Glitterbug!…Do the Glitterbug!
Wake me up it’s time to Go Ho Ho…there’s a festive craft to shell out at K2’s playgroup!
Our lounge suite was the family’s pride and joy. So prized was this idle piece of furniture that one month after it’s nativity, my folks decided our stable, hay-coloured woolen carpet needed a make over in order to match the divan saviour.
The Christmas following our Gainesborough addition saw glitter mania hit my Catholic Primary School. Not a single card or Secret Santa gift was left unaffected. One afternoon, after a particularly profitable day in the card collecting stakes, I decided to unleash my excitement by ripping open each of the sparkling riches whilst seated in the venerated throne. Six long school holiday weeks later and despite my vigilant daily lounge disinglitterfection, our family’s Sunday Best still twinkled with Yuletide radiance.
This year, in addition to the eggshellent Christmas-esque – Eeyores’ Balloon Tree… to remember it’s all about spending time with those special people in our lives – craft at K2’s Playgroup, I have also enlightened family and friends: each receiving a touch of biodegradable, compostable shimmer in their gifts.
So for anyone feeling like they’re treading on eggshells about the use of the traditional micro-plastic version of this festive trimming (and who hasn’t already used up all their eggshells in the compost heap, garden or as shell grit for the chooks)…well… what have you got to lose?
Oh…and as for that expensive couch or carpet…just the single vacuum jobbie is all you need to take that sparkle out of the debacle!
Eggshellent Festive Glitter (makes two cups of glitter)
2 cups eggshells
2 cups water
3 tbs vinegar
10 drops of food dye (bog standard supermarket variety) or ½ tsp of cake decorating quality food dye (my first preference for festive colours) or 1 tsp of spice (turmeric and paprika make a very earthy yellow and red respectively)
Because eggshells are a garden and chook staple in our home, we are always loading them onto baking trays and throwing them in the bottom of the oven whenever it is in use for cooking. To avoid the less attractive browned eggwhite in your glitter mix, it is best to rinse the egg shells in water before cooking. The oven cooking and temperature times are quite forgiving but as a general guide, 30 minutes at 160 – 180oC should suffice.
Grind the eggshells into fine particles using a mortar and pestle. Place the eggshells, water, vinegar and food dye into a saucepan. Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain and rinse with cold water. Turn out onto a baking tray and dry in the oven at 100oC for 45 – 60 minutes or until a they no longer stick to a metal spoon (after being pressed into the mixture). I usually make several batches (different colours) in one go so I can put them all in the oven at the same time.
When the glitter reaches room temperature, load it into glass jars or bottles and unleash the shimmer on your friends and family at Christmas time…or reboot the glittercraze among the parenting community by selling them off at Festive Fundraising Stalls!