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Project

Elegant Eggs

Inspired by an easy Japanese technique, we've created these delightful decorations to enjoy this Easter and next.

Introduction

Technique: How to Prepare your egg shells.

You can empty the contents of a raw egg without damaging the shell. (If you prefer, use wooden eggs, available at crafts stores.) Carefully twist the point of a utility knife against each end of the egg to create two small holes. Insert a long pin through a hole to pierce the yolk. Blow out the insides with an egg blower, available at crafts stores, or with a rubber ear-and-nose syringe. Let drain; rinse. Blow out again, rinse again, and let dry.

Materials

  • Blown-out eggs
  • Pencil
  • Origami paper
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Small paintbrush
  • Martha Stewart Crafts decoupage

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Mark egg's length plus 1/4 inch on paper; roll paper around egg's circumference, add 1/8 inch, and mark. Cut out resulting rectangle.

  2. Step 2

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    Fold rectangle in half lengthwise. Cut 1/4-inch-wide strips on both sides of fold, stopping 1/4 inch from fold.

  3. Step 3

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    Brush decoupage glue down fold on unprinted side; wrap around center of egg. Cut one strip to a point so it just reaches egg's tip.

  4. Step 4

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    Brush strip with glue; press gently. Repeat on every other strip, then with remaining strips (trim to fit smaller spaces). Repeat with other end of egg.

  5. Step 5

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    Brush glue over half of egg to seal. Let dry; repeat on other half.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, April 2004

Reviews (9)

  • TheGreenMama 16 Apr, 2011

    Wow! Gorgeous...elegant...and easy. A few people even asked if they were hand painted because they really do have that look to them. Highly recommended!

  • Sunshine8708 10 Mar, 2011

    These are so elegant! I used paper mache eggs and oriental origami paper. On top of the first coat of Mod Podge I added some gold glitter glue and then added additional coats of Mod Podge. I displayed them on top of irridescent gift shred in a glass triffle bowl. For a more dramatic effect I put it on top of a textured gold charger plate with glittered gold eggs around the base. Time consuming, but worth it. Thanks so much for all the great ideas!

  • heleninparis 27 Mar, 2009

    These are beautiful and easy to do as all they others have said. I saw this same technique used also to make jewelry, using wooden beads, mostly the larger oval beads but I suppose any shape would work. The directions were exactly as shown here only on a smaller scale and again using origami paper. A few completed beads, 5 or so, were strung on a simple back cord and they looked great! Unique and something you wouldn't find duplicated. Just another idea using this same techinque.

  • heleninparis 27 Mar, 2009

    These are beautiful and easy to do as all they others have said. I saw this same technique used also to make jewelry, using wooden beads, mostly the larger oval beads but I suppose any shape would work. The directions were exactly as shown here only on a smaller scale and again using origami paper. A few completed beads, 5 or so, were strung on a simple back cord and they looked great! Unique and something you wouldn't find duplicated. Just another idea using this same techinque.

  • smat1 25 Mar, 2009

    I took these to work after I made them and everyone was so impressed. I t was so fun to make them. I used paper mache eggs that I found at Michaels. I put the eggs in a crystal bowl in my foyer and boy do they look expensive.

  • terrie-bear 10 Mar, 2008

    I used this craft two years ago from one of the Living magazines. I used it as an after Easter dinner craft for the girls, mostly Junior high age. They loved making these eggs and took them home. It was an easy craft for them. I found the origami papers at Michaels.

  • carlye_jane 4 Mar, 2008

    I made these and the result is astonishing beautiful! Added bonus: they can be saved and reused the next year! Helpful hint- I couldn't find origami paper as beautiful as in the pictures above so I used scrapbooking paper instead- polka dots, ginghams, stripes, grass- it worked wonderfully too!

  • judyjt 23 Feb, 2008

    I have done this and the eggs come out so beautiful. My family and friends just raved over them when the recieved one for Easter. They were so easy to create and the directions easy to follow.

  • llcourtney 22 Feb, 2008

    I made these last year and love them. It's an easy project that results in beautiful, unusual eggs. I used hard boiled eggs and didn't have any problem. I think the Mod Podge sealed them so no smell even after several months. One hint is to cut the strip the right length. Having them too long produces too much overlap and too much bulk. It's easy to adjust once you get started. And if they are too short, just piece in a bit of scrap paper.