DIY: Sugar String Easter Egg Nests

Ok, guys. I already showed you how to make the sugar eggs I adore so much, now I’m going to show you how to make adorable little nests using the same method.

Sugar String Easter Nest Tutorial

Use the same mixture and method as the Sugar String Easter Egg Baskets (3 parts sugar, 1 part water, crochet string). This time just use a smaller balloon…

Sugar String Nest Tutorial

…and once it’s dry cut it in half.

Sugar String Easter Nest Tutorial

Fill them up with candy eggs and those nasty little marshmallow Peep bird things you all seem to love and watch everyone go gaga over the cuteness!

Sugar String Easter Nest Tutorial

Sugar String Easter Nest Tutorial

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DIY: Sugar String Easter Egg Baskets

So Easter is pretty cute, right? There’s adorable spring colors, cute little eggs to hunt for, and candy everywhere. My nana used to make these amazing sugared string Easter egg baskets for me every year. I was obsessed with them and thought she was a magician or something because they were always perfect and sparkly and made with SUGAR. As I got older, she stopped making them, but there is not a year that goes by where I don’t talk about about her awesome Easter creations.

Sugar String Easter Egg Baskets - sugar water and string!

This year I decided I would make them and show you guys how it’s done. I texted her to make sure I remembered the steps correctly and she texted back with blurry pictures from the pages of her decades-old crafting notes. They read:

SUGAR EGGS

3 cups sugar
1 cup water
Approx. 9 drops of food color for pastel sugar (optional)
3-9 inch balloon
1 spool crochet thread (350 yards)
Lace or ribbon
Acrylic Spray (optional)

Sugar Easter Egg Basket Tutorial

“Blow up balloon to approximately 1 foot in length and tie. While holding balloon close to your body, wrap thread firmly, vertically, horizontally, and criss-crossing until you have used the whole spool. Just leave the end of the string tucked or loose, the sugar coating will keep it in place.”

Make Easter baskets with sugar, water, and string!

“Mix sugar and hot water. Pour large spoonfuls of the mixture on to the balloon letting mixture run down sides. Mixture is thick and won’t run too fast. Periodically and toward the end, use your hands to spread the mixture over the egg so all the thread gets moistened.”

Instructions for Sugar String Easter Baskets

“Place balloon on the empty cardboard-like spool to dry. Place a plate under the spool to catch drippings.”

Sugar String Easter Basket Tutorial

“Let dry for about 24 hours. When bottom is still a little soft, pop the balloon with a needle or pin, and sit on counter, the bottom will flatten out. With a pen, mark an opening about 5″ wide and 7″ long. With sharp scissors, carefully cut opening.”

“Spray inside and out with two light coats of clear acrylic spray (to preserve). Decorate with ribbons, bows, flowers, etc. Two rows of lace looks best to cover raw edges of opening.”

That’s it! The sugar mixture  dries to becomes a hard, sparkly, crystalized shell.

Sugar String Easter Basket Tutorial

Decorate your little bunny houses how ever you’d like. I used pastel colored crochet thread and white sugar. I like the look of the raw edge so I kept mine simple and decorated with colorful Easter grass, flowers, a bow, and of course a chocolate bunny and candy inside.

Easter baskets made from sugar and string -- Tutorial

Easter basket made from sugar and string -- TutorialClick here to learn how to make these Sugar String Nests, too.

Sugar String Easter Nest Tutorial

Vanilla Bean Steal Cut Oatmeal Recipe

This weekend I was awakened by the sweet smell of Jvee cooking breakfast. I know, I’m lucky! He even did the dishes. Hot.

Normally I’m not a huge fan of oatmeal, but this version is right up my alley. He made it using steel cut oats rather than rolled oats, making the texture less mushy but rather heartier and chewier. It also has a nuttier, richer flavor that I like. It does take a little longer to cook but, to me, it’s worth the wait! This also stores and reheats well. Just add a little more milk and you have breakfast for a couple of days!

Jvee wrote the recipe up for me with suggestions for toppings. I like mine loaded with raisins, walnuts, cinnamon, a sprinkle of brown sugar, and a drizzle of pure maple syrup!

Oatmeal Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Tbs of butter (Can be substituted for olive oil, to keep recipe Vegan)
1 Cup Steel Cut Oatmeal
3 Cups of boiling water
1 Cup of soy milk
1/2 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped

Suggested toppings:
Brown sugar
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Walnuts or pecans
Raisins, dried cranberries (or your favorite dried fruit)
Maple syrup
Fresh fruit

In a large pot, melt butter and add oats, and stir together to toast for a couple of minutes. Add the boiling water, and let simmer for about 25 minutes, make sure not to stir it. At this point, stir in the soy milk, and vanilla beans, continue to cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently.

Oatmeal Recipe

Spoon it in to a serving bowl, add the toppings of your choice, and dig in!