I made a dozen of 4" jewel toned eggs last
year to place in a large basket in front of my fireplace.
My oldest daughter couldn't stop looking at them when she
visited on Easter Sunday.
She kept saying, "They are just beautiful!"
This great project is easy enough for
children to help with.
A great Spring Break activity!
You begin this project with purchased
papier mache eggs
so you can have several dozen finished in no time at all.
::Pastel crackled eggs nestled in
my newly planted window herb garden::
::Chocolate Brown crackled
egg picks added to a chamber pot flower arrangement in my Shabby
The egg picks can be added to potted
plants and arrangements to bring a decorator touch to every
Simply paint eggs to match the color scheme!
Old Coffee Can...to hold eggs while drying
Wax Paper or Newspaper...to cover working surface
Papier Mache Eggs...purchased at craft store (I found mine at
Hobby Lobby and they
come in various sizes starting at 3/$1) Bamboo Shish Kabob
Sticks ($1 for 100 at Wal-Mart)
1" Foam Brushes
Paper Plates for paints
Acrylic Paints...in your choice of colors
Folk Art Crackle Medium...2 oz. bottle
Brush On Water Based Sealant...you will find in the acrylic
paint section of your craft store and you can use either a matte
or gloss finish depending on your preference.
Insert bamboo sticks into eggs for ease in painting and drying.
They will usually push right into the egg since they have a
point on them, but I did have a few stubborn ones. I used
a large needle to start a tiny hole and then the bamboo stick
went right in.
Using a foam brush, base coat each egg with a single coat of
paint. Place the wet eggs in the coffee can and let dry
***NOTE: Keep in mind that if
you are using pastel colored paint for your eggs, you will need
to use a dark base coat (black or brown). If you are using
darker colors for your eggs, you will need to use a light base
coat (I recommend Folk Art Metallic Pearl White for a little
shimmer...this is what I used on my Chocolate Brown eggs, with a
dark brown top coat)
Using a foam brush apply a generous coat of the Crackle Medium
to each egg. Return to the coffee can to dry thoroughly.
I like to use a sponge to apply the top coat. Using a
sponge gives a more even top coat without streaking. Squirt a 2"
circle of paint onto a paper plate and then dab the sponge into
the paint and then using a dabbing motion apply the desired top
coat paint to each egg, thoroughly covering the bottom color.
Work quickly, as you can see in the chocolate brown picture, as
soon as the paint begins to dry, the cracks start
appearing...like magic! Don't worry about the tiny bubbles
on the surface created by the sponge, they will go away as the
paint dries! Return to the coffee can to dry thoroughly.
The brightly colored eggs
shown in this basket have streaks from using a brush to apply
the top coat.
Apply a sealer and allow to dry thoroughly. Remove bamboo
sticks on eggs that you want to place in a basket...keep the
sticks in place to use the eggs as plant picks.
I hope you enjoy this little craft project.