My mom always blew out a ton of eggs every Easter. I remember watching her do this many times (It kind of grossed me out), but I always enjoyed the decorating extravaganza. One year, we made an entire zoo of Easter Egg animals. Complete with little tails and feet. I remember loving our little egg creatures and carefully packing them away year after year – to bring to life the following Holiday.
This year I thought it would be fun to Mod Podge a few eggs with Lucia. She loves this stuff, and we started this bizarre habit of talking about Mod Podge in thick Brooklynese accents. The glop, the mess, and the four-year-old’s exaggerated New York dialect. It is all incredibly fun.
|Getting our Mod Podge on.|
|Meanwhile, this guy was doing some crafting of his own.|
The idea of a creating a few decorative eggs somehow turned into many. Luckily the process is simple:
I first glued shut plastic eggs, and had my handy husband spray paint them white (so the bright colors wouldn’t show through when using thin materials). I focused on a gold/blueish theme for a mantel display. I googled “damask print” and came across a few interesting wall paper patterns to print out. I also used wrapping paper, napkins, and scrap booking paper (which is thick and annoying to work with). I cut my materials into various pieces, painted a layer of Mod Podge on the eggs and smoothed over the patterned paper. Washing your hands periodically (or keeping a wet wash cloth on hand) is key. Or else the sticky mess on your fingers will rip some of the paper off the eggs. I tried to smooth out the odds and ends as best as possible. I then added glitter to some eggs and another layer of Mod Podge before drying. I used a hot glue gun to add ribbon and an embellishment to some of the eggs to hang from our Mantel.
I also enlisted Bob to help me gold leaf a few large eggs, since he has mad gold leafing skills (as evidenced by a chair that he gold leafed that you can sort of see here). The process is also pretty easy. First we painted adhesive on the eggs and let them dry for about 45 minutes. We then rubbed on gold leaf flakes and smoothed them over with a brush. After applying sealant they were good to go.
|I’m still trying to pick the Mod Podge remnants off of my nail polish. Happy Easter!!|