Simple and fresh, I’m obsessed with all things gingham. Gingham is particularly great as a sign of spring, and with the help of some Japanese craft paper this catchy pattern can be brought to the tea table!
The first step is to find some gingham patterned paper. I’m using Japanese Chiyogami paper here, but you can use any gingham printed paper as long as it’s on the thinner side. If the paper is too thick, it won’t adhere well to the eggs.
Obviously, you can fill these eggs with all kinds of trinkets, but for tea lovers, I’d have to suggest some glorious flower teas! Paired with pastel blooms, the gingham patterns come to life. Pictured here, you’ll find globe amaranth, lavender, blue mallow, chrysanthemum, osmanthus (a favorite of mine–tastes like apricots!) and rose.
Each egg holds enough flowers to brew one pot of tea. Roughly, this means measuring out a rounded tablespoon of each tea into each egg. The larger the buds, the fuller the eggs will be filled.For the most part, you should brew flower teas anywhere from 5-10 minutes. As the dry petals can sometimes be tough, I like to give them a quick rinse in warm water to start the softening process.
Bring some flower power to your Easter parties with Gingham Flower Tea Eggs! A basket brimming full with these delightful eggs makes an impressive centerpiece–like a ray of sunshine on any brunch or tea table!
Gingham Flower Tea Eggs
What You’ll Need:
plastic, fillable eggs
gingham-patterned Chiyogami or thin paper, cut to height x circumference of the eggs
small paint brush
1. Fill a plastic egg generously with your flower tea of choice. Cut the gingham patterned paper to the height x the circumference of the egg. Cut the dimensions slightly longer than exact so that the egg is able to be completely covered with the paper.
2. With scissors, make cuts on both long sides of the strip of paper, leaving the center uncut/intact. Cut approximately every 1/2″ to create frayed edges. Using a small paint brush, apply a thin, even layer of paper glue to the back side of the paper. Also paint the egg with a thin layer of glue.
3. Roll the egg up in the paper, matching the horizontal center of the egg up with the uncut center of the strip of paper.
4. Use the paint brush to glue down one cut edge of paper at a time, onto the surface of the egg. Try to adhere the paper on smoothly, minimizing wrinkling.
5. The paper will soften after making contact with the glue. Use your fingers to smooth out any small wrinkles, making sure that the paper is in full contact with the plastic egg over the entire surface area. 6. Let the eggs dry for about a hour. When ready to serve, place some pressure around the middle of the egg to pop it open. Typically, flower teas should be quickly rinsed in warm water and then brewed in 212 degree F water for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy!