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Foiled Eggs

The fabled “golden egg” never looked quite so cool and organic: Ours were dyed in bright colors, then brushed with copper or gold leaf. And you can get as greedy as you like -- the metallic leaf is surprisingly affordable.


Use hard-boiled or hollowed-out eggs. Get the how-to for blowing out an egg.


Gilding adhesive, $7 for 2 oz.; and gilding sheets, $10 for 12 sheets; by Martha Stewart Crafts,


  • Eggs, blown or hard-boiled
  • Food coloring
  • Transfer adhesive
  • 2 stencil brushes
  • Copper and/or gold leaf


  1. Step 1

    Dye eggs with food coloring as desired; let dry.

  2. Step 2


    For a mottled finish, brush a very small amount of transfer adhesive sparingly onto shell. Let dry 25 minutes. (For fully gilded eggs, brush adhesive all over.)

  3. Step 3

    Press metallic leaf against egg, shiny side down; burnish with fingertips. Peel away paper backing.

  4. Step 4

    For a mottled finish, go over foiled egg with a dry stencil brush; bristles will remove a bit of leaf. (For fully gilded eggs, leave as is.)

Martha Stewart Living, April 2014