Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Don't throw away those eggshells!

Today I was looking through the blog to get an idea of what my next topic should be and luckily I didn't have to go that far. Looking at my post for the recipe for "Ovos Moles", I thought it would be great to continue with the subject of eggs. Since the big thing now is "Recycle, Reuse", well then how about reusing those discarded egg shells?

Besides using them for your compost bin or using the egg shells during easter for some cute easter eggs, you can do some beautiful looking mosaics. I actually kept the shells from the eggs I used for the Ovos moles and made this cute little trinket box to give to my cousin's daughter. Mind you, the box isn't completed in these pictures:

Before getting started, you need to properly clean the eggshells. You simply clean them in water and wait for them to dry. Then, once dry, you must peel that little skin on the inside of the shell. That skin needs to be removed in order for you to be able to glue the shell securely.

You can also dye your eggshells by using different foods. Simply add your eggshells and vegetable or fruit, your using to dye with, to boiling water for a few minutes. Me, I used some onion skins to dye them.

Then after that, you can proceed with making your mosaic with some plain white glue and varnish. And Voila! A brand new decorative item for your home!