My local supermarket are selling gorgeous snow white duck eggs and I thought they would be perfect for my easter centre piece this year. I had previous tried to dye standard brown hen eggs and I wasn’t able to get that clean primary colour that I wanted.
I used a selection of techniques to make these decorative eggs. All are really simple but look very effective.
Firstly you need to blow the eggs. You can do this by making a small hole in the top and bottom of the egg and then blowing the white and yolk out of the shell. This takes a bit of puff, especially for the white eggs. I am not sure if there is a scientific reason for that, but it was certainly harder to blow the white eggs. Maybe hens have runnier middles.
I started off dying three of the white eggs. I bought egg dye tablets from HobbyCraft. Now, I have say there are two main issues with trying to dye blown eggs, firstly they float… so you will need to stand with the eggs as they dye and roll them as they bob in the water so they dye evenly. Secondly, if it will dye the eggs it will dye your fingers, I speak from experience here…
Whilst they were drying, I started decorating my first egg. I love this leopard print egg and it was so easy. You can use the same technique with any printed tissue paper or napkin.
Simply cut out the shape you want from the tissue paper and careful glue them on to the egg in a pattern you are happy with. Set aside to dry before you varnish.
Next I got out the gold leaf which comes in booklets between paper. It is a bit fiddly to work with as it is so light and thin. I used the gold leaf in three different ways. A full covered egg, a partial cover and a single heart.
Use a skewer to suspend the egg and push into polystyrene. Use a paint brush to coat the egg in a thin layer of glue. wait until the glue has gone clear but is still tacky.
Lay the egg onto the gold leaf and wrap the paper tightly around the egg. Hold for a few minutes, pushing firmly but ensuring you don’t crack the egg. As you open the paper you will see you now have a gorgeous golden egg. Let the glue underneath dry for a couple of hours. If you try and do the next bit when the glue is still tacky, you will end up in a terrible mess.
Once dry you can simply use your foam brush to brush off any excess gold leaf, and leave the whole egg gold. However, I knew I had a lovely purple egg under the gold leaf which I wanted to show through so I used the foam brush to rub all over the gold leaf until the purple started to peek through. You may just want a peek of colour or you may want just a hint of gold, just rub with the brush until you are happy.
Lastly to add the gold leaf heart, I used the paint brush to apply glue to the area I want to stick gold leaf to. I then left the glue to go clear but still tacky as before.
Wrap some of the paper that comes between the gold leaf around a sheet of the gold (like a gold sandwich) Then draw on your heart with a pencil and cut out. Take the paper off one side and roll the egg over the heart. Very gently use the tip of a finger to flatten.
Once the eggs are completely dry, suspend them on skewers and push into polystyrene, use a clean paint brush to apply a thin layer of varnish.
The varnish stage is optional, but it will protect the eggs and keep them looking nice for longer.
I think they all look gorgeous mixed together as an easter centre piece. I would love to see your centre pieces this weekend.
Happy Easter x