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Egg Boxes How-To

Embossed-foil decorations known as Dresdens (they were popularized in Germany in the 19th century) are perfect boxtoppers for homemade cardboard eggs filled with candy. Apply the metallic embellishments in a graphic grouping, or as a single focal point.

Photography: Gentl and Hyers

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2014



Watercolor paper, 300 lb., 22" by 30", $16.50,
Liquid gilding, by Martha Stewart Crafts, in Gold, $7,
Dresden trims, from $8,


  • Watercolor paper

  • Colored paper

  • Spray adhesive

  • Craft knife

  • Sandpaper, 220 grit

  • Gold metallic paint

  • Gold paint pen, medium tip

  • Fast-drying glue, such as Magna-Tac

  • Binder clips

  • Dresden trims


  1. Print templates. (Egg lid is for both top and bottom of finished box; inset eggs -- one slightly smaller than the other -- will form base to which strips of 300-pound-weight watercolor paper are attached, creating sides of box).

  2. Cut a piece of watercolor paper large enough to fit lid template twice. Mount colored paper to both sides of watercolor paper with spray adhesive. Trace lid twice and cut out with craft knife. 

  3. Cut a piece of watercolor paper large enough to fit each of the inset egg templates. Mount colored paper to one side of watercolor paper with spray adhesive. Trace eggs and cut out with  craft knife.

  4. Lightly sand edges of all cut eggs to create smooth egg shape. 

  5. Cut 2 strips of watercolor paper, to size indicated on template. Paint edges and one side, and let dry. Repeat for other side.

  6. With paint pen, edge sides of two egg lids.

  7. Working a few inches at a time, squeeze glue along edge of one inset egg, and bend corresponding-side strip (as indicated on template) to attach. Ends will overlap by about ¾ inch. Secure with binder clip as it dries. Repeat with other inset egg and side strip, and let dry. Remove clips.

  8. Glue egg lids to inset eggs, creating top and bottom of box. Trim box with Dresdens as desired, using glue.

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