Friday, April 8, 2011

Not Your Typical Easter Egg

I don't normally get overly excited about what I consider the 'secondary' holidays.  Christmas is the big one for me and that's usually the only one I decorate for.  But, when I'm out there checking out other blogs, I see so many people doing vignettes and banners and displays and having parties and all kinds of crazy things for almost every special day that comes up.  So, I decided I'd put in a little extra effort for Easter this year.  Besides, even though I don't love the taste of eggs, I do love the look of them decorated.

I couldn't really figure out what I wanted to do with them so I decided to experiment with a little hodge podge of different techniques to see what I came up with.

Here's what I used to make the first batch:

The eggs are styrofoam and I always try to keep a little piece of styrofoam from a box or something in case I need it for something like this.  Just stick a toothpick in the egg, and the other end in the foam and you have a no mess way to paint and dry~

Steps:
1) Coat your eggs with glue.


2) Sprinkle some glitter on top.


I tried a few different colours and patterns:



3) Add a coat of Mod Podge (of course, I used my fav, Sparkle Mod Podge, because you can never have too much glitter).


I'll show you how they look dried later on.

Now for my next set, it's pretty much the same idea with a few different materials.

1) Paint the eggs with some acrylic paint.  I used a lovely shade of tan.  Not typical for Easter but I wanted all of the eggs to have some kind of matchiness to them.



The acrylic paint goes on quite sheer.


2) While your eggs are drying, head over to The Graphics Fairy  and pick out some beautiful vintage images.



Print them out and cut around the edges.  I should've made mine smaller.  If you shrink down the image to somewhere around 1/6th of a page it'll probably be close to a good size to work with.

3) Wet the image with plain old water to make it more flexible.


4) Paint a coat of regular Mod Podge onto your painted egg.  Adhere your image and paint another layer on top.  I also added some more paint. 

I know, they're looking pretty ugly right now but at this point I was hoping it would still all come together.

While those two were drying I decided to try to Mod Podge with a pretty napkin as well.  Napkins work great with Mod Podge.  Because they're so thin you can usually make them shape to almost anything.


When they were all dried I had to add one more layer of my favourite craft ingredient:



As everything was drying, I gathered up some pretty lace and ribbons, got out my cloche I made at Christmas time (made with a cheese dome thingy and a glass candle stick).



After everything was super dry, I just added them to the cloche, tied the ribbons along the bottom edge, and ooh la la, a collection of not so typical Easter eggs was born!  And not as ugly as you thought they'd be~



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 I think I need to add some more glittery ones.  Are you decorating for Easter?   Leave a comment below and share your ideas on egg decorating techniques or just let me know what you think of this project.

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30 comments:

Heather said...

This is BEAUTIFUL! I seriously love it! I need to try something like this for a less kiddy approach to the decorating. Thanks!

Meri said...

Simply gorgeous! And I didn't know about sparkly Mod Podge! Might have to plan a visit to the craft store soon...

Visiting you today via Serenity Now!
~meri

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

These eggs look very easy to make with your great tutorial. They are simple, yet very elegant. I love them!

Found you thru your link at Fridays Unfolded Stuff and Nonsense. I did a post too, and would love for you to drop by and visit me!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

Kim said...

So very crafty of you! Have you ever heard of German Glass Glitter? I only learned about it through blogging. It's amazing and has to be ordered online I believe. Anyway, I love you eggs, your blog, and I'm your newest follower! Stop by for a visit sometime.
xoxo,
Kim

Terry said...

These turned out great and look fabulous inside that cloche. I like the idea of using styrofoam as a base so the eggs can dry. Brilliant.

WobiSobi said...

I am so doing egg crafts this weekend. Love all of these eggs!

My Wonderfully Made said...

Great ideas and techniques -- I also didn't know about sparkly Mod Podge! Thanks for sharing!

Jessica @ My World - Made By Hand said...

Awesome...LOVE the glitter eggs.

Jessica

AllieMakes! said...

Very pretty. You will love your glitter eggs forever, I'm sure! I sure do!
Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
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Jane @ Jane's Junk and Treasures said...

I love these!!
And no you can NEVER have enough glitter!!!

Tracy H. said...

So darn cute! I love this idea!

:)

Krafty Kat said...

Your eggs turned out gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this week!

madison avenue said...

those eggs are so beautiful!! i love how you displayed them, too! you did a great job!

Trisha @ The Sweet Survival said...

All the different techniques are so fun! They look great in the dome. And who doesn't love glitter! Stopping by from TCB.

Simply Bungalow said...

Very cute. I love them!
~Heidi

By the Bluegrass said...

Soooo cool! Mod podge sparkle is my favorite! I use it often. These are super fun. Thanks for sharing. I created some eggs using fabric strips and mod podge that are posted on my blog. You might like to check them out.
xo,
Sena

aggieam01 said...

These turned out so neat. Very vintage!

amber marchant said...

Very beautiful! Super job!

amber @ barbwired

Melanie said...

I'd love for you to come link this up at my Tuesday Time Out Linky Party! The link is below!
Smiles,
Melanie
Reasons To Skip The Housework
Tuesday Time Out Link Up Party

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Great idea! I love the vintage look and the way you displayed them.

Kindra-At Home With K said...

Cool eggs! Love the vintage and the glitter. Great combination!

I host a weekly linky party on Tuesdays called Terrfic Under Ten. It's for projects made for $10 or less. I would love to have you link up sometime!

Lisa said...

That is SOOOO Pretty all together! Lovely display.

The Autocrat: Haley said...

Those look fabulous! Lovin' the big bow on the cloche!

Jen said...

Those are really pretty! Thanks for sharing at Fantastic Friday. I hope that you will join us again this week.

Mary Ellen said...

Such pretty eggs!! Thanks for the tute!

Lindsey @ Inspiring Creations said...

Love these!!! I love the whole display you used. So shabby-chic! Thanks for the tutorial!

Would love for you to join my linky party!
http://www.inspiringcreationsblog.com/2011/04/friday-favorites-linky-party_14.html

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Beautiful, love the sparkle. Thanks so much for sharing at Beyond The Picket Fence!

Rebecca @ My Girlish Whims said...

These are great! I love the sparkley ones :)

Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday! Hope to see ya again later this week :)

Nicolette @ Momnivore's Dilemma said...

Tamara-

That Sparkle ModPodge is mandatory in every craft closet!

Thanks for linking up to Creative Juice! Hope to see you again this Thursday!

Lizbeth McGow said...

I most be the worst blogger ever since I've never used modge Podge..I don't even know how to spell it..lol...but I love what you did to your eggs..they are non traditional and actually very elegant. Thanks for sharing...I came hopping over from the Do Small Things with Love party!

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