as a kid i had always loved decorating Easter eggs. i wanted to capture that same love, but in a more modern decor sort of way. over the weekend, i did just that. (with the help of my friend Sarah)
- eggs (i used a dozen, because they can, and probably will break)
- push pin, needle, etc for hollowing out the eggs
- bowl to collect egg yolk
first you want to hollow out your eggs. (if you aren't a fan of this particular method, just hard boil them) if you choose to hollow your eggs, take the push pin or needle, and poke a hole in the top and bottom of the egg, leaving the one at the bottom bigger so the yolk can come out. (if you leave the hole small, you will have a very VERY difficult time. so just make it bigger, k?) now this is what some may find gross. over your bowl, blow through the top of the eggs, so the yolk and stuff comes right out the bottom.
once all the eggs are hollowed out, it's time to start the decorating.
- fine glitter
first, take one of your eggs and paint it. sarah and i found that the eggs need at least two coats of paint to get them completely covered, with out any shell showing.
once the egg is painted and completely dry, take your tape and mark off the half of the egg that is getting "dipped". modpodge over the taped off section and add your glitter. once the glitter + modpodge dries, you can either leave the glitter matte (which i prefer) or modpodge over the glitter as a clear coat. (and PLEASE excuse both of our nails - we are very over due for a manicure!)
i loved the way these turned out.
- gold leafing
- gilding adhesive
take your gilding adhesive and paint on the egg where you want the leafing to be. i stuck with the "dipped" look again. you can also do a patterned egg. polka dots or chevron would look really good. (depending on what your adhesive/gold leaf instructions are) wait until the adhesive is tacky to the touch, and attach your gold leafing.
once the leafing dries, use another clean paintbrush to dust off any excess leafing left on the eggs.
- printed paper (i just printed it from a google search)
take your printed sheet, and cut up the design. (i used flowers, so i cut out the individual blooms) when all the pieces are cut out, take a clean egg, free of dust and other dirty stuff, and start to paint your modpodge on the egg. TIP
: don't paint the whole egg and then add the paper, because the modpodge will start to dry. place a piece of the paper and smooth it out with your fingers.
continue that all over the egg, until it is completely covered. lastly, add a final layer of modpodge as a sort-of sealant. and voila!
i hope you guys have a great easter with your DIY eggs! channel that inner little kid and throw yourself an easter egg hunt. do it. you'll thank me later. xo. Molly