No yolk here -- instead, this real eggshell is filled with a playful assortment of springtime embellishments, visible through a hand-cut ovular window.
The Martha Stewart Show, April 2011
Download, print, and cut out oval template to match the size of your egg.
With a grease pencil, trace the oval on to the side of the egg and use a Dremel Stylus fitted with a cut-off wheel to cut the oval out of the shell.
Using the sanding accessories provided, smooth out the cut edge of the oval, and, with a multipurpose cleaner and paper towels, clean the inside of eggshell, removing any remnants of dried egg membrane.
Insert a skewer or dowel into the small hole in the bottom of the egg and secure in place with a small bit of floral clay. Spray-paint the egg in the desired color and let dry. (Tip: To prevent paint from getting on the inside of the egg, fill the shell with tissue or newspaper.)
Once the spray paint has dried, use a paintbrush to apply a thin layer of white glue to the inside surface of the eggshell. Pour iridescent glitter of a complementary color into the egg, coating the inside of the shell. Shake out excess and let dry.
Once glue has dried, affix lace trim to outer edge of oval with super glue.
To create a base for your embellishments, press a ball of clay into the inside bottom of the eggshell. Remove clay from the egg and let dry.
Once clay is dry, coat the top, flat surface with white glue and apply more glitter. Set aside to dry.
Embellish clay as desired (using small animals, mushrooms, flowers, etc.), affixing each embellishment to the glittered clay with hot glue if necessary.
Attach embellished clay to inside bottom of the egg with hot glue and, using more hot glue, attach finished egg to wooden base.
Blown egg (of desired type and size)
Dremel stylus (with cut-off wheel and sanding accessories)