FloraCraft Easter Egg Train Centerpiece

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by Dondi Richardson, FloraCraft

FloraCraft Easter Egg Train Centerpiece

Choo-choosing the FloraCraft Easter Egg Train Centerpiece is a great way to decorate your table for the holiday!

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Project time does not include the drying time for the paint.
  • 2
    Wheels: Use the serrated knife to cut all the balls exactly in half. Press and roll the cut edges of the half balls on the table to flatten slightly. Spray paint all the balls and the cube Fuschia Bright following the instructions on the can. Be sure to hold the can 12 inch away, applying 2 or 3 light coats to achieve your shade and letting each coat dry before applying the next. Let dry completely. Glue Pink ribbon around the flattened outside edges of all the half balls.
  • 3
    Engine: Cut an egg in half (separating the narrow end from the wide end). Set aside the wide end for a future project. Set the narrow end on the table cut side down and cut a small slice off, about 1/2 inch in from the side. Paint this half egg Purple Lilac and let dry. Glue the egg to one side of the 3 inch cube keeping the flat side of the egg even with the bottom of the cube. This is the front of the engine. Cut another egg in half lengthwise, from narrow end to wide end, creating two equal halves. Set half the egg aside for future project. Cut straight across the wide end of the egg, cutting off about 1/2 inch in from the end. Paint this half egg Apple Orchard and let dry. Glue this egg to the back of the train, keeping the cut end even with the bottom of the cube. Cut about 1 inch off the wide end of another egg. Stand the egg on the narrow end and cut across the center of the bottom about half way into the egg and pull out the blade. Be careful not to push too hard while cutting or you will flatten the top of the egg. Now stand the egg, narrow end up. About half way down from the top, cut horizontally into the side of the egg meeting the first cut you made. This creates an “L” shaped wedge from the side of the egg. Paint this egg Calypso Sky and let dry. Glue to the top back edge of the cube as shown for the engine car roof. Cut two 4-1/2 inch pieces of wood dowel, spray paint them Fuchsia Bright and let dry. Lay the engine on its side and push one dowel into the bottom back corner, about 1/2 inch up from the bottom and 1/4 inch in from the back. Pull the dowel out and wrap one end with several layers of clear tape to make the end bigger, then run the taped end back thru the hole to make the hole larger than the dowel. This allows the dowel to move more freely in the hole. Remove the tape. Glue the 3 inch half ball wheels to the dowel on both sides of the cube leaving about 1/4 inch space between the side of the cube and the wheel. Push the second dowel into the cube about 1/4 inch up from the bottom and 1/4 inch from the front, repeat gluing the 2 inch half ball wheels in place. Glue buttons to the wheels and to the top of the cube as shown. Use Metallic Lilac fabric paint to add detail around the edge of the half egg at the front of the train and the roof edge. Pin a piece of Kelly Green boa around the top edge of the cube.
  • 4
    Cars: Cut three 4-1/2 inch dowels, spray paint them Fuchsia Bright and let dry. Lay the eggs on their sides and make two parallel cuts, about 1/4 inch apart, into the center of the side of each egg (about 2-1/2 inch across and about 1/2 inch deep). Now scrape out the groove for the dowels. Paint one car Daffodil Yellow, one Purple Lilac and one Baby Pink. Let dry. Glue the wheels to the dowels, the same way as the engine wheels leaving a gap between the egg and the wheel. Place the wheel assembly into the grooves on each egg. Glue on a large button over the dowel to keep the wheels from slipping back out of the groove.
  • 5
    Cut 3 inch pieces of Pink chenille stems and bend them in half, twisting the two ends together. Bend one into a hook and glue the twisted ends into the back of the train engine. Be sure the hook is level with the front of the first car. Shape another twisted chenille stem piece into a loop and glue the ends into the front of the first car. Place the loop onto the hook of the train. Repeat to attach the two remaining cars.

Project Details

  • Level:intermediate
  • Time:2 hours

Project Supplies

  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Ball 4 pc. 2 inch 104183633
  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Ball 4 pc. 2-1/2 inch 104183631
  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Ball 4 pc. 3 inch 104183635
  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Duck Egg 4 pc. 3-1/4 inch x 2-3/8 inch 104183719 (2)
  • FloraCraft Styrofoam Brand Foam Block 3 inch x 3 inch x 3 inch 104183623
  • Design Master Colortool 12 oz. Spray Paint Fuschia Bright 104768518
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dimensional Fabric Paint 1.25 oz. Metallic Lilac 104762963
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Baby Pink 104107591
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Daffodil Yellow 104770087
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Apple Orchard 100368301
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Purple Lilac 104107532
  • Plaid FolkArt Acrylic Paint 2 oz. Calypso Sky 100365511
  • Offray Spool O' Ribbon Pink 104188396
  • Blumenthal Lansing Favorite Findings Big Bag of Buttons Pastels 104605302
  •   Nicole™ Crafts Marabou Boa 2 yard Kelly Green 104594562
  • Nicole™ Crafts Chenille Stems 6 mm 25 pc. Pink 104277477
  • Forrester Wood Dowel 3/16 inch x 36 inch 104146692
  • FloraCraft Foam Cutter 6 inch 2 blade 104186311
  • Panacea Heavy Duty 8 inch Wire Cutters 104455865
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dual Temperature Trigger Glue Gun 104180411
  • Surebonder All Purpose Stik Glue Sticks 4 inch 50 pc. 104737928
  • Scissors
  • Small Saw
  • 3M 1/2 inch x 450 inch Scotch Tape 104148438
  • Cousin Jewelry Basics180 pc. Eye Pins Silver 104562320 (or other Pins to Hold Ribbon and Boa Down)
  • Nicole™ Crafts School Brush Set 5 pc. 104120042