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Monday, January 7, 2013

Mardi Gras Decorated Egg

Another Holiday - OH MY!

It’s just the beginning of 2013 and already the year seems to be passing so fast.  One holiday season is over and another is just around the corner.  Hard to believe that Mardi Gras is Feb 12, Valentine’s Day is Feb 14th and Easter I coming up fast.  So many artsy things to make and soooo little time!

I thought I’d start with Mardi Gras this week and work my way through – so be prepared people!  I LOVE Mardi Gras.  Now keep in mind that I’m located in the cold northern state of Wisconsin and have never actually been down to New Orleans for this great celebration but I love it all the same.  The colors, costumes and parades, not to mention the stories and traditions just boggle my brain.  This means, of course, that I need to come up with cool things to make and do.

First, I’d like to share with you this really great egg. Originally purchased from Gerry Meyer, I was fascinated with her combination of beads, glitter and decoupage to decorate it – so had to make some myself.  I think it expresses the fun and spirit of the celebration and is the highlight of my Easter Egg tree.  (More of my Easter Eggs, including this one, can be found in the Etsy store or in the ATA Girl Store.)

Another great tradition is the throwing of beads.  This is a fun project for anyone to make and enjoy.  Simply find some colorful beads and some ribbon.  String the beads on the ribbon and tie a bow with the ends.  You now have Mardi Gras beads you can wear and display!

Great food is also a tradition at Mardi Gras which is also “fat Tuesday” before the start of Lent.  King Cakes, for example, are made of a cinnamon filled dough in the shape of a hollow circle. The cake is topped with glaze and then sprinkled with  purple (representing Justice), Green (representing Faith) and Yellow (representing Power) colored sugar.  Somewhere inside a King Cake is baked a plastic baby. Tradition dictates that whoever finds the baby holds next year’s party.  A great recipe for this can be found at:

More holiday goodies to come – stay tuned!


  1. I love this egg! It gives me a great idea to do with my young students! So happy to have found your blog through your visit to my blog! Lots of cool, crafty ideas and I am definitely going to try your pecan sugar cookie recipe. It looks delicious!

    1. Thanks for visiting. Keep checking back as there will be lots of new projects for the upcoming season! Have fun with your students!


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