However you chose to celebrate Easter, everyone agrees that DIY easter eggs are pretty and super fun. And by everyone, I of course mean ME! and maybe a cat or two.
I’ve traditionally dyed my eggs, but that has resulted some poor showings, and I always end up feeling like I can do better. I remember doing them as a child and thinking it was the most amazing thing! The awe and wonder of food die with hard-boiled eggs. Whoda thunk it, right?
Well, after last year’s poor attempt at painting them with nail-polish, I’m laying-out several different ways to make easter eggs! Whether they be for a centrepiece, a way to enjoy time with your kids, or a way of one-upping your SO.
I’ve sub-divided the myriad ways in which you can do easter eggs, as follows
Using real eggs vs. Using foam/plastic eggs from a craft store
Hard boiled vs. Draining them
I for one, have never been able to successfully drain an egg for decorating purposes. I always hard boil them and hope for the best, but it means that if you happen to make the most amazing egg ever, that it won’t last very long and it’s beauty will have to be immortalized in pictures.
Plastic vs. Foam eggs vs. Paper Mache
If you chose to go for eggs that are plastic shells, you’ll find they hold modge podge a bit better. They’re also a tad more expensive. However if you use the foam ones you can buy at Dollarama, you may get more bang for your buck. You WILL however have to deal with the underlying texture of the foam. It’s an aesthetic and $$ choice when it comes down to it really.
Paper mache is an almost happy medium; they have enough heft to feel real, less likely to be pitted or dented by an errant sharp object, but you will see the paper ridges beneath.
I tried using nail polish last year and had mixed results. The brush randomly varies in size (depending on how much pressure you happen to put on the wand), and polish application is never even. It can look gorgeous! but you must have patience. The downside is that you’re wasting nail polish! at 8$ a bottle for essie, I can think of better applications.
Simple food colouring works, as does kool aid, tea/coffee, and any natural food with a strong colour
you can think of!
Most recipes recommend using boiling water and a touch of vinegar as a stabilizing agent. Chances are, you have your own way already!
Dripping hot wax on the your eggs before dying them create a really cool effect, as does using a tooth brush dipped in a specific colour and flicking the bristles at the egg to create a hen’s egg look.
Traditional rubber bands are fun, but chances are it won’t seal as nicely as you want. It all depends on the level of professionalism you’re going for, and how polished you want them to be.
First off, WoW! you have the determination to paint these bad boys by hand! I would too, if I could think of a cohesive design for like a dozen or so eggs… that I can execute.
Many people have the talent to do so, and I absolutely love their work. The key seems to be time, patience, and a steady hand.
Paper mache and Modge Podge
This is a great way to get around painting. Have tissue paper with a cute pattern or design on it? WELL THIS IS THE PROJET FOR YOU! It also works really well with paper napkins.
Use a wet brush to apply the image/decal to the egg, and leave plenty of time to dry before rotating.
I recommend using egg cartons, or toilet paper rolls to hold eggs while painting and/or drying. Really helps avoid smudges across your works of art.
Just for fun
I’m going to include examples of concepts/sets that I love! Some of them are a bit more complex, others seem relatively easy.
Over at The Hunted Interior, she is creating SPOT ON stylish eggs such as these! Who doesn’t love a dalmatian print and some floral?!
Gold leaf easter eggs?! Yes please. Gold leaf can be quite pricey, but the chances of you ever having to buy another kit are slim to none. Most packs come with enough for many projects, if done right. They sometimes sell very small quantities as well. Check out your local craft store, or etsy for kits!
For the inner designer, craft enthusiast in you, why not try pantone eggs? Super easy!
These are Martha’s (stewarts) from last year. She puts a template and printable on the website for this kind of thing.
What will your inspiration be this easter?