 2 small glass bowls
- White chalk paint
- Small fine art paintbrush
- 11 white plastic Easter eggs (the type with two pieces that click together in the center)
- Pale blue chalk paint
- Medium-sized fine art paintbrush
- Small basket or bowl for holding the eggs
- Package of small, unfinished wooden beads with holes
- Roll of 20-pound monofilament line
- Scissors
- Roll of slender jute rope
1. Place the sheet of butcher paper on your work surface.
2. Put a small amount of white chalk paint in the bowl.
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3. Coat the wooden dowel with white chalk paint using the small fine art paintbrush.
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4. Coat three of the plastic Easter eggs completely with blue chalk paint.
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5. Let painted items dry for about half an hour.
6. Place plain white and painted blue eggs in a basket or bowl.
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7. Cut a foot-long piece of the monofilament line.
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8. Separate the two halves of one of the blue plastic Easter eggs, and place the monofilament line through the small hole on the outer side of one of the ends of the plastic egg.
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Continue to thread the piece of monofilament line through the hole in the other end of the egg, but place it through the interior part of the other half of the egg so it exits through to the outer end.
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9. Reattach the two halves of the plastic egg.
10. Thread four or five of the unfinished wooden beads through the monofilament line so that the row of them sits next to the blue Easter egg.
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11. Repeat steps 7-9, but use one of the unpainted white eggs.
12. Tie the end of the monofilament line nearest the white Easter egg and the beads, to the left portion of the painted wooden dowel.
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Take care to knot the line so it stays secure on the dowel, and cut away excess monofilament line with the scissors.
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13. Cut away the excess monofilament line that exits through the blue Easter egg, leaving about an inch or two.
14. Knot the excess monofilament line so that the blue egg and beads that hang below it are secure.
15. Cut away the small amount of excess monofilament line left after the knotting process.
16. Repeat steps 7-14 to make four more sections of hanging stringed Easter eggs and beads, creating a preferred pattern with blue and white eggs.
17. Be sure to make the two outer lengths of eggs and beads on either side of the dowel the shortest lengths, with four or five beads preceding the first egg on the vertical length of the line.
18. The two lengths next to the center length should be a bit longer than the outer lengths, with about seven beads hanging from the dowel to the first Easter egg on the line.
19. The center hanging length of eggs and beads should be the longest and hold three eggs with beads between them — and just three beads between the dowel and the first egg — while the outer two lengths on either side of it should hold just two eggs.
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20. Cut a 1-2-foot length of slender jute rope. Tie a knot to one end of the dowel, and tie a knot with the other end of the piece of jute rope to the other end of the dowel for hanging on the wall.
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21. Cut away any excess jute rope after knotting it to the dowel with the scissors.
22. The piece is now ready to hang.
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