So, right now I'm wondering why no one has ever told me about these 'til now? Sugared string eggs.... Have you heard of them? Supposedly, they were very popular in the 1920's(using rubber balloons) through the 1950's(using the latex balloon we know of today)! I was at work on Wednesday and a lovely employee of mine was telling me about how she used to make them with her family when she was little. I was captivated and continued with questions for more and more detail. I couldn't wait to get home and start one. Traditionally, you are supposed to wrap and wrap crochet string around and around an egg shaped balloon in no particular pattern. Then dip and redip into a thick sugar and water mixture. The size of your egg is up to you. Mine is about 24 inches. You can make it larger with a larger balloon or smaller with a smaller balloon. I'll let you know now, that the first balloon I did, I used string and was a total flop. It wasn't the string's fault. I think I used too much pressure and while wrapping, the egg shaped turned to a round shape. I'd used up most if my crochet thread and then it hit me to use lace! I cut strips of lace out of lace fabric I had on the shelf and went about gluing the strips to the balloon. After this, I decided to use fabric stiffener instead of sugar. I coated and coated with the fabric stiffener. About 5 different times. Letting each coat dry. Once you are done letting the stiffener dry and the lace is nice and firm, you pop the balloon and pull it out. Now, you should be left with a hollow shell. I held mine up to the window in the kitchen to show you just how delicate and airy the egg is when you are done. Now, comes the fun part. You can either cut a larger hole in the egg or decorate the top with flowers, dime store fuzzy peeps, or Easter grass. I opted to just decorate the top. I don't know that my egg was hard enough to withstand cutting into it.... Perhaps I should have coated a few more times with the fabric stiffener. These are beautiful, but very delicate. They are usually meant to be hanging decorations, but, I am sure would look lovely nesting in a basket or on their own little "egg stand". Of course, I will be making more of these. Just wanted to share with you in case you wanted to make one before Easter rolls around too! I also was a lucky duck to be able to find this vintage panoramic sugar egg while out antiquing a few weeks ago. I've loved these! Wouldn't a little collection of these be great? Sweet little chicks inside! Sweet sugary eggs! I really want to try my hand at making some of these too! I think that will be a project for next year, though. Have a sweet Saturday, girls!