One of The Mercury’s staff photographers, Sarah Midgorden, got very excited recently when the subject of decorating Easter eggs came up.
We discussed various techniques for egg decorating, and when the word “glitter“ was mentioned, she gasped and clapped her hands. I’m pretty sure I actually saw her pupils dilate.
Sarah was, until recently, a resident of a sorority house, where it was common practice to cover any available surface with something sparkly, so it’s no surprise that she was in favor of giving our eggs a little bling.
But she’s not alone. Glittered, metallic and otherwise bedazzled eggs are big this year, popping up in magazines and websites including that bastion of craftiness, Martha Stewart.
Armed with glitter, rhinestones, ribbon, crayons, paint, hot glue and the classic $1.99 Paas egg-dye kit, we set out to make eggs worthy of a jewelry box — or at least a really nice Easter basket. Here are some of our favorite techniques.
You’ll need prepared egg dye, hard-boiled or blown-out eggs (see box), Mod Podge or craft glue, a paintbrush, a paper plate and glitter — the finer the better.
Dye eggs to desired color (usually the same as the color of glitter you intend to use) following package instructions. Allow to dry. Use paintbrush to cover egg with glue, then pour glitter over egg with paper plate below to catch excess. Place egg in dye-kit holder or on upturned bottle cap to dry. Return excess glitter to the container.
You’ll need prepared egg dye, hard-boiled or blown-out eggs, rhinestones and a hot glue gun.
Dye eggs following package instructions. Allow to dry. Squeeze a dot of hot glue onto egg and use the end of a pencil to push the rhinestone into place. Repeat in whatever pattern you like.
You’ll need prepared egg dye, hard-boiled or blown-out eggs, thin satin or grosgrain ribbon and a hot glue gun.
Dye eggs following package instructions. Allow to dry. Attach ribbon, either vertically or horizontally around egg with hot glue, using the end of a pencil to push ribbon into place. Trim ends, then cover the raw edges with a rhinestone or bow.
You’ll need hot hard-boiled eggs, crayons, a bottle cap, tongs and an adult.
Have an adult remove eggs from water one at a time while still fairly hot and place on bottle cap or in carton to hold steady. Use crayons to draw designs. Wax will melt and drip, creating a smooth and sometimes swirly effect. Allow to cool.
It can be difficult to turn these and decorate the bottom; have an adult do it or just leave them plain.
HOT GLUE EGGS
You’ll need prepared egg dye, hard-boiled or blown-out eggs, and a hot glue gun.
Use the glue gun to create dots or a design on the egg. Once cool, dye egg desired color. The glue design will remain white.