A dozen eggs, a dozen DIY’s.
Sometimes when I’m planning projects, they don’t turn out the first time (gasp, right?). Usually that means I try again, and make different mistakes until the process is fairly fool-proof (myself playing the role of fool). I strayed from that practice this time around though. There were definitely a few fails in my egg attempts. But setting aside the “If at first you don’t succeed…” technique, I did not try again. Not normally one to let failures remain, I resisted the urge to get it just right. Instead, I moved on to the next egg art and here’s why.
Maybe you’re dying eggs as a family; newspaper covering the kitchen tables and paper towel roll at the ready for the inevitable spills. Maybe you’re inviting some friends over for a crafternoon. Either way, Easter egg dying falls into a category of holiday crafts (along side pumpkin carving, cookie decorating etc.) that don’t lend themselves well to second attempts until a full year later. And so when my first attempt wasn’t an immediate success, they didn’t make the cut. Because after all that planning and prepping, we’re all just trying to avoid the gray egg situation. (Personal home video proves, I’ve been there.)
What I’m saying is… this dozen? They’re winners. And here’s the first half.
A word regarding your eggs. I used blown eggs for most of my DIY’s. (Needle through the top, needle through the bottom and blow. – plan ahead for frittata night) You can use white store bought plastic eggs for any of the techniques that aren’t soaked to achieve their color. The plastic doesn’t do well at absorbing the color of a dye.
You’ll need: feathers, mod podge (or another gel medium – I like this one since it’s a little thicker and holds delicate items in place well while you’re sealing them to the surface), paint brush
Choose feathers that are fairly delicate. Trim the base of the center vein off if it seems too thick to lay flat on the egg. Paint a thin layer of mod podge in the area where your feather will be placed. Lay the feather on top. Carefully paint in the direction of the feathers to smooth onto the egg.
You’ll need: pencil, black fine line sharpie, red fine line sharpie
Give yourself a few pencil lines from top to bottom around your egg as guide lines for your letters. Start with the word that will be circled, and fill in the rest. I wrote all my letters in pencil first and then traced with a fine line sharpie.
You’ll need: gouache, paint brush
Use circular brush strokes to lay down your flower’s base layer. Gouache dries quickly and your next colors will lay over the base. Have fun and aim for abstract.
Gold and glam
You’ll need: gold paint, paint brush (if you want to make the brush strokes the negative space – egg colored, you’ll need rubber cement too)
For inverted brush strokes, paint rubber cement strokes over your egg. (I used the brush attached to the lid) Let that dry, then cover with gold paint. Once the gold is dry, remove the rubber.
All that glitters
You’ll need: mod podge (white glue works fine too), paint brush, glitter, a stencil (optional)
I free-handed a bunny with pencil, then painted it in with a small brush and mod podge before dipping it carefully in a small dish of glitter.
You’ll need: rubber cement, black paint
Drizzle rubber cement over your entire egg in a random swirling design. Paint your egg black and let dry before removing the rubber cement.
You’ll need: thin line resist, classic egg dye
Dye your egg yellow, then draw your lemons. With the resist on your egg, place the egg briefly in blue dye. Leave the lemon resist on, and draw leaves on with resist. Place your egg back in blue until a true blue is achieved. Remove and let dry before removing all of the resist.
Story book egg
You’ll need: gouache, fine lined sharpie pen
Paint a simple image from your chosen story (a radish from Peter cotton tail was my pick).
Give yourself some faint pencil lines to follow and choose a favorite passage to write with your permanent fine line pen.
You’ll need: blue dye, brown paint, small paint brush or an old toothbrush
Dye your egg light blue. If you’re using classic egg dyes, add a tiny splash of your green into the blue. They actually sell a robin’s egg dye kit now too! Once dry, use your paint brush to splatter brown paint onto the egg.
You’ll need: temporary tattoos
Apply your temporary tattoo to a clean dry egg, following instructions on your tattoos.
Just add color
You’ll need: fine line sharpie pen
Colored pencils work great on the plastic eggs you can buy by the carton.
Use your fine line pen to draw flowers all over your egg!
Egg shell candle
You’ll need: wax beads in yellow and white, candle wick, paper
Use an x-acto knife to carefully crack into the top of your raw egg. Remove the top of the shell and empty your egg, rinsing well.
Place the wick in your candle, trimming to your desired length. Roll a small piece of notecard to create a small tube surrounding your wick. (This should only be as tall as the edge of the shell.)
Pour your yellow wax into the tube and keep the paper in place while you fill the surrounding area with white wax.
Carefully remove the paper, wiggling a little to slide the paper tube out of the egg.
Light the wick briefly to create the look of a runny yolk.
Place in an egg cup to display! The outer white wax will remain loose until the candle has been lit for a while, so just be careful not to spill the wax beads out before displaying it.